This week I want to turn you on to a great blog posts I read on Tim Ferriss’ blog titled How I Finally Learned Guitar: 80/20 and Minimalist Music. Tim Ferriss is the author of the book the four hour workweek. I really enjoyed his blog
The 80/20 Rule
In short the 80/20 rule is referring to a principal that you can often get a large percentage of the results you want by finding the right 20% of either actions or specific things to concentrate on. In this case it's referring to getting started on the guitar in getting the most bang for your buck for the amount of time that you spend in the beginning stages.
A New Take On D – C – G
The post describe starting with three basic chords – the D chord, the C chord and the G chord. The fingering is a little different than I teach at first. The D is the same, but the C is played while keeping the third and fourth finger on the first and second string.
This gives you a kind of an anchor. The G chord also is played with the same third and fourth finger in the same place. It has a secondary advantage of making some very beautiful sounding chords.
Using A Capo
You'll find that he recommends using a capo to make it easier on the fingers. I think this may not be useful for everyone but it's worth a try and I created the video using the capo on the second fret.
Comments Are The Best Part
I'd encourage you to read the comments in the post as well. I found a lot of great tips and information there as well as different viewpoints on the best way to start.
About Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is the author of the book “The 4 Hour Workweek”, “The Four Hour Body” and “The Four Hour Chef”. He's best known for finding ways to get more done in less time and for the most efficient ways to master any skill.
I find his blog both inspiring and a source of many useful ideas and tips.
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