Hands-On Guitar: The Beginner's Guide

The ultimate guitar learning system for absolute beginners!
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Play acoustic guitar and acoustic guitar songs!
Tune your guitar and hold it properly
Read acoustic guitar chord charts and play chords


  • Need an acoustic guitar and desire to learn!


Welcome to your first guitar lesson! Some of you may be complete beginners never having held a guitar before, and some may have picked it up on your own but don’t feel like you’ve really mastered the basics. Either way, this course is for you. The guitar is an easy instrument to get good at quickly and within a few lessons you’ll be playing songs. Playing the guitar is a skill that you’ll have for the rest of your life. It’s a perfect relaxation tool, great socially, and both fun and easy.

I find that most beginning lessons either focus only on reading notes (which would bore me to death), or only on basic folk strumming and chords (and I like all styles of music). These lessons will give you an introduction to several different styles and all the lessons apply to either acoustic or electric guitar players. We’ll begin with shopping for a guitar and basic technique. By the time you finish the lessons you’ll be playing chords, well known riffs, tablature, fingerstyle,power chords, a twelve-bar blues, and a pentatonic scale. In the end, you’ll have a taste of all the basics and you can continue your lessons concentrating on the style that you like best. So lets get going and get our “Hands-On Guitar!”

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner guitar players!

Course content

12 sections72 lectures3h 44m total length
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Shopping for Your First Guitar
  • Steel, Nylon or Electric?
  • Parts of the Acoustic Guitar
  • Parts of the Electric Guitar
  • Holding the Guitar
  • The Left Hand: Finger Numbers & Tips
  • The Right Hand: Fingers & Picking Tips
  • Note Names and Numbers
  • Electronic Tuner
  • Tuning By Ear
  • Getting Started Summary


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