How to Play the Guitar: Your 30-Day Guide to Learn Guitar
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How to Play the Guitar: Your 30-Day Guide to Learn Guitar

Let me take you step-by-step by teaching you guitar theory, guitar techniques, and entire songs in 30 days!!
4.4 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,691 students enrolled
Created by Dan Amerson
Last updated 4/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 30 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 30 daily online guitar lessons, for almost 5 hours of guitar tutorials
  • Guitar lessons for under 2 dollars a day.
  • Video examples for both right-handed AND left-handed guitar players
  • Fun, interesting, and true-to-life guitar exercises; finally get your fingers moving the way they're supposed to
  • Learn just enough guitar theory to help you advance quickly as a guitarist
  • Specific focus on dozens of individual motors, starting with the simple and manageable
  • A gradual increase in challenge to keep you engaged and improving day-after-day
  • Learn the fundamentals of how to play blues guitar
  • Learn the chords of the guitar; learn major and minor chords
  • Learn guitar techniques; take hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, alternate picking, and turn them into fun and electrifying solos
  • Take what you've learned and turn it into a song, which we'll go through together, piece by piece
  • How to play most of the popular music on the radio; learn guitar chord progressions
  • Workout your pinky finger (and feel the burn)
  • .pdf copies for every single day's lesson, letting you practice them whenever you'd like
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  • Own a guitar with strings, along with guitar picks
  • Tune your guitar to "Standard E" Tuning
  • Have Internet access (to follow the course)
  • Click the 'Take This Course' button
  • Be alive for the next 30 days
  • Dedicate at least 20 minutes per day to practicing the guitar
  • Bring your spirit of challenge and adventure


If you've wanted to start from scratch, play guitar, and improve every single day, listen up!

If you don't have the time or money to take guitar lessons with a 1-on-1 instructor, listen up!

I began learning guitar ten years ago; though I was fortunate enough to have a teacher every week, I didn't really know what to do every single day.

And I know how you feel;
How should you spend your time?
How do you improve consistently?
What should you learn?

This is why I spent many hours creating this course, which is what I wished I had watched when I began learning how to play guitar.

Today, enroll in this 'How to Play the Guitar' course and take your guitar playing to the next level!!

This online guitar course is a 30-day series of guitar lessons for beginners. Each day, we ratchet up the level of challenge.

It is meant to take you from knowing little (or nothing) about playing guitar to playing the guitar with proper technique, and even a bit of flair.

Whether you want to learn how to play electric guitar or how to play acoustic guitar, we've got you covered; these lessons apply to both the electric or acoustic guitar.

Each lesson comes with guitar exercises and video lessons for both left-handed and right-handed players.

Believe it or not, the guitar is not one single skill; it is dozens of individual skills that you must learn in order to 'play the guitar'.

Each day, I hold your hand and teach you these skills, one at a time. I start with the very simplest (holding a pick, playing a note) and take you to the complex (playing an entire song).

Each day's lesson requires only 5 to 15 minutes, and is guaranteed to keep you engaged, interested, and CHALLENGED.

Who is the target audience?
  • Young and old, man or woman, black or white; doesn't matter
  • A complete beginner (never tried to learn guitar before)
  • A "false beginner" (one who has some knowledge, but needs to start again from the beginner)
  • Anyone with a strong desire to learn the guitar
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Introduction and Week 1
9 Lectures 01:01:15

Learn the basics and practice tips that I wish I had learned as a beginner. In this video, I clear up several misconceptions related to practicing and improving as a guitarist.

Preview 19:07

A Word About Udemy

Your very first day of the challenge! See what is possible at the end, and learn the very basics of playing the guitar.

Preview 07:37

(Day 2 of 30) Review Day 1, and follow me!

We refine yesterday's skills by increasing the difficulty level.

Preview 04:41

(Day 3 of 30) Review Days 1 and 2, and follow me.

Today, we jump between strings and form the basis for chords.

Preview 04:31

(Day 4 of 30) Review Days 2 and 3, and follow me!

Today, we add a challenge to string skipping and combine strumming with hand bars.

Preview 04:08

(Day 5 of 30) Review Days 3 and 4, and follow me!

Today, we cover the first of a long series of exercises: The Tethered Finger

This exercise anchors your hand to the fretboard, allowing for more accuracy.

We also increase the challenge of strumming and playing hand bars.

Additionally, hammer-ons are introduced.

Preview 07:29

(Day 6 of 30) Review Days 4 and 5, and follow me!

Today, we expand on the Tethered Finger exercise.

We also add to the Hand-bar & Strumming exercise, while also adding to the concept of hammer-ons.

Preview 05:48

(Day 7 of 30) Review Days 5 and 6 and follow me!

Today, we expand on the Tethered Finger exercise (and use the pinky and ring fingers much more).

You will also learn a new strumming pattern to play along with Hand-bars.

Pull-offs are introduced, and are played in tandem with hammer-ons.

Preview 06:40
Week 2
7 Lectures 01:05:55

(Day 8 of 30) Review Days 6 and 7 and follow me!

Today, we expand on the Tethered Finger exercise (Part 4)

The palm mute is introduced, along with strumming with different fingers as the hand-bar.

Day 8

(Day 9 of 30) Review Days 7 and 8 and follow me.

We expand on the Tethered Finger (Part 5).

We introduce Alternate Picking.

We will also mix strumming techniques with the Palm Mute.

Day 9

(Day 10 of 30) Review Days 8 and 9 and follow me!

Today, we integrate alternate picking with a brief riff for our Tethered Finger exercise (part 6), which you can play over and over.

The hammer-on is re-purposed towards the entire fretboard.

Alternate picking is also re-purposed towards the entire fretboard.

It's been ten days; just look back on how much you've accomplished!

Day 10

(Day 11 of 30) Review Days 9 and 10 and follow me!

Two exercises from Day 10 are combined in order to play a new riff all over the fretboard for our Tethered Finger (part 7).

You will be shown how to play a note after a hammer-on.

You will also learn three new chords, as well as three ways of playing each of them.

Day 11

(Day 12 of 30) Review Days 10 and 11, and follow me!

Today, we cover Tethered Finger (part 8).

We also cover Hammer-ons and Pull-offs in quick succession.

Lastly, you will combine your new chords with a strumming pattern.

Day 12

(Day 13 of 30) Review Days 11 and 12, and follow me!

Today, we cover Tethered Finger (part 9) as well as another Tethered Finger exercise which uses hammer-ons and pull-offs.

You will learn to switch between chords while using a strumming pattern you've learned.

We will also create 3 new chords based on the previous chords.

Day 13

(Day 14 of 30) Review Days 12 and 13, and follow me!

Today, our Tethered Finger (part 10) jumps from string to string.

We introduce the slide technique.

We will integrate yesterday's three chords by strumming along with them, as well as introducing three new chords.

Day 14
Week 3
7 Lectures 01:04:47

(Day 15 of 30) Review Days 13 and 14 and follow me!

Today, our Tethered Finger (part 10) covers over two strings to replicate guitar solos.

The slide technique is used purposely to go from note to note.

You will also learn the E major, A minor, D minor, D major, and C major chords by basing yourself upon the previous days' exercises.

Day 15

(Day 16 of 30) Review Days 14 and 15, and follow me!

Today, our Tethered Finger (part 11) uses both a two finger tether and hammer-ons.

We will cover the several variations of sliding and picking.

Lasting, we use Hand-bars to strengthen your hand and fingers.

Day 16

(Day 17 of 30) Review Days 15 and 16, and follow me!

Today, we will integrate open notes in our Tethered Finger exercise all over the fretboard (Part 15).

We will refine Day 16th's sliding exercise by picking only once.

Lastly, we will create a Tether-bar to allow to pave the way for future solos.

Day 17

(Day 18 of 30) Review Days 16 and 17, and follow me!

Today, our Tethered Finger (Day 16) uses the pinky finger to increase challenge.

We will use sliding and a "high touch" to create more solo opportunities.

We will also combine Hand-bars with 2 finger chords to play guitar chords all over the neck.

Lastly, we'll combine hammer-ons and tethers.

Day 18

(Day 19 of 30) Review Days 17 and 18, and follow me!

Today, the Tethered Finger (part 17) exercise will use the pinky, hammer-ons, and hammer-offs.

We will combine slides, the "high touch" and the "low touch".

We will also combine Hand-bars, 3 finger chords, and 2 finger gap chords to create even more chords!

Lastly, string bends are introduced.

Day 19

(Day 20 of 30) Review Days 18 and 19, and follow me!

Today, the Tethered Finger (Part 18) combines the pinky, hammer-ons and hammer-offs with only one pick stroke.

The riff with "High/Low Touches" is modified for extra challenge.

The Barred Chords are combined with strumming.

The concept of bends are clarified.

Day 20

(Day 21 of 30) Review Days 19 and 20, and follow me!

Today's Tethered Finger (Part 19) combines a previous day's exercise with hammer-ons and pull-offs.

We cover longer riffs that use larger "high touches" and "low touches"

We also cover a bend with a tether bar.

We've come a long way for three weeks!

Day 21
Week 4
7 Lectures 01:13:39

(Day 22 of 30) Review Days 20 and 21, and follow me!

Today, the Tethered Finger (Part 20) exercise is re-formatted as a Rock Riff.

We add efficiency to the "Pick Slide" by using fewer pick strokes.

We switch between chord shapes to create a "true-to-life" musical context.

You will also learn to play music with a "triplet feel".

Day 22

(Day 23 of 30) Review Days 21 and 22, and follow me!

Today, we expand on the Rock Riff (Part 2).

The pinky also gets a workout with Part 1 of the Pinky Workout.

We will also smooth out more difficult chord changes by focusing on individual changes.

Lastly, we will integrate the "triplet feel" with strumming.

Day 23

(Day 24 of 30) Review Days 22 and 23 and follow me!

Today, our Rock Riff (Part 3) will feature two bends.

We will work out our pinkies with Part 2 of the Pinky Workout.

We will also elaborate on chord changes, and we'll add strumming.

Lastly, we'll cover a new strumming pattern that uses the "triplet feel".

Day 24

(Day 25 of 30) Review Days 23 and 24, and follow me!

Today, our Rock Riff (part 4) will use the lower strings with pull-offs and hammer-ons.

We will cover Part 3 of the Pinky Workout.

We will also cover ornamentations that you can add to certain chords (typically referred to as 'Sus4').

More complex chord changes will be discussed.

Lastly, we will cover chord changes in a musical context.

Preview 18:15

(Day 26 of 30) Review Days 24 and 25, and follow me!

Today, we will combine two of the previous days riffs into Rock Riff (Part 5).

Chord ornamentations are discussed and accentuated in combination with strumming patterns.

You will learn new strumming patterns, and new ways to strum along to the more difficult chord progressions.

Lastly, you will learn 'Double Stops', a great technique to use in blues and rock solos.

Day 26

(Day 27 of 30) Review Days 25 and 26, and follow me!

Today, you will learn the 'Minor Pentatonic Scale', a common scale uses for solos.

Then, we cover ways to play the Sus4 ornamentations all over the neck.

We will also mix complex chord progressions with complex strumming patterns.

Lastly, We will elaborate on Double stops.

Day 27

(Day 28 of 30) Review Days 26 and 27, and follow me!

Today, we will adjust the Minor Pentatonic scale to create the Minor Blues Scale.

You will learn a chord progression that is played with a triplet feel.

We will also expand upon Double Stops and add to them.

Lastly, you will learn about open strings and open notes.

Day 28
End of the Challenge
2 Lectures 25:39

(Day 29 of 30) Review Days 27 and 28 and follow me!

Today, you will learn to play the Pentatonic and Blues scale in the key of E, which uses open notes.

Then, we cover the chord progressions to a popular song by QUEEN.

We will also elaborate Double Stops.

Day 29

(Day 30 of 30) Review Days 28 and 29, then follow me!

WOW! You've reached the final day. Well done! Let's cover your final lesson.

First, you'll be shown what you need to learn after finishing this challenge. This will keep you busy for weeks!

We will cover how your knowledge of playing lead guitar (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.) can be placed into a musical context.

Then, we connect some dots with some theory we've learned so far.

Afterwards, we cover two common chord progressions, which will cover the chord progressions of most popular music.

Lastly, we cover a very complex and lengthy song, which is definitely attainable with the skills you've developed. Note: I don't reasonably expect you to nail this song today; I definitely went quickly to cover a lot of ground. Keep working at it, and you'll get it.

You should be proud of yourself.

Day 30
About the Instructor
Dan Amerson
4.0 Average rating
16 Reviews
5,020 Students
4 Courses
Guitar Teacher, Professional Musician, Part-time Badass

Dan Amerson has been a guitarist since the age of 13. Ever since, he has been fascinated with music and refining his technique.

Since then, he's spread his talents in various ways; busking on the streets of Ottawa, playing in-home performances, teaching over Skype, selling Kindle books (search 'Dan Amerson' in Amazon).

A new instructor to Udemy, Dan is excited to spread his knowledge of the guitar to this progressive medium.