Beginner Guitar Tips – Keep It Simple, Develop Naturally
This lesson is all about straightforward, practical beginner guitar tips to help you make the most of, and expand on, those open position chords you will have come across.
It’s a good idea first to make sure you’re familiar with these beginner guitar chords here. Beginner Guitar Lessons Edmonton. Work through the tips below for new, but simple ways to play these chords and shapes to create very different sounds.
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1) Gluing Fingers To The Fretboard
This technique not only creates new sounds for those open position chords, but it also makes changing chords in these early days much smoother because you’re rooting one or two fingers to a particular spot and changing chords around them.
This means you’re only moving two fingers – you should, therefore, find changing chords a bit easier because you focus on moving those first two fingers and getting them in position first, then practice to follow quicker and faster with the other fingers.
Gradual improvement is the most important of all the beginner guitar tips.
2) Simple On/Off Movements
Taking the basic chords of C major and A minor, if we raise and drop notes, for example, by adding our 4th finger on the next fret, we can add a bit of color to a chord progression.
So we’ve started on a regular C major, dropped one note and then brought our 4th finger in to add a note, then a similar action for A minor. This is a good way to find new chord voicings – just try adding and removing notes in the chord and see if you like the sound of it!
This is also an excellent way to strengthen that pinky finger, as it’s probably the weakest of all your fingers.
3) Combine The Last Two Tips
A mixture of moving shapes and strings around and “gluing” a couple of fingers down can build a nice chord progression and raise it above those typical beginner chords.
You may be wondering “why am I being told to use fingers 3 and 4 for that first movement?” – well, you don’t have to, but to make sure changing position on those last couple of movements is comfortable, you have to anticipate which fingers will be best used for a particular chord.
4) Choosing The Right Fingers For Later
Each of the open position beginner chords you learn have default fingerings, but it’s often useful to adjust these so any following movements sit comfortably with you.
That’s an excellent sounding movement and made easier because you used a different fingering which allowed us to add that 1st finger sharply for a bass note when we move up to the 2nd fret.
This is also effective for movements involving guitar barre chords or any sliding, moveable shape.
5) Simple Harmonies
By fretting a regular chord shape (e.g. E minor, A7) you can add a sequence of extra notes using an available finger (usually 4th finger) and play around with a simple harmony. You can also pick the strings of the chord individually and use a simple harmony by moving one or two strings around the chord shape.
This instantly adds depth to your music by creating a “voice” harmony over the chord.
6) One Shape, 3 Chords
If you, again, start on a base chord to mess around with and use vertical movements on your guitar fretboard, you can create some nice progressions with alternate voicings to the chord they would usually be.
This is, essentially, how you will end up learning different chord voicings – by moving already familiar shapes around the fretboard and “discovering” them. So, very simple beginner guitar tips, very simple actions have created very different sounds on your guitar, all from moving a few strings around and adding our 4th finger into the mix occasionally.
Always start with those basic chords and work from there – you can create way more exciting music by experimenting and altering chords.
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