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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                             Lesson1

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Lesson 1 - Introduction

Welcome to Lesson 1!  Take your time & go through these Lessons in order.  Each Lesson builds off the Previous Lesson.  So - In other words, In order to Fully Understand Lesson 2 - You'll need to do Lesson 1.

There are TONS of Websites that give Guitar Lessons on the Web.  But, this is one of the few that will take you Step-By-Step through Learning the Guitar.    Welcome Aboard, I'm 'Glad' your here!




Knowing the Guitar Basics                                                                           

The Guitar is composed with a Body, Neck & Head Stock prior to getting any hardware.  The flat part of the Guitar Neck is called the Fret Board, (the other side of the Neck is rounded).  The spaces between the metal bars are called Frets.  The part that holds the strings off of the fret board is the Nut, it's located on the Neck before the Head Stock.  The area between the Nut and the first metal bar is the 1st Fret; from there 2nd Fret and so on down the entire Guitar.

The 3 parts of the Guitar that come in contact with the Guitar Strings are called (starting from the body of the Guitar and working itself up) - Bridge, Nut & Tuners.



Choosing a Guitar Pick-

 It's Best to start with using a standard Triangular Pick.  You will want to start with a thin Pick to help in avoiding breaking Guitar Strings.  A good choice is a Nylon (.38) Pick.      



Properly holding a Guitar Pick-

Guitar Picks should be held between the tip of the Thumb and tip of the Middle Finger, the Index Finger will also be on the pick.  The Index Finger will be on the Pick.  But, it will only be used for control.         



 Getting Tuned up!                                                                                                    

One of the Best habits that one can build when playing the Guitar is Tuning before playing- every time!  Aim for the same sound when playing with other musicians.

 ---Youtube Video - What is a Tuner & How to use it - Click Here---



Let's get Tuned Up

---Youtube Video - Getting your Guitar all Tuned Up- Click Here---









Tip for 'Fast Guitar Chord Transitions'


I've found that it helps to apply Fingers to the Strings - in the order of your Hand.  In the Diagrams, I have the Fingers listed with the Thickest Strings to the Thinnest Strings.  This is Normally Standard.

 However - I always start with my Index Finger 1st, when applying my fingers to the Guitar Strings. 

Let's Look at the 'G' Guitar Chord (in the picture below).  I start with the Index Finger 1st on the 5th String. The Middle Finger 2nd, on the 6th String.   Lastly, I'd use my Ring Finger on the 1st String.

The Fingers have a Natural Tendency to 'Move Much Faster' when they go in order.  The fingers usually have a Number assigned to them.  Index Finger (1), Middle Finger (2), Ring Finger (3) & Pinky Finger (4).  If you go in this order, you'll find that your able to do Chord Transitions 'Much Faster'



Learning Your first Guitar Chords-

Let's start on your first 2 Guitar Chords.


---Youtube Video -  G Major Chord Explained  - Click Here---

---Youtube Video -  D Major Chord Explained  - Click Here---



Here's a Practice Rhythm for you -  

GGGG, DDDD, GGGG, DDDD  (X 4 - This Rhythm is repeated 4 times)


This Rhythm is 'Simply' transitioning back & forth between 2 Chords.  Focus on correct timing.

  ----Youtube Video - Lesson 1 Practice Rhythm - Click Here----



For Fast Transitions, go in the order of the Fingers.  The 1st Finger to place on the Fret Board, should be your Index Finger.  2nd Finger - your Middle Finger.  3rd Finger - Ring Finger & so on.

Repeat the Chord Cycle over and over.  This will allow you to get the feel of changing Guitar Chords.  Count 1+2+3+4 for each Chord.  Then transition to the next Chord.  When transitioning to the same Guitar Chord, lift up the finger & back down again.  This'll allow the mind to start a new count of 4 - Beneficial for timing.

Precision is extremely important when playing the Guitar.    If a string is not pressed down hard enough, the note will not sound clear and there might be a possible buzzing sound.  Your fingers will be bending in some ways that they are not use to.   -Be patient and take your time.    


          Try to practice for 15-20 minutes every day!

  ---Practice on Lesson 1 for 1 Week, before moving onto Lesson 2---





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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                         Lesson2

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Holding the Guitar Properly-                                              

Valuable - Holding the Guitar properly, will make a HUGE difference in how quick you are able to transition between the Guitar Chords.  This will be useful whether you play the Guitar sitting or standing. 

- While Sitting & Playing Place the Guitar on your lap allowing your lap to take the entire weight of the Guitar.  The middle bend should rest on your lap- leaning towards your chest.  Simply rest the Guitar Neck on your palm for 'Balance' - let your lap hold the weight. 
- While Standing & Playing-
use a Guitar Strap to do the work of carrying the weight of the Guitar.  Same as in the sitting position, the Neck should rest on your hand for 'Balance'.


Pressing Firmly on the Strings- 
Press  Firmly on the Guitar Strings.  You should be able to play each string individually and hear each string ring out, each string it should sound clear.  Meaning, there shouldn't be any dead sounding strings or buzzing by having an unwanted finger on the String.   Precision is very important when playing the Guitar. There is Extreme Importance
of getting this correctly.  


Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up!

It works Best to have your Guitar in hand, while listening to the Tuning Up, Guitar Chord and Practice Rhythm Audio Files.   That way - your able to play along and get the most out of these Lessons.


Let's get Tuned Up

---Youtube Video - Getting your Guitar all Tuned Up- Click Here---





Adding in your Next Guitar Chord-
This Guitar Chord is used a lot in Standard Praise & Worship songs.  Take your time while learning this Guitar Chord.  The X on the top Guitar String, means don't strum  that string.

               'C' Major



--Youtube Video - C Major Guitar Chord Explained--




Lesson 2 -  Practice Rhythm  

--Youtube Video - Lesson 2 Practice Rhythm with Vocal Instruction--

--Youtube Video - Lesson 2 Practice Rhythm No Vocal Instruction--

   'G' Major             'D' Major             'C' Major


The Lesson 2 - Practice Rhythm without Instruction, was put in place to allow you to play the Practice Rhythm with out having to listen to the Instruction each time.   

While playing this Guitar Rhythm - go slow as you begin.  You will want to focus on strumming an even pattern.  Take your time, listen for clarity of the sound, and playing with Precision - very important especially as you are starting out.


The Foundation is the most important part of the process.  Doing things correctly now will help in not having to re-learn things the correct way at a later time!





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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                            Lesson 3

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Get a Good Sound-                                                                                 

Important - pay attention to a Guitar Chord Diagram.  This will allow you to know which Strings to play & which one's not to touch.  These Guitar Chords sound best when playing exactly as shown.

Focus on using both Down & Up strums.  The strumming pattern can be different, depending on the song and style of Music you are playing.  It's important to pay attention to the music and play around with the Strumming Pattern to find what sounds Best!


Not Jumping in too fast-

Take your time and focus on Precision.  It's very important to take your time and learn to play correctly, that way you will sound good while playing with other Musicians!  Listening to the individual strings from time to time.  Each string should ring out, while playing Guitar Chords.  




Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up!  

It works Best to have your Guitar in hand, while listening to the Tuning Up, Guitar Chord and Practice Rhythm Audio Files.   That way - your able to play along and get the most out of these Lessons.


Let's get Tuned Up

---Youtube Video - Getting your Guitar all Tuned Up- Click Here---





Adding the next Guitar Chord-

 The 'A' Major Guitar Chord is played using the strings 2, 3 & 4 in the 2nd Fret.  This can be played a few different ways depending on the size of your fingers.  Ways of the 'A' Major are listed below.

               'A' Major



--Youtube Video - A Major Guitar Chord Explained--



Ways of Playing the 'A' Chord
(1) Most people usually use the Index, Middle and Ring Fingers to play this chord.  You will want to make sure that you are able to fit all 3 fingers in-between the metal bars. 

(2) Use the Middle, Ring and Pinkie fingers push down the exact same Guitar Strings in the same spot.  This is good for people that have bigger fingers

(3) Using your Index finger to bar the 3 Guitar Strings.  Don't touch the bottom string.  The 1st knuckle on your Index finger will bend opposite of the normal bend.  The part that actually touches the Guitar Strings is the 1st segment.  It takes a lot of practice to be able to do this.  But, with practice you can have Lightning Fast Chord changes. 






Lesson 3 - Practice Rhythm-

While you are playing this Example Rhythm, focus more on timing and transitioning between the Guitar Chords.  You can play this at your own pace and build speed with time.  The main thing - All Chords should have evenly spaced timing.


--Youtube Video - Lesson 3 Practice Rhythm with Vocal Instruction --

--Youtube Video - Lesson 3 Practice Rhythm - no Vocal Instruction --


      'G' Major            'D' Major              'C' Major             'A' Major



After you have gotten Good at playing the Rhythm Exercise that I had 'Created', try coming up with your own Rhythm Exercise. 

There are 100's (if not 1,000's) of songs that only use these 4 Guitar Chords. Try to practice a little every day.  The more time that you can spend Practicing on this - the Better! 

As mentioned above - Take your time and learn how to play each Guitar Chord correctly.  As you are learning new Guitar Chords, your fingers will be bending in some weird ways.  Try to listen to the strings individually.  Listen for Buzzing that is associated with not pressing firm enough on the Guitar String or a finger barely touching an un-wanted String.






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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                            Lesson 4

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You're doing Great - Keep up the Good Work! 



Finger Positioning-
Finger Positioning is very important in allowing the ease of playing Guitar Chords correctly.  I have found that it is a lot easier to not have more than 1 finger on a Guitar String, if you are able to have the 1st segment of each finger vertical.  You will want to try to have the 1st part of the finger (part that has the finger nail) being as close to straight up and down as possible.  


Caring for the Guitar-
The Truss Rod is inside the Guitar Neck, it is used to keep the Guitar Neck straight.  A Truss Rod can be bent over time by leaning the Guitar up against things.  If the Truss Rod becomes bent, the amount of space between the Guitar Strings and the Fret Board becomes much Greater.   Use a Guitar Stand whenever the Guitar is not in a case or in play!

Keep your Guitar protected while transporting with a Hard Shell Guitar Case.  Guitar Bags usually don't offer but a little padding.  If the Guitar is dropped, there is a strong possibility of Destroying your Guitar.  A Hard Shell Case will help you to keep your Guitar well protected. 

The Input Jack on an Electric Guitar can be damaged, if the cable is yanked out.  To avoid this you can take the cable and slide it through the opening between the Guitar and the Strap.  Pull down about 12 inches and then plug the cable into the Guitar.  


Adding your next Guitar Chord-
        Actual 'F' Chord                    Altered 'F' Chord 


---Youtube Video -  F Major Chord Explained  - Click Here---


It is OK to play this Guitar Chord without playing the bottom string.  Playing this Chord correctly, you will need to bar the bottom 2 strings on the 1st Fret-  Hard to do with quick Chord changes.  I've found that if you play the other strings correctly, you get a similar sound (not exact, but close) and it's a lot quicker to transition while playing a song.                                                                                                                                

Being able to make a quick transition is more important than to get the exact sound. 



Practicing, Precision & Focus

This is some info that should be the Goal of Every Newer Guitarist. 

--Practicing - A 'Great Habit' of  getting into is trying to Practice Everyday, especially for the first 'Six Months' as a Guitarist.  I am a 'Realist'.  Many people might say, I don't have time to Practice everyday.  I've got a busy Schedule.  ----My recommendation is, Practice 20 minutes everyday.  You can even break it down to (2) 10 minute sections, if needed.  If your Goal is to become a Decent Guitarist, your going to have to make the time.  20 mins a day - isn't that hard to make.

--Precision - This is Extremely Important.  Take the time to Play these Chords properly.  Down the Road when you playing Music with others, all your Hard Work & Practice Time will really Pay Off.  By being Precise, you won't have to Re-Learn to do things correctly at a later time.  Looking at the 'F Major' Chord above.  This is the 1 time that I have found that it's OK to 'Not' play it Identical to the Original Chord.  I get such a Faster Chord transiton, with leaving off the bottom string and the Sound Difference is really minimal between the two.

--Focus - When you are playing Music with other Musicians, Focus on Blending the Sound.  However, you want to be able to 'Add To' what is already being Played.  Focus on Timing.  Being a couple of seconds 'Off ' is really noticable when playing Music in front of a lot of people.  




Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up! 

It works Best to have your Guitar in hand, while listening to the Tuning Up, Guitar Chord and Practice Rhythm Audio Files.   That way - your able to play along and get the most out of these Lessons.


Let's get Tuned Up

---Youtube Video - Getting your Guitar all Tuned Up- Click Here---



Lesson 4 - Practice Rhythm

--Youtube Video - Lesson 4 Practice Rhythm with Vocal Instruction --

--Youtube Video - Lesson 4 Practice Rhythm - no Vocal Instruction --




This is a Rhythm that I have created myself.  Work on this until it becomes easy.  After you get the hang of working with the 'F' Major, try coming up with your own Rhythm. 

The Best part of learning how to play the Guitar, is being able to 'Create' your own songs.




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