Beginner Series

Beginner Series

Chords, Picking, Strumming, Muting: Basic elements that every beginner ought to learn, and every intermediate player ought to know.

L1. Introduction
L2. Notebook
B1. Open Chord: E minor
B2. Open Chord: D
B3. Open Chord: C
B4. Open Chord: G
B5. Open Chord: A
B6. Open Chords: E A Em Am
B7. Open Chords: G E- C D "Songwriter" Style
B8. Open Chords: 7 Progressions, 3 or 4 Chords
B9. Open Chords: Songwriter Chords. Play "song" with 3 Sections.
B10. Open Chords: Strumming and Counting.
B11. Open Chords: Fingerpicking and Arpeggios.
B12. Barre Chords: Major and minor. Analyze a Song.
B13. Following Chords with Triads.
B14. Rhythm: Sixteenth Notes - Tapping.
B15. Open Chords - Strumming Sixteenth Notes.
B16. Rhythm - Picking.
B17. C Major Scale - Major/minor 3rd Intervals.

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Beginner Series
  • TF Lesson 001 Introduction

    Introduction to this subscription series.

  • TF Lesson 002 Notebook

    Learning strategy: use a notebook.

  • B1 Open Chord - E minor, Guitar Basics, Picking, Strumming

    Your first open chord: E minor. Learn a simple, open chord. Learn the notes of the open strings. Learn the proper way to hold your pick. Learn rhythm basics and strum in 4/4 time: whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. Guitar: Harmony acoustic with pickup. BOSS Katana 50 amp. D’Addario String...

  • B2 Open Chord - D - Arpeggio - Alternate Picking

    Learn the triangle-shaped open D chord on Strings 4 3 2 1. In 4/4 time, strum the D chord or play an arpeggio. Learn to pick with downward and upward strokes. Learn to use alternate picking, when playing eighth notes. Guitar: Harmony acoustic with pickup. BOSS Katana 50 amp. D’Addario Strings. Pi...

  • B3 Open Chord - C - Strumming Patterns

    Learn to play the open C chord on Strings 5 4 3 2 1. Learn four strumming patterns in 4/4 time. Learn Tomo’s thumb muting technique. Guitar: Harmony acoustic with pickup. BOSS Katana 50 amp. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy 1 mm TF Signature.

  • B4 Open Chord - G - Strumming Patterns

    Learn to play the open G chord – six strings. Learn and practice several strumming patterns. Learn to strum with your thumb or your first finger. Combine the G chord with other chords while strumming in various patterns. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings.

  • B5 Open Chord - A - Fingerpicking - Combine Chords

    Learn to play the open A Chord – five strings. Learn fingerpicking and practice with triads. Combine the A chord with other chords while fingerpicking in various patterns. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings.

  • B6 Open Chords - E A Em Am - Strumming - Muting

    Learn to play the Open E Chord – six strings. Learn to combine open chords: E A Em Am and others. Practice thumb muting and learn palm muting. Focus on Rhythm/Tapping. Strum in Quarter, Eighth and Sixteenth Notes with thumb or first finger. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings.

  • B7 Open Chords G E- C D Strumming Rhythm Tapping

    Open Chords: Learn to play G E- C D in a “Songwriter” or “Pop” Style. (Note to beginners: the “top” note in a chord is the note with the highest pitch.) Learn to combine these chords and strum them with a sixteenth-note feel. Focus on rhythm with tapping exercises. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany...

  • B8 Open Chords - 7 Progressions with 3 or 4 Chords

    Playing 7 Progressions with 3 or 4 Chords. Learn to play different progressions with the Songwriter- Style chords from the preceding lesson, and understand how different progressions change the mood and feel of the music. Tomo’s 5-progressions playing demo will help you to focus on listening and ...

  • B9 Open Chords - Songwriter Chords - A, B, C Sections - Strumming, Muting

    Open Chords. Songwriter Chords. Playing a “song” with A, B and C Sections. Strumming Technique. Muting Technique. Guitar: Gibson J-45. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.

  • B10 Open Chords - Strumming, Counting, Words of Wisdom

    Open Chords: Strumming and Counting. Sub-dividing the count: 1&2&3&4&. Strumming down on the 1, 2, 3, 4 and strumming up on the &. Advice for guitarists. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature. Pickboy Tomo Fujita Wisdom Picks.

    NOTE: if you are not already...

  • B11 Open Chords - Fingerpicking, Arpeggios

    Open Chords: Songwriter Chords - Fingerpicking and Arpeggios. Three fingerpicking patterns. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings.

    NOTE: If you are not already familiar with the Songwriter Chords in this lesson, please study Beginner Series lessons B7, B8 and B9.

  • B12 Barre Chords - Major, minor - Analyze a Song

    Barre Chords (Acoustic Guitar): Major & minor. Analyzing a Song. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.

  • B13 Following Chords with Triads

    Following Chords with Triads. (See chords in Lesson B12.) Learning to follow chords with Triads will provide a solid foundation for improvisation. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.

  • B14 Rhythm - Sixteenth Notes Tapping

    Rhythm – Sixteenth Notes Tapping. Learning/Practicing Rhythm and Accents. Tomo's Philosophy: Pickboy TF Wisdom Picks.

  • B15 Open Chords - Strumming Sixteenth Notes

    Open Chords – Strumming Sixteenth Notes. Combining Eighth Notes and Sixteenth Notes. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.

  • B16 Rhythm - Picking

    Rhythm – Picking. Picking exercises: nine examples. Alternate picking, 8th notes, 16th notes, triplets, rhythm exercises, rhythm training, foundational rhythm skills. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.

  • B17 C Major Scale - Major 3rd + minor 3rd Intervals

    C Major Scale – Major/minor 3rd Intervals. Creating easy fills with Major/minor 3rd Intervals. For more information, follow up with Guitar Wisdom videos covering C Major Scale, Triads, Diatonic Triads. Guitar: Orangewood Ava Mahogany Live. D’Addario Strings. Pickboy TF Signature.