Learn Guitar with
Jars of Clay

  • NEW! Video of a Jars of Clay performance! Studying material for those of you with guitar aspirations!
  • My Jars of Clay lyrics parodies are posted on jarchives! Click here to read them now and laugh many times! Sing along to them with your Jars debut album CD!
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    A Beginner's Guide to Rockin' for Jesus
    Intro to this site: Back in late 1997, my third year at college, I decided to start learning how to play guitar. Luckily, I found someone to teach me for free. As my lessons progressed, I was introduced to the debut album of Jars of Clay for the first time.

    As the tape played, an acoustic backdrop of my college days, I started to figure out some of the songs, and it was good music to practice to. Like a Child, Flood, Liquid, and others became familiar, and many more as they produced more albums.

    The upbeat rhythms and easy to follow chord progressions are ideal introductory and even intermediate pieces for the novice guitar player. Some of their songs do get advanced, but there is a good balance for any skill level. I hope this site provides a resource for learning guitar, and as Jars of Clay does, using that skill to glorify God.

    If you are just picked up a guitar for the first time, here is a refrence chart for what the parts of the guitar are called.

    Click here to learn about the parts of the guitar (links to Taylor site)

    (If you got about 3 grand and change kicking around, you can buy the Jars of Clay signature series guitar here from Taylor. Thats where the guitar pictures on this site are from.)


    To tune up your guitar without a tuner: usa a telephone. Pick it up, and the dialtone is a perfect A. Once your A string is tuned, go down the 5th fret method of tuning the rest of your strings!

    I will be using the following chart of the fretboard of a guitar for chords:

    This is a view of looking down at your guitar when you are holding it. To the left where it says Chord and theres 2 lines close together, thats the side near where the tuners (keys) are. The dots underneath mark the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th frets, left to right. To the far right we have letters: the one at the bottom of the chart is the one closest to you when holding your guitar, the low E. there is another high E, one octave above the high E at the top of the chart, and will be the string farthest from your face, also will be the lightest string.

    On your left hand, look at it with your palm facing you, fingers pointed away. Your poitner finger is 1, middle finger is 2, ring finger is 3, and pinky is 4. When the chord charts show a chord, you will see circles with these numbers, thats to let you know what fingers go on what fret, and on what string.

    Most chords are in the first three or four frets, but for barred chords we will go all the way up the fretboard.

    Jan. 18, 2004 - added the video of Jars playing Like a Child (link is up on the left top of the page!)

    Site by Brian Hall - email me: brianh4242@hotmail.com