We’ve come a long way since the first lesson and now would be a good time to go back over all the things we’ve looked at and fill in any gaps that might have been left. A lot of material has been covered and it may well take many weeks and months before you feel you’ve mastered everything. Below is a brief summary of the things you should know. Try and have as much of this stuff as you can committed to memory.
- Major chords: E, A, D, G, C, F
- Minor chords: Em, Am, Dm, Bm
- 7th chords: E7, A7, D7, B7, G7, C7, C major7
- Sus4 chords: Esus4, Asus4, Dsus4
- Scales: C major, A minor, and E minor pentatonic
- Strumming patterns. You should be comfortable with the 5 or 6 strumming patterns we’ve covered, as well as be able to play with a swing feel
- You should be able to play 5 or 6 songs from start to finish
- You should be able to play a simple 12 bar blues in A
- You should be able to play broken chords, and the song The House of the Rising Sun
This is only the beginning of your journey as a guitarist. The idea behind this course was to get you up and running and playing a few songs. There are lots of things I deliberately left out or skimmed over in order to keep the course approachable and fun. In terms of where you go now, there are many possibilities. I intend to get round to filming some Beginners Part 2-type lessons eventually, but in the meantime here are just a few suggestions of things you could look at:
- Perhaps the best thing you could do would be to learn more songs. You’ll find you’re able to play many thousands of songs just using the chords and ideas covered in this course. So get yourself a songbook, go online and find chord charts and tabs, learn songs from other players. This is your chance to learn some of your favourite songs. Have some fun.
- The next big step in terms of chord knowledge would be to look at barre chords. I’ve filmed a couple of introductory barre chord lessons, and you can find them here.
- If you’re interested in soloing and improvisation you might like to explore the minor pentatonic scale, learn a few licks, find out about alternate picking, string bending, hammer-ons and pull-offs, vibrato etc.
- If you’re into rock, you’ll want to learn how to play power chords and learn a few riffs. Check out my lesson on power chords here. And look at the songs section of the site for a few tunes and riffs which involve power chords.
- Acoustic players might like to experiment with fingerstyle playing.
Er, that’s it
Once again, well done for completing the course, and I hope you’ve had fun. Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions of ways I can improve it, or any ideas about future lessons you’d like to see. I’ll see you for some more lessons soon…