Ultimate Acoustic Guitar Essentials - Lessons For Beginners
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Ultimate Acoustic Guitar Essentials - Lessons For Beginners

Point Of View camera angles and custom written tunes so you can quickly learn guitar chords, melody & picking techniques
4.8 (14 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
92 students enrolled
Created by Matthew D
Last updated 10/2019
Current price: $55.99 Original price: $79.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 19 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn chords and melodies with three custom written tunes - backing tracks included
  • How to build scales, chords and progressions - 3D chord boxes included
  • Lead and Melodic Techniques
  • How to change strings and tune up
  • Fingerpicking Introduction
  • Understanding how to build strumming patterns
  • Expressive playing
  • Access to an acoustic or (electric) guitar
  • Some useful equipment such as a tuner and plectrums (described in the course)
  • A little patience and a love for music!
  • No musical knowledge required

Are you inspired to pick up the guitar, but can't find the right lessons or structure?

Have you tried some basics but struggle to figure out where to go next?

This course is for you! Welcome to The Acoustic Guitar Essentials - Lessons for Beginners.

The guitar is an expressive and versatile instrument that has led popular music for 100 years - from jazz to blues to rock n roll to singer songwriter - the list goes on. I’ve been playing live and in the studio for over 15 years and I still get inspired every time I pick it up. I want you to feel the same way.

Many beginner guitarists hit a wall after a short time of learning, either because of learning out of context - static scales, metronomes, isolated chord patterns - or they learn a handful of popular songs or riffs, and get stuck there after the final tutorial. I know, because it happened to me too.

Don’t let this be you!

My goal is to give you the kickstart that will give you a foundation that you can build upon under your own steam, long after you've finished watching the videos.

  • We will use Point of View camera angles so you see the videos from the same perspective as you see your guitar.

  • I will teach you not only the basics of chords, theory and melodic playing, but I will also guide you with lots of tips and tricks to playing with dynamics and control, to make your playing more musical from the beginning.

  • The Band in a Box are custom written tracks that help you learn - you'll get the full recording as well as the rhythm track only to practice to - playing with a beat no matter how simple will improve your playing and prepare you for playing with other musicians. And more fun than a metronome.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Master techniques for picking and strumming.

  • Play melodies and chords smoothly via custom written tunes.

  • Understand chord  shapes, and theory fundamentals.

  • Know your way around the fretboard without feeling lost.

  • Have a great head start with dynamics and control to prepare you for the future.

And so much more! Remember. Every string has a story to tell. So grab your guitar and join me to start learning today!

See you in class!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner players
  • Students who have started to learn but hit a wall
Course content
Expand all 50 lectures 02:35:49
+ Introduction and Getting Started
7 lectures 22:38
Is Your Guitar Ready?
First Chord Combo & Don't Lose Your Plectrum!
A Short Note on Tablature
+ "Stargazing" - C Major Scale Chords and Melody
18 lectures 58:40
"Stargazing" - Download and Listen
The C Chord (I)
The E Minor Chord (III)
The G Chord (V)
The D Minor Chord (II)
The F Chord (IV)
Chord Change Practice Hack - The 'Phoebe' Trick
Verse Melody
Verse Melody 1 Octave Higher
Chorus Melody
Sus and Add Chords
The Barre Chord
The Principle of Chord Shapes Up & Down The Fretboard
PDF Downloads and Transpose Challenge: Chords In The Other Keys
+ 10 Minute Theory Blast
4 lectures 12:26
Notes, Scales, & Semitones
How Chords Are Built & Their Character
How Chord Progressions Are Built
A Short Note On Creativity
+ "The Long Road" - G Major Picking
5 lectures 14:25
"The Long Road" - Download and Listen
Picking The Rest of the Verse
Picking Dynamics
Picking B Section - B Minor and D Major
+ Strumming
4 lectures 11:33
Strumming Concept
Strumming - Changing Chords
Strumming - Dynamics
"Soul Days" - Strumming at a faster tempo
+ Intro to Lead Techniques
8 lectures 23:22
Lead - Legato (Hammer On and Pull Off)
Lead - Sliding
Practicing Scales Doesn't Have To Be Boring
Exercise on Finding Notes
Controlling Ringing and Buzz
Fingerpicking Intro
Using a Capo
+ Changing Strings: Guitar on the Operating Table
3 lectures 11:40
Removing Strings
Putting on New Strings
Tuning Up!