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Completely Master the Guitar No Matter If You Are A Beginner. Learn More Here Copyright 2012 YourGuitarSage

Thank you so much for downloading my FREE ebook!

I sincerely feel that what I cover in the next few pages is the absolute best place from which to start your journey to learning to play the guitar...And after going through this information, Im sure youll agree! Because people find my information from so many different sites on the internet, I thought Id dedicate this page to showing you the best places to find Your Guitar Sage videos, materials and information... I hope to see you soon on my many web and social networking pages!

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WELCOME!

Before we begin, I want to let you know a little about myself and my approach towards teaching guitar. I have
been playing guitar for over 25 years and have been in numerous bands (rock, metal, country, pop, classical, alternative) during that time. I have studied with many teachers and was a classical guitar major for 3 years before graduating with a Music Business degree. I am a working studio guitarist as well as a guitar teacher, songwriter and producer. I LOVE playing guitar for a living and am living my dream! I also LOVE imparting others with knowledge so that they, too, can fulfill their dreams as it relates to the guitar. Thank you for allowing me to guide you in this great learning process. A word of encouragement - Some of the concepts that you are about to learn are quite thick with information; you WILL be challenged to do some serious thinking about the guitar. Your hands will be, most likely, just as equally challenged. One-on-one teaching allows me the opportunity to impart these same concepts in more detail, and also gives me the chance to encourage my students; to guide them through those parts that might discourage them from playing. Before embarking on this journey, you must remember that you WILL get discouraged at times! You WILL get frustrated and most likely, you will want your skills to progress fasterand to that I say, WELCOME TO THE CLUB! Most every musician wants things to move faster than they typically do. The greatest guitarists have ALL felt these frustrations and have also felt, at times, that they were not cut out for guitar. But like all good, worthy endeavors, we must strive for the mark. If gold were just a few inches beneath the soil in our own backyard, we would be digging it up all day and probably wouldnt appreciate it much at all. But because its found deeper and requiring considerable effort to extract it its much more valuable and appreciated that much more! So be encouraged! Remember that the time you spend on the guitar WILL pay off! Have FUN and spend as much time as you can playing, practicing and honing your skills. I promise you WILL see great progress!! NOW DIG IN!!

Erich Andreas, Your Guitar Sage

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ThE following is just a short list of videos available to you free of charge on 2 of my YouTube channels,

Video Directory

YourGuitarSage and YGSGuitarLessons. These and many of my other videos serve as the perfect teaching companion to this eBook - and to the others that are forthcoming, as well!

YourGuitarSage YouTube Channel http://bit.ly/15xr5P

YGSGuitarLessons YouTube Channel http://bit.ly/ik9Bxu

Intro to YourGuitarSage http://bit.ly/i0ziiC

Baby Beginner Guitar Lesson http://bit.ly/gJAPtS

Encouragement/Advice http://bit.ly/hV1x24

How to Play Open Chords http://bit.ly/f9dqUe

How to Read Charts http://bit.ly/f6ock8

How to Use a Capo http://bit.ly/hz2UX9

Tuning Your Guitar by Ear http://bit.ly/ey8W75

Strumming Method http://bit.ly/eOwK91

Diatonic Harmony http://bit.ly/fmeX98

So, check em out - especially if you find a particular topic a little difficult at first - and replay them as often as you need! ...and of course, dont forget to subscribe to YourGuitarSage and YGSGuitarLessons on YouTube! 5

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Tuning Your Guitar


know all the notes, chords and songs in the world, anything you try to play will just end up sounding awful if your guitar isnt in tune! The graphic below is actually a tuner! Just click each string to hear what it should sound like (in standard tuning) and adjust your tuning pegs accordingly (tighter string=higher pitch, looser string=lower pitch). You can also click the Play all strings button to hear them all together... Tuning really is sort of an art in and of itself...and the only way to get good at it is to practice! SO GET THAT GUITAR TUNED UP! :)
6/E 5/A 4/D 3/G 2/B 1/e

BEForE we jump into actually learning to play anything, weve got to tune our guitar! After all, even if you DO

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How to Play Open Chords PLaying open chords can seem like a daunting task for new players, but remember EVERY player goes through
thisSO HANG ON! First of all, remember the importance of playing on your fingertips. If you play on the pads of your fingers, you will NOT be able to play chords well! Observe your hand when you are playing. If something does not sound right, its PROBABLY NOT! Play with the specified fingers to start off. If you want to change fingerings after you have mastered these chords, then great! But for now, stick to the specified fingering and you will quickly see your discipline pay off. Arpeggiate (pick slowly) through the chord so that you can hear each note as it is being played. You will only cheat yourself by being sloppy, so pay close attention to your fingerings and technique. When transitioning from one chord to the next, be aware of your fingers; which ones need to move where and what fingers stay in place, (i.e. The 3rd finger never moves when going from a D to a G chord, or from a G to a D. For E to A-, all the fingers move together.)

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...and theres LOTS more examples in the full eBook!!

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Strumming Rhythm Study For this study, take it slow and go through ALL the levels in order... Very simply, the notation is: 1,2,3,4 are
all down strums and the + means to strum up.

Level 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 + + + + 2 2 2 2 2 2 + + + + 3 3 3 3 3 3 + + + + 4 4 4 4 4 4 + + + +

...and theres LOTS more examples in the full eBook!!

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How to Read Chord Charts LEarning to read chord charts is fun, easy and it will open a new world of songs to you, as you will now be
able to decipher the code. As a teacher and studio guitarist, I use charts all the time especially for songs that I am not familiar with, or dont have the time or need for memorizing. This method of playing music is not that different from preparing a speech and then reading it, or referring to your notes throughout the speech. Suffice it to say, if you can read charts, your repertoire of playable songs is practically endless! ...as long as you have the chart, of course! There are many chart types, but only a few that you will see often. The types that we will be covering in this section are the most common and most useful; namely the standard and number charts. Now, I know youre REALLY EXCITED to just jump into it, but before we can unlock these charts, there are a few things we need to go over...

Meter Most songs begin and end with the same meter. Meter is defined as: rhythm that continuously
repeats a single basic pattern. About 99 percent of todays music is in 4, which means that the basic pattern repeats every 4 beats. Most other tunes are in 8 or 6, where the pattern repeats every 8 or 6 beats, respectively. Every now and then, you will find a song written in an odd time signature like 5 or 7. Money by Pink Floyd, for example, is in 7. If our chart says in 4, that means that the basic pattern - for the most part will repeat every 4 beats. If there is a strumming rhythm, it will typically repeat every 4 beats as well. If you have trouble counting to the music, here are some things that might help: * Most songs emphasize the 1 beat. Its when most chords transition from one to another. * The snare drum (the very loud crack you can easily hear on most recordings) is usually on the 2 and 4.

Capo and Feel If the song needs a capo (which, youll recall, is an easy means of transposing chords) it will
typically be denoted as, Capo2, Capo3, etc. If the notation is Capo3, this indicates that you should put the capo on the 3rd fret. Often times, charts wont mention what the feel of the song is. No problem! Just capo where indicated and act as if the capo is the nut of the guitar. If you move the capo to the 3rd fret, you will need to play your chords 3 frets higher than you would if you did not use the capo. I will often denote the feel of the song especially if its a number chart - so you know what chord to play for the number represented... ...more on that later.

...and theres LOTS more copy in the full eBook!!

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Counting Song IN 4 CAPO 2(C feel)


INT: VRS: C C C CHR: VRS: G C C CHR: VRS: G C C G/B DG/B DG/B G/B DA- F A- F A- F F A- F A- F F A- F A- F C C C G C C G C C G/B DG/B DG/B G/B DA- F A- F A- F F A- F A- F F A- F A- F

...and theres LOTS more example charts in the full eBook!!


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Here are some lovingly hand-crafted, special sauce tutorial vids from my YGSGuitarLessons YouTube channel to help you through some of the material in this eBook2! Take your time, pause often and rewind whenever you want...ITS VIDEO!

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Talent Versus Practice HavE you ever seen your favorite guitarists tear up a fret board without even seemingly trying? Do you think

they got that way because they were lucky, or because they were born into it? Let me both disappoint and liberate you at the same time with the answer. One guitar player isnt any luckier than another or born into playing licks easier than another. If you were to take the top guitar players of each genre and find out how much they have practiced and how much they continually practice, it would be quite mind boggling. Is it a coincidence that only the great players are the ones that practice so much? Obviously, you can see where Im headed with this. Guitar players who have been playing for a long time and still have not progressed past a certain point, have not done so because of lack of talent. Theyve come to this point because of their lack of practice! If it makes you feel better to believe that that Eddie Van Halen or any of the other great guitar players were born with a gift that you were not born with, then believe away only to the detriment of your own playing. However, thats not why you are here. Thats not why we are here!

This is a subject that is rarely addressed or ,often times, misunderstood completely. The definition of talent is a natural aptitude or skill. As far as practice goes, we all know what practice is and that doing more of it makes us better at whatever skill we are trying to improve. I know Im going to step on some toes with this portion of the book, but bear with me because I promise you that what I am going to share with you in this section will only empower you to become the best player that you allow yourself to be. Simply put, the point of this section is that the belief that you must be born talented or have some natural inclination to excel above the herd is not only completely false, but also extremely limiting to your playing... and your life!

Many people believe so fervently in this idea of an innate need for talent - as opposed to sheer practice - that they talk themselves right out of excellence! Defenders of the talent theory like to use examples of great icons that excel in a particular field or genre and say there, you cant tell me that they are not talented!. They assume that the person was simply born with the ability they are displaying in their excellent performance. This assumption, however, is very insulting and negates the thousands - or even tens of thousands of hours - that a person has spent perfecting their craft.

What do Jimi Hendrix, Amadeus Mozart, Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison all have in common? Well, depending on who you ask, some might say they were gifted or talented. Others who have taken the time to step back, will realize that their gains are because of dedication, innovation, organization and perseverance. They understand that the more one practices, the better one gets. Now I know that concept sounds logical, but see if you can step outside yourself for a moment and watch yourself slip into the talent camp when something appears to be out of your reach.

What Im saying is, and I know this from personal experience because I used to do it often, its easy to look at someone who has mastered his craft and say that they have some leg up on you. Ive done it so many countless times throughout my life. I used to do it most often with musicians, but my love of illusions(magic),

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The Power of the Pentatonic Scale A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave - in contrast to a heptatonic (seven note) scale,
such as the major and minor scales.

As the name suggests, the pentatonic scale is a five note scale. It is easily the most widely used scale throughout world music including rock, pop, blues, jazz and other contemporary and traditional genres of music. It differs from the major scale in that there are two notes missing. Musicians evaluate all chords and scales according to the major scale. Its our benchmark, if you will. So, if you took the fourth and seventh note out of the major scale you would have the major pentatonic scale. Yep, its as simple as that!

But there is something special about the pentatonic scale that makes it sound unique and why its so widely used. Think about the ingredients in a recipe. A simple recipe with three or four ingredients can often times taste better than something with 30 ingredients. In the case of notes, more is not always better. If we are comparing the major pentatonic scale to the major scale, then the notes represented would be one, two, three, five and six. Remember we said that the fourth and seventh notes of the major scale are not played.

The minor pentatonic has the same shape, but as you will see in the diagram that follows, would be played in a different place. If you already know the minor scale, then just take out the 2nd and 6th scale degrees (notes) - everything else stays the same. If this part does not make sense to you, hang in there. You can also learn this by memorizing and knowing how to use the forms.

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Pentatonic Scale Diagrams


A minor pentatonic scale - form 1
1/e 2/B 3/G 4/D 5/A 6/E

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Bar Chords Bar chords, also known as barre chords, are any chord that requires at least one finger to press down multiple
strings simultaneously (at the same time). Bar chords allow guitarists to play chords that are not restricted to the open strings. Bar chords are known as movable chords as each form can be moved up and down the neck in a linear fashion. That is, one bar chord formation will allow the guitar player to play a chord in any key by merely moving it up or down the neck. Bar chords can be used in conjunction with open chords or with other bar chords. Bar chords are sometimes necessary when a song requires a chord to be played that cannot otherwise be played open. Any chord played in the open position can be replicated as a bar chord further up the neck, given of course that the guitarist has built the strength and dexterity to do so.

So hold on Erich! You are saying that anything I play in the open position can be played further up the neck in bar chord fashion to produce the same chord in every other key? Yes! That one concept alone will open your playing up quite a bit. That means that many of those open chords that you know already are going to become our patterns or templates for the first set of bar chords that you should learn.

As you probably know already from watching my instructional videos on my YouTube channels, many of my lessons are based around open chords and the use of a capo. I try to keep things as simple as possible when teaching. My philosophy is, theres no need in complicating something thats not complicated. There are plenty of intricate guitar parts that cannot be simplified. In those cases there is no way around it. Sometimes however, even the simplest of songs call for bar chords and theres no way around that, either. The capo can be used to limit bar chords or change the forms of the open chords that you would use, but sometimes you just have to play a bar chord. In those cases wouldnt it be nice to have that ability?

...and of course, theres more to this in the FULL version of eBook2

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6th String Root Bar Chord Forms


*click the chord stamp to hear Erich play the chord for you
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Video Directory
What would your Blues eBook be without links to all the fun-filled, action-packed, related vids on the YourGuitarSage and YGSGuitarLessons YouTube Channels? Well, here they are!!

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The Blues Scale


I like to teach the blues scale as to how it relates to the pentatonic scale. If you haven't read the section about the pentatonic scale, please do that now as we will be building upon that information. If you are already familiar with the pentatonic scale, then you are more than half way to having a good understanding of the blues scale and how to use it. With that being said, the blues scale is the pentatonic scale with the addition of one more note. If you are playing the minor blues scale, you will be adding the flatted fifth to the minor pentatonic scale. If you are playing a major blues scale, you will be adding the flatted third to the major pentatonic scale. If you remember from eBooks one and two, the major scale is extremely important to musicians and it's our sole benchmark for analyzing chords and scales. So if we wanted to find the flatted fifth of the A minor pentatonic scale, we would need to play the A major scale to find the fifth note to flatten it. If we wanted to find the flatted third of the C major pentatonic scale, we would need to play the C major scale and find the third note to flatten it. That's why it is called the flatted fifth or flatted third. It's not crucial that you understand how we came up with that, but if you're like me you like to know the why about things. You can always look at our diagram that follows this text description and see just how closely the pentatonic and blues scale actually are. Try as you may, you can't play the blues scale without sounding bluesy. Therefore, it's going to be our scale of choice for this style. The minor blues is a more widely used and accepted sound; however major blues is also acceptable and has its own flair. Since the whole idea of blues music is that which cries and sings, I personally prefer the minor blues sound.

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Blues Lick Primer 1 for form 1 (Key of A)


Back to Directory Page www.yourguitarsage.com YourGuitarSage/Erich Andreas of A Minor) Blues Lick Primer 1 for form 1 (Key
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1/2 ...and theres LOTS more Blues Lick examples in the full eBook!!

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Boogie Woogie Basic (Key of A)


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Boogie Woogie Turnarounds (Key of A) www.yourguitarsage.com YourGuitarSage/Erich Andreas

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...and theres LOTS more Turn-around examples in the full eBook!!

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YourGuitarSage eBook 1 (interactive .pdf version 1.5) The ultimate beginner to intermediate guide; a must-have for brand new players of all genres! Check it out by clicking the cover! Click Here to Get eBook 1 Click Here to Learn About My Online Guitar Course for Beginners eBook 2 - The Next Step (Interactive .pdf) Builds upon eBook 1 bringing beginners and intermediate players to advanced levels! This eBook is especially chock full o YGS fun and learnin! Click Here to Get eBook 2 Click Here to Learn More About The Unstoppable Guitar System
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The Blues eBook (interactive .pdf) 60 fun, interactive pages of Blues style, theory and technique lessons brought to you as only Erich - Your GuitarSage - can! Click Here to Get The Blues eBook Click Here to Learn More About The Most Direct Method to Guitar Mastery
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Ukulele eBook For guitar players who want to add to their repertoire; this 4-string cousin is the perfect complement! Erich shows you this relationship in eBook 1 fashion! Check It Out Today!
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