Good Guitar Habits
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Good Guitar Habits

Expand your technical skills, improve your fretboard knowledge and optimize your practice routine
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Created by Will Edwards
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • A foundation for learning music faster
  • Practice in a way that forces improvement
  • Optimize your practice routine
  • Get started with fingerpicking
  • Build picking speed (with alternate picking)
  • Develop better precision and accuracy
  • Have a guitar (to practice with)
  • Available daily practice time (~5-30m)

Whether you're a guitarist who's been at it for years or a new player, chances are that you've developed many habits... and not always the good kind.  In this course, I'm sharing some of my private students' most valued first-hand lessons - how to develop good guitar habits.

In this course, you'll learn how to play anything (chords, scales, etc.) in all 12 keys and you'll learn how to practice effectively and efficiently.  The sections on playing in 12 keys will give established beginners (and transitional intermediate players) a much more complete understanding of how musical keys map out across the guitar fretboard AND how to use that to their advantage.  The section on practice routines will outline recommendations for refining, expanding and optimizing your practice time so that you can get even more out of the same time commitment. 

In between these fundamental training sections are two sections on alternate picking and fingerpicking - 2 areas where I see my private students developing their bad habits most often.  The purpose of these sections is to establish clear guidelines for learning and practicing these important skills.

Develop good habits and an optimized practice routine to see better results

  • Stay focused and stay encouraged

  • Get recommendations for improving your picking speed and precision

  • No-nonsense kickstarter for adding fingerpicking to your repertoire

  • Try new things and expand your horizons on guitar

Contents and Overview

After an orientation that will help you understand what to expect and how to succeed, you'll get 4 distinct training sections.  Each section will isolate the method for acquiring new skills and learning to practice them in a productive, engaging way.

Following one after another, the courses 4 primary sections will address (1) Practicing in 12 Keys, (2) Alternate Picking Essentials, (3) Fingerpicking Essentials and (4) Practice Routine & Visualization.  Each section simulates a series of instructive video lessons modeled after private lessons that have proven helpful in thousands of actual past private sessions.

Practicing in 12 Keys

  • Learning 12 "Roots"

  • Scales and Arpeggios in any key

  • 12 Key chord patterns

  • Note-naming conventions on the fretboard

Alternate Picking Essentials

  • Learn the Pentatonic scale (if you don't already know it)

  • Understand timing using subdivisions

  • Learn to practice effectively using a metronome

  • Get a clear, repeatable exercise demonstration

Fingerpicking Essentials

  • Learn finger placement and 'planting'

  • Understand duple and triple and how to mix them

  • Simple walking bass lines

  • Learn about common chord progressions

Practice Routine & Visualization

  • Discover the power of fretboard visualizationD

  • Design an optimized, 3-part practice routine for yourself

  • Find out what's worked for my private students

Each section wraps up with a quiz and an optional 'homework' project.  These learning aids will help you see how much you've learned (or see where you need to improve further).  Students are encouraged to reach out to the instructor with questions at any time.  This course is designed to emulate the most common core lessons that I have been teaching my established beginners (and transitional intermediate) students for years and years.  If you want to expand your technical skills, improve your fretboard knowledge and optimize your practice routine, I look forward to seeing you in the course!

Who this course is for:
  • Established beginner guitar players who can strum some chords should be enough.
  • Students ready to learn scales, techniques and try new things!
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 01:42:55
+ Introduction
3 lectures 06:03

Welcome, let me introduce myself… and the main topics included in this course.

Preview 01:46

Find out if this course is right for you.

Preview 02:19

You’ll learn how to make the most out of this course.

Preview 01:58
+ Practicing in 12 Keys
8 lectures 23:18

Learn about the instructor and how these lessons came about.


Let’s explain how patterns are easier to see when you can play in all 12 keys.

Why Practice in 12 Keys?

Starting on G, we’ll identify a simple pattern for finding every note (in the chromatic scale) on the fretboard. This is the foundation for all upcoming lessons.

Learning the 12 Roots

This lesson walks you through playing a major scale in all 12 keys. However, any scale can easily be applied to this model.

Scales in 12 Keys

Starting with a review of 3 main arpeggios, we’ll see how to leverage the 12 roots to practice arpeggio patterns.

Arpeggios in 12 Keys

Why are we choosing to call some notes ‘sharp’ and others ‘flat’?

Enharmonic Equivalents

Assuming you know how to play the most common barre chords, this lesson illuminates a simple way to transpose any chord progression pattern to any key visually on the fretboard.

Chords in 12 Keys

A concise summary of this course’s primary lessons - outlining a ‘homework’ project that will help you take ownership of the course material.

Conclusion & Project
+ Alternate Picking Essentials
8 lectures 22:00

Learn about this course, the scales and tools we’ll be using.


Learn/review the G minor pentatonic scale. This will form the basis for all the practice in this course. The scale is downloadable as guitar tab with this lesson.

Getting Started, Pentatonic

Continue using the same pentatonic scale, but playing 2 notes for each beat. We’ll identify your metronome speed as well.

Subdivisions in 1/8ths

Learn to divide each beat into 4 even parts (a.k.a. 1/16ths).

Subdivisions in 1/16ths

Without changing the metronome tempo, dividing the beat into 3 even parts increases the effective speed of your picking.

Subdivisions in Triplets

Follow along (using a metronome) to learn an effective exercise using variable subdivisions.

Subdivision Exercise Demo

Setting your tempo to the right spead isn’t always the FASTEST speed. This lesson points out the best ways to use a metronome as you develop.

Metronome Tips & Tricks

We’ll review the lessons and summarize the most important take-aways and tips.

+ Fingerpicking Essentials
12 lectures 30:19

We’ll go over the key points in this course.


Knowing where fingerpickers generally place their fingers is a significant advantage for beginners.

Finger Placement

Specific steps for learning to use finger planting. ‘Planting’ is a technique that ensures good tone, speed and coordination as your fingerpicking improves.

Finger 'Planting'

The same advice I’ve given my private students for years - how to orient your wrist, elbow and hand for ideal placement on the guitar.

Tips for Hand Placement

We’ll go over some key points to consider as you practice and develop.

How to Practice

A look at what duple-based rhythm is and how to start practicing it in the context of 1/8th notes.

Developing Rhythm (Duple)

A deeper dive into smaller duple subdivisions - dividing our 1/8ths into smaller parts as well.

Duple 1/16ths

Learn to subdivide tempo into 3 even parts and start playing a rhythm that is very common in fingerpicking styles!

Developing Rhythm (Triple)

By mixing duple and triple rhythms, we can create more interesting guitar parts.

Mixing Duple and Triple

A walkthrough of a simple walking bass line. This kind of walk can embellish a chord progression and is well-suited to fingerpicking.

Walking Bass

Identify and learn some common chord progressions that you can use as a ready-made template for practicing and playing fingerpicking.

Common Chord Progressions

We’ll wrap it up and I’ll outline a section project for students who are hightly motivated to make the most of the course.

Conclusion & Project
+ Practice Routine & Visualization
8 lectures 17:21

Learn about your instructor and why I’ve made this course for my students…


We’ll review some practice scenarios and how they could be recreated with visualization. This kind of practice is a powerful practice tool I encourage my private students to use often.

What is Visualization?

Learn focusing your attention with visualization helps you learn more efficiently.

Why Does Visualization Work?

Visualizing chords, scales (and many things you’re learning) you’ll make progress more quickly. Here, we discuss activities that are a good match for visualization.

When to Use Visualization

What constitutes a good practice routine? Let’s find out!

Practice Routine Design

Let's brainstorm some ideas for what exactly to do during your practice routine.

Practice Recommendations

How much practice do you really need? Over the years, certain models have proven better for my private students and I’ll share what I’ve learned.

How Much is Enough?

Overview of a specific practice routine, building on the guidance provided in this course.

Conclusion & Project
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 03:54

Let's look back on what you've accomplished.

Wrap Up & Next Steps

Learn about the student portal that offers students extended resources to help them practice and follow along with more in depth downloads.

Bonus Lecture