Thursday, 17 December 2015

The first song for acoustic guitar beginner.

A Thousand Years Christina Perri 

Heart beats fast  
Colors and promises 
How to be brave 
                   D                           C 
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall 
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
                   D                 C
Suddenly goes away somehow 
       D     Em D 
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you 

Darlin' don't be afraid I have loved you for a
Thousand years I'll love you for a 
Thousand more

When you see someone playing his/her own guitar expertly, I guess you will be watching him/her like a super famous star. Envious feeling was bubbling inside your heart.
Coz I am still will behave the same although I can play guitar too. (Too much guitar experts and you can't stop amazed by them.)

Stop babbling a lot. Today, I am going to show you the easiest song (I think?) and it is definitely suitable for an acoustic guitar beginner.

BUT! You need CAPO for playing this song. Sorry for any inconvenience, because without capo, the chord would be very hard. So CAPO is one of the most important guitar accessories for every guitar player.

So for this whole song, 'A Thousand Years', you need to clip your capo on the third fret.

And the head of this post is the guitar chords of 'A Thousand Years' which provided by ultimateguitar.comFyi, the video will be showing different chord version from the version which is provided.

When you are playing your song, don't forget this song needs your ring finger and pinky finger keep pressing on B and High E string on the third fret (counting from capo).

And here my short video for you all. Sorry for the imperfection because I'm not pro guitarist. Just showing you the strumming pattern and which the chords used in this song.

And, yeah. Of course you could ask any question by leaving a comment under this post. Or private message me.

Tips: The strumming pattern would be down down up down up. For more challenging could try first down on upper strings and other strumming patterns on lower strings.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Second class for acoustic guitar beginner

Hi, is me again. So here we go for the second class for acoustic guitar beginner.

Today, I am going to introduce some of the chords that usually play for the songs.

Last post I had introduced about E minor chord.
Yes, the easiest chord of all the guitar chords.

Okay, the 'famous' chord that always appear in a song.

C major chord. Three of your fingers you just have to use for play this chord.
Easy right?
Although C major chord might be simple, still, you have to make sure you play the right sound. It seem like to be easy but you have press on the correct fret and remember press tightly too!

So here is the pattern of C major chord:

So as you see from the picture above. We know that 3 fingers will be used to play C major chord. The 1 in the picture stands for the forefinger (index finger) and we know that the finger should be press the B string (2nd string from below) on the first fret. The 2 which is for middle finger should be press on D string (4th string from below) on the second fret. Then 3 which is for ring finger should be press on A string (5th string from below) on the third fret.

Okay, now your finger pattern should be like this:

Ok, now strum your C major chord. Does it sound properly? Do you press the string really tight to the fret?

So, here comes the easy and clear tutorial video to make sure you are playing the right chord. Enjoy!

I believe that you can play your C major chord now.
But, that's really a easy one.
So I am giving a hard task as homework today.
F major chord!
I guess every guitar learner has been gone through the struggling of playing F major chord smoothly or correctly.
So here comes the challenging chord!

For F major chord, you have to use 4 fingers.
So let's see how to use your 4 fingers to play F major chord:

Looks like it is easy because just adding your pinky finger on pressing the string.
Well.. (smirk) for your information, the forefinger should be pressing every string on the first fret.......

WHAT!? Forefinger presses on all of the strings on the first fret?! IS IT POSSIBLE???!!
Well, this requires a lot of practices. But once you already mastered this F major chord, the other chords are no longer difficult for you.

So here is the diagram shows how you press on your guitar neck:

So do you see that? The forefinger has to press the every string on the first fret. Then for the middle finger (2) presses G string on second fret. The (3) shows the ring finger is pressing A string on third fret. Lastly your pinky (4) on D string third fret.

Okay here comes a short tutorial video to make sure you play your right chord:

One reminder: You have to play every string and every of it sounds correctly! 

End of today's class, until we meet again on my next post. *blowing kisses*

Friday, 4 December 2015

As a beginner of acoustic guitar learner

As stepped into 20s world, I had a feeling of growing up myself to the stage of being a real adult (the mature one). And of course, with this feeling, I wish that I could learn more and become a human that has many abilities from specific aspects or fields.

So for the first challenge I took, I had tried to involve myself into music field. The field I never ever try before. I know this isn't the first time to study music but the very last time was during my primary school's music class! (lol). The passion was all over my body. It made me to register my very first guitar class at a music centre which suggested by my sweet friend and here comes my guitar learning story.

Before the first class, of course I had to buy myself a guitar. And, yup, I chose the acoustic guitar because I was admired by the sound of acoustic. (definitely blowing my mind!) Looking at my very first guitar, I was awed but I did not know how to play! This did really pissed me off.

On the first class (which I was SUPER excited for it), I had met my very first guitar teacher, Mr. Mervin. He asked why am I here. My answer was: "to be a successful one in any field!" And of course, Mervin laughed at my (stupid) answer.

So, he asked again, "Did you play any instrument before? Why u choose guitar than piano or violin?" Well, here is my simple answer: Guitar can bring to anywhere and the only instrument I can play is...... flute. Yes, the primary teacher taught me. (LOL)

Cut the fore, Mervin told me the structure of guitar. The top of the guitar is called as guitar head. The middle which is the 12 frets for acoustic guitar is called as guitar neck. Then, the shape like a woman with big tummy is called as guitar body where the hole makes the strings sound.

Guitar has 6 strings. As everyone knows, every string has its own sound. When u pick it one by one, you can definitely know that the thicker the string, the higher the pitch of the sound of string. Of course when you pressed on it, it will sounds different too! Then if you press the string on the different fret, the sound will be different. Isn't that awesome? And the strings from the above to below, they are being called as E, A, D, G, B and E (high). If you are the advanced guitar player, you have to know how to tune the strings correctly, so it would not sounds weird. And, for the beginner, please ask for your guitar tutor's help or using any tuning application on your smartphone.

What is fret? Fret is the space created on the guitar neck. If you check out the guitar, you will see there are a lot of squares on the neck. The row of squares (vertical) are frets, so when you pressed on it, it sounds differently from the sound which you do not press any fret. The frets which near the head, it sounds lower tone when you pick it. So as the other way, the frets which near the body, it sounds higher tone.

Next, after knowing the function of frets, here comes the chords!! Chords play the very important role for playing a song. Whenever you strum or pick the strings, you need to chords. The chords representing the notes of song. So there are a lot of chords we need to know during learning guitar. A chord can be using 2 to 4 fingers at one time. For 2 fingers, you could put 2 second fret of string A and D. Then, strum it. That's E minor chord. 

This is how we press:

So, end our class here.
To be continued...