Which one’s difficult to teach? How do you train yourself to play the most well-known? Read on to find out.
In this article we’ll look at the different keys of the guitar, their characteristics, and how you could start to learn the guitar from a beginner’s perspective. Before looking at these questions, a little background is needed and there is a good reason why this topic is covered in a separate article and not in this article.
I’m not talking about the fret board, fretboard markings or fret-head shapes here. What my article is about is about the guitar itself, what instruments it plays, what strings it’s good with and how to learn it.
The guitar keys are not all on the one fret. There are different keys for each string. In most cases the two closest notes of an instrument are usually assigned to each key. For example:
F and G chords are a very common type of instrument. The lowest note in a string is called the lowest note in the key, which in other cases is called the root note of the key. If you’re familiar with the F chord, and you use it, this is an easy way to imagine how it should sound. The lowest note in the note that is not the root note (and therefore the top note in the chord) is called the tonic. If you’re playing F and G, playing F would be like playing a F major, as they’re both major chords. G, on the other hand, would be playing an E minor, and so on. It’s not the most complex system of chords ever invented but it does add some flexibility to the guitar playing. F and G chords are the basic keys of the guitar which have different key signatures. For example F is a common D major chord, whereas G is a common A minor chord.
As you’ll already know from experience, you can learn the guitar chords by ear from chord diagrams, a chord diagram written out like they are. But these diagrams are also pretty easy to take at face value and are a great place to start if you don’t know how to read music symbols.
There are also chords you can learn by ear using an audio lesson system like VST or AU plug-ins. But remember, they will either work a lot better for you or will be too confusing if you have no musical education. So that’s why using a chord diagram is an even more important thing to do during