Beginner's Corner

About the Beginner's Corner series


Instructor: Bear Rose

Difficulty: 1-2 (of 10)

Focus: Instructor Bear shows you all the secrets behind chords & scales - from a complete beginner perspective. Step by step, you will understand simple concepts that are the foundation of some of the greatest songs in the world.
  • Beginner's Corner 1: Open Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. To start off with, we are going to learn a few open chords in the key of G major.

    Tags: Downpicking, downstrokes, chord progression, changing chords, G major, pop chord progression, pop chords, clean chords, strumming, comping, rhythm
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    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 2: Open Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. To start off with, we are going to learn a few open chords in the key of D major.

    Tags: chord progression, strumming, tutorial, first chords, pop song, pop chord progression, changing chords, D Major, comping
    2
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 3: Open Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. To start off with, we are going to learn a few open chords in the key of C major.

    Tags: strumming, chord progression, chord changes, changing chords, chord shapes, pop song, comping, C major, C major tonality
    3
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 4: Open Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. To start off with, we are going to learn a few open chords in the key of E major.

    Tags: chord changes, strumming, E Major, comping, rhythm, pop chords, pop chord progression, chord progression
    4
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 5: 7th Chords in A

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. Today we are going to learn a few open 7th chords in the key of A major.

    Tags: blues progression, 12 bars blues, open chords, D7, E7, A7, A Blues, A Major, Bear Rose, dominant chords, blues chords, strumming, changing chords
    5
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 6: 6 String Barre Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. Today we are going to learn some 6 string barre chord shapes and how to use them at different positions on the neck. All our chords in this lesson are from the key of F major.

    Tags: strumming, pop songs, pop rhythm, chord progression, changing chords, chord shapes, F major, first steps, shifting chords
    6
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 7: 5 string Barre Chords

    by Bear Rose

    This is the place for all you beginning guitarists to get started on your journey to great guitar playing. Today we are going to learn some 5 string barre chord shapes and how to use them at different positions on the neck. All our chords in this lesson are from the key of G major.

    Tags: chord shapes, strumming, open chords, changing chords, chord shifting, beginner, barre chords, first steps, pop songs, playing pop songs
    7
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 8: Power Chords

    by Bear Rose

    How to play power chords. The chords we will use are in the key of G major.

    Tags: strumming, G Major, beginner, power chords, punk rock, rock music, nirvana, ramones, bush, punky, pop punk, grunge, post grunge
    8
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 9: Picking Chords

    by Bear Rose

    Picking notes within chords instead of strumming the whole chord

    Tags: beginner, easy, picking, chords, E major, open chords, arpeggios, arpeggiated chords, comping, rhythm, pop song, arrangement
    9
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 10: Make a Song

    by Bear Rose

    Let's put together what we have learned so far into a song.

    Tags: beginner, easy, open chords, barre chords, power chords, songwriting, guns n roses, arranging, arrangement, composing, composition
    10
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 11: Right Hand Rhythm

    by Bear Rose

    Basic strumming patterns to take you to the next level.

    Tags: beginner, strumming, rhythm, right hand, technique, basic, starting, note values, whole, half, quarter, eighth , A Major, open chords, picking hand
    11
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 12: Strumming & Rhythm

    by Bear Rose

    A basic strumming pattern in a ballad style to improve your strumming, hand rhythm, and feel

    Tags: G major, open chords, strumming, right hand, rhyhtm, poison, every rose, ballad, first chords, groove, comping
    12
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 13: C Major Scale

    by Bear Rose

    A simple instrumental song that uses the C Major scale in a linear fashion in order to help you learn the major scale and internalize it.

    Tags: beginners corner, major scale, beginner solo, C Major, first steps, beginners soloing, beginner improvisation, scale shape
    13
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 14: Minor Pentatonic Scale

    by Bear Rose

    We continue on our journey to guitar greatness by visiting our second scale: the Minor Pentatonic scale. In this lesson we will learn the main shape of the minor pentatonic scale, and also learn to play it in a musical way while we memorize it.

    Tags: theory, beginner, solo, economy picking, minor pentatonic, scale, downpicking, A minor pentatonic, a minor, phrasing, learning scales
    14
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 15: A Minor Scale

    by Bear Rose

    Moving on in our journey through the first scales, we're learning the full Minor Scale. This takes our knowledge from the minor pentatonic scale and adds a few notes to make it a complete minor scale.

    Tags: beginner, A minor, A pentatonic minor, melodic solo, improvisation, jamming, first steps, melody, bending, minor, scale, theory
    15
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 16: Slash Chords

    by Bear Rose

    Expand your chord vocabulary! Venturing out from basic chords, we're going to tackle slash chords and discover how they can improve your chord playing and sounds!

    Tags: first chords, strumming, beginner, easy, downpicking, open chords, rhythm, comping, chord shifting, changing chords, rock grooves, G major
    16
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 17: Slash Chords 2

    by Bear Rose

    Continuing to diversify our chord knowledge, we are going to learn another way to use slash chords! Today we'll learn how to take a few basic shapes and move them up and down the neck while also utilizing open strings in our slash chords.

    Tags: chord shapes, G major, transpose chords, arpeggiated chords, picking, comping, slash chords, strumming, beginner, easy, moving chords, chord shapes, voicings
    17
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 18: Slash Chords 3

    by Bear Rose

    Continuing to diversify our chord knowledge, we are going to learn another way to use slash chords! Today we'll learn about how we can use slash chords to form major 7th and minor 7th chords, as well as use some of the other shapes we've already learned.

    Tags: strumming, beginner, easy, major 7th, minor 7th, strum, comping, chord shapes, D major, slash, chords, rhythm guitar, pop rhythm
    18
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 19: Chords Theory

    by Bear Rose

    Taking a detour from the normal style of lessons here on GMC, we are diving into some deep beginner theory: How chords are formed and why? Come with me as I explain this and answer other questions about chord formations and structure!

    Tags: beginners, corner, chord, formation, theory, chords theory, extended chords, major chords, minor chords, harmony, forming chords
    19
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 20: Beginner Solo

    by Bear Rose

    Taking a little detour from usual learning of chords and rhythm techniques, we are going to learn a beginner level solo in D major. We'll be drawing from knowledge of the major scale and focusing on melody!

    Tags: D major, easy melody, vibrato, picking, bending, phrasing, first steps, first solo, easy, major scale, beginner, corner, solo, articulation, scale applied
    20
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 21: String Bending

    by Bear Rose

    As we progress through our journey as beginning guitarists, we turn our attention to string bending for this lesson. Keep in mind that even though this lesson is focused on beginners, those who are more advanced would do well to practice this lesson to improve the precision of bending strings to the correct pitch.

    Tags: beginner, corner, solo, melody, string bending, diatonic scale, A minor, C major, left hand, pitch, workout, exercise
    21
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 22: Hammer-On

    by Bear Rose

    Let's look at hammer-ons! If you're interested in learning to play with some killer legato, this is the place to start. Hammer-ons are the first half of legato. We'll progress from absolute beginner to more advanced beginner through this lesson and learn some fun licks along the way!

    Tags: hammer-on, hammer-ons, legato, beginners corner, Bb major, left hand, workout, training, technique, lead techniques, smooth, fingers independence, soloing techniques
    22
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 23: Pull-Offs

    by Bear Rose

    Let's dive into pull-offs! If you're interested in learning to play with some killer legato, this is the place to start. Pull-offs are the second half of legato (check out my hammer-ons lesson for the first half!). We'll progress from absolute beginner to more advanced beginner through this lesson and learn some fun licks along the way!

    Tags: pull-offs, pull off, legato, beginner, E Major, pedal note, left hand, workout, training, picking, legato licks
    23
    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 24: Beginner Legato

    by Bear Rose

    It's time to take what we've learned from the past 2 lessons and combine them into some smooth legato playing! We've learned about hammer-ons and pull-offs, now we're just going to put them together and get them acquainted with one another.

    Tags: beginner, legato, hammer on, pull off, easy, G major, left hand, workout, exercise, training, technique, smooth legato
    24
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 25: Alternate Picking

    by Bear Rose

    Let's take a look at some beginner alternate picking! The past 3 lessons have been about legato, so now we're working on a new technique that is the opposite of legato: alternate picking!

    Tags: alternate picking, beginner, B major, pick, picking, melodic arrangement, coldplay, britpop, timing, tutorial, workout
    25
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 26: Beginner Slides

    by Bear Rose

    Today, we learn to slide! Sliding is a very important part of playing lead guitar. It has a very vocal like quality to it and can be used for great expression and emotion in playing, in a similar but different way than bending.

    Tags: slides, beginner, legato, smooth, sliding, soloing, D Major, articulation, expression, emotion, lead, sliding, single string melody, phrasing
    26
    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 27: Drop D Tuning

    by Bear Rose

    It's time to get low! Come and join me for a Beginner's lesson on Drop D Tuning and some basics on how to play in Drop D!

    Tags: beginner, drop d, tuning
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    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 28: The Blues Scale

    by Bear Rose

    It is time to learn some blues lead guitar! We've looked at the major, minor, and minor pentatonic scales in the past, but now it is time to check out the blues scale!

    Tags: beginners, blues solo, lead, scale, A minor, A blues, blues minor, phrasing, blues licks, applied scales, alternate picking, major pentatonic, minor pentatonic
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    Difficulty2
  • Beginner's Corner 29: Palm Muting

    by Bear Rose

    Today we're going to learn how to palm mute! Palm muting will allow us to effectively alter the dynamics in our playing and will improve our skills immensely!

    Tags: palm mute, dynamics, beginner, muting, palm muting, power chords, rock rhythm, D major, dynamics, comping, downstrokes, shifting chords
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    Difficulty1
  • Beginner's Corner 30: Finger Picking

    by Bear Rose

    Let's give our picks a rest for a few moments. That's right! Today's lesson is on Fingerpicking, which is a great alternative to using a conventional pick. Let your fingers do the walking!

    Tags: finger, picking, folk, blues, beginner, C major, arpeggiated chords, basic chords, open chords, arpeggio, comping, fingerstyle
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    Difficulty1