Beginners Acoustic Guitar Course

Get started right away! No previous knowledge required.

Theory: basic orientation, chord diagrams, finger coordination, open string names, phrasing basics, reading rhythm charts, reading tab, repeat marks, timekeeping basics, understanding chord charts.

Techniques: 8 beat strum pattern, basic left hand technique, changing chords, changing chords quickly, clean note production, finger coordination, hammer-ons, hand coordination, holding down a chord, linking notes together, one- finger-per-fret rule, picking technique, playing clean chords, playing clean notes, reading chord diagrams, strumming, how to read tabs, tuning, two note chords.
Outcome: ability to play clean notes and chords from diagrams and guitar tab. Ability to play both rhythm and simple lead guitar along to songs.
Includes 6 songs in various styles.

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Module Details

  • 1. How the strings are named and numbered
    A short introduction to naming strings, a good place to start.
  • 2. Parts of the guitar and fret numbering
    A brief look at how different parts of the guitar are named and how frets are numbered
  • 3. Making clean sounding notes
    The first step to making a good sound with your guitar - the secret to getting notes to sound clean.
  • 4. Tuning the guitar (basic method)
    How to tune the guitar by ear
  • 5. How to read Tab
    The basics on how to interpret guitar tablature.
  • 6. Linking notes together
    How to get your fingers working together and develop speed and fluency.
  • 7. The Beginner's Boogie
    Learn to play your first tune on the guitar.
  • 8. How to learn chord shapes
    How to read the various types of chord diagrams.
  • 9. How to change chords quickly
    The most important skill for the beginner to master - how to change chord shapes quickly
  • 10. Knocking on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
    How to strum along to the Bob Dylan classic made famous by Guns'n'Roses.
  • 11. Stand By Me - Ben E King
    Ben E King's soul classic Arranged for Easy Acoustic Guitar
  • 12. I'm a Believer - The Monkees
    Neil Diamond's song made famous by the Monkees and more recently by Shrek the Movie, here arranged for easy acoustic guitar.
  • 13. Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Van Morrison's classic arranged for easy guitar.
  • 14. Boots are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
    A nice easy to play version of this classic blues based pop tune.
  • 15. Stuck in the Middle With You - Steeler's Wheel
    Complete lesson on how to play this Gerry Rafferty hit song from the 70s.
  • 16. Somebody's Me - Enrique Iglesias
    How to play this cool sounding acoustic ballad.
Author Nick Minnion
Contains Videos, PDFs, mp3s
Format Streaming
Length 3 hours 15 mins
Level Beginners
Provider Secret Guitar Teacher
Price $26.32

Customer Reviews

This is fantastic...
Reviewed by phil.bennett

This is fantastic -- hard work but very rewarding. Thank you.

March 2012
This course is absolutely wonderful...
Reviewed by sgtpepper

This course is absolutely wonderful, better than any I have seen by far. This actually shows you step by step how to play rather than just expecting you to get it right away!

March 2012
Going through the beginner section...
Reviewed by jimrockford

Going through the beginner section just to make sure I'm ready to be an intermediate player. Seems like I'm ready, enjoy your teaching method, thank you.

March 2012

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