Best Way To Learn The Guitar
This is a fast, from scratch, way to learn guitar. If someone has fun doing something they will want to do it again. This is true with playing guitar. If you can pick up a guitar and have fun making some good sounds, you will like to repeat the process. When I started learning to play guitar I had a folded over mattress in the corner of a room and an old Harmony Rocket semi-hollow body electric guitar. I just found ways to make sounds I liked. I refer to the movie “August Rush” He just enjoyed the sounds he got from the guitar. One time while visiting a music shop I found a book with some easy folk songs and some chord diagrams. I just wanted to play one song. I discovered I already knew how to make some of the chords but I just didn’t know what they were called. When I found out how to play and sing one song I found I could play many more. Playing by ear on your own and learning without lessons.
Guitar Open Tunings
When I started learning how to play guitar a friend showed me open “D” tuning. He was having fun playing in “D” tuning and thought I might like it also. The strings are tuned. D A D Gb A D. On my Tuning Guitar for Beginners Page I explain how to tune down into “D” tuning.
If you capo on the 2nd fret you will be tuning guitar open “E” tuning. The fingering is basically the same.
Some easy fun in D tuning
If you place your index finger on the 5th string 2nd fret and your ring finger on the 2nd string2nd fret you will get a good sound. You can move this up to the 5th fret, the 9th and 12th. Using your pick or thumb, you can slide into the positions. Then you can move each finger up a string at the 2nd fret and go to the 4th fret, 91h and 12th. This makes for some easy good sounds starting out.
Get funky in “D”
Take your index finger and place it on the 5th string 2nd fret. Take you 2nd finger and use it on the same string 3rd fret. Alternate with the open chord and these 2 positions in a syncopated beat and you will start to get a little bluesy. If you can, move up to the 5th fret and barre with your index finger. Using your ring finger do the syncopated beat on the 5th string 7th fret.Then do the same with a barre on the 7th fret and ring finger on the 5th string 9th fret.Keeping a good steady beat is the beginning of greatness. LOL.
“E” open tuning
If you capo 1 step or on the 2nd fret you can do the same thing you do in “D” and it will be in “E”.There are many other one and two finger things you can do in open tunings.Guitar alternate tuningsThere are many ways to tune a guitar. Someone told me I was cheating when I went to open tuning. I told him it was all about knowing how to use the tools in the tool box. Many players use “drop D”. They just drop the 6th string from ‘E’ to “D” . Some players will just tune down the top 4 strings. (especially slide players that don’t use their slide on base strings.
Guitar open “D” tuning chords
Guitar open tuning chart
Play slide guitar
I am using the open tuning lesson to lead up to slide guitar. I plan on doing an extensive piece on slide guitar. I will speak on different styles of slide guitar but I use a style combining finger placement with a slide.
enjoy your guitar
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