Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist
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Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist

Complete guitar & music theory course. Beginner to expert. Learn to solo, write, jam, & perform. 23 hours of videos!
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4.3 (4 ratings)
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Created by Dan Dresnok
Last updated 9/2017
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Includes:
  • 23.5 hours on-demand video
  • 50 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Play the guitar at an expert level!
  • Read & write your own music!
  • Solo & improvise over any song in any key!
  • Play any guitar chord, yes, any guitar chord!
  • Master rhythm! We will be doing real drum lessons - on our lap. Then the guitar.
  • Full working knowledge of all arpeggios.
  • Deep-dive into scales & relative modes - for soloing!
  • Comprehensive music theory in every video!
  • Ear-training, to be able to analyze music with just your ears!
  • Techniques to make your playing more special!
  • Preparing you to play with other musicians or perform!
  • 10 long live-recorded jam videos for you to practice soloing!
  • We skip the fluff and get right to work!
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Requirements
  • This course is for everyone - including complete beginners.
  • You only need a guitar - any kind of guitar with 6 strings.
  • We will start at the very beginning.
Description

Welcome to Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist!  Our course is a comprehensive guitar & music theory guide for all guitar students - beginner through expert.  Lectures begin at the very beginning.  Students do no need any prior knowledge of guitar or music.

Students can use any guitar they have - electric, acoustic, or classical.  We don't worry about types of guitars, electronics, effects, amps, or general guitar gear.  This course focuses on guitar theory & playing.

This course is in 8 sections that are cumulative - each lesson builds on the previous lesson.  The sections are: GUITAR BASICS, BEGINNER LEVEL, NOVICE LEVEL, INTERMEDIATE LEVEL, ADVANCED LEVEL, EXPERT LEVEL, WORLD CLASS LEVEL, and JAM ALONG.

In each section (except JAM ALONG), we focus on these fundamentals:

-Chords

-Rhythm

-Arpeggios

-Scales & Modes

-Other (technique, music theory, or special skill)

The JAM ALONG section is a bonus section with 10 videos, each with a PDF, of live-recorded jam along guitar loops for you to practice soloing (improvising) while the background chords are playing.  The keys and scales are clearly marked & charted out on the whiteboard (and PDF) so you'll know exactly what to play!

Every video in this course has a PDF attachment that you should download (and print) to use as an additional resource while studying with these videos.

Your guitar teacher, Dan, has been sitting with guitar students for over 24 years.  These lessons & these videos are the result of a lifetime of experience working with people just like you!

Q:  What makes Dan so special?  (There are better guitar players than him.)

A:  This is so true!  While Dan is a talented & well-balanced guitarist, there are many other players in the world operating on a higher level of playing.  However, Dan is a master guitar teacher.  He has the patience that you need in order to have the material explained in depth and in the correct sequence for it to make sense.  Music learning is a cumulative experience – it must be taught in order and in good detail.

There's a lot to do.  Let's get started!


 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn the guitar.
  • Complete beginners!
  • Good players who have fallen into a rut.
  • Good players who can't connect the dots.
  • Frustrated or confused guitar students - this will make things clear again!
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Curriculum For This Course
50 Lectures
23:24:20
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Guitar Basics
5 Lectures 02:05:06

Learn how to read tablature (TAB), the names of the strings, and how to find every note on every string using the chromatic scale.

Preview 20:29

Learn the names of all the parts & pieces of your guitar.

Guitar Anatomy
12:01

Learn how to tune your guitar - or use this video to help tune your guitar.

Tuning
19:18

Learn how to properly pick notes on your strings.  Also, learn a great warm-up exercise.

Picking & Speed Exercise
15:39

Learn how to change your guitar strings yourself!

How To Change Guitar Strings
57:39
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Beginner Level
5 Lectures 03:20:22

Learn the most common open chords.  These are the chords that most guitar players use most of the time.  Tens of thousands of songs can be played using these chords!

Open Chords
37:36

Learn the basics of rhythm.  Rhythm is the most important element of music!  Here, we learn to count & play the basic beats and rests.

Rhythm 1 - Beats & Rests
48:20

These are great scales to start soloing with right away!  Even though they are starter scales, they are still used by expert guitarists all the time because they sound so good!

Pentatonic Scales
31:25

Learn about arpeggios and how to use them.  This is an important piece of music theory as we lean that chords and melodies are made of the same stuff.  Arpeggios are also a tool to use when soloing. 

Arpeggios - Basics
39:17

Learn the most popular scales in the world - the major & minor scales.  Scales are used for soloing & making melodies.  Learn about the musical term 'relative' as we connect ideas to start unlocking the fretboard & the guitar.

Relative Major & Minor Scales
43:44
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Novice Level
6 Lectures 04:00:47

Learn about barre chords - also known as movable chords.  

Barre Chords
41:14

Learn more about rhythm, including strumming chords as small as eighth notes.

Rhythm 2 - Strumming 8th Notes
31:50

Learn about intervals, an alternative to the chromatic scale for naming musical notes & positions.  This is an important piece of music theory that will come up frequently.

Intervals
40:16

This is a deep-dive into the world of scales.  Continuing our understanding of the relative major & minor scales, this is a huge part of guitar soloing that most guitar player want to learn, but don't know what its called.  This is it - relative modes!

The Relative Modes (Basics)
50:41

Learn all about techniques here, like hammer-ons, pull offs, slides, bends, fret tapping, etc.  Techniques each sound different and add a lot of flair & individuality to your playing!  Use techniques to develop your own style.

Techniques
32:48

Learn how to read music, as in, standard notation.  This is the universal written music that every musician uses.  Learning this will open up the possibilities of learning any song ever written!

Reading Music
43:58
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Intermediate Level
6 Lectures 02:45:27

Learn about CAGED chords, a shape-driven method for finding & creating chords along the fretboard using the shapes of the open chords C, A, G, E, and D.

CAGED Chords
36:34

Learn more about rhythm as we delve into the method for 16th note strumming.

Rhythm 3 - Strumming 16th Notes
26:57

Learn more about arpeggios as we explore more shapes to span the entire fretboard, allowing us to play any arpeggio where ever we are on the guitar.

Arpeggios - Full Fretboard
44:19

Learn how to construct the major scale (resulting in every mode) on any string.

Single-String Scales
17:50

Learn how to create & use dyads - mini two-note chords, although we don't call them chords, they're dyads!

Dyads
13:23

Learn all about harmonics, a very specific technique that requires its own lesson.  These have a magical sound!  It's a good idea to learn the notes of the harmonic you're playing!

Harmonics
26:24
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Advanced Level
6 Lectures 03:48:41

Learn about the relationship among chords built from the scale row of the notes from the major scale.  This is an important piece of music theory and a powerful songwriter's tool!

Relative Chords
49:26

Learn all about the chords and sequences used in playing the blues.

Blues Chords
34:16

Learn all of the rules of rhythm that haven't been covered yet.  This theory will enable you to count & play almost any rhythm.

Rhythm 4 - Rhythm Theory
36:36

Learn the last important piece of rhythm study - triplets & triple time.  Getting comfortable with these is step 1.  Step 2 is practicing combining triple time with duple time to become a rhythm master!

Rhythm 5 - Triplets
14:42

Learn how to construct arpeggios that reflect extended chords, such as major 7th, minor 9th, 6th, diminished 7th, etc.  This is crucial for jazz & advanced soloing.  Learn to do this on-the-fly!

Arpeggios - Extended
41:06

Learn various concepts for applying the relative modes into your solo.

Soloing with Modes
52:35
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Expert Level
6 Lectures 02:35:30

Learn all about chord extensions - chords with extra notes beyond the major & minor such as major 7th, minor 9th, dominant 7th, 13th, etc. and how they work relatively together.

Extended Chords
30:36

Learn the country strumming or 'Carter Style' of picking & strumming chords to create a strong rhythmic feel.  Also, learn all about walking notes into chords - how to do it & when to do it.

Country Strumming & Walking
30:57

Learn how to identify & isolate the arpeggio notes within your mode shape to create more structure and meaning behind your solos.

Arpeggios Within Modes
26:49

Learn how to solo like a professional!  Using the entire fretboard with all of the available modes, learn how to think about the moving chord progression while soloing.

Modes - Advanced Soloing
25:06

Learn how to solo over the blues - the correct way!  Of course, by definition, music theory doesn't have a right or wrong way, only a popular & suggested way.  This is that way!

Blues Soloing
29:22

Learn how to look at the chords of a song and quickly determine the key & correct scale by using a few easy & reliable tricks.

Deciphering Song Keys
12:40
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World Class Level
6 Lectures 02:39:57

Learn about how to construct all the other chords not previously covered, like sus2, augmented, 7b9, power chords, etc.

Other Chords
41:43

Here, we are doing a comprehensive rhythm review tapped out.  We are combining all of the rhythm lessons, including mixing duple & triple time, as well as introducing some new concepts such as 32nd notes and dotted rests.

Rhythm 6 - 40 Exercises
53:39

Learn how to access mini arpeggios on-the-fly using known chord shapes.  

Arpeggios - Chord Tones & Tone Clusters
08:54

Saving the best for (almost) last!  Here, we are exploring the use of open position - from the nut to the 4th fret.  This lesson is from a modal perspective, applying to soloing over (and during) open chords.  This lesson is a must for acoustic guitarists!

Open Position
22:17

This is the closest thing to a superpower that a musician can have!  Learn how to (relatively) identify any note by ear - without looking!

Relative Pitch Ear-Training
21:29

Learn how to create droning bass while soloing as well as mixing scales (modes) while staying in the same (parallel) key.

Pedal Tones & Pitch Axis
11:55
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Jam Along
10 Lectures 02:08:30

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - G Major Scale
12:11

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - C Major Scale
13:05

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - A Major Scale
12:20

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - A Dorian Mode
11:51

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - D Mixolydian Mode
12:09

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - Canon in D
11:35

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - Blues in A Major
16:24

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - Flamenco in A Minor
13:27

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - Minor Blues in A
14:05

Practice soloing along with this chord loop.  You are meant to be improvising - making it up, using all of the tools that you've learned.  This is the time to have fun!

Jam Along - Rumba in E Minor
11:23
About the Instructor
Dan Dresnok
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2,009 Students
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Guitar teacher of 24 years - Author of guitar method books

My name is Dan Dresnok.  I’ve been a guitar teacher for over 24 years. I’ve been playing music for over 30 years.

I’ve worked as a session guitarist for multi-million dollar recording studios.  I’ve performed live hundreds of times.

I’ve moderated over a hundred group guitar clinics.  I’ve written & published two books about playing the guitar.

I’m also a well-trained drummer.  I teach my guitar students how to master rhythm.

I am a music composer.  I am an improviser.

In my youth, I spent countless hours studying music theory textbooks hoping to uncover the secrets of music.  I learned that finding the answers is incredibly difficult when you don’t know the right questions to ask.  I developed all of my guitar lessons with the correct questions & answers that I wish I had in my early days.

I want to know all of the secrets and mysteries of music.

I am a curious musician.  I am a curious guitarist.