How To Play Natural Chords For Beginners

How To Play Natural Chords For Beginners

Learning to play natural chords for a beginner is one of the hardest things to accomplish when first starting out. You have to put your hands in weird positions & they tend to cramp in the process. Not a very fun experience in the beginning.

But I’m here to tell you, It gets better as time goes on.

The issue is your using muscles in your hands & fingers & bring to get them to do things they’ve never done before. So naturally they are going to ache during the process. one thing that can really help this is finger exercises.

It’s all part of the learning curve so as guitar players we have to go through it. But it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Here are some tips to help you learn your first natural chords.

Use these as a starting point for your natural chord vocabulary and keep building. As time goes on, you’ll see what I mean as you continue your development

There are literally thousands of chords you can play on the guitar.

Major, minor, diminished, augmented, harmonic,etc, etc, etc.

You don’t need to learn them all, just the most common ones.  And once you do, you’ll have set yourself up with a foundation for playing rhythm & creating all kinds of cool sounds with the guitar.

Never underestimate the power of playing rhythm.  It’s the foundation of all songs & a lot of them use these natural chords.  So take the time & discipline to learn how to play natural chords for beginners & you’ll be set.

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How To Create Your Weekly Guitar Workout

How to create a weekly guitar workout is very essential to any guitar player’s development.  Not knowing how to do this is what keeps beginners from progressing forward in a timely manner.  They don’t have a daily or weekly guitar workout.  With the proper workout, you can progress faster, easier & get to your destination much quicker.

But where do we start?  How do we get it all figured out?  Is it really necessary??

Yes, it is!!  It can really make a world of difference.  Think about someone who’s trying to get in shape.  They have certain workout they do to get there.  As opposed to just exercising once in a while.

The same goes for you and your learning.  You want to get on track, stay on track & keep going until you reach the finish line.  This is the goal you set for yourself in the very beginning of your journey.

Now if by chance you haven’t done that, or need to review it (which is more than ok) you can grab my free action-plan on Goal Setting for your guitar playing.

Now, how do we create our workout?  Well, we need to decide on a couple of things.

1.) What’s going to be addressed in the workout?

2.) How long is it going to be

Well, when it comes to guitar, there are quite a lot of things you can learn but you want to start with the fundamentals.  I know they are not always the most exciting (and can be boring sometimes) but they are essential to your learning & I recommend you DO NOT OVERLOOK THEM!!!

So let’s say we start on 7 things to cover during the week.

Day 1.) Getting in tune & finger exercises.

Knowing how to get your guitar in tune & knowing how to keep it that way is vitally important to your success as a guitarist. Finger exercises & hand warm-ups are vitally important as well.  So be sure to take some time to focus on these.

Day 2.) Forming & moving chords,

Knowing how to form & move chords is vitally important also.  Be sure to take some time to learn your different forms & shapes.  Majors, minors, etc.  This is the foundation of playing rhythm.

Day 3.) Picking & strumming 

After learning how to form chords, you want to work on developing your picking hand.  This will make a world of difference in your rhythm playing.  So be sure to take the time to practice this.  As it will pay huge dividends in the end.

Day 4.) Scales & soloing

If you like the lead guitar stuff.  This is what you want to study.  Scales, guitar licks & improvising.  This is a bit more advanced & requires much discipline.  You can do it.  You just have to get focused & dedicated.

Day 5.) Reading music

Being able to read sheet music for guitar can really be a huge asset to you as a guitar player.  You can just watch youtube videos which are ok, but if you learn to read the written word (at least the basics) you’ll discover things that you won’t find watching videos.  So be sure to spend some time on this one.

 Day 6.) Learning Songs

To me, this is where the fun comes in.  After you’ve done all your finger exercises, formed & moved chords etc, etc, etc, you can now start learning your favorite songs by your favorite artists( like say, Metallica that inspired you to play in the first place.

Day 7.)  Creating your own sound

This is what it’s all about in the long run.  To be able to create your own sound, possibly music & just bring you & your personality out through the instrument.  That’s what all the greats have done.  You will want to eventually do this too.  So study this as well.

Now that we know what to work on, how long is our workout going to be each day?  Well, let’s say we work on each thing for just 20 minutes a day.  That would come out to 140 minutes.  Which is roughly about a two-hour workout. If breaks are taken, maybe a bit longer.

Now that’s a long workout session for just starting out.  I’d wait till your fingers get conditioned (finger exercises) to try that long of a session.

But if you broke it down into a weekly schedule.  Then you could practice for 20 minutes a day & cover one topic each day.  That way all topics are covered & not too much practice is required.  What is required will be FOCUS!!

Lesson Conclusion:

The more focused you are on what you’re trying to accomplish & where your trying to get too is what’s going to get you through the learning curve (everything you learn, no matter what it is, has a learning curve) when things get tough & hurdles need a bit more work to get over.

Now we know how to create a weekly workout that’s not going to leave us exhausted practicing 10 hours a day.  If you want to, that’s fine.  But if you’re just starting out, you want to take it easy.  Don’t rush your hand & fingers development.  It will only disable you in the long run.

Do all this stated above & I guarantee you will see some leaps & bounds in your improvement.  But you must get focused, set your goals & keep at it until they are reached.  You can do it, you just have to believe in yourself.

If there is more I can do, be sure to email me  And if you haven’t already, be sure to grab my FREE action- guide “Beginner Guitar Secrets” with insider tips that’ll help to accelerate your progress.

Dwayne Jenkins


How To Stay Focused On Daily Practice

Learn how to stay focused on daily practice when learning the guitar. This is very important for your progress. It will determine if it’s fast or slow and affect our results.   If we don’t stay focused daily, we will lose sight of what our mission is.  To be better at guitar & be better at life!

Staying focused

When working on a dream (any dream) the importance of staying focused daily is crucial to its achievement.  But this is also one of the hardest things to do.  It’s not hard to get focused, it’s hard to stay focused.

Stay Focused


Because every day we have a million things going through our minds and we are constantly being fed more & more information every day!  On TV, online, magazines, you name it.  And as we search for the tools and training to get us to where we are going, we get sidetracked by all this.  Which is what it’s designed to do.

Make it a reality

Did you know that?  Yeah, it’s all designed to see if you have what it takes to see your dream through to the end no matter how long it takes.  Very few people stick with a dream long enough to make it a reality.

They get out of focus, take extended breaks, try out new things and eventually lose their hunger!  Hunger for the very thing that was going to make their life better.  This is why the importance of staying focused is an absolute must.

Watch the video lesson below

Develop patience

Without focus, your all over the map.  You can’t see as clearly.  You’ll begin to lose sight of the original goal.  The goal that inspired you to get focused in the first place.  Lack of motivation will set in and your progress will begin to diminish.

Develop patience with your learning.  Some concepts will come easy, while others will not.  Take your time & find your pace.  Digest information in small bits & go over things you don’t understand a few times.  I guarantee the answers will come to you.

Stay focused on your practice

So do your best to get & stay focused!  Read when you can.  Think about & write down your goals.  Keep positive chatter in your mind & keep away from negativity as much as possible.  All of this will allow you to stay focused on your practice.

By honing in your goals and making the commitment to see them through no matter how long it takes, you will give yourself a head-start in the right direction and be progressing faster than you ever thought possible.

Remember it’s a test

Remember, these are all tests to see if you have what it takes to achieve your dream. Not all people who atten=mot to climb the mountain of successful dreams (no matter what they may be) will make it to the top.  That’s just the way it is.  But by staying focused on the goal at hand (getting better at playing guitar)  you will give yourself a better chance at achievement.

achieving a goal

To achieve, you must get started

No place better to get started than at the beginning.  You see, a lot of self-taught guitar players don’t follow a plan and stay focused on that plan until the goal is achieved.  Especially now with the internet, they tend to bounce around from song technique to another and have fun.

This is fine except that without a system of learning to follow, they will eventually run into roadblocks.  Then frustration kicks in and the fun runs out.  A very common thing that happens quite often because they never set a goal and continued to stay focused on achieving it.

That is why a system is best to follow.  Like the system I created with my guitar book I’ve written and published called Lear Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners.

Learn Guitar Simple Method for beginners

This book is designed for anyone wanting to learn guitar and get the fundamental principles down in the shortest amount of time possible.  With step-by-step lesson plans and full-color pictures, this book will have you playing guitar in no time.

No prior music knowledge is necessary.

Even if you have never touched a guitar before, no prior music knowledge is necessary.  That is because Learn Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners is exactly what it says it is.  A simple easy study for anyone.  It doesn’t matter if you have the desire to play the acoustic guitar, or the electric guitar.  This book can help you do it.

Reduce frustration!

Many times at the beginning of doing anything, it can be frustrating if certain things are not known.  Like for instance, not knowing the proper tools to use.  Or possibly not knowing the right direction to go in.  Or even taking the correct steps in a certain procedure.  Knowing things like these can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting started on any new journey.

This method book will teach you such things as:

*What type of guitar to choose

*Correct guitar positioning

*Tuning up & using a guitar pick

*How to play easy chords

*Reading modern-style sheet music

*Creating rhythms with proper timing

*Arpeggiating chords

*Playing melodies

*Practice habits

And much, much more.  Learn Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners offers everything (and then some) you need to get started having fun playing guitar.  A comprehensive introduction to essential guitar playing fundamentals.

That provides a quick effective, uncomplicated and practical alternative to the multitude of traditional self-instruction method books.  By offering simple diagrams that can be understood easily for quick results.

Lesson conclusion

As I said before, work to stay focused on your goals of what you wish to accomplish with your guitar playing.  Everyone is different so you’ll have to decide for yourself.  But if you take the principles taught in this lesson to heart and put them into action, you can’t lose.  You will accomplish that dream.

In addition, be sure to grab my FREE action-guide “Beginner Guitar Secrets”  as they will give you a head-start in the right direction. And if you have any questions about what I teach, feel free to contact me.

Best of luck, and until our next lesson, take care.


5 Top Tips To Great Rhythm Guitar Playing

Learn Guitar for Increased Brain Power Benefits

UnknownIt has been proven time & time again that there are benefits to learning guitar for increased brain power.  Did you know that?  Yeah, it actually does.  Scientific research has shown that it really helps your mental health in many ways than one. And is very important for your everyday activities of life.  Here are a few examples to prove this theory.


Eye-Hand Coordination Improvement:Unknown

This is a skill that we use constantly in our everyday life and probably don’t even realize it because we do it without even thinking about it.  And Learning to play guitar helps keep this skill up to par due to coordinating the two hands when strumming rhythms or rocking out hot guitar solos.  Not to mention looking at the fretboard in doing so or trying to read sheet music.  All incorporate improved eye-hand coordination.

Motor Skills Enhancement:Unknown-2

We also use motor skills every day in all aspects of our lives as well in just about everything we do.  Learning to play guitar is widely known to help improve these skills and keep them sharp.  When playing guitar you are improving your motor skills by working with multiple concepts that make up laying the instrument.  Strumming, forming chords, reading tabs, playing melody lines.  So this is definitely a good reason for learning guitar.

Confidence & Self Esteem builder:Unknown-1

We need to have confidence in ourselves in order to enjoy life.  Every day we wake up we need to have something we feel good about to get us through the day in a positive manner.  Once again it is widely known for a fact, that learning guitar helps to accomplish this.  When you learn to play guitar and play the music that makes you feel good it raises your confidence level.  When people see your accomplishment it builds your self-esteem and makes you want to continue.  What better reason to learn guitar?

Increased Ability To Focus:images-1

Focus is another thing we use every day in our life.  Focus on where we are at, focus on where we are going and focus on where we have been.  Playing the guitar helps to increase this because there is so much focus necessary when playing music.  No matter if it focuses on what the two hands are doing, reading music or playing a 5 min song.  The focus is necessary and playing guitar helps improve this without a doubt!

Memory Retention:images-1

Memory is part of the brain that we use every day as well.  And this faculty of the brain must be exercised daily for us to remember.  Without it, we wouldn’t remember where we live, what our name is or what we need to do for the day.  Playing the guitar helps this every day as well.  When learning guitar you are learning a lot of different things that need to be remembered.  Like chords voicing, scales, fretboard anatomy and ultimately, your favorite songs. Believe me, guitar playing helps to increase memory function and is a great reason to learn it.

Build Social Skills:Unknown

This is one of the most important functions we need to develop as human beings on this planet.  Without it, we can’t express ourselves through vocal communication.  Playing the guitar helps develop this skill greatly.  It allows you to express yourself in a unique way most people can’t and it allows you to get your ideas across to people if you decide to play with others.  No matter if it’s a small resemble or a large group.  Learning guitar has proven time and time again to help improve social and communication skills.


So there you have it, a few reasons why you should learn the guitar.  There are many more, but these are just to name a few.  When you take on the journey of learning to play an instrument all these things help improve your life in every way.  Not to mention that there is no cooler instrument on the planet to learn than the guitar!  And when your talking rock guitar, I believe that goes without saying.

So why not take some time and learn how to play guitar and improve your own well being.  Take it from me, you’ll discover things within yourself you never knew existed.  Until our next lesson, take care.  And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely, Guitar Teacher, Dwayne Jenkins

How to Develop Your Guitar Sound

When it comes to playing guitar, one of the most important things to learn is how to develop your guitar sound.  And this depends highly on what style of music you like, what draws you to want to play that kind of music and whether you like strumming rhythm or playing solos.  All these things can contribute to you discovering how to develop your sound.

Learning Tips For Playing Rhythm Guitar

If you’re drawn to the rhythm aspect of playing guitar, you want to learn how to form chords and how to pick and strum them.  You want to learn how to develop good timing and create a practice schedule designed to accomplish this.Front view

First, you start out by learning a few basic beginner chord shapes like G C & D.  These chords are played within the first few frets and once learned can aid you in learning many really cool songs.  Second, you learn to strum these chords down and up with the picking hand to establish timing.  Third, you learn to move between chords in certain time intervals to create rhythm.  This can take some time to accomplish, but if you give it a try you will be amazed at how bits and pieces of songs you recognize start coming out of your guitar. And that’s when the magic really starts to happen.

Learning Tips For Playing Lead Guitar

If you’re drawn to the lead guitar aspect of playing, then you want to focus on learning scales and practicing finger exercises to develop strength.  Later on more advanced techniques will allow you to master speed and agility.  Timing is also very crucial in this aspect of playing and designing a practice schedule for this type of playing is needed as well.cartoon

One thing about playing lead guitar you want to remember is that it takes much more discipline to accomplish than just playing rhythm. And like playing rhythm, there are certain things you want to learn.  First, some basic scale forms.  Start out with the major scale (Do Ra Me…) second, move to the minor pentatonic scale patterns and the infamous blues scale.  Third, work on finger exercises to develop dexterity, speed, and timing.

Learning Tips For Setting Goals


Setting Goals is another aspect of guitar playing that is very important to keep you on track.  This allows you to choose what it is you want to accomplish, check to see how you are doing at accomplishing it and what more you need to do to accomplish it.  This is where most people who try to learn guitar on their own, fail.  They have no destination.  No top of the mountain they’re trying to reach.  They just grab the guitar and start learning.

At first, they start out all enthusiastic but then after awhile lose steam and sometimes just give up.  Which is never a good thing.  So don’t do this.  Get focused, decide where it is you want to go with your playing, make a plan to get there, get to work, stick with it and eventually feel great when you reach it.

Insights To Your Favorite Players

Learn To Rock Guitar!

Now if there is someone in particular that inspires you like the gentleman to the left then look into his style of playing.  What kind of chords does he play?  Type of scales?  Kinds of rhythm patterns? What kind of equipment?  An answer to all these questions will contribute to you learning how to develop your sound.  You could even light your guitar on fire, but I wouldn’t recommend that until you start making bank as a guitar singing Rockstar!!kiss 4

Every artist has their own uniqueness they bring to the table because they took the time to develop the sound they wanted.  Most even went a step further by developing their own unique image as well.  Kiss being the masters in this area.  When it comes to the artistic development of sound, image and stage persona you can’t get more unique than KISS.  They studied and put into practice the development of their unique brand of guitar playing as did AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and so on and so on.  You will have to do the same.

Get serious about your playing

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Get serious about your playing.  What you want to accomplish, who most inspires you to play and start working at developing your own sound.  Write these things down and look at them.  Write out a plan of steps needed for their accomplishment and set forth at once to put this plan of yours into action!  One little step at a time is all that is needed and before you know it, you will start seeing some progress.

Stay excited, stay committed and when it’s all said and done you will learn how to develop your sound and become an inspiration to others as these people mentioned above have done for millions around the world.  Even if your inspiration is to family and friends, you will find that the guitar can be a guiding light to a much brighter future.

Additional Help

If you’d like more on the topic of learning guitar for beginners check out my book on Amazon and if you could write a review it would be highly appreciated.  It’ll help my ranking.  And if you need any accessories to help you get started you can visit my store.  Here you will find guitar gear I use and recommend to my aspiring students to help in their quest to be better guitar players. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and as always, if you need any assistance feel free to contact me.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Guitar Teacher, Dwayne Jenkins.