Learn to play Guitar

Guitar Tuition Course Part 1 

Learn to play Guitar

To learn to play guitar from scratch it’s best if you learn it in stages. That way you won’t hit any brick walls and get frustrated. If you do hit a brick wall and can’t seem to get any further it probably means you haven’t learned something basic from an earlier lesson. 

I teach the CAGED system. The CAGED system is not reality – it’s not ‘playing the guitar’ – it’s a method of understanding the fretboard and knowing where all the ‘in’ notes are for any given key.

Learning to play Guitar
Learning to play Guitar

How to Play Guitar

The CAGED system is five open string major chord shapes (C,A,G,E, & D). These chord shapes can be used in order up the fretboard to play different inversions or voicings of the key chord (the ‘key’ you are playing in). Over each of these chord shapes there is a pattern of notes. Within these 5 patterns there are scales and arpeggios you can use to improvise over a chord sequence.

Learn to play Guitar
Learn to play Guitar

Learning to play Guitar in London

The first stage is to know and understand the anatomy of the guitar and what is the purpose of each of the various parts of the guitar.

Next you have to know how to tune the guitar because while learning to play the guitar as well as training your hands you are training your ears.

Next you need to learn the notes of the open strings and how to work out all the other notes up the fretboard.

Next you need to learn at least the 5 open string major chords (there are 14 open string chords.

At the same time you can learn the Major scale. (everything comes from the Major Scale) At this point you learn to play in a ‘box’ of 4 frets using one finger per fret.

Next you learn how to play a Bar chord. At the same time you learn about the modes of the Major scale and why the major scale is so important.

Learning to play Guitar

Once you can play the Bar chord and you understand the major scale then effectively you can play the guitar. 

Next you need to learn the 6 basic left hand techniques – Hammer on, pull off, bend, slide, harmonics and octaves. These are used to ‘put a smile on the face of your playing’

Next you need to learn the five patterns that go over each CAGED chord shape. You can break this task down by learning the first Octave (bottom three strings) of the Major scale modes then expanding these to the top Octave (top three strings).

At this stage you can use the modes to improvise over a chord sequence.

Next you learn the five Pentatonic scale positions within the five patterns. 

Now you can use the modes and the Pentatonics scale positions to improvise. 

As you reach each stage of learning your progress should accelerate.  

Learning to play Guitar

Now it’s time to take it to the next level.

Next you learn the different types of chords and chord sequences and how they affect your improvisation. This is a huge subject and is broken down into several sub sections.

Next you learn the 12 bar blues – how it works and how to expand the chord sequence and how to improvise using both major and minor scales. Again this is a big subject and is broken down into smaller bits.

The CAGED system is ongoing throughout these stages because once you’ve learned the basics of it and know the five chord shapes and the five patterns you have to learn how to use it.

  

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