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Beginner's Guitar: Tuning, Strumming, and Chords!

Learn all the basics: Parts of the guitar, how to hold a pick, how to strum, and how to play chords.
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Last updated 7/2015
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Learn all the guitar basics! In this course we will cover everything from parts of the guitar, how to use a tuner, string names and notes, how to hold a pick, how to strum, and learn 4 chords: A,D,G, and E Minor. All of this is taught in an easy to understand format.

One of the focuses of this course is to learn how to switch between chords in a quick and smooth fashion using visual skills and visual landmarks. I abbreviate some of the chords to make things easier as you are learning. There is also detailed sections on tuning so that you are not playing an instrument that is out of tune. I take you step by step through the process of learning the basics.

This course is fairly short but sweet, right around 45 minutes. It's a good jumpstart into the world of guitar playing and includes all of the essential knowledge you need to get started.

The course follows a simple structure with only the basics necessary to begin strumming chords. Straight to the point and simple factual information.

This course is geared towards someone who just purchased a guitar and needs a solid starting point. Take this course if you are looking for a way to understand all the basics very quickly with a minimum time investment. Adult and kid friendly terminology and vocabulary that makes it easy to follow along. Have fun!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for the beginning guitarist who just purchased an instrument or has very little knowledge about guitar basics.
  • This course is not for advanced players and people who can already play chords and strum advanced rhythm.
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the names of important parts of the guitar.
Tune your guitar with an electronic tuner.
Learn how to hold a guitar pick.
Learn 4 chords and how to strum.
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  • All you need is a guitar to get started.
  • If you have a tuner you will learn to use it.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 6 Lectures Collapse All 6 Lectures 36:32
Beginner's Guitar Intro
1 Lecture 01:19
Course Introduction
From Tuning to Chords!
4 Lectures 34:21
About the Guitar

Learn some basic tuning skills and how to use an electronic tuner.


Learn how to hold a pick and strum the A and D chords.

The A and D Chords

Learn the E Minor and G chords and some basic strumming.

The E Minor and G Chords
Outro: Words of Advice
1 Lecture 00:52

Congrats on finishing the course. Keep a positive attitude and please revisit any sections giving you trouble.

Words of Advice
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
43 Reviews
2,970 Students
2 Courses
Guitar Instructor

Daniel Luthjohn has been playing guitar for 23 years. He has toured internationally and played events for Kevin Costner, Antonio Banderes, Bruce Willis, Don Johnson and many more. Daniel has been teaching guitar, bass, and drums locally in Colorado for over 10 years. His style is blues and rock based with a hint of pop rock acoustic. Daniel produces music and video in his spare time as well as developing iOS and web applications. His teaching style is easy to follow and makes learning guitar easy.

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