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Learn to Play Guitar Tabs - The Easy Way

You now have free full access below to the exact same beginner guitar lessons I have used to teach thousands of students how to play the guitar. Follow each lesson in order shown and be playing guitar and popular songs in no time.

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Learn Guitar - The Beginners Guide to Learning Chords on Guitar

When I started learning guitar the first thing I was confronted with was the seemingly insurmountable task of memorizing all the chords in a monster guitar chord book containing 1,001 chords.

The idea was to learn a chord a week, even at the tender age of thirteen I knew that meant lots of guitar lessons, the first two weeks went quite well, I remembered my chords and started to have some sense of achievement, however tragedy struck the third week when I learnt my third chord for some reason totally forgot one of the chords I have previously learnt.

Latter in my guitar playing life as I spoke with other guitarists I came to realize that apparently this situation was quite common amongst guitarists but at the time I did not know this so I set about learning chords by an entirely different approach.

Here's what I did...

I soon realized my problem was that I was learning random unrelated chord shapes without understanding why I was placing my fingers in these particular shapes and without gaining the essential musical skills that would allow me to connect what I was learning to previously learnt material.

grid 1: = strings 1, 2 & 3

grid 2: = 2, 3, & 4

grid 3: = 3, 4, & 5

grid 4: = 4, 5, & 6

The concept is to take your three note chord and play every possible inversion of that chord exclusively on the string grid before moving on to the next string grid.

Here is the three possible ways to play a C chord on grid 1

C

--0-----
--1-----
--0-----
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C

--3-----
--5-----
--5-----
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C

--8-----
--8-----
--9-----
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That's all the C chords on the first grid (I'm restricting my chords to the first twelve frets of the guitar, once you go beyond the twelfth fret the guitar repeats itself, if you have a guitar with a cutaway obviously you will want to extend your chord playing to encompass all the possible shapes available on your guitar.

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Learn Guitar - Online Lessons

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of playing a lead guitar solo? 98% of guitarists would immediately think of some scale or scale pattern; very few would think of using chord shapes.

Here is a very simple yet effective way to create powerful, musical solos...

Step 1: Begin with the basic chord progression of the song you want to solo over.

I'll use a simple three chord progression in the key of G.

G /// | D /// | C /// | C /// |

Step 2: Design a variety of chord shapes on a defined string grid.

String grids are essentially groups of three stings i.e., grid 1 = strings 1, 2 & 3; grid 2 = 2, 3 & 4; grid 3 = 3, 4 & 5 grid 4 = 4, 5 & 6.

Since we are working on lead guitar solos I would recommend using string grid 1.

Step 3: Using voice leading principles create your chord shapes from a predetermined point on the string grid; the best way to make sure you have all your options covered is to begin with the first chord and find as many ways to play this chord on the string grid you have selected.

G
-3--
-3--
-4--
-x--
-x--
-x--

D
-2--
-3--
-2--
-x--
-x--
-x--

How does this help you with your lead solos? Easy you simply pick any of the notes (strings) that are in your chord shapes.

Here is an example:

G chord = you could play

-3------
------3-
---4----
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or

G chord = you could play

-3-------
---3-----
------4--
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Try playing different string sequences and see how many new sounds you can come up with! Once you find a pattern you like change to the next chord in your chord progression and use the exact same picking sequence, then on to the next chord with the same picking sequence.