Beginner Library

Acoustic songs, chords, chromatic and rhythmical guitar exercises!

Welcome to the beginner guitar lesson library. Here you find a link to every topic covered in the beginner course.

You don’t need any experience playing the guitar to start taking these lessons. At Spy Tunes we look at famous songs and learn about music and playing the guitar from them.

Our motto is: Don’t just learn the tune – Learn from the tune!


Acoustic songs

Beginner Acoustic SongsThere are eight famous acoustic songs to learn in the beginner course.

You probably heard some of these before. ‘Redemption Song‘ by Bob Marley, ‘Wonderwall‘ by Oasis and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘ by Bill Withers are all great fun to play.

More importantly, these songs can teach you so much about playing guitar and music itself.

Go to beginner acoustic songs and find your favourite.


Chord progression

Beginner Chord ProgressionSo often overlooked by guitar players is the chord progression of a song.

Instead of just learning each song as a new letter combination of, let’s say C – Am – F – G, you will be much better off understanding what each of these chords actually means.

No matter how easy or difficult the song is, the chord progression will always hold the answer to how a song can be understood.

Visit the beginner chord progression page and you’ll never see music in the same way again.


Chords

Beginner ChordsTo learn everything there is to know about chords may seem overwhelming first.

Don’t worry, with the right foundations, this is an easy language to understand. It simply is not the case of memorising thousands of individual chords.

During your beginner studies, you learn ten open position chords. Later on, you’ll see how absolutely everything is built upon these chords.

Go to beginner chords and check if you can play them all, for example, can you play an open position Gm chord?


Chromatic exercises

Beginner Chromatic ExercisesTo improve on finger dexterity, right and left-hand coordination, accuracy and speed you need to practise chromatic exercises.

There are sixty-six variations available using video demonstration in total. In the beginner library, you will learn the first three. In the beginner guitar course, we expand on this concept.

Go to beginner chromatic exercises and see if you can play along with the first three video lessons.


Guitar course

The beginner course has been developed with previous Spy Tunes students over five years and now cover everything you need to know to get going playing guitar and understanding music.

All acoustic songs are covered in depth with complete TAB, just like they are played in the video lessons but we don’t stop there! We also learn 2nd guitar parts and how to change key.

You can choose the pace of the course yourself, take one a day and you’ll complete the beginner guitar course in just thirty-six days.


Rhythmical exercises

Beginner Rhythmical ExercisesThe easiest way to learn and remember a songs strumming pattern is to read them using rhythmical symbols.

There are fifteen exercises available in the beginner library that in no time will teach you the fundamentals of reading rhythms using easy to follow, play-along video lessons.

In the beginner course, these are merely the starting point for our rhythm studies.

To try one of these exercises now, go to beginner rhythmical exercises.


Songwriters swivel

SWS ThumbAs you learn more and more songs you will understand more about chord progressions. Soon you’ll find yourself wanting to change key. This is where the SWS come into play.

Using this simple application you will learn how to change from one key to another by seeing chord progressions as roman numerals.

As you progress through the intermediate, advanced and master courses, you’ll use this tool to organise your scales and arpeggios too.

To try it out now, go to beginner songwriters swivel.

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