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    To learn how to play guitar, a student has to make a commitment to take lessons, study every day and be disciplined to do this over and again, for years to come.  It could and often does take thousands of hours of practice without producing any real short term satisfying results. 
This is mostly due to the inability to know what to study and in which order.  With over 10,000 chords, thousands of arpeggios and a whole plethora of scales, figuring out how it all relates and fits together, usually takes years to grasp song writing and what make music sound good. 

     In the pages to come, the are two major guitar lessons: a Crash Course to minimalize the amount of time it takes to have some basic understandings, and Daily Lessons to put it all together in logical set of simple patterns and exercises to dramatically reduce the amount of memorization and repetition needed to play.  These learning systems focus on the three fundamentals of all music theory: Scales, Chords and Arpeggios. 

     Master the basics of how all these elements relate and work together and you can write songs, improvise, play in a band or apply what you have learned, to virtually any instrument...



 Before starting with the daily lessons, take... 
A Crash Course in Guitar Theory
                                                                         based on the book by Kirk Malay

Chapter 1 - The Basics
Lessons 1 - String Names


     Looking at the fretboard diagram, it may seem upside down or backwards, but this is what it looks like when you're holding the guitar, from your point of view. 

     There are 6 stings on the average fretboard.  The first. and biggest string is known as the Low (big) E STRING.  The second largest string is the A STRING.  The third biggest string is called the D STRING.  The fourth string is just a bit smaller is a G STRING.  The fifth string is a tiny bit smaller and is called the B STRING.  The sixth is the smallest and is known as the HIGH (small) E STRING.

To remember the string names, use the following acronym...

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Getting started with...
The Daily Guitar Lessons
                                    A day-to-day exercise routine, for basic theory mastery.

    These Daily Lesson System exercises, are for the dedicated students to practice every day.  Each day of the week and each month of the year, the lessons are different and organized into a systematic, well thought out pattern, for the entire year.  By learning guitar in this format, a student will be familiar with all the common; modes scales, chords and arpeggios, in every key, over the entire fret board, within one year.   An actively aware and participating student, should be able to demonstrate how these basic elements all relate and fit together in songwriting. 

     If a student misses a day or starts in the middle of the week or year, the guitar lessons are cleverly designed so that it does not matter.  Each week there are 10 guitar exercises for each day of that week.  At the end of the ten daily routines, the student can either go back and practice them again or wait until the next day for another set of lessons. At the end of the week, another set of exercises (chapters) are added.  The student may repeat the chapter for up to 4 weeks (great for muscle memorization and mental understanding) or move on to the next chapter.  In all the routines, the lessons shift to another position each month.  This make it so that the entire fret board gets utilized and understood.

     Before becoming an official student, beginners should start by following the free basic daily lessons (11 for each day of the week) until they feel comfortable with the format.  Once a beginner is serious about practicing every day and has a strong desire to "master the basics" of guitar theory, they should then become a Registered Student and complete the full 12 month lesson plan course.


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