Guitar Lesson 2 – EASY 2 CHORD SONG & LEAD GUITAR [10 Day Guitar Starter Course]


Hi guys, my name is Andy, and welcome to day two of my ten day guitar starter course where I’m encouraging absolute beginners to play guitar for ten minutes a day for ten days. This is the challenge. And in this video I’m going to be showing you our next chord, which is the D major chord. And we’re going to be learning how to play the chords and the melody, the main riff and hook to the song ‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen. Super recognisable, super great. And to do this, we’re going to need to learn the D chord and the only two chords that happen in the whole song are the A chord and the D chord. And we also have a little easy melody as I say. Let’s get straight up for a close up now on these two easy chords. So as a reminder, this is how to play the A chord from the previous lesson. We have our first finger on string three, fret two. This is fret one. This would be fret two. And we place our middle finger above and our third finger below. An A chord can also be played like this. But I’m encouraging you to play it like this because the first chord we learned was the E. And we can go between the two chords like this. And then this chord that we’re learning in this video, the new one in this ten day course is the D chord. Which we play like this, so to play each one of these chords, we never actually have to lift of that first finger. And therefore it’s a lot easier, because the harder thing about these chords are the changes. So when you’re changing between the chord, the worst thing that can happen is you lift all your fingers off and you don’t know where to put them. With one finger down, that tends to be a lot better. So we know this A major chord, if you don’t, check out day one of this ten day course. And we’re going to learn now this new D major chord, where that first finger is in the same place, but we move it to this side. Our middle finger, or finger two, goes second fret on the thinnest string. So like this. Notice straight away that my fingers are on a little bit of an angle to get them as far to this side of the fret area, which is this area here. Get it as far this way as possible. And then our third finger goes here, to make a triangle shape. The little finger doesn’t need to be down, but we’re just going to put that right next to the third finger. Like this. So recap between all those finger positions. Finger one. Finger two. And finger three. And they’re all on an angle pointing towards your strumming hand shoulder. The thumb can be a little bit higher on this chord. But we’re not going to use it to mute any strings, kind of like this just yet. But we can use it to mute the thickest one, like this. The real thing we want to focus on with this D chord is getting the thinnest four strings to ring out. So this one we strum from string four. Which is the D string. Our thickest strings are E A And D Which are the three chords we’ve learned. This one is the D, so we strum from the D. And play the thinnest strings, and press down like this. And that’s what our D chord should sound like. To play ‘Born in the USA’, along with lots of other songs that use these two chords, we’ll just need to change between the A and the D. When we’re doing that, we need to keep this first finger down, because that’s the advantage of playing this A. So we go back to this A chord. Middle finger above, third finger below the string that our first finger is on. Keep that first finger down. Lift the other two off. And play the D chord that we’ve just learned. One two three and strum. It’s always a good idea to pick each individual string from string four. Four three two one. And if they’re not ringing out, we need to be more on the tips of our fingers. And have them all at this side. And with the D chord, we tend not to have to press on as hard, but you may, if you still are with good positioning, still getting this sound where things aren’t ringing out. You just need to press down that little bit harder. But not too hard so that you’re getting too big lines in your fingers. The small lines in your fingers like this, are always unavoidable. So let’s just practice this change between A and D a few more times. And then we’re going to go for our second song in day two of this ten day guitar course. ‘Born in the USA’ So here is our A chord again, we give it a strum. We keep the first finger down, middle finger below Third finger on the third fret, so a little bit more of a stretch Which is where not being straight with the frets, we want to be on an angle, with our thumb just just creeping over the top. That makes this D chord a lot more comfortable. We keep the first finger down, we lift the other two off. And go above and below. First finger stays down, slide it to the good side of the fret. Second finger, third finger. And strum from string four. Back to the first finger. Slide it back a touch. Middle finger above, and below. If you feel that is too tough for you at the moment, please don’t give up, please check out day one of this ten day course. Where we’ll cover two even easier chords and an easier change. So to play ‘Born in the USA’ in the original key, sort of along to the record. We need something called a ‘capo’ placed at second fret. For more info about the capo, there’s a link in the description. To sort of tell you about my recommendations for them, because they are really useful to play songs. Especially playing along to the record. And they do only cost, you know, a few pounds or a few dollars. So they’re well worthy of an investment. As is a guitar pick. Everything you’ll see me playing in this ten day course. I use a guitar pick. This is my own brand, it’s an Andy guitar pick. Available on my website, so if you want my recommended one, check that out. But we’re going to move on now. And we’re not going to use a capo in this demonstration, just in case any of you guys don’t have one yet. What we need to do is play each one of these chords for four bars. Now, we covered what a bar was in the previous lesson which was four down strums played on the beat. So one bar of this A chord, is written like this, the A chord with four strums. And the vertical lines represent a bar. And we play that A chord like this. One two three four. Four even strums, and you want to try and miss out that thickest E string. To play four bars of A, we essentially strum 16 times, but we don’t want to count to 16. We need to keep counting one, two, three, four. And we do that four times, so a demonstration first of all. One two three four. Second bar two three four. Third bar two three four. Fourth bar two three four. And then stop. And this is where we would change to the new D chord. And that would complete this song, we would just do those those two chords in a loop. To play the rhythm guitar version of ‘Born in the USA’. We’ll learn the recognisable hook of the song in one second, we’re just covering the chords first. So we need this new D major chord. There’s our new D. And again, four bars of D. Four strums for each bar. So, two three four as a demo. One two three four. Second bar two three four. Third bar two three four. Fourth bar two three four. And then we need to change back to the A. And as I say we do that in a loop. And if you can keep that going for around a minute and keep the strumming hand even, you can play the rhythm part to ‘Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. So let’s have a play along together now, starting from the A chord and join in when we get to beat one. I’ll count us in together, get ready and one two three four O two three four two Third bar. Fourth bar Then change to the D. D two three four one two three four three four Back to the A chord. One two three four Two three And four, here we go. Change chord. D two three four one two three four two And four. And pause there, now again if this doesn’t go as well as you hoped, or you couldn’t keep up with me, that’s totally fine, that’s what the practice time shortly after this video is all about. Mastering this chord change so that the change isn’t slowing down your strumming hand. So that’s totally fine if that’s the case, we’ll have one more play trough now. Before we go along to trying to play this little lead line. Let’s go again, and I’ll kind of sing along a little bit, so you can get how the song would go. Start from the A chord and join in with me In two three four one Born in the USA, I was third bar two three four USA Change chord to the D Born in the USA I was born in the USA Back to the A chord. A Born in the USA, I was A Born in the USA Change to D D Born in the USA I was born in the USA And pause there. And that’s how you play that song. So hopefully it sounded a little bit more like how you recognise ‘Born in the USA’ would go. But the most recognisable bit of this song is the riff. Now that is very recognisable as the riff. Born in the USA And we’re gonna learn how to play that now. So we start of, again I’m using a pick, but you can play this with just your thumb or even just your first finger. And pluck each of the strings. Which would be something called fingerstyle. And that’s totally fine. But I’d recommend using a pick for now just to start of with. So we pick the thinnest string once. And let it ring out. Nice and easy. Then, we ideally want to use our middle finger on the third fret of the second string here. And that’s the second note. After that we go back to the open string. And when it’s written above here, in something called ‘tab’. That would be written Zero On the thinnest string. Three On the second thinnest string. And then zero again on the thinnest. If you need more help about reading tab, the link is in the description to a video where I explain exactly how to read all these numbers that are suddenly on lines and look very scary, ok? Totally fine if you’ve never come across it before, you’ll probably be able to follow me here. But if you like to learn to read tab, that video is there for you. So as a recap, we’ve gone zero three zero And the first one needs to ring out longer. Born in the The other two are quicker. Fourth note, first finger on the second string just here. That would be ‘U’ of USA. And back to that second note. For ‘S’ So U S And then nice and easy open string finish. A So we have six notes in total. One two three four five six And that can seem daunting at first, but if we put the lyrics to it. It does become an awful lot easier to get your head around. So we start of with born. Born Thinnest string. in the One more time with those three notes. three four Born in the ‘U’ is second fret with your first finger. U Middle finger third fret. S A Together again. three four Born in the USA Born in the USA. Born in the U S A And that repeats almost throughout the entire song. As I say, that sounds exactly like it when played on its own. And you can practice it like that. And it’s entirely correct. However, so that you can do this along to the record , and it sound correct to the original song. We need to place a capo at second fret. Like this. This is a certain type of capo, there are many different ones available. And the recommendations are in the description in the video. But now, we play everything proportionate to that second fret. So it sounds like this. This is now in the key of the original. Because we’ve highered the strings up, this basically clamps the strings down at second fret. This becomes first fret. This becomes second fret. And this third. Born in the USA And then our two chords Born in the USA I was born in the USA I was Those two chords are played like this, missing out this first fret. And starting from the second fret, playing the A and the D like this. And that is the end of day two of this ten day guitar starter course. Please do join me tomorrow for day three where we’ll be covering another new song and another new strumming technique this time. And if you would like to learn more easy songs with just these three chords E, A and D, there’s a playlist of ten songs if you click over there. The link is also in the description, ten song tutorials of how to play songs with just E, A and D Please subscribe if you’re enjoying this course so far and you want to get more of my lesson uploads. And I will see you again, my name is Andy Crowley, take care of yourselves guys. Bye for now.