a guitar is a very personal thing, because of this I can only offer
limited advise. however some of the main things to consider when
choosing a guitar are.
type of music you want to play
The type of guitars you like
How much money you want to spend
you have decided on the style and price of guitar you want to buy,
the most important question before buying a guitar is 'do you like
the way the guitar feels', and this can only be answered by trying
a few guitars.
video explains how to use the GCH Guitar Academy guitar tuner and
how to tune your guitar.
have trouble tuning your guitar find some help, as it is very easy
to brake strings.
chord and scale maps (left handed)
first thing you must learn to do is read chords, scales and notes
so that you can practice the lessons.
handed chords and scales Chords are initially written in chord charts. These are
simple pictures of the guitar neck with dots which represent the
tips of fingers pressing on the string. You should try to place
the fingers on the guitar as shown in the chord map and then strum
are initially shown in the same way, however with scales you should
play the notes one at a time. By downloading the free month one
multimedia course from the download page
(here) you can here a scale being played which will make this
clearer to understand.
your first chords (left handed)
you can read the chord charts you can start learning the chords.
Handed chords Your first chords are open chords, which means they usually
contain one or more strings that are played without a finger being
pressed down on them. It is common when playing your first chords
to find one or two strings don't sound quit right. This video helps
address this issue and allows you to slowly, progressively start
learning to play chords.
free eBook download on the download page contains a chord chart
that can be printed ou and used for referencet.
your first tunes using chords
you can read the chords and play a few chords you can try playing
first chord tunes This tutorial will teach you the absolute basics of measures/bars
and then explain how you can use chords to play along with 2 tunes
using backing tracks.
first chord tunes are, She'll be coming 'round the mountaind and
Hey Jude. For now you should play one chord per bar on the first
beat. You can add a strumming rhythm later when you can play the
chords quickly and cleanly enough.
Hey Jude with easy chords
very simple version of Hey Jude on the guitar using simple open
This tutorial includes the use of a backing track to help you understand
how the chords fit in with the music, for copyright purposes this
is not The Beatles version.
D A A D G D A D chorus
D7 G Em A7 D D7 G Em A7 D D7 A7 coda
D C G D
the G major chord (left handed)
you can read the chord and scale charts you can also learn some
Scales Scales are an essential part of playing the guitar. When
playing a scale you play one note at a time, unlike chords. Not
only will practising scales help you play various tunes, but they
also will help you when it comes to understanding guitar music theory.
would recommend you play scales every time you practise the guitar.
Scales are ideal for warming up your fingers.
to read tab in a minute (left handed)
or tab is an easy way of writing and reading guitar music. Like
most modern guitar courses the GCH Guitar Academy guitar course
uses tablature as the primary way of writing guitar music down.
is one of the most recognized methods of writing guitar music and
there are many books available of guitar music in tab form. Your
local music or guitar shop will probably have a selection tablature
books and your local newsagents will have guitar magazines with
is the same for left handed and right handed guitarists.
string rooted barre chords (left handed)
tutorial is not for an absolute beginner, unless you have extreme
confidence in your ability to learn to play the guitar.
string rooted barre chords are more often refurd to as 'first position
are hard to play but well worth the effort. Even if you cant play
a clean barre chord straight away, keep practising them and they
will eventually become clean.
Click the right hand mouse button and select 'save
target as'. then you can save the download to your computer.
You might need Adobe Acrobat to view the eBooks. This is
a free download at the Adobe web site.
the first four weeks of guitar lessons.
There are e two ways of doing this.
Just the e-book
An e-book is an Adobe PDF file which can be opened on your computer
using the free application 'Adobe Acrobat reader'. When you have
acrobat reader on your computer you can open the PDF e-books and
either view them on your computer or print them out so you can read
them more easily whilst holding your guitar.
the multimedia month one
The multimedia course is a computer application with sound and video.
The obvious advantage is that you can hear how the guitar should
sound when you play any of the chords or exercises. However if you
have a basic guitar knowledge this may not be necessary. The multimedia
course also contains the e-books so you can view or print them out
as you like.
you are looking for guitar lessons
in the Colwyn Bay area
Guitar Academy currently have one to one lessons available in Old
Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy.
lessons are one to one, private lessons in Old Colwyn, however the
times available is limited and are filling fast so be sure to ring
and book your lessons soon to avoid disappointment.