LESSON 2: THE E GUNN
Module ID: BG02
Welcome to Lesson 2 of the Beginner’s Guitar course. If your fingers are feeling a bit sore – don’t worry, that’s totally normal. In fact, it’s sort of a rite of passage for all guitarists starting off. Try to remember all the tips I've given you so far on how to reduce the pain, but you just got to push through it!
Also, the most important thing to keep in mind as a beginner is that IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK. Things won’t sound perfect at this stage. Things won’t feel smooth and easy. Many things will probably feel awkward or difficult. Again, you’ve just got to stick with the program, not be too hard on yourself at this point, and really make a concerted effort to remember that things absolutely will get easier with practice.
In this lesson, we’ll be going over:
- The E chord
- Using Anchor Fingers
- Tapping Your Foot
- Strumming Mechanics
- Loads of songs using A, D and E!
How To Play The E Chord
We’re starting off lesson 2 of the beginner guitar course with another chord – the E chord.
E Chord Anchors & Tricks
The E chord can be a little tricky for beginner guitar players, so here are some tips and tricks to make it a little easier on you.
Tapping Your Foot
Tapping your foot while playing guitar comes second nature to many, but it’s still worth discussing a bit. It can help you get into the groove and be mindful of rhythm.
Strumming seems simple, but it can prove difficult for many beginner guitar players. Let’s go over some of the basic mechanics of strumming.
Strumming On The Beat
Strumming goes hand in hand with rhythm when playing guitar. Your strums should sync up with the song’s rhythm, so let’s start with a simple strumming pattern.
Chord Changes For One
Beginner guitar players often struggle to change chords on time, resulting in a lagging rhythm and a bad listening experience. Here’s how to fix that.
Peter Gunn Theme
The Peter Gunn theme is a classic riff that shouldn’t prove too difficult for beginner guitar players. Give this one a go!
Songs For Lesson 2
Now that you’ve got the A, D, and E chords firmly under your belt, there are loads – and I mean LOADS! – of songs you can play!
Lesson 2 Practice
In this lesson, we check out what I recommend you practice for the next week or two.