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If you can play a handful of chords, you can play thousands of songs. But first, you have to get started! This course gives absolute beginners a clear, step-by-step path to beginning to play guitar the right way, with confidence. And it really works! Thousands of busy New Yorkers have successfully taken this class in person at New York City Guitar School, and their feedback has made this one of the most efficient and proven guitar methods in the world.
In this course, you will learn the very basics of guitar playing, including how to identify strings, fingers and frets, how to strum and fret with perfect form, how to tune, how to play your first chords and how to read chord diagrams so you can start learning songs.
What real students are saying about Guitar for Absolute Beginners:
"...its official... I'm FINALLY a guitar player." - Briana
"It has taken me from playing single notes and bumbling around the fretboard to playing real, albeit easy, songs in a matter of a few weeks" - Dusty
"...just enough of the technical but plenty of practical advise so one can start playing their favorite songs ASAP" - V. Burrows
"I started with zero musical or guitar experience and now 18 months later have a fun rewarding hobby than I am enthused to continue." - Simon P.
Guitar for Absolute Beginners (Class 1) can take anywhere from a week to three weeks depending on how much time you have to practice. Learn the anatomy of the guitar, and how to fret notes, strum strings, play chords and read chord diagrams with easy step by step consecutive videos, exercises and self-tests. Start here, go anywhere! This course includes a PDF for the first chapter of Guitar for Absolute Beginners, one of the best selling guitar books on Amazon!
WARNING: We are not kidding when we say this is for absolute beginners! If you already know the basics of guitar, this might not be the best course for you--but stay tuned, because we are working to develop more Udemy courses!
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|Section 1: First, Learn Your Way Around Your Guitar|
Introduction and PDF of Chapter One of "Guitar for Absolute Beginners"Preview
Parts of the GuitarPreview
Parts of the Guitar: Self TestPreview
How to Hold a GuitarPreview
How to Strum
Rest Stroke Exercise at 60 bpm
Rest Stroke Exercise at 100 bpm
How to Identify Strings
How to Identify Strings: Self Test
How to Identify Fingers
How to Identify Fingers: Self Test
How to Identify Frets
|Section 2: First Fretting and First Strumming|
How to Fret a Clean Note
Fretting Exercise Explained
Fretting Exercise @ 60 bpm
Fretting Exercise @ 100 bpm
Fretting Trouble Shooting
Self Test: Fingers, Frets and Strings
Acquiring a Metronome
|Section 3: Your Very First Chord|
The D Chord Introduction
The D Chord Build Up Explained
The D chord Build Up @ 60 bpm
The D Chord Build Up @ 100 bpm
D Chord Mega Lift Explained
D Chord Mega Lift @ 60 bpm
D Chord Mega Lift @ 100 bpm
Clear Sounding D Chord
D Chord Trouble Shooting
|Section 4: How To Read Chord Diagrams|
Chord Diagrams Explained
Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 1
Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 2
|Section 5: Your Second Chord|
The G Chord Introduction
G Chord Build Up @ 60 bpm
G Chord Build @ 100 bpm
G Chord Mega Lift @ 60 bpm
G Chord Mega Lift @ 100 bpm
G Chord TroubleshootingPreview
|Section 6: Changing Chords|
D to G Switch Explained
D to G Change Drill @ 60 bpmPreview
D to G Change Drill @ 80 bpm
D to G Change Drill @ 100 bpm
D to G Change Drill @ 120 bpm
|Section 7: Tuning and Troubleshooting|
How to Use a Tuner
|Section 8: Combine Chords And Strums To Play Songs|
D to G Songs Part 1
D to G Songs Part 2
D to G Songs Part 3
We don’t merely teach guitar information. We teach people.
People succeed at guitar when they practice. They practice because they are committed. Their commitment is strengthened when their goals are motivating, when their pathways to achievement are believable and achievable, and when they are supported by other people who care about their success.
As teachers, we succeed when we help our students to identify and behave as guitar players. So we teach kids and adults fundamentals in the context of the music they are inspired by. We break down long term goals into small and achievable steps. We give our students opportunities to hear others play, to perform, and to experience the positive role model of a teacher who excels in guitar.
Some of our students achieve great success in music. Others find a positive outlet, pastime, or experience which adds to their life. We are happy either way.