Guitar Kick Start
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Guitar Kick Start

Get a "Kick Start" on learning some of the basics of learning how to play guitar.
4.2 (47 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.
3,123 students enrolled
Created by Rick Spurgin
Last updated 3/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to pick the right guitar for you
  • Learn the differnces between electric and acoustic guitars
  • Learn how to read chord graphs
  • Learn some easy for chords
  • Learn how to change from chord to chord
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Requirements
  • You will need to have a guitar. Acoustic or Electric will be fine.
Description

"Guitar Kick Start" with Rick Spurgin is a great way to get started! This is a free course designed for the very beginner with over 20 video easy to follow examples along with printable PDFs.

You will start off learning the basics such as, what kind of guitar is right for you, the differences between electric and acoustic guitars, how to hold your guitar and how to properly tune it. You will then learn how to read chord graphs and some easy form chords along with strumming exercises to build your skills. “Guitar Kick Start" is a great way to start your journey in playing guitar and will give you a taste of what's to come.

After completing “Guitar Kick Start" the next step will be to join “Introduction to Guitar". Here you will then begin to learn more chords and practice with commonly used chord progressions to develop your chord knowledge. In this course you will learn how to read TAB, rock power chords, and how to play a 12-Bar Blues. At the end of this course you will have the skills that you always wanted to be able to play your favorite songs.

Everyone learns at a different pace. Be patient. Allow yourself plenty of practice time to properly develop your new guitar skills.

These courses have small easy to comprehend video lectures to practice with. This will allow you to work a little at a time or keep going if you like a faster pace.

If you always wanted to learn the guitar, but just didn't have the time or the budget for private lessons, this is the course for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for the very beginner. If you are an experienced player, this is NOT the course for you. You may want to join "Introduction to Lead Guitar".
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:16

An introduction to "Guitar Kick Start".

Introduction
01:16
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How to Pick Out a Guitar
1 Lecture 04:37

Lear how to pick out a guitar that's right for you.

Picking Out a Guitar
04:37
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Guitar Knowledge
2 Lectures 14:20

Learn the part names of your guitar and the differences between acoustics and electrics.

Parts of the Guitar
11:40

Learn about guitar picks and how to properly hold your guitar.

Positions & Picks
02:40
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Tuning You Guitar
3 Lectures 09:33

Learn about guitar tuners.

Tuners
02:53

Lean the note names of your strings in standard tuning.

String Names
02:16

Learn how to tune your guitar.

Tuning
04:24
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EZ Form Chords & Strumming Exercises
13 Lectures 24:49

Learn how to read chord grids.

Reading Chord Grids
01:35

Learn how to play an easy form G Chord.

EZ Form G Chord
02:40

Learn how to read rests in music notation.

Rests
02:26

Start to strum working with the EZ G form Chord and read whole rests.

Working with the EZ G Chord
02:19

Continuing to strum with the EZ G Chord and read half rests.

Working with the EZ G Chord Part 2
01:58

Working with the EZ G Chord and reading quarter rests.

Working with the EZ G Chord Part 3
01:41

Learn how to play the easy for C Chord.

EZ C Chord
01:11

On this exercise we will be working with the EZ C Chord.

Working with the EZ C Chord
02:07

On this exercise we will be strumming the EZ C Chord and reading half rest and whole rests.

Working with the EZ C Chord Part 2
01:25

Learn how to play the easy form G7 Chord.

EZ G7 Chord
00:54

On this exercise we will be strumming the EZ G7 Chord and reading quarter rests.

Working with the EZ G7 Chord
01:49

On this exercise we will be changing from the EZ C Chord to the EZ G7 Chord and reading quarter rests.



Learn to Change from Chord to Chord
02:05

On this last exercise we will be changing from the EZ C Chord to the EZ G7 Chord with having any rests.

Learn to Change from Chord to Chord Part 2
02:39
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Metronomes
1 Lecture 01:45

A brief discussion on metronomes and how you can apply them to your practice routine.

Metronomes
01:45
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:46

Some final comments and some options you can take for your next step. "The journey is just beginning".

Conclusion
00:46

Guitar Knowledge
5 questions
About the Instructor
Rick Spurgin
4.4 Average rating
66 Reviews
3,433 Students
3 Courses
Guitar Instructor

Rick Spurgin, born and raised in the Midwest, has taken his talents to both coasts.His love for music started at a young age.He began actively performing as a high school student.

While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts Rick entertained professionally around New England.He performed at local hot spots, on television shows and also worked as a studio musician.

His talents then took him across the United States to Las Vegas where he entertained with his group at major hotels and casinos for eight years.

Rick performed in Canada as well, but has spent the past fifteen years entertaining audiences in the Midwest.He has been performing with his group in clubs, riverboat casinos and has been the opening act for bands as the Doobie Brothers , The Byrds and Matt Nathensen.

Rick is currently active with his band “Out of the Fire” and as a solo performer, songwriter and recording artist with two CDs, “Out of the Fire” and “The Awakening”.

Rick has been a guitar instructor since 2004.In this time he has instructed thousands of students how to play guitar.He owns and operates, “All Ages Guitar Studios” located in Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA.

As a family man and father of six children, Rick is very patient and understands the importance of education and family.He has a large dedicated group of individual students as well as group lessons.Rick’s lessons are both fun and challenging.