Fingerpicking For BEGINNERS-Play Guitar in 12 Minutes! Lesson 2

This video is Lesson #2 of a Series I am doing entitled

“Fingerpicking For BEGINNERS-Play Guitar In 12 Minutes- Lesson 2.”

 

If you haven’t done so already, Click on this link to take the first Fingerpicking For BEGINNERS- Play Guitar in 12 Minutes Lesson 1

This #2 Video is a continuation of Fingerpicking For BEGINNERS-Play Guitar in 12 Minutes!#1 so, it will make more sense once you complete the first lesson..

In this lesson #2, we are learning a two fingered form of the A chord which is neither a major or minor chord. This A chord I have found to be a very useful chord in that it can be used in a lot of songs. I’ve even found it more useful than a standard A chord which outlines the major triad E A C#.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the “triad” terminology, not to worry as the goal here is just to be able to play the chord with the pattern that we learned in lesson #1.

The only difference with the right hand (from lesson 1) is we are moving our hand to the 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings. The first lesson we played strings 4, 3, 2, and 1. Yes, it is the exact same picking pattern only, we are doing it on different strings.

Proper left hand positioning and technique is vital in playing this form of an A chord properly without buzzing or your hand muting other strings.

And if your hand is hurting from doing so, it means that your technique is incorrect. Make sure you have your thumb in the right position as shown, as this usually solves most people’s problems when trying to form chords.

In the next lesson, we are going to learn an E minor chord, which is the same two finger position as this A chord form, only on the 5th string two frets up and the 4th string 2 frets up. So if you want to get a jump on the E minor chord before the next video is published, go ahead. The other difference is the E minor chord uses different strings to pick with the right hand (don’t worry, will show you in the next video.

Finally, there is a method to my madness here… These chords I’m going to show you are a song that I learned when I was 8 years old. It may be simple but people have complemented me on the song over the years many many times. I will show you this song and many others once you have a few more chords down on your left hand.

 

 

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