Your First Chords (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Eulberg

Your First Chords

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
Chapter 1: (01:43) Introduction to Lesson 2: Your First Chords Steve welcomes you to lesson 2 by playing a small bit of bluegrass guitar, and a welcome message.
Chapter 2: (05:46) Review from Lesson 1 & Finger Exercise Steve walks you through the details he taught during Lesson 1: The Absolute Basics. This includes the following:
  • Parts of the Guitar
    • Body, Neck, Bridge, Strings, Nuts, Tuning Pegs, Frets, and the Fretboard / Fingerboard

  • String Physics
    • Thicker the string, lower the pitch
    • The shorter you make a string, the higher the pitch will become.
    • With tuning, the looser the string, the lower the pitch.

  • Left-hand Tips
    • 1 finger for each fret (except the thumb, which holds the freboard)
    • Playing in a mirror can help finger placement
    • Tip of the finger down on the string
    • Tip of the finger directly behind the fret for the cleanest sound.

  • Review of Lesson 1 Finger Exercise
    • Be sure to practice this exercise to perfection.
    • Get your hands reminded of guitar activities.
    • "Limber Up" your fingers for the fretboard.
Chapter 3: (02:16) 5 Components to a Successful Practice Session Steve gives you a rehearsal regiment for your practice sessions. Like all other things you have learned and mastered, a format, or disciplined outline for your guitar playing session is vital for your advancement.

5 Tips for a Successful Practice Session:
  1. Tune Your Guitar (Magic of the 5th Fret)
  2. Practice Finger Exercise(s)
  3. Work on Your "Current" Task
  4. Review a Task you have Mastered
  5. Try to Memorize Something
Chapter 4: (2:20) New Finger Exercise: The Chromatic Scale Fingering exercises are a great way to strengthen your hands, coordination and dexterity on the guitar. This exercise is a chromatic scale, and is nearly identical to the previous exercise with the exception of one note.

To view the tablature for this exercise please press pause when it shows up on the video above, or view it in the supplemental content section.

This exercise is quite simple.
  • 6th String/Low E String
    • You begin on the on the low E (or 6th string) and play the open string, first fret, second fret, third fret and fourth fret.

  • 5th String/A String
    • Repeat the same fretting as above on this string. Again, it is open string, 1st fret, second fret, 3rd fret, fourth fret.

  • 4th String/D String
    • The fingerings on the D string/4th string are identical to the 5th and 6th strings.

  • 3rd String/G String
    • This is where the fingering pattern slightly changes. It starts out the same as the other strings, but you do not play the fourth fret. You play the open string, first fret, second fret and third fret and then move on to the 2nd string/B string.

  • 2nd String/B String
    • The pattern returns to normal here with you playing the open string, first fret, second fret, 3rd fret and fourth fret.

  • 1st String/high E String
    • The pattern is once again identical in that you play the open string, 1st fret, second fret, 3rd fret and fourth fret.

  • Going Back Down
    • After playing this pattern on all 6 strings, now you should move back down the guitar from the High E to the low E string. The trick this time is play it in reverse order, so instead of starting with the open string start with the fourth fret (or 3rd fret on the 3rd string/G String), then move to the third, second and first frets followed by the open string.
Repeat this exercise over and over as repetition is the key to mastering the guitar.

Remember, if you need to see the tablature for this exercise you can find it in the supplemental content section by clicking Finger Exercise #2.
Chapter 5: (02:28) Getting the Most out of Finger Exercises Now that you have another finger exercise it is good to remember how to get the most out of your finger exercises.

Speed is Your Enemy

When 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.
Try to make your exercise sound exactly like Steve's playing in this segment, it will benefit you well.
Chapter 6: (12:43) Guitar Straps, Easy C and Easy G Chords The Guitar Strap
    Wearing a guitar strap can be quite beneficial if you play on stage, standing up or in any number of situations.

    Many guitars come with a strap pre installed, but if yours does not yet have one worry not, take it to your local music store and they can handle the installation for you. Remember, never attempt to modify or drill into your guitar unless you have experience as you could quite easily end up ruining your instrument.
Chapter 7: (09:38) The Easy C, Easy G and D7 Chord

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 them

Chapter 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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Member Comments about this Lesson

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BillytheplantBillytheplant replied

Playing D7 chord first finger B string doesn't come clearly

GordoGrantGordoGrant replied

Well, my first lesson after 200 + hours of self instruction and I’ve already learned so much from Steve...

AiladadAiladad replied

Great, thoughtful steps. This has been very helpful. However, a simple and I think obvious suggestion is to change the angle on the closeups of the left hand. All I see is a big mitt crunched over the finger board. Bring the camera up and over the right shoulder or right side of his chest, but shooting close up and down to the end of the neck. This way we could see the tips of the fingers in their respective positions on the fret board. But thanks again!

trishulpanitrishulpani replied

I agree. There's a wealth of knowledge in these videos. However, as a beginner, I'd like to see "exactly" where my fingers should be when fretting. And the video angle doesn't help much. I really wish they fixed this. Otherwise, there's absolutely nothing to complain about.

DoTheTunesDoTheTunes replied

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DoTheTunesDoTheTunes replied

Thanks, I figured it out. The music sheets at end of lesson helped a bunch!

DoTheTunesDoTheTunes replied

Thanks, I figured it out. The music sheets at end of lesson helped a bunch!

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DoTheTunesDoTheTunes replied

Steve, it looks like when you're playing the easy C chord your first finger first fret is on the A string yet I thought I heard you say to place our finger on the B string?

Mozart12Mozart12 replied

Your ) Introduction Music is to long!!

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jonanthonyjonanthony replied

Best teacher ever ;D

QTU1965QTU1965 replied

I am a left handed player. It would be easier for me if every time you make a chord or note you show the tab on the screen.

lorivandlorivand replied

I LIKE this guy!! Love his aproach on informative, yet relaxed......also very thorough.....He's the teacher for me!!!

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Plynn13Plynn13 replied

Great teacher.

squirrelssquirrels replied

My fingers hurt. Any advice? It's not that they've been in one position for too long, it's that there are cuts in my fingers because of the strings.

TrickMasterTrickMaster replied

why only 2 fingers on the G String?

daffardaffar replied

Its already two days from lessons 1 .. hope i can play guitar like my other friend :) thanks steve you are one of best teacher i had

languagemasterlanguagemaster replied

This is a waste of time. Very good at telling you the obvious - this is a guitar. Everybody say 'GUITAR'. Very good! etc. But he doesn't show you where to put your fingers to create the chords - just seems to rush through it and call out first fret, second fret. Might just as well use Hal Leonard and work it out for myself. Epic Fail! And poor teaching.

jboothjbooth replied

Hi. Sorry to hear you aren't enjoying the lesson. These were actually filmed 8 years ago and we plan on reshooting this entire series in the coming months. In the meantime, if the fingering is not clear, I would recommend clicking the "supplemental content" tab and taking a look at the chord chart there. Thanks!

totallyfrozentotallyfrozen replied

Why would you want to waste time and money re-filming this lesson when it's so good already? If it ain't broke...

cdawsoncdawson replied

Testing this, sorry!

thang8805thang8805 replied

I could only see exactly the chords and which fingers touch on them in the exercise screen since the view of the camera blocks all of his 3 or 4 fingers that I could not see which strings and frets he touches

martyrogersmartyrogers replied

I am enjoying the second lesson. I like Steve's voice, and his passion for teaching. I'm making progress...!

ethanr519ethanr519 replied

This is a very helpful site. Worth every penny! :D

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

Thanks for sharing. :-)

omar2005omar2005 replied

he plays nice. this may sound boring. ha ha ha!

sketchsketch replied

How long does it take for your fingers to hit the right strings on the finger exercise? I having been doing this for three weeks and my fingers are still having difficulty:(

albxoalbxo replied

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mattpainemattpaine replied

It takes quite a few weeks...for me its about 5 weeks and still only half way there. Just stick with it and keep going!

nirotnirot replied

Thank you and you hit on an important thing that could be added - expectations. When you are starting out, if something looks easy, it can be frustrating when you go at it and seem to be making little progress. I understand that sometimes it can intimidate people to tell them 3 or 5 weeks - but something to set a range is very helpful.

CvillemaniaCvillemania replied

I find It better to practice my chords when I am looking at a picture, went to print it ( D7 ) out and it would not print. Please help, thank you

CvillemaniaCvillemania replied

I wanted to print out chords but it is blank when I try to print, please help

gnautgnaut replied i googled D7 chord for you. I am sure you can find something to print here.

grock1979grock1979 replied

Hi there.I am practicing the finger exercise. I don't understand why I only play 3 fingers on the G string. Can somebody help me out??Thanks

pbutterfpbutterf replied

I'm having a lot of difficulty with the D7th cord. No matter which way I put my first finger on the G and high E string, I'm muting the sound on the B string.....any suggestions?

totallyfrozentotallyfrozen replied

Sometimes you'll see guitarists resting their thumb on top of the guitar neck (where their thumb is over the guitar near the thick E string). DON'T DO THAT! Make sure your thumb is on the back of the neck. With your thumb on the back of the neck, it will be easier to curve your fingers over the strings.

zertndozertndo replied

Also, I'm an intermediate guitar player, but I went through Steve's entire lessons and it helped get me back to fundamentals. Thanks Steve.

djbilldjbill replied

Why can I not get the program to work. No chords played and when I try to get something to move on or come up, nothing happens

zertndozertndo replied

Forgive me, but I post the comment below to almost all the instructors since I don't know who reads what or if they share ideas. I believe my comment is absolutely important and will aid students by making their learning faster and more accurate.

zertndozertndo replied

It would be better if you showed the left hand view from the perspective of the guitar player and not the student. That way the student can match the fingering on the fret board and strings more accurately. No offense intended, but Steve's fingers are pretty big and hard to see from the students perspective, which string and fret he is actually playing. This should be applied to all lessons from all teachers.

totallyfrozentotallyfrozen replied

Steve does explain where to put your fingers for each chord. Also, there are chord charts for this lesson which you can view while still viewing the video.

dmorehousedmorehouse replied

I am evaluating the instruction quality of the material. As a trainer by profession I am always looking for what is good or bad about any program that teaches. I was a bit frustrated at the beginning of Steve's basic chord instruction--here's why. I found I was looking at the back of his fingers throughout the entire lesson. I could not see exactly what his fingers were doing, or which string they were on. With the supplemental materials, I figured it out--but it needs to be clear during the instruction. The camera angle should be changed to look from low E to high E across the fret board. Not the reverse. I hope this changes over the course, or, is this what was intended for some reason?

aemfjayaemfjay replied

Hi Steve. I am new self teaching. Figure I start again at the beginning with your guidance. My first question is sort of general, but goes with the smooth chromatic scale. I have a few years (decades) of playing woodwinds. Breathing is as important a part of the process as anything else. It occurs to me that breathing may also play a role in stringed instrument playing and performance. Does it? And if so, can you provide some advice from the very beginning(...early good habits and all...)? Thanks! Anne

AliPAliP replied

Loving your lessons Steve. Just the right pace for me, and feel like I'm making great progress already. The strumming lesson was really helpful. Thanks, Ali :)

babybluebirdbabybluebird replied

Hi Steve, I know this wasn't part of the lesson: But Question: it looked to me like you were using your thumb on the D-7th chord when you were playing it with the Major C and Major G chords. Was that the case? If you need to use the second fret of the lower E chord in that, is there another configuration besides the thumb? Also how can you tell if your "action" is too high? And, if so, how do you get that fixed? My fingers are really being bit into. I am playing on an Oscar Schmidt dreadnought full size. Thanks!

AussierobAussierob replied

When we change from a C major to a D major and again back from D to C what fingers move where to efficiently and easily move from one to the other?

cj1321cj1321 replied

het steve i started guitar a few days ago and now i am on d 7 (and easy g and c) but the b string is messing me up when i do the d 7. It sounds like i put my finger on the threat but i am not. I am wodering if u have a answer.

jaytbjaytb replied

Steve I just started playing. I'm a drummer turned guitarist. My left hand is molded after 25 years of match and conventional grip. If you have time a video showing your hand and thumb from behind the neck would help me and maybe other students. The finger exercises are easily understood as you teach them. However, do you keep your thumb in the same place on the neck, or do you move it higher and lower on the neck from the 6th string to the 1st during the exercises? That's my question. Thanks for your time.

phamhung031phamhung031 replied

Hi Steve, I'm new to guitar, trying to learn it. But I have a problem when I'm playing Major G chord, my fingers are quite short that cant reach both high e and low e string. So any suggestion? Thank you very much.

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russ2123russ2123 replied

Thanks Steve, I have been playing for 20 plus years and this helped me out on switching chords, great lesson.

dledgewodledgewo replied

Hi Steve First let me say I am enjoying your lessons and look forward to continuing them. Couple of questions I am 58 and nerves in my hands kind of messed up and friends of mine recommended I try nylon strings might be easier on my nerves, I am taking these lesson with La Patrie concert which has a wider neck when trying to learn will this make any difference or would you recommend a standard neck width to start out. Think I am having the same issues as everyone first starting getting my fingers to stretch.

dhines44dhines44 replied

Sir; I have been wanting to learn the Guitar since 1967. But with family, work and living i have not been able to find the time. I'm retired now and have plenty of time, thats why i have Jam-Play, i am on beginners sec. 2nd lesson and trying to set up the chords, but i'm having a problem. Calloues are forning on the tips of fingers but the pads of my fingers have suddenly gained weight and can not keep from touching other strings, no matter hard i try. (help)!

jayden2002jayden2002 replied

Im so sorry steve please let me back on but people gets on my nerves so I let it all out and theres worse anger I bottle up inside me so let me back on live chats just mute me if needed don't ban me please mom will KILL me

kittyriccardikittyriccardi replied

Wonderful! This is great stuff the way you explain. For the first time I am understanding all about chords!!!

glue156glue156 replied

I am still on STEVE EULBERG 1st chords. The difficulty I am having is w/the practice ie; chromatic scale. UP and DOWN. I have MS (multiple sclerosis) DX in 07. It is basically on my lower left side, and affects my walking. I am having trouble w/my pinky on my left hand though. Therefore I find myself cheating! Is there anyone out there who has MS? I am 54 years young and just wanted 2 share that. Looking for some encouragement I guess. Thanks, Pete

dledgewodledgewo replied

Hi glue 156 I fully understand how you feel in 09 I got a nerve disease that left me paralyzed but after 3 years of phys. therapy and Gods grace and mercy here I am. The disease left me with neuropathy in both hands, both feet and other areas of my body. I want to learn to play to share my testimony and how good our God is through music. Guess in summary I keep moving forward one step at a time with a goal to reach I am 58 years (old) some days I feel it and not so much other days so hang in there and perhaps we can both learn this rascal.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

I would call whatever you call cheating "creative adaptation"! Sometimes we have limitations that we must simply work around to be successful. So...if your pinky will NEVER obey, slide with the 3rd finger. If your pinky SOMETIMES obeys, use it sometimes and slide the others!

glue156glue156 replied

Very encouraging words!

glue156glue156 replied

THANX STEVE! CREATIVE ADAPTATION........I like it. We WILL carry on! I like that one too! Commitment! Thanx again

bigbossman99bigbossman99 replied

A little confused about the fingering for the Major G Chord. In the lesson and in the supplemental tablature, it indicates to use fingers 1, 2 and 3 but at 11:13 in Scene 8 it indicates that you are supposed to use fingers 2, 3 and 4 which is different than the lesson?

totallyfrozentotallyfrozen replied

My fist guitar teacher taught me to finger the G using 2,3,4 because, he said, it would allow me to get to the C chord faster since my 1 finger would already be over the 1st fret. This same teacher showed me the fingering that John Lennon (The Beatles) used for a certain type of C chord (I don't remember which one now) and how it was different from the way most people are taught. I guess the point he was making is that sometimes a certain fingering pattern of a chord is better in one situation/song and sometimes another fingering of the same chord works better. I'm just a student, like you, and I'm starting over (on guitar) with Steve's lessons. So, Steve is really the guy here to have the final answer on it, but I just wanted to share an open-minded idea that I was taught regarding chord fingerings.

qogryntqogrynt replied

You are correct in that there is an inconsistency between the video/supplementary materials and the chord fingering suggestion for G at the end of he video. I wouldn't worry too much about it, however, and would use the 1/2/3 fingering as suggested in the lesson and supplements. The 2/3/4 fingering for G is also taught as the 'proper' way in many places though, as most guitar folks have told me, the right way is the way that's easiest for you.

big gbig g replied

Hello Steve and all the other beginners, like me. Bought my classical nylon string guitar 11/27/2012, started Jam play the same day. I have a lot of questions hope this is the right place to post. I practice about 5 hours a day 7 days a week. Lessons one and two have been completed somewhat, still working on a smoother transtition from the G to the D7 and back again. The new scale is easy to play clearly and at a medium pace, but not as fast as you. 1) Since I cannot find any beginning lessons for classical guitar, will learning Acustic cause me problems in the future? I don't want to learn a habit that I will have to break because it does not apply to classical guitar. 2) Do nylon string vibrate more the steel string (classical vs acustic)? I ask because, my hand is on the small side, I have carefully postioned my fingers in all aspects of lessons 1 and 2 in playing the scale and chords, curled and pointing perpendicular the the fret board. But no matter how hard I try when playing the G, my 2nd finger causes a buzz or muted sound on the D(4th string). The C and D7 seem to be easy for me, no problems. I don't play the easy C or G anymore.

guitar4twoguitar4two replied

goldsmith dose classical

haqzafhaqzaf replied

Hi, Steve, I, watched and practice lesson 2 in its entirety tonight. My hands, fingers,brain, body feel tired.Before I, logout, I want to say thank you to you and other instructors.Will continue my learning journey with your lessons instructions hopefully tomorrow.Bye, good night.

bpatnaikbpatnaik replied

Too bad I cant thank steve in person. :(

guitar goddessguitar goddess replied

Just took my first lesson with Steve. I was very impressed. I wish I had started with JamPlay last year when I first begin learning guitar. So far I love everything about JamPlay!

bigmanedbbigmanedb replied

I have large fingers like you do and I can't see where you're putting your fingers. Wouldn't it be advantageous to have a chart available to show where you're putting you fingers.

joltmann2joltmann2 replied

Go the the supplemental content tab

phsiaophsiao replied

It's comfortable and natural for me to tilt the guitar 45 degrees while playing. But I found if I play with a pick, the tilting would create some kind of clap noise between the side of the pick and the strings, which I don't hear from Steve's videos. The noise could be reduced if I twist my right hand to make my hand movement more perpendicular to the strings' direction. It feels a bit awkward though. Should I do that?

technorattechnorat replied

Holding the guitar at 45 degrees, I have trouble finding the right fret and string, when I cannot see the front of the neck. Is there a lesson to teach this skill? And if not, do you have any other tips on how to develop this skill? (I remember the “trust your ears” advice from lesson #1, but I need more help.) I am a touch typist, a skill that uses home keys as a frame of reference for locating all the other keys. I’ve been trying to develop some frame of reference for the guitar, for both right and left hands. But it isn’t working for me.

technorattechnorat replied

Holding the guitar at 45 degrees, I have trouble finding the right fret and string, when I cannot see the front of the neck. Is there a lesson to teach this skill? And if not, do you have any other tips on how to develop this skill? (I remember the “trust your ears” advice from lesson #1, but I need more help.) I am a touch typist, a skill that uses home keys as a frame of reference for locating all the other keys. I’ve been trying to develop some frame of reference for the guitar, for both right and left hands. But it isn’t working for me.

collatedcollated replied

I like this lesson from Steve, and I think he does a good job explaining it, but I still can't get past this lesson. I can't change chords smoothly or fast enough no matter how long I practice this. I am especially having problems getting the one finger behind the other on the 2nd fret of the D7 chord.

gitgalgitgal replied

Changing chords smoothly and quickly takes a lot of practice (several months for me). I wouldn't let that stop you from moving on to the next lesson. Just keep practicing your chord changes and eventually you will have an 'aha' moment when you realize that it isn't near as difficult as it used to be. Good luck and keep at it!

essdee98essdee98 replied

Hi Steve, and thank you. You are a wonderfully patient teacher & very much appreciated. I tried playing 40 years ago, even took a few lessons & learned to read music. Trying again. My problem is I want to run not walk. Any advice??

bobbydunxbobbydunx replied

Hi Steve! I'm loving the lessons so far. However, I had a question and please pardon me for my ignorance. Around the 4:20 mark in Scene 7 you talk about only playing the 3 highest strings (E, B, G) when playing the G chord. However, when I look at the Tablature diagram in the supplemental materials it looks like you would also need to play the low E. Is the G chord the 1st finger on the B string (2nd fret), 2nd finger on the high E (3rd fret) and the third finger on the low E (3rd fret)? Maybe I'm just reading the tab wrong. Thanks again! Bob

bobbydunxbobbydunx replied

Ah those were easy C and easy G

bouttimecurtbouttimecurt replied

Steve, To be so accomplished and be able to have the patience in your teaching is a gift. I'm learning with my 9 year old son and we're both enjoying greatly so far. Thanks and Great Job!

annetangannetang replied

please help.when i print out the chords for each lesson ,the chord diagram at the break of the pages will be distorted .thanks

sliderightslideright replied

Great coursework... But metronome POS, must be java driven. No big deal I got one that's working. Thanks!

NottsOwlNottsOwl replied

Just started learning the guitar at 48 having had a few lessons when i was 14 and gave up! One of the biggest regrets of my life and determined to put it right! Tried some other beginners lessons on Jamplay but Steve is the best teacher for me. He is going at a steady pace and explaining everything thoroughly. Not going to give up this time!!!!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Thanks for the feedback--so glad these lessons are helping you reach your goal!

loriblorib replied

I'm a greenhorn!!! my dad taught me a few chords when i was young, D, G and A...I have those somewhat mastered, I could never get the C chord then, but it is coming now--I think the "exercises" help a lot...I've buzzed through the first two sessions, have to get to a guitar store soon...I broke my 1st string--restrung it and broke it this an easy string to break??? How many should i buy??? lol Any suggestions?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Always good to have a few extra sets of strings. When I was starting I broke my B and G strings the most, but I think that was mostly strumming too hard with too heavy a pick! Check and see if there is a burr or something that is causing unnecessary friction with the string in these places: the slot at the nut, the machine head where the string passes through the hole. Best of luck!

HokiewhooHokiewhoo replied

When I try to play the D7 Chord my fingers are touching the adjacent string. This is ruining the sound of the cord. I don't know how to better position my fingers so I my fingers don't touch the adjacent string.

chuck seippchuck seipp replied

Hi Steve , I learned to se the 4 finger G chord on another sight. seems to work for me. Any comments?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

If by 4-finger you mean: 3 2 0 0 3 3, there is nothing wrong with is much more like a power chord because the third (the only B) is now buried deep in the lower register of the the chord doesn't sound "sweet". THere are some genres of music where the less sweet sound is preferred, and others where the sweet sound is better. Experiment and use it when you want to, go without the 3rd when you want to.

jayandjayjayandjay replied

Hi Steve. I attended an intro class to fingerstyle accoustic many years ago run by a Pete Seager enthusiast. He taught us to strum using fingernails for down strokes and thum nail for upstrokes which I find easy. Is this OK?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Fingers only is a fine way to play--less volume is produced but it is perfectly acceptable.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

However, I usually use the pad of my thumb for the downstroke and the pad of my fingers for the upstroke. Whenever I attempt to stroke up with my thumbnail (having almost NO nail) it really hurts my cuticle and doesn't gain me much volume.

anthonycarboneanthonycarbone replied

I've a serious problem of changing chords. Could someone give me advice to change the chords faster. When I'm not strumming it's easy but strumming it's really hard. I use 60 BPM on the metranome and I still hesitate.

jas_lin83jas_lin83 replied

the C chord is so hard to play =( i think i have short fingers

chambarnochambarno replied

I have difficulty with reaching the C-major strings as well. I found it is easier if I twist my wrist to move my thumb towards the end of the guitar. I hope this helps.

chrisof4chrisof4 replied

lol.I know exactly how you feel, but I promise that with enough practice, it begins to come a lot more naturally. I also am tempted to make excuses about my hands (it seems like my fingers are too fat most of the time or my fingers are the wrong shape to play a good barre chord). Then I will see a video of an 8 year old child playing like a pro on a full size guitar and I realize, if they can do it, then I can too. Stick with it. =)

eagleslifeeagleslife replied

Thanks Steve, just what i needed and wanted. Great job.

rivadivarivadiva replied

i have been playing for three years now but i had such a bad teacher i progressed a lot but also have allot of gapes in between that i have never learned + some bad habits so now i am basically starting all over and kind of skipping throw the first lessons and i have to say compared to all my teachers live ones and you tube ones Steve is far by the best one every thing seems so clear and easy wen you explain this material although i already know it hearing it from you makes it all much more understandable thank you so much !!!

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chappyboychappyboy replied

when you are talking to put fingers on certian strings why dont you show a picture of where fingers should be

basprellictbasprellict replied

Why On the G string the break? I thought you were supposed to do all of it.

guitaredguitared replied

Having difficulties with the C Major chord. This is the only chord cannot make it sound clean. :-/

jfriedmanjfriedman replied

This is my third or so start at attempting to learn the guitar. I've tried other home programs. Steve's approach is the most methodical and supportive that I've found. I'm already making progress that I wouldn't have believed! Thanks!!!!!

mtso95mtso95 replied

Just starting and it seems very clear and complete so far. THANKS Steve

oldbastidoldbastid replied

Exellent instruction, am totally satisfied with the program. Thanks Steve.

oldbastidoldbastid replied

Exellent instruction, am totally satisfied with the program. Thanks Steve.

ohdannyboyohdannyboy replied

Hi Steve... Just beginning with you...You commented about an easy way to try and remember the EADGBE...I use: Even Average Dogs Get Bones Easily...Helps me greatly...Hope it helps out others who read this...

pdiaz1972pdiaz1972 replied

I leard the strings by Every Adult Dog Growls Barks & Eats

chambarnochambarno replied

Eddie Ate Dynomite ... Good Bye Eddie

okcdustyokcdusty replied

Steve; Bad Habit? I learned to make the G cord using my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers instead of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd because it was an easier transition to G7 and C for me. Is this a bad habit that I need to correct? Nearly everyone I watch uses the classic fingering.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Not a bad habit, just an alternate fingering, which actually IS an easier way to quickly change to C and G7 for many players.

wiersmawiersma replied

Hi Steve, I just want to say; thank you so much! I'm a (beginner... just 2 yrs) harpist and have tried learning to play guitar before but I guess I just didn't have the right teacher. Because I have so much fun w/your lessons! I love how you teach! I am a teacher myself and I'm always thrilled about clear instructions and "baby steps" in the exercises, so... yay!! I'm looking forward to all the lessons and I hope they include some bluegrass stuff too, b/c I grew up w/that music, because of my dad - he loves it and he plays the banjo. I'd love to play "dueling banjo's" one time somewhere in the future, if possible. So thanks! Back to the lesson which will probably be done loading while I typed this...

nicoleandrewsnicoleandrews replied

Steve, I'm having the hardest time getting the c-chord to play. My fingers are having difficulty stretching, thus causing my first finger not to hold the string down enough. I can easily play the g and d7 chords and move between them, but even practicing am feeling frustrated about the c chord. Suggestions?

hnicole2014hnicole2014 replied

I just sat through 40 min of what I already knew, and had learned in 5 min on YouTube... -_- Sorry, but I'm not too thrilled with this site...

endydaniyantoendydaniyanto replied

I think when you go through the Phase 3 lessons, you will be excited with this site. Cheers,

staushustaushu replied

Hi Steve, My question is how strong or how long should I take practicing Lesson 2, before I move on to the 3rd lesson. Should I be close to mastering it or just get a good grasp of what I have learned?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Stashu, if you feel like you've got a good handle but are losing interest, move ahead to the next lesson and then keep coming back to this one as review.

kenthomas0823kenthomas0823 replied

I want to learn how to play that opening song one day!

hawker800hawker800 replied

Why Is You Only Use Three Cords On The G String Hawker800 Mike M

noble jnoble j replied

your lesson is awesome,will it be possible for me downloading your video to view in my own free time?if possible how can i go about it and if not how can i get your lessons to view in my leisure time

jessicajamaajessicajamaa replied

Hi Steve, Im trying to play the "D7" chord and not sure which string the 1st finger/1st fret should it supposed to be on the b string? And if so that is the 2nd highest string right? Ughhh I thought I understood this but when I watch the video I cant actually SEE where you are putting your first finger to follow along...I hope you understand my question

clydenickersonclydenickerson replied

I too cannot see where he puts his fingers and I am frustrated as he--. It's little use for him to say "just pause the session and try it" when there is no pause function available. I'll stick with the exercises given in lesson one for a while, and get out my other books on the suggested chords.

meyerdrmeyerdr replied

It might be helpful to look at the fingering diagrams in the "Supplemental Content" area of the lesson. I was having the same problem and found the diagrams made it easy to learn the finger positions.

naisnais replied

First finger on 2nd string (B) - 1st Fret Second finger on 3rd string (G) - 2nd Fret Third finger on 1st String (the high E) - 2nd Fret

jessicajamaajessicajamaa replied

i think i have it figured i know where the fingers go

kurtb1968kurtb1968 replied

New to playing guitar, and everything was going fine...Until the full G cord! No matter what I do, I cannot seem to get my fingers to stop touching other strings, to the point where my forearm and hand muscle actually hurt! Anyone else having issues with this cord?

4string4string replied

Another newbie here. The C and G chords can be difficult. I'm trying some alternate fingering positions.

a3kbaileya3kbailey replied

Like Steve said don't lay your fingers flat on the fret board when you try to play chords otherwise you probaly won't get the best sound you can

thatguyatpartiesthatguyatparties replied

I was told that many times when peoples hands or wrists are hurting its because they are holding the guitar wrong due to their Guitar Strap (Strap to low like the lead singer from Green Day). If you are sitting and playing I can't see how this would be possible so the only other answer would be that your hands and wrists are used to the movements and positions guitar playing comes with. If this is the case, your wrist should eventually get used to it. Just becareful not to over do it. Steve has stretch exercises you may want to look at before you continue. Curving your fingers more might help with muting and buzzing but it is not going to help with soreness and fatigue that comes with playing. I hope this helps.

mr1515mr1515 replied

Try curling your fingers a little more, that's what I did and it work curl them until you get no buzz and that's your spot..

a3kbaileya3kbailey replied

whoever says this website is not good is wrong

a3kbaileya3kbailey replied

I've had three teachers and not one of them have been as detailed and as easy to understand as this website this website is amazing and so is this teacher

jeanleejeanlee replied

Does anyone know how well do we have to master the excercise before moving to next lesson? I am able to play notes and chords of the excercises and get good tone but at slow pace.

dchristiandchristian replied

Do I use the index finger (1) when making the G major chord? Steve does use it in the video, but on the fingering chart in the video it shows the G Major constructed with 2,3 and 4 rather than 1,2, and 3. Does it matter which way I learn it? (Just worried about picking up bad habits.)

santvermasantverma replied

It just depends on your choice, some prefer the other way. I personally use index finger 1st, and more comfortable than using Pinky (been playing for 2 years). It's not a bad habit to use other way, coz going forward, depending on the progression requirement, you can use in the way you want to place for G.

parnold45parnold45 replied

Hi Steve, I've been playing for awhile now and I play a lot of old C&W Tabs. The problem I have is that my pinky finger 'wanders' off the 4th fret area and ends up in the 3rd or 5th. What am I doing wrong and whats the best way to fix it?

seth dseth d replied

I noticed when Steve is playing he looks at his fingers when playing. It is easier for me to do this but should I be learning without looking at my fingers when doing scales or changing chords?

jboothjbooth replied

It makes no difference where you look when you play. It might be a good idea to practice every now and then with your eyes closed to build up your non visual memory of the guitar, but when you are actually playing it doesn't really matter. Would you tell a basketball player he can't look at the basket when taking a shot?

gmoonie58gmoonie58 replied

I am really having a hard time getting the C chord sounding right. I keep touching the other strings no matter how much I curl my fingers. Any tricks?

copperfrogcopperfrog replied

Hi, I just started today with a borrowed acoustic guitar. I'm trying to figure out how much focus I should put on not looking at the frets and going by sound. I have trouble feeling which string I'm on. I appreciate this site...very exciting to learn.

perevodperevod replied

This is probably really bad technique, but one thing I have found that works for me (and my fat little fingers) is to know what notes of the chord I can get "sloppy" with. For example, on the C chord, I always put my 2nd finger (D string) a little more toward the A string. That way I know it won't touch the G string. If it touches the A string, it doesn't matter - because I'm fingering that string on a higher fret anyway. The same goes for the D minor chord - I don't worry too much about my 1st finger touching the G or E string, because those strings are fingered higher up the fretboard, so I can focus on my 2nd and 3rd finger placement.

dxfalcon44dxfalcon44 replied

i just want to thank jamplay for keeping such a useful site up

taylormantaylorman replied

Steve how important are the finger exercises because my instructor has not given me any to do?

mrslisakmrslisak replied

I was wondering if there was a minimal amount of days you should work on a lesson. I know that going through a sleep cycle solidifies things in your mind. Like, if I move along too fast the foundation might not be built properly? Any recommendations?

lisaklisak replied

Thanks for the extra lesson on when to move on.

dukesydukesy replied

Hi Steve,been a member for a few months now but just getting serious after xmas. Problem im having is my fingers on the fret bourd. I bought a DG5 Fender acoustic in very good condition,i had `the action` lowered on advice from a friend,BUT,it would appear that my fingers are too fat to get between the srtings on the fret board. alos how do i get my hand around the fret board to hold it and finger the strings.......cant seem to get my fingers at 90 to the strings without touching another string. I`m sure its just practice,but my fingers seem too big or fat.....thanks for any advice you can give. [email protected]

rydawg723rydawg723 replied

I had a similar problem and thought that my fingers were to big at first. It does take practice to get your fingers to hit the '90', but as far as how large your fingers are here is a little heads up. As you play more and more, your fingers will start to build a calis (sp?) along the tips making them harder and harder and you practice. Eventually, by the time you get the '90' down pat, your fingers will have a good calis on them and it will be easier for you to play the strings. The firmer the calis, the less skin spreads out across the fret board, and the less likely you are to hit the other strings. The one bad thing is that the tips of your fingers become tough, but the plus side is that it reminds me that im trying to learn how to play the guitar, so i always want to come back and see how much more I can learn the next day. :)

jeanyvesjeanyves replied

Does anyone know how much time I need to practice the fingering exercise from scene 2? I mean do I need to get it all down(same speed as Steve and everything) before I start the chords lesson? Thank you! P.S.: I'm a complete beginner,...if that can help in the response:)

robcarronrobcarron replied

I noticed that in this lesson the full G chord was made using fingers 1,2 and 3 but in the Chord Library it shows that fingers 2,3, and 4 should be used. I'm guessing 2,3 and 4 is better since the chord starts in the 2nd fret? Is that correct?

jboothjbooth replied

It's complete personal preference :)

robcarronrobcarron replied

Thanks Jeff!

kd44kd44 replied

WEll, Im an experienced musician. I've plaed bass for 25yrs. I've played some guitar and I have alot of chords and rhyms. But some how I've missed alot of good stuf. These lessons are helping alot. The eas G and the easy C along with the D7 are all chords that Im familiar with. However Im still going thru the lessons as steve has them laid out. It is helping me alot to have a structure and keeping things organized. It is also helping me with m timein. Timing is everthing in music. So has you learn these exercised I suggest you put it on a metronome, steady your timing and Im sure you will enjoy your music much more and everyone around you will enjoy it as well. I love the attitude that some of you have expressed.. About practice, pratice, practice.. A famous football coach once said, "Practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect." (Vince Lombardi)

sandiesandie replied

I am a total guitar novice (but been playing fiddle for about 3 years, which, for a fiddle, is still very much a novice!) I am small in stature and have very small hands and fingers (I play a 7/8 fiddle), and find I have to move my hand up/down the fretboard to do the fingering exercises, although I seem to be able to manage the chords Ok so far. Will this be a problem as the lessons progress? Should I look at trying out a smaller guitar? I currently have a Luna'Fauna' series guitar, which I believe to be a fairly average size.

wchristewchriste replied

I'm new to JamPlay, but I've been playing on-and-off for a year (mostly messing around and some classical lessons). When I first started, I had trouble reaching notes because my posture was poor. I was pointing my elbow too far away from my body. You should try to get your knuckles parallel to the fret board. Try holding the guitar as you would play it and grab the fret board with your hand so that your elbow hangs below. You'll notice that your elbow hangs down--not pointed out from your body. That said, there are some nice smaller guitars. One of my friends has a very nice and affordable Seagull that she likes, and it suits her smaller hand size. I'm positive that there are people on this site who can help you far better than I, but hopefully my response helps a bit. I'm a beginner myself.

ellonysmanellonysman replied

Steve, youre a great teacher, very encouraging! One thing though...can you show the Chord layout when you first teach us on the frets so we can see it more clearly than your fingers on the fretboard? I think it will make it that much easier to pick up! Thanks!

adamblaneyadamblaney replied

been playing about 6 months and found the last two lessons really really helpfull

justg720justg720 replied

if you look under the supplement tab and click the chord it shows you a diagram of the chord

ellonysmanellonysman replied

I mean the Chord drawing notes that make it up on the fret board.

markonsitemarkonsite replied

Steve, my fingers are so wide that I cant play the chords. I finished the first lesson playing the scale without a problem but that was one finger on a string at a time. I have tried everything even using just my fingernail but I am still touching the next string. Help!

turtle7turtle7 replied

I am very interested in this response since I am having this very same problem. My fingers are very wide and hit other strings...especially D7 chord. help, please...

D_RostaD_Rosta replied

for lesson 2 sceen 7 that is....

D_RostaD_Rosta replied

new to the course, so far so good except camera angle on left hand doesn't enable you to see what string your fingers are on

sweetreesweetree replied

I am finally making noises that have a sound to them. Challenging but I am so encouraged. Steve, thank you. I can't believe I know (very little actually) what I know so far. I am so excited.

davidhdavidh replied

Enough for one night - G is driving me crazy!!!!

davidhdavidh replied

Great lessons so far........ But fingers will just not do as they are told. I can cope with D7 and C - even getting the progression OK (although slowly) BUT G is just so painful. My fingers just do not want to stretch so far and in that direction. I guess it is just practise but .............................

franiefranie replied

Hi Steve, thanks for the lesson. I am having trouble a bit with my fingers pressing too hard to get the right tone. Should I be moving my thumb at all as i press my 4th finger down? or do i keep it in the same place? My fingers do not want to curl and i hit other strings!

lukskywalkerlukskywalker replied

I am so addicted to playing. I love watching it on the internet.. One thing though, the pain in the finger tips. OMG.. Seems not to be as bad as the more I play.. Any idea how long till the pain i no longer present?

stevbrenstevbren replied

I am 48 and been playing or trying for 4 months. I thought my fingers would never heal. They still have string indents and get hard calluses and dry out at the tips, but the pain is tolerable. I bought a finger strength tool and i swear that has helped. Been using it for 2 months solid in the car.

nelsaadinelsaadi replied

what is a finger training tool ????

bluegunbluegun replied

as of the 11th (date of your comment) i was right there with you. i just kept pounding away (took one day totally off, actually), and now on the 17th things aren't bad at all. hang in there buddy. we're all in the same boat. and just think, at one time STEVE was in the same boat. if all the other guitar players in the world can do it, we can too. that's my story, and i'm sticking to it.

ellonysmanellonysman replied

Right on, good comment about hanging in there, its like flying an airplane, but cheaper here,....get the training from the right people, commit to it and bam! Next thing you know you've learned the lessons are are playing...but stay with the program! Yahoooooooo, yes we can do it dang it all!

nelsaadinelsaadi replied

You are a great teacher Steve. I cancelled my membership with your competitor after I checked Jamplay and I am so I did so.

udbhavudbhav replied

The C Major chord is very hard to perform!

tinker51tinker51 replied

Can someone enlighten me, is there a difference in guitar necks? Here is my problem. I am learning on a guitar loaned by a friend. When I hold a note on the finger board with a finger it will either mute the next higher string with the pad of my finger tip or buzz the next lower string with my fingernail. If I hold a contorted hand position with my wrist rotated down so my thumb is parallel and laid down the back of the neck I can sometimes get clear notes. I see am am not the only one asking about this. Do necks come in different widths, ie. greater spacing between strings for those of us with fat fingers? The neck on my guitar is 1.5" across at the nut.

bones67bones67 replied

I was having the same problem with the neck being too narrow. I switched to a classical guitar. It is 2 inches wide at the nut, and the nylon strings helped me get over the finger pain a lot quicker.

robprobp replied

Alas - necks do come with many different widths. Generally speaking the 'faster' the guitar the narrower the neck. When I started playing ( a long time ago - I'm on a refresher at mo) O found I could get something weighed off, then switch to another guitar then end up back at square one! What I have found however, is that eventually your fingers get to a point where they kind of auto-adapt to the neck width of the guitar you are currently using! It just takes a bit of practice. I'm no professional tutor, but I would probably recomend you stick with just one guitar whilst learning - if possible. RobP

mr_bannickmr_bannick replied

I find my self having the same trouble.Fat fingering as it is sometimes called.I am looking for the insight

NicaNica replied

The website is fantastic and ive learned so much already just in the first few lessons. My problem existed before these lessons, I simply cannot play a full C chord. My 3rd finger just does not reach the 3rd fret when my 1st finger is on the 1st fret. As a result my note sounds muffled I fam sooo frustrated with this since I cant progress to the next lessons without mastering it(since C is such a basic chord) Note I can easily play more difficult notes (f major for example) Is there an alternate fingering for C chord?

cutelunaticcutelunatic replied

I have the same problem due to short fingers. So I use my 3rd finger where the 2nd should be and the 4th replaces the 3rd. Works for me! :)

rickjabborickjabbo replied

I have the same problem. I just cannot play a major C chord. No way my third finger makes it to the third fret A string. All five strings get muffled by my fingers and try as I might, I can't get them out of the way and still reach the third fret. HELP!!

ellonysmanellonysman replied

Do you have large sausage type fingers...just curious and thinking it might be harder if short fingers compared to longer fingers, I dont know, maybe Im in left field, lol

NicaNica replied

oops pardon typos - just getting used to the message board format

ceecee000ceecee000 replied

Joined a year membership today after a 7 day free trial to the site. Great site and i am determent to learn to play some great songs for my baby grandson who is due sometime in may. I picture myself playing some nice tunes to get him to sleep or just enjoy music as soon as he can. I do know by now its going to take a lot longer to conquer my guitar than I first thought but time goes by anyway and I'm proving to myself you're never to old to learn something new with some willpower. Thanks Steve for your help and great lessons.

ellonysmanellonysman replied

cee cee, thanks for this comment. Ive felt the same way and if we dont jump in we will never get wet will we! lol, thanx for the encouragement!

ellonysmanellonysman replied

Steve, I like your guitar chords chart in the background, I have a different version but I like yours better, who makes it?

guitardriverguitardriver replied

I don't fully understand why "only 3 fingers on the G string". What is the rational for that? Does this make it somehow chromatic?

loganptloganpt replied

you only use 3 on the G for the same reason when u tune your guitar you go to the fourth fret for G. The open strings notes on the guitar are e,a,d,g,b,e, notice how in the musical alphabet theres a two letter space in between each string except for the g string and the a string (theres only a one letter space)

loganptloganpt replied

i meant to say a and b string in that last post

llanillani replied

I want to learn to play a song now. Can we request a song and be taught it now? I can play a guitar, not that great but good enough. I know the pure basics anyhow!

chriscwchriscw replied

Hi Mike. What a calm and helpful teacher. despite your obvious ability and experience you seem able to understand the issues with picking up the guitar as a beginner or novice. Just excellent. I have signed up for a year and know you will be the common denominator for my success and staying power. I love learning online. Its just great. Thanks

smokeydgsmokeydg replied

Just started yesterday on jamplay.....Thank God!!! I was getting so frustrated with trying to teach myself, I can already hear myself getting better.........Thank you !!! Its worth the money.

scripteazescripteaze replied

He uses the 3rd finger on the first string when teaching us G maj, but the diagram wants us to practice using finger 4, our pinky..i think they should stick to one way all the way through.. if im wrong can someone please explain how?

warpspasmwarpspasm replied

Steve, is it a bad habit to use different fingers to play the chords? I found that playing the G with my pinky on the high E string, my 3rd finger on the low E string and my 2nd finger on the A string made switching the C chord much easier. But, if that's going to hurt me down the road I don't want to do it that way.

georgehuckinsgeorgehuckins replied

Love your teaching style, hate the camera angle on the neck of the guitar! Seeing the back of your left hand teaches me nothing, I want to see what your FINGERS are doing on the frets, not your knuckles. I hope in the future filming will improve.

jc79830jc79830 replied

Steve, Thanks so much for the lessons. I have been playing at the guitar for several years and have even written some songs, but never felt like I was a "good" guitarist. Even your basic lessons have helped me develop a more skilled ability.

junesdebjunesdeb replied

I have played the piano for many years. I gave my piano to my son for my granddaughter who is taking piano lessons. I picked up the guitar that has been sitting in the closet since my dad died. I had it restrung and I've learned so much more about music since I started playing the guitar, I am amazed. I am enjoying this instrument so much...I can't get enough of it. Your lessons have been a great help.

batgirlbatgirl replied

Hi Steve, Looking at the "easy G chord" you are teaching. I already know the "regular" G chord. But I'm wondering about alternate chords. I've run into it quite often. Using this G as an example, can you explain how these BOTH qualify as a G chord? They sound different, obviously, since the easy G doesn't use all the strings. So how could either of them work in a song that requires a G chord? Thanks, Rick

wastedrespectwastedrespect replied

A G chord the way Steve explains is a G major diad ( A chord made of two notes). Steve shows this as a G chord. E--3---------------- B--0---------------- G--0---------------- D------------------- A------------------- E------------------- The notes that make up this chord are, G. B. And G again. But wait, I said that a diad( a chord with two notes) is only made up of two notes. That's three notes! Well, chords can be made of replicates of the same note to strengthen the chord sound. So, knowing this, why is this considered a G chord. Well, using music theory, that I guess JamPlay covers as I have just started to use this site, we know that a major diad is made of the root(base note) and the 3rd. If your a beginner, you'll be confused by this and you should be but since you asked and I guess I wanted to answer your question. A G major scale consists of G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. We have G as our root note. B as our third. And G again to strengthen the chord sound.

KemaraKemara replied

Re: the new fingering exercise: I'm not clear why you only play three notes on the G string and four on each of the others? Is it because you're in the key of G using open tuning?

hrguy05hrguy05 replied

Steve, I am enjoying your lessons here on JamPlay. I also take private lessons but this format adds additional information and allows me the luxuries electronic technology affords a user. I had been having trouble with playing on the tips of my fingers and chord transition but when I viewed this 2nd lesson and saw you were using a strap and positioning your guitar with the neck at an angle I thought I would try that and it has really helped me. Previously I had been sitting and holding my guitar on my lap with the neck parallel to the floor, but I struggled with the fretboard in that position; now I am using a strap with the neck at an angle and this allows me much better access to the strings and helps me to play on my fingertips. I know everyone is different but just wanted to pass this on in case it might help one of my fellow beginners. Tom

will_57will_57 replied

I'm tring to get to the first lesson and view the vedio and my pc, is not taking me there.

ericaerica replied

Good point, Tom! I wouldn't have considered that unless you had mentioned it here. I'm going to give that a try & see if it helps for me as it did for you. It was very thoughtful of you to share your discovery for everyone here.

lindeberglindeberg replied

thanks dude you real good you are really helping me

lav_yadavlav_yadav replied

Hi Steve, Thanks for a great lesson.. I notice that you move all your fingers at the same time while changing between chords but i need to put one finger at a time on the fret to get it right! Is that ok at the start or am just slow with my hands...?

alexbukalexbuk replied

Quick thank you to Steve, I'm really enjoying your lessons and you have an excellent teaching style. Although my progress is not lightning fast it does feel like I'm getting better everytime I sit down. Any tips for those of us with small hands or just a case of practice practice :) Cheers Alex.

schoi054schoi054 replied

Wow I also am a Steve and I gotta say you are a great teacher and couldn't have learned this any easier... Im gonna keep trying these cords. Just got a yamaha and im addicted to playing now that I have my own working guitar. (started with a piece o crap) Plus one of my good friends Sean is taking me along this process and gotta thank him alot as well. Anyways Thanks so much Steve and i'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.

5pence5pence replied

Hello Steve, I have a Spanish classical nylon string guitar - is it OK to add a strap to it? I have found your first two lessons excellent, although I feel I will be on this one MajorC for quite some time until i nail it correctly. Thanks, Spence

raderjjraderjj replied

Steve makes this all seem so easy and fun, how can you not just fall in love with the guitar. Thank you Steve for helping me learn.

just learningjust learning replied

Hey, Steve. I'm so glad I found this site! You make understanding this material so much easier than using other videos or books. Question: When strumming chords I don't use a pick -- is it necessary to use my thumb or can I use the fronts of my fingernails to sort of brush the strings? This works better for me, as it gives a louder tone than just my thumb alone. Or is there a reason for later use that I want to get used to using my thumb for strumming chords? Thanks for all of your patience and help! -bill-

josesunjosesun replied

Hi Steve, i´m just beginning i like bery much your lessons best regards from Guadalajara Mexico

katelin7141katelin7141 replied

Hey guadalajara, Puerto vallarta here. :-)

jdd12jdd12 replied

What fun! This site is amazing! Years ago I taught myself all the major and minor chords but stalled out after not knowing where to go with them. I'm so happy to be playing and having fun! I'm taking it slow this time, and just enjoying the playing for fun, wonderful site! Wonderful teachers!

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

batgirlbatgirl replied

Steve, I notice that you use fingers 1, 2, and 3 for the G chord but then at the end of the lesson the chord chart that they have us practice from uses 2, 3, and 4. Much harder! But should we get used to that so that when it's time to play barre chords we have our first finger free for the barre? Thanks, Rick

mazzystarlettemazzystarlette replied

Steve, great lesson on G, C, and D7. Sometimes I use fingers 1, 2, and 3 for G chord. Sometimes I use fingers 2, 3, and 4 for G chord. It all depends on where I am going next. Thanks

mark robsonmark robson replied

Hi Steve. Great lessons and great site! I can't say I'm finding it that easy but I certainly feel like I'm making some progresss. Apart from my hands being a bit on the smaller side, I find I have a problem with my nails: e.g. when I'm making a Gmaj chord I find it hard to get good contact with my 3rd finger whilst still fingering the other 2 strings nicely. I find my nails sometimes make contact with the fret board such that I have to angle my phalanx a small amount in order to get enough contact to make a clean sound; unfortuntely, this tends to mean the rest of my hand moves and screws up what the other fingers are doing. I was wondering whether or not having the action my guitar lowered a little might help? Keep up the good work! Mark, Birmingham, UK.

paul ppaul p replied

Try filling your nails with an emery board. Seems to work for me>

mark robsonmark robson replied

I forgot to mention that I eventually restrung my guitar using lighter gauge strings (10 - 48 I think). The problem then was pretty bad buzzing on the neck due to the reduced tenstion in the strings. The good news is, I took the guitar into the shop and they sorted out the action on the gutiar for me free of charge! the guitar plays better now than when I purchased it and has taken the strain out of learning the basics 8-)

mark robsonmark robson replied

Hi. Thanks for the tip! When I'm playing a G chord, I'm still using my pinky on top E string but it's at a wierd angle to make it. If I used my 3rd finger it's much neater and makes chord changes easier; I'll try and get that nail filed down. Cheers, Mark.

tennfirecoptennfirecop replied

Steve did a great job of teaching. I hope I can pass it on by teaching. The best way to master something is to teach it to someone. As long as you know what your teaching. Teaching wrong can hurt someone for years to undo it. I wish I had found this site 5 years ago. I might and I say might know a little about the guitar.

g maxg max replied

Just starting out Steve, lesson two, feel like a contortionist at times especially with the cmajor cord. Find it difficult to not be smothering other strings . Practice will make perfect i guess. The lessons with you are great though and one day i will play as well as you.

jugglerjuggler replied

Where can I get a guitar scales chart like the one in Your First Chords - Scene 6?

anstiaanstia replied

Thanks Steve, you are an awesome teacher! Love your simple and laid-back style for beginners!

shayrgobshayrgob replied

In Scene 4 of Lesson 2 why do you only use 3 fingers on the G string? You only go to A# and then go to the next string.

pguindonpguindon replied

Steve, having difficutly with the C Major, seems I can not twist my wrist enought, fingers does not sit on the strings properly, any extra tipps would be appreciated

eddie_lveddie_lv replied

whats that poster you have in the background. It looks like chord and scales shapes. Would be nice to have.

radfordradford replied

Steve how much time propotionally should be spent on finger exercises in relation to practicing cords?

vagantovaganto replied

Hi Steve, very good lessons, I'm enjoying them. Just have a small question about C chord. Why we should not play the E string in this chord? The e string is OK, then I thought the E note is appropriate to sound in this chord. Where I mistaken?

lawrencelawrence replied

I disagree

rjledouxrjledoux replied

"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 C. " Unless I'm mistaken, G C and D7 are the chords for the key of G and the chords for the key of C would be C F and G7. Am I incorrect or is the lesson discription?

jboothjbooth replied

Thank you for pointing out the typo, it has been corrected!

runman01runman01 replied

I cautiously joined Jamplay to escape my right side brain overload (day job) and wan tto thank Steve. I am practicing, leanring, and he is a GREAT teacher, the site is a great concept, and love the variety in lessons and instructors. Although for now, I am going to stick with Steve through the rest of his lessons. I have a feeling that I will develop good babits and foundation this way. I am thoroughly stoked to keep practicing.

drfujidrfuji replied

I reviewed these..but I am already past this point, so am moving on to next lesson

seagreenseagreen replied

I'm so impressed! I learned more in one afternoon on Jamplay than from all 4 of the weekly personal weekly lessons I just finished!

guitar madguitar mad replied

I really like this lesson but one of my strings tends to be dampened by one of my fingers, mostly the high e string, should I use a different finger orientation, or just keep persisting?

ktatumktatum replied

I am having trouble with finger 4. Broke the pinkie playing basketball five years ago, and it tends to bend toward my hand at rest, and backwards on the strings. Any advice?

busterboybusterboy replied

i am having the same problem with my 3rd finger... i guess that we simply adapt,eh?

busterboybusterboy replied

having "plucked" for a long time ago, i am finding easier and better ways to "pluck".. i like this going back to basics. thanks steve

jfalchijfalchi replied

Nice lesson... I was taking one on one training for 1 year or so... The chord exchanges were easier to grasp with the video and watching you demonstrate... I've decided to start from the beginning and relearn using JamPlay... VEry helpful...

mrmayhem79mrmayhem79 replied

Is it just me or is the D7 chord on the supplemental chord progressions missing the open D string???

mrmayhem79mrmayhem79 replied

....rather the first 2 chord progressions... the third seems to show it correctly.

soapstealersoapstealer replied

Im having trouble tunning my high e string. Everything else sounds nice, but when i get to the e its just outa wack. I have a cheap little Qwik Tune tuner but i dont think it works real well...Any suggestions on tunning?

mike davisonmike davison replied

I just wanted to say thanks. I'm 47 and in the middle of my mid-life crisis and as the credit crunch bites and the option of a motorbike disapears along with any savings, eventually being able to learn the guitar in my own time is a great answer to all the existential bolllocks. I'm glad I took a years subscription. Cheers Mike Davison

plynn54plynn54 replied

Steve, I am enjoying the lessons. When attempting to do the chords I feel like I am using the tips of my fingers, but I am still touching other strings. This deadens the string. I need help in this area. Thanks Phil

biff22biff22 replied

Another great lesson. Great job breaking things down into the smallest possible components. I'll be working on this one for a while. Thanks.

warrencarreirowarrencarreiro replied

I am having an incredibly hard time with my second finger on the D7 Chord. It always wants to get in the way of the B string. I did get it right once but hurt my finger and took so much effort. Is this normal to have these problems when starting?

kavishkavish replied

yes it is normal because your fingers are new to the placement just practice and you will get the hang of it.

mclovinmclovin replied

if i want to print this lesson it doesn't work, cause i can't see the whole page why?

floorshakerfloorshaker replied

Hi Steve. Just thought I would make a comment about guitar straps. I was watching Brad and Dmac answering somebody who was finding stretching his left hand difficult and they suggested changing the guitar strap to a more easy to reach angle to ease left-hand stretching. I must admit I originally had mine as you wear yours and then looked at myself in the mirror and thought I looked a bit silly with it at that angle and so changed it. Bad move! From then on left-hand work seemed a lot more difficult and as soon as I changed back to your style the ease of chord changes returned. Thanks Brad and Dmac for hitting the nail on the head. The most important thing about the guitar strap (apart from preventing the guitar falling on the floor) is to help you to angle the guitar for ease of playing. Best wishes. Chris

lisaflisaf replied

When I first signed up for this site I was worried about what I was paying for. No more worries! Steve is an OUTSTANDING beginning teacher. The information the site provides through it's Tools section and its Supplemental Content section are proving to be tools that I can't do without. Invaluable information. Well worth signing up for.

johaightjohaight replied

i am having so much trouble putting my fingers in those positions. Does anyone have any helpful hints? I am getting very frustrated and I don't want to quit.

lisaflisaf replied

I have small hands with fat fingers. Not hands made for guitar playing. But.... I practice everyday and use the exercises that Steve teaches. I am getting better. especially at using the tips of my fingers. Just keep practicing. Once you get it you don't want to stop because it feels so cool getting the notes.

mclovinmclovin replied

hi, i just wonder if we'll teach us the song that u play in the end of the chors? cause it sounds awesome :D just makes me happy

dihorowitzdihorowitz replied

Question about when it is appropriate to move on to the next lesson: I am comfortable with the D7, G major and C major cords now (been practicing for about 5 days), they sound good, but am not able to switch that seamlessly yet. Is it adviseable to move on, or should I wait until I can switch chords faster?

nessanessa replied

Hi Dihorowitz! I would say it's safe for you to move on. Just make sure to keep these chord transitions in your practice schedule and it will become easier and easier. If you think you need to review this lesson, remember you can always come back to it. Make sure to adjust your progress bar and type some notes on what you feel you need to practice. I hope that helped. Take care!

cchurchcchurch replied

Steve your lesson is so helpful with me. You rock!

kpootskpoots replied

good lesson - thanks for making it available

knapper32927knapper32927 replied

Oh man I CRINGED when he banged those two guitars together lol.. . One thing about the strap - the guy at my local music shop (avoid the chians, support local mom'n'pops!) he put the strap button on the outside of the joint (the very last place he said they sometimes go) the guy at the shop told me that putting it there helps a little in keeping the guitar from flipping too much.. sort of helps keep it pulling down, so your wrist is not arching too much.. just a though. Great lesson!!

mingofallsmingofalls replied

Steve, you didn't stress anything on how to adjust the gutiat strap. How loose or tight should it be? Should we adjust the guitar high or low? I've seen both styles. Could you talk alittle bit about the strap itself? Thx

pfwhomepfwhome replied

Hi Steve, is it poor technique to lay the pulpy part of your hand on the back of the neck when doing long horizontal reaches like in a C chord? I don't need to do that when I play G for example, but it takes the strain off my wrist. I don't want to develop a bad habit though. Thanks!

fernandoramadanfernandoramadan replied

Hi everybody, the way you play the guitar is awesome Steve. I love that style of songs. Regards from Ecuador. Fernando.

duaneellisonduaneellison replied

Hello - I am just a beginner and I am really pleased with these lessons. I am going through them and building on what I learn in the previous. I actually feel that I got more out of this lesson that anything else - and the way you went from the easy to major chords really helped make this click for me. I had been doing some other cords that someone taught me - but this transition really made sense and the easy to major REALLy helped me think through the chords and what my fingers are doing. Now I still can not do them fast - but they are getting better and it is starting to come together. Anyway just wanted to say I like the lesson and I am starting to reprogram my brain and fingers! Thanks!

EdwinaEdwina replied

Hi, I thought your lesson was very good. At some point down the line, will you teach us the strumming song you end the lesson with? Edwina

eddiewouldgoeddiewouldgo replied

Hi, beginner here, I found Steve to be a great teacher. Rock on!!!

racer70racer70 replied

Hi, Steve I am a beginner and I thought that I would try to use my 2,3 and 4 fingers instead of 1,2 and 3 since I'll need them eventually for barre chords. Is this a bad idea? Thanks

thevoid2008thevoid2008 replied

If you are referring to the G chord then yes you can do that. That's how I learned to play it originally. However you will encounter songs where learning the G chord with the 1, 2 and 3 fingers will make playing the song alot easier. Try learning both ways.

gretargretar replied

this helps

gfl23gfl23 replied

I agree. He is a very good teacher that makes everything clear. Very easy to understand.

cool merccool merc replied

hello steve love your lesson wish i done it concern is the G cord learned the 1 2&4 fingering,is it ok to use it till i learn the 1 2&3 it is a far streach, they are both usefull.

ramraiderramraider replied

Hi Steve, Just a quick note and thankyou from The UK. Only been taking the lessons foe a week but i'm really pleased with the improvement . I'm determined to master the C G & D7 chords before moving on. Could you advise me on any songs that would assist me to move around these chords simply to give me a target. Thanks again. Tim

spiderluccispiderlucci replied

I would do what Ibooth said, but if you want to learn a song... The best one I can think of is "when the saints go Marchin'in" but you need to know one more chord, which is the "D" Major chord. I wouldn't rush into things just yet! spider

jboothjbooth replied

Hello, This is really a very difficult to question to answer. Are there any songs that you like and know of using these chords? When practicing songs it's fairly important for it to be something that you already know and enjoy so that you can have a feel for the rhythm and timing. That being said, at this point I would recommend you practice playing these chords using the strumming patterns from the next couple of lessons instead of focusing on a specific song, and try rearranging the chords.. For instance instead of just playing G D7 C D7 G Try switching it up. Go from G to C to D7, or from G to D7 to G to C to D7. At this point I think experimenting and playing around with the chords and really getting a feel for the chords is every bit as important as playing a song. I apologize we did not see and answer this question earlier, it's easy to miss. If a question is really important to you post it on the forum or request a video Q&A as the instructors do not always view the comments area.

westsidecougarwestsidecougar replied

When playing the D7 the B string sound is getting muted. If I hold the D7 chord and strum I hear an off sound. It seems my finger holding the G string is touching the B string and changing the sound. I've tried holding my fingers differently to only use the very tips, but that didn't help much. Any tips on dealing with fat fingers?

spiderluccispiderlucci replied

try this for now... your middle finger will be on the A note which is the g string 2 fret. With the middle finger under your nail hold it there. next your index finger will be on the F# which is the high E string 2fret. do the same . now plug the the G,B,and E string...when you get use to it than do the same for the last note. which is the B string C 1 fret.. but not intil you know how to pluck the other strings. Do your finger exercise that Steve told you to do and if you watch the hand stretch on one of his videos that will help too! Spider

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silvanasilvana replied

hey im all ready good you teach so good i cant wait till the nexy lessons :)

eviakhaneviakhan replied

I really enjoyed this lesson Steve! I have been practicing this one for about a week now. I think I will stick with this for a bit before I move on to lesson 3, I can't wait to get there =)

pattypatty replied

Loving the lessons Steve, being left handed is a bit of a challenge but it's coming together. Happy new year from UK :)

vshorttvshortt replied

I'm enjoying the first two lessons emensley! A little concerned that I don't see the instruction answering his own questions. Is Steve still around?

jboothjbooth replied

Steve is very busy, so we answer the basic questions for him a lot to save him the time. Also the comment area isn't necessarily the best place to look for a response from a teacher, if something is urgent please use the forums or request a video Q&A :)

nessanessa replied

Yes, he's still around but incredibly busy. He has a ton of stuff that's going on right now on top of JamPlay, but he still tries to get around to answering questions as much as he can :)

markmark replied

Steve How does jamplay or how do I keep track of my progress? Thanks.

jboothjbooth replied

Hello, you can use the progress report to keep track of your progress. It is to the left of the video, you can drag it to how far you feel you have mastered the lesson and click update. From then you can click the progress report button on the main area of the site to see how far along you are on any lesson you choose to include in it.

markmark replied

another question steve...why are there 6 strings with no notes on the JamTab ofthe first finger exercise? Also, why couldn't the last 2 lines on finger exercise 2 have fit on the second set of guitar strings? Why did you have to skip strings and then do 43210 and 43210 on the last set of strings leaving 4 strings blank? Am I missing something? Thanks.

jboothjbooth replied

Hey Mark, Do you have a scrollbar on the image and maybe did not scroll all the way over or down? The tab's do (as far as I can see anyhoo) cover all 6 strings.

gamilgamil replied

New player, just wanted to say thanks to you Steve. Your lessons are great so far and I am learning alot.

joshgreenojoshgreeno replied

Is it necessary to memorize the names of the notes that make up the G, C, and D7 chords at this point?

jboothjbooth replied

It's not really necessary, tho you might find it helpful in the future, as it will help you build your knowledge of how scales are made.

egul89egul89 replied

another day another lesson and i'm still happy!!! thanx steve

jnapierjnapier replied

Hi, Steve first of all your lessons so far have been great. I have been able to catch on really well. I can't seem to get the C Major Chord Right. My fingers just wont do it. I keep muting strings. Any advice?

jboothjbooth replied You might want to check out David's Video Q&A on the C Major chord =)

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Hi northmanuk, Changing from one chord to another is a challenge for everyone! Sometimes it feels like our fingers belong to another operator--when we stare at them and tell them to move and they either won't, or insist on going where we didn't plan for them to go! Let me ask this question: do you have any trouble moving between the "easy G" and the "easy C" (both of which are 1-finger chords?) And how about "easy C" and D7 ? One thing I try to do is find out if any of the fingers don't HAVE to move when changing to a new chord--if I can just leave them in place, or move only one string or fret away from where they already are, that's where I concentrate my attention. At other times, I try to move my fingers all at once, in a fixed "shape": for example Am to E and back. If these options aren't addressing your question, could you ask it again with some more detail? Cheers, Steve

northmanuknorthmanuk replied

:) hi law from england i practice every day but have a problem with the c chord when i go from any chord i take a while to finger the c chord is it just keep on practicing which i suspect or do you know of a way of over coming this

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Excellent, that's why we're here! Steve

ziehensackziehensack replied

Song recommendations really would be something guys! Oh and Steve, I really think your lessons are excellent too. I've only just started but you give me hope that I can really learn the guitar finally after many years of wanting to.

john oconnor59john oconnor59 replied

Hi Steve Its Johnny From Emerald Isle Of Ireland ;) I Watched The Second Lesson And Follow You With Me Guitar Like I Said I Am Playing A Year But Wanted To Join Jamplay Its Brilliant Thank You So Much Enjoyed The Second Lesson Too ;) Tell You What I Like About This Course Already And Its Only Me Second Lesson ? Your So Laid Back And You Explain Things So Simple To Folk And Your Approach To Do The Things You Make It Easy To Follow Thank You So I Have Moved On To Me Third Lesson Thanks Steve Keep Up The Great Work Greetings From The Emerald Isle Of Ireland Kind Regards Johnny ;)

danda2210danda2210 replied

Thanks for the reply Nessa and jbooth. I will keep practicing.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

If I understand your description correctly, you are hearing a lot of ring from the strings you are not fretting, correct? With "open chords" (chord shapes that make use of open strings (those not touched at a fret) you will have strings that ring. Because of the natural decay of sound after the string is plucked on acoustic guitars, this is normally acceptable. Electric guitars, however, amplify the vibrations of the strings, so the decay takes a LOT longer. And that is the argument for learning Barre Chords, especially for use on electric guitars, because then your left hand is touching all the strings and you can have more control over how long you want the ringing to last. (If that's not what your question actually is, try again!) Cheers, Steve

jboothjbooth replied

Hi there. Steve will answer your question soon, but I just thought I would give my feedback as well. Try to make sure that your fingers are arching, this helps greatly to ensure that you are not muffling other strings that you should not be hitting. It's very important that your fingers are arched and not laying down across the strings. It sounds like they may be laying down a bit, which would explain why you are having problems with the G Major in particular. I personally would practice these chords and get used to playing them clearly before moving on, as it is good to build good habits before learning more chords. Moving on probably wouldn't hurt much tho =) Getting chords down in the beginning can be very challenging and take more time then you might think while building up your hand strength, coordination and playing habits!

nessanessa replied

Hello Danda. Practicing is definitely your best friend. We recommend you master each lesson before moving on to the next. I will make sure Steve sees this and perhaps he has some advice!

danda2210danda2210 replied

Hi Steve, Great website and guitar instruction. I just started playing about 4 weeks ago. I'm playing with a electric guitar. I just joined jamplay this evening after reading great reviews. I'm having a great deal of difficulty with ringing all the strings clearly without having my fingers touching the string above or below the string that I am pushing down on, when playing these chords. Especially the G Major. Should I not move on to the next lessons until I solve this problem.

mav67mav67 replied

Silly question I know, but could you give an example of songs that use these chords. It is just to help practice and vary the chord changes as much as possible. Thank you.

subwolleysubwolley replied

Thanks for the info! I will check out the "Proper Practicing" lesson for sure! While practicing the chords, I was thinking to myself, "How does anyone get their fingers to reach all the way over to that fret? This is crazy!" But, I'm not giving up yet, I'm truly enjoying learning. Lots of fun! :cool:

kevinacekevinace replied

You said it. You have to just keep practicing. Your first set of chords is honestly the hardest thing you'll do when learning to play guitar. This is when most people get discouraged. You probably think "Errr, I cannot even play a simple chord...forget playing guitar". The truth is...after you get a few basic chord progressions down, the rest is quite easy. They may seem tedious & boring, but the exercises we provide to you will help out a ton. I recommend checking out "Proper Practicing" by Matt Brown in phase 2. There are a number of exercises there that will help with your finger dexterity.

subwolleysubwolley replied

Learning these chords is proving to be difficult for me. My fingers just don't seem to want to reach to the right spot, and instead they seem to get all twisted up. I've only been playing for about a week, and I've only been playing these chords for a couple of days. Really hard, but I know I'll get it. Great lesson. Gotta keep practicing!

kevinkevin replied

Not at all. The recommendations he makes for the fingers to use are just that: recommendations. You need to fret the guitar based on the context of the song. If you're going to be using barre chords immediately after & need your 2, 3, and 4 fingers...then I'd hold the chord accordingly. It's good that you're thinking creatively already - that was a very good question! Good luck! :rockout:

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Hi Mike, I'm not sure I understand your question, but to be clear: a chord, by definition, needs at least 3 strings. However, if you are asking why there are only three notes played on the G string in the exercise, that's because the G is the only string where if you play the fourth finger (fourth fret) you'll get the note that is indentical to the one played open on the next string. Does this answer your question? Steve

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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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Strumming TechniqueLesson 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
All About ChordsLesson 4

All About Chords

This lesson is all about the various aspects of chords.

Length: 39:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord TheoryLesson 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
Intro to FingerpickingLesson 6

Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

Length: 51:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Bringing it TogetherLesson 7

Bringing it Together

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

Length: 47:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chords, Keys and RelationshipsLesson 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
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.

Length: 38:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Tools for GuitarLesson 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
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."

Length: 45:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hand StretchesLesson 12

Hand Stretches

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

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Different GuitarsLesson 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
Changing Guitar StringsLesson 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
Timing and TempoLesson 15

Timing and Tempo

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

Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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.

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Clearing Up ConfusionLesson 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
Review and Moving OnLesson 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
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.

Length: 6:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Steve Eulberg

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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