Beginner Guitar Course

Beginner Guitar Course

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Strumming a G chord

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

The first thing we need to learn is how to fret an open position G chord.

In the video lesson, I’ll reveal that there are more than one way to fret this simple chord.

The Chromatic Exercise

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s learn the first chromatic exercise.

By moving up and down the neck like this, you will gain control over your picking technique as well as develop fine motor skills in your fretting hand.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this lesson, we are going to strum new chords in the same way as you did when you played a G.

We simply apply the same pattern to Em, D, and Cadd9.

The Chromatic Exercise Revisited

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

This is a great exercise for warming up. You will improve your left hand’s finger dexterity as well as your right hand’s picking technique.

Put together, what we really work on is the coordination of the left and right hand.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Last time you played this song, you strummed the chords, today it’s time to pick them instead.

Practice all examples along with the loop and you’ll be able to play this song on your own soon.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 4

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In the last few lessons, we’ve slowly built up to playing ‘Talking About A Revolution’.

In this lesson, we play the entire song from beginning to end.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we’re going to learn how to change key, apply a capo and create a 2nd guitar part.

To change key from G to C means we’ll also learn new chords.

The Reversed Chromatic Exercise

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

The simplest variation we can develop from this is to simply start high up the neck and move down the fretboard instead.

This concept can be applied to all future chromatic exercises.

Redemption Song – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start looking at another acoustic classic in ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley.

Before we look at all the different chord progressions of ‘Redemption Song’, lets first establish what chords are available in the key.

Muting When Strumming

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we take a look at how to mute when you strum. You’ll discover how different chords will require different muting techniques.

Use the chords G, Em, Am, C, and D over each example as demonstrated in the video.

Redemption Song – Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we play the more exact parts of ‘Redemption Song’.

The intro and outro need to be done like on the record, the guitar break is down to you to design.

Chromatic Exercise 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In chromatic exercise 2, we play using 16th notes, which means 16 notes in a bar.

In practice, this means that if you can play the first exercise at 100 BPM, you can automatically play this exercise at 50 BPM.

Redemption Song – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s have a crack at Redemption Song’ in all its glory, from beginning to end.

Simply play along with me in the video. Keep one eye on the TAB.

Redemption Song – Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we learn how to construct a 2nd guitar part for ‘Redemption Song’.

This means you can soon join me and the singer, which is what happens in the final step.

Redemption Song – Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

You don’t have to follow the patterns I just showed you in the last step perfectly.

Since the first guitar is so consistent, you, as a 2nd guitarist, can afford to be a bit more experimental.

Strumming at different paces

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

To ensure you can clearly see the difference between 8th notes and 16th notes, let’s practice all examples shown in the video lesson to a metronome.

Robin Hood – Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today start working on a song that contains a new slash chord.

We touched on this as you played ‘Redemption Song’ with the G/B, today we learn a D/F# as we play the verse from ‘Robin Hood’.

Chromatic Exercise 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

When playing chromatic exercise 3, we play three notes per beat, but four notes per string.

This means that the weight of the downbeat will start to correspond with different fingers.

Robin Hood – Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we keep exploring how to play ‘Robin Hood’ by taking a close look at the chorus and turnaround which are more complicated than the verse.

We also look at the outro.

Combine Three Chromatic Exercises

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we put the three chromatic exercises together.

Practice all exercises as the TAB describe before you start combining them in an improvised way.

Robin Hood – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this video, I play ‘Robin Hood’ with a singer from beginning to end.

To make it easier to follow along, I’ve included a rhythm chart.

Robin Hood – Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we create a 2nd guitar part for ‘Robin Hood’ by changing the key to C and placing a capo on fret 7.

You’ll get TAB and loops for everything to set you up for the final step.

Robin Hood – Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Keep that capo on fret 7 and join me and the singer to play ‘Robin Hood’.

There’s a chart that you can keep an eye on as you strum and pick your way through it, in an improvised way.

Push The BPM Of A Chromatic Exercise

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

The chromatic exercises are great for developing left and right-hand coordination, improve accuracy and speed.

It’s also a great exercise for warming up, so let’s start with that.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start working on a new song in ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’.

Only four chords are used in this song. Instead of feeling at home with chord I, we find our home in chord VI as this song is “in minor”.

Chromatic Exercise on string pairs

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Decide for yourself how you want to practice this concept. Do you play all string pairs before you change the BPM, or just one?

It would be a good idea to play at a tempo where 100% accuracy is achieved as speed is a consequence of accuracy.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we look at a bunch of chord variations you can use when playing ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’.

These are not necessarily what you’d hear on the original recording but put in place to make the arrangement work better on just one guitar.

The String Skipping Chromatic Exercise

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we develop last lessons string pair concept for the chromatic exercise by skipping strings, this makes it much harder!

You decide what tempo is right for you. Focus on 100% accuracy.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we play through ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ from beginning to end.

Simply play along with me and the singer in the video. You don’t have to use the same extensions or exact rhythms.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 4

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today I’ll show you how you can construct a 2nd guitar part for ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’.

We’ll do this by switching key from C to G and then placing a capo on fret five.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In our final study of ‘One More Cup Of Coffee, it’s time for the four of us to sound more like a band.

I’m playing the big chords, you got your 2nd guitar part, Barry is on violin and Miss Al Brown sings.

Revise Three Chromatic Exercises

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start revising everything you’ve done in the first half of this beginner course.

First, we see if you can play along with the first three chromatic exercises at the tempo I do in the video.

Revise Two Songs

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s go back and play ‘Talking About A Revolution’ and ‘Redemption Song’ again.

As we do, let’s try all the things we discussed, picking and strumming, with and without a capo.

Revise Combining Chromatic Exercises

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Use this as a warm-up for no more than twenty minutes. Remember to stop and stretch your arms, shoulders, hands, and fingers regularly.

As you stop and stretch, increase your BPM with 2!

Revise Another Two Songs

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s play ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ again.

Try all picking and strumming parts, with and without a capo.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start looking at a new song in The Verve’s monster hit ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’.

The chords are all from the key of C. Let’s start by looking at the chord progression and how we can extend the chords.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s take a look at the strumming pattern for this song. We are dealing with a 16th note pattern at a slow pace again.

It’s the same pattern for all chords, even when there are two chords in one bar.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 4

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this last step, we fit a capo on fret five and work on playing picked and strummed parts as if in the key of G.

This then becomes a more creative 2nd guitar part that you can use when playing along with me and the singer.

Sweeping Exercise

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start looking at a completely new way of playing the chromatic exercise, we now travel across the strings in a sweeping motion.

We do this in preparation for playing a new song.

Time Of Your Life – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s start learning ‘Time Of Your Life’.

As the pattern is pretty fast, take your time. It’s much better if you can play it well at a slow speed, than fast but not accurately.

Sweeping Exercise – Push BPM

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

How many times do you play the looped pattern before you stop for a break and increase the BPM?

Perhaps 20 seconds playing, 10 seconds resting is a good idea.

Time Of Your Life – Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

It’s time to look at the chorus for ‘Time Of Your Life’. It’s only a few bars long.

Practice this exactly as the TAB show, very slowly at first.

Sweeping Exercise – 16th Notes

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we move on to the next sweeping exercise.

Just like when we developed the first chromatic exercise, we now change to 16th notes.

Time Of Your Life – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this lesson we play ‘Time Of Your Life’ using a strumming pattern.

This is much more difficult than I assumed, it’s fast!

Sweeping Exercise – Triplets

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Just like with the chromatic exercise, we can fit a triplet rhythm to the sweeping exercise.

And just like before, the downbeat will now start corresponding with different fingers.

Time Of Your Life – Step 4

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

The time has come to create a second guitar part for ‘Time Of Your Life’. 

The easiest way to do this is to use the same pattern but change the key and therefore chord shapes and apply that capo.

16th note Strumming Patterns

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we look at reading and playing a bunch of 16th note strumming patterns.

This is something you will do a lot of when playing the guitar so learning how to read and play them well is imperative.

Wonderwall – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we play the progression of ‘Wonderwall’ with and without extensions.

This will enable you to more clearly hear the difference the extensions make, once we add them.

Wonderwall – Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s look at how to play the strumming pattern for the verse of ‘Wonderwall’.

By practicing these you will realise the difference between what makes you sound like a beginner vs an experienced player.

More 16th Note Exercises

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s take a look at some more 16th note strumming exercises.

These are not very musical, but they’re great for your strumming technique.

Wonderwall – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we practice the bridge of ‘Wonderwall’

Just like we did when we played the verse, let’s play the chords like a beginner before we start breaking the patterns up.

Wonderwall – Step 4

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, you’ll learn how to strum the chorus for ‘Wonderwall’.

Since this is so easy, we quickly move on and play the complete song as well.

Wonderwall – Step 5

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

The time has come to create a 2nd guitar part for ‘Wonderwall’.

Learn this and you can play with me and the singer, rather than just playing the same thing as me.

Revise 16th Note Strumming

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we revise the 16th note strumming patterns you’ve been working on lately.

As we practice these, we push the BPM!

Rewind – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start working on a new song as we learn ‘Rewind’ by Paolo Nutini.

In this step, we focus on the chords and the progression. Just like in ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, chord III has become IIIx.

Rewind – Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

To play this song using the same strumming pattern I do, learn it by practicing along to the individual loops.

Practice all these, playing the entire song will become easy.

Rewind – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we play the complete song from beginning to end.

To help you along there’s a chart and a video of the complete song to play along with.

Rewind – Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we remove the capo and find a 2nd guitar part using Dsus2 and Gadd9 for the verse.

When you play this along to the video with me and the singer(s), we’ll sound like a band.

Rewind – Step 5

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step we play yet another 2nd guitar part, this time using a capo on fret 5.

After trying each section to the loops, play along with me and the singer(s) again.

Beginner Guitar Song

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

It’s time to learn our first fingerstyle song.

The ‘Beginner Guitar Song’ is a nice meditative little loop that you can play for ten to twenty minutes or so without getting bored.

Fingerstyle Etude 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we learn how to group strings depending on the chord shape.

There are some basic rules like this when playing fingerstyle guitar. Let’s look at and practice them.

Fingerstyle Etude 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we look at another Etude.

Remember, it is always best to practice using a metronome, playing the examples at different tempos.

Ain’t No Sunshine – Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start working on the last song of this course as we play ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers.

This is a modern standard, expect it to come up in many jam sessions and gigs.

Ain’t No Sunshine – Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we continue to work on ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’.

In this final step, we look at some alternative parts you could use when playing the song.

All Beginner Songs

Length: 35 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we play through all beginner songs in a row, just like if we played a gig together.

I’m not giving you any TAB as this is a test to see if you can play all these songs.