There are thousands upon thousands of guitar tutorials and instructional videos across the internet which can be very overwhelming even for the experienced guitar player! The question is which ones are good, factual, correct, and most importantly relevant!? Luckily for you, I have put together this course which includes all of the essential knowledge you will need to know when starting out! This course is aimed at both acoustic and electric guitar players, with Rhythm and Lead guitar examples to play along with.
With 5 years of teaching experience, 10 years of knowledge and practice, and youth, I am very confident that this course is the best purchase you could possibly make to kickstart your journey to learning the guitar! I realise that there are many instructional videos out there that are so boring, monotone, and teach things poorly that are even sometimes irrelevant. It can be hard to sift through the majority of those videos to find quality, factual, relevant, enjoyable material. This is why I have decided to compile all of the best and most necessary information into one enjoyable course.
Along with plenty of video content, I also include relevant PDF attachments where necessary. This course can be completed in under a fortnight if you dedicate 15 minutes of practice per day, and you will be able to maintain and improve your new skills by re-applying your new knowledge thereafter.
I guarantee you will complete this course feeling successful and accomplished, and ready to share your new skills with your friends and family!
A warm welcoming along with an overview of the key parts of your acoustic or electric guitar.
Tuning is something that you will need to check regularly. In this video I demonstrate to you how you should go about this, and what your guitar should sound like if it is properly in tune.
These key tips are the essential building blocks for your overall technique and performance on the guitar. I talk about how to use both hands properly; picking hand, fretting hand, how to hold your guitar properly, and healthy posture. Many of these tips are overviewed by most tutors.
Tablature is the main way in which guitar players read music. I will visually show you how to read and write it in this lecture, and what some of the annotations you may come across mean.
Chord boxes are a simplified visual approach to what your chords look like, and how you should place your fingers on the neck. I will visually show you how to read and write chord boxes in this lecture.
Although learning the notes is not essential at this stage, some people may find this useful - particularly if guitar is not your first instrument. Knowing the notes of your guitar will eventually allow you to re-construct chords all over the neck.
With my experience trying out many different amps and gear, I will show you what the knobs on your amp mean and how to dial in a versatile tone for different applications.
I will introduce the most important scale in music! In this lecture you will not only be able to play the scale efficiently, but you will also broaden your awareness of note names.
The Pentatonic Scale is one of the most useful scales you will ever learn. I will show you how to play it effectively with proper technique, dynamic range, explaining the theory behind it, and I will give you a sequence to help increase your accuracy and picking speed.
There are literally hundreds maybe thousands of different chord formations across the neck. I wouldn't want to bore you with all of them, but I will show you the 9 most popular and most useful foundation chords that you will be able to use in most of your favourite songs.
Power Chords are very simple and is a type of chord that is more often used among rock and metal guitar players, or a temporary alternative for those who struggle with Barre Chords.
Barre Chords can be challenging for some people, but are the most useful chord type for unlocking the whole neck for chords. After learning these chord shapes you will be able to play over 40 new chords across the neck by using only the 4 shapes that I demonstrate in this video!
Chord switching can seem tricky and frustrating at first, so in this video I give you my top tips and encouragement to help you combat this hurdle quickly.
Strumming example 1 with a practical chord progression for your to follow along to - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 2 - 60bpm (slow). Try to play along!
Strumming example 2 - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 2 with a practical chord progression for your to follow along to - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 3 - 60bpm (slow). Try to play along!
Strumming example 3 - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 3 with a practical chord progression for your to follow along to - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 4 - 60bpm (slow). Try to play along!
Strumming example 4 - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 4 with a practical chord progression for your to follow along to - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
I demonstrate and explain the muting technique you will discover in strumming pattern 5. This is a very cool percussive technique you can use in many different applications.
Strumming example 5 - 60bpm (slow). Try to play along!
Strumming example 5 - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Strumming example 5 with a practical chord progression for your to follow along to - 120bpm (fast). Try to play along!
Now we are going to put everything that we've talked about together into one song! We will summarise the things that you've learned so far, what to expect in the song, how you should go about practicing the different parts, and a new technique you'll need to learn to play the lead guitar.
Our first song! This song contains both Rhythm and Lead guitar parts which have been carefully thought out to give you the perfect challenge.
Follow the on screen instructions for the strumming sequences and progressions throughout the song. I have removed the lead guitar part so that you can focus exclusively on the Rhythm.
This is the full lead guitar tab for "Your First Song". I have also provided instructions, tips, and encouragement, to help you complete this challenge.
A thorough demonstration with many tips on how you should change the strings on your Electric guitar.
A thorough demonstration with many tips on how you should change the strings on your Acoustic guitar.
Darryl Syms is a Guitarist, Teacher, and Session Musician from Plymouth, UK. His musical career began shortly after over-hearing his former Guitar Teacher for the first time, and becoming immediately inspired. On his 13th Birthday Darryl was given his first Guitar, and did not hesitate to invest his time in regular practice and tuition.
At just 17 Darryl had experienced his first Session performing on stage as part of a musical with a Pit Band. “It was a great feeling to be able to share my enjoyment through my Guitar to such a joyful audience. I learnt a lot from working alongside the other very talented musicians and dancers too. It was from this point that I saw a door open for me into the Music Industry. It really inspired me to perform more”. For two years after, Darryl had made appearances in three bands, and was also performing cover songs independently at each opportunity possible.
Then at 18 he decided it was time to pursue his passion and make a living as a Guitar Player. “I knew it was a long shot to be able to make it with a band, so I decided to pursue a lifestyle of Teaching and Session Work”. Darryl has since picked up a variety of sessions, and has worked hard to share his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with his growing number of students.
In more recent years, Darryl has also had the pleasure to have performed, and also had lessons, with some of the best musicians on the planet such as Christophe Godin, Guthrie Govan, Tom Quayle, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Mika Tyyska and Nick Johnston. These Guitar Players have been very influential on Darryl’s playing, among many others from a variety of different musical styles.
Darryl’s dedication to playing the Guitar has inspired and led him to become a full-time active Guitar Tutor, YouTube Contributor, Composer, Producer, and Session Musician. He is also slowly working on his Debut Album, which he hopes to release early-mid 2017.