Master the Guitar
In 7 Days!
Day 1 Pgs 4-12
Fundamentals of Your Guitar
Hand & Finger Basics
Day 2 – Review of Day 1
(Practice “For What it\'s Worth”) Pgs 13-21
Open Chords
Major open chords
Minor open chords
Dominant 7th major chords
Major 7th open chords
Diminished chords
Augmented chords
Day 3 – Review of Day 1 - 2
(Practice “Hurt”) Pgs 22-37
Beginning Theory
Major scales
Minor scales
Harmonic minor scales
Melodic minor scales
Day 4 – Review of Day 1 - 3 Pgs 38-45
Beginning Theory Cont.
Key signature glossary
Notation & other music symbols
Day 5 – Review of Day 1 - 4 Pgs 46-47
Day 6 – Review of Day 1 - 5
(Practice “Hey There Delilah”) Pgs 48-64
CAGED system for barre chords
E & A Forms
Power chords
Strumming Patterns
Day 7 – Review all Days
(Practice “Seven Nation Army”) Pgs 65-71
Time to Play
It looks like you want to learn the guitar! Congratulations! You will find this
endeavor rewarding and at times, very trying.
I have been a musician for nearly 30 years and am here to inject my musical
wisdom into you. There won\'t be a magic button you can press that will make
you good. Practice will be the only way to get where you want to go and play
the way you want to play, a lot of practice.
I\'m going to walk you through the very basics of your guitar, tuning, posture, how
to hold your pick, exercises, notation, tablature, scales, beginning theory,
chords, strumming, and some really simple songs you can rock to!
Don\'t limit yourself to one genre (style) of music. You should really diversify.
You will learn so much more by listening to rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass,
classical, and Spanish styles of guitar. Be sure that as you learn that you spend
time with people that are musicians. Learn from their experience and expertise.
Everyone possesses a different interpretation of music and songwriting, so take
it as a free lesson.
The last thing I want to say before we get started is have fun. Playing the guitar
is an enriching experience with many rewards along the way!
One of the first things you are going to want to do is get familiar with your guitar,
guitar part names, and accessory names. Here is a diagram:
All parts of the guitar are equally important, but some of the areas of particular
interest are (from the bottom up) the bridge, strings, neck, fret, and tuning pegs.
Let\'s begin with the bridge. This is where your stings will be changed. There
are round pegs at the end of every string. These will need to be pulled out and
new stings inserted. You will need to learn the string names. Beginning from
the top (biggest) string to the bottom string (smallest): EADGBE. The top and
bottom strings are the same note, just different octaves.
On the neck of your guitar you should notice two things. One, there are going to
be a series of metal lines that extend from one end of the neck to the other.
These are called frets. Two, if you look down the side of the neck of your guitar
you will see dots. The dots are located at frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, and 17. Fret
12 has a double dot for which I will explain further once we get to that portion of
these lessons.
Let\'s talk for a minute about the tuning pegs at the top of the guitar on the
headstock. This is where the stings end. Before you ever change strings, pay
particular attention to which peg each string ends up.
Here is a helpful hint for remembering how the strings are placed into the tuning
pegs. If you are holding your guitar in posture (which will be discussed a little
later) there will be three pegs pointing toward the ceiling (upright) and three
pointing toward the ground (downward). If you are looking at the guitar as the
diagram indicates, there will be three pegs on the left and three pegs on the
right. Let\'s work with the latter example. Low E (biggest string) goes into bottom
left peg, A goes to middle left peg, D goes to top left peg, G does to top right
peg, B goes to middle right peg, high E (smallest string) goes to bottom right
Here is an important reminder for you once you have reached this point. Be
sure that you thread all strings the same way. What I mean by this is be sure
that when you turn the peg clockwise, it tightens the string while counterclockwise
loosens the string. One thing you can