Acoustic Guitar Basics

The first steps to learning how to play guitar
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (703 ratings)
28,997 students
1hr 48min of on-demand video

Learn Basic strumming patterns
You will learn all the basic chords that will allow you to play hundreds of songs
How to hold the guitar & how to tune the instrument


  • You will need a Guitar (acoustic steel string or classical nylon string) a plectrum, and a desire to learn


This Free course will get you playing the acoustic guitar in no time.

I will show you:

  • how to hold the guitar
  • exactly where to place your fingers to play the basic guitar chords
  • how to read chord diagrams
  • how to play chords of G, D, C, Em, Am, Cadd9
  • basic strumming patterns
  • how to tune the guitar
  • how to use a capo

You will learn all the basics needed to get you started, along with strumming patterns that will have you playing songs in a very short period of time. During the videos any chords that are being used will appear onscreen and there are video inlays to give you a closer look at what my left-hand fingers are doing. A visual representation of the strumming patterns will also be shown onscreen where necessary.

The strumming patterns and chord diagrams are included as supplemental materials so they can be downloaded and studied separately from the videos.

The course should take approx. 5 weeks to complete if you are an absolute beginner with no previous experience. Also if you've always wanted to play guitar or tried to learn guitar before but found changing chords or strumming was difficult then this is the course for you.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience
  • If you have tried to learn guitar before and found changing chords or strumming was difficult then you should take this course


Music Teacher dipABRSM, LTCL
Francis Long
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 1,161 Reviews
  • 33,609 Students
  • 4 Courses

             I have been involved in the music business for many years. At the age  of eight I joined the Artane Boys Band, where I received a great introduction into the world of music, learning how to play the  clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre. When I left this marching band (which is compulsory at age 16) I discovered the guitar and began the next phase of my musical journey playing rock, pop and blues in various bands in Dublin. Looking for a further challenge I decided to study classical guitar in which I have earned both an Associated Board ABRSM diploma and a Licentiate LTCL diploma. Along the way I worked in different music shops, where I got the opportunity to try other instruments and ended up also learning banjo, mandolin and bodhran. I taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at Waltons New School Of Music in Dublin 2003-2017 and have also given lessons at several Dublin-area primary  schools through Waltons In-School Music Programme. I am currently teaching guitar in the Waterford Academy Of Music.

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