Guitar for Absolute Beginners (Class 1)

Learn the absolute basics of how to play guitar, structured step-by-step for complete and utter beginners.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

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!


What are the requirements?

  • You will need a working guitar (acoustic or electric).
  • We cannot tell a lie, you must practice in order to learn guitar! So a prerequisite for this class is a willingness to commit to spending a total of several hours playing along with and practicing the material!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 47 Lectures covering...
  • Anatomy of the Guitar
  • Identifying Fingers
  • Identifying Frets
  • Identifying Strings
  • How to Hold a Guitar
  • How to Fret a Clean Note
  • The Almighty D Chord
  • The Ginormous G Chord
  • Tuning
  • How to Read Chord Diagrams
  • The Secret To Changing Chords

What is the target audience?

  • Absolute, utter, complete beginners!
  • People who tried to play before, but failed.
  • ...or who always wanted to play, but didn't know how to start.
  • People with no musical experience or knowledge.
  • People who don't know how to read notes.
  • Those who are ready to finally make a move and take the most important step--getting started!

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: First, Learn Your Way Around Your Guitar
Introduction and PDF of Chapter One of "Guitar for Absolute Beginners"
Preview
00:55
Parts of the Guitar
Preview
02:30
Parts of the Guitar: Self Test
Preview
01:47
How to Hold a Guitar
Preview
01:27
How to Strum
02:07
Rest Stroke Exercise at 60 bpm
01:19
Rest Stroke Exercise at 100 bpm
00:51
How to Identify Strings
01:58
How to Identify Strings: Self Test
01:04
How to Identify Fingers
00:55
How to Identify Fingers: Self Test
01:10
How to Identify Frets
00:45
Section 2: First Fretting and First Strumming
How to Fret a Clean Note
02:09
Fretting Exercise Explained
00:59
Fretting Exercise @ 60 bpm
01:27
Fretting Exercise @ 100 bpm
01:03
Fretting Trouble Shooting
01:34
Self Test: Fingers, Frets and Strings
02:08
Acquiring a Metronome
01:58
Section 3: Your Very First Chord
The D Chord Introduction
02:59
The D Chord Build Up Explained
01:10
The D chord Build Up @ 60 bpm
02:24
The D Chord Build Up @ 100 bpm
01:16
D Chord Mega Lift Explained
01:24
D Chord Mega Lift @ 60 bpm
01:20
D Chord Mega Lift @ 100 bpm
00:53
Clear Sounding D Chord
01:34
D Chord Trouble Shooting
01:43
Section 4: How To Read Chord Diagrams
Chord Diagrams Explained
03:00
Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 1
01:28
Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 2
01:44
Section 5: Your Second Chord
The G Chord Introduction
01:13
G Chord Build Up @ 60 bpm
01:23
G Chord Build @ 100 bpm
01:15
G Chord Mega Lift @ 60 bpm
00:55
G Chord Mega Lift @ 100 bpm
01:14
G Chord Troubleshooting
Preview
02:27
Section 6: Changing Chords
D to G Switch Explained
03:04
D to G Change Drill @ 60 bpm
Preview
01:51
D to G Change Drill @ 80 bpm
01:33
D to G Change Drill @ 100 bpm
01:16
D to G Change Drill @ 120 bpm
01:17
Section 7: Tuning and Troubleshooting
Wrist Troubleshooting
03:17
How to Use a Tuner
03:20
Section 8: Combine Chords And Strums To Play Songs
D to G Songs Part 1
04:08
D to G Songs Part 2
02:53
D to G Songs Part 3
03:30
Thank You
00:37

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Instructor Biography

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.

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