How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.com, bringing
you this video blog. I’m going to show you today
just your very first guitar lesson. Perhaps
you’re just getting started and you just picked-up
the guitar or maybe you’re going to teach somebody
their first lesson and you don’t know where to
start. Well, here’s an easy thing to do.
What you’re going to do is you’re going to start
with your first finger on the very first fret
here of the low 6th string. Play that note, F.
And then what you’re going to do is you’re
going to walk up, one, two, three, four, and
you’re going to play on every single fret,
chromatically, which means going up in half steps.
And you’re going to make sure that you use all
your fingers and you play close to the fret
and with your fingers up on the tip.
Then you’re going to go to the next string
and do the same exact thing. The next string.
Second string. And then the high string.
What you want to do is just get a real even
tempo like one, two, three, four; one, two,
three, four. You just continue like this.
The idea is just to get a good sound, start
building your calluses and it teaches you
how positioning and how fingering works on
the guitar right from the beginning.
The concept is if you put your 1st finger down
on a fret, then the next fret higher, your 2nd
finger is going to go and then your 3rd finger
ands then the pinkie and so on and so forth,
wherever you start that on the guitar. So if
you have that on the 7th fret, then you’ve got…
Rather than scooting your finger every fret,
like this or doing some weird fingering like 1st
finger and then pinkie and then 2nd finger and then,
you know. I’ve seen it all. The idea is just proper
fingering and that’s going to benefit you later
because that’s going to move throughout the guitar.
It’s not that you have one finger per fret. Then you
could never play up here unless you have 12 fingers.
Click the link below and get the tab for this.
What I want you to try, continuing that, the basic thing
that’s written out in the tab is one, two, three, four,
sort of on each string. But then I want you to expand
and say, okay, let me try any variation of those numbers.
So instead of one, two, three, four, let me try one,
three, two, four; or one, four, two three; maybe go
backwards, four, three, two, one and then just repeat
that one, each string. After doing that, get into
a song. Start working on a song right away.
Click the link below. Once again, I’m John McClennan
and thank you for watching.