Tuning, Gear, and Chords (Guitar Lesson)

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Mark Lincoln

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 17:28Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:15) Basic Guitar Lesson 2 Welcome back to the lessons! Mark discusses equipment, chords, tuning, and more this time around.
Chapter 2: (03:26) Guitar Equipment

Pick - plastic or other substrate material used to manipulate the strings and create a vibrant sound from the guitar.

Tuner - electronic device which can be purchased through local music stores or online. This tool facilitates proper tuning of the guitar.

Capo - plastic or metal device attached to the neck of the guitar to change key, sound, tuning, etc.

Polishing Cloth - used to clean the surfaces of the body and neck of the guitar.

Chapter 3: (05:17) Tuning the Guitar Okay! So you have your guitar and you're ready to jam. Not so fast! You have one last important step: tuning! You can be the most technically proficient player in the world and still sound horrible if your tuning isn't dead on. One string that is slightly out of tune can crush the sound of an entire chord.

If you don't mind spending a few bucks, an electronic tuner is a worthy investment. However, learning to play by ear is a necessary skill that all guitarists must possess. Learning guitar isn't just about the technical aspects of picking & fretting. It's also about hearing the music and adapting based on your own tastes. Anything you can do to increase your "ear for music" is a step in the right direction. Beyond improving your senses, additional methods of tuning will also provide a good double check system. Since tuning is so important, it's certainly better to be safe than sorry.

Instead of simply teaching you how to tune your guitar, we would like you to understand the method behind it. We could blindly teach you (as most books, DVDs, and other sites do), but that doesn't contribute to your overall knowledge. After all, you're here to learn, right?

The two most common methods of tuning are the "5th fret method" and the "7th fret method. Here is how you tune via 5th fret tuning:
  • Tuning the "E" (low) string - With either of these "by ear" methods, you must tune your 6th (lowest) string with an outside source, unless you have perfect pitch and can tune it to an E without any reference. You can tune the E with a piano, pitch pipe, keyboard, or internet tuning tools. Once the lowest string is in tune, you can take care of the rest of the guitar yourself.
  • Tuning the "A" String - As you know, the second string down is an A (remember, EADGBE - e-ad-ga-buh). To produce an A note on the first string (E string), simply hold down the 5th fret. This creates the exact same pitch as an open note (not holding down any frets) on the A string (5th string).
  • Tuning the "D" string - The exact same method used for your "A" string is again used here. Simply hold down the 5th fret on your "A" string and play the open "D" string. The 5th fret on your "A" string produces a "D" note. Adjust your "D" string until you have the same note.
  • Tuning the "G" string - Again, repeat the same process. Simply hold the 5th fret on your "D" string and hit an open "G" string. Adjust your "G" string until you get the same note.
  • Tuning the "B" string - The same thing again? No! We can't make it that easy on you. We won't go into detail now, but the "B" note on your "G" string is located at the 4th fret (not the 5th like on the others). Simply pick the 4th fret on your "G" string and an open note on your "B" string. Adjust your "B" string until you have the same note.
  • Tuning the "E" (high) string - Back to the old ways we go. Hold the 5th fret on your "B" string and hit an open note on your "E" (high) string. Adjust your high "E" string until you have the same note.
Congratulations, you've just tuned your guitar by ear! Not so bad, huh? Another method is the 7th fret tuning method. This method is basically the reverse of the 5th fret method. Instead of hitting the 5th frets and an open note on the next string, you hit an open string and the 7th fret on your next string.
  • Tuning the "E" (low) string - Again, you must tune this string to an outside source such as an electric tuner, an internet tuner, a piano, another guitar, etc.
  • Tuning the "A" string - Here you will hit an open "E" (low) string and the 7th fret on the "A" string. Adjust the "A" string until you get the same note.
  • Tuning the "D" string - Hit an open "A" string and the 7th fret on the "D" string. Adjust accordingly.
  • Tuning the "G" string - Hit an open "D" string and the 7th fret on the "G" string. Adjust accordingly.
  • Tuning the "B" string - Here's the evil "B" tuning again. Hit an open "G" string. Instead of hitting the 7th fret on your "B" string, hit the 8th fret.
  • Tuning the "E" (high) string - Again we're back to normal. Fret an open "B" and hold the 7th fret on your "E" (highest) string. Adjust your "E" (string) accordingly to get the same note.
Congratulations again! You've just tuned your guitar with the 7th fret method. Both of these methods will accomplish the exact same thing. We recommend trying both to see which you like best. Beyond that, we acutally recommend you tune with both methods every time. It's better to be sure you have perfect tuning now than wonder later why your chord sounds awful.
Chapter 4: (02:58) Guitar Definitions

Chord - Defined as any three notes (or more) played together.

Open Chord- chords that are played within the first three frets of the guitar and are named as such due to the fact that they contain open notes.

Barre Chord - chords in which a single finger frets or "barres" two or more strings.; can be barred on two or more strings at a time.

There are other types of chords that we'll talk about later in the series!

Chapter 5: (05:48) Open Chords

The names of the notes on the guitar as well as the names of the chords are as such: A B C D E F G. A note is a single sound whereas a chord (as mentioned) consists of three notes or tones played together. Here is an example of a major chord (we'll talk about the relationship between major and minor chords later): The six horizontal lines represent the six strings of the guitar.

A Major
E __0__
B __2__
G __2__
D __2__
A __0__
E __x__

The numbers on the fretboard indicate where to put your fingers.

In the case of A major, the chord is constructed by placing your first finger on the D-string on the second fret, the second or middle-finger on the G-string on the second fret, and the third or ring finger on the B-string on the second fret. *Please note that this is only one possible way to finger the A major chord. The ability to play chords with different fingerings can be a huge asset as you learn new chords and chord progressions.

D Major

In the case of D major, the chord is constructed by placing the first finger on the G-string at the second fret, the third finger on the B-string, third fret, and the middle finger on the high E string at the second fret.

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Donjuantequila1Donjuantequila1 replied

When strum my at least one finger is on another string. How can I get it right. I try to use the tips of my fingers. I’ll keep practicing.

DerickWDerickW replied

where do I find the "paper work" you refer to?

urbansavageurbansavage replied

In lesson 5 it would have been nice to know where to find the tabs you are referring to.

grburgessgrburgess replied

so I guess my $30 guitar that makes my fingers bleed is not that good for my musical development.


Hay mark my guitar is clasic dose that make it harder.


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sg supremesg supreme replied

Very good lesson on open chords for the first lesson.

hre8ahre8a replied

Thanks....can't wait to learn more

paulthesargepaulthesarge replied

thanks so much! This really helped

gazzadgazzad replied

Do you have any tips to stop the pick from working its way out of my fingers when strumming, it doesn't seem to happen so much when I'm picking

joshs_3joshs_3 replied

Should the action increase slightly as you move up the neck? Or be exactly the same in the first fret and the twelfth fret?


I don't think so :()?!

wildcats56wildcats56 replied

Hey Mark, I don't want to sound stupid because i am very new at guitar, but my chords arn't in the same order ar your or something becsause when i strum the second chord from the top it says it's "G" but you said it is supposed to be "A" i don't understand. are my strings wrong?

paulwoodmanpaulwoodman replied

hi Mark was made very easy for me ,,thanks

virtuosovirtuoso replied

Mark, I find the question and answers here to be very helpful. Thanks and looking forward.

seanvzintallyseanvzintally replied

Mark, what was a two string chord called again? And what is it that makes a chord open?

alexnz100alexnz100 replied

Hi Mark, thanks for teaching, that was a great lesson but i didn't quite get the technique that you're using to position your hand and play the cords. Is it important to keep your wrist DOWN while plying? Some teachers say that creating a space between the neck and your wrist will help you reach out farther.

markrawlinsmarkrawlins replied

Hi Mark, Just a bit confused on the chords.On the tablature for the A Major it shows an x on the low E.Does this mean the low E is not strummed? Similarly for the D Major,the low E and the A have an x next to them.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Mark, yes the "X"indicates a muted string although in the case of the A chord you really could strum the low E string because there's an E note in the A. It's just not usually tabbed out that way. Thanks for writing in! ML

mikemartelmikemartel replied

Hey Mark. Enjoying the lessons so far. Where is it best to store a guitar (i.e. will a damp basement or a dry, heated house affect it)?

roberto potokroberto potok replied

They don't like damp!! Best place is where the temperature is most constant and, importantly, not directly next to heating radiatiors. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious - but I do know someone who left a guitar resting on a central heating radiator.... Disaster.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Mike how are you? Read my article on the site entitled "How to Kill your guitar"...much info about guitar storage and humidity...good luck! Mark

krobinson5krobinson5 replied

How often should I change strings?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey again KRobins...changing strings depends on how often and how strenuous of a player you are. Also, the quality of string will dictate longevity as well. Do you know how to play harmonics? ML

krobinson5krobinson5 replied

I get the harmonics to work good on the D,G,B, & high E strings.


I can't seam to get them

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Robinson keep in mind as well that harmonics are more difficult to achieve on older strings so you may very well need to change those strings after all. Mark

scripteazescripteaze replied

sup mark, i never understood why the low e, sting 1 was string one, the 6th string should be string one. Another thing is that low E should be high E and the 6th string should be low E based off the sound..but oh well..lol, just venting

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Script! I think the logic behind that is that the fretboard is arranged from low to high and so the highest string is considered the top dog, or most important string. Otherwise, I agree sometimes it seems that the system is a little topsey turvey. Mark

cmccoycmccoy replied

Dear Mark, Every now in then when I'm playing, my guitar produces this weird buzzing noise. I just tuned it with an electronic tuner and it seems perfectly tuned. so do you know how I could solve this problem?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey CM buzzing can be caused by a number of things including user error (let's hope not!) and/or problems with the neck of the guitar. I would need to see you play and maybe see the guitar as well. Mark

bertusgbertusg replied

Hi Mark, enjoying the lessons. Is it common for the guitar to go out of tune after playing just two or three songs, or is it just my cheap $150 guitar?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Bert how are you? Tuning issues can be caused by a number of problems ranging from intonation issues (which can be remedied by any luthier or guitar shop) to simpler, cheaper issues like replacing the strings or stretching them out after you put a new set on. It's really hard to say what's causing your problem but it's likely easy to fix. Mark

jessy12jessy12 replied

heymark, where do i get the paper imformation on how to read the chords and stuff from lesson two section 5?

abramabram replied

i want all the tab and music sin I can learn to play along, where do we get that

jboothjbooth replied

its either in the supplemental content tab or the "info about this lesson" tab.

mingofallsmingofalls replied

Mark, I would really like to learn and know more about the capo, how it's used, why it's used and the different sounds it can produce. Thanks

abramabram replied

how do I get access to the tab that the instructor was talking about. I want to be abe to copy all tab for every lesson

wreathawreatha replied

Hey Marak - - I've been messing around trying to learn on my own for about a year, including taking a bi-monthly 'lesson" with a local player. I really really need to begin with the basics and progress methodically. I chose you as the instrutor for the basics series - hey you look like a lot more fun that some of the others.... and I am really enjoying the lessons. I look forward to revieiwing a new one every evening. Somehow I feel like this Jamplay is exactly what I needed - it's very nicely done, and i am enjoying you as the instructor. Keep it up - -you and your pacing are perfect. I once again have hope that I can do this!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Wreatha thanks for the great letter! Sometimes an instructor's style just seems to fit perfectly with how a person learns and I think that's what I'm hearing you say to me as well. Great to hear from you! Mark

chedd4r knightchedd4r knight replied

hey mark great lesson but i cant seem to consistently keep my ring finger from touching the high e string on the D chord. i dunno if its cause im just beginning or i have i big fingers. this something im just going to have to work on right?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Knight how are you? Yes, over time you'll develop more and more finger strength and you'll hopefully be able to avoid those strings. But...keep in mind that many people play that type of barre chord and simply mute the high_E string. I wouldn't want you to just stop trying to do it correctly but there is some flexibility built into the system. Mark

papajahnpapajahn replied

Hey Mark....great instruction. I am recently retired from the AF and always wanted to master this instrument. I love the smooth sound of Martins...So I picked myself up one - DC-1E. I love it...great guitar at an affordable price. Tried to learn once on an old Mederia (sp) and hated it. so...here's my question....Action...from 1st to 12th fret...what is a acceptable variance? I have some, but compared to the old Mederia...this Martin is a piece of cake. Just ant to know WHEN to take it to the shop...thx Good work and I'm looking forward to your remaining lessons

gdmcelroygdmcelroy replied

Mark, I noticed on the D chord diagram it showed and X. I don't believe you said what that meant.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey GD, the "X" means that the string is muted or simply not played. Mark

jjharbaughjjharbaugh replied

Mark, Great lesson. I have a question about a comment you made about having trouble tuning a guitar and how far the strings are from the fret board. I have an electronic tuner, and I seem to be about to tune the guitar, but at the first fret all of the strings are about 1mm from the top of the fret. At the 12th fret all of the strings are about 4mm from the top of the fret. Is this enough difference to warrent a trip to my LGS(Local Guitar Shop) for some work. Thanks. JeffH

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey JJ! Yes, if the distance between the strings and fretboard (aka the "action" of the guitar) is that far apart as it progresses up the neck you most certainly would benefit from a visit to a local tech or luthier! Good luck my friend! Mark

jjharbaughjjharbaugh replied

OK, grammer error, replace above "about" with "able"

guitar_daveguitar_dave replied

Hey Mark, brand new to the site, and loving it, and glad I picked you as my first instructor. I'm having a lot of trouble with the open D chord. It's just hard for my fingers to land it fluently, and even when they do I'm not getting that clean sound. Is that normal for beginners with this particular chord? My open A came much easier. Thanks, can't wait to see what else you have in store for me!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Dave how are you? Many beginning players struggle with the D and you shouldn't worry too much about that. Just keep playing it and playing it and eventually (soon right?) one day you'll notice that you're playing it without even thinking about it. Keep at it my friend and thanks for writing in! Mark

guitar_daveguitar_dave replied

Hey mark, i'm doing great, thanks for asking. Okay I appreciate the answer, that makes me feel a lot better. For sure going to keep on it. Thanks again for the reply!

donb1959donb1959 replied

Mark, great lesson...quick question. On scene 5 of open chords, you are referring to the A chord tabs as 00222, but on the tab sheet it shows A chord as 02220.....color me confused.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hi Don how are you? Yes, thanks for pointing that out, but you know as well as I do that the A chord is definitely x02220! I appreciare your vigilance my friend! Mark

jcraigjcraig replied

So far so good. I like the way that you proceed with the lesson's, you don't talk to me like I am a 8 year old. That would get old very fast. I think I will start to progress at a steady rate, I had no direction in my garage teaching myself how to do this. This is not like riding a bicycle at first, but it should get easier as we go. Thank you for your help.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Craig thanks for writing...yes, guitar is a little like riding a bike in the sense that there will be parts and pieces that you will pick back up over time but...I agree with you that if you don't keep playing consistently you do start to loose skills. Thanks for the great feedback! Mark

paul2020pkpaul2020pk replied

Thanks Mark - Really enjoying the course so far and picking up lots of useful stuff. Many thanks !!

jaysanjaysan replied

Hello! I really like your course but one thing is missing and i think it is of great importance : You don't mention in this section that some strings are not to be played (the ones with an x on top of them) and from a really beginner point of view, it could really be necessary to explain it even if you don't explain the logic of it. I know that most of the members won't see this comment but i hope that this will enlighten some of those who read it and that you could "update" your video (if possible) for future members. Keep up the good work, i love this site and your courses (guitar performance is my second favorite section).

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Jay thanks for the input about dubbing strings. I do explain that in most of my lessons but I may have inadvertently missed it on one or two occasions and I apologize for that. As you know now though, an X over the top indicates that the string should be muted but I guess you know that now! Thanks for the great input though. Mark

rab333rab333 replied

Mark When talking about tab you said refer to the paperwork in front of you.I don't have any, how do I get it from your site...cheers

jboothjbooth replied

Look at the "info about this lesson" section/tab, and print it out if you want a hard copy :)

mingofallsmingofalls replied

Mark, another question I'd like to learn more about is the different types of strings. What manufacturer is your favorite, and why? What is considered "good" strings for your guitar whether it be acoustic, or electric. Thanks

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hi Mingo, I prefer Martin 80-20 Bronze wound strings mainly because I like the sound they produce. I usually use light gauge or mediums. Most players find strings they like and stick with that choice because hey...if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Jam on! Mark Lincoln

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Mingo Falls, nice to hear from you. I'm not sure who taught you to keep your fingers close to the frets (and maybe I'm not understanding exactly what you mean) but ideally you want your fingers to fall dead center between the frets. That is the sweet spot and should produce the purest sound. There is some leeway as to how close you can get to the frets without it changing the sound and muting or buzzing but really you should be in the center. Mark Lincoln

juscajusca replied

Nice tip. I usually kept my fingers close to the fret too.

mingofallsmingofalls replied

Question: When you play an A Chord, your first finger on the D string, or 4th string, is not close to the fret, but yet it still gives a good clear ring. My question is: How come? We are taught to keep our fingers as close to the fret as possible. How come the 4th string rings clear with your finger further away from the fret? I'm alittle confused about that issue. Thanks

Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learning the basics of the guitar, the building blocks if you will, is an extremely important step in learning and mastering the guitar. This series is all about the basics.

Guitar BasicsLesson 1

Guitar Basics

This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Tuning, Gear, and ChordsLesson 2

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Chords and StrummingLesson 3

Chords and Strumming

Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.

Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Minor Chords and MoreLesson 4

Minor Chords and More

Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.

Length: 25:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Expanding ChordsLesson 5

Expanding Chords

Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.

Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Strumming ExercisesLesson 6

Strumming Exercises

Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.

Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Music Theory and Barre ChordsLesson 7

Music Theory and Barre Chords

Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.

Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
E Shape Barre ChordsLesson 8

E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Shape Barre ChordsLesson 9

A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor Barre ChordsLesson 10

Minor Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Minor Shape Barre ChordsLesson 11

A Minor Shape Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mini Barre ChordLesson 12

Mini Barre Chord

Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.

Length: 17:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Shape Mini BarreLesson 13

A Shape Mini Barre

Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.

Length: 20:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor Mini Barre ChordsLesson 14

Minor Mini Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Guitar TechniqueLesson 15

Guitar Technique

Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.

Length: 15:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Guitar DynamicsLesson 16

Guitar Dynamics

Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Transistion StrumsLesson 17

Transistion Strums

Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.

Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Harmonic TechniqueLesson 18

Harmonic Technique

Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Expanding Liquid ChordsLesson 19

Expanding Liquid Chords

Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Spicing up ChordsLesson 20

Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chord FingeringLesson 21

Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Precision StrummingLesson 22

Precision Strumming

Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
D to D in Six StepsLesson 23

D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord Voicings and ConstructionLesson 24

Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Quantitative and Qualitative ChangesLesson 25

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Quantitative and Qualitative ReviewLesson 26

Quantitative and Qualitative Review

In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.

Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Rhythm and GuitarLesson 27

Rhythm and Guitar

Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Expanded Rhythm ExerciseLesson 28

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hand StructureLesson 29

Hand Structure

Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Cadd9 and Dsus2Lesson 30

Cadd9 and Dsus2

Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Finger Glue and Flexibility Lesson 31

Finger Glue and Flexibility

In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Reviewing Chord ChangesLesson 32

Reviewing Chord Changes

Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.

Length: 22:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
SlidingLesson 33


Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.

Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Keeping Time While PlayingLesson 34

Keeping Time While Playing

Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Minor ProgressionLesson 35

A Minor Progression

Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.

Length: 19:56 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Chord TransistionsLesson 36

Chord Transistions

Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.

Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord Transistions RevisitedLesson 37

Chord Transistions Revisited

In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.

Length: 23:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Playing Individual NotesLesson 38

Playing Individual Notes

In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.

Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rocking OutLesson 39

Rocking Out

Lesson 39 is all about rocking out. Mark discusses some tips to take your playing to the next level.

Length: 18:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slash ChordsLesson 40

Slash Chords

Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.

Length: 14:42 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Strumming from the WristLesson 41

Strumming from the Wrist

In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Raising the BarreLesson 42

Raising the Barre

Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Building on Your Chord KnowledgeLesson 43

Building on Your Chord Knowledge

In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.

Length: 20:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Experiment With PlayingLesson 44

Experiment With Playing

Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.

Length: 17:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DiversifyingLesson 45


In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.

Length: 20:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Shaping the HandsLesson 46

Shaping the Hands

In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.

Length: 21:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Precision StrummingLesson 47

Precision Strumming

Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.

Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Shine Like the SunLesson 48

Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

Length: 18:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Changing Chords : Accuracy and SpeedLesson 49

Changing Chords : Accuracy and Speed

Mark teaches some useful information on how to mix postures, "finger glue," and techniques to make your chord changes speedy and more effective.

Length: 30:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings Lesson 50

Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.

Length: 23:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Understanding Liquified ChordsLesson 51

Understanding Liquified Chords

Mark brings us a very appealing aspect to better understand the guitar. With his explanation of "liquified" chords, mark will explain how to move up and down the guitar to create different chord voicing.

Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln

About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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Justin Roth Justin Roth

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Ariel Posen Ariel Posen

Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys your personality on the guitar, giving...

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Born in 1986 and hailing from Brazil, Andre showed musical inclination at an early age. Influenced by native Brazilian Jazz...

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