Guitar Tips

  • Strumming Pattern
    • 5¬† basic patterns
    • Upstroke may not pick all 6 strings…the top 4 or 5 will do
  • Holding
    • Preferably hold right handed
    • Palm on top of bridge
    • hold down with tips of fingers so that they arch
    • pad of thumb on back
    • Hold the pick pointing parallel to index finger and perpendicular to thumb
    • When you fret, be right behind the actual fret and not over it
    • hold the guitar vertical and not tilting. To look at your hands, look over the guitar
    • strum with wrist and not elbow
  • Playing Chords
    • Hold down with arch of finger with just enough pressure to get the right sound and not too hard.
    • D chord
  • Tuning
    • Tune the guitar before every play
    • App:
      • Guitar Tuna
        • Too Low indication means turn anticlockwise and vice versa
    • Instructions
      • Anticlockwise: Increases pitch (Typical use case)
      • Clockwise: Decreases pitch
      • Always start tuning anticlockwise if app shows it as out of pitch
  • Chord Chart
  • Reading the chord chart
    • Before strumming, pick each string individually to make sure it sounds right and not coarse.
    • The Top thick E string is referred to as bottom string.
    • Chord Diagram resembles the neck of the guitar with:
      • Nut at the top
      • X axis represents Strings in order: E A D G B Em
      • Y axis represents Frets
      • Numbers represent Fingers:
        • 1: Index
        • 2: Middle
        • 3: Ring
        • 4: Pinky
      • Playing
        • X: Don’t play that string
        • O: Open String ie Let the string ring, when stringing, without any fingers on any fret for that string
  • Scale Map
    • A scale is played single notes¬† ie one note (ie one string) at a time. Whereas a chord is strung one chord at a time.
    • Hence in scale map there’s no need to cross out open strings which aren’t being played
  • Memorizing Chords
    • Mental snapshot
      • See how the had looks when holding down for the chord
    • Feel
      • Feel the widths of different strings to be able to identify with feeling alone
    • Repetition for Muscle memory
      • Repeat same chord multiple times
    • Target Finger
      • For open chords like Amaj, identify one finger position (closest to fret) and build the chord from there on. Eg. target ie start with Pinkie on 2nd fret for Amaj and then other fingers will fall in place.
    • Leverage Fret visiblity
      • You won’t be able to see the strings while playing but you can see the fret from the top. Use that to identify which fret to put the target finger at.
      • Next feel the fret with finger and place it right next to it on the right string (identified using string width)
  • Transition Tips
    • Practice movement of each finger individually when transitioning from one chord to another
    • Use open string (Ehigh or B) or stringing pause to transition between chords
  • Playing Songs
    • Start with one chord songs
    • Move to 2 chord songs
  • Beats and Bars
    • 4 beats in a bar
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