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Basic Chords & Strums Part 2

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 7:22Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

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Neil 19Neil 19 replied

Really enjoy the theory of simplified two finger chords so us newbies can actually hear some melody in our initial learings. Cheers.

tonytriptonytrip replied

Hi! I have no idea on how to use the supplemental material. Please help.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied

I like your Teaching style Randall

billy maloneybilly maloney replied

vidio and audio not in sync. not my computer ned help or refund

gcassanogcassano replied

just starting out learning guitar. Love you teaching style. I am 58 years old and always wanted to learn to play. Looking forward to playing songs to my friends when I have mastered the basics. Thanks for doing what you do.

digitalhidigitalhi replied

This guy is hilarious! Great teaching method but I agree - need better camera angles or a chart to see where your fingers are going.

helenxukihelenxuki replied

So far you r the reason I will stay in Jamplay. Love your style. I like that your are able to keep a good pace and balance in your classes when it comes to teaching and practice. I am learning something new every lesson and I look forward to do it. I really feel that with your classes I advance and understand clearly and I don't get bored. Also love your sense of humor.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

On behalf of Randall and everyone at JamPlay - Thanks!

alex morozalex moroz replied

what was the song?

inviktorinviktor replied

Also, I would add for the rest of the students that looking at the chords in the Suplemental Content clarified not only the cords itselves but which strings to play, which was not clear just by watching the video :)

inviktorinviktor replied

Hi Randall, nice style for teaching. It was hard to see some of the finger positions for the g6 and the cm7 chords, but just a quick visit to google clarified it :) I am enjoying your classes!

tracidmartintracidmartin replied

got a guitar about a year ago, quit after oh never started :P never found anything that made sense. After these few lessons I am pretty sure I wont quit. I can already do it and that is pretty awesome! Great lessons

grant waitegrant waite replied

I agree with previous posts. Love your style but need better camera angles to see finger positions. Saying first finger second fret high e string would make it easier.

gblangblan replied

I'm enjoying the lessons but I'm wondering why you don't refer to strings by name and fingers by number. It's not really so complicated an eight year old can't grasp the concept. Put these fingers here on these two strings seems a little weak.

gblangblan replied

I'm enjoying the lessons but I'm wondering why you don't refer to strings by name and fingers by number. It's not really so complicated an eight year old can't grasp the concept. Put these fingers here on these two strings seems a little weak.

gibsonjb1gibsonjb1 replied

Randall, Great teaching. This 69 year old had just about given up. I took private lessons for six months. Once a week. Learned a few hard cords but no songs. Now I am on my way. Thanks

andy79andy79 replied

I have just started out, playing guitar and was trying to learn all the hard chords right away and was hitting a brick wall! But with your lessons I might actually get somewhere

timberkingtimberking replied

Man awesome teaching job Randall, Ive learned more than ever before.

ellonysmanellonysman replied

I wish we had one window open to show white dots on the fretboard to reassure us of what notes our fingers are on..numbered white dots..think that would be good too because sometimes its hard to see the exact fingering...what do you think?

sixgunsixgun replied

What was the song he say those chords are? I'm guessing Nirvana from what he said about the lead singer??

greysparrowgreysparrow replied

It's so cool to start with such beautiful chords right away, not the boring major triads! Thanks!

greggovgreggov replied

Great lesson. thank you. Today was my first day playing, and I'm excited. My fingers hurt like hell, but I'm excited.

theflyingscotsmantheflyingscotsman replied

good lesson. you did rush the last two notes tho. kinda had to watch it back and the camera wasnt the best at seeing what fingers were going where. looking forward to playing music in the next one :D

timeouttimeout replied

Randall got to say I am really enjoying and finding it easy to follow your instruction. I just do bit at a time till happy and then move on to next lesson. Very pleased student.

basprellictbasprellict replied

Awesome, that is awesome! Sort of takes the beginner where he needs to go.

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied

@Parlor, for the moment, I'd let go of trying to read. Just for now. Thanks for the feedback everybody - even if it took me a while to check in...

parlorjamparlorjam replied

Randell, is there a lesson on how to read music notes? I'm brand spank'n new to the guitar world, and having a great time! Enjoying your lessons and love your relaxed style. :) Thanks!

kryckmankryckman replied

Randall, you are so calm and at ease teaching. I'm brand new and your style is making it very easy for me to follow along. I agree though that all of the videos should have the chord diagram on screen. I'm also noticing that the lesson does not auto progress to the next lesson. I'm sure someone can fix that glitch. Keep up the great work on here.

agbennyagbenny replied

The position on cords (left hand)is actually hidings the strings. Jam play team should consider better cam position.

agbennyagbenny replied

The cord diagram could have shown in the side, and Randall could have shown finger by finger position for cords.

leashaberrileashaberri replied

Randall you are the first instructor that I have tried so far and I don't regret it. Your approach to chords is exactly what I am after. One question: how do I stop a buzzing sound coming from my low E string when I am strumming? I thought it had something to do with me not pressing hard enough but I am pressing until i can't feel my fingers anymore...

gofinsgofins replied

Hey, after 1 1/2 months on Jamplay, just found you sets. They are great. One thing, they dont seem to change automatically to the next lesson. i have to go back to Randalls lesson set then choose the next lesson. Its a glitch.

lucretialucretia replied

Yup, have to agree with the posts so far. Actually managed to make some noises that don't sound terrible! :D Gotta finish building my Telecaster as well this year :)

roadgliderroadglider replied

Randell I have to agree with all the other comments i've read. I love guitars and have a few of them, but can't play at all! lol. My new years resolution is to learn to play my babys. In the last few minutes I came to the belief (very important part!) that I can do this and you can help me. Pretty damn excited. Thanks, looking forward to learning from you!

todd026todd026 replied

Randall these lessons are great as a person who is 43 years old and only just starting i have been told that it will be to hard to learn so i have tried to rush and got myself totally lost good to start again and learn just a bit at a time

Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Randall Williams guides you through the basics of acoustic guitar.

Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Meet Randall Williams in this brief introductory lesson. Learn who he is, his teaching approach, and what he plans to cover in this series.

Length: 2:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Basic Chords & Strums Part 1Lesson 2

Basic Chords & Strums Part 1

Randall starts off by teaching the Em chord and a basic strum to get you going.

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Basic Chords & Strums Part 2Lesson 3

Basic Chords & Strums Part 2

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Learning ProcessLesson 4

The Learning Process

Randall discusses his philosophy on studying the guitar before moving onto some basic songs.

Length: 4:29 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Your First SongLesson 5

Your First Song

Randall guides you through your very first song. He teaches a rendition of a current popular song that uses only three chords.

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song TwoLesson 6

Song Two

Randall Williams shares another wonderful song in his beginner series. This song should be rather easy to pick up due to its similarity to the previous song.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Song ThreeLesson 7

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song FourLesson 8

Song Four

Randall Williams shares one last song in his beginner series.

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Right-Hand TechniquesLesson 9

Right-Hand Techniques

Randall Williams talks about basic strums and right-hand techniques in this lesson.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
FingerpickingLesson 10


Randall continues his extensive coverage of beginner right-hand techniques with a lesson on fingerpicking.

Length: 34:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Randall Williams

About Randall Williams View Full Biography He felt that classical music lacked the inclusiveness of folk music, and that the inevitable division between performer and audience was unbearable. And so Randall returned to the world of traveling with his guitar, writing songs in train stations and sleeping on couches, then singing and playing on street corners, cafï, and pubs. For a time he lived aboard a 20' sailboat that he bought for $800, teaching himself how to sail by single-handing through the Baltic and North Seas with his guitar sleeping in the berth beside him at night. He wrote a book about the trip, which begins with the story of almost getting squashed by a tanker before dawn one morning in the North Sea.

He moved to North Africa, then set off across the Sahara by hitching with locals - bouncing through a minefield on the way that made his mother have bad dreams. He loved the adventure, but he missed the music.

In 2005, Randall returned stateside to scrounge up a career as a performing songwriter, hoping it wasn't too late. So far, it hasn't been. As the "Partial Capo Guy," Randall has written two books for Hal Leonard, recorded a DVD for Kyser Musical Products, and given workshops at some of the biggest festivals in United States. As a performer, Randall has been a finalist in the Founder's Title and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests, A regional finalist at Kerrville, a showcase artist at Northeast and Midwest Folk Alliance, and at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, and an Audience Favorite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. His 2007 live release, "One Night in Louisiana" made a respectable dent in the folk DJ charts (One single, "Lebanon," was #8 in May,) and he's generally a nice guy to have around, capos or not.

Randall is as much at home in a Bangkok slum or a Senegalese village, at the Kennedy Center in D.C. or the Fine Arts Palace in Brussels sandwiched between a twitchy orchestra and a full house, or shoeless on the floor of your living room. Randall has sung in a dozen languages in over 35 countries.

Lynne Andrews: "When Randall left the confines of classical music largely behind, they lost a great talent, but the world gained a good friend - a friend who will tell its stories with grace, compassion, humility and humor."

Randall began playing guitar seriously in 1988, and played his first open mic one year later. Randall kept playing and learning more and more. Randall began teaching guitar in 1992, while studying musical composition, analysis, and performance. Randall got his undergraduate music degree in 1996, then studied flamenco for about a year (1997) before beginning studies at the royal conservatory of music in mons, belgium.

From 1998 to 2001, Randall studied voice, analysis, and harmony at the conservatory, with classical guitar lessons on the side for about 6 months. Randall's undergraduate study and the conservatory courses added a degree of musical structure to his improvisational ability, and gave him a strong music theory base. He recieved the premier prix for concert singing from the conservatory in 2001.

Randall's most recent discoveries: how to build a structure for creating chords in open tunings, and learning how to structure placement of partial capos in standard and alternate tunings.

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