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
  • Includes Lifetime access
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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

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!

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.


Section 1: First, Learn Your Way Around Your Guitar
Introduction and PDF of Chapter One of "Guitar for Absolute Beginners"
Parts of the Guitar
Parts of the Guitar: Self Test
How to Hold a Guitar
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 Troubleshooting
Section 6: Changing Chords
D to G Switch Explained
D to G Change Drill @ 60 bpm
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
Wrist 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
Thank You

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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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