Beginner's Guitar Lessons - a Crash Course for Busy Adults
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Beginner's Guitar Lessons - a Crash Course for Busy Adults

Adults and older teens - learn guitar in 15 minutes a day without unnecesary theory
4.0 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,170 students enrolled
Created by John Chamley
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Switch between basic chords used by many popular songs
  • Strum various "straight" or syncopated rhythms
  • Play a pentatonic scale to improvise and "jam" with friends
  • Play either finger-style or flat picking techniques (both are covered)
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Requirements
  • Be ready to learn essentials to get you playing now
  • Have a playable guitar ready (an acoustic, nylon string or electric is okay)
  • Plan to do a little regular practice (little and often is ideal for busy adults)
Description

Jump in and develop your playing skills without dealing with unnecessary theory. Theory can come later as it takes on more meaning and you become curious about the way things work.

Learn the essentials and plan for short frequent practices to fit your busy schedule.  Track your progress and see the results.

After tuning up, decide whether to play finger style or use a pick.  Advantages of each are explained. It's best to focus on just one at first, but both are covered.

Play a one handed arpeggio picking exercise to start developing skills. Once you are comfortable with this, use your skills again in the chord section.

The Chords section starts with one fingered chords to gain skill and confidence. By the end of the section you'll have the ability to switch 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 you'll 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 a single Scale used in blues, rock, and country music.  You'll be able to use this scale to play along with backing tracks to improvise and create your own music.

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

Take the course designed for busy adults and have 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 never got around to it
  • Late teens and up
  • This course is NOT recommended for younger children who benefit more from a more comprehensive approach
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
5 Lectures 26:15
Things to know first and what's in this course
07:40

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

Tuning the guitar
08:00

Fingers or a pick - choose your weapons - but one at a time!
01:07

Why Most Adults fail at Learning Guitar
04:28

Picking (using a plectrum) and using a metronome
05:00
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Arpeggios
4 Lectures 16:25
Arpeggios - Broken Chords Using Pick or Fingerstyle
04:45

Simple Chords - easy does it.
06:09

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

FunKEY TAB Explanation
03:18

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
02:13
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Chords
3 Lectures 14:56
5 Basic Chord Shapes Example 1
04:55

5 Basic Chord Shapes Example 2
05:09

Minor Chords
04:52
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Strumming
4 Lectures 14:50
Strumming Methods
02:55

Basic Strumming
04:06

Syncopated Strumming
03:56

Strumming - a nameless horse
03:53
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Scale your way to the top
1 Lecture 02:49
Blues & Country Scales
02:49
About the Instructor
John Chamley
4.3 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,307 Students
2 Courses
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.