Guitar for Absolute Beginners (Class 1)
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Guitar for Absolute Beginners (Class 1)

Learn the absolute basics of how to play guitar, structured step-by-step for complete and utter beginners.
4.6 (4 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.
46 students enrolled
Created by NYC Guitar School
Last updated 5/2014
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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!

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!

Who 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!
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
First, Learn Your Way Around Your Guitar
12 Lectures 16:48

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
First Fretting and First Strumming
7 Lectures 11:18
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
Your Very First Chord
9 Lectures 14:43
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
How To Read Chord Diagrams
3 Lectures 06:12
Chord Diagrams Explained

Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 1

Chord Diagram Reading Self Test 2
Your Second Chord
6 Lectures 08:27
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

Changing Chords
5 Lectures 09:01
D to G Switch Explained

D to G Change Drill @ 80 bpm

D to G Change Drill @ 100 bpm

D to G Change Drill @ 120 bpm
Tuning and Troubleshooting
2 Lectures 06:37
Wrist Troubleshooting

How to Use a Tuner
Combine Chords And Strums To Play Songs
4 Lectures 11:08
D to G Songs Part 1

D to G Songs Part 2

D to G Songs Part 3

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About the Instructor
NYC Guitar School
4.6 Average rating
4 Reviews
46 Students
1 Course
NYCGS Online

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.