A Simple Melody

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the concept of playing in position: three fingers that will cover notes on three adjacent frets. We’ll use these three fingers to play a partial A minor scale, and follow up with a simple tune that uses just six notes from this scale. We’ll also spend some more time talking about note values and musical notation.

Playing “in position” means that we essentially assign a finger to each fret within a four fret range. Most people’s fingers can comfortably reach three frets with three fingers: on the first string, try covering the first fret with the index finger, the second fret with the middle finger, and the third fret with the ring finger. This allows you to reach all three notes without having having to move your hand. We’ll be adding the pinky or fourth finger a little later, but for right now we’ll stick with three. We could say that this melody is in the first position because the first finger (index) is covering the notes on the first fret. This might also be referred to as the open position, because melodies on the first three frets often incorporate open strings as well. Brought to you by:

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  1. I have just started to try and learn guitar at 67. Tried many YouTube lessons but this is really enjoyable and got me keeping time. I would like to see more taught with such clarity.

  2. Who is the guitar player on this lesson?

  3. I like the feel of this song, it's like that Mexican western sound. I have an old keyboard a friend gave me. I can program chord progressions which is great as I can create my own backing tracks. If you can find a cheap one that's programmable it can really be a help with learning leads and melodies, and it helps learning rhythm like no other way unless your playing with others. The only downside is that I can only use major and minor chords and 7ths. My keyboard also allows for recording melodies along with the chord progressions. There are about 90 styles and they're pretty lame but it's amazing what you can do with a little tweaking.

  4. Sakthivel Ganesan

    Wow. Thank you.

  5. too many camera angles makes it confusing to follow. otherwise good lesson and teaching

  6. everything sounds better on a Larrivee!


  8. So slow, it's deadly.

  9. Ankur Bhattacharya

    sounds like folk metal 😀

  10. Lynne Riday-Reiter

    Very cool split screen multi view. That is so helpful.

  11. that suck,s

  12. Nice, like it. Where do I get the jam track for download?

  13. What's the name of the melody ?

  14. love it
    id like to download the music notation

  15. Thank you for the lesson. Very clear instruction.

  16. Hey,can you please do a guitar lesson for the main solo of 'Stream of Consciousness by Dream Theater', if possible?

  17. Thank you that was my first good played tabs.
    Nice melody

  18. I'm just starting out and your instruction is great. I actually played along. Where can I get the music to play along to? Thanks

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