Archive for the ‘Learn Guitar Online’ Category

Intro to Major Chords – E and G Major

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Chords are exciting and difficult for beginners. They’re exciting because it means you’re getting closer to playing a full song, they’re frustrating because you’re going to need your fingers to move in ways they have never had to before.

There’s a lesson video below that fully explains the tab and shapes for these chords. It would be good to read through this brief article and then also watch the video.

Tips Before Starting

When you first learn chords proper technique is important. Remember to use the tips of your fingers and keep your thumb flush on the back of the neck.  Also below I talk about finger numbers, your fingers are numbered one to four starting with your index finger (1) to your pinky (4).

Let’s get started…

The E major Chord

E – 0 –
B – 0 –
G – 1 –
D – 2 –
A – 2 –
E – 0 –

To play the E chord you use your first three fingers. Finger two is placed on the 2nd fret of the B string, finger three is placed on the 2nd fret of the G string and your first finger is placed on the first fret of the D string. Play all six strings when you strum.

The G major Chord

E – 3 –
B – 0 –
G – 0 –
D – 0 –
A – 2 –
E – 3 –

To play the G chord you also use the first three fingers on your hand. Place your second finger on the 3rd fret of the low E string, your first finger on the 2nd fret of the A string and your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the high E string. All six strings should be strummed when playing the G chord.

Practice Tips

When learning chords proper technique is a must. It takes time for your fingers to feel comfortable making these shapes on the guitar neck. I suggest start by making the shape correctly then squeezing your hand and fingers and then releasing them. Next make the shape again and repeat. This will help create muscle memory in your fingers.

Also learning to play slowly and then adding speed and changing between chords is better then trying to do it right away and getting frustrated. All things worth learning take time!

Interested in learning more beginner guitar chords and techniques? Why not consider trying a beginner guitar dvd? Self study programs such as dvd and online videos are quickly becoming the new private guitar lessons of the 21st century.

Tuning Your Guitar By Ear without an Electric Tuner

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Checking to ensure your guitar is in tune is something you should be doing each time you pick up your guitar. After all there are no chords or scales that sound correct when even one string is out of tune.

This brief lesson is going to cover how you can check to see if your guitar is in tune quickly each time you pick it up. We’re going to accomplish this not with an electric tuner but by choosing one particular string on the guitar neck and then tuning the rest of the strings to that string.

Of course there is a chance that none of your strings are in correct tune so even though you may get all your strings in tune with each other if you double check it against an electric tuner you may find all your strings are either higher or lower then they should be.

In order to tune correctly there are only two things you must remember.

  1. The 5th fret is the magic fret
  2. There is one exception on the G string for the 4th fret.

Let’s walk through a quick example. We’ll tune all of our guitar strings to the low E, or 6th string closest to you on the top.

Press the 5th fret on the low E string and play it. This note is an A, which is the same note as the 5th string below it, the A string. By playing the E string on the 5th fret you check to see if the A string below it is in tune. Go back and fourth between the E string on the 5th fret and the open A string below it. Note any pitch differences and adjust the A string either up or down using the tuning peg.

Next move to playing the 5th fret on the A string, this is a D note which matches up to the D string below the A string. As before go back and fourth between the 5th fret of the A string and the open D string. If the D string doesn’t sound like it matches the 5th fret of the A string then adjust its tuning either up or down.

Follow this same pattern for the tuning the G string to the 5th fret of the D string.

Now here is the one exception I mentioned. In order to tune the B string you must use the 4th fret on the G string. Why? Well because it’s the 4th string on the G string that makes a B note. This is the only exception you have to remember when tuning your guitar by ear.

To tune the high E, or first string again use the 5th fret technique explained above.

To get comfortable doing this I suggest each time you pick up your guitar you go through this exercise. It will become second nature pretty quick and you’ll find that in just a few seconds you can double check the tuning on your guitar without having to run for an electric tuner.

Want to progress further with your guitar skills? Why not consider taking some guitar lessons for beginners? You don’t have to sign up for private lessons or find a friend to teach you, there are lots of great online programs from online videos to dvd courses you can use to learn right from the comfort of your own home.

The True Cost of Guitar Lessons

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Many people have asked about the average price of guitar lessons, mostly because they’ve found how affordable it can be to learn guitar online.

While it’s tough to pinpoint an accurate cost of guitar lessons, it is fair to say that private guitar lessons:

- Are usually 30 minutes long
- Cost between $10-$35 each

The exact price depends on where you live, and of course, the instructor you’re paying.

Many beginners select the cheapest teacher in the area, but they end up wasting their money (and time) because the instructor isn’t as good as the others charging more. Sometimes they’ll get lucky, but it’s almost impossible to tell from the start.

Another very important part of the cost of guitar lessons to consider is the gas money it takes to take those extra trips every week to the teacher.

If you’re lucky enough to be within a few minutes of the instructor, this might only add another $10 or $20 to the cost each month. However, if you live further away, this can really add up over time!

The last factor in to consider for the average price of guitar lessons is the extras you’ll be forced to buy while taking lessons, such as supplemental lessons, work books, song lessons, CD’s, and other equipment your teacher will ask you to purchase.

All in all, I highly recommend taking online guitar lessons, as they can save $1,500+ per year!

JamPlay Coupon Code Released!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Ever go to checkout and buy something online, and see that little box that says “Redeem Coupon Code: “? Maybe this time it was at

Yeah, most the time I see something like that, I go to Google to see if I can find one to save some cash. So, since I found a code that saves 25% on the first month at my #1-rated guitar lessons website, I figured I’d return the favor to all those people that have saved me money over the years, and spread the word. You know, good Karma and all that…

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Hope that helps, and that the $4.99 you’ll save is spent on something awesome! Oh yeah, and I’d really appreciate it if you could go through the banner on the right to sign up. If I refer a friend I get a commission, kind of like when someone refers their friend to the apartment complex they’ve been happily living in, and they save some money on rent. Maybe that good Karma will help me out after all…=)

Comparison: Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Many beginner guitarists believe that the only way they can learn guitar is through reading theory and doing exercises in books, or by paying $20-$50/hour for private lessons.

The trouble with this logic is that these same people frequently send emails.

“What does that have to do with it?”

Well, quite a bit actually…let me explain: A mere 15-20 years ago, the quickest way to send someone a written message was to hand write a letter and send it to them by postal mail. Now, the vast majority of us simply type an email, click “Send”, and the person on the other end can see it in a matter of seconds.

My point is that things have changed from the Internet, and guitar lessons are no different.

You do NOT have to sit in the same room as your instructor to take lessons, even if you’re a beginner! In fact, because teachers can record well-organized video lessons, then let 1,000′s of students watch the videos, they can charge a LOT less money for their services!

So, if you are searching for the best way to learn to play guitar, be sure to consider taking lessons online. I just finished writing a more in-depth article comparing the various ways to learn guitar, if you’re interested:

Guitar Lessons for Beginners – Don’t Take Guitar Lessons!

Also, that article includes a 25% off coupon code for the community I belong to and love. Check it out to save some cash…