Guitar 201: Breakthroughs

30 essential skills to advance from beginner to intermediate
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Play acoustic guitar and acoustic guitar songs!


  • Need an acoustic guitar and desire to learn!


YES, you’re in the right place! How do we know that? Because the very fact that you’re reading this course description says a a lot about you…

You’ve always wanted to play guitar and so you bought one or received one as a gift. You picked up a couple of beginner’s courses or had a friend give you a few tips. You put in the time to learn a few chords and a strum or two. But you still can't play your favorite songs or jam with your buds. You’re frustrated because you’re still a beginner, and not yet a player.

Statistically, only 7% of the people who set out to learn guitar have the conviction to get as far as you have (the vast majority quit before they even learn three chords). So, congrats to you! Now, the only thing keeping you from graduating from beginner to guitar player is desire (we know you have that!) and the right course of study.

Rich Maloof’s GUITAR 201 is the bridge between beginner and guitar player. The curriculum is specifically designed to teach beginners how to play entire songs smoothly, add personality to their sound, and play with other musicians confidently.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner guitar players!

Course content

3 sections49 lectures2h 34m total length
  • Introduction
  • Building on Basics
  • Chord Flow 1
  • Chord Flow 2
  • Chord Flow 3: How to Practice
  • All Along the Strum Patterns
  • Thumbthing 1
  • Thumbthing 2
  • Slash Chords
  • Barre Chord Tips
  • Left Hand Mutes
  • Left Hand Mutes in Motion
  • Right Hand Mutes
  • Right Hand Mutes in Motion
  • Sussing Sus Chords
  • Sus in Motion
  • Sussing Barre Chords
  • Picked Arpeggios
  • Picked Arpeggios in Motion


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