Learning barre chord positions can be a right royal pain in the harris.
It’s something I’ve found to be quite difficult to get across to many students, so here it is.
The free online Barre chord dictionary.
Every Major and Minor Barre chord covered using the four most common Barre chord shapes.
Previous article: Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt3)
Continuation of guitar primer lesson involving how to hold plectrum, how to read tab and which fingers to use.
Click above picture to play sequence…
This is the TAB that is being played,
A few tips to try:
V = Down Stroke
X = Up Stroke
Try playing V X V X for each note as below:
Try keeping your notes smooth, try not to snatch at the note.
Slow down, play a note and hold for 4 beats – play the note and count to 4
As you get comfortable try holding the note for 2 beats before playing the next.
Then Try 1 beat, then 2 notes per 1 beat – make sure that you’re comfortable and that each note is clean.
When playing lead guitar some times your thumb will sneak over the top of the guitar,
Try getting your thumb down the back of the neck as below:
Getting your thumb position right will in the long run solve problems of stretch.
Take a look at the picture above, the wrist is forward and my fingers are overlapping the top of the guitar.
A good stretch is not down to long fingers, I have quite small girly hands(stop sniggering) – Therefore getting your thumb position correct is well advised.
Hopefully you’ve read the previous free guitar lessons giving you a few ideas and tips on correctly holding your plectrum.
This the 3rd article in this primer will talk about fingers in relation to TAB or tablature.
—Dealing with TAB—
Reading guitar tabulature:
Lines = Strings
The ‘Bottom E’ is the thickest string on the guitar – the ‘Bottom’ part refers to the low sound.
The ‘Top E’ is the thinnest string on the guitar – ‘Top’ part refers to the high sound.
Basically TAB is upside down, at first it’s hard to get your head to remember this but with practice it does get easier.
—TAB in relation to Fingers—
The above picture of a hand shows the ‘Fretting Hand’.
As an exercise try playing the the above tab: Use the same number finger as the fret.
Click above picture to play sequence…
Once you’ve got to grips(ahem) with holding your plectrum you need to get your hand position correct when striking strings.
Getting a comfortable position to stike the strings of your guitar is very important.
If you look at the above picture you can see that I rest my forearm on the body of the guitar.
My palm is resting on the bridge/tail of the guitar.
This is fine for plucking/picking strings with your plectrum or fingers.
In the above picture my plucking hand is not directly over the sound hole, this is a sound choice.
You can strike the string anywhere, closer to the neck and you’ll get a warm sound, closer to the body a tighter/brighter sound.
When picking notes you should take care to move you wrist and not your elbow.
When you strum you use a combination of Elbow, Shoulder and Wrist.
Always choose what is comfortable to you.
Try checking out youtube of video footage of your favourite guitarists, take care to watch their picking/strumming hand.
In the first part of this primer I’m going to introduce how to hold your plectrum.
This article is part of the free online guitar lesson material that is hosted on untidymusic.com
Choosing your plectrum.
The above picture is of the typical plectrum shape, of course there are others,
A lot of of plectrums though are smooth, this presents a problem with grip.
Delrin plectrums are like this a smooth plastic they have problems with sweaty fingers.
2 options that we can look at are,
Find a plectrum that is rough or has holes,
The plectrums I use are Jim Dunlop Nylons,
You could also look for plectrums that have holes,
The above example is a mock up but a lot of places sell plectrums like this.
Alternatively you could buy normal delrins or smooth plectrums and customize them as above using a drill(please be careful).
Or you could get sandpaper and take the shine off and rough up the edge that you hold.
Holding the Plectrum.
The above picture shows what I would consider the correct way to hold the plectrum.
Although it could probably be a bit more relaxed as in the picture below.
The above picture shows another way to hold the plectrum and although it doesn’t look that dissimilar to the first examples, it is.
The plectrum is held between the flat/fingertip of the ‘Index’ finger.
The first two pictures the plectrum is held between the thumb and the side of the ‘Index’ finger.
But it is all about how comfortable you feel.
In my opinion the top two examples are the best way to hold a plectrum.
The past week has been a busy one in the background of this site.
I’ve decided to completely overhaul the site’s look, feel and navigation.
I’ve also decided to involve another topic of interest, that being learning guitar.
The guitar lessons that are offered for free on this site are just that.
You can donate if you want and to but that aside these lessons are free to everyone.
This online tuition veers in difficulty from absolute beginner to intermediate.
A primer to understanding TAB and Chord Boxes can be found here
A Chordbook can be found here.
And Scales can be found here.
There’s also a host of other Guitar related information:
Backing Tracks – Jam tracks for guitar solo and lead guitar.
Free VST Guitar Plugins – Amp simulation and guitar effects.
New guitar tuition website and advice.
Sister site with untidy music.
The Number 13s music is hosted at this site.