A short Beginner’s Guitar Course

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A short Beginner’s Guitar Course
A short
Beginner’s
Guitar
Course
Mark D McGlynn
© Mark McGlynn 2010
Lesson 1
Introduction to the guitar
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neck/body/strings/frets
how do you get different notes?
notes of the open strings
tuning the guitar to a piano
tuning a guitar when no piano is available
Head
Tuning Pegs
Frets
Strings
Neck
Body
Sound hole
Pickups
Bridge
Notes and chords
• C, A, G, E, D
• moving between chords
© Mark McGlynn 2010
Lesson 2
What is a scale?
• C Major scale
• Chords based on the major scale - C major, A minor, F major G major
• ‘Do Wap’ songs
C Am F G
• 4/4 basic strumming pattern
Em chord
Song
‘My Sweet Lord’ George Harrison
Lesson 3
More strumming patterns
• downstrokes
• upstrokes
Root notes & how they help movement between chords
Picking single strings
Getting different tones on the guitar
Song
‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E King
© Mark McGlynn 2010
Lesson 4
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I-IV-V chord sequence
What are 7 chords?
E7 A7 D7
What is the blues?
Song
Basic Blues boogie in A
Choose a song to work on next week.
Lesson 5, 6, 7 & 8
Work on song we chose last week & choose one for next week.
This will lead to the acquisition of;
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a small reportoire of simple songs
rhythm/melody/accompanyment skills arising from the songs we play
the ability to play as a group
the ability to read and interpret chord symbols and bars in a 4/4 and (possibly) 3/4
score, repeats, song structures etc.
© Mark McGlynn 2010

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