Guitar Essentials

Learn all the essential skills you need to start playing the Guitar.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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About This Course

Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you some of the basics required to start learning the Guitar. Including:

  • How to read TAB
  • Chords
  • Playing Along with a Track
  • Power Chords

And More!

All of the lessons are easy to follow and will teach you some of the essential technical elements you need to start playing some of the songs you love. This course will get you playing along to a track and show you some essential techniques when moving on to teach yourself some of your favorite tunes.

The Course has been designed by Guitar Academy in Petersfield. We are a full time dedicated Guitar School in the UK. Made up of professional musicians.

You also get access to great support from us at Guitar Academy.

Choose this online course to get your started on the right track to becoming a Guitar Superstar!

What are the requirements?

  • A computer to access the course.
  • A Guitar
  • Plectrums
  • Electronic Guitar Tuner

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To learn how to read TAB
  • To learn Open position Major and Minor Chords
  • To learn Power chords (5th chords)
  • To Learn how to keep time and play to a track.

What is the target audience?

  • Complete beginners wishing to learn the Guitar
  • Students who want to learn the basics to help them become independent learners.
  • All ages and abilities

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:33

Welcome to the Guitar Academy Online course! This first module is going to explain some little things to help you get started. It is also going to recommend some things you may wish to have to help you along the way. Check out the video and when your ready move on to the next module!

How to Tune Your Guitar
Preview
04:06
Section 2: How To Read TAB
03:27

TAB is an easier form of sheet music especially created for Guitar and Bassists. The video below will explain how to read tab.

Once you have watched the video try out and play some of the simple TABS we have provided.

05:38

In this lesson we are going to learn a class rock riff called “Smoke on the Water”.

This lesson is a easy to follow step by step on how to play the melody from this class rock track.

Give it a go. The TAB is also provided below.

Riff: A short melody made up of single notes.

Article

Try out this TAB and then answer the quiz question.

1 question

In this quiz we will test your ability to read TAB. Simply play the piece and name that tune.

Section 3: Chords
06:39

This module will teach you how to play some open position major chords on the Guitar.

Called open position because they use a combination of open strings (strings played without any fingers holding them) and held notes.

Check out the video below and try out some of these chords.

Some of these chords may be tricky initially but keep practicing and you will be fine. Make sure you practice these regularly and set yourself a goal to memorise a few each week.

06:10

This module will teach you how to play some open position minor chords on the Guitar.

Called open position because they use a combination of open strings (strings played without any fingers holding them) and held notes.

Check out the video below and try out some of these chords.

Some of these chords may be tricky initially but keep practicing and you will be fine. Make sure you practice these regularly and set yourself a goal to memorise a few each week.

Song Study: Knocking on Heavens Door
05:24
04:56

In this module we are going to use some of our open position Major and Minor Chords to play a section of a song called Round Here by Counting Crows.

The track uses the chords C , D , Em and G.

Check out the video and then practice playing the chords to the backing track provided.

Major 7th Chords
03:30
Open Position Dominant 7ths
03:48
Section 4: Scales
CAGED Major Scales
11:13
Section 5: Reading Rhythms
Reading Rhythms Lesson 1
04:55
7 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on your understanding of rhythmical notation.

Section 6: Guitar Theory
Notes on the Fretboard
04:33
5 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on your ability to identify the notes on the fret board.

Intervals Explained
04:50
5 questions

In this quiz we are going to test your understanding of intervals

Section 7: Blues
How to play a 12 Bar Blues
08:40
Section 8: Summary
Course Summary
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Section 9: Extra: Guitar Maintenance
06:30

An extra bonus video lesson on how to re-string a Guitar.

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Instructor Biography

Vincent Hearn, Guitarist and Tutor

Degree Graduate Vincent Hearn is a qualified professional Guitarist and Guitar Teacher with over five years of teaching experience and a degree in music from Europe’s leading contemporary music school. Vincent is an experienced musician and performer and has performed and recorded with many bands and artists in his career.

Also experienced in live sound and recording techniques. Vincent has been the owner of a recording studio and works with many recording artists.

His constant work as a musician makes him an excellent tutor for all aspiring contemporary musicians
looking to develop their skills into a profession or for fun.

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