Beginner's Guitar Crash Course
What you'll learn
- Master basic chords used in many popular songs
- Learn to easily strum straight and syncopated rhythms
- Use one pentatonic scale to easily "jam" with friends in both Rock & Country styles
- Play either Fingerstyle or Flat-Picking techniques (both are covered)
- Play a Chord Melody style song
- No experience necessary - follow simple steps and surprize yourself and others by how well you can play
- Have a guitar ready (acoustic, nylon string or electric is okay)
- Plan 15 minutes or so each day (little and often is best for busy adults) and feel your progress
Who this course is for:
Beginners who want to just play without too much theory or note reading
Anyone who always wanted to play but could never find the time
Adults and late teens
This course is NOT recommended for younger children who can benefit from a more comprehensive approach
No experience necessary - just be ready to take simple steps to learn how to play
Have a playable guitar ready (acoustic, nylon string or electric is okay)
Plan for some regular practice (little and often is best for busy adults)
Learn guitar in simple, easy steps, even if you have very little time
Track your progress and see results
Choose fingerstyle or pick (plectrum). Both are covered and advantages of each explained.
Focus on one, then go back to learn the other when you have time
How it Works
Begin by learning modern sounding arpeggios (chords played as single notes).
Learn easy one-finger chords to gain basic skills and confidence switching between chords
Work your way up to three-finger chords, then get ready to take on strumming.
Begin strumming with down strokes then add up strokes. Once you're ready - add syncopation.
Challenge yourself by playing chords from a song called “A Horse With No Name.”
Learn ONE Scale used in blues, rock, and country music. Watch the example videos then use the scale to play along with backing tracks.
"Introduction to improvising" guides you to create your own single note solos to "jam" with friends.
Try your hand at chord melody following the example.
Follow this step-by-step approach and surprise yourself, friends and family with your new skills.
Learn guitar in easy steps with this beginner's crash course and start playing guitar today
Who this course is for:
- Beginners who want to skip theory and just play
- Anyone who always wanted to play, but could never find the time using traditional methods
- Adults and late teens
- NOT recommended for younger children who can benefit from a more comprehensive approach
Back in 2000 I started to teach guitar to my kids. That sparked a renewed interest in playing music again. I worked hard to regain my roots in classical guitar then started playing in bands again. This time it was church bands.
Since 2000 I've taught at private music studios, given group classes and in-home lessons. I've also played regularly in church bands. Although my Bachelor's is in Engineering, I've taken private lessons with various top music professionals. I also worked on my theory and passed 12-credits at Berklee College's online campus to gain a Music Theory Certificate .
As well as playing and teaching guitar, I wrote a 3-book guitar method series.
The books called "Guitar in Real Time" cover multiple genres, music reading and essential theory, as well as basic music composition. All of the essentials are there for students to gain a well rounded introduction to guitar and music.
My Udemy course, "Read Music for Guitar - Beginners" is based on the reading exercises of the Level 1 book. Other Udemy courses I've created also take content from those books and expand on it.
Music is my passion and I especially enjoy teaching young people, who I try to have a positive influence on. This Udemy format is excellent because it forces me to work at presenting things in the best possible way for others to understand.
I'm happy to share what I have to offer with others who are as passionate about this instrument as I am.