Have you been playing for years or are you a beginner? Is your guitar sitting there collecting dust not being played because you don’t know where to start. If so I have four part lesson plan that will help strenghen your playing ability and open your ears , not only to play music but to hear what your playing. Many can hear a song on the radio and immediatly know the song from a single riff off the guitar, we will touch base on that part later. I would like to start with tunning your guitar. If your guitar is out of tune it won’t sound correct. To start you want to tune your low E string high, then match the A string with the low E, they should sound the same so listen close. Pick the A string and the low E string to see if they sound the same. Now tune your D string to your A string and make them sound the same by picking the D string to the A string, and now match your G string to your D string, B string to your G string, then high e string to your B string. This will make your guitar in standard tunning.
This exercise will train your ears on the tunning process, this takes practice and patience but you can do it. Now once the guitar is in tune we can begin on playing basic chords to warm up. I will start by playing a G chord, which can be played in two different ways. Your pinky finger and your ring finger will be on the third fret, and your index finger on the second fret, and then your middle finger on the third. What is a fret? Each square on your guitar is a fret. Frets will be numbered which is seen on guitar tablature below. Next is the d chord, followed by the A chord, and then E chord. These chords are basic starter chords that will stretch your hands out, and get you familar with chord shapes so feel free and strum away.