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Section 1: Getting Started. From The Ultimate Guitar Course by Rod Fogg: From Zero to Hero in a Lesson a Day.

Section 1: Getting Started. From The Ultimate Guitar Course by Rod Fogg: From Zero to Hero in a Lesson a Day.

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More info on The Ultimate Guitar Course: http://bit.ly/1lAfJRn

The Ultimate Guitar Course is the ideal instructional for beginner guitar players who are looking to start playing a few chords from day one. It’s a graded course that will take you from your very first lesson through mastering advanced soloing techniques. It includes an illustrated book with over 200 images, a laminated wall chart illustrating the guitar chords, as well as a CD-ROM in a slick and easy-to-carry portfolio. The Ultimate Guitar Course book is composed of self-contained one-page lessons with simple, easy-to-follow instructions as well as clear photos illustrating both hand placement and technique. The laminated guitar chord wall chart was designed so players can hang it behind your door for easy reference while you work yourself up from playing 1- and 2-chord songs to more complicated pieces. And finally, access the CD-ROM in your portfolio which includes a complete set of audio backing tracks for you to practice and test yourself. And because the memory stick is small and portable, we’ve also added the book and exercises in tab and notation right on it so you can take the complete course anywhere you need to be. Why wait? If you’ve wanted to learn guitar for years but just don’t have the time or patience for an expensive guitar instructor, then The Ultimate Guitar Course is for you. The lessons are quick and easy, and you’ll be strumming a few chords by the end of your first day!
More info on The Ultimate Guitar Course: http://bit.ly/1lAfJRn

The Ultimate Guitar Course is the ideal instructional for beginner guitar players who are looking to start playing a few chords from day one. It’s a graded course that will take you from your very first lesson through mastering advanced soloing techniques. It includes an illustrated book with over 200 images, a laminated wall chart illustrating the guitar chords, as well as a CD-ROM in a slick and easy-to-carry portfolio. The Ultimate Guitar Course book is composed of self-contained one-page lessons with simple, easy-to-follow instructions as well as clear photos illustrating both hand placement and technique. The laminated guitar chord wall chart was designed so players can hang it behind your door for easy reference while you work yourself up from playing 1- and 2-chord songs to more complicated pieces. And finally, access the CD-ROM in your portfolio which includes a complete set of audio backing tracks for you to practice and test yourself. And because the memory stick is small and portable, we’ve also added the book and exercises in tab and notation right on it so you can take the complete course anywhere you need to be. Why wait? If you’ve wanted to learn guitar for years but just don’t have the time or patience for an expensive guitar instructor, then The Ultimate Guitar Course is for you. The lessons are quick and easy, and you’ll be strumming a few chords by the end of your first day!

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MIDDLE EIGHT
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THE
ULTIMATE
Rod Fogg
COURSE
ZERO TOHERO IN A LESSON ADAY 
 
SECTION ONE
 THE ULTIMATE GUITAR COURSE
GETTING STARTED
Getting in tune
Before playing any music, the most important thing is to get your guitar in tune. Track 1 on the CD willgive you notes you can tune to, but it is far easier to use a modern electronic tuner. Some you plugyour electric guitar into, or you can use the sort that clips to the headstock of the instrument and picksup its vibrations. Or, if you have a smartphone, you can probably download a free guitar tuner app; Ihave one on my Android phone and I use it all the time.With the guitar plugged in, turn your tuner on and play each string, one at a time. Makeadjustments at the tuning peg (follow the string back to the peg to make sure you are turning the rightone) until the tuner indicates that the pitch is correct, usually with a needle pointing to the centre orwith a display that changes color. Check that the tuner displays the letter name of the string you aretuning; if the guitar is new the strings may well be below their correct pitch and need several turnsbefore they are in tune. If you begin to get erratic readings from your tuner, it may be that the batteryneeds changing.
Sitting, standing, and which hand goes where
Most performing on the electric guitar is done standing up, but to put in the hours necessary toachieve guitar-god status it will probably be best to practice sitting down. In either case it is best foryour hands if you keep the guitar neck pointing upwards; somewhere around 45 degrees is best.Whatever you do, don’t let it drop below horizontal. You will need a guitar strap that can be adjustedto the correct length. Imagine that the weight of the guitar is being carried by the whole of your back,rather than just your shoulder.For most guitarists, the left hand holds down the strings on the fingerboard and the right handplays the strings down near the bridge with a pick. Left-handed people often opt to do this theopposite way around, using a purpose-built or converted left-handed guitar. But there is no reasonwhy any one hand should be better at fretting than picking, so if you are a left-handed beginner youmight as well learn to play right-handed. The advantage is that when you go to your local guitar storeyou will find plenty of right-handed guitars, but very few left-handed instruments. Also, if you need toborrow a guitar at a friend’s house or a jam session, and you’ve learned to play left-handed, you’llprobably find all the guitars are right-handed.
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On the left is a tuner with a jack for you to plug your guitar into. It  also has a built-in microphone. The string is recognized  automatically, and the guitar is in tune whenthe green light in thecenter is lit, or whenthe electronic needle points directly upwards. On the right is a clip-ontuner that senses thevibration of the guitar  strings. The display changes color whenthe guitar is in tune.Follow the string you are picking back upthe neck and acrossthe nut (the block of  bone or plastic that  keeps the strings in position) to make sure you are turning the right tuning peg.
 
SECTION ONE
GETTING STARTED
To avoid confusion, throughout this book we willrefer to the hand holding down the strings as the “frethand,” and the hand doing the strumming andpicking as the “pick hand.” As you’ve probablygathered, the exercises are intended for electricguitar played with a pick, but most of them willconvert quite readily to a steel-string acoustic ormaybe even to a nylon-string guitar. If you don’t wantto use a pick, you can try using the thumb and fingersof the picking hand to pluck the strings: this is knownas “fingerstyle.” Some of the exercises, particularly inthe later stages of the book, are intended to beplayed this way. Study the two pictures below and getused to holding the pick in this way, balanced lightlybetween thumb and index finger. Then listen to CDtrack 01 and take a look at Exercise 1.
Exercise 1: The open strings, staves, tablature, and pulse
We write music on a stave. The top stave in Exercise 1 has five lines and is for standard musicalnotation, which is not unique to guitar, but can be read and played by other musicians such asviolinists or pianists. The bottom stave has six lines and is for a system unique to fretted instruments,known as tablature or “tab.” Each line represents a string and numbers are used to indicatewhich frets to play. The lowest line is your lowest sounding string and the top line is your highestsounding string. In this case the zeros represent the open strings: the sounds the guitarproduces without any help from the fret hand. So the object of the exercise is to play all theopen strings starting with the lowest sounding and ending with the highest sounding. Just letthe pick fall gently from one string to the next with a relaxed downward movement of yourpicking hand. We call this a downstroke—not difficult, but we’ve got to start somewhere.If you take a closer look at the notation stave, you will see that notes can be written on thelines or in the spaces, and that we add extra lines, called ledger lines, to accommodate lownotes that do not fit on the stave. We have also added the names of the open strings of theguitar: E A D G B E. Try playing along with the CD track. It begins with four clicks: count 1 – 2– 3 – 4 and then begin. You can hear the click carrying on in the background. Keep countingthe clicks so that you play the next note at the right time. Each one of the notes last for fourclicks and is known as a “whole note.” That makes each click a “quarter note.” We’ll see what theylook like in the next exercise.
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 Above left:A good  strap is essential. Onethat doesn’t slide around is best. Above right:A strapcan still be useful to keep the guitar up at the best angle evenwhen sitting down to play.Below left:The pick is held against the thumb by the index finger and points directly at the strings.Below right:If you get it right, the thumb will be pointing along the strings and the index finger pointing at the guitar.
THEORY 
Musical sounds arenamed after the firstseven letters of thealphabet: A B C D E F G.There are more thanseven notes on the guitar,so after G we begin againon A. We will return tothis in more detail later.

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