26 June, 2013

Send in your questions that you might have...

Hello to all who view and read this blog. This is a post to ask for suggestions on other topics about learning the guitar that I could help to answer.

At the moment, I have attempted to answer all the more common questions on the basics of playing the guitar. If I have missed out any topics that you might want to know, feel free to either post a reply to this, or even to send me an email using the link on the top right hand corner of the screen (below my picture).

Send in your questions and if I am able to, I will attempt to answer them through the blog.

45 comments:

lee said...

could you tell me the plucking and strumming patterns used in the song "your name" by paul baloche?

i can see the basic pattern is D DDUD, but i wanna know the variations u used. thanks.

daniel said...

hi Lee,

For the song "Your Name", what I did for the beginning was to firstly strum the bass notes of the chord, then followed by the treble strings, then an upstroke, followed by a down and and up. After which, you change to the next chord.

But if you don't want to use it, you can just use a simple D, D, DU.

Sudhindra said...

I have been a big follower of your youtube channel. I chanced upon this blog only an hour back. It would be really nice to look at some kind of a daily practice routine / exercises that every beginner could follow before getting on to singing practice. Thanks!!

Lee said...

could you introduce some plucking patterns that you use? i read the thread about plucking, but couldnt find any plucking patterns dealt in later threads.

Isaac said...

Hey
I don't really have some guitar questions but spiritual ones. Would it be okay to ask you anyways?

daniel said...

Hi Isaac, you can ask me general questions too. Feel free to write an email to me using the contact form. The link is on my main screen page, just below my picture

staff said...

I've watched a bunch of Daniel Choo's instructional videos for learning to play guitar. Awesome. I've found them very helpful. Much appreciated. I think he has a pretty good voice too. I would like to see some videos where, rather than teach, he simply entertains. With the full compliment of a band.

Jojo said...

could you give advice on how to properly learn to play a song? that is, to learn it quickly and to make sure that you're doing the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Can u post a video instructional for the song "his strength is perfect".. I'm not so sure who sing that song but its kinda good to hear.. thanks! and god bless

Lee said...

hello.
could you share some strumming or picking dynamics you play with acoustic guitar. i play in a church band yet i know only simple dynamics.

Anonymous said...

hi

can u pls post an instructional for 'have your way' by hillsong? thnks

JC said...

PRAISE GOD!!

your instructional videos in youtube helped me so much!thank you! all of your songs have been helpful but can you please post or make a video for "have your way" by hillsong? it is much wanted. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

heY...
caN u gIV me da ChoRds fOR all to you By Don moEn.....ITs aN awesUm sONg....
plsss.
thnK u
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Reuben Lim said...

Hi, for the song on ' From The Inside Out' , may i know if you can use the 'baby F' for the chorus? because i noticed that you have changed to the F that bars the whole fret, which i cant! Please reply me at reu_ben1994@hotmail.com.
Thanks!!! Anyway i also needa thank u something, all the songs i wanted to learn were guided by your youtubes video, it helps alot! keep it up!! God bless you!

Anonymous said...

hi, could you help me on the strumming pattern for the song We'll be Faithful (don moen)on the chorus part
thanks

daniel said...

Hi Anonymous, I could not find the song "We'll Be Faithful" by Don Moen.
Do you have a link to where I can listen to it?

LieCong said...

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for all the help! How did you manage to write your own tabs and strumming patterns via listening? Do you have any sources that teaches how to do that? Sorry for the trouble! :)

LieCong said...

hey daniel, thanks for all the help! How did you manage to write your own tabs and strumming patterns via listening? Do you have any sources that teaches how to do that? Sorry for the trouble! [Smile]

LieCong said...

hey daniel, thanks for all the help! How did you manage to write your own tabs and strumming patterns via listening? Do you have any sources that teaches how to do that? Sorry for the trouble! :)

daniel said...

Hi LieCong,

for the strumming patterns, what I do is to listen to the song and to hear what they are strumming. Basically, I have compiled a list of "common strumming patterns" that I have heard so far. It can be found on my blog post about strumming patterns. As for tabs, I also listen and figure them out. I learned all this by myself and not from any book etc. So, I would say it takes time to be able to do that.

LieCong said...

oh ok.. thanks thanks for the reply!

Ken said...

hi Daniel , it's been 5 years i think since i played the guitar, but it seems now is the only time i'm improving. Is it because i dont know how to sing or my foundation?. I remember when i first try to strum a guitar, my fingers get wounded T_T.. thanks

mark james said...

hai brother ..can i request all the chords you use?? so i can consider and practice them..tnx Godbless

mark james said...

hai brother ..can i request all the chords you use?? so i can consider and practice them..tnx Godbless

Pedantic said...

Nice place here. Keep it up Daniel.

Here's a question:

Often in some events, we read in the programme booklet of a musical piece being played "in " e.g. in C, what is it really?

Surely they're not strumming (guitar) or hitting (the piano keys) the C chord throughout the whole duration, or playing just the note "C" right?

I'm certain I hear different melodies; you know, those highs and lows. *wondering*

daniel said...

Hi Pendantic,

when a musical piece is said to be in "C", it is actually saying that the piece is paid in the key of C.

Each song is played in a key. This key gives the song its pitch. For example, if you sing a song, and the song is too high for you, you can change the key of the song to a lower key, and be able to sing the song.

For more information on what a key is, you can read this post: http://basicsofguitar.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-changetranspose-key-of-song.html

Hope it helps!

mei said...

Hi Daniel,

Will you help me figure out the strumming patterns for these two songs?
http://youtu.be/QhmmxooaefE
http://youtu.be/XxEtOkBg25Y

Thank you. :)

daniel said...

Hi mei,

for Kabau Hang, it is a 4/4 beat song. You can use the D,D,UDUDD,DU strumming pattern to play it.

For Everlasting God, you can use D,D,DU (2 beats) for the verse and D,D,UDUDD,DU for the chorus (4 beats)

Hope it helps!

mei said...

Hi daniel,

Thank you for your previous help.

You probably answer this question already. How do I know which chords that a song is playing? Any tips on how to listen to the music well? There are some songs that I like to learn to play but there aren't any chords for them so I just like to learn how to distinguished the chords on my own.

daniel said...

Hi Mei,

I have done a post on how I figure out songs, or at least, the process which I go about figuring out a song. You can read it here:

http://basicsofguitar.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-do-i-learn-figure-out-song-on.html

I hope it will help you. And if you need any more clarifications, feel free to ask!

scooterj101 said...

Can you help me with the strumming pattern to "Learning to be the light" by new world son?

Graham Choo said...

Hi scooterj101,

I listened to the song, it is a 4/4 beat song, and you can use either the D,D,UDUDD,DU strumming pattern or D,D,DU, D,D,DU strumming pattern.

You can look at:

http://basicsofguitar.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-determine-strumming-pattern-for.html

4/4 beat, pattern 2 and pattern 3.

Ummiega said...

this blog is useful for beginners, thanks.

scatterbrain said...

Hi Daniel, do you think you can do an instructional for Starfield's "Rediscover You"? Here's a youtube clip of the live version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mglLdDk741g

scatterbrain said...

Hi Daniel, do you think you can do an instructional for Starfield's "Rediscover You". Here's a youtube clip of their live performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mglLdDk741g

Daniel Muthuraj said...

Hi Daniel,

My name is also Daniel...You are doing a great job,I learnt a lot from your videos now i can play G scale,D scale easily for other scales i cant move my fingers fast for bar chords such as f#min,g#min,c#min..etc is there any solution for that like finger exercises

God bless you Brother

Blogmaster said...

Hi Daniel you are doing a great job i also love the guitar which is why i built my own website for guitar backing tracks http://www.rockbackingtracks.co.uk if you would like to have a look, there is also a link to my blog would love some feedback from a fellow guitarist. thanks

Matthew Wolfe said...

Danial Could you do Jeremy Camp My God this version of the song. The guitar tabs are wrong. Hope you can do this. I really need to learn this version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djrCNbbga4o

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lezley said...

I thank God for your heart of sharing your talent. I've learned to play guitar through your videos. Can I request for a tutorial on Grace by Laura Story? Thanks so much! Godbless!

ketz said...

Hi Daniel! I know you for a long time because I'm one of those person who loves your tutorial in youtube. By the way, I play "reaching for you" last Sunday in our church for special number. I watched your video of "Reaching for you" and I noticed that it would be better to play F#m instead of C#m in the chorus of the song, what do you think?

daniel said...

Hi Ketz,

thanks for all the encouragement!

For the song "Reaching For You", the reason why I used F#m instead of C#m in the chorus is because that is the chord that I hear Hillsong using.

However, with that being said, I guess you could also use C#m because it sounds just as nice.

Hope it helps!

dfdsfdsf said...

Dear Daniel and Graham

Kudos to you both for starting this blog. Its really helpful. I have been playing guitar (accoustic) for three months now. How I have structured my exercise is that I play Ephrygian Scale, Major and Minor Scales at Beats Per Minute starting from 60 all the way to 300 BPM. Apart from this I have just made a list of all the Chords that I shud know. and I have to play that every chord in differnt strumming patterns,.Please let me know what else I should do to become a good guitarist. An accoustic one)

Anonymous said...

Do you have the lyrics and chords for (Give Me Faith) in the Key of G? if so it would be a blessing my email is buster1990@Live.com

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