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In this lesson, Mr. Steve Eulberg will first review with you the details, tips, and exercises he taught in lesson 1 of his beginner guitar series. Steve will teach you the 5 basic components of a successful practice session. He will introduce you to a new exercise and your first chords: the Easy C, Easy G, Major C, Major G, and the D7th. Don't be frightened! Follow along with Steve, and you'll pick this up in no time.
Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 40:00Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Speed is Your EnemyWhen you first start playing any piece of music, including finger exercises, it is good to remember that speed is your enemy. Start playing slow and accurately until you have mastered it, and then slowly start building speed. Eventually you will be able to play it fast, but for now your goal is a good sound, not speed.
No matter which genre of guitar you play if you know a mere 3 chords you can play a LOT of music. Today we are going to be learning 3 chords, the G, C and D7.
To help the beginner students we are going to build this chords a little bit at a time and begin with the "easy" version of the C and the G. This will allow you to play something by the end of this lesson no matter what your skill level is.
The Easy G Chord
Playing the Easy G is, well, easy. Take your third finger and place it on the High E string (1st) just behind the third fret. This is a miniature version of the actual G chord which we will look into later.
This chord only uses 3 strings, or 3 notes. Since a chord by definition is at least 3 notes this meets the criteria of a chord. We will play the open G string (3rd) , open B (2nd) string and the high E (1st) string at the 3rd fret. Strum the last 3 strings!
If your finger is in the wrong position you will hear a muffled noise, or perhaps a rattling sound. If while strumming you feel the chord does not sound correct be sure to reposition your 3rd finger so it is just behind the 3rd fret, pressing down firmly enough so that the string rings out clear yet not hard enough that it hurts your fingers. Make sure no other strings are being muffled by the remaining fingers on your hand, that will muffle the other notes which need to be played.
The Easy C
Now we will cover the easy version of the C. To play this chord take your first finger and put it on the first fret of the B (2nd) string. On this chord you will play the same 3 strings as the easy G chord, so remember to again check the fretting of the note you must play as well as the rest of your fingers if the chord is muffled or does not sound right. This chord consists of the notes G, C and E, fitting the match that a chord must have 3 notes.
Switching Between the Two
Go back and finger the Easy G chord, which if you recall requires you to play your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the high E (1st) string. Remember, the high e is the smallest string on the guitar that has the highest pitch. Strum the easy G chord downwards 8 times at a pace that is comfortable for you. Then change to the easy C chord which requires your first finger to be on the B (2nd) string on the first fret and strum it 8 times downwards as well. Switching between these two chords is a great way to practice chord changing, strumming and simply getting your hands used to the instrument.
Anchoring a Finger
When playing the guitar using a pick some people like to anchor a finger or two on their pick guard to help give perspective as to where the hand is while strumming People often anchor their pinky or ring finger and in some cases both.
The D7 Chord
The D7 chord may be more difficult to finger then the easy C and easy G as it requires fretting with 3 fingers and strumming four. Don't get worried though, you will have it mastered in no time.
Start by placing your first finger on the B (2nd) string on the first fret. After that take your second finger and place it on the G (3rd) string on the second fret. Then place your third finger on the high e (first) string on the second fret. Notice the "shape" that your fingers make when they are on the fretboard, it resembles a triangle, doesn't it? Paying attention to the shape of chords can make memorization much easier.
Moving Between easy C and D7
Because switching between the easy C and D7 chord is so easy take this time to practice switching between the two. Start by strumming the easy C chord down 8 times, then play D7 8 times and back to easy C 8 times. If that is easy for you take it one step further and play a small progression using all 3 chords, play the easy G 8 times, the easy C 8 times and then the D7 8 times. Don't move on until you have gotten this down!Chapter 8: (11:13) Full C Major and D Major Chords
Now that you know the easy C, easy G and D7 chords it is time to learn the full C major and G major chords. Don't worry, you can do it!
I want 6 strings
You own a six string guitar, right? Well then, you probably are saying to yourself "why are we only playing 3 strings?" Well, coming up next we will give the G major chord which uses all 6 strings and the C Major which uses 5.
Full G Chord
The reason I had you play the high G with your third finger is because that is part of the full G chord. Now lay your second finger down on the 3rd fret of the low E (6th) string. Remember, the low E is the thickest string on the guitar. Now your first finger naturally wants to fall on the A (5th) string on the second fret, so let it! Now you have the full G major chord in which you can strum all 6 strings for a delightfully rich sound. Make sure you are not muffling any of the strings!
From G to D7
Now practice changing from the G Major chord to the D7 chord. Getting good at changing chords is very important so don't get discouraged or give up! It's really easy to change the D7 chord from G. Lift up your first and second fingers while keeping your 3rd finger down, now slide your 3rd finger up one fret and let the first and second finger fall together. It's quite easy! Practice changing back and forth, first slow and controlled and gradually build speed. Remember, when you are learning things for the first time doing it accurately is much more important then how fast you do it.
C Major Chord
The final chord we are going to learn today is the C major chord. To finger this, put your first finger back on the 1st fret of the B (2nd) string as if you were playing the easy C chord. Now reach across with your second finger and lay it down on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string. Leave the G (3rd) string open. Now let your third finger fall on the 3rd fret of the A (5th) string. This is the C Major chord. Unlike the G major, with this chord you may only play 5 strings, so please take care not to play the low E (6th string, thickest) while strumming this chord.
Practice moving between the C Major and D7 chord. Moving from C to D7 can be quite easy, yet moving from the D7 to the C Major can be difficult so make extra effort to practice that chord change. Start by making sure your chord changes are accurate and sound good and start building speed over time.
Practicing These Chords
Before you move on to the next lesson be sure to practice all of these chords thoroughly. Start out by practicing and playing through the easy forms and then move on to the full forms.
After you have played around with the chords practice playing the following pattern. Strum the G Major chord down 4 times, strum the D7 chord down 4 times, strum the C chord 4 times, strum the D7 chord down 4 times and finally strum the G major chord down 4 times. Practice this progression over and over until you can play it with ease. This progression will be challenging, but it will vastly improve your fingering of these chords as well as the transitions between themChapter 9: (02:21) Exit Music
The following scene consists of Steve Eulberg playing a rockin' bluegrass tune to hold you over until the next episode.
Remember, do not move onto the next lesson until have have practiced and understand everything in this lesson. Moving on before you are ready may seem fun however it will only cause frustration farther down the road.
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About Steve Eulberg
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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 â€œsweet musicâ€ 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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