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Guitar Lessons

                       Mr Falk 11 years old 1963

                         Mr Falk 25 years old 1977

Mr Falk

63 yrs old


You Can Play Guitar

The "Open String" Guitar System 

Lesson #1 Guitar Gear

3/4 size Nylon Acoustic Guitar (8 to 9 years)
1/2 size Nylon Acoustic Guitar (6 to 7 years)
Suggested Brands:
Yamaha or Rogue Guitars 

Miami MusicWorks on 11771 S. Dixie (has nice half size guitars)

Guitar Center 7735 Kendall Dr.

Picks (Medium)

Guitar Case (soft or hard)

Guitar Stand and Music Stand

Strap (Optional unless standing)

Tuner (Phone App or device)


Lesson #2 Tuning the Guitar

Guitar Tuning    E A D G B E

The first step to sounding great is to have the guitar in tune before you play.

A piano or another tuned guitar can be used.   Electronic or Phone App Tuners work best.

I recommend the SoundCorset Tuner and Metronome App

Youtube Videos can also assist you in tuning.
The guitar itself can be tune itself, by playing the fifth fret of the preceding string, except B. It's fret is the fourth.
Remember this saying: Every Apple Does Good Being Eaten
to recall the order of the strings: E A D G B E


                                 Lesson #3 Strumming the Guitar - Right Hand

The rhythm of the guitar is controlled by the right hand and a pick.

However, there is a secondary rhythm in the left hand as it shifts from chord to chord.

The left hand holds the chord, but lifts on the last beat of the chords duration.

The next chord must drop on the downbeat.

The first beat of each bar should be a downstroke to give each bar solidness.
When a chord is stroked down, it can be upstroked too.

Those rhythms, stroking up and down, are actually called eighth notes.
The other rhythms can be accented up or down to give it variety and interest.

Listen, watch and mimic your teacher or an artist playing different rhythm patterns.   

Without forming a chord with the left hand, start strumming with the right hand the most common strumming pattern below.

Down Down Up Down Up Down Up

                                            \     \    |   \    |    \   |


Lesson #4  The Chords - Left Hand

The Chords are numbered for your fingers to follow with the
Index 1, Middle 2, Ring 3 and the little finger 4.
                                                                     The thumb braces the hand against the neck.                                                                                   When strumming, squeeze the left hand the moment you strike to get a clear, clean sound from the strings.
The fingers must be curved in a claw-like fashion so not to mute the open strings.

Lesson #5  "We Will Rock You"   Queen

Buddy, you're a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place

We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you

Lesson #6   "Achy Breaky Heart"    Billy Ray Cyrus


        A  |  A | A  |  A  | 

     A                                                                                                                                                             E

You can tell the world you never was my girl You can burn my clothes up when I'm gone

Or you can tell your friends just what a fool I've been


And laugh and joke about me on the phone

    A                                                                                                                                              E

You can tell my arms go back to the farm     You can tell my feet to hit the floor

Or you can tell my lips to tell my fingertips


They won't be reaching out for you no more


   A                                                                                                                                              E

But don't tell my heart, my achy breaky heart  I just don't think he'd understand


And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart  He might blow up and tell this man   Ooh

Lesson #7   "Yellow Submarine"   The Beatles

                       EE                                  AA                            DD                                     EE

In the town     where I was born        Lived a man         who sailed to sea         

                        EE                          AA                       DD                                EE

And he told        us of his life      In the land          of submarines      

                E                               A                    D                               E

So we sailed, up to the sun  Till we found, the sea of green

                   E                                        A                       D                      E                                

And we played, beneath the waves  In our yellow, submarine       

   A                           E                                          E                                     A

We all live in a yellow submarine    A yellow submarine, a yellow submarine

    A                           E                                          E                                     A

We all live in a yellow submarine  A yellow submarine, a yellow submarine