Complete Guitar System - Beginner to Advanced

All-in-one Guitar Course With a Proven Step-by-step Learning System.
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  • Lectures 277
  • Length 27.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Course Description

Would You Like to Eliminate Every Struggle That You Are Faced With When Starting to Play Guitar?

This course is your "Free Pass" to playing guitar. It is the most direct and to the point complete online guitar course.

Follow the Videos in the Exact Same Order and You Will See a Huge Positive Change in Your Playing

  • 277 Lectures/Videos with PDF Attachments
  • 28 hours of video
  • It's available on a PC or MAC and there is a iPad, iPhone and Android app ready to go! 
  • Keeping track of which videos(lectures) you have already watched is a breeze. Udemy has a great way of keeping track of your completed lessons(lectures).
  • The entire course is organized in step-by-step easy to follow layout

The more you practice the better you will get. With the Right Practice style you will be able to witness fast results!

Erich's teachings are different than all of the other online teachers. He has made it super easy to be successful at playing guitar. All you have to do is follow the videos in order and put together some good practice habits.

Here is what Renee Martin had to say about Erich's Course: See reviews on right side.

"WOW! 0 to 60 in 221 Lessons!

I have learned soooo much from Erich's lessons! I've had my guitar for less than 5 months and I have such a firm foundation and core understanding of the principles and techniques I need. The sky is the limit, If my fingers can catch up to my brain. It will take a lot of practice, but thanks to this Complete Guitar System, I KNOW WHAT to practice and HOW (and why) to do it CORRECTLY!!! I'm on the continuum to being a great guitar player, and I'm loving it!!! It's been a pleasure and I look forward to revisiting many of the lessons since I get to keep them FOREVER!! Thanks Erich for answering all my questions!! You RAWK!"

Who is this Guitar Course For?

  • If you are a beginner then this course is perfect for YOU!
  • If you have tried to play guitar before and quite.. then this course is perfect for YOU!
  • If you have or do take personal one-on-one guitar lessons with a guitar instructor and feel like you are not getting the results you feel like you deserve than this course is perfect for YOU!

Erich's Guitar Videos, Ebooks, Online Guitar Courses and Books Have Reached Millions of People All Around the World.

  • With More Than 49.4 Million Views on Youtube alone (combining my two Youtube Channels)
  • Nearly 30 Years Experience in Teaching and Playing
  • Over 400,000k Youtube Subscribers

We all know you have to practice to become better at guitar.

Most teachers don't have a "plan" for beginners to follow for them to see actual results.

This course, and all of Erich's courses on Udemy, are laid out in a "no fail" order. So all you have to do is follow the videos in order and put your practice to good use.

Erich will teach you the correct techniques and exercises to incorporate into your practice so you begin to establish the Right Practice habits.

From picking up your first guitar to being able to jam out to songs that you have always dreamed about being able to play on the guitar THIS course will get you moving in the right direction.

Beginner to Advanced and EVERYTHING in between!

  • 271 Lectures and 28 hours of Video = $7,000.00 Value
  • PDF Attachments for Almost Every Lecture
  • "fail proof" if You Practice and Have a Determined Attitude

**Add 5 Bonus Videos** - That Makes it a Total of 277 Video Lectures!

Two-hand Tapping Technique Series is a 6 part video series over 20 minutes long. These bonus videos will help you quickly learn how to start using the two-hand tapping technique.

Let's Break This Course Down

How many one-on-one lessons would this course equal out to be if you wanted to have lessons with Erich?

This course has 277 lectures which translates into 70 hours of one-on-one lessons. That would be a total of $7,000.00 for 70 hours of 277 lectures, $100/per hour.

  1. There's no way I could charge you $7,000.00 for this course!
  2. There's no way I could charge you $3,500.00 for this course.. or even a tenth of that!

It's only $145

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WARNING: This course is NOT for the person who thinks by purchasing this course it will then magically give them all your guitar skills to you without you having to put the time, effort and practice. It does take practice if you want to see results. :)

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What are the requirements?

  • No Special Skills Needed
  • You Will Need a Guitar
  • Practice Can Not Be Avoided

What am I going to get from this course?

  • New to Guitar? This Will be the Only Course You Will Ever Need to Take
  • Have You Playing the Guitar in the Shortest Amount of Time While Having the Most Fun
  • Most Logical Step-by-step Method to Play Songs and Master Chords, Scales and Guitar Theory
  • Exercises That Will Sharpen Your Chord Transitioning, Strumming, Fretting, Picking, and Fingerpicking

Who is the target audience?

  • All Beginners Including Guitar Players That Feel Lost and Don't Quite Know Where to Begin
  • Any Intermediate and Advanced Players Finding "holes" in Their Playing.
  • Any Guitarist Wanting to Advance Their Craft
  • Any Players That Feel Like Their Personal Guitar Instructors Aren't "cutting it" For Them
  • If You Picked Up the Guitar and Started Learning Years Ago but Feel Like You Want to Get Back In It

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction - MUST Watch First!
Introduction Video
Section 2: Beginner - The CORE - Module 1
In this video I discuss the most necessary elements to correctly choose and purchase an acoustic guitar.
In this video I discuss the most necessary elements to correctly choose and purchase an electric guitar.
In this video I discuss the anatomy of the acoustic guitar.
In this video I discuss the anatomy of the electric guitar.
This video covers of some definitions that we will be using throughout the course.
This video discusses proper posture and how to hold the pick for the most effective technique.  Holding your guitar incorrectly can hinder your playing greatly.  Please don't skip this cornerstone video!
Section 3: Beginner - The CORE - Module 2
In this video you will learn the basic physics of sound.
In this video you will learn the basic picking technique that will be the cornerstone of all your picking.  Picking technique is crucial for being a well-rounded player.

In this video you will learn the basic fretting technique that will be the cornerstone for all fretting.

1. Play directly on your fingertips (make sure nails on “fret” hand are always
2. Play right behind the fret (this is for leverage). Remember the see-saw example.
3. Play with ALL your fingers (each finger plays a specific fret)
4. It is best to leave some space between the palm of you hand and the guitar neck,
This will give you much needed leverage to play on your fingertips. Sometimes
dropping the shoulder can be helpful as well.

In this video you will quickly learn the guitar string names and each note on the fret board with this easy memorization technique.

In this video you will quickly master the art of reading tablature, also known as "tab".  this type of musical notation is a quick way to learn the exact place on the neck of the guitar, where a guitarist plays a particular riff.

There is blank tablature paper attached to this post, so that you can start doing your own tablature.

Section 4: Beginner - The CORE - Module 3
In this video you will learn dexterity exercise number 1.  I use these exercises still and they make a great workout for strengthening the hand and commanding your third and fourth finger to join in on the fun!
This video shows the difference between stacatto and legato technique and gets you to "think legato" when you are just starting to play guitar.
In this video you will quickly learn how to read court stamps.  Chord stamps are a universal way of illustrating guitar chords.attached also to this post is a blank guitar chord paper template for your own use. I will show you the ACTUAL chords in just a few videos from now. If you want to go there right away, it's titled "9 Essential Chords".
In this video you will learn how to tune with an electronic tuner.
In this video you will learn the basic chord technique that will be the cornerstone for all chords that you play.  Please do not skip this video even if you are an intermediate or advanced player.  Learning this technique will make your chords sound smooth and professional.
Section 5: Beginner - The CORE - Module 4
This is a special ninja trick that will help with all your chords.
Don't give up! Guitar chords especially, can seem especially daunting.  Every great guitar player had issues with playing at first.  It's all about practice!

In this video you will learn the nine essential guitar chords that you cannot live without.  Learning these guitar chords will allow you to play in millions of songs!

How to play guitar chords and the nine chords you CAN’T live without

Playing guitar chords can seem like a daunting task for new players, but remember EVERY player goes through this…SO HANG IN THERE!  First of all, remember the importance of playing on your fingertips.  If you play on the pads of your fingers, you will NOT be able to play chords well!  Observe your hand when you are playing.  If something does not sound right, it’s PROBABLY NOT!  Play with the specified fingers to start off.  If you want to change fingerings after you have mastered these chords, then great! But for now, stick to the specified fingering and you will quickly see your discipline pay off.  Arpeggiate (pick slowly) through the chord so that you can hear each note as it is being played.  You will only cheat yourself by being sloppy, so pay close attention to your fingerings and technique.  When transitioning from one chord to the next, be aware of your fingers; which ones need to move where and what fingers stay in place, (i.e. The 3rd finger never moves when going from a D to a G chord, or from a G to a D. For E to A-, all the fingers move together.)

Here are some key things to remember when playing chords on the guitar:

1. Play directly on your fingertips - make sure nails on “fret” hand are always trimmed.
2. Play right behind the fret (this is for leverage).
3. It is best to leave some space between the palm of your hand and the guitar neck. This will give you much needed leverage to play on your fingertips. Curling the last knuckle on your fingers is also helpful.

This video is one of the most important videos for beginning guitar players or or any guitarist that is having an issue switching from one chord to another.  This is a technique I call transitions or transitioning.  It's a simple technique and method.  However, if you don't follow it, it will make playing from one chord to another seem frustrating.
In this video you will learn the names and durations of the basic note rhythms that we will be using throughout the course.
In this video you will learn the basics strumming technique.  I've also provided several exercises in the attachment.  Follow this method and master any strum pattern.
Section 6: Beginner - The CORE - Module 5
Learn some "tricks of the trade" in regards to guitar picks or plectrums.  The gauge or thickness of the pick that you are using might be hindering you.  Does your pick look want to pull out of your hand?  Watch this video and learn why and how to remedy it.
This is a ninja strum technique that I developed for my students that were having an issue with strumming.
Why do you want to play guitar?  Having a defined answer will determine how you should practice and how much you should practice.  it will also help you get to your your guitar goals quicker.
Now that you know what you want to do with the guitar and you have your goals defined, how and what should you practice to get you closer to your goals?
Watch this video and learn some things that you may not have known that will increase the life of your guitar.

In this video I will introduce you to the "big strum". Basically, this is an exaggerated strum which keeps you true to the downbeats/downstrums and upbeats/upstrums. Use the method whenever you are having strumming issues. These big strums will keep you from strumming incorrectly. Remember to slow the strum down too if you are having issues.

Section 7: Beginner - Solid Foundation - Module 1
Learn some ninja practicing techniques that will strengthen your hands and develop your motor skills even when you don't have a guitar present.
Please watch this very necessary video that dispels the myth of talent.  The power of your thoughts are infinite.  If your mindset is limited, you will never get beyond what your mind believes to be true.  This applies to every aspect of life, not just guitar.
Once you have your basic guitar chord technique mastered, you will soon want to start integrating the thumb for muting notes and/or playing notes.
In this video you will learn about inversions, also known as "slash" chords.  The attachment for the video is the "open chords" PDF that you most likely downloaded from before.  If you need it again, it's in the NEXT video where I speak of the specific transitions that you will be using a lot.
In this video I show you the most commonly used guitar chord inversions.  The third page of the attached document has the illustrations for these commonly used inversions.

This video discusses the philosophy of "perfect practice" and how understanding this ONE concept will literally change the way you practice and play the guitar. Understanding this very concept can make/break you from being ALL that you can be!

Understanding how to construct a major scales across a single guitar string is extremely beneficial for all future theory lessons that you will be studying throughout the course.  Make sure you master this technique before moving on.  The attached blank fretboard paper should be used to practice this technique.
Section 8: Beginner - Solid Foundation - Module 2
An interval is the distance between two notes.  After watching this video you will be able to identify all intervals by name.  This is a cornerstone of video for building your music theory basis.
This video is an introduction to understanding shuffle rhythms.
This video teaches basic musical notation as it applies to the guitar.
In this video, I will show you how to stay "in tune" when you don't have a tuner.  Whether you are without a tuner, or are on stage and just need to tune one or two strings that you know are out of tune, this technique will show you JUST how to do that!
The chord chart is a powerful method of musical notation which takes the basic blueprint of the song and condenses it to one page, illustrating the chords, sections of the song and other specifics.
In this video I teach you all about capos.  You also learn how and when to use them.
Section 9: Beginner - Solid Foundation - Module 3
In this video, I show you the steps to properly learn a song AND limit the frustration.  Practice all songs like this in the beginning and you CAN'T go wrong.
This video teaches you what all those knobs and switches on your guitar do.  If you want a specific tone from your guitar, this will show you the basics of how to get it.  This is part one of a two-part series.
This video teaches you what all those knobs and switches on your guitar do.  If you want a specific tone from your guitar, this will show you the basics of how to get it.  This is part two of a two-part series.
In this video I show you a couple of the most important techniques for dominating any goal on the guitar.  It takes some practice, but once you get it, the sky is the limit!

In this video, I explain a concept that will TRULY show you how to think about doing many tasks at once. Hint: you must get good at each individually first.

In this video I show you the two methods that I use for EVERY and ANY new and/or difficult task on the guitar.  This is an EXTREMELY important philosophy that you MUST practice in order to NOT be stopped and to continue to get better at guitar.  Embrace this one!
Section 10: Intermediate - Technique - Module 1
Exercise 2 is a superb dexterity exercise for commanding your fingers to go where you want them to go on the guitar.
Chord noodling is a technique that you've seen me use a lot on YouTube.  In this video I show you just how to go about thinking about the subject.  Please see the attached guitar chord noodling maps, which will allow you to determine what notes can be played.
The octave technique is used often in pop and rock music.  Watch this video and learn this ninja technique.
In this video you will learn about fretting hand muting, also known as dampening, muffling or choking.
This video is an introduction to learning how to play by ear.
Fingerpicking or finger style is the art of playing the guitar strings with your fingers instead of using a guitar pick.  This video is an introduction to that technique.
Section 11: Intermediate - Technique - Module 2
In this video I show you how to mute with the picking hand to create some nice percussive accents to REALLY spice up your strumming.
In the video, I show you how to add a percussive "snare" sound to your strumming to seriously spice up your playing.
This is a fingerpicking technique that I call harpsichord.
This intro to the metronome will show you the proper way to get your timing in shape.  Metronome practice is very underrated.  It will help you with speed and sounding more professional.
Section 12: Intermediate - Technique - Module 3
In this video I show you the difference between outside and inside picking and how to utilize both for different voicings.

This video talks about the importance of alternate picking and show you the ins and outs of developing this SUPER powerful picking technique.

Tuning by harmonics is a great way to free up your hands and tune your guitar.  This is a great method for when you don't have a guitar tuner on hand or just want to spot tune a specific string or two.

In this video I show you how to create a "Ska" or Reggae sound using some simple techniques.  This style utilizes the 3rd pattern of level 5 of our strumming patterns that we covered in the beginners section (all upnotes/upstrums).  The basic concept is fairly easy, but doing this cleanly and clearly can be a challenge.  Ska/Reggae music does not often use open chords, but favors bar chords and other chords up the neck that can be easily muted by lifting the fretting hand fingers.

Take your time with this as with all the exercises.  Be conscious and focused on your technique and you will master this cool technique quickly!  Yeah mon!

In this video I show you a STELLAR exercise for developing your ear.  This is the main method that I use for teaching all those song tutorials.  At first this will be a little tricky, but DON'T give up.  You will get good at this quickly.  Remember to HEAR the note first, then HUM it, then FIND it on your guitar.  Do the steps slowly at first as there is a tendency to skip to the FIND portion of the program.  This skipping of steps does NOT save you time.  In fact, it will slow down the process and not improve your ear.  Doing all the steps IS the faster way.  Trust me, i have done this for years and it is tried and true!

In this video I show you some easy to get to noodling notes that I use often times for the C major chord.


In this video I show you some easily accessible notes used to embellish the A minor chord. If you are following the course in order, then you are familiar with chord noodling. Having these movements readily available under your fingers will add some real zest to your chord progressions when you use them.


In this video I show you some common noodling notes that I use on the G major chord.


In this video I show you common notes often times used to embellish the E minor chord. I use these notes often to add variety to chord progressions. Take your time with these and learn one string at a time as presented in the video.

D Major Chord Noodling

In this video I give you some tips used to determine the strumming pattern of a song.

Here are some things to keep in mind. Remember that these are "rules of thumb" and don't always occur, but often times do:

  1. The frequency of the strum(1/4 notes, 1/8 notes, 1/16th notes) is often similiar to the drummers' high hat.
  2. The accent of the strum is often where the snare drum falls, which is the 2 and 4 of the measure.
  3. Most chords move/change on the "1" of the measure. This will help you with your timing.

In this video, we will be using a basic 12-bar-blues progression in the key of E to alternate bass notes to create that classic country sound. Please see the attached chart as an example.

Section 13: Intermediate - Theory - Module 1
This video teaches you of a technique that I call springboards and is a great method for understanding how the fret board is laid out.
This video teaches you of a technique that I call springboards and is a great method for understanding how the fret board is laid out.  This video is on movable springboards.

In this video I show you what I call, the "Magic Z"!  This pattern is prevalent on the guitar and if you know it, you will always know where the 1, 4 and 5 scale degrees are!  Why is that important?  Because those 3 notes are the most widely used notes and the roots for the 3 most widely used chords (1,4,5), just like the 12-bar blues progression.  There is rarely a song that does NOT have those chords represented.

Also, if you know where your 1, 4 and 5 are at any point, you are always one scale degree away from every other note in the scale.  1 is next to 7 and 2.  4 is next to 3, and 5 is next to 6.  SO, improvisation, knowing what scale degree you are at etc., becomes a LOT easier.

Make sure to work this exercise some, NOT just go through the video.  Working this out a bit in your own head will make sure that it will stick.  THIS is the kind of thing that makes good guitar players.  Knowing where to play on the neck is crucial.  Don't skip this friends!!

This video is an introduction to the Nashville Number System which is a method of notating notes and chords with numbers instead of letters.  Understanding chords/notes as they relate to numbers will vastly increase your ability to understand music theory.  I highly suggest understanding this method.  Please see the attachment for the number system matrix and some number chart examples.  As an exercise, write both of these charts out on separate pieces of paper in both keys C and G.
This video is an introduction to relative major and minor.  Understanding this one concept will effectively double your scale vocabulary.
Section 14: Intermediate - Chords - Module 1
Understanding how to construct guitar chords instead of memorizing shapes will liberate your playing and explode your guitar chordvocabulary. 

Please take the time
to learn these concepts as they will make a huge difference in your knowledge and abilities.  Please use the blank fretboard templates to help you visualize how these chords are constructed.
Understanding the construction of the most widely used chord will vastly improve your theory knowledge especially in future lessons.
This video teaches you how to construct minor chords.
This video teaches you how to construct diminished chords.  Use the attached blank fretboard template to help with your chord construction.
This video teaches you how to construct augmented chords.  Please use the attached blank fretboard template to assist in your chord construction.
This video teaches you how to construct suspended 4th chords.  Please use the attached blank chord template to compile any new suspended chords that you come across.
Section 15: Intermediate - Chords - Module 2
This video teaches you how to understand bar chords as they are constructed across the guitar neck.  In the next video we will talk specifically on how to play a bar chord.
This video specifically focuses on how to properly finger bar chords. Don't get discouraged!  Bar chords are notorious for discouraging guitar players.  Sure and steady practice along with the application of these techniques will ensure that you will master bar chords.

In this video I'm going to show you several 3 string F chords, several 4 string F chords and a couple of 5 string F chords that will help you "grow into" the full 6 string barred F chord. 

Why is this so important?  Being able to physically play a 6 string barred F chord, will give you the ability to play over 300 new bar chords as discussed in the bar chords section of this course.

This video is another "angle" if you will on how to approach the bar chords.  If you master the 3 string chords, 4 string chords, 5 string chords and then the full 6 string chord in THAT order, you WILL conquer bar chords.  Trust me and don't rush ahead.  Master these and you will get it.

Section 16: Intermediate - Chords - Module 3

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Instructor Biography

Erich Andreas, #1 on Udemy! 30+ Years, 1000s of Students, Millions of Views

Erich has been playing/teaching guitar for nearly 30 years. By personally teaching 100s of one-on-one students and 1000s of guitar lessons within the last 30+ years Erich has proven to maximize any students' results by providing them with the clearest step-by-step system to playing guitar.

Erich brought his guitar teachings online, AKA Youtube, in 2008 and since then his Youtube Channels has accumulated more than 400,000 subscribers and have also received more than 51 Million Views!

His celebrity Youtube status has placed him in the top 5 Guitar Instructors online today!

Along with Erich's success as a guitar instructor he is also a best-selling author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Guitar Mastery Simplified and the Amazon Bestseller Ukulele Mastery Simplified.

He has a strong passion in providing the correct tools needed in order to quickly master the guitar.

His specialties are rock, blues, country and folk styles.

Erich is VERY passionate about teaching guitar to the entire world and has a unique way of teaching things in ways that YOU WON'T FORGET!

Erich believes that if you CAN envision it, you CAN do it.

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