First Guitar Lesson

Since I’m not specifically writing this blog to provide online guitar lessons, I’m only glossing over what I learned in my lesson. Right now this blog is more about what someone learning the guitar later in life is going through and tracking my progress. I’m still trying to figure out this blog, so who knows what will happen down the road.

On my first guitar lesson we spent most of the time going over basic things like the six strings and their notes (EADGBE). I know the strings, but frankly have a hard time remembering them without doing a mental “rundown” from low E.

Right now, I know the third string is D, but I need to mentally start at E to figure it out. It’s like only knowing the alphabet while singing the Alphabet Song. It’ll be nice when I can just see the string and know what note it is instantly.

We also went over full notes and half notes and which goes between each note:
A (full) B (half) C (full) D (full) E (half) F (full) G (full)

I’ve learned most of the standard chord shapes in the open position on my own, so my teacher showed me five chord shapes for bar chords. He called it “CAGED.” Basically there are five shapes that you can use to make any major chord.

He also gave me the scales for each of the chord shapes and had me start practicing the E shape scale. I’m not exactly sure what to do with the scale in terms of practical application to playing… but I guess I’ll learn that down the road.

Since any guitar experience I already have is based on learning bits and pieces of songs from tablature, it’s good to learn the theory behind it all. I know some say it’s not necessary to learn theory, but it makes me feel better that I am. Right now I’m not able to see the big picture, but I understand what I was taught… I think.

And of course, if anybody wants to chime in with pointers or corrections, feel free in the comment section.

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5 Responses to “First Guitar Lesson”


  1. […] other day I posted about my first guitar lesson and touched on the CAGED system. I wanted to follow up that post with some more detail, mainly for […]


  1. MJK (Mike) says:

    Check out and…Jim has some great tips and a great Power Point that goes over the notes on the fret board.

    That page is:

    and has helped me memorize more of the needed notes.

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