Friday, May 19, 2006

Free Guitar Lesson on Basic Guitar Chords

Free Lesson On Basic Guitar Chords by Craig Gaiden

Understanding Guitar Chords, the Key Element to Mastering the Guitar

Don't get discouraged if you're trying to learn the guitar. Follow the steps below and soon you'll be playing your favorite songs by learning basic guitar chords. Once you get a feel for the basic chords, you can go deeper and learn how chords are made of major and minor guitar scales.

Popular Songs Sometimes Only Have Three Chords

Have you ever heard "Wild Thing" or "Louie Louie" and wondered what chords make up these songs? Maybe you haven't, but at any rate you might be interested to know that these songs along with "Twist and Shout" and "Hang on Snoopy" are all built from three major chords. They are the A, D, and E chords.

What Exactly is a Chord?

What is a chord? A chord is two or more notes played together. A common type of chord is called a triad, which is three notes played at the same time. With the guitar, you can make chords by strumming, as a minimum, three strings simultaneously to send out three notes or more. It's simple to see that with the guitar having only six strings that the max number of notes in a guitar chord is going to be six.

Basic Chord Types

Now it is important to understand that there are many different variations of chords. Three of the most common types of chords are major, minor, and sevenths. The way in which you use these chords will determine the type of music or mood that you will make. For example, if you need some solemn and meditative chords, use minor chords. If you want a really solid and stable sound, then you will want to be using major chords. If you want a jazzier yet somewhat incomplete sounding chord, you would want to go with seventh chords.

Commonly Used Chords

Just as you would need to know several basic phrases in the case of learning another language, so you will need to learn around 6-16 chords fluently in order to really have a grip on playing the guitar. Some of the most common chords are listed below.

A, G, C, D, E, F, Am, Em, and Dm chords (note: the lowercase "m" next to the letter means that it is a minor chord.)

Get Out your Guitar and Strum Some Chords

Now that we understand the need to learn chords, let's look at what steps there are to help you learn chords.

1. Get a chart of guitar chords and look at where the fingering is for each chord.

2. Start by simply choosing at least two of the basic chords and work on the transition between the two.

3. Make sure that it sounds good. The fact is that if it sounds good you are probably doing it right. (HINT: If it doesn't sound good to you, press down on the strings firmer with your fingers.)

4. Now learn to enjoy playing guitar chords by choosing a few of your favorite songs that have these basic guitar chords and play them until you can sing along. (FYI: Beatles have a great selection of well known songs that use basic guitar chords as the foundation.)

5. Play daily! You must remember that although its hard at first, you are going to make progress and it will become easier to play the guitar by consistently playing it.

6. Practice! Remember guitar practice makes perfect guitar music!

So you've made it this far and you're hungry for more guitar lessons, why don't you check out guitar tabs for beginners Now it's Your Turn to Learn the Guitar At any rate, the only way to know that the guitar is for you and your friends is to give it a try. Good luck and maybe this can be one of those things that you can look back on and say, "I am sure glad I learned to play the guitar"

About the Author

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jake Shimabukuro

Hey friends,

I want to share the most beautiful piece of guitar music I've ever heard.
In fact, it's actually a Ukulele played by Jake Shimabukuro of Hawaii.

This video will blow you away, and maybe even make the hair on your
arms stand up.

The song is a rendition of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently
Weeps", and I promise it's a version unlike anything you've ever heard.

Check it out by clicking here.

Love, Peace, and Hairgrease,

Augmented Auggie.....

Friday, November 11, 2005

Can't believe I've negleceted my Fender Strat

I've sinned.....

Please forgive me. I've been so couped up working away on my computer
that I have neglected my poor ax for too long. Yesterday I had a great jam
session and it reminded me of what I have been missing.

I am making a pledge today to play at least once a day. Whether it be for
only 6 minutes, or 2 hours, I will play everyday that I can.

I think my pretty Fender is pissed at me right now. It's time to
reconcile our relationship as I blast out some blues riffs tonight.

Sorry my precious little strat....

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Amazing Steal On Mexican Fender Stratocaster Guitar on My Space

Somebody emailed me a link today to a really cool site about "Classified Ads". What was cooler then the site though was this video that's in this guys "Classified Master" course. He shows exactly how to score guitars and figure out the price on them very quickly.

It's pretty smart and creative if you ask me.

Check out his site The Classified Master by clicking here.

Watch this crafty video by clicking here.

Peace: "Augmented Auggie"..

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Neil Young's Sound

Thrasherswheat.orgNeil Young's Sound: "A collection of articles on Neil Young's Guitars, Amps, Whizzer and Equipment on how he obtains his unique grunge and feedback sound. Neil's electric guitar sound has been described as like 'a jet plane in a thunderstorm' and those who have witnessed and directly felt in their chest the aural assualt that is known as 'Crazy Horse-style' know that which we speak.

Jimmy McDonough writes on Neil's performance of 'Rockin' In The Free World' on Saturday Night Live - one of the greatest live TV musical performances ever -- as 'whipping off earsplitting solos that sounded like falling power lines'."

"Keep on Rocken in the Free world, cuz I hear it's going up to about $30 bucks a week soon...." AA

A Guitar Teacher’s Lesson Notebook

Rob Hampton A Guitar Teacher’s Lesson Notebook: "New Chord Charts Available

Hey Y’all,

I just posted about twenty new chord charts. You can check out all 270 songs by clicking here, or browse individual songs by clicking song titles below. Enjoy!"

"Hey Rob, thanks for posting those tunes. That was mighty nice of you, espeially since there was a Cold Play song on there I wanted to learn. Oh and I guess I could reminisce about Las Vegas and Margaritaville, and learn a Jimmy Buffet song for fun.
Two thumbs up! "


Friday, July 08, 2005

Home Pickguard Replacement, "how to" pictures -

ken d28 Home Pickguard Replacement, "how to" pictures - "
I've always liked the look of the beveled/polished ('I-03') tortoise colored pickguards Martin uses on the 40 series, and also some non-40 models, like the HD-28V. The existence of the latter is is a key point, for the 40 series pickguards won't match the rosette on a model without the pearl ring -- the diameter and curvature is different. Because they make these for non-pearl models like the HD-28V, they have replacements to fit others with the same rosette."

Hey Big ups to Ken for those awesome pictures. Thanks buddy, those look rad......Take care.

Hey all, just a tester.

Just a test post.

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