Guitar Lesson #1

I gave my first official guitar lesson last night (as explained earlier). I planned on being there for around 30 minutes but ended up staying for 90. We spent the first half hour tuning our guitars, when I showed him how to do harmonics, too. We then tackled You Shook Me All Night Along, doing the G, C, and D chords. After his fingers were aching from the AC/DC exercise, I showed him a simple 12-bar blues progression in E, where you strum the two top strings (E and A), using B, C#, and D on the A string, then doing the same for the next two strings (A and D).

Like any guitar beginner, it’ll take time to get used to the finger contortions necessary to play chords, along with learning how to press down on the strings so notes ring clearly.

We’re going to choose some simple songs next; songs that have simple chord progressions but are instantly recognizable.

8 Replies to “Guitar Lesson #1”

  1. > We’re going to choose some simple songs next; songs that have simple chord progressions but are instantly recognizable.

    I know a bunch if you want any. “I’ve Been Working on the Rail Road.” I played that for the first time a few months ago, and it was amazing. And like everything I do, it got worse the more I practiced it.

    Online, Guitar Universe is where I get all the songs that I can’t figure out.

  2. That motivates me to learn a new instrument.. Is there a shooting range anywhere in town? I want to learn how to use an uzi, it just goes with the image of wearing all black and driving a black sportbike. It’s ALL about the image!

  3. That reminds me… Jody, have you ever told these guys about the free phone sex we used to get in Montreal?

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