14 Day Beginners Guitar Challenge – 1 INTRODUCTION

LESSON ONE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download your 14 day challenge workbook/diary. If you have a printer, print it out. If you don’t have a printer then you will need to download a programme on the Internet that will allow you to edit the workbook/diary. There are plenty of free pdf editors on the Internet so do a search if you don’t own a printer which would be the best option.
  • Listen to your day one audio file. You can listen to it here on this page or download it to listen on your other devices.
  • Watch the videos and learn the material given in them. You can watch the videos here or download them to watch on your other devices. NOTE – to download video content you will need to click the WATCH ON VIMEO option on the player. This will open the video in Vimeo and the download button is shown.
  • Download your “Day One” additional learning PDF.

LESSON ONE CONTENTS

  1. You will learn about the anatomy of the guitar – both electric & acoustic plus string names.
  2. You will learn three major chords.
  3. You will learn how to move between chords.
  4. You will learn your first song “Wild Thing” by The Troggs.

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1. UNDERSTANDING THE ANATOMY OF THE GUITAR

In this lesson, guitarist Gary Clinton explains all the various parts and areas of both electric and acoustic guitar. He outlines the main parts that make up a guitar and gives the naming convention for each part. He also describes areas of the guitar are named differently regarding electric and acoustic instruments.

Lesson one video lesson 1

 

REASONS FOR KNOWING THE ANATOMY OF THE GUITAR

Confused by all the various parts that make up the anatomy of the guitar? For most people, once the decision to begin playing guitar is taken, they dive straight in and start learning as many chords and scales as they can. This is both understandable and a good thing to do, however, we wanted to start the beginners 14 day challenge with something a little more foundational.

Understanding the various parts and areas of both acoustic and electric guitars is necessary for a lot of reasons. You want to know what you are talking about when describing your guitar. If you play an acoustic guitar, it’s important to know the differences between your guitar and an electric guitar.

Do you know what a pickup is? Do you know what an electro acoustic is? Did you know that you can add a pickup to an acoustic guitar? Have you ever looked at an electric guitar and wondered what all those buttons and knobs are for? If you broke a guitar string, would you be able to buy the correct one from knowing it’s name or string number?

2. LEARNING THREE MAJOR CHORDS

This video lesson is all about learning some major chords. If you are completely new to the guitar then this will be pretty difficult. When you feel like it’s not happening, listen to the mp3 file that is provided with this course which gives plenty of motivation and advice.

Lesson one video lesson 2

This is no doubt going to be a bit of a challenge to learn and move between the three chords shown in just two days. That is the nature of this course though and that’s why you signed up right! You want to play guitar in fourteen days and if you work hard you will realise that goal.

To help you move between your chords watch the following video once you have memorised the chords shown in the lesson. Read the following heading and paragraph so you understand how best to proceed.

THIS IS THE END OF YOUR FIRST HALF OF LESSON ONE

You should work on learning as much as you can on this your first day. Your next lesson will be open for use in two days time. The best advice we can give you is to make sure you use the rest of your first day to learn the chords shown in video two and memorise as much as you can from video one, anatomy of the guitar lesson before moving on to the videos below. Tomorrow, work on the rest of this lesson.

3. LEARNING TO CHANGE BETWEEN MAJOR CHORDS

Knowing chords is all well and good, however, actually changing between chords is a whole different matter! The following video has our guitar tutor Gary Clinton taking you through the various techniques you need to learn, not just to change between major chords, but all chords.

Lesson one video lesson 3

The things you really need to grasp are: know the shape of the chord, know how to change chords and crucially, know the name of the chord. One of the biggest mistakes that beginners make when learning chords is that they do not learn the name of the chord. Why is just learning the shape of a chord such a big mistake? Well, when you’re faced with a new song and the chords on the paper are chords you already physically know, but not by name… Well, you can see the problem.

NOTE: The video above shows how to change between major chords but it also shows you how to change between minor chords. This lesson in only about learning major chords and changing between them. Watch the video up to 2m.24s. Minor chords are covered in the next lesson where this video redisplayed.

4. PUTTING YOUR CHORDS TO USE – YOUR FIRST SONG

wild thing

You will now learn the song WILD THING! Wild Thing is one of the best known rock/pop songs of the twentieth century, but it’s a song that does not have that many chords in it. It’s a great way to start of your 14 day challenge!

To open and view the song Wild Thing click the following link HOW TO PLAY WILD THING.

 

FINISHING OF LESSON ONE – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW

You should hopefully have completed and accomplished the following:

  1. Downloaded the 14 Day Beginners Guitar Challenge workbook/diary.
  2. Downloaded the mp3 file that accompanies this lesson and listened to it.
  3. Learned all the various parts of the guitar and the string names.
  4. Memorised and learned to play the three major chords.
  5. Starting to smoothly change between these three chords.
  6. Made a start on learning the song Wild Thing.
  7. Downloaded the additional pdf download which offers further learning.

If you have done all the above seven points, then to finish the lesson you HAVE TO take the quiz that is shown below. Remember, we expect you to accomplish an 80% pass rate for the quiz.

SUPPORT & LET’S SEE YOU

This course has it’s own specific group attached where you can find support. The Beginners group can be found by clicking Beginners Group (opens in new tab).

Leave a comment, add a video or image of your playing on our Beginners Forum (opens in new tab).

Any questions? You can contact a GMI tutor by clicking the button at the top of this page.

Comments are open at the bottom of this page so feel free to add if you don’t want to join in the discussion either in the beginners forum or group.

Good luck with the quiz and onward to DAY 2!

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