Free Ultimate Beginners Guitar Lessons - Part 1
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Created by Michael Warren
Last updated 8/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Immediate results with this professionally designed step by step course
  • Develop guitar skills the right way for all styles of guitar playing
  • Impress your friends and family with the ability to play over 30 songs
  • Get the best start possible to continue with your playing
  • Know what guitar and pick is best for the beginner
  • How to identify the parts of an acoustic and an electric guitar
  • How to tune your guitar
  • How to read TAB
  • All the techniques you need to know to get you started on the right foot
  • See your playing progress daily which makes learning exciting
  • No boring exercises, learn the right way with songs
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Requirements
  • No skills required
  • Borrow or purchase a guitar and picks which I will help you with
  • Practice Makes Perfect
Description

Welcome to the Ultimate Beginners Guitar Lessons - Part 1. These are free guitar lessons for the beginner of any age. 

With these lessons you'll learn how to play guitar the right way, and see progression daily which always makes learning exciting, with over 4 hours and more than 50 lessons we guarantee you immediate results with this professionally designed step-by-step course that's fun and easy for all ages. You'll get everything you need to know as a beginner guitarist and discover how to play songs in minutes.

You will never feel rushed, get stuck or find a new skill too hard. With over 50 step-by-step lessons moving through each level is a breeze.

You will be playing your favorite songs straight away. With this new teaching method, each lesson is based around learning with songs to build and master all the techniques, so practice never feels like a chore.

You can learn anywhere, anytime on all platforms with access 24/7 and talk to an expert whenever you need, just leave a comment and we will get back to you with a quick response.

Your teacher Michael has been playing for 30 years and teaching one-on-one with students for 20, and over that time has seen the struggles beginners can have when they play guitar, so he developed a tried and tested step-by-step course for absolute beginners that will get the results you have always desired.

As An Added Bonus all the guitar lessons have multiple camera angles so you can see exactly what each hand is doing with onscreen TAB all with an easy to follow arrow with printable lesson materials so you can access them any time.

What you get in the course:

The first part you focus on the guitar fundamentals. Michael will start by talking you through selecting the best beginner guitar, guitar picks, guitar strap, guitar tuner and the best choices for you. You will learn the parts of an acoustic and an electric guitar and how to set up your amplifier.  

Michael will explore your correct posture, how to hold your pick and hand placement, correct guitar tuning techniques and all the skills a student needs to know before they start playing guitar. These steps are very important when first starting out and often overlooked by teachers with less experience.

Now the fun part.  We get straight into playing.  Michael knows you need to get a feel for the guitar first, so you start with reading TAB and playing on 1 string with 1 finger and we develop that skills with songs so you are playing straight away, from this point we take small steps learning new techniques and practising those skills with songs.  Using this method you'll be amazed at how fast you progress with your playing on an acoustic or an electric guitar. Learning a technique and applying that to songs is the best way to learn how to play guitar.

Michael has seen guitar for beginners courses that begin with chords and scales, this is simply wrong.  Through years of teaching beginners he understands it can be quite frustrating and takes a long time before you can see any progress in your playing because it is just too hard to start with these techniques. At essential guitar lessons we want you to get the right start. 

If you learn guitar the right way our step-by-step learning method will fast track your guitar playing by months as a beginner and years as you progress through to the advanced courses we have built. This is the best place to start for all beginners no matter what style of guitar playing you like.

"I've always loved teaching students how to play guitar and hope you enjoy this course as much as I did creating it."

Thanks Michael Warren - Creating Musicians Since 1997

Who is the target audience?
  • Complete beginner guitarist of all ages that want to learn the right way that's fun, easy and gets them the best start possible.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
04:00:03
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I help you with all the equipment you need as a beginner
8 Lectures 15:29

This guitar lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, what guitar is best for a beginner, what pick, strap, tuner, capo and guitar stand to buy. In this video, we’ll do a checklist of all the equipment you need to start the lessons and get you ready to start playing guitar.


Introduction to this free course and what to expect in these lessons
01:26

This first guitar lesson Michael will help you choose your first guitar. We will look at a Nylon string acoustic a steel string acoustic and an electric guitar and will talk about the pros and cons to each one. He will dispel some myths about buying a guitar, talk about the style of guitar you enjoy listen to, the right size guitar for you and the action of the guitar, and finally we’ll listen to all 3 guitars and how they sound.

What guitar to buy as a beginner
06:10

In this guitar lesson Michael will tell you what a guitar pick is and why we use one, the different thickness of the pick, what that means and which is best for you to learn how to play guitar.

What pick to buy as a beginner and what it's used for
01:30

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you the different guitar straps you can buy, how the adjuster works, how to put it on your guitar, where and what the strap buttons are, where it sits on your body and how the string works if you only have one strap button, also why you should stand up and practice as well as sitting down as a beginner.

How to put your guitar strap on
01:43

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you two different tuners you can buy and a tuner app you can download for free onto your phone or tablet, and how each tuner picks up the sound of your guitar.

What tuner to buy as a beginner
01:14

In this lesson Michael will show you what a capo is, a basic run down of what it is made of, the different ones you can buy and the best one for a beginner guitarist, where to place it on your guitar and why we need to have one.

What capo to buy and what it does
00:38

In this lesson Michael will show you some different guitar stands, why we use them, the one he prefers to use and some tips on where to place your guitar when you’re not using it.

What is a guitar stand and why we use them
00:53

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the equipment a beginner need to start playing guitar.

Conclusion to what you need to buy as a beginner
01:55
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The anatomy of the guitar for beginners
6 Lectures 18:41

This guitar lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, all the different parts to the acoustic and 2 different electric guitars and the parts to your amp and how to set it up. this is important for beginners to understand so they can easily relate to other guitarist.

Introduction to the anatomy of the guitar
00:34

This guitar lesson will show you a detailed description of all the different acoustic guitar parts, starting at the top of the guitar and working down to the bottom, what they are called and what each part does. We’ll also have a look at an acoustic guitar that you can plug in and why it’s important for a beginner to know the parts when they play guitar.

The anatomy of an acoustic guitar
04:06

In this guitar lesson we'll take an in depth look at the parts of 3 different electric guitars, what each part is called and how it works. We'll also look at 3 different selection switches what they do and how it sounds in different positions, three different pickup configurations and how they sound when you play guitar and three different electric guitar bridges.

The anatomy of an electric guitar without a whammy bar
06:15

In this lesson we'll take a closer look at the different parts of an electric guitar that has a floating bridge, we’ll look at the locking nut, fine tuners, how the saddle works and what the whammy bar is, then we'll have a listen to the different sounds you can make on the guitar with the whammy bar and how to use it.

The anatomy of an electric guitar with a whammy bar
02:35

In this guitar lesson we'll take a closer look at the starter pack guitar amplifier and what all the parts are, what the knobs do and how they sound in different positions. Michael will also show you what the drive button does, the difference between a clean sound and a dirty sound and how to plug your guitar in and out safely.

The anatomy to your amp and how to set it up
03:47

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the parts to your guitar and what a beginner needs to know.

Conclusion to the anatomy of the guitar
01:24
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Posture, hand placement and how to hold your pick as a beginner
6 Lectures 22:52

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how to hold your pick how to position your left and right hands on the guitar and how to sit and stand when you play guitar. This is an important section for the beginner and if you need to, watch it a few times. This is an important step to learn how to play guitar.


Introduction to posture, hand placement and how to hold your pick
00:57

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you how to sit with an acoustic and an electric guitar, where to position it on your body, where your right arm will rest and what a foot stool is and if you need one. Finally, he will show you how to sit in a classical position and why this is no good for a beginner.

How to sit with your guitar
02:24

In this lesson Michael will show you how to hold your guitar pick correctly, pick placement on your thumb, what to do with your other fingers and how to anchor your hand to get the most out of your playing, the position of your right arm on the electric and an acoustic guitar. Then he will show you two different exercise and all the tips you'll need to get you use to using the pick and how your right arm works as a beginner.

How to hold your pick and right arm placement on the guitar
07:55

In this lesson Michael will show you how to name your fingers, where your thumb is placed on the neck of the guitar, the position of your left arm and wrist, how to fret notes, the correct finger placement of your left hand and how to move around the neck of the guitar. Then he will show you two different exercises and all the tips you'll need to get the right hand position when you play guitar.

How to hold your left hand on the guitar
08:10

This lesson will show you how to stand with your guitar the correct height it should be, where to position the neck of the guitar, how to hold the pick and right arm placement when you’re standing and playing guitar.

How to stand with your guitar
01:27

In this lesson we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques a beginners needs to understand in this level and what you need to know before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to posture, hand placement and how to hold your pick
01:59
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How to tune your guitar a beginners guide
7 Lectures 29:20

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how to name the strings of the guitar, a quick guide to tuning, moving around the neck of the guitar, the Chromatic scale and how to tune your guitar. if you want to jump straight into playing just watch the quick guide to tuning the guitar.

Introduction to how to tune the guitar
00:56

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you how to name the strings of the guitar using notes and numbers, why it is important to know, and two acronyms to help you remember the notes as a beginner.

How to name the strings of a guitar
02:23

This lesson we’ll show you how to tune your guitar quickly so you can start playing straight away. Michael will go over some tips when tuning, which way to turn your tuning pegs if the notes are flat or sharp on your guitar and how to get each string at the right pitch then how to fine tune it using the tuner.

How to tune your guitar a quick guide
04:32

Now we'll learn the terms we use when moving around the neck of the guitar and why we use them, what a tone and semitone are and how to relate that when you play guitar. We'll also look at Flats and Sharps what they look like, how to write then and how to use them on the guitar. As a beginner and you want to get straight into playing you can come back and watch this lesson at a later date.

Flats,sharps and how to move around the neck of the guitar
05:15

In this lesson we'll learn what the chromatic scale is, what the root note is, how to move around it using tones and semitones and how to relate that to the guitar. We'll go over why there's no E or B sharp and how we have 22 or 24 frets and 6 strings but only 12 notes.

The Chromatic Scale
06:13

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you how to tune your guitar using two different tuners. What to do when a note is sharp or flat, how to use the chromatic scale when tuning and heaps of tips to make it easier for the beginner.

How to tune your guitar
08:02

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques we did in this level and what you need to know before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to tuning the guitar
01:59
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Reading TAB, practice and easy guitar songs using 1 string and 1 finger
9 Lectures 41:23

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how each lesson is laid out, how to read guitar tab and what it is ,10 easy guitar songs for the beginner using one string one finger and the best way to practice.

Introduction to reading TAB, and easy guitar songs using 1 string and 1 finger
01:15

This lesson is a quick guide on the process Michael uses when he teaches beginners to make it easier for you to be able to follow along and to make the process of learning much easier.

How each lesson is laid out
00:53

This is an in depth look at what tab is, what it looks like and how to read tab for a beginner. We'll look at why we use tab, some bad points to tab and two steps to make it easier for a beginner to read. In this guitar lesson Michael will talk you through three exercise to get you started.

How to read TAB and what it is
06:54

In this guitar lesson, we'll do a quick recap on sitting with the guitar, how to hold the pick, right and left hand placement, and reading the tab. We'll try Dirty Deeds by AC/DC using 1 string and 1 finger and go through the tab slowly. Finally, Michael will show you a close up of how to move up and down the neck of the guitar and lots more tips to get the beginner started on their first song. 

An easy guitar song using 1 string and 1 finger and your first song
07:22

This is a continuation of the previous lesson, this time as a beginner you'll learn how to stop the strings from ringing, go slowly through the tab for Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard and tips for moving from fret to fret without an open string in between. Then we'll play Bad to The Bone by George Thorogood with tab and We Will Rock You by Queen on the A string with tab.

1 string 1 finger and 3 more songs
10:08

In this guitar lesson we'll try Batman on the A string using 1 finger and 1 string and how we have to push harder to create a sound on the lower frets, then we'll do Wild Thing by the Troggs slowly with tab on the A string and finish with All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix’s on the E string with tab.

1 string 1 finger and another 3 songs
06:31

This is the last lesson we'll do with 1 string and 1 finger. This time we'll play Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana slowly with tab and learn how to make big jumps around the neck when you play guitar. Then we'll do Eye of the Tiger by Survivor and With or Without You by U2 going slowly through the tabs and working on your technique as a beginner guitarist.

1 string 1 finger, final 3 songs
07:03

This is a quick guide on how to practice the guitar as a beginner to optimize your time and to be practising the right techniques.

How to practice the guitar as a beginner
00:27

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques we did in this level and what you need to know as a beginner before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to TAB, practice and your first 10 songs
00:50
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10 easy guitar songs for the beginner using 1 string and 3 fingers
5 Lectures 30:46

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, 10 easy guitar songs, using one string and this time we’ll use three fingers on your right hand. This is a great step for the beginner and will help you to develop harder techniques

Introduction to 1 string 3 fingers
00:51

In this guitar lesson, you'll learn how to play with more than 1 finger using a finger per fret and which finger to use, we'll look at how to change from one finger to another when fretting notes and then we will learn Summer loving on the D string, Another One Bites the Dust by Queen and T.N.T. by AC/DC on the E string slowly with the tab and what finger to use as a beginner.

1 string 3 fingers how to and your 1st 3 songs
10:21

In this lesson, we'll play 3 more songs, Mission Impossible, I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett and Iron Man by Black Sabbath Introducing the second finger we'll go slowly through the tab and Michael will show you what frets to play and what fingers to use and how to move around the guitar for beginners when playing songs.

1 string 3 fingers and 3 more songs
08:52

This guitar lesson is a continuation of our 1 string 3 finger songs. This time we'll play Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar on the A string of the guitar and talk through what fingers you can use, Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple and I'll tell you why we didn’t use our little finger and started on the 3rd fret. We'll go slowly through the tab to You and Your Hand by Pink, then we'll try Mary Had a Little Lamb on the bottom E string.

1 string 3 fingers, final 4 songs
10:11

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques we did in this level and what you need to know as a beginner before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to 1 string 3 finger songs
00:31
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Easy guitar songs using 1 string 4 finger, and muting strings
4 Lectures 11:12

This guitar lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how to stop the strings you’re not playing on your guitar from ringing and 3 more songs for the beginner using all four fingers.

Introduction to 1 string 4 finger songs and muting strings
00:43

In this lesson, you'll learn how to stop the strings from ringing by using the side of your thumb on your picking hand and the bottom of your fingers on your fretting had, and finish with 2 exercises to help the beginner play guitar.

How to stop the other strings from ringing
04:45

In this guitar lesson, you'll start to use all your fingers on your left hand. We'll play Peter Gunn Theme, Darth Vader’s Theme and Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. We'll start them all on the D string for the beginner because it is hard to get your little finger up to the top string when you’re starting and then we’ll move up to the E string. We’ll slowly go through the tab and work out what is the best finger to use on the guitar.

1 string 4 finger songs
05:16

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques we did in this level and what you need to know as a beginner guitarist before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to 1 string 4 fingers
00:28
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Easy guitar songs using 2 string and hand stretches
6 Lectures 35:20

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how to play 10 easy guitar songs on 2 strings using all your fingers on your right hand and some simple hand stretches to help the beginner.

Introduction to 2 string songs and hand stretches
00:51

Now that you have the feel for playing the guitar using 1 string we're going to make it a little harder and try some 2 string songs. In this lesson, we'll play Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi, Sunshine of Your Love by Cream, When I Come Around by Greenday and Whip it by Devo, Michael will show you how to change strings talk you slowly through the tab what string to use, what finger and what fret to play on the guitrar and this time we'll be using different fingers on different strings.

Playing on 2 strings using all your fingers and your 1st 4 songs
08:58

This guitar lesson is a continuation of the previous video this time we'll play Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield, Enter Sandman by Metallica and Come as You Are by Nirvana, sticking to two strings. As we go through the songs they will gradually get harder for the beginner guitarist and we'll be using all our finger.

Playing on 2 strings using all your fingers and 3 more songs
07:33

In this lesson, we'll continue using 2 strings but this time we'll play them all on the bottom 2 strings of the guitar. So, at first it will feel a little different. We'll try Ode to Joy, Skip to My Lou and Jingle Bells and Michael will show you how to change strings when you play guitar and stay on the same fret as a beginner.

Playing on 2 strings using all your fingers, final 3 songs
10:58

In this guitar lesson Michael will show you some useful hand stretches for beginners which we'll do on and off the guitar and some exercises to help you get 1 finger per fret. We'll also try some hand strengthening exercises and finally how to relax playing guitar.

Hand stretches for the beginner guitarist
06:23

In this lesson, we’ll do a checklist of all the techniques we did in this level and what you need to know as a beginner guitarist before you move on to the next level.

Conclusion to 2 string songs and hand stretches
00:37
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Easy guitar songs using 3 string and all your fingers
5 Lectures 35:00

This lesson will be a brief outline of what you’ll learn in the upcoming level, how to play on 3 and 4 strings using all your fingers on your right hand, how to string skip on the guitar and how to read the tab.

Introduction to 3 string songs
00:49

In this lesson, we will do a quick recap of the position of our left hand and where your thumb is placed and how to move around the guitar. Then we will learn Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison and You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi on the top three strings, then Love Me Tender and Happy Birthday on the bottom three strings. Michael will talk you slowly through the tab and what string and fingers to use when you play guitar and how to do a string skip.

Playing on 3 strings using all your fingers and your 1st 4 songs
15:07

This guitar lesson is a continuation of the previous, we'll be playing Beat It by Michael Jackson, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore and the Spiderman Theme song, slowly with tab using 3 strings and all our fingers. We will also try some string skipping or jumping over strings on the guitar Michael will also go over how to stop strings from ringing and we’ll also be using our little finger.

Playing on 3 strings using all your fingers and 3 more songs
09:46

This lesson we’ll try some songs using 4 string and all our fingers, we’ll play So What by Pink, The Simpsons and The Flintstones, going slowly through the tab, what fingers to use and strings to use, string skipping and moving up the neck when you play guitar with your left hand.

Playing on 4 strings using all your fingers, final 3 songs
08:31

This is the last lesson for the beginner, take your time with all these exercises and go slowly and build your speed with each one. If you feel confident on the guitar with all these songs then it's time to move onto part 2 of The Ultimate Beginners Guitar Lessons Part 2

Conclusion to course - Part 1
00:47
About the Instructor
Michael Warren
4.8 Average rating
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751 Students
2 Courses
Professional Guitar Teacher

I’ve been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for over 20. During that time I have taught hundreds of students and refined my teaching method to fast track your guitar playing.

I started playing piano at the age of 6 and played for about 4 years, then through friends I discovered the guitar.  

I took lessons at the local music shop for a few years and then started playing classical guitar which I studied for over 7 years at Trinity College of Music London and sat all the exams required.  Throughout that time, I played around Australia and other parts of the world in cover bands and original bands.  

Then in my early twenty’s I discovered a love for teaching. I started with a few friends and grew from there and have been doing that full time for 20 years.

Over the years, I was lucky enough to be able to write jingles for commercials, I also appeared in a Snickers extreme add and worked on the music for the movie Queen of the damned.  But I’ve always came back to teaching I loved seeing the joy on students faces when they learnt a new technique or we worked through a problem they were having with their playing.

I know the courses I have put together are the most comprehensive online today so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating these fun, easy to follow step-by-step lessons that allow you to build your skills at your own pace, and I look forward to seeing you progress your playing.

Regards,

Michael Warren

Essential Guitar Lessons - Creating Musicians Since 1997