Beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow

Study plan, tuning, fret notes, scales, chords, rhythms, chord progressions, music theory, lead guitar & backing tracks.
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Welcome

Hello I'm Paul Gronow & this course will walk existing & new guitar students step by step through beginner to intermediate guitar level & offers you plenty of opportunity to practice what you've learnt following along with backing tracks.

What You'll Learn

The Beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow Course will teach guitar students like you guitar through 5 essential sections:

  1. Getting started
  2. Guitar chords
  3. Reading & playing rhythm
  4. Chord progressions
  5. Essential guitar music theory toolkit


Section 1: Getting Started

In the Beginner Guitar Lessons Course by Paul Gronow you'll begin by looking at how to set up a successful 'How To Study Guitar Programme', that'll help you to establish & set your unique goal/s & the steps you'll want to take.

Once this is set you'll then move onto looking at the parts of a guitar & tuning the guitar. Then once the guitar is in tune, discover the individual notes on the guitar fretboard (the importance of the Chromatic Scale) & play the notes up to the 5th fret on each guitar string.

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.


Section 2: Guitar Chords

In addition to learning the notes on your guitar fretboard you'll want to learn guitar chords as they allow us guitarists' to create & play songs.

Firstly, you'll master how to read a guitar chord chart, then work through with me Paul Gronow as you learn to form & perfect chord shapes such as major, minor, Major 7th , 7th, diminished, minor 7 flat 5 & power chords.

Time is taken to show you how to best form a chord as well as how to move between chords; these tips are priceless & highly effective.

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.


Section 3: Reading & Playing Rhythm

Your guitar toolkit will certainly start to grow by this point, what with your knowledge & skills added around, the parts of the guitar, tuning a guitar, chromatic scale, being able to read, form & play many guitar chords & be able to move around a variety of guitar chords.

This section will take you step-by-step through the essentials of understanding rhythm. This is achieved by looking at what rhythm actually is, learn about & play on your guitar the essential musical notes such as a semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver. Learn to read rhythm charts as you play along with 27 backing tracks with 27 rhythm patterns; that can be found in music styles such as: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Country & Funk styles.

Learn how to play popular major, minor, 7th, M7 & m7b5 along with guitar tab & a backing tracks with a click track.

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.


Section 4: Chord Progressions

By now you'll be in a place to identify the parts of your guitar, play specific notes on your guitar fretboard, form & play many guitar chords, read, play many popular guitar chords such as major, minor, 7th, M7th, diminished, m7b5 chords. So what's next?

Well it'll now be time to learn about & apply 5 popular chord progressions across 3 major scales. You'll discover that chords are grouped together into scales, (more about this in Section 5), but for now learn that chord progressions are use to move around the related chords in a scale such as C major, D major & G major.

By learning this you'll get to hear chords that sound great for you to possibly used to create music & songs & secondly understand a little more about music theory & music composition.

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.


Section 5: Essential Guitar Music Theory Toolkit

By now you'll have all four elements in place;

  1. Single notes (or melody)
  2. Chords or (harmony)
  3. Read, play & create a variety of rhythms
  4. Be able to select & use one of many chord progressions with the triad chords found within 3 major scales
  5. ???

Okay, so that just leaves Section 5. So what of it?

Well, there's one large gap in the learning & that is (for some) the dreaded topic of music theory!!! Music theory is often seen as the elephant in the room, the topic not discussed, not required, well if you feel that there has been a barrier stopping you learning music theory then I have great news for you!

For many years I didn't feel comfortable around music theory, it wasn't until I wanted to take teaching guitar a little more seriously in the early 90's that I decided to teach myself guitar music theory...

Soon enough, I began to discover that it was in fact possible (although if not hard, time consuming & expensive as I had to purchase a lot of books etc to teach myself music theory as a guitarist) if you work hard.

Many decades on I now understand the benefit of learning the essentials of guitar music theory & particularly from a guitarists perspective; I can now read & play other people's music as well as being able to create my own.

So why not join me in this beginner guitar course & discover the essential guitar music theory toolkit today...

So just what's involved in learning guitar music theory?

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.

Learn that the chords we play & the notes we use as musicians are all related & they all stem from the master scale the Chromatic Scale.

In the section you'll discover, that the Chromatic scale is used to form major scales using a scale template & that the chords we use are created using only the notes in the major scale.

Your guitar music theory education will be developed within the time it takes to work through 15 minutes of study; of course you'll want to start & pause.

This section will conclude with a useful recap & Quiz.


Beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow Course Completion

Okay so if you decide to take this course then at its completion you'll be in a great place to be able to play other people's music as well as make a great start in writing your own.

I really hope that you believe in yourself to take this course & get to meet me on the inside; after all with Udemy 30 day Money Back Guarantee & the quality & expertise that has been put into this course the Risk is all mine.

Thank you for taking the time to view the beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow Course. I really look forward to meeting you on the Inside of this Course. I wish you every success, in learning to play your guitar.

Please look out for other guitar lessons from me.

Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow.

What are the requirements?

  • Guitar students will only require a 6 string guitar

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the different parts of a guitar
  • Tune your guitar
  • Play the Chromatic Scale on the guitar
  • Play the notes on all 6 strings
  • Read guitar chord charts
  • Play major, minor, 7th, major 7th, diminished, minor 7b5 & power chords
  • Read & play rhythm charts
  • Identify & play music notation notes such as semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, tied notes, rests & time
  • Read & play 27 rhythm charts along with a backing track
  • Play 5 different chord progressions with chords from 3 major scales
  • Play along with style backing tracks
  • Use the major scale template against the chromatic scale to create a variety of major scales
  • Use the 1 3 5 chord template within the major scale to create 7 triad chords
  • To identify the major, minor, diminished pattern within a major scale

What is the target audience?

  • The beginner guitar lessons course by Paul Gronow is suitable for both new guitarists & experienced guitarists who want to improve in learning about major, minor, 7th, major 7th, diminished & minor7b5 chords, learn how to read music notation & rhythm charts, chord progressionss & guitar music theory

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Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started With Your Guitar
07:14

Welcome to Beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow

Hello I'm Paul Gronow & I want to thank you so much for trusting me to guide you through what let's face it is a 'potential maze' of learning guitar & for your purchase. I'm really excited in being able to help you right now to begin your journey with me in studying & playing guitar!

So who am I?

I live in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales UK & I've been studying, playing, performing recording, guitar for over 40 years & I've been privileged to have been able to help thousands of people to play guitar & to get to grips with the essential music theory. I have taught guitar online, via guitar websites, a guitar membership site & blogs. Plus locally through 1-2-1 guitar lessons & small or large group guitar lessons. I teach children & adults & particularly specialize in contemporary styles such as Rock, Blues, Rock n Roll, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Folk & Finger Picking.

The Role Of Music Theory In This Course

I began my guitar journey alone, back in 1974, yes I had books but generally I'm self-taught. I first used the infamous Bert Weedon's, Play In A Day Book... met up with other guitarists then began to play in bands in the 70's.

During that time I generally learned to play a song by slowing down the record & playing along with it. I would spend many hours every day learning playing writing & singing songs; I really enjoyed guitar.

As my guitar playing improved, I began to realize I needed to learn to read music notation & guitar tab. So I began my journey in learning what I needed to help me play other people's music & create my own. I'm currently recording my first album, been a while yes but I'm only now finding the time to do this.

So having accumulated so much theory, knowledge, tips, tricks & techniques along with many resources that I use every day I wanted to find ways in which I can help provide the best service to guitar students as well as to be financially rewarded for all the time, energy, expertise, effort put into guitar, so then I came across Udemy!

I trust that what happens next in this course will result in three success stories, Udemy's, Yours & Mine.

So please check out the next lecture to discover what I've created for you & how you really can learn to play guitar starting right now.

I look forward to hearing of your comments, concerns, feedback & of course suggestions of potential topics that you believe would be of benefit to both you & other students...

If you like this course & find that it really help you to learn to play guitar then please look out for others guitar courses taught by me Paul Gronow.

Thank you once again; so let's get down to it.

Yours in Music,

Paul Gronow.


11:01

I've been teaching people to play the guitar for over 40 years & I understand the importance of beginning the journey by setting your personal action plan & the benefit in maintaining a guitar journal. This lecture will include a template of how you too can best plan your daily practice sessions around success!

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


07:25

Guitar Anatomy

In this lecture we're going to cover the parts of the guitar, like the head, machine heads, the neck, the frets, the body & tuning a guitar to standard tuning.


Tuning Your Guitar Strings

Tips: Remember to listen to the correct note then play your string open (not fretted). If you're unsure then remember to lower your guitar string then slowly tune the string back up towards the pitch whilst listening to the correct pitch.


String numbers & note names the 1st is the thinnest string each string is tuned to a particular note.

So here they are:

1st String is tuned to an E

2nd String is tuned to a B

3rd String is tuned to a G

4th String is tuned to a D

5th Sting is tuned to an A

6th String is tuned to an E

Then once you have a guitar in your hand that is tuned it'll be time to look at the notes found on your guitar fretboard, you'll discover that there are 12 different sounding notes, that are collectively known as the Chromatic Scale. So you'll get to play all those notes along with me.

Finally this section will look at the note relationship from the 6th string up to the 1st string; where you'll play the notes up to the 5th fret on all but one string...

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


02:47

What Is The Chromatic Scale?

In this lecture we'll look at what the absolutely essential Chromatic Scale is & how it came about!

The Chromatic Scale is basically all the notes we have available on a guitar. Today we are going to look at forming the Chromatic Scale on our guitar.

During this course you'll discover that the Chromatic Scale is used to create all scales & that the chords are formed using the notes from a scale.

So basically writing music is certainly much more that stringing a number of chords together...

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


02:29

Playing The E Chromatic Scale

In this lecture we're going to play the E Chromatic Scale up & down the 6th string. The notes are as follows:

Open 6th String is E

Fret 1 is F

Fret 2 is F# of Gb (the same note)

Fret 3 is G

Fret 4 is G# or Ab

Fret 5 is A

Fret 6 is A# or Bb

Fret 7 is B

Fret 8 is C

Fret 9 is C# or Db

Fret 10 is D

Fret 11 is D# or Eb

Fret 12 is E (An Octave higher than the open string)


See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow





03:13

Okay is this Lecture we'll get the opportunity to play the notes up to the 5th fret on all but one string. Learning to identify the notes on your guitar will help you to write your own melodies & chord patterns plus you'll be able to play other people's music.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


06:12

An Introduction to Lead Guitar is just that, where you get to take those notes that you've been working on in previous lectures & get to play some of them from the 6th right up to the 1st string.

You'll discover that playing lead guitar is made much easier by selecting some of the 12 notes found in the chromatic scale.


This lecture on beginner lead guitar will make use of the A Minor Pentatonic Scale, which basically has just 5 notes. So you'll get to play those notes by playing 2 notes on the 6th string then two on each of the other strings right up to the 1st string, then you play them all back down the strings.


In addition to playing the notes as a lead guitarist on your guitar fretboard you get to understand about improvisation & even learn a handful of embellishment techniques like slide, bend, pre-bend, vibrato & vibrato bend.


Finally, you'll get to play your newly acquired A Minor Pentatonic Scale along with two backing tracks.

The first is Rock Style in the Key of A & the second is a Jazz Blues backing track in the Key of C.


You will discover that the scale notes you play will perfectly match the backing tracks.

I look forward to seeing you inside of this lecture.


Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

07:50

In this lecture we’re going to look at an introduction to music notation.

This lecture will help establish the correct foundation for learning the notes over your entire fretboard.

This lecture will re-iterate that there are 12 different sounding notes on you guitar fretboard & that the notes include A through to G plus 5 # & 5 b notes.


You'll learn about the #, ##, b, bb notes, find out what a A## is.


There are over 120 frets on some over 130 frets on a guitar fretboard, spanning 3 octaves.

When you think of music composition you can use notes for melody (the single notes) & harmony (the chords) & these notes are all drawn from one or more scales for example the major scale that itself is drawn from the chromatic scale.


Finally, you'll learn that the chromatic scale has all 12 notes & that the major scale draws 7 notes from the chromatic scale using a scale template & then the melody & the chords are drawn from the major scale.


The lecture ends by showing how the piano keyboard shapes the notes available on a guitar.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.


03:33

In this lecture you'll discover 4 patterns that'll help you to learn to identify all of each type of note across the entire guitar fretboard.


This is useful for when you want to form & use movable chords plus it will help you to prepare to play & write guitar music notation & guitar tab.


ADDITIONAL STUDY

Okay, I suggest that you consider downloading the two pfd files found within this lecture; the first is:

  1. Blank Fretboard
  2. Complete Fretboard


Exercise Details

Okay, so with the two files downloaded, if possible print the Blank Keyboard file or write it onto blank paper then proceed to filling the notes in.

Then check you progress with the Complete Fretboard file.


Just to get you up & running here are the notes in the E Chromatic Scale Plus the notes on all of the open strings on a 6 string Guitar Fretboard.


E CHROMATIC SCALE

E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E.

NOTES ON OPEN STRINGS (1 is the 1st string)

1 E

2 B

3 G

4 D

5 A

6 E

See you in the lecture.

Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

01:59

In this lecture entitled ‘Guitar Tab, Music Notation & The Fretboard’, you’ll discover how the music notation shows the note to play & the duration of the note, (in this case the note would be played for 1 beat); whereas the guitar tab is useful for showing you where you can play the note on your guitar fretboard.


So it’s therefore a good idea to get to understand & use both music notation & guitar tab so that you can play other people’s music as well as create your own.


See you in the course Lecture.

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

02:19

In this lecture entitled Music Notation Part 1, you'll get to look at the relationship between Music Notation & Guitar Tab.

Looking at the Stave & Tab you'll get to see where each E note appears on the stave.

See you in the course Lecture.

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.


06:41

In this lecture entitled, Music Notations Part 2, you'll get to look at the essential parts of the Stave. This lecture won't be liked by all students' I guess, but if you get to watch this lecture a few times then you'll understand areas of guitar that many guitarists will not know & may even shy away from!


There are as previously mentioned, many benefits to learning to read music; so I suggest that you just go for it; you'll be pleased that you did!


So whats involved in this lecture?

Well you'll learn about the stave, the ledger lines, the notes on the stave the types of notes available to you, how they sit within music, key signatures, time signatures & more.


So I look forward to joining you inside this lecture, let's go for it right now!

See you in the course Lecture.

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

06:53

In this lecture entitled ‘Music Notation Part 3, you’ll discover about accidentals, the treble clef, key signatures & major & relative minor scales.

You’ll get to know that key signatures are shown at the beginning of the stave just before the time signature & they’ll either be displayed with one or more # on or in the lines representing that note. Alternatively they'll have one or more flats.

Additionally, you’ll get to understand that every major scale will have a relative minor scale.

So C major scale has the A minor scale. If you remember that the 6th note in every major scale is the start of the relative minor scale, then that’ll be a great start in preparation for this lecture.

So the C major scale has:

C D E F G A B C

The A minor scale will have :

A B C D E F G A

So if you’re not quite sure what all this means then I look forward to helping you on the inside of this lecture.

Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

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Okay so you now have a great foundation to build upon.

By this point you should have established your own personal study guide, be able to identify, the guitar neck, head, fretboard, body, be able to tune your guitar & be able to play the Chromatic Scale anywhere on your guitar.

In addition, you'll be able to explain where the Chromatic Scale came from & how important it is for all musicians.

You now know that the notes on the open 6 strings are:

1:E

2:B

3:G

4:D

5:A

6:E

You can now also identify & play up to the 5th note on each of the 6 strings.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


10 questions

Section 1 Quiz

This Quiz will focus on (Lectures 1 through to 14), the course introduction, setting up a successful guitar study plan, tuning the guitar, the Chromatic Scale & the notes up to the 5th fret.

Section 2: Guitar Chords
05:18

What is a Guitar Chord

In this lecture you'll learn that guitar chords are created when we play at least two notes together, the smallest chord is a 5th chord shape also known as a power chord; often used in Rock, Blues & Country musical styles.

Here's some examples of chord shapes starting with a C note:

C5, C, Cm, Cdim, C6, C7, C9, C11, C13, CM7, CM9, CM11, CM13, Csus2, Csus4, CAug.

There are a whole bunch more & we'll look at chords in more detail later in the course.

A5 is produced by playing the 1st & 5th notes together. The 5th chord or power chord is a very interesting chord as it works well within both major & minor scale songs.

Why?

Because a major chord is produced when we play the 1st 3rd & 5th notes together & its the third note that defines the major sound (a happy sounding chord)

The Minor chord is produced when we play the 1 b3 5 notes together. So the minor sound is a sad sound that is defined by the b3rd note with a a flat third.

Major Chord, the C Major chord is known as C as is made up of playing the C E & G notes together.

Minor Chord, the Cm chord is sounded when we play C Eb & G together.


How To Read A Guitar Chord

We learn guitar chords by learning to read a guitar chord chart. You'll learn how to read a guitar chord chart as you move onto playing your first guitar chord within this course an Em.

Tips & Tricks Around Guitar Chords

I suggest that you take your time through this lesson as you'll then gain valuable insight around tips & tricks whilst getting the most out of this first lecture on guitar chords.


Playing Your First Chord In This Course With Me

There'll come a time when you'll be playing a variety of guitar chords very well so enjoy this lecture.

Finish this lecture by playing your Em chord over a basic strum pattern along with me Paul Gronow.


See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

07:19

Developing Rhythm

This lecture starts by looking at developing the rhythm over the Em chord, where you'll get to play the following rhythm.

1 2 3 4+

So this time you still play a down strum on the 1 2 3 4th beats then you play an up strum on the and or the + after the 4th beat.


Your Second Chord & The Same Rhythm

Learn how to play the Am chord.


Chord Progressions

When we move from chord to chord this is known as chord progressions. In its' most basic sense a chord progression could be moving from Em to Am.

Later in this course (Section 4) we'll get to look at chord progressions that are typically found when moving around chords within a scale. Basically, each scale offers let's say 7 notes, then those 7 notes make up 7 chords, where each chord is assigned a numbers then we move around those 7 chords using a chord progression such as a 1, 4, 5.

How The Scale & Chords Are Related

The scale/chord relationship is very important to know & is covered later in the course, however if you want to look at the following just to set the scene as it were...


The C Major Scale has 7 notes which are drawn from the 12 note Chromatic Scale using a scale template 2212221, where 2 equals a space of two frets & 1 equals 1 fret distance away.

The 7 notes of the C Major Scale then produces chords, (that will sound fantastic whilst in the Key of C.)

So for example the C Major scale has 7 notes: C D E F G A & B. (You'll learn this later in the course)

These 7 notes can make up many chords but let's just say to start with 7 triad (3 note chords) chords.

The C note uses C E G notes to make up the C major chord.

The D note uses D F A notes to make up the Dm chord.

The E note uses E G B notes to make up the Em chord.

The F note uses the F A C notes to make up the F major chord.

The G note uses the G B D notes to make up the G major chord.

The A note uses the A C E notes to make up the Am chord.

The B note uses the B D F notes to make up the Bdim chord.


Question for you, Can you work out the chord template used in all of the above 7 chords?


(If so why not add it your answer into the discussions & see how your thoughts compare with others as well as mine.)


How To Increase Your Speed & Accuracy In Chord Progressions

This lecture concludes with tips on how to learn to increase the speed & accuracy of your chord progressions.

Want to increase chord changes?

Well just follow these few steps make sure you apply them every time you pick up your guitar.

1 - Using just your chord hand form each chord in the chord progression very slowly at first making sure that you form the chords perfectly by adding your lowest finger to the fret first followed by the other fingers in ascending order, so Em would mean that you place your 2nd finger on the fretboard then your 3rd finger.

2 - Once you can move slowly through the chord progression, pick up the speed a little still placing the emphasis on accuracy (don't play the chord).

3 - Now time yourself over One Minute see how many cycles of your chord progressions you can complete. This time the emphasis is placed on movement not the quality of chord shape.

4 - Finally, add any strum pattern to the chord progressions, start slow then slowly build up your speed.

If you follow these 4 steps every time you practice then expect to greatly increase your chord progression development... All the best, I look forward to hearing of your result in the discussions on this lecture.

The last rhythm used is a single down strum on the first beat of the bar.


See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow



05:28

Learn Two Major Chords

In this lecture you'll learn how to form two major chords, G & D then you'll move on to playing two familiar rhythm patterns over a 4 chord progression: G Em Am & D


Chord Progression

So now you have four chords to choose from:

Em Am G & D.


Fast Track

The 4 chords sound as if they belong to each other don't they?


This is because they do, in future lectures we'll look at the scale/chord relationship where you'll discover that these chords could be found together in either in the Key of G Major or in the Key of E minor.


Given that the G chord sounds like it's the home chord (the first Chord in the scale) this chord progression would be best placed within the Key of G Major. This & much more will be covered in a later lecture...


Next you'll get to play the following chord progression within the Key of G: 1 6 2 5


So in the Key of G we have the following chords: G Am Bm C D Em & F#dim.


Recap:

So if we play the chord progression 1 6 2 5 you'll play G Em Am & D


See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

04:49

In this lecture you'll get the opportunity to shut yourself away whilst you learn the chords found within the C Major, D Major & G Major Scales.

Each of the major scales featured in this Lecture have three types of triad (or 3 note chords) chords; they are the Major shape the Minor shape & the Diminished or in this case the amazing sounding m7b5 chord.

C Major has the C Dm Em F G Am & Bm7b5

D Major has the D Em F#m G A Bm C#m7b5

G Major has the G Am Bm C D Em F#m7b5

Over the series of the 5 Sections found within the Beginner Guitar Lessons by Paul Gronow course you'll get to fully grasp the amazing & vitally important relationship between the Chromatic Scale, the Major Scale & the Triad Chords.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow


03:59

So far the chords that we've looked at have been 3 note chords (triads) but in this lecture you'll look at 2 note chords called power chords or 5th chords.

Power chords are used in many musical styles particularly in Rock, Blues, Country & Pop music.

So here you'll learn how to form the A5 the D5 & the E5 power chords; then you'll get to play these chords along with a backing track that has a click track. This will help you learn to play in time, very important of course.

The backing track play a power chords played on an acoustic guitar then the power chords played on an electric guitar.

Look out for the lecture 'Playing in the Rock Style with Power Chords' where your knowledge & experience in power chords will be taken to the next level.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

04:26

Guitar Chords

So we're going to look at developing your guitar chord tool kit over the next few lectures. All guitarists will benefit greatly by being able to:

Read a chord chart - Form a guitar chord - work on the quality of sound - increase the speed of chord changes across a variety of chord progressions - learn to play a chord type across a variety of chord shapes.

Building Your Guitar Tool kit

Here's a few tips about learning guitar chords:

1 - read chord chart, identify the fingers, strings & frets required

2 - form the chord using the lowest fingers first

3 - practice forming the chord the best you can & do it slowly - working up the speed only when you are beginning to remember the shape

4 - move amongst chord just using the chord hand

5 - add a few chords into your own chord progression & play then over & over to build quality & speed...

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

03:48

Playing Dm, Bm & F#m Chords

In this lecture we're going to play three very popular minor chords.

Minor chords are shown with a lower case m like Am Bm Cm Dm F#m Bbm.


What You Need To Know About Minor Chords

1 - Minor chords are sad sounding

2 - They are triads (3 note chord)

3 - In the Major Scale there are 7 notes, they produce 7 basic triad chords. The chord shapes are as follows:


Minor Chords & The Major Scale:

The 2nd 3rd & 6th chords are always minor.

The 1 4 & 5 are always Major.

The 7th triad produced in the Major Scale is always a diminished chord.

So the 7 basic triad chords in the C Major Scale are: C Dm Em F G Am Bdim.

Once you play these chords one after another you'll hear how they perfectly align with the C Major Scale.

See you in the course Lecture.

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05:40

Why Learn Diminished Chords?

Diminished chords are very much part of the Scale/Chord relationship.

Why?

The Chords in the C Major Scale are: C Dm Em F G Am & Bdim.

These chords are created using 3 notes from the C Major Scale like this:


How To Find Out The Chords Used In The C Major Scale

The C Major Scale has 7 notes: C D E F G A B C (No sharps # or flats b.


Finding The First Chord In The C Major Scale

Take the 1 3 5 template & place it against the


The chord template used within the


1 - C chord made with C E G where we play one miss one then play one.


See you in the course Lecture.

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03:50

In this lecture we are going to introduce the concept of power chords. Power chords are used particularly by electric guitarists with overdrive or distortion. The purpose of the power chord is to add embellishment to certain parts of a song.

So discover that power chords are formed using the 1st & 5th notes, whereas a major chord will used a 1 3 5 so it's the 3rd note that create the major feel/ The minor chord uses the flat third note b3 where a Cm chord will be made up of:

C Eb & G notes. The Eb note create the sad sound in the chord.

So as the 5th chord does note have a 3rd note it does not sound like a major or a minor so it can be used in chord progressions in both a major & minor scale. This is of course fantastic as it's the melody of the singer if instrumentalist such as a lead guitarist that shape the feel of the song.

Finally, you get to play your power chords along with me with a drummer in a Rock Style feel.

See you in the course Lecture.

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02:39

In this lecture you'll get to recap the guitar chords section, for both your education & enjoyment plus in preparation for taking the Section 3 Quiz Guitar Chords.

So in this section we recap on the many chord types looked at major, minor, 7th, M7, diminished, m7b5 & power chords.

We'll recall that chords are formed from scales & we looked at the 7 basic triad chords formed from the C Major Scale the D Major scale & the G Major Scale.

You were able to move between chords too.

You also understand that playing chords will help you create music as well as to be able to play other people's music.

This lecture finishes with an introduction to rhythm which leads nicely into the next section, which is Section 4 Reading & Playing Rhythm.

See you in the course Lecture.

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5 questions

Section 2 Quiz

This Quiz will focus on (Lectures 15 to 24) & will be based on guitar chord charts, guitar chords & particularly guitar chords found within C Major Scale, the D Major Scale & the G Major Scale & Power Chords

Section 3: Reading & Playing Rhythm
04:18

What is Rhythm?

In this lecture we'll first look at what is rhythm. Rhythm is made up of sound & silence.

Notes Name & Duration

The duration of the sound or silence is looked at as follows:

Semibreve, lasts for 4 beats.

Minim, lasts for 2 beats.

Crotchet, lasts for 1 beat.

Quaver, lasts for half of a beat.

Semi-Quaver, lasts for a quarter of a beat.

Reading A Rhythm Chart

This lecture looks at playing along with me as you follow the rhythm chart just using the Em Chord.

See you in the course Lecture.

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06:42

Rhythm Chart

Learn about the notes used in music, Semibreve, Minim, Crotchet, Quaver & Semiquaver.

Once you're happy with the notes learn to apply them by playing an Em along with me.


Rhythm Exercise

The exercise is based on 6 bars of music.

See you in the course Lecture.

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07:47

In this lecture you'll get to play popular major shape chords.

The chords include:

C D E F G A Bb B

Once you have learned to form the chords you'll then get to play the chords along with the backing track in 4 exercises:

Exercise one will play all the chords using a semibreve over a bar.

Exercise two will play all the chords using 2 minim beats per bar.

Exercise three will play all the chords using 4 crotchet beats per bar.

Exercise four will play all the chords using 3 crotchets & 2 quaver beats per bar.


Please note that each of the chord exercises are played 3 times for your convenience.


See you in the course Lecture.

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03:31

In this lecture you get to form & play popular minor chord such as:

Cm, C#m, Dm, Em, Fm, F#m,Gm, G#m, Am & Bm.

See you in the course Lecture.

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02:59

Following on from the major & the minor chord exercises in this lecture you'll get to form & play along with the backing track the popular 7th Chords such as:

A7, Bb7, B7, C7, D7, E7, F7 & G7

The interesting thing about 7th Chords is that they add embellishment to a song & also it's the b7th note in the 7th chords that helps create much of the Blues feel...

See you in the course Lecture.

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03:48

In this lecture you'll look at popular amazing M7th chords, or Major 7th Chords.

The interesting thing about the M7th chord is that it is found in the Major Scale & therefore offers an upbeat feel to is often found within styles such as:

Jazz, Soul & Pop.

You'll get to form & play popular M7th Chords such as:

AM7, BbM7, CM7, DM7,EbM7, FM7, GM7 & AbM7


See you in the course Lecture.

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04:19

In this lecture you get to learn about & play the amazing m7b5 chords or minor 7th flat five chords.

The interesting thing about the m7b5 chord is that they are found within the major scale & are often used as a chord substitute to the diminished chord.

The diminished chord is the 7th triad chord formed in the major scale.

You'll get to play the popular m7b5 chords:

Am7b5, Bbm7b6, Bm7b, Cm7b5, C#m7b5, Dm7b5, D#m7b5, Em7b5, Fm7b5, Gm7b5 & G#m7b5

See you in the course Lecture.

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11:00

In this lecture you'll look at & play along with me as we focus on 27 rhythm patterns based upon a variety of styles & making use of the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver plus tied notes.

I encourage you to count along with me as we play the 27 rhythms on our guitars...

See you in the course Lecture.

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Section 3 Recap

This section has introduced the essentials of understanding rhythm.

This has been achieved by looking at what rhythm actually is, learning about the essential musical notes such as a semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver & their respective rests along with tied notes. We know that rhythm is sound & it's silence & the length of the sound & silence.

Now you can read & play 27 rhythm charts on a variety of styles that include, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Country & Pop.

You have also been able to play popular major, minor, 7th, M7 & m7b5 chords along with the backing tracks.

Okay so if you are ready please try the Section 3 Quiz.

See you in the course Lecture.

Beginner Guitar Lessons By Paul Gronow

5 questions

Section 3 Quiz

This Quiz will focus on Lectures (25 to 33) all based upon rhythm & will focus on looking at what rhythm actually is, learning about the essential musical notes such as a semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver & their respective rests along with tied notes.

Section 4: Chord Progressions
05:54

In this lecture you'll get to study & play 5 popular chord progressions across the C major scale.

What are Chord Progressions?

This basically means the choice of chords to be played over a piece of music.

So in music composition we may choose a set of chords from a scale for the introduction, another set of chords for the verse, another set of chords for the chorus, another set of chords for the instrumental, another set of chords for the bridge & finally another set of chords for the outro.

So learning these popular chord progressions is a must have in your guitar toolkit, enjoy.


See you in the course Lecture.

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02:27

In this lecture you'll get to study & play 5 popular chord progressions across the D major scale.

What are Chord Progressions?

This basically means the choice of chords to be played over a piece of music.

So in music composition we may choose a set of chords from a scale for the introduction, another set of chords for the verse, another set of chords for the chorus, another set of chords for the instrumental, another set of chords for the bridge & finally another set of chords for the outro.

So learning these popular chord progressions is a must have in your guitar toolkit, enjoy.

See you in the course Lecture.

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03:13

In this lecture you'll get to study & play 5 popular chord progressions across the G major scale.

What are Chord Progressions?

This basically means the choice of chords to be played over a piece of music.

So in music composition we may choose a set of chords from a scale for the introduction, another set of chords for the verse, another set of chords for the chorus, another set of chords for the instrumental, another set of chords for the bridge & finally another set of chords for the outro.

So learning these popular chord progressions is a must have in your guitar toolkit, enjoy.

See you in the course Lecture.

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07:02

In this lecture you'll get to further work on the Rock Style with Power Chords.

Using a Rock Style we'll look at chord progressions for a verse then a bridge.

Then you'll get to play along with the click track.

Then once you have the chords in place you have the opportunity to play along with me over three backing tracks featuring different instruments.

  1. The first will look at your playing along with me with drums & guitar
  2. The second backing track allows you to play your power chord progression for the verse & bridge along with the drums & bass
  3. Finally the third backing track allows you to play along with drums, bass & guitar, enjoy

See you in the course Lecture.

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05:35

In this lecture you get to play along with me within the Jazz Blues backing track based upon the Jazz chords found in the C Major Scale & as the Drummer & Bass player plays a Blues feel.

Firstly learn about the theory around the Jazz chords found within the C Major Scale then play the chords on guitar, then once you're comfortable with the chord changes play along with the backing track.

You'll be encouraged to follow along with the on-screen chord changes.

See you in the course Lecture.

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In this lecture you'll have opportunity to Recap the Chord Progressions section for your education & in preparation to take the Quiz 4 based upon lectures 27 to 32.

You should now understand & should be able to 5 popular chord progressions across the chords found within the C major scale the D major scale & the G major scale.

In addition, you should be able to play power chords within the verse & bridge of a Rock style plus the verse & chorus of the Jazz Blues style.

So if you believe that you are ready please try the Section 4 Quiz: Chord Progressions.

5 questions

This Quiz will focus on (Lectures 34 to 39) & will be based upon 5 popular chord progressions & the chord progressions found in the Rock Style plus the Jazz Blues style backing tracks.

Section 5: Essential Guitar Music Theory Toolkit
04:17

In this lecture we're going to look at the topic guitar music theory particularly for guitarists.

The goal is to look at the triad the major scale the chromatic scales.

The relationship between the three above will be introduced, where you'll learn about:

How to form the chromatic scale, learn about its origin, learn about enharmonic notes.

Next learn about the major scale template that'll be used to create the C major scale.

See you in the course Lecture.

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04:22

In this lecture we'll look at part 2 of 3 parts based on the essential guitar music theory toolkit.

So in part 1 we looked at how the chromatic scale is the master scale that all scales are drawn from then we were able to create the C major scale using the C major template.

Now in this lecture we're going to look are forming many other major scales using the major scale template.

See you in the course Lecture.

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04:28

So far Part 1 & 2 lectures on guitar music theory has helped you to create any major scale in any key using the major scale template mapped against the chromatic scale.

In this lecture (Part 3 of guitar music theory), you'll move on to forming the 7 basic triads in the C major scale using the popular chord template 1 3 5.

Then finally, you'll learn the chord patterns used across all major scales, M,m,m,M,M,m,d.

See you in the course Lecture.

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05:03

In this lecture you'll create the 7 Triad Chords found within the Minor Scale using the 1 3 5 chord template.

See you inside this lecture.

Paul Gronow.


03:10

Following on in music theory this lecture will look at forming the Minor Scales with sharp notes using the Minor Scale template mapped against the chromatic scale.

03:01

Following on in music theory this lecture will look at forming the Minor Scales with flat notes using the Minor Scale template mapped against the chromatic scale.

See you in the lecture.

Paul Gronow.

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Okay, so you now know that the chromatic scale is the master scale that all other scales are drawn from. You can create any 7 note major scale using the 2212221 major scale template. Then once you have the major scale you can identify the 7 basic triads by using the 1 3 5 chord template.

Finally, you now know that the three popular triad chord shapes drawn from the major scale using the 1 3 5 chord template are major chord shape, the minor chord shape & the diminished chord shape.

So if you believe that you are ready to proceed, please try the Section 5 Quiz.

Thank you for studying 'Beginner Guitar Lessons' with me Paul Gronow, I look forward to seeing you in future courses & I wish you continued success on you guitar journey.

Kind Regards,

Paul Gronow BA (Hons), HRM, FAETC & RGT Member.

5 questions

Section 5 Quiz

This Quiz will focus of the Lectures (40 to 43) & will be based on the chromatic scale, the major scale template & the 1 3 5 chord template.

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