Beginner Guitarists: Learn how to play guitar and sound great right away with this step-by-step guide! Daily guitar lessons for beginners from a trusted source.
Having edited countless guitar method books, Troy thought long and hard about what was missing in beginner books, and then he wrote THE beginner guitar method book that can get you playing guitar quickly–and sounding good!
“I didn’t want to write a beginner guitar method book until I was sure I had a revolutionary way of teaching and learning, one that beats all other beginner methods–something that really will get you playing and sounding good QUICKLY.” – Troy Nelson
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What separates How to Play Guitar in 14 Days from other guitar methods is not how quickly you’ll be able to play something on the instrument, but how quickly you’ll be able to play something that sounds great! The goal of How to Play Guitar in 14 Days is to get you playing confidently—and sounding great while doing it—as fast as possible because frustration is the No. 1 reason why beginner guitarists quit.
What better way to alleviate frustration than by playing something that is relatively easy and sounds great?
This is a BRAND NEW method for learning the guitar. Written by a 30-year guitar player who has seen it ALL and knows what works and what doesn’t.
As someone who’s new to the guitar, you’ve probably spent some time looking for the best method to help you learn the instrument—and there are tons of them on the market! Most guitar methods follow a similar lesson plan: they start with the different components of the guitar (neck, body, frets, bridge, etc.), move on to tuning the guitar, and then teach a few open chords and how to sight-read the first few notes on each string, and so on.
How To Play Guitar in 14 Days focuses on a few of these topics, as well, but what separates this method from the others is how quickly you’ll be able to play something on the instrument—that is, something that sounds good! The goal of this method is to get you playing confidently—and sounding good while doing it—as fast as possible because frustration is arguably the No. 1 reason why budding guitarists quit. And what better way to alleviate frustration than by playing something that is relatively easy and sounds great? (section continues in book)
Week 1 Open E Tuning – Day 1
BLUES SHUFFLE (1:30–1:15)
Blues shuffles are an excellent starting point for beginner guitarists because they sound great and they’re relatively easy to play, particularly when played in Open E tuning like our exercise below. Set your metronome to approximately 50–60 beats per minute (BPM) and use a downstroke to strum (towards the floor) the bottom two strings open, letting them ring for four whole beats. If you recall from the introduction, quarter notes receive one beat in 4/4 time; here, however, we’re dealing with whole notes, which receive four beats (whole notes = 4 beats, half notes = 2 beats, quarter notes = 1 beat, etc.).
When you get to measure 2, use your index finger to voice (fret) the note at fret 2 of string 5. Again, use a downward strum to pluck the two notes simultaneously, allowing them to ring out for all four beats. In measures 3–4, these two chords are repeated. The goal here is to target just the bottom two strings with our strums, avoiding the other four. However, if you happen to inadvertently include one or two of the other strings, it’s not the end of the world because they belong to the same key (E major). That said, still try to limit your strums to just two strings.
This next example is an extension of the blues shuffle we just learned. Now, instead of limiting ourselves to two string, we’re going to strum through all six of them. The first chord, E major, is pretty simple—it’s all six strings played open. In measure 2, we move to an A chord (in this tuning, it’s technically an Aadd9 chord) and, again, strum through all six strings. Voice this chord by placing your fret-hand’s middle finger on fret 2 of string 5, and your index finger on fret 1 of string 3. The tricky part is preventing these fingers from unintentionally muting strings 4 and 2, so be sure to use the very tips of these fingers and add enough arch to get a full, clean six-string strum.