Getting Started on the Acoustic Guitar

Learn, practice, and perform your way to learning the acoustic guitar using our unique teaching method.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Have you tried to learn the acoustic guitar in the past and have always been overwhelmed by it all? Everything starts off so simply and then suddenly you are expected to do things that you weren't prepared for? Then this is your course.

Welcome to the musendo acoustic guitar series. We use a simple but effective process by which you will learn a technique, then we will practice it along with you to building a strong foundation. Finally we will give you opportunities to play along with real music so you can show off your new skills!

All of the teaching material for our lessons was created by leading music pedagogues based off of curriculum used by the Sibelius Academy and other Finnish university music programs.

By the end of this course and with lots of practice, you should feel comfortable playing and alternating between different chords on your guitar, keeping basic time, and playing along to real music.

What are the requirements?

  • A regular six string guitar is required for the course (acoustic preferred but electric will work too).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover the different ways a guitar can be tuned
  • Learn how to transition between your first chords
  • Understand the importance of timing
  • Play along to real music

What is the target audience?

  • This course has been designed from the ground up with the beginning guitar student in mind.
  • No prior musical knowledge is required.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:55

Let's get to know more about Sven.

00:30

Let’s review what we will learn throughout this course.

Section 2: Tuning Your Guitar
02:58

Let’s explore the recommended way for beginners to tune their guitars. By using a digital tuner.

02:55

A slightly more advanced way to tune using just the guitar strings and the fretboard. You’ll be able to do this as you gain more experience at playing. This technique is not required to complete the course.

02:52

Extra Credit: Harmonics are a very advanced way to tune your guitar. This technique is very rarely used and only recommended for advanced players. It is not required to complete the course, we are only discussing it here so that you know that it exists.

03:07

Enough talk! Let’s practice tuning using a digital tuner. Follow along with your own guitar and tuner.

04:31

Extra Credit: Though we recommend using a digital tuner for now, we are presenting this way for you to know how to do it in the future when you get better at tuning. It is not required to complete the course but If you’re feeling ready and up to it, try tuning with the strings and the fretboard.

Section 3: E Minor
02:38

We will learn our first chord, the E minor chord! We also touch on strumming and muting the strings.

01:59

Let’s practice playing the E minor chord together.

02:01

Continue practicing the E Minor Chord, paying attention to your right hand.

Section 4: G Chord
03:16

Let’s learn the G chord. We now get to use different fingers on our left hand for the first time.

02:45

Practice playing the G chord together.

02:45

You may not have noticed, but you have already been learning to keep time! Let’s learn more about keeping time as well as find out about tempo and different ways to keep it.

Section 5: C and G7 Chords
02:31

Let’s learn some more chords, the C and G7 chords.

03:29

It’s time to practice alternating between the C and G7.

03:00

Let’s keep practice alternating between the C and G7 in time.

03:14

Let’s keep practice alternating between the C and G7 using two fingers.

Section 6: E and A Chords
03:22

We learn two more chords the E and the A chords.

02:32

It's time to practice alternating between the E and the A chords together in time.

Section 7: Performances
02:34

It’s almost time to do our first performance, let’s practice first! We will take the first chord we learned, the E minor chord, and play it to a backing track of a live band. Just follow along!

02:16

Now you are ready for the real deal. You will take the first chord we learned, the E minor chord, and play it to the backing track while I accompany you.

02:35

Let’s practice for our next performance, this time with the G chord. Just follow along.

01:46

Ok now for your second live performance! Play the G Chord and I will back you up on the guitar.

03:17

Let’s practice for our next performance, this time with the chords. Just follow along alternating between them.

02:11

Another performance! This time with alternating between the C and G7 chords. You play your part and I’ll play some nice guitar to support you.

03:41
Another practice alternating between the A and E chords. Just follow along with me.
01:56

Our final performance for the course. Play your part alternating between the A and E chords and I’ll be your backup guitarist. Let’s give it our best!

Section 8: Course Review
01:06

Great Job! We have made it so far, and learn so much. Let’s review what we have learned in the course and what you should do before continuing onto the next course.

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