You just got your new Loog - now what? Fret not, cause we've got you covered! Our video lessons are perfect to quickly introduce any beginner to the magic of learning guitar. Got a younger kid in your life? Go through them yourself and show them the basics later. You'll be holding family jam session in no time!
You can also watch these lessons (and our 6-string and ukulele versions) as a playlist in our YouTube channel and in the free Loog Guitar app.
Lesson 0: Tuning Your Loog
(Feel free to skip this one if you already know how to tune a guitar.)
First things first, as they say. In this video Emily shows you how to tune your Loog using the Loog app. If you need help stringing your Loog, you can watch this other video.
This video is all about the right hand; or the left one, if you are a lefty. Strumming gives rhythm to the chords you play. It also gives character to a song: depending on how you strum, you can play the same song as a reggae or as a punk tune. In this video, Emily shows you how to strum your way to Carnegie Hall.
Lesson 3: Exercise #1
Let's get started with our first exercise: a chord progression from Em to A. As you saw in our overview lesson, songs are built on chord progressions, so playing this simple pattern will get you dangerously close to playing an actual song. These two chords, for instance, are featured in "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison (Em, A), and "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger (Em, D, A, Em). We have videos on how to play all the main chords, but you can find Em and A here too:
Lesson 4: Exercise #2
Our second exercise is a three-chord progression, this time Am, G and C (also known as a vi, V, I progression). This chord progression is used in many, many songs. Emily modeled this lesson after the song "Riptide" by Vance Joy, but the same three chords, however, are also in "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift (Am, C, G) and "She Will be Loved" by Maroon 5 (C, G, Am, G). You can find videos for Am, G and C below:
Lesson 5: Exercise #3
Stepping it up a bit with this four-chord progression: C-G-Am-F.
Also called the I, V, vi, IV progression, this is perhaps the most common in all of popular music. These chords are found in "Let It Be" by The Beatles (C G Am F), "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley (C, G, Am, F), "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten (C, G, Am, F), "Any Way You Want It" by Journey (C, G, Am, F), "Demons" by Imagine Dragons (C, G, Am, F)... shall I continue? :)
Here are our how-to videos for chords C, G, Am and F:
Lesson 6: Playing Tab
Strumming and chord progressions can take a little bit of practice (especially if you're doing bar chords!). Some people also enjoy recognizing the melody of a song when playing guitar - for this, they usually prefer to also learn how to read tab. In this video, Emily shows you how you can do that. Once you're ready, head over to this link to find 3-string guitar tab to some of your fave songs (scroll down to number 8). Now you're ready to rock!