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Bringing it Together (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Eulberg

Bringing it Together

Steve teaches the primary chords in the key of A major as well as some additional chords. You will also practice playing in the key of D. At the end of the lesson, the new chords are applied to a fingerstyle pattern.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 47:00Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (1:16) Introduction Welcome to Steve's 7th episode in this beginner guitar course. Hopefully you've already completed your warm-up exercises and are ready to start learning. Let's go!
Chapter 2: (16:35) A Chord Family In this lesson we're going to review a bit from the past then move on to the "A" chord and some additional finger picking. In past lessons, you learned the "G", "Em", "C", "Am", "D7", and "D" chords. Please take a minute to review these chords.

As you remember, we went through quite a few different progressions in the "D" shape ("D", "Dm", "D7", "D6, etc). Now we're going to explore similar progressions but in the shape of "A".

As is the case with any chord, there are many different ways to hold it. Steve demonstrates a few different methods:
  • Stacked Fingers - Finger 1 on the "D", Finger 2 on the "G" and Finger 3 on the "B"
  • Barred Fingers - One finger laid across the second fret of each string ("D", "G", and "B")
  • The Steve Method - Finger 1 on "G", Finger 2 on "D", and Finger 3 on "B". With this approach, your first finger is behind & in between the other two. This works well if you have bigger fingers.
Regardless of your finger positioning, you're hitting the exact same five notes (three that are fretted and two open strings).
  • "A" - Open "A" string
  • "E" - "D" string, 2nd fret
  • "A" - "G" String, 2nd fret
  • "C#" - "B" string, 2nd fret
  • "E" - Open "e" string
You might notice that we have an available "E" note that can be played as well (open "E" string). Feel free to throw this in for a bit of a deeper tone.

On the board you will see two columns of chords. Remember that lower case roman numerals ("ii", "iii" and "vi") are minor chords. The upper case roman numerals ("I", "IV", and "V") are major chords. An easy way to remember this is to hold your hand up with the "I love you" sign with your thumb facing up. You can count through the scale and figure out the minor & major chords. For instance, in the key of "G", you have "G", "Am", "Bm", "C", "D", and "Em". With your hand, your pinkie is "G" (major), ring finger is "Am" (minor because the finger is down), middle finger is "Bm" (again the finger is down), pointer finger is "C", thumb is "D" and the non-existent finger is "Em" (hey your non-existent finger isn't up, is it?!).

As you'll see, the "B" minor is the 6th step in the key of "D" and also the 3rd step in the key of "G". Once we learn that (this lesson of course!), you will know enough to play the first six chords in the key of "G" and all but one to play in the key of "D".

Oh no, incomplete 7th Chords!
"D" is the 5th step in the "G" scale. If you play "D 7th" instead, it will have a very incomplete sound. It is close to being in the key of "G", but a little bit off. To complete the progression, try playing a regular "D". This will complete your D7th chord and finish off the scale nicely. The same will happen if you play an "A 7th" in the key of "D". It will sound very unfinished until you play the "A" major chord.

"A" and "A" Minor Transitioning
Instead of playing the typical "key of D" progression, let's say you want to throw a suspenseful "A7" in place of the "D". Well, you're going to need to resolve the "A7" with an "A" unless you want to drive everybody nuts. To Play an "A" minor, you will flatten the "C#" a half-step on the "B" string, 1st fret on the "B" = C natural. This transition is particularly easy if you use the "Steve Method" of holding your "A" as mentioned above. If you barre the "A" then it may be a bit more difficult to transition. Regardless, the point is that you should be fretting your chords not only to be comfortable but to make your transitions easier.

"A" / "A Major 7th" / "A Dominant 7th"
Just like with the "D" progression, we can simply change one note to move between different chords in the "A" family. To play an "A Major 7th" you simply flatten the "A" note on the "G" string a half step (remember, flattening it a full step (two frets)) will create an "A7" chord). So now, for the "A Major 7th", you will be playing the following:
  • "A" string, open
  • "D" string, 2nd fret
  • "G" string, 1st fret
  • "B" string, 2nd fret
  • "e" string, open
To move to an "A7" (also called "A" Dominant 7th), you simply lift up your finger on the "G" string. Easy, huh? This will leave you with an "A7" chord:
  • "A" string, open
  • "D" string, 2nd fret
  • "G" string, open
  • "B" string, 2nd fret
  • "e" string, open
There you go! You've learned the "A", "A Major", "A Minor", "A7", and "A Major 7" chords!
Chapter 3: (4:25) New Chord Pattern Let's put your newly learned chords to good use. For a strumming pattern, play in 4:4 time with a down stroke then upstroke pattern (4x). Let's play "D", "G", "A", and then "D". On the second time through, use an "A7" instead of the "A".

As you transition, figure out which method of holding your "A" is easiest for you. These are some fairly difficult transitions. If you're having trouble between a certain two chords, then just practice going back & forth between just those two. As you become comfortable, throw in a third chord.

Once you have that down, try fingering the chords differently. Go outside of your comfort zone & try a method that's a bit awkward to you. It will not only humble you, but will help build your coordination and finger dexterity. If you're still cocky, mix up the rhythm and tempo of your chords a bit. Instead of hitting the "G" eight times (4 up strokes, 4 down strokes), pick it only four times and then move on to the "A" chord. Use your imagination & have some fun!
Chapter 4: (9:41) "B" Minor Chord and Different Keys Now the moment you've all been waiting for folks: the "B" minor chord! Now we're going to. Since you've learned the "A" minor, let's see how the "B" minor relates. Hold the "A" minor chord with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers (instead of 1st, 2nd and 3rd). Now, move everything towards the bridge two frets (a full step). Now, place your first finger down on the 2nd fret of the "e" string. Pluck only the bottom four strings ("D", "G", "B", and "e"). There's your "B" minor! This is often a tough one to learn because you are using all four fingers (for the first time in this lesson set).

One cool thing to know is that this minor is easily movable. Since you are fretting all four notes, you can slide the chord up one fret and achieve a "C" minor. Move it up two more frets and you have yourself a "D" minor. Up two more and you're now at an "E" minor. Up one fret and you're now playing an "F" minor. Pretty cool, huh?

Chord Progression #2
Let's try to throw the "B Minor" into a progression. For this exercise, use the down stroke four times and then move on to the next chord. Start with a "D" then move to a "B minor", followed by a "G" and lastly into an "A minor".

By now you should understand that it is a good idea to experiment with different chords & progressions. You don't always have to follow the exercise set we provide. Now that you know the chords, try to come up with your own progression. See how the chords sound together. See how they effect the mood of the riff. Play around & have fun!

Chapter 5: (15:00) How Chords Relate You remember the suspended 2nd and suspended 4th chords for the "D" family right? Let's take a look at those for the "A" family. As you remember, to play a "suspended" chord you are going to flatten or sharpen the 3rd degree note in the scale. For "A" the 3rd degree note is the "C#".

"A" Suspended 2nd"
For the "A" major, this is being played on the 2nd fret of the "B" string. To play an "A" suspended 2nd, you will flatten your 3rd degree note ("C#"for "A" major or "C" for "A" minor) to a "B" (open "B" string). There you go - an "Asus2".

"A" Suspended 4th
Instead of flattening the "C#" (played during "A" major) or "C" (played during "A" minor), we are going to sharpen it to a "D" (3rd fret on the "B" string). Now you have yourself an "A" suspended 4th (Asus4).

Finger Picking Time
Now for some real fun. Let' work within the "A" chord family and fingerpick a bit. With the "D" finger picking exercises, we only played the bottom four strings. With the "A" chords, we are going to be playing the "A" string as well. Your thumb is going to be assigned a second string now. For finger picking this family, your strings will be played like this:
  • "A" string - Thumb
  • " D" string - Thumb
  • "G" string - 1st finger
  • "B" string - 2nd finger
  • "e" string - 3rd finger
Try a few exercises on your own to practice plucking two strings with your thumb. It may be a bit awkward at first but you'll catch on. Once you're ready, try to play the following string picking pattern: A, e, B, G, B, e then D, G, B, e, B, G. Alternate between these two methods with the basic "A" chord until you have it down pat.

Time for a challenge!
Take this same picking pattern but progress the chords with your left hand. Try playing "A", then "A Major 7", and lastly "A7". Got it? Try it with the minor chords as well.

Free For All
As we always suggest, make up your own exercises! There's no reason to just play the exercises we give you. With the different chords you now know, you can literally play hundreds of different combinations. String them together differently & see what type of riff you can put together. Throw in some finger picking as well. Remember, you don't have to pick the strings in a set order. You can mix things up any way you'd like. Have fun & keep on jammin'!

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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rbrockmdrbrockmd replied

If you hit the supplemental tab the chord diagrams are displayed, also some chord progressions Steve plays

eldenfromtneldenfromtn replied

it would be nice if you showed all the A chords on a chart, I can't tell where your fingers are on the strings.

DeseratDeserat replied

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DeseratDeserat replied

How is the Bm a Bm with a F# as the root? Shouldn't it be a barre across the 2nd fret to the B note on the 5th string?

DeseratDeserat replied

I understand there are different ways to play a Bm chord, for example. Just looking for a better understanding.

nannieschickennannieschicken replied

This is so confusing and frustrating. The narrative goes so fast. I keep pausing and rewinding, but honestly I just don't get it. The numbering, etc is just being explained so fast. Are we expected to "masters" at this before moving on?

Ricks.homeRicks.home replied

This video doesn't work without close ups of your fret board. How can a beginner follow what you are saying if he can't see your finger positions clearly?

Tomi1014Tomi1014 replied

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Tomi1014Tomi1014 replied

teach the songs you are playing at the end of the lessons

Tomi1014Tomi1014 replied

teach the songs you are playing at the end of the lessons

sethcsethc replied

Hahaha! I've now played the G major chord so much in the past few weeks that even when I play this chord progression that I know is in D, my mind always feels like the G is where it should end.

mrwolovmrwolov replied

Steve, I have a hard time understanding music theory. When you are describing a new chord and say put you finger on C I don't know what that means. I better understand B or G string, 1st fret.

dkostermandkosterman replied

Ugh HA! Steve been wondering along time about walking up the neck of the guitar and my Bm sounds great now!

prologo99prologo99 replied

Steve, I am trying to build the Amaj7 chord from the D key. D Em F# G A Bm C# D 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 Im using A (1) C# (3) E (5) and G(7) . I don't understand why the chord takes G#. please explain.

Lulu1952Lulu1952 replied

He never explained how to play AmMaj7. It's not listed on Chord page. Anyone know what the shape is?

bcgudelybcgudely replied

Yeah he didn't. Am Maj7 is 0 0 2 1 1 0

bcgudelybcgudely replied

Sorry don't play the low E so it's x 0 2 1 1 0

wiretapeswiretapes replied

This was explained poorly! He's teaching us how to play A7, which involves adding a flat to the 7th note of the A Major scale. G isn't the seventh step of the A scale like he says, hence the open G string. Amaj7 would be adding the 7th note in the scale, which is a G sharp. So we have our A, C#, E, and G, our 1, 3, 5 and 7 to give us our Amaj7 :) 0 2 1 2 0 x

wiretapeswiretapes replied

Sorry that's x02120

nole27nole27 replied

JOHN MAYER - Waiting on the world to change Play D, Bm, G, D Then A, Bm, G, D Bridge is D, Em, Bm, Em, A, Bm, G, D :)

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied

my pinky is so slow when changing to Bm. Wonder when is my pinky going to become faster.

cadalachcadalach replied

Hi there, can we get all supplemental information in PDF format as having trouble printing through our browser (Mozilla Firefox.)

guitar goddessguitar goddess replied

LOVE Steve Eulberg lessons. However, it would be awesome if the video could show chord diagrams during the lesson because it's impossible to see where exactly his left hand fingers are on the fretboard.

joelfranklinjoelfranklin replied


reneesarahreneesarah replied

I had been thinking the same thing! I end up waiting to try that part of the lesson until the chord diagrams are shown because I cannot really see where he is putting his fingers.

zylootinozylootino replied

Agreed. That's a major flaw for me

john103141john103141 replied

Amen to that!

michaela65michaela65 replied

I cant find A minor in the chord library?

cbrsrcbrsr replied

Steve it would REALLY help me understand your lessons if you could change the camera angle on your left hand so i could actually see where your fingertips are. Its very difficult to decipher the chord shapes with that angle you currently use.

anonymous useranonymous user replied

Just view the supplemental content while the video is playing.

weslabweslab replied

I have the same comment about not being able to tell sometimes where the fingers go for a new chord. It would help if the chord diagram could be displayed initially when the chord is introduced.

starchase1starchase1 replied

I agree. The camera is just too low. The strings and frets are hidden. This is true for most of this series. You have to go to the chord library to see where to put your fingers

dhyanashadhyanasha replied

Hi Steve, thanks for another great lesson, I love how you spur my imagination on listening out for tunes I know, or could create... Thanks

dhyanashadhyanasha replied

Hi Steve, thanks for another great lesson, I love how you spur my imagination on listening out for tunes I know, or could create... Thanks

kenyoungkenyoung replied

How do you play the Am maj7th vice A maj7 ? Help

dwiarpdwiarp replied

I am still having trouble placing all my fingers down at once for the chord. I can get the chord but as i said i need to know how i get the fingers to go down all at once. When i do the C chord i place down the C, then the E,then the C. Can anyone help me. I have started to get frustrated.

joergen98joergen98 replied

Asus4 isn't in the Supplemental Content. Can it be added?

connie_annconnie_ann replied

This was first noted in 2010, again in 2011 and now in 2012. In the video it is impossible to clearing see the fingerings on the chords. AmM7 comes out of nowhere - not introduced in previous lessons yet it is on the exercises. Asus2, Asus4 - it's here's what you do - but what is what I do? Had to look all of these chords up at a different lesson site.

dwiarpdwiarp replied

yeah so did I until i relised you can go to the supplemental content and its all there.... brilliant have fun

patt0241patt0241 replied

Hi Steve Did the "supplemental content" change? It's there, but it's a lot more ink to print with the actual photos and larger pictures.

will747will747 replied

nice Hawaiian shirt

fidenciofidencio replied

Like the others lessons this a great lesson and righ now i really learning to play guitar! I have the little obstacule that the engilsh is not my first language and i need to translate and learn the lesson but there is not an obstacule to learn so much! Thank you Steve! The only thing that lesson forgot is write the chord of A minor major 7. If you can include in the supplemental content i will be very glad! Thanks!

maggiekajmaggiekaj replied

really enjoying this and finding things are getting a little easier.but struggling to see where the chords are as I forget easily. Wish I could get the cord diagrams up when you are playing them. also the theory is not easy so don't understand things at the moment. ie what notete am playing on each string. Do I have to memorise all the notes on the strings?

lamontspelllamontspell replied

Steve has been a fantastic instructor throughout this beginner series. This section was probably made before the multiple camera option that JamPlay is known for. Only one camera angle, at least up to this point, so you can't see his fingers on the frets. You can see his knuckles together above the fretboard. It mostly doesn't matter since he explains things so well, just something to know and make peace with if the multiple angles was part of why you joined JamPlay. If you can hang with this series, it'll move you along pretty quickly. Thanks Steve!

mikosmikos replied

Am Maj7 chord and Asus4 chord are missing from the supplemental content. Please add these as it is very important for us to follow through especially that we can not see the fingering on the video AT ALL. This issue has been addressed in 2010, we're in 2011 and nothing changed ! Many thanks

tslaketslake replied

Applying the same theory from the D Family I think I figured out the Asus4 = 3rd finger on 3rd Fret B-string (D note)/ 2nd Finger on 2nd Fret G-String (A note)/ 1st Finger on 2nd Fret D- String (E note). If this is wrong please forgive me. The AmMaJ7 works out to be 1st finger on 1st Fret B-string (C note) / 2nd finger on 1st Fret G-string (G# note) / 3rd finger on 2nd Fret D-string (E note). You achieve your A note by strumming the A string (5th String) open. As far as the finger picking exercises go - I have a ton of practicing ahead of me. This is only after I figure out the pattern Steve is teaching. On a positive - Steve is a great instructor. Like anything worth having in life - we have to put time and energy into this inorder to get something out of it. Personally I am excited to

tslaketslake replied

Just to clarify the previous post - You can experiment with finger placement on each cord ie. on an Asus4 if you like to barre the A with your 1st finger - place your 2nd finger on the 3rdFret B-String (D note). For an AmMaj7 - you can barre the 1st Fret of the B + G Strings (C + G# notes) with your 1st finger ( Don't mute the high e or 1st string) and place your 2nd finger on the 2nd Fret D-string (E note). This looks similar to a Dmin7 except raised one string. Good luck and I hope I haven't confused anyone too much.

joseefjoseef replied

Once again I can,t see where your fingers are going, I have to think while you're speaking cause you're only naming the notes to put fingers on....this doesnt work well for me at all.

digideldigidel replied

I find the video is wonderful at showing your knuckles and hiding where your fingers are. Any chance of a new video with a screen actually showing where the fingers are going? this is my second day of an annual subscription and I'm getting concerns....

mike omike o replied

I agree. I'm constantly going back to look at the chord charts from prior lessons. including the chord charts at the bottom of the video would help me keep up with Steve during the lesson.

hansghansg replied

of all the lessons so far I found this the hardest to follow, not entirely sure where things were going, and then could not find all chords, A minor major 7, for example.

caroljerrycaroljerry replied

I can't find the A min maj 7th chord either.

ianchristie3ianchristie3 replied

I have been stuck on this lesson so much that it has caused me to not play for a long time. Trying to push through.

tonedeaf33tonedeaf33 replied

Dont give up, there is a lot to this lesson compared to all the previous lessons, therefore it will take longer. At least that is what I am trying to convince myself.

tonedeaf33tonedeaf33 replied

Steve, lessons are great! Even for an old guy, I am progressing. My questions is, in the intro to this lesson (7), you begin with fingerpicking and then majicly you are playing with a pick, is the pick tucked between fingers 2 and 3? Great trick!!!

hotrodemthotrodemt replied

steve i like you lessons so far. when i ck b min with my elec tuner i get a lot of d and f#

mclacassemclacasse replied

great teaching ability, very simply put and easy to follow, so far I am loving this site, can't wait to get home and practice every night, it's nice that you don't stuff to much into each lesson

brandtjbrandtj replied

These lessons are amazing. I'm learning so much. I had a personal guitar teacher months ago and didn't learn as much as I have on this site in only 4 days! I am so happy you showed us that Bm chord because I had been struggling with the Bm barre chord version. The way you showed us is much easier. Thanks Steve!

joseefjoseef replied

I've come back a year later and there's still no chord chart as you're playing it and you don't mention which string your lifting your finger on or putting it onto until after you've gone through it all and are ready to show us the fingerstyle....way tooo confusing...we must always pause and see supplemental content in order to get it.

tornimpulsetornimpulse replied

For those having issues with figuring out the chords while following along I just click on the chords he names in the supplemental you can clearly see the fingerings while you play along

rjsandyrjsandy replied

For the most part I am enjoying your lessons. My frustration is not being able to see your finger positions on the fretboard especially in lesson #7. You are talking about various chords and finger positions while the picture-in-picture is showing the right hand struming.??? Am I missing somethings here?

lasgurulasguru replied

hi steve this is my first time on this forum i say hi to all my problem is am not sure how to rate my self am a quick learne so whenever i get a leson i justdo it in 5 min goood but thsn 2 days ofter i make so much mistak .any good advice ? thanks

coolclaycoolclay replied

Could you please post the graghic for the Am Maj7. Thanks

vrallatosvrallatos replied

here you'll find any chord shape you'll ever need:

chris ryanchris ryan replied

Thanks for the tip on chords - its a good site.

rashfordrashford replied

Steve great job on the leassons I feel like I am learning a lot. I played in college a little, all self taught but feel I am reall learning now. I am trying to learn to read music as well are there any lessons regarding that?

rickeybrickeyb replied

Kindly display the D chord. I lost the lesson there. Good teaching though. Thanks Rickey

kevinbateskevinbates replied

Hi Steve have been trying to learn guitar on and of for the last 10 years with limited success i am finding your lessons fun and i am getting a lot out of them so far Thanks and Take Care

nash24nash24 replied

Another great lesson. I feel like I'm learning so much. Thank you!!!

feldrickfeldrick replied

Hey Steve - what's the strum pattern that you're using in "Blue Moon" in Scene 4?

jet3rryjet3rry replied

Thanks, Steve! I'm having a blast playing with these chords, trying new combinations, and making up new fingerpicking patterns! It helps, too, to keep going back to my charts and understand the chord patterns in the different keys, and trying to figure out what the patterns might be in, say, the key of C, or whatever. Wonderful lessons, Steve, thanks!!!

joseefjoseef replied

I don't understand anything...A 7th and A major 7th....what is the difference and why...isn't an A an Amajor to begin with...why would there be two 7ths for one chord...this is illogical to me.

metalstormmetalstorm replied

Didnt see an answer to this posted, when it just shows A7 thats actually A dominant 7 not Amaj7. You see a lot of blues and stuff will have just the chord name and a 7, that would be your dom 7.

joseefjoseef replied

Ok I got it now.....Another Eureka moment....thank you.

joseefjoseef replied

Since we can't see where your fingers are landing...once again the chart of the chord in the video would be nice as you're playing it.

sinisterrasinisterra replied

what is your suggestion on how to learn to "play by ear", given that you memorize the chords?

mrslisakmrslisak replied

I think a cool idea would be to add a folder with suggested songs that use the chords we've just practiced at this level, maybe even different levels, sheet music that we could either download or copy for free.

vrallatosvrallatos replied

Steve, I've been told by a couple of guitar players I know that the G chord should be played with fingers 2,3 and 4 because, later in learning more complicated chord shapes, this 2-3-4 combo will be proved very helpful. Is that true or should I stick ti the 1-2-3 fingers which I'm very comfortable with? -Thanks in advance, Vasilis

astonaston replied

You might find it helpful to do as they instruct, later your going to be playing that A down the neck and your finger will take the place of the nut and press down on all of the strings further up like a bar. However, I say, do what feels comfortable, not using your 1st finger now will make it even harder when you get to this difficult stage of playing (barre chords)

coolclaycoolclay replied

This is a link to the chord library for Am/maj7 but it is nto the one that steve shows it is barred at the 5th 6-4 7-5

venturaventura replied

I enjoyed very much the melody for " color my world" you think that you can send me the chords to play the song and practice my "picking"Thanks

venturaventura replied

I asked about the chords to play " color my world"...It shows thart you replied but I don't see where to look for your reply. Thanks again .

blueguitar420blueguitar420 replied

thanks for opening my eyes steve. I was always just a tabber and now im starting to put everything together its awesome.

paulmccherrypaulmccherry replied

steve, i have spent some time understanding the dsus2 and dsus4 chrods and how tthey relate to 135 and replacing the 3 with either 2 or 4. I have checked this against the diagraam that mark brennan supplies at in the supplemental tab and it all makes sense. I have now done the same thing with the asus2 and something seems wrong. correect me if im wrong The A cord is made up of an A on 5th, an A on 4th, an E on 3rd, a B on 2nd and a E on first according to your supplemental A major chord diagram in So basically this seems to me to already be the Asus2 chord as it is missing a C natural. I must be missing something but ive gone over this many times now.

paulmccherrypaulmccherry replied

ahh nm ive figured it. I knew as soon as i put my thoughts in writing i would see where i was going wrong :)

dfispydfispy replied

I think you do a great job of teaching, but for food of thought, I think you should add some sort of play along piece. to help form a sense of accomplishment. Letting the student play along with you, no matter how simple the song may be.

celwitcelwit replied

If you use the following link you will find a beautiful song by Alison Krauss using the chords from this lesson plus the B7 and E6 which Steve mentioned. The finger picking pattern is also given. It is really a lovelly song--quite a challenge for me, anyway, but I am getting it and it's worth the effort.

whitebomberwhitebomber replied

Celwit - great Alison Kraus song to practice the chords we are learning. Plus a big fan of Alison, so it works great. BTW what strumming pattern do you find works with the song?

skaterstuskaterstu replied

I was thinking the same thing...

gfl23gfl23 replied

That seems like a great idea.

longhorngdublonghorngdub replied

I know it can be difficult to go from D to Bm. I have found, depending on the progression, that you can change the fingering of your D chord to better transition to Bm. I use my index finger to barre the first three stings on the 2nd fret and add my middle finger on the 3rd fret, 2nd string to make D. Then, it is easy to add the ring and pinky fingers to fill out the Bm. This may work for you, also. Very good lesson, Steve. Alternating the A and D strings while fingerpicking is killer. Keep the challenges coming!!!

george472008george472008 replied

i wished u had showed a picture of asus4 in chord supplement

brumbylancebrumbylance replied

Another great lesson. I think it will take me a while to get all of the information under my belt, or fingers. Thanks JAMPLAY and Thanks Steve. I can't wait until the next lesson...

criscusackcriscusack replied

HI Steve, this lesson (and at the very least, the 6 before it) is fantastic. One thing I am still having trouble with, though: when I play with the flat pick, on the upstroke, it gets kind of "caught" on the way up, often resulting in a pretty loud kind of "derailed" sound to the chord. Is there any particular hand technique that deals with this? Thanks. --Cris

birchybirchy replied

At this point in the lessons (number 7) I haven't, unfortunately had an AHA! moment. When I first started to learn guitar I was taught, not by the individual names of the notes on each string, but by "The First string Forth fret" method. It is only since I started on this course that I have concluded that I MUST get this theory into my head. To aid me with this I have written the names of the 6 open strings on masking tape and stuck it on the first fret and all the way down the neck from first to 12 fret and labeled it F thru E. This is helping to force this into thick head. The mnemonic Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie is also useful. Being totally musically illiterate does not help matters. Suggestion: My first guitar teacher used to convert music score to tablature, this would be a very useful lesson for more advanced pupils. Maybe you already do this and I haven't stumbled upon it yet? Anyway, I have only been doing these lessons for a week and am enjoying them very much. I have told a couple of my guitar playing mates about he site.

jndaiglejndaigle replied

Hmm. I have been playing for more than 35 years and decided I needed to learn how to play at above the beginner level. I have been working on these lessons for about 7 weeks and I am about half way with lesson 7. I am working mostly with playing slow and being absolutely clean with the noting and changing. For me, it is difficult to get everything right. I wonder if I am just slow or you are a lot faster than I am, or maybe you just have a lot more time to devote to this.

sk8bugsk8bug replied

As a guitarist, I'm enjoying your lessons Steve. But as a professional videographer I think you should have Jeff the cameraman film the fretted chords from a higher angle because we can't see what chords you are actually fretting from the low camera angle. For future shows filming sessions I guess...

bartonbarton replied

My chord book shows A minor 7th as CAE, and the A 7th as EAC#G. pLEASE COMMENT. Barton.

bartonbarton replied

My chord book shows Aminor 7th as CAE, and the A7th. as EAC#G. Please comment. Bernard.

bobby veebobby vee replied

where can i buy new fingers for left hand?

mclovinmclovin replied

why don't you teach out the Bm in the way your chord library shows it?

jboothjbooth replied

There are many different ways to play the Bm chord, if you click on the "Bm" chord in the chord library it will show other ways in which the chord can be played. None of them are right or wrong, they just depend on the context of the song and what is more ergonomic.

diego89diego89 replied

Where's the Aminmaj7 chord graphic????

mattbrownmattbrown replied

To play this chord, do this: 5th: open 4th: finger 3, 2nd fret 3rd: 1st fret, finger 1 2nd: 1st fret, finger 2 1st: open

rumble dollrumble doll replied

Is it just me or is scene 4 of this lesson cut short at what would seem to be quite an important part? I've played it over a couple of times & it cuts short! I've noticed this with quite a few of the lessons. I really love the lessons but find this quite irritating. I don't know if it's my PC or if it really is that the lessons come to an abrupt halt. Would prefer this not to happen.

jboothjbooth replied

Hello, Is the end of Scene 4 a screen that has chord charts and prompts you to practice and display them? I have looked over all of the files for scene 4 and they all end properly in that. If that is not happening you most likely need to lower the quality setting to medium or low as your download is timing out before the video can finish playing. You did say Scene 4 (B Minor Chord and Different Keys) correct?

rumble dollrumble doll replied

Yes, you're right! I changed to the low quality setting & I got the whole lesson on the B minor. I really had no idea about the settings making a difference to the actual lessons. I thought they were only to use if you were having problems with the connection when it keeps stopping. Anyway, looks like I've got it sorted. Thanks so much for the advice. I can now go back over the other lessons that seemed to be cutting short too :-)

rumble dollrumble doll replied

Hi. Thank you for the reply. I'm using medium quality at the moment, so maybe I need to change that. Really appreciate your reply. Many thanks.

mchafmchaf replied

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tallingertallinger replied

I love these lessons. I'm learning so much and having so much fun. But I got a little lost in scene 5. I can't see the fingering well when Steve is playing the A family, and some chords are not in the supplemental content. Could you add the Am maj 7th chord and the Asus4 to the supplemental content?

john oconnor59john oconnor59 replied

;) hi steve just completed lesson 7 really enjoyed it the picking with the B MINOR its lovely to the EM really nice i have nailed this lesson steve really great lessons i am enjoying them thanks steve marvelous teacher so far everything in the lessons i have nailed it cos practice and more practice and its paying off man !! regards johnny ireland ;)

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Merci Beaucoup, Phil, I'll alert our tech crew. And thanks for the feedback. Steve

phil_lespinassephil_lespinasse replied

Hi Steve, The Am maj7th is not in the supplemental content... Just thought I'd let you know. Great lesson, Au revoir,

kevinacekevinace replied

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We had the wrong image up for that piece of supplemental content. It's now fixed with the "B" Minor image! Enjoy!

schoenaersgschoenaersg replied

Steve, Congratulations for the set up of this wonderfull lesson series, I think it is easy to follow and you are given a lot of exercises to practice, I hope that you are teaching us also to play songs easy once with the chords we have learned. There is a small probem, when I try to open in the supplemental content the example of the B Minor Chord I always get a chord progression exercise and not the example of the B Minor chord and this is the same in lesson 8. Regards, Gilbert

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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.

The Absolute BasicsLesson 1

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

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Your First ChordsLesson 2

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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.

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Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

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

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Barre ChordsLesson 9

Barre Chords

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

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Tools for GuitarLesson 10

Tools for Guitar

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

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Playing Lead and ScalesLesson 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."

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Hand StretchesLesson 12

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

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Different GuitarsLesson 13

Different Guitars

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

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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.

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Timing and TempoLesson 15

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

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Circle of FifthsLesson 16

Circle of Fifths

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

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Clearing Up ConfusionLesson 17

Clearing Up Confusion

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Review and Moving OnLesson 18

Review and Moving On

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

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Completing LessonsLesson 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.

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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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John March John March

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Eric Madis Eric Madis

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