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Old 26th July 2014, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guitar tips?

I can do strumming, but struggling with plucking. Any tips to pluck?
My friend instructor said for example G chord, pluck the last string first and then continue with the first 3 strings, play around and decide the order.
and I'm like huh?!?!? I cant do that..

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What's stopping you from doing what your instructor suggested?

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Re: Guitar tips?

I cant pluck well too! Cause when i try to compose and pluck the strings i feel that they sound weird and after i tried playing them i wont remember what i just played haha!

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Re: Guitar tips?

Why does it sound weird? Does it sound out of key? The cool thing about us is that from exposure to music (especially to pop music) throughout our lives, we subconsciously learn how all the twelve major and minor keys of music should sound like. All pieces will have their own key. After the first few notes, your ear just hears the key of the song. Deviating from this key by using notes outside the key will cause it to sound strange. In real time, music that uses notes out of the key do not necessarily sound out of key if the notes are only played for a short time. In fact, this is how blues and jazz music works.

At this point, without much experience or music theory under your belt, your best bet is to adjust the weird notes individually until it sounds right. Remember that you are always one fret away from the right note, because the farthest distance between any two note in a given key is the interval of a major 2nd, which refers to two semitones, a whole tone, or two frets on the guitar. What you can do is to either shift the notes up or down by one fret and see how it goes.

It helps to actually write down your composition every few notes on a piece of paper or software (Guitar Pro, etc.), especially when you're just starting out and don't really go by "motifs", but by building onto a piece note by note.

What your instructor is suggesting is to play the lowest string (i.e the deepest-sound, lowest-pitched string) of the chord, then play the 3 highest string. In your example, it would look like this on tab:


e|-------2---2---2-----------------------------------------------|
B|-------3---3---3-----------------------------------------------|
G|-------0---0---0-----------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3-------------------------------------------------------------|


Notice I bolded "of the chord", because it's not always the lowest string of the guitar. With the D chord:


e|-------2---2---2-----------------------------------------------|
B|-------3---3---3-----------------------------------------------|
G|-------2---2---2-----------------------------------------------|
D|-0-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|


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