Chords and chord progressions
Chromatic and rhythmical exercises
Preview Video Lessons
Chords, strumming and technique
Preview the exercises from the Beginner 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 the guitar and understanding music.
Alongside learning great songs on the acoustic guitar, the course teaches you the basics of guitar playing, this includes understanding how chord progressions work and how to play open position chords.
You must also understand the basics of strumming patterns and develop synchronization between the left and right hand.
The exercises for doing all this can be previewed by following a link to each topic below.
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.
Don’t worry, with the right foundations, this is an easy language to understand. It simply is not the case of memorizing 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?
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.
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.
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 organize your scales and arpeggios too.
To try it out now, go to beginner songwriters swivel.