Good afternoon, it’s TheAndySan hurr again to dispense my nigh Bob Saget-sized chunks of wisdom to the masses.
When I was first starting out playing guitar again at the ripe ol’ age of 19, I borrowed a chord book from my friend Travis. A chord book is pretty self-descriptive; a book full of just about every chord playable, ranging from open chords to more complex jazz chords. The book also showed different finger positions, which was helpful if the main position was unkind to your fingers or if you wanted a different tone from the same chord. At the time, I found the book to be useless since I didn’t know how to apply the chords into a musical context.
I was feelin’ frustrated, and then one day when I was over at my friend Shane’s house, he showed me the best chords in the world: power chords. It’s as simple as putting your index finger on a string and either your pinkie or ring finger on the string below it 2 frets higher. It may be simple, but every single guitarist has used at least one power chord in their playing career. Every guitarist you’ve ever heard, are listening to right now, and will ever hear uses power chords. Sure, a lot of guitar teachers want you to learn the open chords, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you want instant musical gratification that’s simple to learn and can be applied to ANY style of music, LEARN POWER CHORDS FIRST!!! You can learn whatever you want after that, but learning power chords first opens up a veritable shit-ton of songs. Pretty much any song from the 90’s is consisted entirely of power chords so you have a whole treasure-trove right there (definitely moAr than 5 songs right there).
If it’s instructional videos you’re lookin’ for, look no further! Here’s a link to Marty Friedman’s Guitar Day One videos. This video comes in 2 parts:
Please note that these videos are tailored for people who know jack-plus-diddly about guitar. So if you know a thing or two about what a guitar is, either skip to part 2 or try these videos on for size:
Also, if you’re the “I wanna buy my videos cuz I don’t wanna steal” type, most of these are available on Amazon.com, eBay, or something similar. I’ve provided the links to buy some of them on Amazon. Other artists besides Marty Friedman that make instructional videos that I recommended above are John Petrucci’s Rock Disipline (the infamously overdubbed instructional video on YouTube with good ol’ JP discussing, among other things, how he uses time wArps to achieve time signatures like 69/42 as well as time-reverse time signatures), anything by Paul Gilbert (that dude is hilarious and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two from him), and Michael Angelo Batio’s first Speed Kills DVD. There are other videos, but those are the ones that have helped me the most.
Well, that’s all for now so I’m gonna watch some Kamen no Maid Guy. Peace!