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Beginner Electric Lesson 1 - Your Very First Electric Guitar Lesson

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hey what's up you guys Marty Schwartz

here with Marty music I'm about to give

you your very first electric guitar

lesson this is for the newbies out there

you got your first electric guitar you

have no idea what to do I'm gonna walk

you through it so the first thing that

we want to talk about is this thing

hopefully you know that this is an

electric guitar I'm picking an Epiphone

Les Paul model it's a higher end of the

entry-level though so it's I consider it

a you know semi beginner guitar it's

still really nice but anyway we got the

Epiphone Les Paul

we got the guitar alright we've got the

body we've got the neck we've got this

is called the headstock these things

here are called the tuners this little

piece right here that threads the

strings is called the nut these things

here are called the pickups they pick up

the sound and so this fun little switch

right here controls the pickups now the

pickups in different parts of the guitar

have different sound qualities so when

you have a selector with this style of

guitar each switch here is a different

configuration of the pickups for

instance if I'm flipped up all the way

here it's only picking up sound from

this pickup if I do it in the middle

it's from both and when I go to the back

switch here it's the back pickup which

is brighter and more for like you know

heavier rock but you get different tones

so just experiment with it a lot of

heavy distortion rock has the switch

back there but you can have fun with it

it's guitar it's meant to have fun with

okay this here that holds the strings in

place this is called the bridge of the

guitar now we have some fancy knobs here

that's a volume control for your very

first lesson we just want them turned

all everything turned all the way up but

it's a way to blend the pickups and then

your tone just like you would on a

stereo you've got you know treble and

bass and you can make it brighter or

darker sounding but for now everything

cranked up you can go to the back one

you can go to the middle one that's

going to be totally up to you now next

that's just the basic hardware we're

gonna need a cable pretty

self-explanatory you stick it in there

now I have my little practice amp a nice

beginner affordable practice Blackstar

amp here and so then I'm plugging in to

the input we're gonna talk about the amp

in a second alright you're not gonna get

anywhere with an electric or an acoustic

guitar if the guitar is not in tune so

we've learned that the you know the

guitar the main parts of it it's got a

nice curve right here if you're

right-handed you put that curve right on

your right thigh and just let it rest

comfortably you want to get comfortable

with it now we got to get the guitar in

tune I have a video that's free on

YouTube how to tune your guitar so check

that out because I don't want to waste

time with the lesson portion here

teaching you how to tune the guitar but

what you do want to know is the letter

names of the strings of the guitar it's

gonna be very important later on very

important for learning the instrument

and there's a fun little saying there's

a bunch of things but the one I like is

Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie so

think that Eddie Van Halen whatever

Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie and

that gives you a e a d g/b e so right

off the bat when you want to learn to

tune your guitar you're going to need to

know the letters because it's gonna show

you the letter on what I recommend a

nice snark tuna not endorsed but it

clips on right here and it's gonna you

turn it on and it's gonna tell you it's

gonna show a letter and then it's gonna

show you how sharp or flat or in tune

you are sharp meaning the notes a little

too high so you have to use this tuner

to bring it down

and if a note shows up here flat you're

gonna want to bring the note up with the

tuner and the tuner has a little needle

that's going to help you tune it so

Eddie ate dynamite good bye

the tuner shows me I'm in tune I've been

playing a long time so I know how to

play already so I might play a court I

know and just hear if the guitar sounds



so it sounds nice and in tune I'm gonna

take the tuner off so you can admire the

beauty of the guitar and not block

anything on it

that's a peppy for some pros out there

ok so now what we're gonna do is we're

gonna just set this amp up here which

will be similar to most practice amps

we're going to set it up for two

different sounds we're gonna set it up

for eight what we call a clean tone so

if you got a clean sound


so we're gonna set it up for a clean

sound and then we're going to set up

with distortion which is that rock

overdrive sound


so let's take a look at this little

ampere all right this is this little

black star practice amp literally just

runs on batteries very fun still get

great tones from it so just since you're

we're in the newbie zone I'm gonna turn

all these knobs down let's talk about

what each one does gain volume EQ and

this particular amp comes with the delay

which is an effect some amps you might

see something there that says reverb

other other amps may have a multi

effects setting but that's kind of the

last thing we're gonna that's a little

like seasoning we're gonna had at the

end okay

gain is the amount of crunch and

distortion and overdrive you're getting

volume is the level after you've created

your crunchy overdrive so you would

create that first then turn up how much

drive you want EQ since we're beginners

we're not going for any particular style

yet we're just gonna go right up in the

middle there no problem

and then delay basically you've got

another thing here that says a delay

level which is going to be how loud the

actual effect is gonna be we don't want

it very loud I'm gonna turn it all the

way down and just pepper it once I start

to hear it delay very little okay so

that would be our basic clean tone now

this little button right here if you

look carefully

od for overdrive so we're going to start

to turn that up okay

now when I hit that button down oh sorry

the overdrive was already on that's why

I was starting the buzz there so with a

depressed you have a basic what would be

called the clean channel you press it

down you've got a distortion rock

channel so I'm gonna turn that up about

three-quarters of the way up the volume

you know a little less will adjust that

at the end for how loud we actually want

it in the room and then we have a switch

D press for clean press down for

overdrive for the rock stuff so we would

have the clean tone


I press the OD button down


if I turn the gain up


I turn the volume up


you switch to the back pickup so it's a

little brighter


dr. clean

over driven

now let's zoom in and let me show you a

few tricks to begin having a little fun

with actually playing some music all

right let's start playing this thing so

you're gonna want to start with a guitar

pick or a plectrum here this one is a

heavy you want to start with a light or

a medium pick it's more forgiving and

it's great for a beginner so that's what

I would recommend also we've got the

strings here we've got these things


power cords which sound like this so the

first thing I would try and do is have

you just see if you can just pick down

the tip of the pick think of it as

you've got your thumb and you can just

put it as an extension of your

underneath your thumbprint like it's

extending out like your thumb nail and

then with your index finger you just

pinch it together and then I tent tend

to tilt it to my left a little bit but

really you got the thumb and then it

just tilts to the side of your thumb a

little bit but it's meant to be what

feels comfortable for you

our hands are all shaped a little

differently different sizes but I grab

the pick and I'm gonna strike down and

see if I can just strike

that top string there the e string as an

Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie


you're gonna be accidentally hitting the

other strings when you start but that's

okay but you want to just start seeing

if you can hit the strings all alone you

can look down at the string

let's see if you can do with the next


and then keep going just start targeting

out those strings I know it's not very

exciting but that's a starting point and

you're gonna need to be able to do that

to tune your guitar to at the very

beginning anyway so now I recommend a

couple little classic little one string

kind of riffs now the first one I ever

learned sounded like this


so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to

show you a little bit different one

we're gonna go like this and I'm gonna

say the front names now the spaces in

between here are called frets so if I

said first fret you're gonna take your

finger and we're just gonna talk about

this Eddie Eddie ate dynamite good bye


we're gonna just talk about this top E

string here so if I said play the first

fret on the E string you'd count up to

that first section and use the very tip

of your finger and press down on the

string and see if you can get it to ring

out should sound like this now if you're

scooted back on the fret

it's gonna be harder to push and you

want to go for if I said first fret you

want to be closer up meaning this way

this direction you want to be closer up

to that second fret you want to have to

press this hard use the tip your finger

the farther you back on the fret you go

the the worse shape you're gonna be in

so if I said second fret you're gonna be

in this second area a little bit scooted

up towards the third fret but still

behind this metal bracket this metal

fret here that'd be the second fret

third fret fourth fret

at set to rough so now I'm gonna say

some fret numbers out loud and we're

gonna play a fun little rock riff and it

goes like this and you just use one

finger three


if I turn the overdrive on


now check this out my pom when I'm doing

it I don't want you to think too much

about it but you're probably noticing

that you're getting a lot of the other

strings ringing out

that's something that you just want to

let it work itself out by playing like

five minutes a day to begin with maybe

ten minutes if you're feeling excited

but what I'm doing is I'm letting my

fingers kind of I'm almost like cupping

the strings here and letting my hand

kind of always be ready to touch the

string so they don't ring out just

pointing that out I don't want you to be

focused on that but it is something to

point out because you're probably

noticing that okay so let's go back to


next we're gonna do the opposite I'm


Oh green



now if you want to get a little rhythmic

with your right hand


down down down down down down down down

down down


okay next we're gonna just I'm gonna say

some numbers out loud here in this

little zero that's zero or oh that's

three and then that's five so we're

gonna go like this now we're gonna mix

it up oh three five three five three


three five three three five five three




and now you have another little mixer

upper lick thing all right one more fun

little riff and then stay tuned for

lesson number two we're gonna say those

same numbers

oh three five three again





so that's another one to mess around

with remember this is only your first

lesson rome wasn't built in a day that's

like a dad saying right but eventually

what you're gonna do even though we were

just using one finger eventually you're

gonna add a second finger and that's

like the only shape you need for Green

Day Nirvana you know lots of Metallica

and Black Sabbath and and just all that

good blink-182 all the rock stuff it

would look like this instead of three

five you add an extra finger and then

you get what's called the power chord


look I'm moving the same shape

everywhere so in other words I have one

shape to rule them all and you can even

scoot them over on other strings but

it's one shape that can be scooted all

over as you get braver you can try two

fingers to move it around


all right there was your very first

guitar lesson got more on the way so

stay tuned for that also at my site

Marty music calm I got a bunch of guitar

courses over there that I think will

really help you if you really want to

get serious about this guitar thing

thanks again and I hope to see you real