Beginning Guitar? Start Here!
Patterns For Beginner Guitar
You’re excited to start playing, and there are so many different videos and pages telling you what to do. It can be overwhelming! This post will help you by simply limiting the information, so you can focus on hitting goals.
- The E book provided shows 10 patterns for beginning guitar. Each pattern will only use 1 chord. E Minor. Pictures are shown in the book on how to play it (if you are unsure).
- These Beginner Guitar examples will only contain half notes, quarter notes, dotted half’s, and rests. No 8th notes, and no syncopated rhythms.
- For each exercise, it is recommended to begin only using downstrokes. You can always make an example harder, but first, master the exercise as it is written.
- These exercises start off very simple, and gradually increase complexity.
Did You Already Master Them? Try Adding These Ideas.
• Go the opposite way, playing each pattern with ONLY upstrokes.
• Change it up! Play each pattern with downstrokes on beat 1 and 3, upstrokes on beats 2 and 4.
• Creatively experiment with combining the patterns. If you need quick suggestions on how to do this, google “10 sided die”, this will give you a random dice roll between one and ten. Create 8 measure ideas based around 2 or 3 rolls of the dice.
For example: Roll 1 = 4 Roll 2 = 8
Use pattern 4, and pattern 8, creating your own longer, more complex pattern.
• Learn or apply another chord you know to the same set of patterns. Suggestions for beginners would include D, Dsus2, Dsus4, A, Asus2, Asus4, E, G, C, and C major 7th.
• Practice applying MULTIPLE chords to an example.