Here's lesson 1 of my Four Week Fast Track program for Beginner Acoustic Guitar!
In this lesson, we'll cover the first chords you should learn and how to change between them. We will also answer some FAQs beginners have, and generally give you the essential info and skills to be able to play your first song asap!
To help you change chord easier, I suggest keeping your first finger down and shuffling it between the first and second frets. This is called an anchor finger as it stays in contact with the guitar and should make your changes smoother.
N.B. - To enable me to put this program together asap - some videos from this course are re-edited and re-mastered videos from my Beginners Course. If this concept proves popular, I look forward to re-filming many videos where necessary. However, I believe the order and section of videos will really help many people make faster progress through the first four weeks then any other method. If you're a total beginner or revisiting guitar after time away - I encourage you to give this program your full commitment for four weeks and see the impact for yourself. I wish you all the best!
Part 1 - Chords
The first chords we will look at are the E major and A major chords, which are shown in this video.
This ‘anchor finger’ idea will also help you to play the next chord (which is a D) as the first finger will not have to move at all to play that one!
Part 2 - Strumming
The first strumming pattern we will learn is just four down strums on the beat. To do this well, we have to understand what bars and beats are. The video below covers this, the pattern itself and also my top tips for strumming with good technique!
What are bars and beats?
The beat is what you nod your head or tap your foot to when you hear a song you like. It is a pulse in music that everything lines up to. 99% of the time, a song will use a count of 4 beats, which we call a bar. Whatever strumming we do for 1 bar, we tend to repeat this throughout an entire song. So when you look at a song, only 1 bar of strumming may be shown, which you learn to repeat while playing whatever chord is written. How fast you count this 1, 2, 3, 4 is called the tempo, aka speed or bpm (beats per minute)