Guitar Lesson Series – Part 2: Strings, Basic Notes Names

Welcome to Part 2 – I don’t know why it took me 10 minutes of footage to tell you that a guitar usually has 6 strings and in standard tuning, they are EADGBE. Anyway, if you don’t feel like watching the video, that’s cool but know that you’re missing out on my awesome soothing boring voice (don’t listen to it while operating heavy machinery). Nonetheless, the video does cover some other ..maybe the more important of all the notes to remember in some key frets (fret 3, fret 5, and fret 7).

Knowing the some key note names from the 5th and 6 strings on fret 3, 5 and 7 are very important because it will help you know the names notes on all the strings regardless of frets. This is of course begs the question, why do you have to know the names of any notes on the frets.

The short answer is:

  1. it allows you understand build chords and understand what notes go into a chord
  2. it’s cool…i think…(don’t be a snob about it though ;-))

The long answer is in the next post (Part 3)


Guitar Lesson Series – Part 1: Lesson Overview & Intro Guitar

In this lesson, you will learn the overall goals of this series. A lot of  times, when we learn guitar, we do so by remembering shapes of the basic chords (e.g. shape your fingers this way to play a C chord).

This is a great step as first step and allows you to play many popular songs, and for many of us, those open chords and a couple of barre chords (F and B) will be all we need to play our favorites songs. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will offer these types of lessons.

My favorite genre of music to play is R&B, and therefore what I was trying to do with this series is to expand the basics a bit so that you understood what notes make up a chord (e.g. C major is composed of C, E and G notes), and therefore will give you the options play that same chord in a different share (to get a different voicing), or add an extension to it (e.g. C7, Cmaj7, etc..).

This means that if the song called you to play a Cmaj7, you would not be intimidated by the name and would be able to break it down and construct it (e.g. for those who are curious, C major 7 is: C, E, G, B ….B is the 7th note of the C major scale which makes the chord a Cmaj7). R&B, especially tend to use these types of chords (maj7, m7, maj9, min9) and it’s helpful to understand how they are built. Obviously, there’s still the part of about knowing where to place your fingers on the guitar fretboard, but the goal is to help you understand why you’re shaping your fingers that way.

This type of lesson is of course part of what’s called Music Theory, which can sound intimidating to beginner guitar players, but all it means is : it is teaching us how things work.

Compared to guitar players, piano players tend to be better with theory because there is a bit more emphasis on it in their lesson (not saying that guitar teacher don’t teach music theory) and stuff like scales tend to be easier to learn on the piano because the notes on the keyboard are linear as opposed to the guitar).

Anyway,  in addition to the lesson overview, the first video also provides you with basic things about guitar parts (top, fretboard, neck, etc…)..basic stuff that is good to know in case you need replace them for any reason (upgrade, repair, etc..).

Faka Vady (Rak Roots)

Hiran'i Rak Roots rehetra: Rak Roots

C  G  Am  F

Tonony 1
C                                G
 Efa zatra loatra miaraka aminao aho
     G                        Am
Tsy mety tsony raha vao ts'ianao 
     Am                               F           
Efa jamba loatra ny amin'ny fisianao aho 
 F                    C
Tena lafatra loatra anie 

 C                               G
Manembona raha vao tsy eo enao tiako oh 
   G                       Am
Ny anaranao foana no tantaraiko oh 
         Am                    F
Ka ho lazaiko anao fa za' tsy iala e, tsy iala e 
     F                       C
Tsy iala e , tsy iala aminao aho  
                C               G
     Aminao za faly, Aminao za Love e
                   G                            Am
     Aminao tsy mijaly mba sanatria raha mbola iova e 
       Am                      F
     Amen fa ianao no anjarako e
     Fitiavako anao anie ka mamy e 

      C               C               G
     Mamy e, mamy e, mamy e, mamy e, mamy e 
     G                          Am
      Ny fitiavako anao tsy ho lany e 
     Am                                F
      Raha mbola tsy ampy dia mbola ampiko oh 
     F            C
      Ianao tena tiako e 

Tonony 2
   C                            G
Fa ohatrany toy ny vao omaly anie 
       G                               Am
'Lay tsika mifampitantana eny an-dalambe 
                     Am               F
Tsika roa samy nankafy dia samy naka fafiny e 
F                    C
 Tena mbola tadidiko e 

       C                        G
Tiko enao , ka mba avelao za hiteny 
         G                        Am
Mamiko enao , averiko ombieny ombieny 
    F                                               C
Aminao malala ihany aho no mahasahy miteny oe tena tia 

     Fiverenana (2x)

Tonony 3
  C                           G
Tsy nisalala rehefa naka anao e 
       G                                  Am
Vao nanomboka dia hitako enao oe azo atao e 
                  Am                           F
Ravakin’ny tokantranoko oh, Mendrika ny renin-janako oh 

C                                             G
 Miara miainga dia miara tafita miara miosona e 
             G                                  Am
Mino aho f'anao mihintsy le itako tanaty nofiko e  
                             Am                             F          
Miara tonga amin'ny tanjon’irina a tsika iezaka mafy, iara iady e 
Amiko ianao lay oe Faka vady e

     Fiverenana (2x)


Aza Hitserana (Mage 4)

Hiran'i Mage 4 rehetra: Mage 4
A/C#:  x4222x
Bm':   x24430
Bm'/A: x04430 Bm'/E:0x4430
Bm'/F#:2x4430 Bm'/G:3x4430
D/F#*: 2xxxxx
D2:    xx0230 D2/F#:2xx230 D2/G: 3xx230
F#m:   244222
Gm:    355333

Bm' Bm'/A| Bm'/G Bm'/F#
Em A 
Bm' Bm'/A| Bm'/E G
Em A D

Tonony 1
Tonga teto ianao 
   A    G  D/F#* Em        D/F#* G
Nilaza fa na____hita ilay fi____tia 
      Em      G             D
'Lay nirinao hatrizay hatrizay 

Mba faly anie aho 
     A        G  D/F#* Em        D/F#* G  
F’angamba ho sambatra  amin’izay ia___nao 
    Em            G                 D
F’ilay fitia teto amiko angamba tsy ampy 

Ny alahelo 
   A      G   D/F#* Em              D/F#*  G
Tanatiko tao na____feniko tsy ho hita_____nao 
   Em          G             A 
Leferiko ilay hany hasambarako 

                     D         G
     Fa raha sendra mandalo mamangy any aho 
     Bm-A                Bm      A/C# D
         Ka maso manganohano no hi_tanao 
     Raha mijery anao aho tsy sahy 
     Bm-A                 Bm        A/C#    D 
         Tsapanao fa toa mafy izany adim-panahy 
            G     Bm    A   
     Aza itserana akory aho 
     G                   A          Bm'
      Rehefa sambatra ianao, ampy izay 

Solo #1 - mitovy amin'ny intro
Bm'   Bm'/A  
Bm'/E Bm'/G
Em A D

Tonony 2
Niala teto ianao 
       A     G D/F#*   Em       D/F#* G
Fo nangaina sisa    navelanao mba ho  ahy 
          Em             G             D
Fa tsy ho ahy ianao fa hiova fitia vaovao 

Ny alahelo 
   A      G   D/F#*  Em               D/F#* G
Tanatiko tao na____feniko tsy ho hita______nao 
   Em          G             A 
Leferiko ilay hany hasambarako 

     Fiverenana - mifarana D fa tsy Bm'

Solo #2 (3x)
(D) F#m
G   Em  A
D   F#m 
G   Em  A

     Fiverenana (2x) - mifarana D fa tsy Bm'

(D) F#m G A
D2  D2/F# D2/G  Gm

Ngoma (Shyn & Denise)

Hiran'i Shyn rehetra: Shyn
Hiran'i Denise rehetra: Denise

Am':    x02213  Am:    x02210     
Cadd2': x32033  Cadd2: x32030 C: x3x553
Fadd2:  1x3213
G6:     320030  G:     320033 G':xx5433

Cadd2' G Am' Fadd2 (2x)

Tonony 1
Cadd2     G6
 Mena masoandro 
Kara isan'andro 
           Fadd2          Cadd2
Manigna agnao, zaho aty Alone 

          G6                Am
Sarognan-tazo, mafy raha mahazo 
             Fadd2                   Cadd2'
Raha jiaby atao tsy mandeha amin'ny laoniny 

                    G                Am'
     Te hagnaraka anao, mbo te hanagnelatra 
                       Fadd2                Cadd2'
     Fa tsy hay raha atao, voatery 'zaho mipetraka 
                    G                Am' 
     Te hagnaraka anao, mbo te hanagnelatra 
                       Fadd2                C
     Fa tsy hay raha atao, voatery 'zaho mipetraka 

     Fiverenana (2x)
            G             Am'  
     Ngoma zaho, ngoma agnao 
     Ngoma zaho,  tafitomany e
     C       G             Am'
      Ngoma zaho, ngoma agnao 
            Fadd2                       Cadd2'
     Ngoma zaho, te ho agny aminao agny e 

Tetezana #1 (mitovy amin'ny intro)

Tonony 1/Pre-Chorus/Fiverenana

Tetezana #2 (2x)
Heritreritro misarintsarigna e 
Very hevitra zaho very marina e
         Am'          Fadd2
Ngoma agnao,  ngoma agnao

     Fiverenana (2x)


Reason For Breathing (Babyface)

Amaj7:5x665x A/B:  7x765 
B:    799877 
Bm7:  x24232
C#m7: x46454 (x46457 in the verses)
E:    x7x997
F#m7: 2x222x F#m7':9(11)9(10)9
G#m7: 4x444x
Verse 1
A/B                 F#m7   
 If I cried like a baby 
       G#m7            C#m7
Would you change your mind?
Amaj7    G#m7          F#m7 
   If I told you I'm crazy 
           G#m7         C#m7
Would you come running back to me?

Amaj7       G#m7             F#m7                
 The harder I try to break away
            G#m7        C#m7
The more I get lost in yesterday
Amaj7 G#m7          F#m7           G#m7               
 The man that you know is just a shell
           C#m7                  F#m7'-E
Living without you, life is hell

     B               E       
      I turn on the radio 
              F#m7' E  B
     Just to take the hurt away
     B                       E
      Another night and I'm missing you
                F#m7 G#m7 A/B
     Girl it's ki__lling me, well

     I don't wanna die tonight
     But I think I might be going down
              F#m7             G#m7           
     'Cuz the only one I ever cared about 
         Amaj7         A/B
     Is nowhere to be found

     I don't wanna close my eyes 
     'Cause I might not see the light of day
         F#m7          G#m7
     I'm almost out of air
                            Dmaj7   A/B                
     You're my reason for breathing
     You're my reason for breathing
     No no no no
     C#m7       F#m7
      No no no no

Verse 2
I don't wanna go clubbing
G#m7                   C#m7
 'Cuz I got no one to dance with me
Amaj7         G#m7      F#m7                     
 And I don't wanna go shopping 
G#m7                    C#m7         Amaj7-G#m7
 'Cuz I got no one to spend my money on
  F#m7                G#m7
Spending my time with one glass of wine
  C#m7                    Amaj7    G#m7
Playing solitaire just to ease my mind
 F#m7                   G#m7
Poured one for you, but I drank that too
C#m7                          F#m7'     E
Anything to kill the pain of losing you


         E                   B
So I'm reaching out on this distant line
Hoping deep inside 
      B                    Amaj7
Your heart's gonna find a reason
A/B           C#m7    B
 To keep me breathing

But I'm lost in this pain 
And I don't have much time
I'm so tired of walking 
This same old line
        Amaj7                    G#m7                   
So I'm taking my pride, gonna throw it aside
  Amaj7                          A/B
Please let me breathe girl, I'm sorry


Untitled (How Does it Feel) – D’Angelo

Am7:  5x555x
B7:   7x787x
C7:   x3535x C9: x3223x
E9:   x7677x
F#7:  2x232x

Dmaj7 Am7 Gmaj7 C9
Dmaj7 Am7 Gmaj7 C9..C7

Verse 1
 Girl it's only you
Am7            Gmaj7
 Have it your way
And if you want you can decide
Dmaj7           Am7
 And if you'll have me
          Gmaj7      C9
I can provide everything that you desire

Dmaj7              Am7
 And if you get a feeling
 Gmaj7             C9 C7
Feeling that I am feeling
Dmaj7             Am7   Gmaj7
 Won't you come closer to me baby
F#7                   B7      
 That You've already got me 
Right where you want me baby
I just want to be your man

                  Am7  Gmaj7         C7 
     How does it feel,  how does it feel
                  Dmaj7         Am7
     I wanna know  how does it feel
     Gmaj7         C9
      How does it feel

Verse 2
Dmaj7        Am7
 I wanna stop
Gmaj7          C9
 Silly little games you and me play
Dmaj7      Am7
 And I am feeling right on
Feel the same way baby
Let me know right away

     Dmaj7            Am7
I'd love to make you wet
Gmaj7             C9     C7
In between your thighs 'cause
Dmaj7            Am7     Gmaj7
 I love when it comes inside you
F#7          B7              E9
 I get so excited when I'm around you
Oh oooh

     Chorus (3x)
                  Am7  Gmaj7         C7 
     How does it feel,  how does it feel
     Dmaj7         Am7
      How does it feel
     Gmaj7         C9
      How does it feel