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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                              Lesson 5

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Anatomy of the Guitar-



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).  Spaces between the metal bars are called Frets.  The area between the Guitar Nut and the first metal bar it called the 1st Fret; from there - 2nd Fret, 3rd Fret and so on.

Truss Rod is found inside the Guitar Neck, it is used to allow the Neck to stay straight.  

Bridge allows the vibrations from the Guitar Strings to reach the top of the Guitar & is non-moving - Acoustic Guitars.  Electric Guitar - Bridge adjustable- controls the height of strings.

Nut - The Guitar Nut keeps the Guitar Strings off of the Fret board- found on Head Stock      

Tuners - Located on the Head Stock - tunable piece of hardware.  The Guitar String wraps around in order create tension.  Tension allows sound to be produced by a Guitar String.   

Pick-ups - high powered microphones that pick up the vibration and sound produced by the Guitar Strings.   There are Active (Battery Powered) and Passive Pick-ups.

Knobs - Volume Knobs - allow you to control how loud the Guitar will sound.  Tone Knobs - allow you to change the tone on the corresponding Pick-up.

Input Jack is where the Guitar Cable is placed to plug into a Guitar Amplifier or a PA.     

Pick-up Selector - toggle switch that allows you to select which Pick-up that you want to use.




Adding in your next Guitar Chord-                   

The 'E' Major - This is one of the Best sounding Guitar Chords that I have learned to play.  The Guitar Chord Diagram shown below - All Strings are played.  Focus most of the pressure on the top 4 strings, with minimal pressure on the bottom 2 strings.  This will allow you to have a more Powerful Sound.  Usually (but not always) the 'E' Major is played at the Beginning of a Verse, Chorus or Bridge.  This is due to the Power that the 'E' Major has.  



                    'E' Major

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

There are a couple ways to this Guitar Chord-  In order help to make Power Chords at a later time I am going to focus on playing this Chord using the Middle Finger, Ring Finger and Pinky Finger.



Tips on Playing Music with others

Now that you have started learning how to play the Guitar, it is good to know about the correct way of playing with other Musicians.   Learning about this took me a few years to get right. I have found that the Music has always sounded the Best when you Blend sound, with the others playing. 

Match your Volume Level and Keep your timing identical to the other Musicians.  Doing these 2 things, you will find a more of an enjoyable sound.  Each Guitar has its own unique sound.  This is due to the type of wood, cut, finish and the process used in making the Guitar.  This will affect the overall sound.  Therefore, if your Guitar volume is exactly the same as another Guitar - there will still be additional sounds produced, even while playing at the same volume level.              




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 5 - Practice Rhythm-
Here is an example Guitar Rhythm that I have created a few years ago.  If you pay attention to how these Guitar Rhythms have been since the 1st Lesson, you will notice that they have been getting harder to play with each lesson.  If you have a hard time playing this, take it slow and gradually build until you are able to play the entire Rhythm.  

--Youtube Video - Lesson 5 Practice Rhythm with Vocal Instruction --

--Youtube Video - Lesson 5 Practice Rhythm - no Vocal Instruction --


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



In the Rhythm above -  The last 2 Guitar Chords (of each line) are going to be a faster transition.  You will want to keep the same timing as the rest of the song.  


             With practice- You'll be sounding like a Pro in no time!




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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                                Lesson 6

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Minor & Dominant 7th Guitar Chords

In this lesson you will be learning to play many of the Minor & Dominant 7th Guitar Chords that are common in Praise and Worship songs that are played in many Churches.  


Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up before you start!

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---






Minor Guitar Chords-

A Minor & B Minor Guitar Chords Explained

 ---Youtube Video -  Am & Bm Chords Explained  - Click Here---

              A Minor                                    B Minor


A Minor - played close to A Major, except the note on the 2nd String is played at the 1st Fret. 

B Minor - the Index Finger will bar across Stings 2-6, each string should ring out.  The Strings are pressed down in the same formation as the 'A Minor' Guitar Chord.  It's just slid up a few Frets.  This is the 1st Bar Chord you will learn in these Lessons.  Take your time, you'll find Bar Chords very beneficial later.



D Minor & E Minor Guitar Chords Explained

---Youtube Video -  Dm & Em Chords Explained  - Click Here---

             D Minor                                           E Minor    


D Minor - D Major Chord, except the note on the 2nd String is played on the 1st Fret.  The 'D Minor' Guitar Chord isn't played a lot.  But, it's a Good Idea to know how to play it.  That way you'll be prepared, it you come across it later. 

E Minor - E Major Chord, except you are not pressing down on the 4th String at the 1st Fret. 


Dominant 7th Guitar Chords-       

A7 & D7 Guitar Chords Explained

---Youtube Video -  A7 & D7 Chords Explained  - Click Here---                           A7                                               D7



A7 Guitar Chord is just like playing a regular A Major Guitar Chord, except the middle of the 3 notes that make up this Guitar Chord is left open.

D7 Guitar Chords is played just like a regular D Major Chord, except the Index Finger is behind (instead of in front) of the Middle and Ring Fingers. 



Training Tool - Song of D's

Here is a Training Tool that I have used to help with learning the Dm & the D7.  I put this together because, I had a hard time trying to teach my fingers to transition to these Chords.  I would run through this Rhythm over and over and over.  After some time, I got much Quicker at transitioning from a Guitar Chord like a 'G' Major to the D7 (or any Chord to the D7 or Dm).  Take your time and you'll get it, it just takes Practice.

DDDD, D7 D7 D7 D7, DDDD, D7 D7 D7 D7, DDDD

Dm Dm Dm Dm, DDDD, Dm Dm Dm Dm, DDDD  

---Youtube Video - Transitioning D Major, D Minor & D7 - Click Here---





E7 & G7 Guitar Chords Explained

---Youtube Video -  E7 & G7 Chords Explained  - Click Here---

               E7                                             G7



E7 is played just like a regular E Major Guitar Chord, except the Ring Finger isn't pressing down any Strings.  The 3rd Sting is left open.

G7 Guitar Chord is played a little different than playing a regular G Major Guitar Chord.  The Middle and Ring Fingers are played in the same spots.  But, the note on the 1st String is played at the 1st Fret instead of the 3rd Fret.   The 'G7' Guitar Chord, is another Chord that isn't played a lot.  But, it does pop up from time to time.  It's a good idea to know how to play it.  So, you'll be ready for it.



Lesson 6 - Practice Rhythm

Some information to help you in playing this Practice Rhythm.                   -Look at the 1st line of this Rhythm.  You will transition from G (Major) to D (Major) then to Am.  For the A Minor - Use same fingering as the E Major (except hold the correct strings down for the Am).   

                A Minor



1st Part - When transitioning from the A Minor to the D Minor, keep your Middle Finger planted in the on the 1st Fret/2nd String.  Move your Middle Finger to the 2nd Fret/3rd String and move your Pinky Finger to the 2nd Fret/1st String.  Practice this transition a few times prior to attempting this Practice Rhythm.

2nd Part - When transitioning from the C Major to the A7, keep your Middle Finger on the 2nd Fret/4th String and your Pinky Finger on the 1st Fret/2nd String.  All you have to do to make this transition is just move your Ring Finger from the 3rd Fret/5th String to the 2nd Fret/2nd String.  Your Ring Finger will be 1 Fret in front of the Index Finger.  Since the Ring Finger is in front of the Index Finger, the Index Finger will not matter if it is on the Guitar or not - since it's not stopping the string.  Practice this transition a few times prior to attempting this Practice Rhythm.


--Youtube Video - Lesson 6 Practice Rhythm with Vocal Instruction --

--Youtube Video - Lesson 6 Practice Rhythm - no Vocal Instruction --


    G Major      D Major       A Minor      D Minor   E Minor    C Major           A7  


-Things are moving along nicely.  Take a little time and reflect over a some of the previous Lessons.  Make sure that all of the Guitar Chords that you have already learned are sounding correct.  The next few Lessons are going to have quite a few Guitar Chords per Lesson, just like this one.                                       

On the Positive Side - the Chords you will be learning are mostly based off of what you have learned so far.


                      Keep Up the Good Work! 



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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                              Lesson 7

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Sus Guitar Chords-


Making the Guitar Chords that you have learned sound Fuller.  This is what is called playing a Sus Guitar Chord (Suspended Guitar Chord).  This is simply done by changing a note or two in the playing of a Standard Guitar Chord.  Many times in Church (prior to knowing), I always wondered how the Guitar Players would get such a Great Sound when playing.  Their Guitar Chords sounded Much Fuller than mine & it didn't make any sense to me.  Once I learned about playing Sus Chords - My playing changed for the better.

~Here is the ability to get fuller sound and switch from one Guitar Chord to the next faster.



Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up before you start!

Have your Guitar in hand & play along, to get the most out of these Lessons.


Let's get Tuned Up

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




Let's Begin on Sustain (Sus) Chords!

'G' Sus, 'C' Sus (1) & 'F' Sus Guitar Chords Explained 

---Youtube Video - G Sus, C Sus & F Sus Explained - Click Here---


           'G' Sus                                   



If you are making a transition from playing a 'G' Sus to a 'C' Sus, keep the bottom 2 fingers on the same Guitar Strings and just move the top 2 fingers down 1 String.


              'C' Sus (1)               





              'F' Sus





'C' Sus(2), 'D' Sus & 'A' Sus explained

---Youtube Video - C Sus (2), D Sus & A Sus Explained - Click Here---

       'C' Major                              'C' Sus (2)


--2nd way of playing ‘C’ Sus  Done by adding a pinky to the 3rd Fret--6th (bottom) String.        Only add this extra note in for a few seconds at a time.


              'D' Major                            'D' Sus


'D' Sus  - Done by simply adding a pinky to play the 3rd Fret--1st String.   

          'A' Major                               'A' Sus        

'A' Sus  - In this method of playing an 'A' Sus - you simply add a note on the 1st String.   


Lesson 7 - Practice Rhythm


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

Last part is All Down Strums, in pattern of Down Strum / Lift, Down Strum / Lift & so on.   This last part was put in place to show that different Strumming Patterns will change the sound in a Song.  Feel Free to play around with Strumming Patterns in your Songs!

Keep in Mind- you don't want to stop playing the Regular Guitar Chords. You want to add these Sus Guitar Chords to help Add Flavor to songs that you are playing!  Take your time and learn the way it works best for you!


       Next Up - Power Chords.  Let's Rock!




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Free Christian Guitar Lessons                             Lesson 8

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Power/Barre Chords-

In this Lesson you will be learning about Power/Barre Guitar Chords!  Depending on the sound of your Guitar will determine whether the Guitar Chord is referred to as either a Power Chord or a Barre Chord.  Either way the Guitar Chord will look identical. 

The reason I taught you to play the E Major without using the Index Finger is- The Index Finger is going to Barre across all the strings while playing Barre Chords.  Barre Chords are movable - Instead of changing Finger Position, you will change location of where you are playing the Guitar Chord. 

When going for a lighter sound - Focus your Strum on the Bottom 4 Strings

When going for a heavier sound - Focus your Strum on the Top 4 Strings. 


When doing Rock Music (while playing Power Chords), the bottom 2 Strings are Rarely Touched.  That being said, you don't have to worry about Barring all the way down to strings 1 & 2.                                          -This will Make it Easier For You!



Let's get Tuned Up

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


Barre Chords/Power Chords Explained 

---Youtube Video - Barre / Power Chords Explained - Click Here---

You'll need to learn the Notes on the 6th String (Low E).   

Paying attention to the Inlays (usually white dots) on the Guitar Neck are really beneficial.                     These Inlays are found at the following Frets- 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, and 23rd. 


Finger Positioning of a Barre Chord-

Let's start with playing a E Major Guitar Chord.  This will be the general form of your fingers while playing Barre Chords. 

            E Major                                         F Major Barre


Start with E Major, then slide this entire finger positioning up 1 Fret and use the Index Finger to bar across all the Strings on the 1st Fret.  This will be your 1st Barre Chord, it is called a F Major.     


        F# Major Barre

Next Step - Slide positioning up 1 Fret and the F Barre Chord and turned it into F# Barre Chord.   The (#) is the sign for Sharp, most Guitar Chords going between A througuh G will have a Sharp (example - G - G# - A).  The B and E are the only Guitar Chords that do not have Sharp Chords (examaple - D - D# - E - F). 

There's not really a lot to it- Slide the entire finger positioning up 1 Fret and you have your next Barre Chord.  The Simplicity is the Best Part!


G Barre Chord       A Barre Chord       B Barre Chord

        C Barre Chord                 D Barre Chord                     E Barre Chord




Lesson 8 - Practice Rhythm

How to Play this Practice Rhythm -

I will be doing 2 Versions of this Practice Rhythm

1st will be a slower version.  This will help you to get yourself familiar with using Power Chords.  This might take a little while, so be patient - It'll be Worth It!

2nd will be at Regular Speed.  I highly advise working with the slower one until you feel comfortable.  Then, move onto this version.  This is not that hard of a Practice Rhythm, once you get familiar with Power Chords.

In this Practice Rhythm, I used all Power Chords that had a In-Lay Fret Marker (Dots on most Guitars).      I did it this way to allow you to have an Easy way to know where to go when making quick transitions.



Getting a Distortion Rock Sound

I used a Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal, to get the Rock Sound for the Practice Rhythm found below.  There are many different types Guitar Effects Pedals on the market.  Also, many Guitar Amplifiers have a Distortion Channel (and, a Clean Channel).  You'll want to use the type of Distortion (or Over Drive), that sounds Best to you.  Acoustic Guitars will not have this option. 

You'd plug the  Effects Pedal between the Guitar & Amplifier.  So - You'd go Guitar, Guitar Cable, Effects Pedal, Another Guitar Cable & then Amplifer. 


Practice Rhythm - Letter/Number

In the Practice Rhythm below, you'll see Letter/Number for each of the Chords.  This has been done to Help you to Quickly know which Fret to have your Index Finger on.  The 'G Major' is at the 3rd Fret.  To make things Easier, I have that listed as 'G3'.  That will let you know at the 3rd Fret, is the G Major. 


Now that you have the Info - Let's Get Started!

--Youtube Video - Lesson 8 Practice Rhythm - Slower Tempo--

--Youtube Video - Lesson 8 Practice Rhythm - Rock Tempo--


  E(o) Major    A5 Barred    G3 Barred     B7 Barred       E12 Barred                          


Eo = E Major (next to the Head Stock),  E12 - E Barred at the 12th Fret  (same Chord - different sound)


We will be learning about the Barre Chords using the 2nd String in the Lesson9.  Take your time and learn this correctly.    

           ~You are on you way to becoming a Rock Star for Christ! 



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