Guitar Lesson 1 – Absolute Beginner? Start Here! [Free 10 Day Starter Course]

hi guys my name is Andy Crowley thank you for joining me for day one of this 10-day guitar challenge where we're going to play guitar for ten minutes a day for ten days this day one is my absolute beginners first lesson so if you were taking a one-to-one

private lesson with me and you'd never even held a guitar before or you tried a few bits in the past but it was a long time ago and this is the guitar lesson that I would be showing you in this lesson I'm going to show you how to

play the easiest two chords on guitar and then get you playing your first song by the end of this video in under 10 minutes so if you've never even played a song before this is the ideal place to start and let's get you straight in for a close-up

and learn how to play these two easy chords so the first chord we're going to be learning is the E major chord also known as an E chord and this is where we need to place our fingers to be able to play it now if your guitar isn't

in tune it doesn't really matter where you put your fingers on the guitar it's not going to sound right there is a video of mine in the description below where you'll find a video showing you exactly how to tune your guitar with and without a guitar tuner so

check out that video first if you suspect that something isn't sounding right here but I'm going to talk you through a couple of other bits of the guitar before we get fully started so these metal strips going down the guitar here are your frets and going across are

the strings we number the strings thinnest to thickest so one two three four five six and each fret it's the area between the metal strips that we'd call fret 1 fret 2 and fret 3 anytime we place a finger on a fret we really want it to be

to this side of the fret so the side nearest to you up against the metal strip but not on it so if I wanted to place my finger on first finger first fret it would be placed here rather than in the middle and we also want to be

right on the tip of your finger like this for this first chord the E major chord we need that first finger to be on the third string at that first fret so that's just here right on the tip of our finger and we are pressing between our thumb

and first finger my thumb is directly behind where my first finger is on the guitar just here the middle finger needs to be at the second fret of the fifth string so string five one two three four five and the third finger otherwise known as the ring finger

goes here directly underneath at the same fret on the string below so just one recap these fingers are placed finger number one or the index finger middle finger and the third finger here the little finger it's best to keep it as close to the third finger as possible

rather than shooting off and doing its own thing this is where we want to place here for this particular chord we do want to strum all six strings and make sure that they're all heard so let's do that now and strum our E major chord now that sounds

like it should sound and hopefully your sounds the same if not your guitar maybe attitude so check out that tuning video however we also want to make sure that all six strings are ringing out by which we want to pick the thickest to the thinnest string so string

six to one and if they all sound like that then we're doing it correctly possibly one of the strings sounds a little bit like this we get a little bit of either buzzing or it's not ringing out at all like this there are two common reasons that that

can be the case the first thing is you need to be at this side of the threat as I said at the start of the video if then in the middle of the fret that may not ring out they all want to be at this side of the

fret not at the far side and then each finger also needs to be right on the tip not flat now this is common because whenever we hold things say if I was just holding this guitar neck to pick it up we'd grip it like this but this is

not how we press down notes on a stringed instrument we need to be right on the tips of our fingers and make sure that this joint in our fingers is bent and kind of curled over so that each tip of the finger is at 90 degrees to the

fret and when those two things are the case when we're at this side of the fret and on the tips of our fingers it's just a case of getting that right amount of pressure down but with the right finger placement it may be a little bit less than

than you think now even I at this point I have some lines on the end of my fingers this is normal we do have to press down you know a decent amount to get the note ringing out but try not to press down any more than you need

to try and find that sweet spot the second chord we're going to cover in this video is the ear major chord and with this chord we can play any one of ten songs as I say there'll be a song at the end of this particular video but there

are a number of songs ten songs that are played on using these two chords on my website and the link to that is also in the description so to play the a major chord it's best to start off on the E major chord that we already know now

we need to keep this first finger down but lift the other two away and this is really important this is going to be our anchor finger because when we're learning chords the hard thing isn't necessarily playing one chord is the change between so what we're going to do

is keep this first finger down but slide it over to the second fret and this time we want to be around in the middle of the fret because we're going to place the middle finger above it at that same second fret and the third finger directly below it

and this is the a major chord you may have seen this chord played like this however if this is the first time you've ever picked up a guitar before it's going to be incredibly difficult to change between any chords and these included so we're making this as easy

as possible by keeping contact with the fretboard at all times and using that first finger as an anchor point so this is the a major chord that we're going for let's place this first finger at the third string second fret one two middle finger goes directly above it

and third finger below it and it's best to keep that first finger around in the middle of the fret this time and this time only really so that we can fit the other two in and with this particular chord we want to strum from string five and this

is what the a major chord should sound like to check that all those strings are ringing out we want to pick again from the thickest to the thinnest but we're going to start from string e5 there is more opportunity for strings not ringing out on this one so

again try and get them as far to towards you as possible and keep right on the tips that is the best way to get them ringing out but you may have to press on just a little bit harder on this cord to get those strings ringing out one

more time strum pick each string and strong so to change between those codes we need to keep that first finger down at all times and change between them so if you go back to the E major chord now and just give it one single strum of all six

strings we keep the first finger down slide to the second fret middle finger above third finger below and strum and then to change back the first finger stairs down slide it back to that first rat middle finger above third finger below and strum again so it on that

first chord that we looked at now the e chord so we keep the first finger down we slide it to the second fret for the second chord that we looked at middle finger above third finger below and strum try and strum from the fifth string so missing out

the thickest string if you do accidentally catch that thickest string it's okay for now we're just learning first finger stays down we move back to the first fret for our first chord which is the E major and strum and that's our E major now you may wish to

pause the video here so that you can have a little bit longer practice between those two chords changing between the E and the air chord remember to keep your first finger down at all times and the first chord we looked at has your first finger on the first

fret and then chord number two the air chords first finger second fret middle finger above third finger below and strum and you're wanting your fingers to take around a second to go to each chord to move on to the second part which is basically going straight for our

first song which is a song called for what it's worth by Buffalo Springfield this song has just these two chords and we have to play each chord for a bar of each to do this we need to understand about bars and beats the beat is whatever you would

nod your head to when your favorite song comes on so when you kind of grooving along to a song and tapping your foot and enjoying it you're tapping your feet are nodding your head to the beat this is an even pulse throughout the song and it generally goes

to a count of four so can even count of one two three four and that is repeated throughout an entire song evenly it's that count of four that we call a bar so the simplest strumming pattern we can do for any song is just strumming on the beat

and we're going to strum each chord in this particular song four times so we strum the e cause four times one two three four and keep that first finger down when we're going to change to the second chord which is the air chord and then strum this four

times one two three four and then we need to change back to the e chord and do this in a loop for around a minute and if you've never heard that particular song that we're going for the link is in the description to a YouTube video of the

song so you can have a quick listen to it to hear what we're going for and you should pretty distinctly hear this rhythm guitar part throughout the entire song [Music] now keeping the strumming hand going while changing chord is undoubtedly the trickiest part of learning songs on guitar

however this anchor finger keeping the first finger down makes it a much easier task and helps us going forward to learn the other chords that we're going to be learning in the coming days so drilling this change is so important rather than learning more chords so many beginners

get a book full of ten chords over a hundred chords and try and learn them but it's mastering the change between them that's going to get you the end goal have been able to play it real songs as soon as possible and hopefully this will be one that

you can play just in a few minutes now by following me so let's start with the E major chord the first chord we covered in this video and we're going to strum this four times and soon as we've done that we want as soon as we strum that

fourth strum we want to change immediately to the ear cord as swiftly as possible now if this takes a few attempts and that is totally fine because this is the end goal of this first video of this day one of this ten-day guitar course so if it's a

little struggle at first that's understandable because it might be the first thing that you've ever done go easy on yourself allow this trickiest part of this the chord changes to bed in and for you to get used to them before you put too much pressure on yourself so

let's play along together really slowly now and let's have a go at playing our first song for what it's worth by Buffalo Springfield so we get ready on our ecord we press down and we begin strumming in two three four one to then change to the air cord

and big instrument again one two three back to the e changing back and one two three four first finger stays down we change to the a one two three and pause there so now's the time to take stock with how you're doing if you need to pause the

video just briefly one time again to just do some individual changes which will drill that change a little more often to help you get used to it more maybe take a quick break to rest your fingers a little bit because you might have big lines and there might

be quite sore that's understandable and totally normal in the beginning and when you feel up to it play this video from this point one more time and this time we're going to try and get those spaces between the chord changes as as quick as possible and the goal

is just to keep our right hand strumming evenly no matter what chord we're playing however there's a change or not we're just going to try and keep this chord and strumming okay so from the E chord play along with me one last time in 1 2 3 4

3 then 2 2 form a chain and a [Music] three one last time from the e see and ac3 finish on me and that's how to play our first song and that is the end of day 1 of this tender guitar challenge so thank you very much for

making it this far your homework now is to practice these two chords the E major in the air major the changes between them and then try and play them for four strums of the e chord and the four strums for the air chord and we want to keep

that chord sequence going for around a minute and in total that should be around 10 minutes worth of practice so if you do that straight away after watching this video you'll be in the perfect position to join me for day 2 tomorrow where we'll learn a new guitar

chord and a new song and this time the song will have a very easy lead guitar part which is a bit more of a melody so we won't just be focusing on chords in this course we'll also focus on some single string playing as well it's going to

be really cool it's going to sound just like the song and be really really recognizable something great to show your friends and I hope you will join me there thank you very much for watching guys please subscribe if you enjoy this course and I'm sure I'll see you

again in one of my videos take care of yourselves and bye for now

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