Monthly Archives: January 2013

Basic ‘Open Chord’ chart

This week in the world of my guitar tutoring I heard the cries for a chord summary on one sheet.  A selection of the basic open chords on a single reference sheet.  Easy to glance at and a digestible number of chords to work towards achieving.

I usually advise my beginner students to master the clean playing of these chords in order to strengthen their fingers and grasp this concept of guitar playing.  We begin to learn chords. 2, 3 or 4 at a time depending on learning pace and then we work at fitting them together and learning to move between them.   There’s usually a song or 5000 which we can learn in order to familiarise the process and have a bit of fun too between the aching fingers 🙂

Open Chords #1

The Open Chord sheet #1 is also in PDF format on my Free Resources page.   A couple of my students are left – handed and so I’ve adapted this for them in reverse format.  Anyone who is interested in this version just message me and I’ll send it on over.

Enjoy and keep strumming!

Jo

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#2 extra

It was brought to my attention yesterday on uploading my Notes on the Guitar Neck diagram that people have different ways of viewing guitar diagrams/tabs/chords.  I had a little think and decided to offer an alternative.  This new pdf to go alongside yesterdays one shows the guitar neck from right – left. This means the open strings are on the right hand side of the page.  Yesterdays version goes left – right with the open strings shown at the left hand side of the page.

The choice is now yours!  Head to Free Resources for them in their full glory.

Jo 🙂

Notes on the Guitar Fretboard (right to left)

Notes on the Guitar Fretboard (right to left)

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#2: Notes on the Guitar Neck

Week 2!

In continuation of my downloadable and printable materials I have compiled a diagram of the guitar neck complete with the notes on all 6 six strings.

The guitar neck can be a bit intimidating at first but once you start to see the patterns you will find your way around it in no time.  To begin on your journey feel free to print off my guitar neck diagram. It shows the notes on the neck from the open strings E, A, D, G, B, E all the way up to the 15th fret.

Notes on the Guitar Fretboard (left to right)

Notes on the Guitar Fretboard (left to right)

The guitar frets/notes ascend and descend chromatically. Once you become familiar with the different frets and chords as actual notes (and not just shapes) you will open up a whole new understanding of the guitar as an instrument.

Any questions send me a message and i’ll help as much as possible.

Other than that enjoy and head over to  Free Resources to see what else you can benefit from in the world of Jo Bywater Guitar Tuition!

See you next week!

Jo

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Acoustic guitar diagram

Anatomy of the Acoustic Guitar Diagram

A taster of what’s to come..

This labelled diagram of an acoustic guitar has been uploaded onto the free resources page along with an introduction to what the parts of the guitar do and are made from. Feel free to refer to and to use these visual aids.

Jo

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2013 and free downloadable resources!

Firstly..Happy New Year!  I extend my best wishes for the creative and musical year to come.

On a recent search for some good printouts for my lessons I discovered they weren’t so easy to come by.  This spurred me on to create and develop my own resources page. I’m a dab hand at using Illustrator and thought I’d jump right in there and get this moving.  All the resources I create for my lessons will make it onto this website as downloadable PDF files.  This will be anything from guitar diagrams to chord diagrams and everything in between.  If you have any ideas for things you would like to see on the Free resources page send me a message and I’ll see what I can muster up.

We all need some good clear visual aids for learning and teaching and I promise to put some good ones up here.

Enjoy and keep practising!

Jo

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