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Ever Wonder What The Secret To Playing The Guitar Is?

By Jesse Hunt

Ever wonder what the secret to playing the guitar is? In my opinion, it's the key concept:

The Secret
-The Key Concept-
The majority of songs that you hear are in certain "keys."

Hotel California Eagles Key of D
Imagine John Lennon Key of C
Nothing Else Matters Metallica Key of G
When September Ends Green Day Key of G
Hey Jude Beatles Key of F

So what's a key?
A key is basically a group of notes (you play a note when you pluck one string on the guitar). Each key has a different group of notes. The key of D has one group of notes, the key of G has a different group of notes, etc.

Each key also has a group of chords. A chord is three or more notes played at the same time. Chords have names like "C Major" or "A minor". The chords in each key are made using the notes in each key.

When musicians make up a song, they pick a key and then "mainly" use notes and chords that belong to that key. So Hotel California by the Eagles (in the list above), mainly uses the notes and chords in the key of D. Imagine by John Lennon mainly uses the notes and chords in the key of C.

When you play one string on the guitar, you're playing a note. Each fret on the guitar is one note. Notes are named using some of the letters of the alphabet. There are 12 different notes that repeat over and over again. The pictures below show the note G on the guitar.

How to play the note G on the guitar

To play a note:

  • Push down one string right above any fret with one finger. Then pluck that string with a finger of your other hand.
  • Pluck the string over the sound hole on an acoustic guitar or over the pick-ups in the body of an electric guitar.

Click here to learn more about the notes on the guitar.

When you play 3 or more strings on the guitar at once you're playing a chord. Chords have names like "C Major", "A minor" or "G Major".

To play a chord you look at a chord diagram. It's a picture of a guitar with dots on it showing you where to put your fingers. The numbers on top tell you which fingers to use. Click here to learn how to play chords in three steps.

How to play the chord G Major on guitar

Chord Progressions
An easy way for you to start making up your own songs is to play chords one after another in a chord progression. For example, you could play G Major, then D Major, then E minor, then C Major. Click here to learn more about chord progressions.

A Sample Chord Progression

So the question is, "Well, how do I know which chords to play to make up a song?"

You use the key concept:

Using The Key Concept-
When you make up a song, you mainly play
notes and chords that belong to the same key

A key is basically a group of notes and chords that go together.

Now notice that I said "mainly". The idea here is to get started by "mainly" using the notes and chords from one key and then experiment from there.

Just keep in mind, there are no rules. You can play notes from different keys or switch keys in the middle of a song. The Key Concept is simply a guideline to get you going.

Each key has six main chords. Below are the six main chords in the key of G and the key of C.

You can make up songs by picking one of these keys and choosing from only the six chords in that key. I put a picture of a die above each chord so you can just roll a die to choose from them if you want to. Click here to see an example.

Guitar chord diagrams in the Key of G

Chords in the Key of C

There are 12 keys total. These are only two of them.

If you want to make up songs in all 12 keys and discover how to create these chord diagrams using a simple code check out Guitar On the Spot - Using the Code. Click here to learn more.

Not enough information?

If you want to know more stuff you can download a free guitar e-book and subscribe to my free song making guitar lessons by clicking here.

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