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Playing Guitar: A Beginner\u2019s Guide
by Darrin Koltow
www.MaximumMusician.com
Copyright \u00a9 2002 Darrin Koltow
Playing Guitar: A Beginner\u2019s Guide
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Contents

Contents......................................................................................................................... 2
Acknowledgements........................................................................................................ 4
Also on MaximumMusician.com..................................................................................... 5
Also at MaximumMusician.com................................................................................... 5
Introduction..................................................................................................................... 6
About the Author......................................................................................................... 6
Practicing....................................................................................................................... 7
How to Hold the Guitar................................................................................................... 8
Tablature and Chord Diagrams....................................................................................... 9
Tablature..................................................................................................................... 9
Resources............................................................................................................. 10
Chord Diagrams........................................................................................................ 11
Resources............................................................................................................. 11
Tuning.......................................................................................................................... 12
Resources............................................................................................................. 13
The First Song.............................................................................................................. 14
The Song.................................................................................................................. 14
How the Song Works (Basic Music Theory).............................................................. 14
Resources............................................................................................................. 15
Basic Chords................................................................................................................ 16
Resources............................................................................................................. 16
Barre Chords................................................................................................................ 17
Minor, Root on String 6............................................................................................. 17
Minor, Root on String 5............................................................................................. 18
Major, Root on String 6............................................................................................. 19
Major, Root on String 5............................................................................................. 19
Dominant 7, Root on String 6.................................................................................... 19
Dominant 7, Root on String 5.................................................................................... 19
Resources............................................................................................................. 20
The Right Hand............................................................................................................ 21
Strumming................................................................................................................ 21
Resources............................................................................................................. 21
Melody: Alternate Picking.......................................................................................... 22
Resources............................................................................................................. 22
Chords: Bass Note Picking....................................................................................... 23
Improvising................................................................................................................... 24
Resources............................................................................................................. 25
Closing Note................................................................................................................. 26
Appendix...................................................................................................................... 27
The Major Scale........................................................................................................ 27
Major Scale Pattern 1: E Major................................................................................. 28
Major Scale Pattern 2: D Major................................................................................. 29
Major Scale Pattern 3: C Major................................................................................. 30
Major Scale Pattern 4: A Major................................................................................. 31
Major Scale Pattern 5: G Major................................................................................. 32
Resources............................................................................................................. 32
Playing by Ear........................................................................................................... 33

Playing Guitar: A Beginner\u2019s Guide
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The Short Version................................................................................................. 34
The Long Version.................................................................................................. 34
Resources............................................................................................................. 35
Introduction to Reading Music................................................................................... 36
Common open Position Chords................................................................................ 37
Chords for C Major................................................................................................ 37
Chords for E Major................................................................................................ 37
Chords for A Major................................................................................................ 37
Chords for G Major................................................................................................ 38
Chords for D Major................................................................................................ 38
Chords for F Major................................................................................................. 38
Resources............................................................................................................. 38
Notes on the Fretboard............................................................................................. 39
Index............................................................................................................................ 40
The Next Step.............................................................................................................. 41

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