Guitar Lesson 1...

Finding The Strings - Pick Hand

This first lesson concentrates on the pick hand and getting used to finding the strings with the pick. Repetition is the key here and following are some pointers on acheiving success with this first lesson.

  • Maintain an even tempo throughout. This is important as its just as easy to learn the wrong notes as it is the right ones, so slow it down until you can play it perfectly and evenly from beginning to end. If you don't have a metronome or something similar, I would strongly recommend picking one up. They're cheap.

  • Play the notes with down and up strokes starting with a down stroke. Try to find a "comfort zone" for your hand over the bridge or tail piece of your guitar and above all relax the hand. Hold the pick firmly but lightly between your thumb and first finger.
  • I would recommend building speed for this excercise by playing along with the radio once you have memorized the pattern. It doesn't matter if its not the same key, it just helps to make the excercise more interesting and fun. That's what it's all about. Keep at this excercise for about a week or until you can play it flawlessly from beginning to end. Gradually increase the tempo and even once you move on to Lesson II, use this exercise as a warm-up.

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