How To Play Guitar Lesson #1

– Hi, I’m Peter Vogl and this is
beginning guitar lesson covering
the basics you need to know when you
first start playing guitar.
We’ll briefly cover the essentials and then you can
click on the links in the
annotations or about section of this video to view
extended lessons on each
subject. You can also visit or subscribe to our channel and
learn about a wide variety of guitar techniques and tips. Some
things you need to know to
start; we need to know the strings. First of all the
string right here is string
number six, it’s the lowest string, six, five, four, three,
two, one. The way to remember
that the easiest is that this is the biggest string,
it’s the biggest number. So six,
five, four, three, two, one. They also have letter
names: E, A, D, G, B and E. E,
A, D, G, B, E. If we go backwards you can remember it
by every boy gets dinner after
eight. Now to start tuning your guitar one of the
things you’ll need to know is
how these tuning pegs work, or tuners work. As I
turn this way the pitch goes
higher, so bring it back down the pitch goes lower.
When you’re doing this you
really want to listen to the pitch while you’re
turning. So this way is going to
go higher, this way is going to go lower. As we
go down here lower and higher.
So that’s the job of the tuners to raise or lower
the pitch. If you really want to
tune your guitar to start, you’re going to want to
get an electronic tuner that’s
going to make it a lot simpler for you. To hold on
to the pick what I want you to
do is just hold it between your thumb and your
index finger right near the tip
of that index finger. Don’t use any of the other
fingers to hold it so you don’t
get in the habit of that. So it’s the thumb and the index
about half way down the pick.
Point your hands pointed towards the guitar and
then to play individual notes
you just go through your strings and practice doing
that because we’re going to need
to be able to use that motion when playing
scales, melodies, individual
tones. Okay so the strumming motion on a guitar
involves from the elbow down,
the arm going up and down and a little bit of rotation of
the wrist. We don’t want the
wrist to be tight like this, we want it to rotate
a bit. We want to keep the strum
short so it’s from the art work to the art work
around your sound hole. Think of
brushing the strings not colliding with the strings.
The frets on the guitar are
these metal bars going across the neck. When we say the
first fret, we really mean this
first fret space right here, second fret space
right here, here’s the third
fret space right here. When you’re pressing down an
individual note or string and
I’m at the third fret six string you want to be
towards the front of the fret,
not towards the back of the fret. The front of the fret
is going to be the easiest place
to press and get a clean note. You want to press
just hard enough to get a clean
note, you don’t want to press too light because it
will sound fuzzy and if I press
back here in the fret, it’s going to sound really
fuzzy. So to the front, just
hard enough to get a clean note and be able to do
that on all your strings. Thumb
placement on the back of the neck is really vital. We
don’t want it to be super high
up here, we want it to be about half way down the neck
or lower and on the pad of the
thumb, not on the tip of the thumb like this where
my joint is bent, but on the pad of the thumb.
It’s generally behind the index
finger or second finger, that will be a
good place to start. So half way
down the neck, not too high, don’t grip the neck
and on the pad of the thumb.
When reading the tablets or staff, the lowest line of the
staff represents the sixth
string on the guitar. The next line represents the
fifth string, fourth string,
third string, second string and the first string is the
highest line of the tablets or
staff. The numbers on those lines of the staff
represent frets on the guitar.
So the first zero you’re seeing is the open sixth string.
The three on the sixth string is
the third fret sixth string. The zero on the
fifth string is the open fifth
string, the two is the second fret fifth string. The
zero on the fourth string is the
open fourth string, the two is the second fret
fourth string. The zero on the
third string is the open third string then the two is the
second fret. I think you see how
this is going now. The zero on the second
string is the open second string
then the three is the third fret second string. The
zero on the first string or
first line of the tablet or staff is the open first
string and then the third fret
first string. So what we have when we read all this is
the E Minor Pentatonic Scale.
When looking at the chord diagram, the horizontal
lines represent the frets on the
guitar. So it’s just like the neck. The
vertical lines represent the
strings. So on the far left is the sixth string then
the fifth, fourth, third, second
and when you get to the far right it’s the first
string. So horizontal lines are
frets, vertical lines are strings. The circles are
representing where to put
fingers on the guitar. So when looking at the E Minor
chord the first finger, the
number one is on the fifth string and it’s in the
second fret. The second finger
is on the fourth strong and it’s in the second fret. So
once I place those fingers and I
strum all the strings I have an E Minor chord.
As I mentioned before, this is
just a brief look at how to play guitar. You
can go to
or subscribe to this channel and watch extended
lessons on each of these topics.
This should get you started on your way to learning
how to play guitar. My name is
Peter Vogl and I will see you again soon.