The 80/20 Guitar: Write Music and Play Guitar in 30 Days

Learn to play guitar and write music in as little as 30 Days by optimizing learning and practice strategies.
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Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (180 ratings)
15,189 students
3hr 22min of on-demand video
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Obtain a rock solid guitar foundation in the most efficient and effective way possible, so that students can continue learning the guitar in any direction they choose.


  • All you need is a strong desire to learn guitar and music!


In this course we'll break down the 20 most critical guitar concepts into 2 sections.

  • Music Theory

  • Guitar Technique

Within these two category's, there are 10 lessons each.
We'll call each lesson an "input." The goal is to choose the 20 most important "inputs" that give us 80% of our "output." In our case, our output is our direct ability to play guitar and understand music. By focusing on the 20 most important topics, this will allow us to build a solid guitar foundation in the most efficient and effective way possible. Just by joining this course, you will also get access to the discussion forums and additional free video content. So, congratulations to you!
You will be able to download my entire 30 Day Practice Schedule, which plans out your practice routine step by step.

This course also comes with downloadable Guitar Pro Files, PDF guitar tabs, and .Wav Audio files. It has accessible tools that anyone can use.
Here is an example of the topics that will be covered:
Music Theory

  • Tuning, Metronomes, Correct Practicing Methods

  • Musical Alphabet and How it Applies to Guitar

  • 9 Most Common Chords on Guitar

  • Writing Chord Progressions and Using Adjacent frets/Open Strings to Make "Common" Chords Not so Common

  • Using the 5 Pentatonic Positions to Start Your Way to Guitar Fretboard Mastery

Guitar Technique

  • Ergonomics of Guitar

  • Strumming Rhythms and How to Create Your Own

  • How to Practice Alternate Picking the Right Way

  • Bass Note/Alternating Bass Note Strumming

  • 5th Chords/Power Chords and How to Create Good Sounding Progressions with them

    • This is only half of the material that will be covered in this course. If you want the best start for your guitar playing journey then join the course, download the materials, and most importantly, have fun!

Who this course is for:

  • Students who are beginners and intermediate players are best fit for this course. Those who are looking to kickstart their music journey by learning the fundamentals in the absolute best way that they can are fit for this course. Advanced and expert level players and theory learners may be wasting their time. Although, they might pick up a few tips and tricks as well.


Musician and Educator from Los Angeles, CA
Eric Johnson
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 180 Reviews
  • 15,189 Students
  • 1 Course

Eric began playing guitar when he was 8 years old. Since then, he has been playing for 12 years and teaching since he was 17. His teaching career started in Chicagoland and he later moved to Los Angeles to be more active in music and teaching. Eric has studied the guitar and music for more than 6 years, both in private lessons and self research. He has a modern approach to teaching the guitar that reflects his personality of wanting to pay it forward to guitar students around the world.

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