Whether you are a beginner picking up the guitar for the first time or a returning player after years of leaving the instrument in the attic, this is the right place for you to be. The following tutorials are specially created to get you up and running.
It is recommended that the beginner guitar lessons be viewed in the numerical order and you approach the next lesson only after completing the previous ones.
* Beginners TAKE NOTE *
From my years of experience in teaching the instrument, I feel it is NECESSARY to build up a solid beginner’s foundation as this will help you greatly in mastering advanced concepts in the future. And if you think you can simply skip this part and jump into complex lessons, you WILL kill yourself and hamper your own progress.
I would also recommend that you download a copy of Guitar Pro 6 as it will make the exercises in each tutorial easier to visualize. For advanced players and people who are looking specifically for video based learning, you should check out the corresponding categories we have for videos and advanced lessons.
Don’t Make the Same Kinds of Mistakes I Made Years Ago
Everybody starts somewhere. Many years ago, I was probably like you and I really struggled to learn the basics of playing the guitar. The main problem I faced was that I was trying to cramp and learn too much stuff at the same time. Because of this, I never tried to tackle questions or problems I had.
Instead, it was always easier to give up and I jumped on to learning different things whenever I encountered a roadblock. As a result, this not only lengthened my learning curve but also caused a lot of frustration in my early days as a guitarist.
My best word of advice is to work at your own pace and not rush through the lessons until you fully understand each one of them. I also want to stress the importance of clearing any doubts immediately as soon as you encounter them.
To get help, all you need to do is to leave a comment with your questions on the corresponding lesson pages. You would either get an answer directly from me or someone in our community will respond to your queries.
Lastly, remember to have FUN!
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#1 – Understanding the Different Parts of the Guitar
We will kickstart the beginner’s guitar lesson series with an introduction to the guitar’s anatomy. In this lesson, you will learn what the various parts of the guitar are and their corresponding functions.
#2 – A Newbies’s Guide to Reading Tabs
Tablature is the unofficial language of guitar playing. It also represents a convenient way for beginners to visualize how notes are being played and enables you to learn songs with ease.
#3 – Getting to Know the Individual Notes on the Fretboard
In this lesson, we show you a simple method to understand the notes on your fretboard and how you can easily find your way around the neck with some practice.
#4 – Basic Open Chords for Beginners to Learn
The open chords are the simplest form of chords and are usually played in the first 3 frets of the guitar. This introductory lesson will teach you some of the fundamental chords that all guitar players need to learn.
#5 – Secrets to Movable Barre And Half Barre Chords
In this tutorial, we will build on the previous lesson and teach you how to play barre chords. Basically, barre chords are played by using your index finger to fret multiple notes at the same time.
#6 – 3 Basic Strumming Patterns And Rhythms You Need to Know
With the knowledge and ability to play the fundamental chords, let’s have some fun to get a hang of things. I’m going to teach you how to strum chords along to some basic patterns.
#7 – Simple Chord Progressions That Sound Great
Chord progressions make up the harmony of music. In this lesson, we will show you some real world applications and how you can get started in less than 10 minutes.
#8 – How to Hold And Play With a Pick
The pick (or plectrum) is a tiny piece of plastic that is held between your fingers and used to strike the strings. It allows better control and lets you emphasize note dynamics.
#9 – What Are Intervals – Basic Music Theory You Need to Understand
This tutorial focuses on the concept of intervals and the important relationship between notes. With the basic music theory knowledge in place, it will set you up for accelerated learning.
#10 – Warm Up Exercises to Perform Before You Start Your Routine Practices
Believe it or not, our fingers do require some warm ups before you head into intensive practices. This will not only make your practice more effective, it will also help prevent injuries.
#11 – What Makes a Good Practice Plan Effective?
A great guitarist doesn’t get born overnight. Instead, it requires strict discipline and commitment to practicing. In this article, I will reveal crucial tips to creating effective practice plans that will help you achieve your goals in a shorter period of time.
#12 – 4 Easy Steps to Change And Restring Your Guitar Strings
Over time, guitar strings will deteriorate and lose their tone. When this happens, you need to change your strings. In this lesson, you will learn how to restring your instrument in a few easy steps.
#13 – Learn How to Tune a Guitar Properly
Before you even pick up your guitar to play or practice, the first thing you need to do is to check for correct tunings. This article will reveal tips to help you tune your guitar.
#14 – Why Should You Always Use A Metronome for Practice?
The metronome is one of the most hated accessories by many guitar players. However, if you are looking for the fastest progress possible, you need to make the metronome your best friend.
#15 – How to Get Rid of Unwanted Noise When Playing the Guitar
Unwanted noise from your guitar playing can make your music sound sloppy. Find out what the main causes of noise are and how you can prevent them on your guitar.
#16 – 5 Easy Beginner Songs For You Can Start Playing Immediately
For many people, learning songs is a great motivation to learning the guitar. In this article, I will teach you 5 beginner songs you can instantly play with a little practice.
#17 – Frequently Ask Questions – Notes & Emails From Our Readers
In this article, I’m going to address some of the most commonly asked questions and problems that our readers ask us via email. Find out what the common problems are and how you can avoid making the same mistakes others had.
#18 – How Long Does It Take For a Newbie to Play Guitar?
Many people think that they can become a guitar god overnight. In reality, the truth is that you need to put in the effort to practice and you need to understand that results will vary with different individuals.
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