You must grasp the nine suggestions for learning guitar

1. Know the classification of chords

1. Know the classification of major items of chords

Try to learn, understand, and know what are the categories of all chords, such as the common major third, minor third, diminished third, augmented third, major seventh, minor seventh, dominant seventh, diminished seventh, additional chords, six-nine chords, hanging Stay chords, ninth chords, extended chords… In addition to knowing the classification of these chords and their constituent sounds, you also need to know how to press them on the guitar. Generally, there are at least five basic pressing methods and changing pressing methods for a chord.

2. Know how to play a good rhythm

Know how to play a good rhythm

Whether a guitarist is a lead guitarist or a rhythm guitarist, the rhythm itself is very important in music. The rhythm guitarist is usually responsible for playing the Riff, which supports the main structure of the whole song, cooperates with the drummer and Bass to produce the main rhythm of the song.

The lead guitarist is often responsible for creating the tense atmosphere of the song. Usually the rhythm of the Solo sentence is not very simple. For example: the interchange between quadruplets, triplets, sextuplets, dots, cuts Cent, the frequently appearing pentatonic scale bend Lick. The more advanced sixteenth note phrases in a group of six notes, or a group of triplet music sentences in a four-note group, and other complicated beats. So find some similar classic solos to practice, practice his rhythmic patterns from them, and then create sentences by yourself.

3. Develop your ears

Develop your ears


Use your ears to “listen”. For example: echo the first point, listen to the characteristics and feelings of each chord category, and remember by your own way. The purpose is to practice hearing and be able to pop out. Like when we learn sing a new song.

Then you have to listen to what you play, find out where the strengths and weaknesses are, face it seriously, and then improve. Now the recording equipment is developed, convenient.So facing the real self and being responsible for your own notes is the correct learning attitude.

Many guitarists are used to looking at the tablature, and then play the guitar “with their eyes”, and don’t correct it. Over time, they become very similar to some (not all) people who play classical piano: they can only read, but are not listening to the staff playing something.

In addition, the premise of playing things by ear is: it is best to be proficient in several positions of the scale position on the fingerboard, so that it can get twice the result with half the effort.

4. Don’t just practice licks, but learn from licks

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Simply put, try to apply what you hear to different places, extend it, and develop it. Hear a simple Lick, a Riff, extend it appropriately, change it, apply it to different positions, change the key, change the rhythm, change the playing technique, and even the timbre/other instruments.

5. Know all the note names on the fretboard

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Not just looking at the six-line staff, but knowing the position of all the note names on the fretboard. When there is no guitar in hand, you can also do visual exercises. The following are some common practice methods:
Fingerboard visualization: the fifth string and the seventh fret are E, expressed as (5, 7, E), (4, 10, C), (3, 9, E)…;
Give a note, such as Eb, and quickly find all the Ebs on the fretboard;
Give a sound name, find out his perfect fourth and perfect fifth;
Given a chord and tonality, find all sequential chords within a certain range;
For the above-mentioned exercises, you can’t have a guitar in your hand, and you can usually practice like this when you are in a car. This part is very important, but it is easy for many learners to ignore it. I think it is enough to just look at the six-line notation, but it often creates the habit of not thinking. This is very bad for learning.

6. Don’t just rely on tabs or learning finger patterns

Don't just rely on tabs or learned finger patterns

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, don’t just rely on the tablature, you need to know the corresponding note names, and then know the interval relationship between each other, but you need to know what the key and chord are represented by the tablature. If these things are not written in the six-line notation, try to analyze them yourself. A good tab should provide this information.

7. Learn to analyze the relationship between chord progression and melody

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Understand the chord progression of the song, analyze the pattern of the chord progression, and then understand the relationship between chords and scales (song melody, guitar solo).
When learning a new song, try to analyze the chord progression, such as the canon progression. If you analyze a lot, you will gradually have an idea of the structure of the song.

8. Don’t just learn scales, learn how to apply them

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Many students like to explore various scales, and then memorize a bunch of scales like an exam. But seldom think about how to use those scales? Are there any songs that use that scale? This kind of learning mode is a bit like learning English, memorizing a dictionary, memorizing a bunch of articles, but still can’t speak the same thing.

9. Learn the major scale

No matter what scale you learn, the pentatonic scale is the most used by guitarists, but the natural major scale is the most important, because it is the reference for all other scales and the source of definition for interval relationships. So whether you are a guitarist or not, this scale will be very important, especially the C major scale, which must be memorized.

This is the end of this COVENANT guitar class, see you next time!