Beginner's Course

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Welcome new guitar player :) This is THE place to start if you are picking up guitar for the first time, or if you been playing a while and want to make sure you have not left any holes in your knowledge...

  • Getting Started...

    Before we get started in learning chords and stuff, I want to get you off to the best possible start. This section will really help you get the most of this course so check it out!

    • BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
    • BC-102 • What guitar should you buy?
    • BC-103 • What guitar accessories do you need?
    • BC-104 • Guitar Anatomy
    • BC-105 • Make the most of your practice time
    • BC-106 • Body Posture and Finger Placement
    • BC-107 • Picks, how to choose one and hold it
    • BC-108 • How To Read TAB and Chord Boxes
    • BC-109 • Get your guitar in tune
  • Stage 1

    In this first stage we are going to check out three basic chords and how to change between them. We look at the very basics of rhythm and some easy songs that you can play with just these three chords!

    • BC-111 • The D Chord
    • BC-112 • The A Chord
    • BC-113 • The E Chord
    • BC-114 • Anchor Fingers for A, D and E
    • BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
    • BC-116 • 4:4 all down rhythm
    • BC-117 • Easy Songs for Stage 1
    • BC-118 • JUSTIN training exercises
    • BC-119 • Stage 1 Practice Schedule
  • Stage 2

    Now we are going to introduce some easy minor chords. We'll be changing between them and listening to the difference between Major and Minor. We'll also develop the changes between the new chords and the ones learnt last lesson. We also have to get our foot working and understand why that is important to become friends with a metronome.

    • BC-121 • The Amin Chord
    • BC-122 • The Emin Chord
    • BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
    • BC-124 • 1 minute Changes
    • BC-125 • Introducing the metronome
    • BC-126 • Foot tapping
    • BC-127 • Easy Songs For Stage 2
    • BC-128 • JUSTIN training exercises
    • BC-129 • Stage 2 Practice Schedule
  • Stage 3

    Now we have to get your hand stretching out a bit for a couple of trickier chords. We also introduce the idea of strumming patterns and how to read basic music rhythms.

  • Stage 4

    Now we are going to introduce some new interesting (but not harder) chords. We also introduce the "partial barre" to toughen up the side of your first finger a bit and talk about counting rhythm, all important stuff.

  • Stage 5

    We finish off learning our open 7th chords, check out a new way to help get your chord changes even faster and also have a look at shuffle rhythms. You will be able to play blues in three different keys by the end of this stage :) cool... and we get a little look at some basic music knowledge.

  • Stage 6

    OK. This is a big stage. Lots of important stuff. You are ready for it... now it's time to tackle the big nasty F Chord. Get ready for a bit of pain and frustration, everyone has to go through this rite of passage. And that is not all. We also have to learn to miss some strums! harder than it sounds... but lots of fun and will sound awesome once you get it!

  • Stage 7

    Now we have the very basics under your fingers, we can start to look at some more interesting stuff - notes on the neck, some cool chords to spice up your playing and a scale! wey hey...

  • Stage 8

    Now we are ready for some really cool fun stuff... A look at some other common ways of playing the G Chord, a 12 Bar Blues and an exercise to help you get your picking skills a bit sharper.

  • Stage 9

    Now we are nearly at the end of our beginners course. Few more things to learn and then it's consolidation time! There is a whole lot of different material here - so take your time, just try and digest one little bit at a time and you'll get there!

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