Beginner Guitar Lessons - Get Started the Right Way
This is the hub of all your
beginner guitar lessons. Even if you're beyond the absolute beginner
stage, it's worth going through the lessons below as a check list.
Learn at your own
pace, set yourself realistic goals and experiment with the guitar in
will lay the foundations for your guitar
learning, and hopefully give you a push start.
if you're cut out for learning guitar? See the article Is
Learning Guitar Hard?
for some important perspective.
A lot of guitarists give up
after learning a few chords. It's not as easy as it all looks,
but with a little patience, persistence and a solid beginner guitar
resource, you'll quickly become more and more confident.
Simply follow the lessons below in the logical
order they are presented.
Learn to Play Guitar Step by Step
of the Guitar
First, get to know your instrument.
In this preliminary lesson you will
learn the function of each part of an acoustic and electric guitar.
Don't skip it, it's important!
to Hold the Guitar
Learn how to hold the
guitar correctly, avoiding problems later on. Includes how to position
the body and holding the neck and pick correctly.
Learn how the fretboard works, including
where to press your fingers
and fret numbering.
The very basics on tuning up.
Learn how to finger chords on the
guitar fretboard correctly. This lesson covers
the physical aspects of chord fingering and how you should position
fingers. Quick and simple.
to Read Guitar Tab
Tab, short for tablature, is
notation for guitar
(because traditional notation can be a bit of an eyeful). Learn how it
works and how to read it so you can then go and learn your favourite
Learn all the essential chords
the jam tracks to practice changing
between chord fingerings confidently. By the end of this 4 part
mini-course, you will
have a huge chord library with which to create your own music
confidently. Over-the-shoulder photos, diagrams, audio examples and of
your free printable
Guitar Chord Chart
Also in this series...
Learn how to pick correctly using
some of the chords you've learned.
Many beginners find strumming in
difficult to grasp at
first. This lesson provides the first logical steps for developing your
strumming rhythm. Includes video, audio, jam tracks and diagrams to
help you lay
the foundations for your rhythm and timing.
A selection of simple songs that are
quick to learn. Great for putting your
chord change, strumming and picking skills into practice.
How to write your own
three-chord songs using the chords learned from earlier.
Gets you playing around some key relationships used in popular music.
Shows you how to use
basic open position chords to craft meaningful chord progressions based
on a few
Important article you should print out
and read in your own
time about organising your practice time effectively, overcoming
frustrations and other essential tips to help straighten the learning
Beginner Guitar Lessons
lessons for both acoustic and electric
guitar, with a choice of pro tutors and a number of learning tools.
Guitar Lessons Help
Stretching, a type of warm up,
is important for better performance
and response from your fingers and to prevent strain injury.
stretching exercises page for some
A metronome is a rhythm
keeping device to help you time your chord and note changes. Here's a
free metronome you can access online...
can change the tempo and gradually speed up as you get more confident.
are essential for improving your rhythm and timing.
however, you might find jamming along to a drum track more effective
(and entertaining!) for practicing things like strumming and chord
changes. I highly recommend QuickBeat
for this. It's simple to use and covers many styles.
You can also find help with interpreting the
diagrams on this site on this