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hey what's up you guys Marty Schwartz

here from guitar jams calm now what I

want to do today is I want to give you a

super super super beginner lesson maybe

even your very first guitar lesson like

something to work on if you can't play

guitar and also if you even look up easy

beginner lessons and those seem too hard

as well this lesson is for you I know

what you're saying advanced player and

intermediate player out there for these

people you know I always mix it up and I

will have more advanced and intermediate

lessons coming your way but this is a

good lesson for you as well because you

can actually teach this to somebody else

and you can actually pass on the joy of

guitar playing to somebody and I think

this stuff is a good like first lesson

also if you get something from this

lesson and you want to explore that

super beginner strumming and getting

used to playing the guitar I created a

rhythm like a half hour long rhythm

video series you can click the link down

there it's not on YouTube but I have a

link for it you can go there super ultra

beginner strumming nice and easy with

lots of patience so you can check that

out but in the meantime we're going to

zoom in right now and I'm going to show

you this gray kind of very first guitar

lesson that you can either work on or

teach somebody else so hang tight here

we go alright so one of the actually

most difficult things for a beginner

guitar player is actually to get a

guitar in tune what I recommend you do

is you can go to my website Guitar jams

com or you can even just look on YouTube

on how to tune a guitar the number one

way to tune a guitar would be to have

someone that's a little more experienced

help you do it in the beginning

but there are a lot of resources on how

to get a guitar in tune so once a guitar

is in tune we're it's going to lead us

to what I'm going to show you right now

and it's going to be right off the bat

it's not mary had a little lamb it's not

happy birthday it's not baa baa black

sheep which is the same thing

it's a cord so that way we can strum

something we can get a little sound out

of it listen to it

so accord is when you play more than one

note together and you let them ring out

together a group of sounds together that

sound good

chord we learn little shapes with our

typically our left hand we kind of

memorize these little shapes and then

the music gets expressed through either

our thumb or our fingers I recommend you

use a pick or a plectrums what they call

it if you're an absolute beginner I

recommend that you use a really flimsy

pick it's much more forgiving than a

thick heavy pick and I think you can

build up from there but if you're having

problems strumming I recommend you get a

light pick or an ultralight pick just

something that's got a lot of kind of

flimsy flimsy flexibility I'm making up

my own words what are you going to do ah

so anyway a nice flimsy pick and then

we've got our left hand and our left

fingers right here and we're going to do

a little - a little chord and then we're

going to strum it now you have these

metal bars here that go down the neck of

the guitar those are called frets and

when we're learning guitar and even when

you're more advanced we can count the

frets like if I said fifth fret 1 2 3 4

5 and you want to think of the fret as

the space you know like this rectangular

space here in between the metal brackets

so 1st fret 2nd fret 3rd fret 4th fret

fifth fret all right

just something to keep in mind the frets

what we're going to do is we're going to

take our index finger and we want to use

the very tip the very tip and it's going

to kind of you know I've heard people

complain about how it hurts their

fingers look if your fingers are

bleeding take a break but you got to

build up little calluses I'm thinking

about how my daughter's doing the monkey

bars and she's building the calluses up

on her hands there and it gets easier

and her hands get stronger you just got

to start somewhere

and your fingers will get stronger so we

want to use the very tips of our index

finger and the very tip of our middle

finger and they're going to be together

like that like a Scouts on or kind of

thing or whatever we got them together

like that and we're going to use the

very tips my index finger is going to be

on the second fret so look first fret

second fret and I'm going to one two the

second string down the very tip of my

finger is going to go right there but

I'm going to curve my hand underneath

like I'm holding it you know like a like

a hammer holding it like a hammer right

and that index finger very tip of it is

going to come down on that second fret

of that second string down now you don't

want to be scooted back here it's going

to bud so much more likely that the that

you're not going to get a clean note out

of it you want it a little bit farther

up almost to the next fret and that'll

give you the cleanest sound so you can

pick the note and see if you get a sound

out of it

if I scoot it back

so we want it right there

okay next thing we're going to do is

we're going to take our middle finger

and we're going to put it on the same

fret which is the 2nd fret 1st fret 2nd

fret but that middle finger is going to

be on the 3rd string down right there 1

2 third string down so remember that

index finger is right there so you got

to kind of figure out that finger can't

be all the way up there and still get

your middle finger underneath so you

kind of have to let there be enough room

for both fingers to get on there so once

again I've got my index finger on the

2nd fret of the 2nd string down and my

middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd

string down this chord has a name it's

called E minor you know we give letters

to the names of the chords this is

called E minor now check out something

else here with my with my left with my

left hand here we don't want this part

of our fingers on this chord to be

stopping the other strings from ringing

out we only want the tips of the fingers

on those two strings there and then we

want to be able to hear every other

string open

so you don't want our hand blocking

these higher strings so you don't hear

and bring out so there should be a gap

you're leaving a gap here so you can

hear all the strings take it'll take a

little work and a little patience but

once you got it it'll sound like this

now you can pluck each note down and

that's a good exercise for your pick

and you notice I'm picking up here on

the neck it's just so you can see what

I'm doing

we want to actually be strumming and

picking down by this sound hole

you can see oops I dropped my pick but

there's gaps here so the strings are

winging out

so that was a good another good beginner

lesson is dropping your pick a lot of

times you'll drop it actually in in the

soundhole and that's it that's for a

different video where you have to shake

the pick around till you see it in the

soundhole and you do a flip over and the

pick usually comes out but that's not

what this lesson is this lessons for the

very beginner and getting your first

chord and that first chord is called E

minor now if you strum through and you

hear one note that's not ringing out

pick it and then look and see why it's

not ringing out over there okay so

that's your very first chord now I'm

going to give you a little rhythm to try

with that pick

remember we want to be strumming it down

by the sound hole I'm just showing it so

you can look at both hands at the same



now if you look different people hold

picks different ways I've kind of got my

thumb out like that and then the pointy

part of the pic is is sticking out that


see that so my thumbs right there and

the point is kind of going out sideways

it's almost I almost have it at a

diagonal and then just pinch it together

so the point of the pic is pointing out

that way and then I strum it like almost

like a paintbrush see that so there you

have it


pointy part right there pinch it

together paintbrush it okay and we're

going to start with two down strums

down down

alright then we're going to add a little


hmm so I went down down then I went down

up down up so you've got down down down


try it again down down down-up down-up

now I'm gonna do it and then you're

gonna do it right after me you're gonna

copy me down down down up

down down up down up

down down

down down down up down up down down down

down down down up down down down

down down up down up now as you get

comfortable with that you want to just

keep looping that rhythm or repeating

that rhythm over and over

down down down up down

down up down down down up

down up down down down


the countdown

ten down


oh yeah

all right now there's two places to go

because that's just kind of I know it's

kind of boring sounding because it's the

same thing over and over

well there's two really easy places you

can go from there

to mix up your sound and your playing

music the first one is called it's even

got a really fancy name a suspended two

but all it is is taking this a minor

chord which is you've got that second

string down and third string down you

just take that exact same thing and

scoot each finger down another string

and you get a whole new sound


which back

so you can start messing with just

moving those back and forth in different

lengths of time and express yourself and

try and keep the rhythm even though

you're switching and that's a great

starting point for starting to play

guitar one other place that you can go

and it's even just right in a Nirvana

song is doing this rhythm but this time

we're going to go to four for all

intensive purposes we'll call it a G but

what we're doing is we're taking that e

minor chord and we're taking our middle

finger off and we're moving it to the

third fret of this top string one two

three that middle finger comes off of

that E minor chord and then we move it

right there

and you can do that in any rhythm you

want so you're going to be practicing

where that index finger is staying and

then you've moving your middle finger

back and forth while that index finger

stays it might sound familiar like

Nirvana kana


alright that was it I hope you got a

little something from that remember

playing guitar just takes a little bit

of patience in the beginning once you

get over that first hump like even if

you could get comfortably through this

lesson it really becomes a lot more fun

once you're just even just with one or

two chords because you can actually play

some music and that's inspiring keeps

the morale up for when you want to learn

the next shape and the next little thing

but think of it as tiny little steps up

the ladder and don't think too far up

about the top just think about where you

are right there and take it one little

step at a time and you will get

somewhere I promise remember I've got

that new rhythm series module right down

there you check that out thanks for

hanging out with me and I hope to see

you again real soon take care