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Guitar Beginner Center

Updated on August 6, 2009

Welcome to The First In A Series Of Guitar Hubs

My name is Matthew and I have been playing the guitar since I was seven years old.

Every guitar beginner can succeed at playing the guitar. I will prepare easy lessons for you. Take as much time as you need on each lesson. Practicing is the key here. Trust me, in twelve years, I have had tons of practice!

First, you will become familiar with the guitar itself. Then I will teach you how to play chords to bar chords. Before long, you will be playing guitar like a pro.

If you are a guitar beginner, the best way to use my Guitar Beginner Center hubs is to follow the lessons in order. Do not feel like you are being rushed. Relax. Enjoy. Take your time. Above all, don't forget to practice, practice, practice. Because I also enjoy playing bass and ukulele, there will be some lessons for these instruments as well.

Matthew Schulze Playing His Guitar

Matthew Schulze and one of his electric guitars.
Matthew Schulze and one of his electric guitars.

Some Background About Me

I have been playing guitar since I was old enough to pick up a toy guitar. I was about two years old the first time, according to my mom. I also loved playing toy drums and toy keyboards and I have been playing those instruments for about 6 years now.

I took my first real guitar lesson when I was seven years old and have been playing ever since. Music is my passion. I play guitar, piano, and drums and I love just about every kind of music there is. I have even written some songs, mostly Christian, so when my dad told me to get a job, I asked about doing a web site. He suggested I build some hubs. He has quite a few of them.

As I gain more knowledge, I will pass that on to you in advanced lessons. I am looking forward to sharing my love of the guitar with you. Remember, I am always here to help you if you have a problem with a lesson.

I Love Guitars!

This photo is of me standing behind some guitars at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The double green one in the middle belonged to Alabama! They are so cool.
This photo is of me standing behind some guitars at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The double green one in the middle belonged to Alabama! They are so cool.
Country Music Hall of Fame guitars that we saw in June of 2008 in Nashville. I had a blast!
Country Music Hall of Fame guitars that we saw in June of 2008 in Nashville. I had a blast!
Alabama's Guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Alabama's Guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame

This past summer (June of 2008), I got to see the gold piano belonging to Elvis Presley! It was one of the coolest moments of my life. Yes, I love guitar, but I also play piano and drums. I love music, all types, really. I have been playing rock and roll and country music since I was a toddler.

My favorite toys were musical--toy guitars, drums and keyboards. I wrote my first song when I was four. It was called "I'm Standin' On My Bone". I don't really remember it, but I sang it all the time around the house while I played one of my toy guitars.

As I was saying, this past June of 2008, my family and I went to Nashville so my sister and I could go to Camp Electric, a Christian music camp. While we were there, we got to visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall Of Fame. We met Eddie Stubbs, the Grand Ole Opry DJ at the Country Music Hall Of Fame where he normally goes on Sunday mornings. We had to check in at Camp Electric by 1pm so we went to the Museum at 9am.

When we walked into the lobby, much to our surprise Eddie Stubbs was there and no one else was near him. We walked right up to him and told him how much we enjoyed being at the Grand Ole Opry the night before, seeing him and all of the great performance. Eddie Stubbs was so nice to us. We took a photo with him.

My favorite toys were musical--toy guitars, drums and keyboards. I wrote my first song when I was four. It was called "I'm Standin' On My Bone". I don't really remember it, but I sang it all the time around the house while I played one of my toy guitars.

As I was saying, this past June of 2008, my family and I went to Nashville so my sister and I could go to Camp Electric, a Christian music camp.

While we were there, we got to visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall Of Fame. We met Eddie Stubbs, the Grand Ole Opry DJ at the Country Music Hall Of Fame where he normally goes on Sunday mornings. We had to check in at Camp Electric by 1pm so we went to the Museum at 9am.

When we walked into the lobby, much to our surprise Eddie Stubbs was there and no one else was near him. We walked right up to him and told him how much we enjoyed being at the Grand Ole Opry the night before, seeing him and all of the great performance. Eddie Stubbs was so nice to us. We took a photo with him.

Nashville Photos

My family and me with Eddie Stubbs in the lobby of the Country Music Hall Of Fame!
My family and me with Eddie Stubbs in the lobby of the Country Music Hall Of Fame!
Me in front of Elvis' beautiful gold piano. I wanted to play it so badly!
Me in front of Elvis' beautiful gold piano. I wanted to play it so badly!
Me with my sister in front of Elvis' car. It is amazing.
Me with my sister in front of Elvis' car. It is amazing.

So the second photo above is of me next to Elvis' gold piano. Oh how I wish they would have let me play it! It is just gorgeous. My very first gold piano belonging to Elvis Presley! Maybe one day I will get to actually play a gold piano or a gold guitar....

Moving on, we got to see one of Elvis' Cadillacs at the museum. I would love to drive this car! The above photo is of my sister, Tiffany and me standing in front of the car that belonged to Elvis Presley. Wouldn't I look cool driving it? Look out, San Antonio!

But even more, wouldn't I look cool playing that gold piano belonging to Elvis Presley??? I thought so.

I wish they had Elvis' guitars there as well. I sure would love to play one of them!

Getting Back To Guitar Beginner Lessons

Sorry about the Elvis sidebar, but it was great going to Nashville. Let's get back to guitar lessons. Easy guitar lessons online....

Welcome to your first of many easy guitar lessons. Well, actually a pre-lesson.

First, we're gonna talk about the body of the guitar. There are three basic parts on guitars. They are the body, the neck, and the head.

The body is the bottom of the guitar, where you usually strum.

The neck or fret board is the part of the guitar with all of the frets and it's where you'll be positioning your fingers for chords.

The head is the place where all the funny knobs are. These are for tuning the guitar which we'll talk about in a short while on this page.

Now we're gonna talk about the strings. Each string is a note, starting with the low E (the thick string on the left below). Next is the A string, then D, G, B, and the high E. Please see the photo below. The thickest string is the low E. The thinnest string is the high E.

Most guitars just have these six strings but if you're exotic, you could be on a 12 string guitar or some crazy 20 string thing that no one has heard of!

There are many ways to tune a guitar. The most easy way to tune a guitar is to use an electric guitar tuner. These can usually be found at your nearest music store or online. You can find a good one for about $30 to $40.

Another method to tune a guitar is to use a piano. To do this, simply play the note on the piano of the guitar string you are tuning until the guitar string sounds like the note on the piano.

The last method I'm going to talk about it tuning by ear. If you've memorized what the string is supposed to sound like, then congratulations! This is not an easy thing to do. Please check out the other hubs I will soon put up about guitar and easy guitar lessons online.

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      you two look gorgeous

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