Easy Guitar Lesson for Beginners
Hey, it’s Claude Johnson from guitarcontrol.com. How’s it going?
Today I want to give you a beginner guitar lesson and listen,
it’s all about playing your favorite songs, right? The thing
with guitar is, it’s really not that complicated. What you’re
going to find is that once you learn the basic chords you’re
going to be able to play so many songs. When you get started,
and I know it can be intimidating with, oh, I’ve got to learn
all this stuff, but really it’s not that hard.
I did a previous video on the seven basic chords. I’m going
to just keep coming back to that because you really can do
so much and again, those chords are E minor, G, C, D, A, A
minor and E minor. Let me give you a couple examples of
songs with just two chords or at least part of the song.
Check out this one. A little bit high-up for me to sing,
but you can also sing it down an octave. Obviously, by the
way, that’s Jane’s Addiction, “Jane Says”. If that’s too
high for you to sing, you can sing it down. But even before
you start trying to play and sing together you just need to
be able to do this. That’s G to A. Notice that I’m doing a
specific strum pattern.
First thing, obviously you need to know those basic chords.
You need to know your G, you need to know your A and you need
to be able to switch between them fast enough. Once you have
that down — don’t get caught-up in trying to count. Like,
is that a quarter note, an eighth note? Just kind of mimic.
I’ll show you the strum pattern. You can mimic that. I’ll
slow it down for you. Notice at the end, a little percussive
rake in there. Again, it’s not about getting it perfect,
just mimic it. My main point is that you can be playing
something as simple as just two chords and you’ve almost
got a song right there. By the way, those chords, G and A,
those are two of the seven basics.
Here’s another example. That’s Nirvana, “About a Girl” and
it’s E minor to G. Again, same thing, it’s just learn E minor,
learn the G, learn to switch between them and then try to
mimic the rhythm here. Let me slow that down.
So what’s my point of all this stuff? Number one, you can
play something as simple as two chords and you’re playing
music. Number two, again, focus on those basic seven chords,
which I show you in detail on another video. And number three,
the whole thing is just not complicated. Just learn a couple
basic chords and be able to play them well and the whole
thing is just going to open up to you.
That said, if you’d like to learn more about my methodology,
I call this the one-two-three method. Number one, learn the
chords; number two, learn to put them together into chord
progressions; and number three, play the complete songs.
I go into a lot of detail on this process and give you 75
in-depth examples, the exact way to play 75 of your
favorite songs. You can check that course out at
I hope this was enlightening for you and I’ll catch you
next time. Take care.