Guitar Lessons: The Essential Beginner & Intermediate Course
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Guitar Lessons: The Essential Beginner & Intermediate Course

Avoid bad habits and learn properly with our beautifully presented, structured and super fun course!
4.7 (45 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.
2,895 students enrolled
Created by Dan Holton
Last updated 6/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 40 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the guitar!
  • Play an awesome blues solo!
  • Improvise on the guitar!
  • Play two full songs!
  • Be ready to tackle thousands of songs!
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Requirements
  • For beginners all you will need is a guitar!
  • For intermediate players you should have knowledge off open chords, barre chords and a little bit of basic soloing using the pentatonic scale
  • It would be useful if you had a guitar tuner to make sure you're in tune!
  • That's about it!
Description

Our brand new course for beginners and intermediates has been designed to ensure that beginners learn correctly from and avoid bad habits that slow down progress, and shows you intermediate players exactly how to correct any bad habits that you may have already picked up and seriously speed up your learning, taking your playing to the next level!

For beginners we will set you off on the right foot by showing you how important structure is to your learning! We start by taking you through a cool rock song to get you picking properly and stretching the fingers across the neck, followed by adding the ultimate rock chords and playing through the entire song! We then take you through open chord changes, how to strum properly and finally apply everything we have learnt to a challenging song that you can master! This course is perfect for any beginner, wether they have acoustic, electric guitar, young or old!

For intermediates we will show you how to play an awesome blues solo using the classic rock and blues scales that will open the door to your own improvisation. We then show you a simple trick that will immediately allow you to solo over every single key, in just a few minutes! We then bring our attention to expanding your chords and even learning how Hendrix played chords and lead all at the same time! Finally we finish up with a ‘how to improvise’ video where we demonstrate how you apply everything you have learnt to your own soloing. 

Above all else this course is fun, engaging and makes the whole process of learning exiting! After every lesson you will feel you have improved and can give yourself a massive pat on the back!

Who is the target audience?
  • beginner guitarists
  • intermediate guitar players
  • if you want to take your playing to the next level, no matter your current skills, this course is for you
  • You can be a total newbie or have been playing on and off for years!
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
01:54:50
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Introduction & Welcome!
1 Lecture 02:31

Before you get cracking with the lessons, spend 5 minutes watching this introduction video so you know exactly how the course works.

Introduction & Welcome!
02:31
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Beginners Course (Newbies Start Here!)
10 Lectures 53:54

In our first lesson we take a look at a classic tune to help you learn the basic hand positions and plectrum skills that you need to lay some solid guitar playing foundations!

Beginners Lesson One : Breaking Bad... Habits!
11:36

Now it's time to practice the song and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Song
02:14

Today, we will be learning to play powerchords! These are extremely versatile chords, and also not too hard to play, so they are a great place for beginners to start getting into rock, pop and punk sounds.

Beginners Lesson Two : The Ultimate Rock Chords!
05:56

Now it's time to practice the song and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Song
02:13

Today, we take a detour from the rock content and start looking at open chords. Wether you have an electric or acoustic, open chords are a must! 

Beginners Lesson Three : Your first Open Chords
09:29

Once you have learnt the 4 chord shapes above, it's time to start changing between them. Use the following audio drum loops to test yourself.

Exercise : Chord Changes
00:18

Today, we will take our first major step as a rhythm guitar player and learn how to strum! A cool strumming pattern can be the difference between an average song and a great song, and the best guitarists are those with a deep understanding of rhythm and groove.

Beginners Lesson Four : How To Strum
06:18

Once you feel more confident with the pattern, use the following audio files to try and get the pattern to start sinking in!

Exercise : Looping The Pattern
00:14

In this last video lesson we will try to bring all of these elements together in this awesome acoustic song for you to impress your friends with!

Beginners Lesson Five : Putting It All Together!
12:14

Now it's time to practice the song and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Song
03:22
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Taking Your Next Step...
1 Lecture 00:33

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00:33
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Intermediate Course (If you've been playing for a year or more then start here!)
10 Lectures 57:24

We kick off our intermediate guitar series by looking at your lead playing and learning this cool bluesy solo! This will help you not only learn some cool techniques, but also gain a deeper understanding of the pentatonic scales.

Intermediate Lesson One : The Blues Solo!
10:59

Now it's time to practice the solo and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Solo
00:26

In the last lesson, we looked at applying our pentatonic shape 1 and 2 to a bluesy solo in the key of A minor. We will now work out how to take these two shapes and use them in major keys as well.

Intermediate Lesson Two : Minor To Major
05:33

The previous lesson can be a tricky little concept, but by applying it to these backing tracks, it should start to make more sense! Have some fun too!

Exercise : Improvisation Practice
00:13

It's now time to tackle some new chord ideas, and today we will convert our big barre chord shape into smaller, more refined chords. Why? Well, the main reason is because this process will free up more fingers for playing licks within the chord!

Intermediate Lesson Three : Little Chords
09:40

Now it's time to practice the song and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Song
03:02

We will now take our little chords that we learnt in the previous lesson and show you how to play Hendrix style licks with them!

Intermediate Lesson Four : Hendrix Stlye
11:19

Now it's time to practice the song and try to play along with the track. Take your time here as it will take a while to get it up to the full speed. If it's too quick, just practice a little more without the track first!

Play Along : The Full Song
03:39

We have outlined a step by step guide for improvising that will work at this stage of your playing, so be sure to practise these steps as often as you can!

Intermediate Lesson Five : Improvisation
12:14

Improvisation excellence will not come over night, and the more you practice these ideas to backing tracks the better you will get! So, here are the tracks... now have some fun!

Exercise : Improvisation Practice
00:19
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Taking Your Next Step...
1 Lecture 00:31

If you've loved lessons with Dan then we have plenty more...

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About the Instructor
Dan Holton
4.7 Average rating
45 Reviews
2,895 Students
1 Course
Guitar Tutor

My name is Dan and I have been a professional guitar tutor for over 10 years now. In the early days I began a company called Brighton Guitar Academy, and within a year I was teaching 40 students a week, plus had 2 tutors that I employed to teach for me. Fast forward 10 years and that has now become Your Guitar Academy where we now have over 50 tutors across the country, online course material and teach over 1500 students a month! 

I love the guitar and I love teaching the guitar even more, and I believe that this passion has helped me achieve a lot of my teaching based goals! I have personally taught hundreds of private students, and online I have thousands of students who use my material and watch my lesson videos. Finally, I am also lucky enough to be a published author of a beginners guitar lessons book called "How To Play The Guitar In 10 Easy Steps". This book is available world wide in all major book stores!