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This will be series of lessons designed to take the beginner from learning the basic chords through learning to play those chords in a scale. It will also refer you to other lessons here at WN that are either comparative or should be your next step. To find all the lessons in this series, see page 4, or search my for all the lessons in my name.
The purpose of this is to show you as a beginning level guitarist how simply songs are created and to get you playing right away!
But that's not the only reason. Another very important reason is to introduce to you the basics necessary to develop the ear; to learn how to pick up and play your favorite songs. The ultimate reason is the introduction to the basic harmony relationships that can be found within each chord, and how those relationships work together in each subsequent chord. See Page 4 for an entire listing of all the lessons in this series.
In practical terms,
it's important for you to realize that there are many different roads for you to take in learning to play the guitar. Especially when you're beginning, it's a good idea to follow a particular teacher, because they have a method and a certain knowledge-unveiling sequence to their madness.
Very soon, you'll start to benefit from other teachers advice and experience. The point is, it's easy to be confused as a beginner. With that said, let me tell you how I intend to teach: I want to take the learner through learning basic chords in the open position, then through playing chords in a scale and learning about basic harmony structure, then through learning the basic moveable chord formations (learning about barre chords). Then we'll get into basic rhythm and finally intermediate/advanced techniques (there's a definite gulf between beginning to learn the guitar and advanced techniques. In the middle is this wide cavern called 'intermediate' and remains largely defined by an individual's progress as to what they call it).