Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Course: Beginner to Advanced

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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

In this course I WILL be teaching you how to play fingerstyle guitar. I cover all of the challenging chords, picking patterns, and techniques that are critical to this style IN DETAIL. I will be teaching you well known songs using a mutli-layered approach and giving you the fundamental skills to play your own favorite songs!

I call these individual layers phases. Phase 1 will cover the chords and alternating bass pattern, phase 2 will cover the chords and the bass played together, phase 3 will be the bass, chords, and melody. This course is designed specifically to allow you to learn your own favorite songs easily and quickly, because you learn the mechanics behind fingerstyle - NOT just a couple of bars off of a tab. This will also enable you to write your own songs for fingerstyle.

This layered system is extremely effective and will break down any barriers you may have encountered while trying to learn fingerstyle on your own.

Student Comments:

"Being a serial course-taker...I have seen my fair share of courses. So, I know quality when I see it. That said - Paul did a great job with this course. I am a complete amateur, but was able to follow along easily."

"...I like it a lot. It is very well structured, the instructions are very clear, comprehensive and easy to follow."

"His method of making practicing sessions short and easy has really helped me with practicing. I have been working with Paul for some time now and would recommend his courses, tips and literature to anyone who is interested in learning to play the guitar or improving their skills and enjoying it."

Here are some of the key features of this course:

  • 100% 30 day money back guarantee
  • Mobile ready
  • Lifetime access
  • Tablature and musical notation are included for all lessons
  • Discounts to other future courses
  • Discussion board for you to ask questions
As your instructor I will be listening to your feedback and I will be with you every step of the way to help you master guitar fingerstyle.

What are the requirements?

  • Own a guitar
  • Own a thumb-pick (optional)
  • Have determination
  • A little patience

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play alternate bass lines, chords, and melody all at the same time
  • Play fingerstyle blues!
  • Play fingerstyle (boom-chick) guitar
  • Use your thumb to make complex chords easier
  • Play with thumb-finger independence
  • Play fingerstyle blues
  • Know common fingerstyle chord shapes and patterns
  • Know advanced fingerstyle chord shapes
  • Learn to cover two strings with on finger

Who is the target audience?

  • Take this course if you want to learn fingerstyle
  • Take this course if you have been playing the guitar for at least six months
  • Take this course if you're trying fingerstyle guitar aren't progressing as you would like or feel lost
  • Take this course if you have never played fingerstyle

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture we will talk about thumb picks and guitars you can use for fingerstyle guitar.  I use a set of Tommy Emmanuel thumb picks I picked up from a guitar concert.  My guitar is a Taylor 210e and I bought it used for roughly $800 at Guitar Center.  The truth is that it does not matter what type of guitar you have because the tone you get is all in your fingers.  I do strongly recommend that you have your guitar set up and try to have them lower the action as much as practical.  It will take

Section 2: Tuning Your Guitar

No matter how good or coordinated of a guitar player your are, if you aren't in tune your playing will sound bad. This is so important for fingerstyle guitar especially if you're going to record a video for upload to YouTube or to show your friends. Even a person who does not know anything about music can recognize when a player is in tune or not although the likely will not know what the issue is but commonly explain it as "just not sounding right". Follow through with this section to learn how to get in tune!


The thinnest string is referred to as the first string, and the lowest pitch string is sixth string. You can memorize the tuning be memorizing the phrase: Eddy Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddy. The first letter of each word represent the note you should tune your string to from bottom to top. E, A, D, G, B, and E.


In this lecture I will show you how to tune your guitar with an electric (chromatic) tuner. In this video I am using an InteliTouch tuner. Remember, always begin by tuning down the bringing the string back up slowly. If you tighten it too much you will snap a string :(.


In this lecture I will be showing you how to tune your guitar without any electronic equipment. The fifth fret of 5 of the 6 strings play the same note as the next string up. The only exception to this is the 2nd string (B string).


This is another step you can take to help ensure your guitar is in tune before you begin playing. Harmonics are challenging for beginner players, so if you're finding this difficult don't worry too much if you struggle with this as it is not a requirement to get in tune.

Section 3: Fingerstyle Chords

This lecture covers all of the different varations we need to know for the C Chord.


Here are the different Am (A Minor) chord varations that you must know.


Here we examine different ways to make playing the F chord easier than the traditional bar chord.


The last chord you must know before you get into your first song! The G Major and G7th chords.

Section 4: Amazing Grace

This is Amazing Grace in C Major played fingerstyle


I chose amazing grace because it was a simple song yet helps guitarist learn essential guitar chords. Tab is available for download under resources.

2 pages

Here is the tablature for Amazing Grace.

Section 5: C Major - Thumb-finger independance

First, we are going to start by just alternating the bass for the C chord. Next, we will start playing some arpeggios while we keep the bass groove going.

C Major Chord Independence - Tabs
1 page

Here are more drills and exercises for you to work on to help you gain thumb-finger independence for the F Major chord.

F Major Chord Independence - Tabs
1 page

Now it's time to learn how to alternate the bass on the G chord and get even more thumb-finger independence.

G Major Chord Independence - Tabs
1 page
Section 6: Mary Had A little Lamb

This will be our first boom-chick fingerstyle song. I chose this song because for one, everyone knows it. You won't have to worry about remember how the song is suppose to go because you already have that knowledge. Secondly It only has two chords, so this will keep you from having to worry about additional unnecessary chords and techniques. The great thing about this style, is that with each song you learn, the next song becomes easier to learn. Now let's get to work!

This section has 4 phases for this song. That is because it is our first song so phases 3 and 4 are dedicated to melody.


In this lecture we will work on freeing up your fingers and thumb. It is very important that they can operate separately and that is the goal of this lesson.

Mary Had A Little Lamb - Phase 1 - Tabs
1 page

In phase 2, we are going to begin playing the chords along with the bass lines.

Mary Had A Little Lamb - Phase 2 - Tabs
1 page

Now it's time to add a simple melody over the top! I have the next phase will over a more complex melody.

Mary Had A Little Lamb - Phase 3 - Tabs
1 page

Time to free the melody from the bass! No more straight 1/4 melody notes. Tab included!

Mary Had A Little Lamb - Phase 4 - Tabs
1 page
Section 7: Fingerstyle Chords for E Major

These are the E chord positions you must know for fingerstyle


Here is this A chord variations you must know.


The 5th chord in E major is B or B7. Here are the variations you need to know.

Section 8: I am a Pilgrim

This is a demonstration of the advanced version of the song.

I am a Pilgrim - Phase 1
I am a Pilgrim - Phase 1 - Tabs
1 page

Now we will play the alternating bass, chords, and the melody. We still want to keep it simple right now.

I am a Pilgrim - Phase 2 - Tabs
2 pages

Time to add the melody! We we play a combination of the bass, chords and melody.

I am a Pilgrim - Phase 3 - Tabs
2 pages
Section 9: Blues in E

Time to get the blues! This song will challenge you with playing in multiple chord positions, runs, and turn arounds. Enjoy this one!


In phase one I am going to show you the bass pattern for a 12 bar blues in E major.

Blues in E - Phase 1 - Tabs
2 pages

Now we will cover the first 12 bars of the blues in E.

Blues in E - Phase 2 - Tabs
1 page

Next up is the second play through of the 12 bar blues. This section is a bit more challenging and includes slides and unconventional chords.

Blues in E - Phase 3 - Tabs
2 pages
Section 10: Intro to Music Theory - How to build your own chords

This lecture will introduce you to the music theory section and highlight some of the key concepts we will cover in this section.


You need to be able to understand and explain what a note is. That is what you will learn in this lecture.

The Musical Alphabet

Sharps & Flats! Sometimes called accidentals. Let's learn!

6 questions

Time to test your knowledge on sharps and flats.


Remember you can have two identical notes (two A notes for example) but one has a higher pitch. This is because it could be in the next octave above the first note.

5 questions

Find out if you understand octaves!


In this lecture we cover the common names for intervals between notes.


In this lecture I define a scale.


Let's understand how a major scale works and what it's formula is.


Now let's learn about the Minor scale!

Major / Minor Scales
4 questions
Scale Basics Quiz
8 questions

This lecture covers the notes (AKA intervals) that make up the chords in the C Major scale

Understanding Chord Basics - Part 2
Chord Basics Quiz
3 questions
8 questions

There are 7 modes that have a specific order. Test your knowledge on the names and order of these modes.

7 questions

The easiest way to memorize modes

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Instructor Biography

Paul William, Guitar Teacher

Learn to play the acoustic guitar!

Paul first picked up the guitar in his teens simply to impress a girl. It began as a passive interest but has grown into a life-long passion (thanks Girlfriend). Now with 6 years of playing and several hours each day, Paul enjoys helping others get started or continue growth with this life changing instrument.

Specializes in:

* Acoustic Guitars

* Fingerstyle

* Blues


[5/5 Stars] This is a very nice course, well laid out and explained section by section. You have the option to either just watch the video or actually read music if that is something you can do. I thought Paul did a great job and if learning fingerstyle guitar is something you've wanted to try, this is a great introduction. I strongly recommend it.

-- Jeff Gilbert

[5/5 Stars] Being a serial course-taker...I have seen my fair share of courses. So, I know quality when I see it. That said - Paul did a great job with this course. I am a complete amateur, but was able to follow along easily.

-- Michael Lance-Maragakis

[5/5 Stars] Paul is an excellent instructor who loves playing the guitar and teaching. His method of making practicing sessions short and easy has really helped me with practicing. I have been working with Paul for some time now and would recommend his courses, tips and literature to anyone who is interested in learning to play the guitar or improving their skills and enjoying it.

-- Jayson G

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