Playing Guitar: A Beginner's Guide

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Contents
Contents…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Acknowledgements ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Also on MaximumMusician.com …………………………………………………………………………. 5
Also at MaximumMusician.com……………………………………………………………………….. 5
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
About the Author …………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Practicing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
How to Hold the Guitar ……………………………………………………………………………………… 8
Tablature and Chord Diagrams…………………………………………………………………………… 9
Tablature……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
Chord Diagrams………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Tuning ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
The First Song……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
The Song …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
How the Song Works (Basic Music Theory) …………………………………………………….. 14
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15
Basic Chords …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Barre Chords …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
Minor, Root on String 6 ………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Minor, Root on String 5 ………………………………………………………………………………… 18
Major, Root on String 6 ………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Major, Root on String 5 ………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Dominant 7, Root on String 6………………………………………………………………………… 19
Dominant 7, Root on String 5………………………………………………………………………… 19
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 20
The Right Hand ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
Strumming …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
Melody: Alternate Picking……………………………………………………………………………… 22
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22
Chords: Bass Note Picking …………………………………………………………………………… 23
Improvising……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Closing Note………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 26
Appendix ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27
The Major Scale………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Major Scale Pattern 1: E Major ……………………………………………………………………… 28
Major Scale Pattern 2: D Major ……………………………………………………………………… 29
Major Scale Pattern 3: C Major ……………………………………………………………………… 30
Major Scale Pattern 4: A Major ……………………………………………………………………… 31
Major Scale Pattern 5: G Major ……………………………………………………………………… 32
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
Playing by Ear…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33Playing Guitar: A Beginner’s Guide Page 3
The Short Version ……………………………………………………………………………………. 34
The Long Version …………………………………………………………………………………….. 34
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
Introduction to Reading Music……………………………………………………………………….. 36
Common open Position Chords …………………………………………………………………….. 37
Chords for C Major …………………………………………………………………………………… 37
Chords for E Major …………………………………………………………………………………… 37
Chords for A Major …………………………………………………………………………………… 37
Chords for G Major …………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Chords for D Major …………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Chords for F Major……………………………………………………………………………………. 38
Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
Notes on the Fretboard ………………………………………………………………………………… 39
Index ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 40
The Next Step ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41

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