Beginner Acoustic Lesson 1 - Your Very First Guitar Lesson - Eminor and A sus2

hey what's up you guys Marty Schwartz here and this is going to be considered your very first guitar lesson so this is what I have I've taught guitar for a very long time even before the Internet I know the dark ages I was even teaching back then and I figured out a way that I wish a teacher would have taught me my first lesson and so for my own desires now I'm going to be passing that on to you and what we want to do is just start with one little shape scouts honor one little shape that we can move around and start making some music right away now if your guitar is not in tune it's not going to matter how good you are at the fingering and all that the guitars not in tune is not going to sound good and you're going to get discouraged so I do have a video on just the basics of tuning your guitar there's a link for it here so you can check check that out because we need the guitar in tune before we kind of do this stuff so we're going to zoom in and talk about the guitar a little bit and learn this little shape with our fingers and you know the real key is not natural music ability really it's the the desire and in the beginning which I like to call like the first hump of guitar maybe we could call it like two months what you want to do is if you've always wanted to play guitar just give yourself you know work on it for like five minutes a day for two months and don't decide that it's too hard or too you know not for you just give it that two months of five minutes a day and what you'll find is a lot of times at five minutes when you have a little breakthrough can become an hour or twenty minutes but you know if you just give yourself the five minutes a day for two months you can take a few days off here and there that's okay and then decide because really it's about breaking through that first hump because the stuff you learn after the basics you can just add little things to your arsenal and it's just fun so anyway really appreciate the support let's zoom in though and start learning this stuff here we go all right so I'm going to show you these two chords that are the nice kind of the easiest chords to start with and you can make a little music right away but real quick let me talk about just the basics of the guitar a little bit we've got a guitar step1 step2 we've got the neck of the guitar and the body of the guitar body neck the headstock of the guitar this is a Taylor 614 got my tuner here these are the tuners headstock then we've got the strings right the strings are connected to the bridge of the guitar you've got sides here and you've got the top you got the back you got a little strap strap a bolt here and a strap a little strap bolt there you can see the reflection of my light and other guitars and stuff secret secret studio stuff and then but importantly when we start learning we've got the strings and if you look at the how to tune guitar you know Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie and you've got the sound hole and the really important the starting point here this little piece of plastic or ivory or whatever it ends up being that's called the nut of the guitar and then these metal lines here these metal brackets are the frets and what on guitar when you say like for instance the first fret of the e-string you don't mean right on the metal if I said first fret I mean this little section here in between these two things is the first fret so this whole space right here is the first fret this area in between these two metal frets this is the second fret third fret fourth fret etc the dots on the guitar are just little locator points so eventually you start to memorize where the notes are or help you you know play where a certain chord fits in there visual references and then what you also have is you a spot here on guitar where it's the 12th fret and you get these double dots right there you see the you got single dots here you get to the double dots right there and that's that's the octave of the open string so if this is an open E string it would actually go through the musical alphabet e f g a b c d e again so the open strings start over and what's called an octave up on the twelfth fret okay so that's just a basics for the guitar let's learn the E minor chord now I recommend you get a pick and if you're a beginner I would recommend a light pick or an extra light pick if you've never played guitar before as I progressed on guitar I switched to a thicker pick as I went along okay so we got a pick we got the strings we got the frets we got the you know the guitar is in tune so we're going to play what's called E minor and it's like the first chord of wonder ball by oasis it's the first chord of about a girl by Nirvana it's a first chord of wish you were here by Pink Floyd the list goes on and on I believe don't cry but Guns N'Roses Civil War by Guns and Roses plus it's in those songs not as the first chord for it's in a million songs so we're going to take our pointy finger our index finger and if you've never played before you're a beginner it does take a little time to build some calluses up so if it gets to the point where it's painful then take a break there's there's no rush although everyone wants to play right away and I get that instant gratification but we just gotta like just get used to it just like anything you know when you write with a pencil you get a little callus got to get that first so we're going to take our pointer finger here and we're going to play the second fret of the a-string so with my pointer finger and you know my hands just kind of behind the neck here like this and my pointy finger is going to hit the second fret so that area is the first fret this area is the second fret and we're on the a-string so the tip of my finger straight down not the flat part the tip of it straight down and then my middle finger the tip of that straight down on the second fret of the d-string so a little pro tip for you when if I say second fret and you're kind of scooted back almost to where it's on the first fret that's not ideal ideal is closer to the next fret up you don't have to press as hard and you don't get a buzzy sound so if I scoot it back we don't want that if I start to scoot it up you can hear it rings out perfectly so then we need to get our middle finger on that same fret the second fret but on the D string right there and we put them both down now if your hands kind of touching the other strings we're not going to get the perfect sounding chord so we want to make sure that there's enough space in our hand to where the strings that our fingers aren't down on will still ring out and it should sound like that and so just to start with you know you got your pick and I'm holding the pick um kind of if my thumb was up like that then the pick is pointing outward it's not directly sideways it's not directly pointed up it's just a little bit tilted like that and then I pinch it with my pointy finger and I paint I paint on the strings around the soundhole area you know and your arms should be nice and fluid I've got the curvature of the guitar which most acoustics will have that is on my right thigh for comfort it's comfy okay so let's go back to that chord and to start with we just want to make sure that the chords ringing out correctly the guitars in tune and for bonus points for extra credit for you great grubbers out there I got that from school rock um you can pick out individual strings and make sure that they're ringing out per you know properly this is also the cord from nothing else matters by Metallica you can do some up downs and as we progress learning new chords a great practice to remember it right I take my hand off I look on it again and make sure I can still form it take your time stick your tongue out of the side of your mouth if it helps you concentrate Michael Jordan style but another tip from the muscle memory of these shapes that we're going to have to memorize is that you hold the shape of the chord and you take your hand off while you keep the shape and then we go back and we put it down again and that's how we start to remember that as well keep the shape take the hand off put it back on so that's our first chord and we could start going you know we can do downs we could do down up down up we can take it nice and easy now here's what's cool and this is why I picked the second chord I'm going to teach you which is called a suspended two it's got a fancy name but the reason I wanted to show to you right away after E minor is that we don't have to learn anything new nothing all we do is we take that exact shape and we scoot it down a string so the e minor was the second fret on the a string and the second fret on the D string and we strung the whole thing to play an a sus two it's the exact same shape we just scoot it down so now it's the second fret of the D string as an Eddie ate dynamite and the second fret of the g string Eddie ate dynamite good bye sorry Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie so the D and the G 2nd fret index middle finger you can strum the whole guitar and it sounds like this now if you can avoid this top string here and start from here then that's even better so that's the a sus too and here's the e minor so then the next thing that we want to practice is just a real real simple strumming with our right hand we'll just go 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 and then switch to 3 pull mom three four and back then you get a little cocky about it you can start just practicing them back and forth like oh now I'm also hearing the take me to church song is that a minor chord as well so it's a million songs actually but so we have two chords right now and you can start getting creative and playing music and making some sound want to make some sound so we've got a minor scoop the thing over a string or down a string and you have a sus to which also kind of sounds like a tenacious D chord not your start all right there was thanks for hanging out real quick there's a link that you'll find for tuning your guitar and then if you had a little bit of fun with this lesson there's a link for the next lessons in this super beginner series so check those out and thanks for the support and you know just remember just be patient five minutes a day two months and make some music I also find it's very therapeutic and and it's just can be a great meditative thing to do besides you know digging music so thanks again for the support and we'll see in the next video you

  1. Thanks for watching! I have a NEW Beginner's Course right here:Β

  2. Im a complete beginner,i have learned some of the chirds,but its really to change in between the chords,is there any tip ?

  3. Thank you so much! All my friends could play guitar except me but this video and all your videos have helped me so much and I have learnt to love guitar so much. It has also helped me develop as a vocalist and is a great way for anyone to start playing.
    looking forward to much more!

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  5. Onto my third guitar and have just finished lesson 1 with Marty. I think this is the one Marty.
    67 years old, just retired for the third time, and have finally pulled it out of the bucket list.
    Thanks mate

  6. I'm wanting to learn how to play, I fell in love with my best friend for the girl I like(my best friend, duh) but, that's when I actually know how to play one note, lol. After that I'll continue to play for enjoyment.

  7. Marty! thank you!! you are by far the best teacher! I'm learning so much with your videos! please keep uploading.

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  10. I've been trying to learn how to play a song called "Neria" by Oliver Mtukudzi but all the people that teach the tutorials are showing me flames.

    Marty please check the song out and see if you can break it down please .
    I need to learn how to play this by October 😭😭

  11. having wanted to play quite for quite a few years, iv looked at a few you tube videos and iv got to say that yours are the most user friendly videos Im seen so far, Im a compete novice and the few that iv seen by you have given my confidence i didn't know i had when i comes to playing.

  12. Lol I got so exited I was like look lew (my bf) I can play the first 5 seconds of nothing else matters

  13. Thank you great video, you came recommended by a buddy of mine from out in Ohio, I did my first lesson with you today, and plan to keep up with your videos and training. THanks for making these its making a difference in the world.

  14. Played violin for 4 years and wanted a little switch up on the side of playing the violin! I’ll watch this when I get my guitar soon.

  15. My dad has been a musician all his life. He is not able to read music but has learned everything he knows just from sound. he plays lead, bass, and piano. I played the violin in the 5th grade and remember my dad working numerous doubles to be able to buy my violin. I was not confident in it, and remember seeing the look on his face when i did not want to continue playing the next year. that is still stuck in my head. My wife know how close me and my dad is now that i am 35 years old, so she bought me a acoustic guitar for x-mas last year. I am really wanting to learn to play, so that i can actually sit down with my dad and play a song together. The reason i do not go over and learn and jam with him, is because i live in Oklahoma (took a position here), and he lives in Alabama. I am starting with @Marty because i have read a lot of great reviews. Any tips and or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

  16. your the guy ! after many of years of trying to pick a guitar up to learn something and could never understand what people was trying to teach but i understood this leason of the bat man !! thank you

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