The Absolute Basics (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Eulberg

The Absolute Basics

In this lesson, Mr. Steve Eulberg welcomes you to the acoustic guitar by thoroughly covering its physicalities and how each part affects your sound. Steve also teaches how to tune your guitar using the piano as a reference. Finally, he covers finger positioning and correct placement. These concepts are essential to left hand technique.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 45:09Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:49) Introduction Steve Eulberg introduces himself in this intro segment and plays some great acoustic music.
Chapter 2: (19:31) Notes: The Guitar as Person & Strings Think of the guitar as a person and attention to the head, neck, body, shoulders and hips. Additionally for the more detailed parts of the guitar, reference the nuts, bridge, saddle, pegs, posts, sound board, sound hole, and the fret board. These will be vital in understanding the physicality of the guitar for future references during lessons.

String References and Notes: Steve also references the first notes of the strings by chord name: Starting at the thickest string and going down, they are:
Weight Name # of String Sound
Thickest Low E 6th String Lowest
Thicker A 5th String Lower
Thick D 4th String Mid
Medium G 3rd String High
Thinner B 2nd String Higher
Thinnest High E 1st String Highest

It is vital to know that the thicker the string, the lower the pitch. And while this default note structure holds true, playing any chord on the fret board shortens the strings.

Tuning your Guitar:
  1. Pitch Pipe: Pitch pipe is a pipe that you can buy at your local music store. Blow into it to produce a reference tone. The guitar string is then tuned to this tone.
  2. Tuning Fork: With a tuning fork, you are tuning one string, usually the 5th or 6th, then tuning all of the other strings to that one. If you are tuning the 5th string, you will be using an A 440 tuning fork.
  3. Electronic Tuner: Electronic tuners are widely available at music stores, and are probably the easiest method to tune a guitar. The tuner listens to the pitch of each string as you strum it, one at a time, and uses an easily understandable display to let you know if your pitch is too high or too low.
  4. The Intellitouch is a tuner that clips to the headstock of your instrument. Since the Intellitouch tunes via vibration, rather than pitch, tuning a guitar in a noisy room proved to be a simple task.
Chapter 3: (11:11) Notes: The Magic of Your Left Hand

In reference of Steve's lessons, both current and in the future, he will refer to your fingers as numbers, with the index finger being #1, middle finger being #2, ring finger being #3, and the pinky being #4. It is important to note that these fingers will align with the fret board for the exercise in this chapter.

Reference the image to left for a visual of this important factor of the role of the left hand.

Please learn, practice, and master the exercise Steve performs during this chapter. While it may seem very basic and simple, be sure that you can play it accurately, quickly, and consistently.

Chapter 4: (2:42) Using Your Thumb The thumb is the strongest muscle in the hand, so playing with your thumb properly is very important.

Steve recommends that you have the pad of your thumb resting on the back of the guitar. As your fingers are moving from the high strings to the low strings you can slide your thumb down, ensuring that you are still benefiting from the strength it has to offer.
Chapter 5: (05:40) Right Hand Technique and Guitar Picks The Right Hand
    While playing guitar many people only focus on the left hand, and neglect the right hand which is equally as important. Please pay careful attention to this chapter as it adds information you can use through your entire career as a guitar player.

    There are two basic methods for basic left hand use in guitar playing:

    • Playing with your Thumb
      • The thumb can be used to play individual strings and strum chords, and is a great way to start out your playing experience. In later lessons we will cover using all the fingers on your left hand, but for now the thumb is the focus.

    • Playing with a Pick
      • Most, if not all, guitarists use a pick in their playing at one time or another. People sometimes use a pick for increase volume, convenience or simply enjoyment. Picks come in many shapes and sizes, and the size and thickness of a pick is completely based on personal preference. There are two basic ways to hold a pick.

        • Method 1
          • One is to have all of your fingers curled under and to have your thumb holding the pick so just the point of the pick is sticking out. Be sure to see the example in the video if you are having trouble visualizing this. This is not Steve's preferred method but that does not mean it will not be of use to you.

        • Method 2
          • The second method is holding the pick between your thumb and your index and pointer fingers. The pick is still at an angle in this position. Again, see Scene 5 in the video for a visual representation of this pick holding method.

        While playing with a pick, make sure you are not holding it with a death grip. That can cause hand cramps and overall is not ergonomic.

        While playing right now, only pick down. In future lessons Steve will go over alternate picking, picking in different directions and the likes but for a beginner you should just concentrate on down picking and down strumming.

        While picking many people like to keep one or two fingers anchored on the pick guard of their guitar. This can help keep track of where your fingers are and give an overall more stable feeling. This is not a requirement, nor necessarily recommended, but if it is something that makes playing easier for you do it, if it feels as if it is hindering your movement do not.

      Practice the basics of left hand guitar playing, because it will greatly help your playing in the future.
    Chapter 6: (03:41) Relation Between the Guitar and Piano In this chapter Steve will go over the relationship between the notes on the guitar and the notes on the piano.

      Musical Alphabet

        Musical Alphabet has 7 notes before the start repeating. A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

        Between certain notes, there is another note called a sharp or a flat. For instance, between A and B you have a A sharp or B flat. They are the exact same note, the name just varies depending on which direction you are coming from. For instance going from A to B it would be an A Sharp, but going from B to A would be an B Flat.

        There are not sharps or flats between every note, so it is very important to memorize which notes have a sharp or flat between them and which do not.

        So it would look like this with the sharps and flats included. A | A Sharp or B Flat | B | C | C Sharp or D Flat | D | D Sharp or E Flat | E | F | F Sharp or G Flat | G.

      Piano and How it Relates

        On the Piano, the A, B, C, D, E, F and G notes are all white keys. The sharp or flats that come between these notes are the black keys.

        On a guitar, as you know, there are no white or black keys. Each fret on a guitar is a half step, meaning if you strike the D string open you would be playing a D note, and if you played the D string at the first fret you would be playing a D sharp.

      Tuning With a Piano

        If you have ever played the Piano chances are you already know the middle C note. If you move up two white keys you have an E note which is the exact same E that you have on your guitar on the open high E string.

        What does this mean? Go down two E notes and you will have an E th at matches your low E string. Well, you can play the E on the piano and then tune your low E string to match it, which is great for tuning your guitar if you do not have a tuner, or simply making sure you are in tune with the piano. You might be thinking that having the E note does not help you tune your whole guitar, but if you remember the "Magic of the 5th fret" tuning method, you will realize the only note you absolutely need in tune is the low E string. After that, you can tune the rest of your guitar simply using the 5th fret method. Alternatively you could play each individual note on the piano and match them to the guitar strings as well, but the 5th fret method is more convenient.
    Chapter 7: (01:32) Final Thoughts In this section Steve will give you some final thoughts on this lesson and play you a grooving Bluegrass tune to hold you over until next time.

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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TalloblazeTalloblaze replied on March 22nd, 2017

Video freezing frustrating anybody know a way around it slows down your progress Hopefully will get through this

ATPATP replied on July 21st, 2015

Now that you mentioned Pitch, What would be considered the Lowest and Highest Pitch in terms of HZ on commercial Well Known Brand Names?

rgartleyrgartley replied on June 16th, 2015

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rgartleyrgartley replied on June 16th, 2015

Nice refresher. Thx!

Russ777Russ777 replied on May 21st, 2015

I lost sound in a couple of places, and in others the sound continued, but the picture froze. I put my monitor on the low quality picture, but it still was frozen.

DoTheTunesDoTheTunes replied on April 1st, 2015

Hey Steve! Thank you so much for the valuable information. You teach in a way that makes me feel successful so far!

1toyboy1toyboy replied on March 18th, 2015

Thanks Steve, for myself the course was a nice refresher on the basics and a great primer to moving forward with the guitar. Excellent!!

johan maritzjohan maritz replied on February 27th, 2015

Love your lessons man Thanks

johan maritzjohan maritz replied on February 27th, 2015

Love your lessons man Thanks

TritTrit replied on February 26th, 2015

Great lesson, Steve. It is a real pleasure to take lessons from you. You explain things where a person can understand the reasoning behind something. Thanks very much. I'll continue my lessons.

decrease2increasedecrease2increase replied on February 16th, 2015

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decrease2increasedecrease2increase replied on February 16th, 2015

67 year old female.....something I've always wanted to do!

kittyshiltonkittyshilton replied on February 13th, 2015

Thank you! Clear and concise instructions!

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hammertoehammertoe replied on January 2nd, 2015

I learned more in the first lesson here than I did in a month on Rocksmith.

superplayersuperplayer replied on December 31st, 2014

i want to tune my guitar but i don't have any of those things what do i do.

mattmiller14mattmiller14 replied on March 15th, 2015

download pitchlab on your phone

SartechSartech replied on December 28th, 2014

I am a self taught guitarist who was taught by a lousy teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson. I am starting over with the hopes of getting rid of lots of bad habits so I become a good guitarist.

Bronx1031Bronx1031 replied on December 27th, 2014

Thank you, returned to this after 30+ years and decided to start from the beginning. Wished this was available in the 80's. Very well done. the finger exercises, showed how much I need to practice to get the strength back, in my right hand. I'm a lefty. Practice Practice Practice.

ThackRThackR replied on December 26th, 2014

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ThackRThackR replied on December 26th, 2014

When you were teaching the magic fifth fret, steve, and as i so new at this I got confused and still am with this. I get the pressing of fifth fret on A string to get the same note? below but on the E string above I was unclear and still am what is that about same note on the "E' String ??? Apart from this all else was good. Thanks

westawaywestaway replied on December 25th, 2014

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westawaywestaway replied on December 25th, 2014

was a very good lesson have dabbled with guitar before haven't pick one up in a couple of years good refresher very well explained thank you

genesisraquelgenesisraquel replied on November 23rd, 2014

thank you Steve! this is the best online guittar's course I viseted ever!! very esy to follow, also I Italian speaking like me! i think i get the up gread!

gary321gary321 replied on November 16th, 2014

on my very 1st lesson and i don't have any sound? i had sound before i started the session, i have turned the volume up on my computer and the video screen. any suggestions?

GrnAlienGrnAlien replied on November 8th, 2014

Thx for the lesson

geopalgeopal replied on October 31st, 2014

All OK, what about navigation from this point on?

richardpdoylerichardpdoyle replied on October 27th, 2014

Videos aint loading.

rico101rico101 replied on October 18th, 2014

Let me see how this goes. Tried many systems before and progressed fair enough as a beginner...but there's something about JamPlay and the instructors

jerry.deverajerry.devera replied on October 8th, 2014

So far so good. 36 minutes into the absolute basics. will take some time to learn and teach the positioning of the 1 2 3 4 fingers through continued practice.

johnmckuskerjohnmckusker replied on September 2nd, 2014

good first lesson. I am a beginning guitarist but have had lessons before with a lot of starts and fits. good to be starting again.

martyrogersmartyrogers replied on June 1st, 2014

I had fun with the first lesson It was good to learn that there are several options with regards to tuning a guitar. I enjoyed the 5th fret tuning exercise especially.

MadeInUK66MadeInUK66 replied on May 13th, 2014

Question about using a pick or not. I am an absolute beginner and I love the prospect of just picking up guitar and playing it without pick. Question is, should I start as I mean to go on and not use a pick or will I learn faster using a pick? This question on the web seems to get very ploarized answers. What's the advice here? Thanks.

clara1989clara1989 replied on May 4th, 2014

One instructor says to rest the guitar on your left leg. I see Steve rest his on the right leg. What is the correct way or is it up to the player?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 5th, 2014

This is a subjective topic. It comes down to your preference. It comes down to what feels more comfortable to you. I do think that most acoustic strummers put the guitar on the right leg (if they are right handed). Classical guitar players have a whole set of rules and they play on their left leg. Hope that helps.

BigjoedoBigjoedo replied on March 12th, 2014

New to Guitars, how far should I push my left fingers when they really start hurting from practice (feels like the string is going to cut through my finger). I want to improve and build Calluses but don't want to hurt my fingers? Thanks

Slmm88Slmm88 replied on April 5th, 2014

To be honest I really don't know, but I will say that if you get to the point where every push hurts like that but your still having fun even with the pain. Keep playing till it's not fun. That's what it's all about FUN!!!

harshay_bharshay_b replied on February 8th, 2014

Is it necessary to "master" the exercise before moving on to the next lesson?

saunderssaunders replied on January 3rd, 2014

Does it matter if you have a hard time on the fretboard when your doing you exercises, the one where you start from 0 to 4. Because i have a hard time stretching out my finger long enough to get to that particular fret.

corey davidsoncorey davidson replied on January 12th, 2014

Remember that you are trying something new. Your hands are not used to these exercises. Keep practicing - it does get easier:)

saunderssaunders replied on January 3rd, 2014

I'm also finding it hard to do that exercise fast like you Btw: lesson 1 chapter 3

mattpainemattpaine replied on March 23rd, 2014

I'm also a newbie. 45 years old first guitar last week! I think its just practice, practice, practice. Do those basic reps again and again till it becomes like a habit u dont have to think about. But it will take a a long time. However, the rewards will be awesome!

gabbyluebbertgabbyluebbert replied on December 30th, 2013

I had a lot of difficulties tuning my guitar. Apparently I can't match pitch very well. Steve was a lot of help, but I found a free app on my phone that tuned my guitar beautifully.

crockcrock replied on January 1st, 2014

Lesson 1 - Chapter 3 (the left hand): perhaps I have small hands, but I'm finding it difficult to stretch my finger along the 4 cords. Any suggestions Steve?

anadine0395anadine0395 replied on December 3rd, 2013

I've been playing pretty well since July of 2013 but I alwats feel like I'm missing something or could help my knowledge grow if someone taught me. I 'm totally about to majorly cram for this next week with these lessons (I have a week trial membership). These lessons so far are so easy and well thought-out, I'm glad I decided to give it a try :)

gannablegannable replied on November 24th, 2013

been trying to learn since august 2013 - i have been looking at my left hand while playing. the comment about using a mirror was helpful. i can use my i pad camera to watch myself

RetharaqsRetharaqs replied on November 24th, 2013

Just beginning & this was a great intro for me. Happy with my decision to join jam play, it's going to be worth it.

4orangehippos4orangehippos replied on November 4th, 2013

Loved learning the basics. The guitar is new to me and after listening to a few other instructors I liked your style the most.

brettmc1963brettmc1963 replied on October 25th, 2013

Thanks for a great introduction, Steve. I've played guitar for quite a while, but I'm going back to basics as I know I need to unlearn some bad habits. (Such as hanging my thumb over the top of the neck rather than keeping it behind.

edstrickeledstrickel replied on October 25th, 2013

Steve: Thanks for a fun initial learning session. Not only do you look like Burl Ives, you made a strong connection with me as he did. Your depth of detail was just right for me at this beginning stage. I actually understood. TA DA!

brettmc1963brettmc1963 replied on October 25th, 2013

Sorry, I put my comment in the wrong place. Apologies.

brettmc1963brettmc1963 replied on October 25th, 2013

Thanks for a great introduction, Steve. I've played guitar for quite a while, but I'm going back to basics as I know I need to unlearn some bad habits. (Such as hanging my thumb over the top of the neck rather than keeping it behind.

jenkins0501jenkins0501 replied on October 24th, 2013

Just getting started. I could only go for about 20 minutes before my left hand started cramping up. Haha, I guess I need more exercise. Also, as I practiced on one string I noticed some of the other strings would get going in 'sympathy'. Does my guitar suck, or is that normal?

sonofjay817sonofjay817 replied on October 5th, 2013

Obviously, this is only an issue when coming back down.

sonofjay817sonofjay817 replied on October 5th, 2013

when the scale is played, at the point before the move to the next string, the last note played is the open note with no finger on the string. This makes that note tend to linger while I'm scaling down the next string. How do you stop that note last note on the string from lingering?

zagermanzagerman replied on September 21st, 2013

I notice that lesson materials are available in Guitar Pro. Is the software worth the money, and will it add to my progress?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 26th, 2013

I use Finale so can't comment on GuitarPro, but I know that Jim Deeming loves it!

dickson55dickson55 replied on July 30th, 2013

What's the name of those two tunes you re playing. I know I missed the answer somewhere

oandroplex700oandroplex700 replied on January 23rd, 2014

this is truly what I need to get started, as a beginner guitar player although, the guitar I have purchased is a fender Stratocaster Electric Lefty Guitar

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 26th, 2013

Here's the tune that I'm playing on my front stoop: "Beauty in the World"

eramos14eramos14 replied on July 23rd, 2013

I tuned all strings of my guitar using a tuner. When I play measure 1 of Lesson 1, the A (string 1, fret 5), the tuner shows I am not in tune, and the open A (fifth sting) is in tune according to the tuner. Why?

lonlivesnowlonlivesnow replied on May 23rd, 2013

Hi Steve, I have been doing the finger exercise from lesson 1, scene 3, doing very well with the mirror. Would it be OK to go to lesson 2 with the mirror because it is not as smooth without it? I'm trying it with my eyes closed occasionally . Great Lesson, Thank You Very Much. Lon

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 26th, 2013

Yep, move ahead!

matthewyoungmatthewyoung replied on May 5th, 2013

Hi Steve. My tuner asks which key to tune in.would I choose key of C?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 26th, 2013

Is yours a Chromatic Tuner? A=440 is the standard pitch.

myjamplaysmyjamplays replied on April 29th, 2013

Great lesson Steve and remember students use your finger tips on your notes/chords.

lespstratlespstrat replied on April 2nd, 2013

Hi Steve, I know I'm trying to learn electric Guitar but I like your finger lessons. I have arthritis in my fingers but worst than that is a left pinky finger that has a trigger finger. How do I work with that?

TriziaTrizia replied on March 26th, 2013

Thanks Steve, you are awesome! I'm hopeful I will learn to play guitar.

stephaniejstephaniej replied on March 25th, 2013

When I try to click on video lessons I'm getting a no suitable player found message on the screen. Could anyone help me figure out why that is and what I need to do so I can watch the videos\s please? Thank you..

joshs_3joshs_3 replied on March 12th, 2013

Steve, great lessons, but I have a few questions on what to do now. I didn't catch what we are really supposed to be doing before the next lesson. Follow the lesson one material and practice the 4 fret exercise? Should we become proficient with and without a pick at this point? Also, what about reading music --- should I print out the lesson and follow the music while I'm doing my exercise? If so, should I just worry the tab or both? Thanks!

shytigershytiger replied on March 6th, 2013

I started lessons when I was in 4th grade and I already noticed a couple of very bad habits I have that were shown or spoken of. For instance, I was never taught to hit the back of the fret. I can't wait to find out what else I am doing wrong. I look forward to "re-learning" how to play. Great lesson.

plutopiaplutopia replied on March 1st, 2013

I learned a lot of new issues which i never considered before. Thanks for that nice and humorous introduction.

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rockmusingsrockmusings replied on February 10th, 2013

hello steve! I am really glad i joined jamplay.. i have just started learning and was told had reached intermediate level.. but the fact that i was not able to improve beyond a certain point was coz i was doing some basic things the wrong way,, things that i have so comfortably overlooked... but now i feel i wont miss those small but very important things..and i am so glad. Really like your way of teaching.. very lucid! thanks!

kittyriccardikittyriccardi replied on February 3rd, 2013

Steve, You have a great technique to keep me interested in learning more and taking it slow to be sure the content is really understood. Thanks!!

dynadyna replied on January 27th, 2013

at 57 l have my first guitar a cort .accoustic 6 string,lhave the winther blues to learn.

gprather1gprather1 replied on January 15th, 2013

Where can I find a tutorial on how to use JamPlay? View full screen, etc.?

draftydrafty replied on January 8th, 2013

Should I completely master that exercise in chapter three before moving on to lesson 2 or can I continue to practice it as I watch through the lessons? I'm better than I was 40 minutes ago but I can imagine practicing this for a week and still not having it down perfect and I only got a three month subscription for now!

gerryvhgerryvh replied on December 26th, 2012

I'm a 70 yr. old beginner. Tried to learn to play guitar on my own about 40 yrs. ago, but gave up after awhile. Steve's beginner lessons are great. Biggest problems for me are fingering chords without looking ang changing between chords (lesson 2). Still need a whole lot of practice but feel I'm making progress, all be it very slowly.

aussieaussie replied on May 14th, 2013

Hi Steve, greetings from down under, Australia this is. Many thanks for some great very easy to follow lessons. I am just starting out and wish to play fingerstyle guitar. I have checked a number of websites about how to hold the guitar,and as you are probably aware there are many opinions. As a result I am confused, not an unfamiliar state. You seem to leave the way to hold the guitar pretty much to the student to work out for themselves but I would very much appreciate your thoughts on the best way for playing fingerstyle, if there is one. Look forward to hearing from you and to working through your lessons on Jamplay

jbiebersbabe94jbiebersbabe94 replied on December 31st, 2012

I believe with everything he's helping with it is an amazing way to learn. Even if you already have tried playing on your own.

gerryvhgerryvh replied on December 26th, 2012

I'm a 70 yr. old beginner. Tried to learn to play guitar on my own about 40 yrs. ago, but gave up after awhile. Steve's beginner lessons are great. Biggest problems for me are fingering chords without looking ang changing between chords (lesson 2). Still need a whole lot of practice but feel I'm making progress, all be it very slowly.

TumulusTumulus replied on December 9th, 2012

Steve ~ Great job, it is a joy to study with you. ~Tumulus

meetvyasmeetvyas replied on December 7th, 2012

Hey, I started learning guitar recently. My fingers always touch the next strings which really discourages me. What should I do?

meetvyasmeetvyas replied on December 7th, 2012

Hey, I started learning guitar recently. My fingers always touch the next strings which really discourages me. What should I do?

maighdlin001maighdlin001 replied on December 2nd, 2012

:-D I loved this lesson. I'm just starting out and found this to be really insightful and helpful. Plus, I love your demeanor. ^.^ I will say I think I need to just get a pitch pipe. I've fiddling with a Korg tuner and I still can't get my guitar in tune. Better to go by ear for me, I think. Anyways, thanks! I look forward to watching the rest of your videos!

big gbig g replied on November 26th, 2012

Hello to all.....First lesson, first guitar. Had fun going through the first lesson. I am a bit confused, because this lesson and all the other beginning lesson deal with Acustic or electrical guitar. I play a nylon string classical guitar. I made this clear because, I tuned my guitar using a Krog, I then tested Steve's Magic 5th fret tune method, it did not work. BUT when I shifted to the 4th fret it I going nuts? Does anyone know if I'm right or wrong about tuning a classical guitar?

big gbig g replied on November 26th, 2012

Hello to all.....First lesson, first guitar. Had fun going through the first lesson. I am a bit confused, because this lesson and all the other beginning lesson deal with Acustic or electrical guitar. I play a nylon string classical guitar. I made this clear because, I tuned my guitar using a Krog, I then tested Steve's Magic 5th fret tune method, it did not work. BUT when I shifted to the 4th fret it I going nuts? Does anyone know if I'm right or wrong about tuning a classical guitar?

big gbig g replied on November 26th, 2012

Hello to all.....First lesson, first guitar. Had fun going through the first lesson. I am a bit confused, because this lesson and all the other beginning lesson deal with Acustic or electrical guitar. I play a nylon string classical guitar. I made this clear because, I tuned my guitar using a Krog, I then tested Steve's Magic 5th fret tune method, it did not work. BUT when I shifted to the 4th fret it I going nuts? Does anyone know if I'm right or wrong about tuning a classical guitar?

exchequerexchequer replied on November 24th, 2012

Hi Steve, thought I would drop you a note and tell you that your lessons were my first ever, one day after buying my first ever guitar. I REALLY enjoyed it and your style. Thanks for leading me through this new world...

BarsymesBarsymes replied on November 9th, 2012

Great lesson Steve. Haven't played guitar since college, trying to pick it up again. Just wanted to mention Gstring app for phones as a great guitar tuner for those that don't want to spend the money but still want a guitar tuner. Works great.

mark2012mark2012 replied on October 27th, 2012

Way too many comments to read, so I will just post one myself. I bought my guitar a few years ago, never really got into it until now. I even bought a basic level instruction book to learn on my own but not once did that book ever teach some of the basic skills and knowledge Steve presented in his basics level 1 - first 2 videos. So far at the first level - first video, I learned two new things that made a big difference, then the second video (first level), have not finished it yet, and again learned two great things as "proper toning" and "proper left hand finger and thumb positions which made playing a whole lot simpler and easier. It was how Steve explained it and showed it. I knew I needed to get good information about the basics and choosing Steve Eulberg, as I found so far, was an excellent choice.

gitgalgitgal replied on September 3rd, 2012

I just joined JamPlay today and can already see the benefit after taking this lesson. I have six months of private lessons under my belt but it was still worthwhile to start at the beginning. Seems that Steve's approach isn't as rigid as my guitar instructor's was. I like Steve's approach better.

wayne morganwayne morgan replied on September 5th, 2012

Hi new here that finger excercise is great for Stretching as well but i have problems keeping my fingers close to the strings when i take my fingers off,but i suppose that's expected

delacernasdelacernas replied on August 19th, 2012

This is a good start! Trying to go back to the basics and making sure I have a solid foundation.

tmischketmischke replied on August 31st, 2012

Started one on one lessons 4 weeks ago. My instructor was good,. However, I am a person who needs visual lessons were I can stop and pause. This is going to be exactly what I need to improve my ability to learn guitar

ellenpa2000ellenpa2000 replied on June 25th, 2012

Very clear instructions, but I just ran right away into a physical problem. My pinky doesn't get to the fourth fret... without moving my whole hand over. It just isn't long enough or my hand is not wide enough... The pinky is just going back towards my thumb at an angle. Not straight alignment. Any suggestions? Or live with it and learn to shift the hand....?

tmischketmischke replied on August 31st, 2012

I had the same problem and was convinced that my pinky would be a problem too. With a lot of frustration and even some tears of anger, I worked it out. Don't give up!!!!

azzforlifeazzforlife replied on August 5th, 2012

I have the same problem..

craigt61craigt61 replied on July 16th, 2012

Arching your wrist more (moving your wrist closer towards the floor) allows you a little more reach with the little finger. Also moving your thumb down the neck slightly helps reach further too

connie_annconnie_ann replied on July 6th, 2012

Ellen, I'm in the same boat - female with smaller hands. On top of that, at age 71 I deal with a bit of arthritis and some flexibility issues. I've found that there are some easy ways to get around things. If you can't reach that 6th string with your pinky, just skip it and don't sound that string. An example would be the G chord. You can use the EZ-G (3rd fret on 1st string, only play strings 1/2/3, or 2nd and 3rd fret on strings 5 and 6 and don't play the 1st string.

cecesmileyxxcecesmileyxx replied on May 27th, 2012

I am new to this site...I sing and write music but now I am trying to be able to learn guitar AND then put my songs to it :) somone please tell me that this will help me and it's worth it because I am completely new to this :)

connie_annconnie_ann replied on July 6th, 2012

I started learning to play guitar three months ago. The first two months of lessons (1/2 hour, 1 a week) cost me $120. This past month, different instructor (1 hour, 1 a week) cost me $40. Second teacher was less expensive but so disorganized I really got only 30 minutes of real instruction every hour. I just started with Jam Play, but have already learned things (beginner, basic, acoustic) the two previous instructors skipped. I'd say - yes, it is worth it - actually a real value.

yggdrasil12yggdrasil12 replied on May 25th, 2012

Hi, newly into the site- and it looks good, clear, and easy to follow, my issue? I am now left handed, following an acident- where are the left specific lessons, tips and guidance please?

mikedevriesmikedevries replied on April 27th, 2012

Thanks, having the resources and the instructor go through the lesson is very helpful.

burns92burns92 replied on April 13th, 2012

Great lesson, Steve. You're a wonderful teacher :).

haggarthaggart replied on April 17th, 2012

Thanks for the great start - am looking forward to the remaining lessons and finding the notes without looking!!!

marticiamarticia replied on April 23rd, 2012

lol me too its quiet a challenge not to look he he dont think my brain can remember it all lol

smp63smp63 replied on March 27th, 2012

Just a minor correction. In describing the parts of the guitar, you (and Jim Deeming both) have the bridge and saddle nomenclature mixed up. The bridge is the wooden "plate" with the holes in it which is glued to the top of the guitar. The saddle is the white plastic or bone piece which sits down in the bridge and the strings rest on. Not trying to be a smart a$$ but thought other people might like to know the correct names for the parts.

gitgalgitgal replied on September 2nd, 2012

I noticed that, too. Maybe a diagram of the guitar parts would have been in order.

noahzarknoahzark replied on May 1st, 2012

some british guy on u-tube made same error. ah well....

smp63smp63 replied on March 27th, 2012

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debraleedebralee replied on May 7th, 2012

fantastic lesson,,i have been getting lessons for 4 years now,,,but stopped for a year, picked up guitar today, wanted to go back to basics thankyou

penguinadorablepenguinadorable replied on March 24th, 2012

Hi Steve! I've been thinking playing my guitar is seriously IMPOSSIBLE but you helped! Thank you so much! I've been wanting to play for a long time!!!! :)

penguinadorablepenguinadorable replied on March 24th, 2012

At 16:04 Steve don't break your guitar haha

penguinadorablepenguinadorable replied on March 24th, 2012

Excellent teacher! I'm having a really hard time with my electric and he wasn't even using an electric and this helped me! Thank you Steve!

matt normanmatt norman replied on March 20th, 2012

Hi steve great teacher i thought it would be harder. i have absolutly no experience and finding it petty hard hitting the right strings as u said it best to not keep lookin, i find myself strumming the 3rd string, but left hand on 2nd or 4th. is this normal and will it get better as i keep doing it.

prhazardprhazard replied on March 18th, 2012

Great first lesson. I really enjoyed watching and playing along with you. It was fun learning how to tune the guitar using the Magic of the 5th and the digital tuner I bought. I do have a question though. I do not have an acoustic guitar, I have a classical one. Does that really matter in your lessons? I will eventually buy an acoustic but for now I want to learn on the classical. It was a gift from my Aunt about 20 years ago and really want to start with it. The guitar is about 40years old and has a great sound.

dodgydodgy replied on March 11th, 2012

My first intro lesson. Great.. Now the hard part, finger exercises. Need to get the hang of not hitting other strings creating a buzz or vibration. Im working on it... Dave

redpanther1200redpanther1200 replied on March 8th, 2012

My first guitar lesson......GREAT!

redpanther1200redpanther1200 replied on March 8th, 2012

My first guitar lesson......GREAT!

jacquelinerhjacquelinerh replied on February 26th, 2012

Hello from Australia. Got my birthday wish today....a guitar! Husband found a gorgeous pre-loved one that is as old as I am, now. Wonderful. Was a piano player in another life and was missing the music but wanted a new challenge. So very impressed with jamplay and Steve's instruction. It really could not be better or more comprehensive. Thank you! Jacqueline

chappyboychappyboy replied on February 24th, 2012

thanks for the first basic lesons how long before i will be able to play a song

Brian CookBrian Cook replied on February 25th, 2012

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chappyboychappyboy replied on February 24th, 2012

thanks for the first basic lesons how long before i will be able to play a sond

dsmallsdsmalls replied on February 21st, 2012

Great lesson.......should i really not be looking at my hand positioning is this the best way to learn? or should i just be looking at positioning of left hand? sorry completely new just want to fundamentals right and get into good habits

dsmallsdsmalls replied on February 21st, 2012

Great lesson.......should i really not be looking at my hand positioning is this the best way to learn? or should i just be looking at positioning of left hand? sorry completely new just want to fundamentals right and get into good habits

dsmallsdsmalls replied on February 21st, 2012

Great lesson.......should i really not be looking at my hand positioning is this the best way to learn? or should i just be looking at positioning of left hand? sorry completely new just want to fundamentals right and get into good habits

basprellictbasprellict replied on February 1st, 2012

Are you talking about from the top down is lowest to highest And from the bottom up is the highest?

basprellictbasprellict replied on February 1st, 2012

Scene 2 in 13:13 of the video.

robert7robert7 replied on January 18th, 2012

Good first lesson. I've always had difficulty using my little finger to depress a string but his gives a great exercise to improve dexterity. Thanks.

robert7robert7 replied on January 18th, 2012

Good first lesson. I've always had difficulty using my little finger to depress a string but his gives a great exercise to improve dexterity. Thanks.

dougydougy replied on January 5th, 2012

Hi Steve I just started here at Jamplay although I have been playing for 2 years . Anyways I like your fretting exercise to build strength and dexterity. My problem is whenever I try to fret the open strings from high to low and high , my thumb won't properly go up and down on the neck to help fret the notes and I would also notice that my elbow would start to turn and draw inward to my body.

jwlowejwlowe replied on December 29th, 2011

My first lesson and I thought you did a great job. My questions are what do the dots in between the frets mean and across the top where my left hand holds the strings? Thanks, Jack

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on January 2nd, 2012

Hi JW, the dots are called position markers and usually mark the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th frets (depending on your builders design.) Steve

milli1411milli1411 replied on January 5th, 2012

my guitar broke while tuninning

jwlowejwlowe replied on December 29th, 2011

My first lesson and I thought you did a great job. My questions are what do the dots in between the frets mean and across the top where my left hand holds the strings? Thanks, Jack

jd06zzjd06zz replied on December 19th, 2011

12/19/11... Just did my first lesson today and it seemed to go very well. I have an old Fender that a friend of my son gave me. Had to fix E6 screw. If I get good enough with it I'll buy a new one.

m3508m3508 replied on December 22nd, 2011

This is realy GREAT. My fingers aren't cooperating just yet. My goal is to run through the finger exercises as smoothly as you demonstrated.

solomynsolomyn replied on December 18th, 2011

Wow, this is the first guitar lesson I've had since I was 19. And then, I only did like 3-4 or so and was taken away because of a family tragedy. In those days, I had an old Kay Archtop guitar, which had a broken head and horrible action. Now, I have a Fender Strat with a Ibanez amp. Totally different! I am hopefully embarking on what a life-long desire to play guitar; one that has eluded me until now, when I'm in my mid 40's!!

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lizplizp replied on December 5th, 2011

This is my first online session and I am quite pleased with his teaching and sense of humour. Up to this time, I have had four 1/2h private sessions that showed me 6 chords, but not the theory and fundamentals. I look forward to proceeding through the lessons and when I can strum different chords together to make a song. I know patience, practice, and time.

jasokohjasokoh replied on November 28th, 2011

solid first lesson. I especially like the section where he shows you where the notes of the strings are relative to a piano.

flamingdragonrocker420flamingdragonrocker420 replied on November 21st, 2011

helpful lesson, nicely organized!

flamingdragonrocker420flamingdragonrocker420 replied on November 21st, 2011

helpful lesson, nicely organized!

acmeflyeracmeflyer replied on November 2nd, 2011

Where i need to be. How proficient with the exercise before I take on lesson 2?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on November 3rd, 2011

HI ACMEFLYER, take a look at this lesson for some cues:

kenthomas0823kenthomas0823 replied on October 24th, 2011

Great lesson! I'm sure this will provide a very solid beginning for me.

bigalandbigaland replied on October 11th, 2011

Like the lesson.Just need to practise the finger exercise before to next lesson.Thanks.

suzymcdonaldsuzymcdonald replied on September 8th, 2011

I've been trying to self-teach for 30+ years off and on. Learned more in this 45 minutes than many many hours of other teachers/studies. The teachers I've had before assumed you already knew which strings were where, which way was up/down, and nobody ever told me about the fingering exercises. Great job. Can't wait for lesson 2.

marvintrimblemarvintrimble replied on August 29th, 2011

On music sheet for the fingering exercise I am confused as to what the 1st quarter note in the 2nd bar is -- Starting with the first note in the first bar I start with the low E, then F, F#, G for the first bar. Then the first note in the second bar if it is sharp would be what? My dilema is this. A follows G and it is not a sharp key. And there is no G# so what is the first note of the second bar? Please help.

marvintrimblemarvintrimble replied on August 31st, 2011

There is a G# my mistake. I may have got the idea that there is no G# from a G chord lesson or a C chord lesson. And then I may have gotten # and b, sharp and flat confused with major and minor chords. But I think lesson 5 may have cleared up major and minor chords. And one of the last 3 lessons clearing up confusion explained where the sharp notes fall. Thank you so much for explaining that an A Sharp and B Flat are the same note and that all sharps and flats have 2 names depending on who is calling them the higher or lower note on either side. Thank you for pointing out that there is no B sharp or C flat. And for pointing out that there is no E sharp or F flat. And that even though they are sometimes referred to they don't exist and what the person is really talking about is the next chord, I forgot how that was referred to? But I'm starting to get it. It will sure take a lot of repetition to get this down to a point where I can use it in my playing.

grekergreker replied on August 5th, 2011

I am learning a whole lot more than I did in the first 10 pages of a book. You taught me something that seemed impossible to teach me, and that is learning how to tune the guitar. Also, you go into good depth on finger oplacement too, which shows one of the signs of a great teacher.

minorkeyminorkey replied on July 4th, 2011

Great first lesson steve. I'm not really a beginner but am a lazy self teacher so this was good, and it purged a few bad habits of mine viz a viz doing scales. I tend to move a finger up the neck rather than using all 4 fingers as you do in the video. Good stuff, I will practice that!

akikotamuraakikotamura replied on July 2nd, 2011

I'm not a very beginner but learnt a lot from the first lesson.

loveyduvey1229loveyduvey1229 replied on June 21st, 2011

Your a great teacher i have a guestion though i can't memorize where my fingers go?

thatguyatpartiesthatguyatparties replied on June 5th, 2011

13 Minutes in: "Have I completely lost my mind? Maybe." I like this guy already. Looking forward to learning with you Steve.

shy_kurjishy_kurji replied on May 21st, 2011

Thank you so much for this brilliant first lesson Steve!! I've really enjoyed it and I'm leading much faster than I'd expected :) you're a fabulous teacher!!! :D

rosemountainrosemountain replied on May 20th, 2011

I really enjoyed my first lesson here. I have a question on using a pic with my nylon classical acoustic guitar (my first guitar). Some sources say to never use a pic with this type of guitar other say the opposite. Any thoughts on this?

rad924rad924 replied on May 10th, 2011

Nice detail and instruction on this lesson. I finally learned the proper postion for my left hand. I have been having difficulty with finger placement and I hope this will help me.

idchordidchord replied on April 2nd, 2011

I was surprised how little control I have of my fingers, the pinky in particular. I am sure going to need to practice, very good lesson, going to be back for sure.

gmoonie58gmoonie58 replied on April 3rd, 2011

Getting faster with the fingering exercises. I am surprised how it helps with learning on how to stretch my fingers as I somewhat small hands.

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perry2perry2 replied on September 24th, 2010

Hi Steve, Perry from OSLC FC. I have a couple of nerdy engineer/geek comments. The physics of string vibration depend on mass of the string, length, and tension. You said "size" instead of "mass", which is almost right. :) For example, steel strings have a smaller size than nylon strings, but have about the same mass - go ahead and weigh them if you want. Your main point - fretting to change length, and therefore tone - is nonetheless 100% correct. Strings can vibrate at any integer harmonic. Striking the string at the 12th fret results in the string vibrating mostly at the fundamental - it's rather boring because there are no interesting overtones. Striking the string close to the bridge results in mostly overtones (high tones) and sounds "tinny". The point is that the guitarist selects the amount and relative strength of the overtones based on where they strum. Strumming over the sound hole sounds good because it has a more balanced mix of overtones. These integer harmonics add specific interesting things - 1st harmonic = root. 2nd harmonic = octave, 3rd harmonic = octave-V, 4th = 2nd octave, 5th = 2nd octave-III, 6th harmonic = 2nd octave V. Everything above that is fairly low energy compared to the rest. It tends to mush together as non-specific "string noise" or gets absorbed by the sound board. However, this is all for naught - despite understanding the physics, I still don't play as well as you. :) Peace, Steve.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on April 30th, 2011

Howdy neighbor! Thanks for the Physics lesson and leading me deeper into my understanding of how and why the strings behave like they do!

mervhdmervhd replied on April 5th, 2011

I was thinking the same thing.

sailorman70sailorman70 replied on April 29th, 2011

Hi Steve.....I'm a newbie. I'm 70 years old and just starting out. I'm old enough to have learned patience so I'm not rushing anything. My question is 'when should I try to start learning notation, as it seems that just using tabluture will not be enough to get full enjoyment from playing. Any suggestions?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on April 30th, 2011

Sailorman, given your description of your learning style I'd start learning to read musical notation right now. Try the Theory 101 lessons that I have in the skills section. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

brandtjbrandtj replied on April 17th, 2011

Wonderful lesson. It is very informative and easy to understand. Although I'm not exactly a beginner, this was some great refreshing information.

kinger8938kinger8938 replied on April 13th, 2011

seems like a good choice of teacher, very understandable! just signed up after trying to self teach on and off and never sticking with it! however now ive found this place i hope i can make it stick! good luck to other fellow new guitarists!

SteveP1961SteveP1961 replied on March 15th, 2011

I really appreciate the finger exercises. Great lesson for a beginner,

fidenciofidencio replied on February 26th, 2011

Hi Everyone! I think was a great lesson! Mr Steve! Finally with this site i found an step by step system to learn play the guitar, and the only reason i updated 90% and not a 100% in the lesson is because my first language is Spanish and was little difficult to me understand some terms and concepts in English but for the rest i enjoyed the lesson!

banjaxedbanjaxed replied on February 23rd, 2011

I've been playing 20 years and as far as first lessons go to a beginner this guy sounds like a fantastic teacher , he even showed some stuff I forgot.Just joined but very impressed so far

frankie77frankie77 replied on January 27th, 2011

I signed up for a 7 day trial to see what this jamplay is like. I want to learn the guitar and I really liked this first lesson. I also got a lot of insight from reading the chats. Thanks for your expertise, Steve.

tbpforyoutbpforyou replied on February 16th, 2011

this guy Steve Eulberg is the best teacher of this website, I was taking a look to the others and there is no one like this teacher. "BRAVO Steve Eulberg"

maria martinezmaria martinez replied on February 2nd, 2011

Hi! i just joined and am surprised with how much I forgot as a rusty beginner.. lol! Your lesson was clear and not too wordy. it has inspired me to continue and PRACTICE!! However, the video has some issues of stopping and restarting. FYI

fluttsflutts replied on February 16th, 2011

I have a 7 day free trial with Jam play and picked this lesson just to see what it was about. As someone with the attention span of a gnat, I was really suprised how 45 minutes seemed to fly by and keep me interested. I started learning to play guitar back in september and learned more from this one lesson than I have in 4 months. I learned excersises, how to stretch my fingers and also how to tune without a tuner. I also learned the different parts of the guitar. Thank you steve for this lesson it was a lesson worth watching.

raneyboyraneyboy replied on January 13th, 2011

I have messed around on the guitar before and was pretty confident that I could skip this. However, I watched it anyway to make sure I knew my basics through and through. Turns out it was a good idea :) thanks Steve you're a damn good teacher. Nice and slow. I'm going to keep coming back to you

drapeupdrapeup replied on January 7th, 2011

Steve you are the best.You must have taken teaching psychology you are very good at it

kev15kev15 replied on January 1st, 2011

AWESOME lesson! thanks for the tips. = )

hambonedrewhambonedrew replied on September 30th, 2010

Does anybody else have a problem with your pinky on the 4th fret during the exercise?

martind1emartind1e replied on December 30th, 2010

I also have problems with all my fingers and my fingertips are sore......I iced them up LOL :)

madisonwmadisonw replied on December 28th, 2010

i have a problem with all my fingers actually.. lol

bertusgbertusg replied on December 19th, 2010

Hi, I'm curious about tuning to 440 Hertz - what does this mean? Is it possible to have a few guitars playing together, tuned to say 480 Hz and still sound OK?

just1c3just1c3 replied on July 24th, 2010

I kept getting this error, when i tried to play this video, can someone please tell me if they have had the same error occur, or can one of the site admins please offer me a solution, thankyou.................... Video not found:

jboothjbooth replied on October 7th, 2010

You need to clear your cache. Nothing has been removed :(

frackerfracker replied on October 7th, 2010

I too have been having the same problem and am curious about an answer too. My only thoughts can be that maybe this 1 lesson was the only lesson in the series and when they added extra lessons they cut this last scene since it doesn't make sense. But I don't know the true answer. ;B

vickskipvickskip replied on April 27th, 2010

Hi Steve, Stupid question, I know what I am doing wrong? When I trying to the 1234 finger placement and then strum the string no matter how light I press the string I am not getting a tone just thudding sound. The only way I am getting a tone is to release the string entirely. What am I doing wrong?

perry2perry2 replied on September 24th, 2010

Hi Vick, sounds like you are muting the string. This can happen if you don't press the string all the way down, put another finger against the string, or put any part of your finger on the fret (instead of directly behind the fret.) Try moving your fingers slightly, see what improves the sound, then do more of that.

ellonysmanellonysman replied on August 18th, 2010

Did you get any message from steve? It sounds like your finger is overlapping near another string or the finger isnt pushing down tight enough, or too close to the fret either behind or ahead of the note you want to play, try that lesson again, listen carefully to him. Enjoy.

jboothjbooth replied on April 27th, 2010

Are you making sure to play just behind the fret, and not push on the actual top of the fret? also make sure your finger is too flat and running along all of the strings, you want to make sure your fingers are arched and only touching the strings and frets you want them too.

franiefranie replied on August 17th, 2010

Thanks Steve, enjoyed the first i need to practice

roosterrooster replied on August 16th, 2010

just picked up guitar today. im a lefty if just wanted to know if reversing everything is fine or if there is something i'll miss Thanks

nicdav100nicdav100 replied on August 7th, 2010

i have a question about when I should proceed to the second lesson. I just finished the first lesson yesterday and have started practicing the notes you showed us, but at what point should I move to the next lesson and at what point in each lesson do you suggest I move to the next lesson? Thanks for your help

usadutchusadutch replied on July 26th, 2010

Have been wanting to lean forever and decided to go for it. The lesson was great, clear and easy to follow. Awesome job guys!

wordjcwordjc replied on July 20th, 2010

Steve, your instructions are clear and concise. I'm going to enjoy working with you. I've only completed the 1st three scenes of the 1st chapter, but the chromatic scale is a good place to start. I'm glad I didn't try to learn by myself for too long before I started these lessons. The last thing I want is bad habits. Thank you.

robprobp replied on July 19th, 2010

Awesome first lesson - Thanks Steve! I have been playing on and off for a long time and never mastered timing, plus picked up many sloppy habits hence doing all these lessons. Already learning to relax my death grip of the pick and to rely on my ears rather than my eyes. Awesome lesson, learnt a lot from it. Now I just have to meet my exit criteria of doing the exercise consistently at 120bpm!

nednik4324nednik4324 replied on July 17th, 2010

Hi steve, im 14 and i just found my moms old guitar and litterally dusted it off and decided i wanted to play it, i was having trouble learning on my own but then i found this, great lesson, learned a lot thanks. P.S. this lesson is better and cheaper than any other lesson i could find online.

pencilneckpencilneck replied on May 30th, 2010

finger tae bo lol!

tommy12tommy12 replied on May 13th, 2010

Hi,Steve. I just started to playing guitar and took a year account on this site because it's a great site and your lesson is great too. I'm educated pianist and Hammond organist from Holland and now I want to play guitar as wel in order to write and arrange songs when I 'm more educated in guitarplaying. Looking forward to your next lesson. Tom.

msdb66msdb66 replied on May 3rd, 2010

Hi Steve, this first lesson has been of a great interest, but, after each lesson do we get some kind of homework or excersice to perform before any upper step? Do we get some kind of evaluation?

xardasxardas replied on March 14th, 2010

Hi steve, im doing the fingering exercise im having some trouble trying to reach when i try to fret 3 and 4. while lowering my 3 finger it just wants to be close of my 2 finger, same with my 4 finger, when try to fret it justs wants to be close to my 3 finger. im working really hard on this, trying to stretch them apart. while doing this exercise should i worry if when fretting my fingers sometimes blocks to string below it?. so i get a clean tone on my current string but if i strum the string below it sounds bad...

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on March 22nd, 2010

Good for you for paying close attention to the movement of your fingers! That will serve you well as you continue to progress. Remember that you can lift up the fingers that aren't playing (but you don't need to lift them too high) that sometimes can help your other fingers reach better. Developing finger independence, and then interdependence is sometimes a new activity for ones hands, so be patient AND persistent. I wouldn't worry about the fingers accidentally touching an adjacent string when playing the exercises, but when you are fingering chords, pay close attention to that!

vickskipvickskip replied on April 27th, 2010

Hi Steve, Stupid question....I do not know what I am doing wrong? When I trying to the 1234 finger placement and then strum the string no matter how light I press the string I am not getting a tone just thudding sound. The only way I am getting a tone is to release the string entirely. What am I doing wrong?

turboed69turboed69 replied on March 18th, 2010

I just notice something. None of these comments has any feed-back. Last time "steveeulberg" replied to any one was Oct 4 th 2007. Not sure of the other lessons yet. But why comment if the "teacher is going to respond???

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on March 22nd, 2010

Hi turbo, I understand your frustration with my lack of response, but as the site has grown, and with 15 hours of live Q&A sessions, I simply haven't been able to monitor the comments of each individual lesson. You can send me questions that will alert me either through the forum, or through the jamplay community messages link. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

jboothjbooth replied on March 18th, 2010

Hey, sorry about that. Since the teachers started doing live sessions they end up commenting on the lessons and such less because most students come into the chats to get feedback. I would recommend if you have a pertinent question posting it in Steve's forum, the general forum, or asking in the chat. THe comments are a great way to interact with other members, leave your feedback and such, but it's not the best way to communicate with the teacher, partly because it's hard for them to keep track of comments on all of the different lessons.

kiemskiems replied on December 31st, 2008

Hi all. Does anyone have an mnemonic to remember the strings i.e. "Richard of York gave battle in vain" roygbiv? I'll come to remember them eventually but now I'm a complete noob! Thanks!

skiratskirat replied on April 20th, 2010

The two ways that I've seen that I've remembered, depending on if you are going up or down the strings are: (E)very(B)ody (G)ets (D)runk (A)t (E)aster or (E)at (A)t (D)inner, (G)et (B)ig (E)arly

listlist replied on January 4th, 2009

easter bunny gets drunk at easter frm thinest to thickest

kiemskiems replied on January 1st, 2009

Please forgive me I missed the mnemonic in the video!

dewin32dewin32 replied on January 2nd, 2009

Starting with the low E (thickest string) "Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddy" (EADGBE) or one that I use, it's a little silly but it works for me "Eat After Dinner Greedy Baby Eat".

karenannkarenann replied on April 7th, 2010

great one dewin!

guitar127guitar127 replied on March 11th, 2010

After having taken some "live in person" lessons I feel like I know more about my guitar and have a better understanding of what my hands are going to be doing.

turboed69turboed69 replied on March 6th, 2010

Thanks Steve. Finally I think I found the right guitar coarse. Very impressed. I Play 40 years ago (Beginner) but stoped and now that I am retired I want to learn again. I still remember a few chords but my hand needs to excercise alot. Also When can I expect to get those finger calasas back .LOL

kevinjykevinjy replied on March 1st, 2010

Thanks Steve, I look forward to following along. I have played around a little before, but nice to have your lessons here to get me going agin!

mattypmattyp replied on March 1st, 2010

Steve, I really enjoy the way you present the material. Also glad to see so many other people getting started at the same time.

scarekr0scarekr0 replied on February 28th, 2010

I am a beginner and enjoyed my first lesson. i look forward to being able to play for our 1st baby in September B) Thx again

hrguy05hrguy05 replied on February 26th, 2010

Steve, great first lesson, I'm looking forward to learning how to play the utilizing JamPlay.

ceecee000ceecee000 replied on February 26th, 2010

Great lesson Steve, thanks for all the info and the honesty of the learning process. Most sites tell you that it is so easy to learn how to play a guitar. Well.... most of us know this is not so and will take a lot of practice and patience but i am committed to learn and with you as a teacher i will get there. Thanks!

doghousedoghouse replied on February 13th, 2010

Very clear and concise. easy on the ear! excellet teacher.

nikko09nikko09 replied on February 14th, 2010

I have been playing for 2 years and wanted to hear the basics again. I agree with others that Steve was very clear and easy to learn from.

arthurrsarthurrs replied on February 10th, 2010

Great lesson. This was a very good refresher for me.

billwhit1357billwhit1357 replied on February 2nd, 2010

I have been playing off and on for over thirty years but alone mostly. Living in a foreign land, it is hard to find someone to play with. The first lesson really cleared up a lot of stuff I have been dying to ask someone, thanks Steve! Can't wait to keep on truckin thru these lessons! It is a Goldmine! Thanks so much!

chrismchrism replied on February 1st, 2010

Steve: Excellent first lesson. I've been playing the guitar for ... hmm, five whole days (!) and viewing your lesson today has made me more confident. Not sure I'll even be a pick user (too clanky) and I need to grown my thumb nail a tad, perhaps, but I'll get there in the end. I echo another user who said you;re a born teacher. Amen to that! All the best from the UK.

medleyjmedleyj replied on January 29th, 2010

great lesson very helpful see u on your next lesson

angieangie replied on January 25th, 2010

you are great steve i really like how you teach very understandable

johnny sjohnny s replied on January 6th, 2010

Great first lesson and Steve you are a born teacher.

tb_atctb_atc replied on January 4th, 2010

No music background. Decided to try the Guitar. Found Jamplay, subscribed and am so glad I did. Gone through lesson 1 twice and I can really tell a difference. Looking forward to lesson two! TB

randy93552randy93552 replied on January 2nd, 2010

Excellent first lesson! I have been trying to learn for a while now, but all lessons seem to jump straight into learning a few of the major chords. I have huge trouble with my finger placement killing the fresh "ringing" of the notes. I think this exercise is precisely what I needed to get past that problem. Thanks!

dadsguitardadsguitar replied on January 2nd, 2010

Steve, Great teaching - ive been wanting guitar lessons for years. I have always picked around but never been able to play a full im starting from the wife told me not to waste my money but i think she will be suprised after a few months of this!

yamaha200yamaha200 replied on December 30th, 2009

this was a good reminder for me

gsadovgsadov replied on December 28th, 2009

I was looking for a school to learn how to play and i have found it

mhunzikermhunziker replied on December 12th, 2009

I enjoyed this lesson and have practised the finger exercise. It is very useful in getting my fingers to know where to go on the frets and to practise accuracy and speed. Thank You. Michael Hunziker

batgirlbatgirl replied on December 11th, 2009

Steve, During your tuning demonstration where you used a pitch fork to tune the A string. Then you held down that string at the 5th fret and tuned the D string to that. That's fine since that's the D note. But then you matched the E string to the A string while holding down the 5th fret. How does that work? You seem to be matching the E string to a D note just like you did for the D string! This is unclear on the video what you are doing. What did I miss? This is about 9 minutes into Lesson One, scene 2. Rick

vinnybobvinnybob replied on December 2nd, 2009

wow, that was very helpful, thank you so much.

steliosstelios replied on December 1st, 2009

Steve I started quitar lessons since October 2008.I discovered Jamplay before 1 week. I decided to watch the 1st lesson evethough I was not so begginer. I learned many new things, as the right position of the fingers of the left hand very closed to the frets for good sound.My instructor in the school never showed to me. I apologise for my english. I am from Greece. Thanks.

jacky allardjacky allard replied on October 15th, 2009

Steve, I am in my second day of lessons with you and i noticed how hard it is to use the pinky properly when playing my guitar. Do you have any hints to stretch it out easier to play on the fourth fret?

jsalsejsalse replied on November 22nd, 2009

oops..did not mean to add anything.

jugglerjuggler replied on September 13th, 2009

Thanks for this lesson. As I begintermediate, I was reviewing this video and discovered that I was doing the TaeBo when I shouldn't have been!

donna208donna208 replied on August 16th, 2009

Steve, enjoyed my first lesson with JamPlay! I've had a few guitar lessons on the basics but learned lot of new things from you today, especially about tuning. Awesome beginning! Thanks! Donna

rftejerryrftejerry replied on August 16th, 2009

I'm not "new" to the guitar. There has been a long period between when I last played and today. I find returning to the beginning very refreshing and you can alway pick up something new or fix a bad habit. Steve, I can see already that you are great teacher and I look forward to taking all of your lessons and improving my playing ability. Thank, Jerry

timptimp replied on August 28th, 2009

there is a music note that i don't know it is a quarter note but there is three notes on one bar could you teach it to me?

johnpacpajohnpacpa replied on August 19th, 2009

Steve, I have been teaching myself for about one year using a Hal Leonard lesson book. From the very beginning I was determined to understand the theory and structure of music and I wanted to be able to read and play melody. I appreciate your teaching style and the presentation of lesson material in musical note form. To me the note form is easier for me to follow. The tablature presentation does not tell me what note I am playing or what kind of note it is (ie whole half etc.) or the tempo of the piece. Thank you! John

moonchildmoonchild replied on August 1st, 2009

Fingers hurt. But it feels good getting it right. having a pretty tough time getting the pinky to curl so only the tip hits the string, especially on the lower strings when i have to reach up for it.

patriotfspatriotfs replied on July 19th, 2009

Man my fingers hurt. I hope it doesn't take long for them to toughen up.

erikdgarciaerikdgarcia replied on July 14th, 2009

just so anxious to learn. steve seems like a great teacher. hopefully join the music ministry at my church. God BLess

odin14odin14 replied on July 11th, 2009

This is definitely what I was looking for. I`m currently on a mission for the German Marines in Lebanon and I bought a guitar to fill my little freetime with something useful. I dreamed of playing guitar eversince. Today I watched your first lesson and I practised nearly 4 hours. I just couldn`t stop, because it`s so much fun, seeing how I´m getting better and better in that first exercise. Thank you for that. I´ll keep practising hard, I promise :-)

littleboylittleboy replied on July 9th, 2009

Very good way to start. I need to sign my son up for t hree months free. Thanks Steve, "AJ" (littleboy)

petemapetema replied on July 5th, 2009

Thanks - Good lesson - I'll work on the fingering exercise.

lbodhilbodhi replied on June 11th, 2009

Thanks Steve. I am taking my time with the first lesson. I want to stay with the left finger exercise until it feels very comfortable.

paul2020pkpaul2020pk replied on June 7th, 2009

Thanks Steve - got more for the last 45 minutes than I have from the last 5 years. Cant wait to master the fingering and move on to the next part. So far so good - brilliant !!

norcalcraignorcalcraig replied on June 2nd, 2009

Your instructions, Steve, is helpful and reassuring. Your demeanor is exactly what I was looking for and look forward to my next lesson. Learning the guitar has been a boyhood dream of mine, dating back to my air guitar days, jamming to Alex Lifeson and Eddie Van Halen. Will I ever be that good? Who knows but the determination is up to me but I'll leave the foundation of guitar play up to you.

bron1003bron1003 replied on May 8th, 2009

I have been playing the same six chords for so many years and thought I had a good idea of what I was doing. HA!!! After watching and following Steve's first lesson I know I can learn and lose my bad habits at the same time. I "knew" up was down and down was up but it was never explained why. This is gonna be fun.

mike33544mike33544 replied on May 2nd, 2009

Steve--wonderful lessons--I just began playing 2 weeks ago and this is very helpful for a beginner. I am retired and all of my kids play guitar amongst other things and I finally have the time to learn something other than work

dougcdougc replied on April 21st, 2009

Just a small point of correction. The bridge is the piece of wood that is glued to the top of the guitar and has bridge pin holes drilled into it as well as a slot for the saddle. The saddle is a piece of plastic, tusq, or bone that sits in the saddle slot on the bridge. As far as I know the two terms (bridge & saddle) are not interchangeable. Thank you Steve for your great teaching style.

scottyscotty replied on April 17th, 2009

Hi Steve, Great intruction been wanting to learn for a few months, tested many options and found this site with your learning the perfect system. looking forward to many more hrs with your guidance. Cheers Scotty.

charpham1charpham1 replied on April 14th, 2009

Never mind. Got my answer in the next part.

charpham1charpham1 replied on April 14th, 2009

Good start, Steve. I'm looking forward to more! Question -- are you using a pick in the very first lesson? If not, why not?

mandalox22mandalox22 replied on April 6th, 2009

Tonight was my first night and I have to admit I was a little skeptical of an online guitar instructor. However, it is so easy to follow along with the video, I can do this at work or home. I could never find an instructor willing to come to me, the way this program does. Steve also makes it so easy to follow along and truly learn whats going on. Amazing

sabbisabbi replied on March 28th, 2009

that was a great. i have plenty of practice needed on my left hand!!!!

maggiemariemaggiemarie replied on March 11th, 2009

Thanks Steve! This was a thorough lesson! I'm in a rudiments of music class in college that is based on the piano. Your lesson is helping me tie some things together.

eldudarinoeldudarino replied on February 28th, 2009

Very helpful. Making me wish I would have had someone like you around 9 years ago. Good job!

fasffasf replied on February 26th, 2009

Hi, Steve . It was really a nice lesson and and very fun. I learn a lot . Thanks

matthew knightmatthew knight replied on February 11th, 2009

Hi Steve, Just started up, great lessons Steve. Two questions, does my thumb rest on top of the fretboard or pushed up against the back of the fretboard? And also, my wrist/forearm ache now from reaching around I think to get to the low strings, is this normal? maybe I have too small hands for this because seems a long distance from fret 1 to fret 4 without moving the wrist when doing the warm up exercise, what do you think?

polkowska38polkowska38 replied on February 10th, 2009

Hi steve,I have been practising playing the guitar for the past 6 months and I have learned to play a couple of songs (easy ones) so far as I was being self thaught. Glad I enrolled to your lessons as I feel more confident when I follow your lessons and practice. Keep up the good work. Thanks and greetings from the tiny island of Malta.

gingerelvisgingerelvis replied on January 24th, 2009

Hi Steve. Great lesson, well presented. Given me hope back after many months trying to teach myself. I'd just like to clarify something though. I've got the first left-hand exercise, do you want us to be able to do that without being able to tell when we change strings before we move on? Thanks.

gingerelvisgingerelvis replied on January 25th, 2009

It's ok, I should've read the info first. Newbie mistake, sorry folks.

criscusackcriscusack replied on December 19th, 2008

Hi, Steve. Can you enclose a closeup of how you hold the pick? It's a little hard to see on the video...

gingerelvisgingerelvis replied on January 25th, 2009

Point your finger at the pc screen. Now place the pick so that the 'pointy' bit is also towards the monitor. Bring your finger round so that it's relaxed, now place your thumb across horizontally. Here's a good picture of what i mean

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biff22biff22 replied on January 23rd, 2009

Just completed this and already got my money's worth. Awesome.

ryan lingryan ling replied on January 18th, 2009

Great lesson 1 for beginner. Thanks.

shaggyshaggy replied on January 4th, 2009

Wow, you got some great lessons here! I have been playing for 3 years now, and I am just at intermidiate level, because I have only had thoughs crappy 30min lessons that you talkabout in the description of this site. This year, I am realy starting to practice though and have improved greatly! I was thinking of going back for lessons, but this site has so much detail in it's lessons, and you can learn at your own pace, on your own time, which is nice. I'm going to do every level from start to finsh, as I am sure that I have missed some basic begginer skills in my learning, that will help me grow as a guitar player. Once again great site, I have been looking for something like this, for a long time!

dprimetimedprimetime replied on December 14th, 2008

Great lesson! I actually feel as if I can learn to play this thing! LOL! Thanks

allenpage58allenpage58 replied on December 11th, 2008

Hi Steve, This a great way to do guitar lessons. I've been "playing at" guitar for quite a long time and you are the first instructor I've had that is so detailed. Also if I have difficulty with a lesson I can read the comments or just click off and practice until I get it down. Thanks

raziel661raziel661 replied on December 10th, 2008

Hey Steve, Great lesson!! I am trying to do the exercise and my left wrist and forearm kill when trying to get to the lower strings. Am I doing something wrong? Thumb is where it should be. I just started playin but I am lefty tryin to play a right handed guitar. Does this matter? Thanks

tadlavtadlav replied on December 10th, 2008

Great lesson Steve. I look forward to the next.

needleneedle replied on December 6th, 2008

Great lesson, I learned a lot. I just started playing the guitar and I hope to learn a lot from you Steve, thanks!

hooligan601hooligan601 replied on December 3rd, 2008

Hey Steve!!! Thanks sooo much! I play guitar for 8 years now.. But I just took some basic lessons from a friend of my family.... 7 years I thought I could learn it all myself.... I can... But hey how wrong is it to think that everything you do is the best... I now know that going back to busic and building a strong foundation is the most important thing there is !!!! Thanks from beautiful Holland!

elbeelbe replied on November 30th, 2008

Steve, I appreciate your sense of humor that comes out in your lessons. You are very articulate and pay close attention to details. I feel I get my money's worth and more from your teaching skills. Thanks.

floorshakerfloorshaker replied on October 29th, 2008

Hi Steve. This is Chris from Devon, England. I wasn't going to participate in the message board, but then I thought about it and realized that it should be part of the teacher-pupil relationship. If I am enjoying your lessons I should tell you, so that you get feedback, as would happen in any lessons environment and I urge all guitarists who are enjoying their Jamplay lessons to do the same. I returned to the guitar after 30 years, bought one and then panicked. What do I do now? Then I discovered Jamplay and can see this being a lifelong obsession. Now I am religiously going through all the beginner lessons from all the instructors to try and correct bad habits picked up a long time ago. I have enjoyed ALL the instructors lessons and am nearing the end of phase I, having already learned so much more than I thought I would be able to. Steve, I believe you were born to teach. I love the little things, such as marvelling at the `magic' fingers that curl from different lengths to the same length and telling one hand to relax and thanking it for learning and explaining to it that it is now time to let the other hand do some learning. Priceless! You obviously excel at teaching children, which we all are when we pick up a guitar. Please keep on doing what you do the way you do it and Jamplay, could we please have some more film of instructors from their own homes like the early ones with Steve. For those of us overseas it gives us a little insight into what life is like in the USA and also makes us feel like we are actually going to the instructor's home for the early practices. Congratulations Jamplay. Best website EVER and `keep on truckin' (old Hippie expression which means `don't you dare stop now Jamplay'). Chris

marylinemaryline replied on October 26th, 2008

i must say that i am very happy so far...very detailed lessons...very profesionally teached...even better than a private teacher....thank you Steve...Very well done!!!

phoenixrisingphoenixrising replied on September 1st, 2008

Steve..your an EXCELLENT teacher...It's harder than people think to be a teacher.. Not to discredit or disrespect the other teachers on this site, but you really are NO.#1. Your the best for all beginners.. Thanks

thesherpthesherp replied on August 27th, 2008

Hey, Steve! I like your front door :P

pajammerpajammer replied on August 19th, 2008

Awesomelesson Steve, really enjoyed it. It wasn't boreing ordry.I've learned alot. Thanks Steve.

charlesjohnson00charlesjohnson00 replied on August 12th, 2008

Was awesome - I had a great start from a friend's instruction, however this went into more depth and helped me develop better technique

djshaddjshad replied on August 4th, 2008

Outstanding lesson! Kudos to Steve!!

logibear1logibear1 replied on July 10th, 2008

Thank you so much, Steve. With constant deployments I haven't been able to find someone with time to teach me. You and this site have given me the chance to do something I've always wanted to, play the guitar.

gsaltergsalter replied on July 28th, 2008

nice lesson

rphilli9rphilli9 replied on June 29th, 2008

I am so glad I found this website. I plan to cancel my local lessons and concentrate on this site. Steve is a really good teacher and takes his time explaining every aspect. This is what I haven't found with my local experience. Great job

imsodopeyimsodopey replied on May 25th, 2008

Just finished watching the first lesson. Had an issue with the video stopping and jumping to the next segment. I switched from "High Quality" to "Medium Quality" and everything went smoothly. Can't wait to watch the 2nd lesson. Still practicing the first. Arthritis in my thumbs is a bummer. thanks again. Ron

jboothjbooth replied on May 25th, 2008

Did it always skip at the same time? Do you by any chance know which scene it was jumping on?

daxoriondaxorion replied on June 27th, 2008


imsodopeyimsodopey replied on May 25th, 2008

The skip occured at 0:42 into third segment (more detail of thumb and pointers on previous exercise).

crissoncrisson replied on June 14th, 2008

Really enjoying your lessons Steve. My problem is with the right hand. I do OK with the fretting but have a lot of difficulty picking the correct string with my picking hand. Any suggestions? Thanks and looking forward to lesson 2. Jim

pamsterpamster replied on June 6th, 2008

I've been messing around for a few years on my guitar, took a few group lessons & did some learning on my own. It's good to go back to the basics before any bad habits start to form. This video kept me interested and has inspired me to start practicing my finger exercises. Can't wait for the next lesson!

balugasbalugas replied on May 24th, 2008

I thought it was a great lesson, but I'm one of those person who gets bored very easy when I don't get it right in the first servral tries. I can't get m thumb to be in the back of the neck like you suggest,instead I find myself craddling the neck to reach the low strings. I will practice your leasson for a few hours and see how it goes. I really hope that I can do it.

owenthomasowenthomas replied on May 14th, 2008

Great first lesson. I look forward to the next.

rrodgersrrodgers replied on May 8th, 2008

I loved Lesson 1. Great information at a good pace!

marilynmarilyn replied on May 7th, 2008

Really enjoyed the first lesson - now it's practice, practice. Love it.

steinmindsteinmind replied on April 24th, 2008

I was sort of Skeptical about even joining jamplay, but I'm glad I did! Just the first lesson was awesome info I never knew and it goes way more in depth than what I expected. P.S Steve your a good teacher, I look foward to your other lessons.

jmvvlietjmvvliet replied on April 2nd, 2008

Hi Steve, I'm playing guitar now for a half year, and was just playing around with chords, and didn't like to do finger exercises... I liked playing guitar that much, that I am doing those finger exercises now, and they are going better and better... so I followed the course from the first lesson, and learned things I didn't know (such as: a G chord exists always from G, B and D notes). Thanx for your great way of teaching.

ceyeber62ceyeber62 replied on March 16th, 2008

Steve, great to get back to basics. Learning a lot.

spiderluccispiderlucci replied on March 13th, 2008

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spiderluccispiderlucci replied on March 4th, 2008

There something wrong with the video... it stop when it get's to a certain point in the beginning! I have high speed internet and double check the connections and it was find.

rayray09rayray09 replied on March 11th, 2008

The same thing happen to me. so i just turn off my connection on & off again

spiderluccispiderlucci replied on March 13th, 2008

When this happen to me.. before I jump into things and assume it's my computer or the network because this kind of stuff.. if you know it... it will drive you crazy and it you don't know it .. you want to throw your PC out the window!... clean out you history and cookies.... if your still having this issue I'll send instructions so you don't F*** up your pc. send me a message if this happens again and I'll try to help you but before you do. contact custermer service at jamplay... if everythings checks ok than contact your ISP. There's more to do when cleaning out your pc but I'm not going to write all this info for nothing.. "meaning wasting my time"! The Outcome of my problem was my pc but before I drove myself crazy I wanted to make sure there wasn't a problem on there end. spider :)

jboothjbooth replied on March 5th, 2008

I can't find anything wrong :(

bdthomasbdthomas replied on March 6th, 2008

I have been an on again off again player for several years. Although I knew all the information in this lesson, I decided to watch it again just to familiarize myself with the instructional style of the teacher. I was pleased with the overall presentation and I found it interesting enough to watch even though it was old school for me.

sidney67sidney67 replied on February 26th, 2008

I have been playing for a year now and came across jamplay. I decided to enrol and watch and brush up on the beginner section. I can assure you that it has been eyeopening and i have now corrected a couple of bad habits and started playing the beginner exercises again rather that miss them out when practicing. all in all very helpful and informative aswell as good instruction. Im signing off now to watch the next section. Thanks Steve and Jamplay.

courtneycourtney replied on February 9th, 2008

thanks steve! i recently bought my first accoustic guitar and i've enjoyed ever second of learning all the basics in order to play! thanks alot! and great teaching job!

scoobyscooby replied on February 3rd, 2008

Steve, I've had a guitar sitting in its case for over 3 years and I randomly came across jamplay and watched the free lesson. After seeing the pace and attention to detail I've joined up and renewed my interest in learning the guitar. Thanks for this. Also it makes a big difference being available through the forums, for absolute beginners like myself its very helpful (although this is my first post I've naturally read some of your replies). Cheers.

CappinatorCappinator replied on January 31st, 2008

Steve, you're one heck of a teacher. I found your approach in how you explained the basics really excellent. I was playing my guitar along with you, doing the exercises as you showed them. That made it so clear for me. I look forward to your other lessons! I have one question though: the snares on my guitar keep vibrating for a long time after I strum them. Also sometimes while practicing and releasing the strings with my left hand, this causes the strings to vibrate rather loudly. Is there any way to avoid that?

belindabelinda replied on January 28th, 2008

Hi Steve, enjoying the lesson. Have 1 question so far..when I play the exercise in this first lesson..when I play the 4th fret on the 3rd string and then play the open 2nd string , it sounds almost the same... I have an electronic tuner and it says my guitar is in tune. Could you please tell me what I'm doing wrong. Apart from that I'm soooo enjoying my lesson here ion Western Australia. How great is it to be able to sit in front of your pc and get personal lessons from the other side of the world? Thanks jamplay!

brendabrenda replied on January 6th, 2008

Steve, I was never able to finish lession 1 due to both session 6 and session 7 never being able to play. I'm not sure what was going on but it would begin for about 2 seconds with the music along with the narrative but abruptly end. Was/is something going on on your side? January 6th. Other than that the lesson was helpful.

robgreenwoodrobgreenwood replied on January 5th, 2008

Hi Steve, I decided that it was high time I learnt to play so bought an electric guitar. I then found this site and I have to say I'm very impressed. I do have a couple of questions, I guess that all the principles are the same between electric and acoustic and following the acoustics lessons isn't the wrong thing to do? Also I'm a little unsure when it is right to move on to lesson 2, I guess once I have mastered the 1,2,3,4 fret excercise?

mdntvampyrmdntvampyr replied on January 4th, 2008

Great lesson Steve, very easy to follow - mentally that is, it's the 'physical' part of playing that I need to go over and over. Thanks.

hakkabuffhakkabuff replied on December 31st, 2007

Greeting from Iceland. One thing I noticed when Steve was explaining the thumb placement on the neck was that if you use the thumb on the back of the neck you can use entire arc of the wrist to reach the fretboard. But if you rest the base of the thumb on the back of the neck you lose that extra reach your wrist can give you.

dsrinath_123dsrinath_123 replied on December 24th, 2007

Great Lessons Steve, really enjoyed it. I started learning few months ago, after watching this video i feel that i have missed a few good habits, glad i have signed up.

scooby103scooby103 replied on December 6th, 2007

Just finished the first lesson. As my first time playing guitar I loved the way Steve approaches teaching. Easy and fun demeanor. I'm going to take a few more days learning the fingering excercises before moving on, but I must say so far I'm very impressed!

larissalarissa replied on November 25th, 2007

Hi Steve! I am so excited! I just did my first 3 lessons with you, and the moment a question comes to my mind, the next thing you say is the answer! I understand everything you are saying, it is so clear, and the pace is great. I can't wait to start lesson 4! (I have been playing on my own for a few years) I was at an amazing teepee party last night with lots of guitarists and drummers and though I left my guitar in the car last night, I know that next time, I will have the confidence to play with them. Thanks so much!

r10kr10k replied on October 25th, 2007

Just a quick "Thanks for the first lesson" comment :) I was hoping to find true beginner lessons here on Jamplay and... well I'm glad I've signed up. The pacing is just great.

cruzer076cruzer076 replied on November 25th, 2007

These lessons are at a great place for me as a beginner, that is why I signed up!

kevinacekevinace replied on October 25th, 2007

Glad to hear it! If you enjoyed this lesson you're in for a treat! This entire series is great!

coullycoully replied on November 10th, 2007

Steve.Marcus from Australia.Good lesson but want your veiw on pick v thumb.I started a few months ago on my own with a pick.When i use my thumb it sounds dead or flat.Not strong like the pick..?????????

cruzer076cruzer076 replied on November 25th, 2007

I have the same thing, is that suppose to happen that way?

egul89egul89 replied on November 7th, 2007

Steve is a great teacher i think i'm gonna stick with him through my 1st phase lessons

joe2wheelsjoe2wheels replied on October 22nd, 2007

Steve, you tune your guitar with the "magic of the 5th fret." I've been doing the same thing using the 7th fret. When I try the 5th fret, it doesn't sound right to my ear. What am I missing?

mckimidmckimid replied on October 21st, 2007

Great first lesson, Steve. I took lessons about 20 years ago and am happy that my son wants to play (he's 9). I found this site and thought it was wonderful that we can advance at our own pace and have fun together learning! I homeschool, so we are using your lessons as part of our weekly music class! Thanks so much I can't wait to move on! Kim and Zac

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on October 4th, 2007

tx, tcwithjt! S

tcwithjttcwithjt replied on October 3rd, 2007

love ur lesson...seriously:rockout:

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 25th, 2007

Hi Jackie, I'm glad to hear that the desire to play has been re-awakened and that you have the motivation and energy to move forward. Please don't hesitate to ask questions! BTW! I love London and would love to come over the pond again! (Although the laws against live music in pubs are pretty nasty. Why DO people go to pubs anyway? To drink? --ha!) Steve

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 25th, 2007

You are most welcome eagleraven! Steve

eagleraveneagleraven replied on September 24th, 2007

Thanks for the lesson Steve. I just bought my guitar 2 days ago and already I feel I have progressed some. I took up guitar for a couple of reasons one being is I want to play a song at my wedding for my fiancee which is coming up next year as a surprised and two I've always wanted to learn guitar. Anyways, Ill master that exercise and move on to the next lesson. Once again thanks Steve

jackie134jackie134 replied on September 24th, 2007

Dear Steve! I really enjoyed the first lesson. I am returning to guitar playing after more than thirty years. I know some things about the basics and wondered whether to do the first lesson. I am really pleased I did as you are a great teacher and it was good to get to know you. You also have given me confidence and enthusiasm to continue and succeed. It feels very personal as if you are here in London England as my personal teacher. Great! Thanks so much and looking forward to the next lesson soon. Best wishes Jackie

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 24th, 2007

Hi williams_702, nothing like the experience of some results to help keep your momentum going, is there? If you keep trying to play then you're on the right track. You are most welcome! Steve

williams_702williams_702 replied on September 16th, 2007

Hi Steve, Just signed up a week ago and already feeling the benefit of your easy style of instruction.. Ive tried a few times to get into playing the guitar but never stuck at it..Your enthusiasm keeps me going. Many thanks

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 6th, 2007

You're welcome, alpha! thanks for the feedback. Cheers, Steve

alphaalpha replied on September 6th, 2007

thank you for your rich lesson, very well detailed and super good communication

john oconnor59john oconnor59 replied on September 4th, 2007

;) hi steve i have just joined the playjam i am playing a year i am from ireland me name is johnny ican play chords but i wanted to start right at the basics great lesson i watch it and very informative and enjoyed it after i watched it i went on to the second lesson thanks steve really enjoying the course so far kind regards john from the emerald isle of IRELAND ;)

jboothjbooth replied on August 30th, 2007

Jsanderlin, David Anthony also explains it in his early lessons if you need more information. Basically, just understand that you can play the same exact note on different strings. So for instance, the 5th fret on the E string sounds exactly the same as the open A string, they are the same note. So knowing that, if you play them both at the same time you can make sure they are perfectly in tune with each other by matching the pitch perfectly. Does that make sense?

jsanderlinjsanderlin replied on August 29th, 2007

The lesson explaining the "fifth fret" concept was not clear, it was very difficult to follow. Is there any written information regarding it's use?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on August 22nd, 2007

jimjim58, I'm glad to hear of your continued interested and renewed enthusiasm. Don't forget that we "play" music (although we may work hard at it!) Steve

jimjlm58jimjlm58 replied on August 20th, 2007

Thanks Steve! I began lessons about 35 years ago and stopped after about a year because the instructor had no enthusiasm, but I tried on and off to teach myself. Now I have you and you make the lessons interesting and informative and fun! I will be taking my time and practice lots before moving on to the next lesson. I want to be good, and I just need to practice, practice, practice! Thanks again!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on August 19th, 2007

Hi mav67, good to hear--and you are welcome! Steve

mav67mav67 replied on August 19th, 2007

Thanks for the lesson Steve. I have been spending far too long trying to teach myself and have picked up a lot of bad habits on the way. The whole intention is to go back to the beginning and try to eliminate these bad habits before I go in too deep. The lesson was informative and not nearly as boring as I thought it would be. Once again I just wanted to say thank you and I promise you that I will be practicing like a demon.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on August 19th, 2007

dsimms, thanks for the feedback. Steve

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on August 19th, 2007

Oops! sorry to miss-address you, nbunce! Steve

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on August 19th, 2007

Hi dsimms, thanks for the feedback! Steve

nbuncenbunce replied on August 9th, 2007

just finished first lesson, thanks Steve good work!!

dsimms3dsimms3 replied on August 6th, 2007

Good beginning, not boring and learned plenty Thanks Steve Danny

jboothadminjboothadmin replied on May 27th, 2007

I'll make sure Steve reads this message :)

kevinacekevinace replied on May 24th, 2007

Glad you enjoyed it. Any questions? As Steve sometimes stresses, it is crucial you master one lesson before moving on to the next (as it usually builds on the previous lesson).

gwilsonbkkgwilsonbkk replied on May 24th, 2007

Cheers for the lesson Steve, enjoyed it. I just need to practise your exercise before moving onto your next lesson.

Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Phase 1 Acoustic Lessons with Steve Eulberg is a great place to begin your journey as a guitarist. With over 30 years of playing experience, Steve appreciates the importance of beginning your guitar training the correct way - no bad habits! These lessons are not just for acoustic players. Electric guitarists will receive the same benefits from this lesson series.

Lesson 1

The Absolute Basics

You will learn the parts of the guitar and how they function. Steve also discusses the importance of technique.

Length: 45:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Your First Chords

Three simple chords will literally enable you to play millions of songs. In this lesson, you will learn the primary chords for the key of G.

Length: 40:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Strumming Technique

Now that Steve has taught some chords, he will go over the proper methods of strumming and right hand technique.

Length: 42:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

All About Chords

This lesson is all about the various aspects of chords.

Length: 39:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Chord Theory

Steve explains how basic triads are formed in this lesson. He also explains the relationship between scales and chords.

Length: 40:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

Length: 51:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Bringing it Together

Steve starts to weave the strings of the past lessons together.

Length: 47:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Chords, Keys and Relationships

This episode delves further in the realm of chords, scales, keys and the relationships between them. You will also learn some new chords.

Length: 34:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Barre Chords

This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.

Length: 38:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Tools for Guitar

Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!

Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Playing Lead and Scales

This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."

Length: 45:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Hand Stretches

Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Different Guitars

Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Changing Guitar Strings

This lesson is all about changing guitar strings. This process can be very frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn some great tips from Steve.

Length: 37:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Timing and Tempo

Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.

Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Circle of Fifths

Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Clearing Up Confusion

In this lesson Steve attempts to clear up some confusion with previous lessons. He will talk about reading tablature, note names, chord names and more.

Length: 15:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Review and Moving On

Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 19

Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

Length: 6:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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