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Beginning Electric Guitar: Chapter 2
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Beginning Electric Guitar: Chapter 2

This lesson is aimed at helping the beginning guitar student get started off on the right foot by covering all the fundamentals of the electric guitar. By the end of this hour lesson, you're going to know your instrument, and you're going to be making music ... guaranteed!

Chapter 2: Strings and Basic Chords 

In this chapter, we will learn about the strings, how to tune them, and how to form basic chord positions. I'll show you how many strings you should play for each different chord, and will even address left hand dampening of the strings as a means of playing some of the chords more cleanly. I'll also take a look at how to properly hold the pick.

When you're all done, you're going to walk away with basic knowledge about the following key components of beginning electric guitar:

  • The parts of the electric guitar
  • Learning the strings
  • Tuning up properly
  • Basic chord positions
  • Shortcut chord positions, such as partial barres and power chords
  • Left-hand dampening
  • Basic blues shuffles
  • Alternate up-down picking as well as all-downstroke picking
  • Making the right hand the “drummer”
  • Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides

Go back to Chapter 1 or move onto Chapter 3


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Arlen Roth
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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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