The 7 Day Guitar Method
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The 7 Day Guitar Method

An explosive new system that lets you play guitar – music you love, that you've always wanted to play
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Created by Luke Rayner
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Tune your guitar – I'll give you the astonishing “pro” method that people like me use to tune up quickly and easily, and STAY in tune
  • Play simple and easy to learn chord shapes that can have you making music IMMEDIATELY – even if you've never even TOUCHED a guitar before!
  • Develop finger strength and agility to really take your playing to the next level and give you crisp chord changes
  • Learn to play almost every song you've ever wanted to play, within just the next few days – it's like somebody waved a magic wand and showed you how to play overnight!
  • Make sure your own body isn't sabotaging your progress – almost every guitar player in the world is held back by this, and I'll show you how to smash through that barrier PERMANENTLY
  • Develop an almost-forgotten pro guitarist secret that let's you learn just about every blues/rock song within 47 seconds of hearing it
  • Achieve proper pick technique - most guitar players are holding their pick wrong, and how you can fix it in the next 5 seconds
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  • All you need is a Guitar!
  • There's something for everyone, from the complete beginner to the seasoned pro.

I'm about to reveal an explosive new system that lets you play guitar – music you love, that you've always wanted to play – within just hours from now.

In fact, in the next few minutes you'll see me DESTROY those myths you've heard - how hard it is to play guitar, that you need special talent or whatever...

... you'll see me PROVE to you that just about anybody can do it in next to no time...

And it doesn't matter if right now you don't know one end of the guitar from the other...

... doesn't matter if you can't read music...

... and it doesn't even matter what kind of music you want to play.

By the time we're done here, you could be on the way to being a total rock star – and I PROMISE if you've struggled to play guitar before, what you're about to see will make all the mystery fall away.

You see, there are a lot of people out there who want you to fail spectacularly – all those guitar schools, guitar teachers and guitar magazines, the guys making those tuition DVDs...

... the LAST thing they want is for you to develop any real skill with a guitar – because that means you won't need to pay them for lessons any more, or buy their magazines and DVDs.

And that means revealing my closely guarded secrets like this is going to upset some people, and others will be downright annoyed with me – but let me tell you something...


I care about you learning to play whatever you want to play. I care about you being able to impress your friends, about you sitting down at a party and have everybody cheering and singing along while you play.

That would feel pretty good, wouldn't it?

That's how it should be. Fun, and frustration-free.

Do you want to know the biggest kept secret about playing guitar?

You do? You sure you're ready?

Well, the truth is, guitar playing is EASY!

It's only hard if you haven't been given all the information or when something confuses you – leaving you unsure of what to do or where to turn.

If you take away that confusion – so you ALWAYS know what to do, where to put your fingers, what to play – and you've got something that's easier than riding a bike.

Think about that for a second – you probably couldn't ride a bike the first time you tried either, could you?

But you kept at it, and pretty soon you were racing around like a lunatic, probably scaring the crap outta your parents.

And today, you can ride a bike without even thinking about it, can't you?

Learning to play guitar is no different. No matter what you want to play, or how good you want to get.

It's tricky at first – but if you know how it should go, if you're given clear steps to follow, you'll have it down in no time.

And that's what I'm here to show you.

What you're looking at here is a proven, easy way to skip the months or years of learning and get up to speed in HOURS instead...

... and also get access to a ton of insider's secrets... the things that hotshot pro guitar players NEVER usually give away.

Here's how I know these secrets:

I've been a professional guitar player for 15 years. I've toured the world and played in front of thousands of people.

... and I've personally taught hundreds and hundreds of students these things on a one to one basis.

After years of student after student thanking me for unlocking their hidden guitar talents with my Simple Seven Day System, I realized I needed to show this to the whole world.

And that's why for the first time ever I'm releasing my Seven Day Guitar Method to the public.

It's called the Seven Day Guitar Method because that's exactly what it does – takes just about anybody, regardless of experience, and has them playing real great guitar within 7 days.

You see, I've broken everything down into the simplest form you can imagine...

... and that's the key, because guitar playing really IS simple – IF you know how to cut all the confusion and get right to the good stuff.

With my help, you'll discover how to play the songs you love and you'll see that learning guitar doesn't have to be complicated and frustrating.

And the fact that the whole course is available as an instant download means you'll get it immediately, today, even if it's 2 o clock in the morning on a Sunday!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you've ever wanted to play guitar but not known where to start, or were afraid it was too difficult... ... well, this is EXACTLY what you need.
  • If you think it's going to be all about putting in hours and hours of dull practice, trying to memorise uninteresting garbage.....well, you're in for a big shock. Why? Because I don't subscribe to that.
  • I like my playing to be lean and mean, with no unnecessary frills or timewasting. And that's the way I teach my students.
  • That means you don't have to worry about learning a billion chords and scales that you'll never understand or use. That's nonsense.
  • I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to play actual music. Instead, I'll teach you the essentials, things that will work for you TODAY.
  • Like the handful of simple, easy chords that pro guitar players like me rely on every single day.
  • And don't worry. It's all super easy to follow, because you'll see me break everything down up close and personal on video.
  • There are even graphics on screen to show you exactly where to put your fingers.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 02:00

Correct Posture

The most important thing to ask yourself when playing the guitar is, are you comfortable? If you are not then you will not enjoy the experience and will feel less inclined to practice, therefore your skills will not improve as quickly as they could.

Sitting with the guitar

When practicing most guitarists elect to do so seated. If you chose to practice this way then you will need to make sure that you select a comfortable chair, preferably one without arms as these can cause you to sit in an unnatural position which may result in muscle strain.
Make sure your feet can flatly touch the floor and that your back is kept straight. Your shoulders should be relaxed throughout practice, relaxed shoulders help your arms, hands and fingers stay relaxed with aids fluidity when playing.

Standing with the guitar

Most guitarists will stand when they perform but some also practice this way. If you wish to practice this way then there are few things to consider to ensure you are comfortable doing so.
The strap that you use is important, depending on the weight of your guitar you play. A heavy guitar will require a strap with more surface area and padding in order to distribute the instruments wight evenly across your shoulders. A lighter guitar can be used with a thinner strap.

Stand with you feet shoulder width apart and make sure the strap is set at a length that is adequate for you to reach all parts of the guitar without having to stretch of strain.

Correct Pick Technique

Holding the plectrum or "pick" correctly is extremely important to playing efficiently. By carefully studying the closeups on the video you'll be able to achieve the best guitar tone and picking technique

Preview 02:00
Day 1
1 Lecture 15:54

Identifying Strings of the Guitar

In order to tune the guitar correctly you will need to be able to identify the strings. This is essential when tuning the guitar and knowing what key you are playing in.

The strings of the guitar starting from the thickest are,


Tuning the Guitar

The simplest and most accurate method if tuning the guitar is with and electronic tuner. They are relatively inexpensive and undoubtably the most accurate way of tuning the guitar.

Here are a few of our favorite tuners (amazon affiliate links).

If you do not have an electronic tuner then you can tune the guitar relatively to its self. To do this you need place your first finger on the 5th fret of the E string, then play the A string, both strings should sound at the same pitch, if the a string is lower in pitch (flat) than the the E string, turn the A string’s tuning peg towards you to raise the the pitch so it is the same as the E string’s.

If the pitch of the A string is higher (sharp) than the E string’s, turn the A strings tuning peg towards you in order to lower the pitch so it is the same as the E string’s.
Repeat this process in order to tune the D and G strings.
To tune the B string, instead of fretting the 5th fret of the G string you must instead fret the 4th fret of the G string and make sure the B string is the pitch.

To tune the high E string, return to fretting the 5th fret of the B string and matching the pitch of the E string.

This method will normally be accurate if you are playing unaccompanied but may sound out of tune is you are playing along with something. The reason for this is that you will need to have perfect pitch to tune the first string correctly.
Eventually your ears will learn to identify an E, allowing you to tune one string and tune the others relatively. You can also use another instrument such as a piano or recorded tuning notes for reference.

Building Finger Strength and Picking Ability Through Exercises

In order for you to really master the guitar your hands need to have sufficient strength to perform a variety of stretches and fretting positions whilst playing. Many people think that it’s only the fretting hand that needs to be developed, this is untrue, your picking hand is just as important. Developing good picking technique will help you play with speed and accuracy.

The exercise included in day 1 is a great way to warm up your hands, getting your fretting and picking hand working together.

Don’t worry if you find it hard at first, many people who have been playing years will find this exercise hard if they have never attempted it before.

Aim to have the exercise up to the speed of the video before moving on to day 2.

Playing Open Major Chords

Open chords are played in the “open” position on the fretboard. This means that we play them right at the bottom near the nut and tuning pegs. Open chords utilize open strings, open strings are not fretted but are allowed to ring out along with fretted notes.

Open chords form the basis of a large amount of popular songs, learning just a few open chords will give you access to a huge repertoire of material.

To help learn each chord, we are going to be using chord diagrams. (See Video and PDF for Chord Diagrams)

When playing chords it is important to make sure that your fingers are only touching the frets they are supposed to be, if a finger is touching another string it can prevent the string from ringing clearly. Arching your fingers is a good way of preventing this from happening.

Before Moving onto Day 2

Make sure you can do these 4 things.

  1. Name each string of the guitar - sounds simple but can you do it? try now before referring back to page ...... of this guide.
  2. Tune the guitar accurately - this is essential for you to be able to move on, if your guitar is not in tune it will make is nearly impossible for you to know if you are playing things correctly.
  3. Play the strength and picking exercise along with the video using alternative picking (up and down with the plectrum). I’m not asking you to play it scarily fast (yet!) but it won’t take much practice to get it to the speed that it’s played on the video.
  4. Play all of the open major chords - I want you to be able to play them accurately with every note ringing out clearly. Although not essential right now, being able to play them from memory would be helpful to you.

So can you do the 4 things I ask? If you can, great! Let’s move on to day 2. If you can’t, don’t worry, just spend a little more time practicing, you’ll be there soon enough.

Preview 15:54
Day 2
1 Lecture 15:40

Changing Chords Quickly and Efficiently

Being able to change chords quickly and efficiently is essential when playing chord progressions that make up songs.

Quite often it is very easy to change from chord to chord by just moving one or two fingers, avoiding removing the fretting hand altogether that often results in slow chord changes.

Playing Chromatic Scales

Chromatic scales are not only a great introduction to playing scales but also make great warm up exercises.

A chromatic scale has 12 notes, each note is 1 fret (a semitone) apart. A simple way to hear what a chromatic scale sounds like is to play all frets in order from the open E string, right up to the 12th fret on the E string.

Playing Chord progressions

A chord progression is a sequence of chords that when played in a specific order form a harmony around a particular key. In simpler terms chord progressions are what make up songs. There is usually one chord progression for each section of the song, for example, verse bridge and chorus.

The following chord progressions in the course are designed to help you get used to changing from chord to chord in sequence. For now, play each chord using two down strokes, aim to keep the amount of time spent on each chord equal and focus on smoothly changing to each chord.

Before Moving onto Day 3

Before you move on to day 3 there some things I want you to recap.

  1. Play the warm up along with the video, concentrate on keeping it smooth and constant, use alternative picking and try matching the speed that it is played on the video.
  2. Play all the open minor chords - I want you to be able to play them accurately with every note ringing out clearly. Although not essential right now, being able to play them from memory would be helpful to you.
  3. Play the chromatic scales at speed along with the video. We will be covering scales in much more depth in the coming lessons so being able to competently will be excellent preparation.
  4. Change from chord to chord quickly and efficiently while playing the chord progressions. It is essential you are able to do this as in day 3 we will playing chord progressions that set to a backing track at a constant speed.
Day 2
Day 3
1 Lecture 16:26

Play Open Major and Minor Scales - Relating them to Chords

Now you know how to play open major and minor chords, we are going to look at playing major and minor scales in the open position. This is extremely important for you to see how the individual notes of the guitar relate to the chords you have already learned.

The simplest way to distinguish between minor and major is major sounds happy, minor sounds sad.

In terms of how a minor scale is constructed, it is the same a a major scale except the 3rd, 6th and 7th notes of the scale are flattened. Flattened means moved down a semitone, as each fret represents a semitone we can flatten a note by moving it down one fret towards the nut.

See the PDF for more diagrams of how these scales and chords relate to each other.

Play Barred Chords

These particular type of chords are named barred chords because a finger is used to fret multiple notes at the same time, the notes are usually located on the same fret for each string.
New guitarists often find mastering barred chords one of the hardest challenges they face when learning to play.

They require strength from the wrist, the distribution of pressure is also different than if fretting one note at a time.

Barred chords are useful as types of chords retain the same shape when moved up and down the fretboard. For example the same shaped bar chord played on the 3rd fret and 5th fret will be a G major and A major, the shape remains the same, the chord changes depending what fret it is played on.

When practicing barred chords, make sure each individual string rings out, it can be tough at first but with continual practice you will be able to play them.

Day 3 Part 1
Day 3 Part 2
1 Lecture 14:27

Play Chord Progressions Over Backing Tracks Using Open and Barred Chords

Playing to a backing track is a good way of improving rhythm and listening skills. You must listen carefully, making sure you change chord at the right time, too late or early will cause the music on the backing track and that coming from your guitar to clash, this can sound unpleasant.

The chord progressions we are going to be playing are those learned in day 2, however, we are going to be playing them using barred chords as well as open chords.

All of the backing tracks used here can be found among the accompanying material for this course.

Using Scales Over a Backing Track with some Improvisation

A guitar playing these chord progressions with full accompaniment is included with the next set of backing tracks. This will allow you to experiment with paying some of the open major and minor scales along with the music.

Improvising involves being creative with the order that you play the notes of the scale. The advantage with starting to experiment with improvisation in this way is that as long as you stick to the notes of the specific scale there cannot be anything that sounds wrong or unpleasant.

Before Moving onto Day 4

Before you move on to day 4 there some things I want you to recap.

  1. Play the open major and minor scales both ascending and descending along with the video. Make sure you use alternative picking.
  2. When playing barred chords from both the E and A strings, make sure that all the notes ring out. Getting this right can cause some hand cramping but it is essential you get it right as we are going to focus on bar chords in the coming lessons.
  3. Play the chord progressions accurately along with the backing tracks, doing this will improve your sense of rhythm and timing.
  4. Experiment with improvisation, play the open major and minor scales over the backing tracks and see what you come up with. We will be covering improvisation in greater depth in the coming lessons.
Day3 Part 2
Day 4 Part 1
1 Lecture 11:50

Pentatonic and Blues Scales

Pentatonic scales are made up of 5 notes used extensively as the basis of soloing in blues, rock, metal, pop and many other styles of music.

Here we are going to cover major, minor and a 6 note variation of the pentatonic scale called the blues scale. Each scale will be played over two octaves.

See the PDF and video for scale diagrams

Use String Bending in Playing

String bending is a technique used to move from one note to another without changing fret or string. Bending a string with the fretting hand increases the tension of that string and raises the pitch.

Moving from one note to another using a string bend creates a smooth transition between the two. This gives a vocal quality to phrase that is being played.

When bending strings it is easiest to bend the low E, A and D strings down and the higher G , B and E strings up. To bend with more strength and accuracy, try putting supporting the finger that is doing the bending with your unfretted fingers.

Day 4 Part 1
Day 4 Part 2
1 Lecture 14:05

Play 12 bar Blues Progressions

Often made up of just three chords, the 12 bar progression often form the basis of many popular songs.

The 12 bar progression that we are going to look at here is a 12 bar blues.

The 12 bar blues progressions that we are going to look out use just three different chords. The I (one) chord, the IV (four) chord and the V (five) chord. We’ll be covering why they are called I, IV and V chords later on.

Included in the materials for this course are backing tracks for 12 bar blues progressions on the keys of E and A.

Build Licks from Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales

Licks are short musical phrases consisting of only a few notes. Licks a predominately used when a guitarist plays melodic lines or solos over a chord progression.

We are going to build licks using the minor pentatonic and blues scales.

The simplest way to start building licks is to pick one or two strings of the guitar and experiment with the notes of the chosen scale that are played there.

Once you have isolated notes that you want to build licks from, experiment with the order and timing that you play them. When you have created a lick or licks that you are happy with, select another set of strings and create some more. Try and employ some string bends in the licks that you create.

Play Licks over a 12 Bar Blues Progression

Now that you have built yourself some licks, it’s time to try them out over a 12 bar blues progression in the key of A.

A lick that you created unaccompanied may not work so well when playing along to the backing track. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to experiment with the way you a playing the lick in order to make it fit.

There is a backing track for this exercise included in the course files.

Playing licks that you have created yourself is an enjoyable experience. As you become more familiar with the lick building process and the scales they are made of, you’ll find yourself being able to improvise, creating licks on the fly.

Before Moving onto Day 5

Before you move on to day 5 there some things I want you to recap.

  1. Play pentatonic and blues scales both ascending and descending along with the video. Memorize them if you can and make sure you use alternative picking.
  2. Play the 12 bar blues progressions along with the backing tracks. Make sure you can keep up with the pace of backing track, if you can’t don’t worry, spend a little more time practicing and you’ll be there soon enough.
  3. Build some of your own licks using both the minor pentatonic and blues scales. Incorporate some string bending into your licks.
  4. Practice phrasing your licks over the 12 bar blues lick backing track. Get your creations sounding exactly how you want them.
Day 4 Part 2
Day 5
1 Lecture 18:41

The Hammer-On and Pull-Off Techniques

The hammer-on technique is when a finger is used to fret a note by striking it like a hammer, this causes the not to sound without the picking hand picking the relevant string with the plectrum.

A pull-off is the when a finger on the fretting hand pulls down on a string and releases, this causes the note that is fretted below the pulling finger to sound.

These techniques are very simple and are used in many different styles of music.
When using the the hammer-on and pull-off techniques you do not need to pick every note with the plectrum, these means certain phrases can be played faster.

Although the these techniques are simple, they do require a certain amount of finger strength, the following exercises are designed to help you develop your hammer-on and pull-off techniques.

Learn a Short Pre-Written Solo

The solo you are about to learn is constructed of 8 individual licks. These licks are then strung together to form the solo.
The objective of this exercise is to develop your melody and muscle memories, being able to remember melodic phrases and passages is essential for a performing guitarist. You’ll be amazed how after a short time your fingers will seem to remember without you having to think about it.

When learning this short solo, focus on one lick at a time. Once you have learned one and can play it accurately, only then move onto the next one. Breaking down a relatively long solo in this way improves the effectiveness at which you will be able to memorise it.

Each lick transcribed for reference, however, your primary method for learning this short solo should be by viewing the video.

There is a backing track included in the course resources for you to practice the solo with.

Before Moving onto Day 6

Before you move on to day 6 there some things I want you to recap.

1. Play the 3 hammer-on and pull-off exercises. Don’t worry too much about speed at this stage, this will come as the strength in your fingers develops. Focus more on making notes ring clearly as you hammer-on and pull-off.

2. Memorize the short solo and play it with the backing track. This is challenging but as your melody and muscle memories develop it will get progressively easier.

Day 5
Day 6 Part 1
1 Lecture 10:01

Advanced Chords

We are going to learn how to play more advanced chords as barred chords from the E and A strings. You’ll remember from day 3 that barred type chords are useful to learn as they retain the same shape when moved up and down the fretboard. For example the same shaped bar chord played on the 3rd fret and 5th fret will be a G major and A major, the shape remains the same, the chord changes depending what fret it is played on.

These advanced chords are common in all styles of music, especially Jazz and Soul.

Day 6 Part 1
Day 6 Part 2
1 Lecture 17:30

Harmonize the Major Scale

Once you are able to harmonize scales you can effectively build chords and play songs no matter what key they in.

There are 7 notes in a major scale (8 including the octave), each one of these notes can be harmonized to make a chord. Harmonized means to add extra notes to complement. The notes being added come from the major scale.

The harmony of a major scale is the same whatever the key, for this reason each degree of the major scale is represented using roman numerals.

Play Chord Progressions in Multiple Keys by Referencing Roman Numerals

Test yourself, the following (displayed in the PDF and on screen) chord progressions are written in roman numerals. You will be given a key to play each progression in. Take your time, use your knowledge of how to harmonise

the major scale to work out what chords to play.

Speed Pick Scales

Speed picking is a method of playing scales that uses the quickest and economical way possible. In most cases the quickest and most easiest way to play scales is with 3 notes per string. Being able to speed pick will allow you to play fast runs and solos.

We have already covered how to play major and minor scales, this time they are in a speed picking format. Make sure you alternative pick these scales.

Before Moving onto Day 7

That’s day 6 finished, today covered more advanced theory and technique that can sometimes take time to get your head around.
Before you watch the day 7 video I want you to be able to so a few things.

  1. Be able to play all of the advanced chords from the positions on the E and A strings. Make sure you can hit the chord quickly, if you take a while to get your fingers into the chord shape, practice for little while longer.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the harmonization of the major scale. There are only 7 steps to learn and once you know them you’ll be able to play any chord progression in any key.
  3. Play chord progressions using roman numerals. Try playing some of roman numeral chord progression in different keys for those listed. Also a good exercise is to write some of your own chord progressions using roman numerals and practice playing them in different keys.
  4. Make sure you are able to play the speed picked major and minor scales smoothly and at a reasonable speed, remember to use alternative picking.

Day 6 Part 2
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Luke Rayner
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Professional Musician, Teacher and Entrepreneur. I toured the world and played in front of thousands of people, appearing on bills with Deep Purple, Def Leopard, Whitesnake, Leo Sayer and many more. I also spent 13 years teaching at a music college where hundreds of students learned to play guitar from me. I am a fully qualified teacher holding a Post Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE.

Learning music from a very young age has given me the ability to break things down into easy to manage steps. This has allowed me to use my free time to become an expert in many other disciplines like SEO, Note Taking, Cycling, The Haulage Industry. Once I become interested in something learn everything about it and then like to teach others.