For Beginners - Notes and Chords

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons, Tutorials & Tips' started by BIG_EVIL, May 18, 2005.

  1. BIG_EVIL

    BIG_EVIL Guitaring Machine

    When there are two notes directly under each other, you play them at the same time.
    For example:
    --0--
    --0--
    --1-- This is an E Major chord played on the same strum.
    --2--
    --2--
    --0--

    -----------0--
    ---------0----
    -------1------
    -----2-------- These are the notes of an E Major chord played one after the
    ---2---------- other (an arpeggio).
    -0------------

    So think of all the notes on the same vertical line as one count of the measure, played on the same strum.
    The ------'s mean the string is muted, for example... (Sometimes a tablature writer will use an X for a muted string)
    ------
    ------
    --1-- This is an E Major chord with the B string and the high E string muted.
    --2-- you can do this by simply resting your finger (in this case your pinky finger)
    --2-- over the last two strings without pushing down. This will mute the strings.
    --0--

    Also, if you see something like this...
    --X--
    --X--
    --X--
    --X-- This means just to rest your entire hand on the strings and make a muted
    --X-- rhythm type noise by strumming with the strings muted.
    --X--



    MORE ADVANCED STUFF!
    (sample song)

    E------[2]------------- --------------------
    B-------5---2---5----- --------------------
    G--6---4---2---4----- -2---2---4---4----
    D--7---2---4---2----- -2---0---5---2----
    A--7---x---4---2----- -0---0---5---2----
    E--5---4---2---0----- -x---1---3---0----

    This is how the strings are represented in tablature, the thickest string (low E) is the bottom line of the six line staff.

    1st string - High E --
    2nd string B --
    3rd string G --
    4th string D --
    5th string A --
    6th string - Low E --

    Think of each vertical line as notes that are played together, for example...

    -----
    -----
    -----
    -----
    --3-- This is the third fret on the fifth string.
    -----

    -----
    -----
    --0-- This is the 3rd string played open.
    -----
    -----
    -----

    --15--
    --15-- 1st string, 15th fret, 2nd string, 15th fret,
    ------- played together.
    -------
    -------
    -------

    So on your fretboard the frets are numbered as so...



    -----------+
    head- | 1st 2nd 3rd etc.
    stock E +-----+-----+-----+
    B |-----|-----|-----|
    G |-----|-----|-----|
    D |-----|-----|-----|
    A |-----|-----|-----|
    E +-----+-----+-----+(low E)
    |
    -----------+


    I will show you for each chord of your sample song exactly what to do...


    **************
    * 1ST CHORD *
    **************

    Now consider your index finger = finger #1
    middle finger = finger #2
    ring finger = finger #3
    pinky finger = finger #4


    I will mark with X's on the fretboard where to put your fingers and the number of the finger
    I recommend you use next to the X



    E-----
    B-----
    G--6--
    D--7--
    A--7--
    E--5--


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--X2-|-----|-----
    D |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--X4-|-----
    A |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+--X1-+-----+-----+-----(low E)



    Once your fingers are in these positions, play it all in one strum, being careful not to strum the 1st and 2nd strings.


    *************
    * 2ND CHORD *
    *************

    --[2]--
    ---5---
    ---4---
    ---2---
    ---x---
    ---4---


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-[X]-+-----+-----+-----+------+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|--X4-|------|-----|-----
    G |-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----|------|-----|-----
    D |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----
    A |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----
    E +-----+-----+-----+--X2-+-----+------+-----+-----(low E)



    Now, this is very difficult to play. the [ ] brackets around a note mean that the note is optional and only adds to the fullness of the sound. Since in this case it is extremely difficult to play this note , we will ignore it. There are other ways of playing this than the finger positions I gave you, feel free to try it another way if this is too hard. In chords like this, it's ok for some of the notes to sound muted, you'll just have to experiment and see what works for you. Be careful not to play the 1st string unless you choose to play the bracketed note.

    *************
    * 3RD CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    --2--
    --2--
    --4--
    --4--
    --2--


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th>
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |-----|-----|-----|--X4-|-----|-----|-----|-----
    A |-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----|-----|-----|-----
    E +-----+--X1-+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----(low E)



    In this chord, bar the 2nd fret with your index finger (lay it across all the strings and push down hard). Then put your 3rd and 4th fingers as shown. This sort of chord may seem hard at first but with practice will be very easy to play. Be careful not to strum the 1st string.

    *************
    * 4TH CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    --5--
    --4--
    --2--
    --2--
    --0--

    Note: I have denoted playing an open sting by making it all 0's.


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|--X4-|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    A |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    E +00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000(low E)



    Use your index finger to bar the 2nd fret, put your other fingers where shown, play the 6th string open, and be careful not to strum the 1st string.

    *************
    * 5TH CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    -----
    --2--
    --2--
    --0--
    --x--


    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|--X2-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    A |00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----(low E)



    Note: You don't have to use these fingers for this chord but it will make the transtition to the next chord a little easier. Place your fingers where shown and be careful not to strum the 1st and 2nd strings. Since the 6th string is shown to be muted, you can either not play the 6th string, or rest your thumb on the string without pushing down to create the desired muted sound.

    *************
    * 6TH CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    -----
    --2--
    --0--
    --0--
    --1--

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|--X2-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000
    A |00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000|00000
    E +--X1-+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----(low E)

    Put your fingers where shown and be careful not to strum the 1st and 2nd strings. Play the 4th and 5th strings open.

    *************
    * 7TH CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    -----
    --4--
    --5--
    --5--
    --3--

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|-----|-----|--X2-|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |-----|-----|-----|-----|--X4-|-----|-----|-----
    A |-----|-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----|-----|-----
    E +-----+-----+--X1-+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----(low E)

    This is the exact same hand position as the first chord of the sample, only now it starts on the 3rd fret indtead of the 5th.

    *************
    * 8TH CHORD *
    *************

    -----
    -----
    --4--
    --2--
    --2--
    --0--

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
    E +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----
    B |-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    G |-----|-----|-----|--X3-|-----|-----|-----|-----
    D |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    A |-----|--X1-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----
    E +00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000+00000 (low E)

    The easiest way I feel to play this is to bar the 2nd fret with the index finger, and put the other finger where shown. You can do it differently if more comfortable. Play the 6th string open and be careful not to strum the 1st and 2nd strings.

    This should help you get started, and remember this takes alot of practice to do good, especially at changing between chords smoothly so keep working at it if it seems to hard because it will get easier.

    Most commonly used symbols:

    h - hammer on
    p - pull off
    b - bend string up
    r - release bend
    / - slide up
    \ - slide down
    v - vibrato (sometimes written as ~)
    t - tap (with strumming hand)
    x - muted, struck string




    :rule: :rule: :rockon: :rock: :rock:
     
  2. LEFTY_GUITARIST

    LEFTY_GUITARIST -= M®. §öU†|-|ÞäW =-

    BUSTED...... :mad: ......AGAIN......................LOLZ BIGGY.........LEMME SEE ALL YOUR GENIOUS THREADS........................ :p:


    MODS N ALL.............DIS ALSO COPYED ....................FOLLOW......

    http://www.guitartips.addr.com/tip06.html



    REGARDS,
    COPY-PASTE BUSTER
    LEFTY!!!!
     
  3. deathdr_87

    deathdr_87 Awesome Guitarist

    i dont think he claimed this to be his own....

    this was obviously copy pasted and i think he intended for us to know that - bigevil- just to clarify things - when u are jsut posting some1 elses lessons - just say something like - i found this on the net or soemthing...

    and lefty - i dont believe that uve downloaded this one as well... (even thoguh u made the bust - dude - i inclined to ask - y dyu go and search to see if hes copy -p asted lessons- serisouly- dont u have nething better to do??? - its not like im saying copy-pasting is right - but serisouly - uve got too little to do - go play the guitar!!)
     
  4. BIG_EVIL

    BIG_EVIL Guitaring Machine

    when the hell did i say that it is mine

    dude ur too " bacha "
     
  5. 6string_addict

    6string_addict * Addicted Guitarist * <img src="http://www.indian

    hmmm..cool down....it's not a big problem... :cool:
    you both are of same age.... :dance: ..bachaas... :p:
     
  6. Bleeding Guitar

    Bleeding Guitar New Member

    lol ok now Big Evil is savig his Alfa now lol
    grow up big evil.
    We got the point seriously .. now mind of sharig something ur own thoughts :O)
     
  7. LEFTY_GUITARIST

    LEFTY_GUITARIST -= M®. §öU†|-|ÞäW =-

    jst give da lnk instead.........when i asked u in effect padals thread what was ur ans?

    pls write .........."not my work! copied"..................n if u want reps den tell me........i'll give u...

    @jhon da..........amara oto baccha noi.......:grin:...........!!!!
     
  8. Bleeding Guitar

    Bleeding Guitar New Member

    see what goes, comes by Evil ..
    learn to respect guy thats all we need.
     
  9. LEFTY_GUITARIST

    LEFTY_GUITARIST -= M®. §öU†|-|ÞäW =-

    why ? why?

    okies.......1 offence.....to neo.....sorry if i'm wrong....bt i think i shld point it out

    @neo, bst guise award ..........dis thread got award........but the first condition was......as u said

    " You would have to write an article for the "Guitar Tips/Tutorials Forum", it could be anything like tips, tutorials, lessons related guitar. This article has to be your original work, no cut paste please....we will check. ;) "

    but u didnt checked..........and dis copyed thread got award.....n big_evil was awarded with 5000 points...........why?

    no probs with me.............if u wanna give 1 of main posters of igt 5000 points den it's ok...............bt pls dont give dis thread bst guide award , pls.........

    wut will newbies think?
    n i'm not jelous, pointed dis out coz i love igt vry much........
    sorry, if i hearted some1 , sorry, veryy sorry.....

    here is da bst guide award threAD..........n pls forgive me if i've done something wrong..........

    http://www.indianguitartabs.com/showthread.php?t=3183
     
  10. LEFTY_GUITARIST

    LEFTY_GUITARIST -= M®. §öU†|-|ÞäW =-

    want a reply frm u lord................
     
  11. deathdr_87

    deathdr_87 Awesome Guitarist

    u can pm him...

    thats wat i did when i had a greivance
     
  12. LEFTY_GUITARIST

    LEFTY_GUITARIST -= M®. §öU†|-|ÞäW =-

    nupe..........I THINK HE IS A GOOD LORD*ahem*

    he will soon reply!!!
    atleast i hope so!!!!!!!!
     
  13. .:SpY_GaMe:.

    .:SpY_GaMe:. New Member

    still no reply???
     
  14. Orange Guitar

    Orange Guitar IGT's ALLROUNDER

    lefty......why r u after biggie....he is a nice guy!!!!!!!
     
  15. ahsanai_12

    ahsanai_12 New Member

    ok da thread was used to help out newbies n instead u guyz chnged da whole topic to copy n paste..lik who gives a shyt man..n lefty u ceriously need a lyfe man
     
  16. har1s

    har1s <b>Untitled</b>

    who cares if it is copy pasted ppl? even if he pasted it here...maybe it might b useful for ppl who cant find the proper tutorials like these....betta than searchin the internet da whole day!! besides he didnt say itz his own work!!
     
  17. .:SpY_GaMe:.

    .:SpY_GaMe:. New Member

    hahahahahaha :think:
    though the article was a nice one ;)
     
  18. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening

    okay, now that we've all got the "busting phase" out of our systems, I'll leave this thread open just so n00bs can ask questions about things they don't understand. Avoid using this thread for further Big Evil bashing until someone actually provokes you to say something.
     

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