Guitar 101 - The Essentials

Play Guitar Standing Up

Most people learn guitar while playing in a seated position. It is a natural and comfy position, which is good when learning the basics. It will also make the transition to playing while standing up feel awkward.

In this video, you’ll see some tips for using a guitar strap and playing in a standing position. It will help your posture and force you to concentrate on your chords with out looking at them. Great posture is what enables you to stand whilst playing guitar. To begin learning this essential element of being a great guitarist you will have to practice much more standing than sitting.

  • Make certain your strap sits on your shoulder and not on the end of your shoulder.
  • Do not let the guitar hang down too low.
  • Try not to look down. This is harder than it seems, but with some effort it won’t be that challenging.
  • Stand up straight and don’t slump your shoulders.
  • In case you have an acoustic guitar, you will have to get used to the bulkiness, its not as heavy as an electric but it still requires you to teach your body how you can stand.
  • Stand with your back against the wall and you’ll have a much better understanding of how straight you need to stand.

Be patient, it takes time to get utilized to standing while actively playing.

Guitar 101 - The Essentials

Hammer-on & Pull-off Exercise

Consecutive hammer on and pull off exercises (legato) are excellent practice for strengthening our fingers and improving their coordination. We’ll make use of various finger combinations so we can physically get utilized towards the various note intervals we’ll come across within the scale patterns we learn in later stages.

One of the most typical method to apply both methods together would be to apply the hammer-on and instantly pull-off back towards the starting note. To get the most out of the exercise, try performing them at various speeds.

You will have to get used to consecutive hammer on – pull off combinations especially if you want to learn blues and metal guitar, but they are used generally in all genres to various extent.


A Major Guitar Chord

The A major will be a challenge at first, due to the fact that all three of your fingers are scrunched together closely on the 2nd fret. Try playing this chord a few times to see how it feels and sounds.

  • Place your index finger on the 4th string, 2nd fret
  • Place your middle finger on the 3rd string, 2nd fret
  • Place your ring finger on the 2nd string, 2nd fret
  • Begin with the 5th string and play every single of the strings below in rapid succession. Don’t play the 6th string.

If you are still having problems, or your fingers are so big that they just don’t all fit on the 2nd fret at the same time, you may want to experiment with other fingerings.


C Major Guitar Chord

The C major open chord is an ideal chord for anybody who has just started to learn to play the guitar. It’s played on five strings only and uses three fingers on your fretting hand.

  • Put your ring finger on the 5th string, 3rd fret
  • Put your middle finger on the 4th string, 2nd fret
  • Put your index fingeron the 2nd string, 1st fret
  • Begin from the 5th string and strum every string below it in a quick succession. Don’t play the 6th string.

The C major chord that you’ve just made ought to look a little bit like a staircase, with your index finger forming the lowest step. It might seem uncomfortable initially to hold your fingers in that position, but do not be concerned.

Make sure none of the strings are buzzing or being muted. The more you practice each and every chord, the stronger your fingers turn out to be, the simpler it is going to be for your hand to form the chord structures.

Guitar 101 - The Essentials

Fretting Strings

This video lesson shows you how you will need to position your fingers correctly to prevent fret buzz while holding the guitar string.

Learning how and where to place your finger on the guitar string is an important part of learning the guitar, right from day 1. Would you have guessed that even players with years of experience get this very basic part of playing the guitar wrong?

To make sure your strings don’t resonate and give the best and purest sound, watch this video lesson on correct finger positioning.

Guitar 101 - The Essentials

Guitar Basics 1.

This video on guitar basics will teach you a number of things. Watching it will give you a basic knowledge of fundamental guitar knowledge, such as:

  • guitar anatomy
  • how to pluck the strings
  • how to fret the strings
  • how to play a C major scale
  • a basic finger strengthening exercise

This could be a very first lesson if you are just starting to learn guitar.