Guitar in 15 Minutes a Day - Crash Course
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Guitar in 15 Minutes a Day - Crash Course

Easy steps to learn guitar from scratch with short practices ideal for busy adults and teens
4.2 (11 ratings)
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Created by John Chamley
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master the basic chords used in many popular songs
  • Strum "straight" or syncopated rhythms
  • Learn one pentatonic scale that lets you easily "jam" with friends
  • Play fingerstyle or flat picking techniques (both are covered)
  • Learn to play Chord Melody style
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  • No experience required - just be ready to take simple steps to learn how to play
  • Have a playable guitar ready (an acoustic, nylon string or electric is okay)
  • Plan to do some regular practice (little and often is ideal for busy adults)

Learn to play guitar now in simple, easy steps, even if you have "no time."

Develop skills at your own pace in detailed steps with short frequent practices to fit your busy schedule.  Track your progress and see the results.

Just tune up your guitar then decide whether to play fingerstyle or use a pick.  Advantages of each are explained. Focus on just one at a time. Both are covered in the course so you can learn one, then go through again at any time to learn the other.

Start by learning one-handed arpeggios. Once you are comfortable with this, move to the Chords section.

Learn one-finger chords to gain skill and confidence. By the end of the section you'll be switching between three-finger chords and be ready to develop your strumming.

Strumming starts out with easy down strokes. Then you'll add up strokes. Finally, learn syncopation and finish off with a good challenge playing chords from a song called “A Horse with no Name.” 

In the last section you'll learn one Scale used in blues, rock, and country music.  You'll be able to use this scale to play along with backing tracks.  An introduction to improvising guides you to being able to create your own single note solos so that you can "jam" with friends.

Just follow this step-by-step approach and you'll surprise yourself, friends and family with how well you'll be playing.

Spend just 15 minutes a day to take this ultimate beginner's guitar crash course and start having fun playing guitar today.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners who want to play without too much music theory or note reading
  • Those who always wanted to play but could never find the time
  • Late teens and up who want to play now
  • This course is NOT recommended for younger children who benefit more from a more comprehensive approach
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
5 Lectures 22:29

Make sure that you remember the tuning notes of all the strings. Strings are named according to the pitch to which they are tuned.

Things to Know First - quiz.
3 questions

Fingers or a Pick - Choose your Weapons

Why Adults Fail at Learning Guitar and How Not to

Tips to Make Best use of Your 15 Minutes a day Practice
Picking - Playing with a Pick (or Plectrum)
4 Lectures 15:58
Picking Technique Introduction

Single String Picking Exercise 1

Single String Picking Exercise 2

Pick Strumming Exercises
Fingerstyle for playing single notes and chords
3 Lectures 08:39
Fingerstyle Introduction

Fingerstyle Mechanics

Fingerstyle - Rest Stroke Exercise
Chord Arpeggios - Switching Between Chords Using Arpeggios
4 Lectures 16:25
Arpeggios - with a Pick or Fingerstyle

Simple Chords - Easy Does it!

This is an explanation of the TAB sheet used in the next lecture.

FUNKey TAB Explanation

FunKEY Chord Tones uses 3-fingered chords held for a long time.Try playing this where you apply most pressure on the string being played, but try to keep each finger in place for the duration of each chord. Use this to develop your strength and ability to hold down 3-fingered chords.

Printout or display the pdf TAB sheet and follow along, or follow the on-screen fretboard representation.

FUNKey Chord Tones
Master the Basic Chord Shapes
3 Lectures 14:56
5 Basic Chord Shapes Example 1

5 Basic Chord Shapes Example 2

Minor Chords
4 Lectures 14:50
Strumming Methods

Basic Strumming while Changing Chords

Syncopated Strumming

Strumming - a Nameless Horse
Scale Your Way to the Top
6 Lectures 21:12
Blues & Country Scales

Tips to get you improvising and help you to express your soul through the music

How to Improvise Using the Pentatonic Scale

Play along with the backing track repeating the chord progression on the attached sheet.

Country Rock Track - Chords & Strumming Pattern

Jamming with Country Rock Track

Use these 7th chords to "get down" with this Blues Rock backing track.

Blues Chords

How to Play Chord Melody
8 Lectures 29:58

Listen to "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotton being played as Chord Melody, then get ready to learn the steps to playing this yourself.

Preview 02:38

Try this first if you don't want to learn all the scales in the next lectures. 

Freight Train - The Fast Track!

Steps 1 and 2 Learn the Chords and the Scale

Step 3.1 - Melody Notes With the C Chord

Step 3.2 - Melody Notes With the G Chord

Step 3.3 - Melody Notes With the E Chord

Step 3.4 - Melody Notes With the F Chord

Step 4 - Putting it all Together
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 01:39
Take the 15 minutes a day Challenge

Here is a link to a YouTube of the 1st 12 bars of lecture 29 notation being played in Guitar Pro software.

Blues Jamming Screen Capture - Notation for Lecture 29
About the Instructor
John Chamley
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Guitar Instructor, author of "Guitar in Real Time" books

After a long time away from playing I picked up the guitar again in 2000 to teach my kids.  That sparked a renewed interest in music and I worked hard to regain my roots in classical guitar and from my days playing with bands.  

Since 2000 I've taught at private music studios, given group classes and in-home lessons.  Although my Bachelor's is in Engineering I've taken private lessons with various top music professionals and have a Music Theory Certificate from Berklee College's Online Campus.  I'm currently developing the book series "Guitar in Real Time" based on experiences teaching over the last 15 years.

Music is a passion and I especially enjoy teaching young people who I try to have a positive influence on. This Udemy format is great because it forces me to work at presenting things in the best possible way for others to understand. I'm looking forward to sharing what I have to offer with others who are as passionate about this instrument as I am.