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Guitar Chords – Traps of Learning Chords From Guitar TAB Sites
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Want to learn your favorite song on guitar? It’s simple these days; simply Google a guitar TAB site, type in your song title and out pops your song … sound to good to be true and as any experienced player knows … if it sounds to good to be true, it is!

People who only want to use the guitar as a prop i.e., somewhere for them to put their hands when they’re not jumping off amps and smashing drum kits etc., won’t ever be bothered by the inherent problems associated with learning from TAB sites.

However, it’s essential for any serious player to ‘nip the musical bad habits in the bud’ before they become fatal to their musical growth.

How do you avoid these traps? The first step is to identify them.

Trap 1 : Songs that only have lyrics with chords symbols placed over the top of the lyrics.

Problem: Without proper order and structure you can only have chaos. i.e., without a defined number of measurable beats on each chord whereby you can identify precisely where the chord change occurs, you have a situation where the song structure can be different every time.

In other words, if everybody in the band is waiting for the vocalist to sing a particular word before they can change to another chord then they’re all at the mercy of the singer who usually hasn’t got a clue how the song goes in the first place and changes the phrasing every time they sing it.

Playing music without structure or order in music is a one-way ticket to a musical disaster with the only possible outcome being … sloppy and messy playing in disorganized amateur groups.

Solution: Only work from music scores that are written in bars.

Ex 1.

| G / / / | C / / / | etc

In this example it is clear that the G chord is played for four beats; then you change to C chord for four beats. There’s no guesswork here everyone in the band is on the same page; no random chords with erratic timing.

By the way, all professional musicians use this format as the most basic information required to communicate musical ideas.

There absolutely no point concerning yourself with the lyrics if you guitar playing is all over the place!

Trap 2: Power chords shown as three note chords on the bottom three strings.

Problem: This is a popular way of notating power chords … unfortunately it’s incorrect; it makes playing fast songs very difficult as you are required to make a lot of unnecessary finger movement.

Solution : Learn the names of the notes and their location on the fretboard that way you will be able to identify the notes duplicated on the power chord shapes.

Now that you know what you are up against you can take positive steps to improve your guitar playing without any costly detours, remember once you have learnt something the wrong way it’s a BIG project to re-learn it!

Until next time have fun playing your guitar.

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