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Caged system for barre chords

This system is very simple. The five positions bellow are considered movable.

Caged system for barre chords positions

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Minor 7th open chords

A minor 7th open chords are just like the major 7th only with the minor chord formation formula. Let’s take a look at what this looks like. A C minor scale is C D Eb F G Ab Bb C, Root = C, 3rd = Eb, 5th = G, and 7th = Bb. The formula for this chord construct is R-3b-5-7. Just like the major 7th chord. Standard triad consist out of the R-3b-5 and the 7th tone is added in.
Find here some of the common ways how these chords and notes are going to be referred to. Cm7, Dm7, Em7, Fm7, Gm7, Am7, Bm7, Cmin7, Dmin7, Emin7, Fmin7, Gmin7, Amin7, Bmin7.

minor 7th open chords

MINOR OPEN CHORDS

minor open chords for guitar

With minor open chords everything is like with the major chords, Solid dots represent finger positions. Diamonds represent played notes. X es represent a string or note not played (muted).
Each of the minor chords consists of a triad in notation. The formula for a minor triad is as follows: R- (flatted) 3- 5. This means if your C minor scale is: C D Eb F G Ab Bb C, Root = C, 3rd = Eb, 5th = G. Notice that it is exactly the same as a minor triad except for the flatted (b) 3rd. Also, the only notes played will be the R-3-5.
Here are some of the common ways that these chords and notes will be referred to. Cm, Dm, Em, Fm, Gm, Am, Bm, Cmin, Dmin, Emin, Fmin, Gmin, Amin, Bmin.

Posture for playing guitar

Correct posture for playing guitar is important because as a guitar player, you want to eliminate any excess tension or straining on your body. You need to sit up straight and make sure you have a flat back. Do not lean over the front of your guitar to see what you’re doing with your fingerings. Instead of looking over your guitar, use your fret dots to know where your fingers are. Ultimately you will play without looking at your instrument and fingers.

posture for playing guitar
A lot of novice guitar players will sit anywhere; place the guitar on their right thigh and play. Why this is a problem? When your posture for playing guitar is completely Continue reading

Play guitar hand and fingers

Lets see for a moment how does it looks like with play guitar hand and fingers basics for playing guitar.
First you will have one fretting hand, which is responsible for creating chords or single notes. And one picking or strumming hand. Both hands are very important, with fretting hand you are creating chords and with picking hand you are making rhythm and melody, there starts the magic.

 

play guitar hand and fingers

Here is a picture of your fretting hand and how to refer to your fingers. This will be a great visual aid for correct chord placement. It will be tempting Continue reading

How to Tune your guitar

Tuning your guitar is one of the most important things you can do for yourself while you learning to play. We will go over several methods of tuning and ways to train your ears. While you are learning how to tune your guitar. Once when your ear is trained. You won’t have to worry about whether your digital tuner is with you or not.

how to tune your guitar
As a beginner, I suggest that you go get yourself a digital tuner. Until you learn how to tune your guitar correctly. It is the easiest way to tune the guitar for the beginners. See the video below:

When you are tuning your guitar with the digital tuner, you should watch carefully for lights on tuner, when you pluck the string than the light should become green if the string is tuned, and it should be written the letter of the string (for example E) if it is not well tuned than the light will be red. You can tune all strings that way. I highly recommend this tuner  because of quality.

After a while, when you learn how to tune your guitar, you can start to tune with tuner only first string E. And the rest of strings you can tune by ear. It is like this 2nd string B press on 5th fret and pluck you should have exactly the same sound like you have on 1st string E empty, then 3rd string G press on 4th fret and pluck, the sound must be the same as the 2nd string empty, then follow the procedure with 4th, 5th and 6th string always on 5th fret.

An important reminder: Be sure that you tune as often as you can that is the way to train your ears. Don’t just tune at the beginning of a session. Tune several times per session. This will help you hear intonality (when notes aren’t in tune) and get your ears trained. That is the way to learn how to tune your guitar.

 

What do you really need to start to play guitar?

Start to play guitar. First you need to buy guitar. But, which guitar first? It is hard decision because what if you can’t afford to buy guitar that you like to play? If you are not really guitar fun you will probably give up of learning if the guitar you have is not the one you want, but if you have what you want you will be much more enthousiastic and you will learn faster and spend much more time playing guitar. So it is very important that you buy guitar that you will love.
When you start to play guitar and buying guitar. You must be very carefull about the size of the guitar (it must be the guitar that will lay nice in your hands) and the most important is that guitar have straight neck, you must look at the neck carefully. The neck must not be to wide, because than it will be difficult to play for you especially if you have small hands, also the strings must not be to far from the neck because your fingers will be in pain and it will be difficult to get clear tone.
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