The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93371 Message #1798799
Posted By: Peter T.
01-Aug-06 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: Beginner Guitar Tips?
Subject: RE: Beginner Guitar Tips?
Figure out the I, IV, V structure of most songs, and the minors in each key. You can learn lots of chords, but unless you figure out where they go, it is not very useful.
Take a look at the chords, and figure out what the notes are in them, and then check out the strings!! You will find out that they make up the chords! (This is actually something that many people don't learn, they just keep making TAB shapes, and never get any further than that).
One big step beyond chords is bar chords. This is your first step in climbing up the guitar neck so you don't spend your life at the bottom. See that F chord that is driving you crazy. Move it up two frets and it is a G chord!! and so on. See that E chord? Move it up one fret, and bar the first fret with your first finger, and keep the same E chord shape by moving around your other fingers, and by God it is your F chord!! (It took me two years to see that the F chord was the E chord up one fret!). AND YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS WITH VIRTUALLY ALL THE CHORDS YOU USE AT THE BOTTOM!