The Total Beginner's Guitar Course

Complete Beginner? This Is The Guitar Course For You.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (1,418 ratings)
52,966 students
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Buy Your First Guitar
Identify The Parts Of Your Guitar
Know How To Use A Tuner
Know Basic Finger Exercises
Play Common Open Position Chords
Play Power Chords
Understand Progressions
Play In Key
Use Distortion, Palm Muting, and Reverb


  • The Desire To Play Guitar!
  • A Computer, Tablet, Or Smart Phone


Hello and welcome!  If you are a COMPLETE BEGINNER you are in the right place. 

I am an award-winning GIT grad, a 15+ year professional guitarist with 50k+ students, and the founder of Guitargate - the only guitar site sponsored by a major guitar brand, PRS Guitars. 

This free course is geared towards people who have either never played or haven't picked it up in a long time. SO even if you've struggled before, you will learn everything you need to know to start playing!

I promise you can do this, and I will be with you every step of the way. 

We will go over everything that beginners struggle with, for example:

Are my fingers to small?

Am I too old?

Do I really have enough time? (YES YOU DO!)

What kind of guitar do I need?


If you want PERSONAL FEEDBACK, post a YouTube video to the lesson discussion and I will personally watch it and give you professional feedback - just like in-person lessons.

I am the ONLY guitar instructor on Udemy that does this for their students, and it's FREE. 

I want you to love playing the guitar, and I want you to learn with me for a long time. If you need any help along the way, please message me and I'll get right back to you. 

I take great pride in being available to my students, so please don't hesitate to reach out!

Best of luck and I'll see you inside :)


Who this course is for:

  • Complete Beginners

Course content

1 section16 lectures1h 24m total length
  • Introduction - Welcome!
  • What Kind Of Guitar Should You Buy?
  • Parts Of The Guitar
  • What Else Do You Need?
  • Let's Get Started Playing
  • Tuning Your Guitar
  • Finger Exercises
  • First Chords
  • Strumming And Transitions
  • Music Theory 101 - Intervals
  • Power Chords
  • Tone 101 - Distortion
  • Music theory 102 - Playing In Key
  • Technique 102 - Palm Muting
  • Tone 102 - Reverb
  • Bonus Lecture: Everything Guitargate :)


Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.
Michael Palmisano
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 7,126 Reviews
  • 108,220 Students
  • 3 Courses

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, One Of The Largest Online Guitar Learning Communities In The World With 85k+ students.

I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.  I genuinely love to teach, and the goal of Guitargate is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, and how to apply this to make music!  

So whether you are an aspiring gigging musician, or you just enjoy playing for yourself, let me help you bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar.... and get the stuff in your head out!  Seriously - you can do this!! 

On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world....  I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible.  If you post a question or a video for feedback - I will respond and try and help any way I can.  

One step at a time - and remember - KEEP IT IN YOUR HANDS!