Guitar Crash Course (No Experience Necessary)
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Guitar Crash Course (No Experience Necessary)

Berklee Grad and Pro Teacher gets you started learning tunes by ear, reading music and improv in this 4-week course.
3.8 (84 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.
5,861 students enrolled
Created by Hub Guitar
Last updated 1/2015
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Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 min on-demand audio
  • 8 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Strum along chords to most popular songs
  • Play the melody to a tune completely by ear
  • Read real sheet music, as well as guitar tab
  • Improvise your own guitar solo
View Curriculum
  • Students should have a guitar or be prepared to get one
  • Students should be willing to budget 20-30 minutes per day practicing the materials provided
  • Students should have access to the following guitar accessories: a guitar pick (medium or heavy), a guitar strap, and a guitar tuner.
  • No additional software or experience is necessary

This course is dedicated to absolute beginners of the guitar who are highly skeptical of the quality and credibility of the other stuff out there on the Internet.

This course was designed, edited and reviewed by professionals, including experts in Online Learning and graduates from Berklee College of Music. In this course you will learn the groundwork for your first three months of playing the guitar.

You will learn fundamental skills of guitar playing, the same that are taught by the world's best teachers.

You will begin on the path to:

  • Read and understand real sheet music instead of only learning tab.
  • Learn the established music tradition of ear training that will eventually allow you to play all of the music you hear without any written notation.
  • Learn to express yourself by improvising your own guitar solos.
  • Learn to accompany another musician by playing the chords to your favorite songs.

This course, presented by Grey, a graduate from Berklee College of Music and professional guitar teacher, will guide you through the first steps of playing the guitar.

By the end of the course, you will know how to:

• Play the notes of music you hear by ear only

• Play the chords for dozens of songs, and use special techniques to adapt other songs to the chords you already know, allowing you to play 100's more.

• Read real sheet music instead of just numbers printed on a line.

• Improvise your own melodic guitar solo over the included karaoke-style backing track.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for absolute beginners who want professional-level instruction from a qualified teacher.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Introduction (Optional; consider skipping this section)
7 Lectures 13:04

Suggestions for using the introduction section; including advice on whether to skip it.

IMPORTANT: Course Companion PDF

Guitar takes a long time. It's a life-long journey. This is no cliché. Find out if you're prepared to learn guitar in this lecture.

Is Learning Guitar Right For You?

So you want to learn guitar, but you don't own one? Or you do have a guitar, but you're not sure if it's good enough to learn on? Look no further! We'll clue you in on what to look for in your first guitar.

Getting Your First Guitar

A list of guitars recommended for beginners.

Recommended Guitars for Beginners

Should you find a guitar teacher or strike out on your own?

Should You Take Guitar Lessons?

When you're learning guitar, you'll come across more bad advice than good. Be wary of the information you decide to trust.

Pro Tip: Ignore Everyone!

Recommended sites and resources for those of you who will be learning guitar on your own.

Learning On Your Own, and Recommended Resources

Take this optional quiz to see if you're ready to proceed.

Introduction Quiz
3 questions
Week 1: Play a Melody By Ear
5 Lectures 10:08

These beginning picking exercises will help you get used to using the guitar pick.

Beginning Picking Exercises

In this lecture we'll review the scales we've learned so far, and how they're related to each other. We'll also add one more scale to the mix: the natural minor scale.

C Major One Octave

Don't start by learning crazy chords! Try these two-finger chords first.

Super-Easy 2-Finger Chords

It's time to apply what you've learned and play a song by ear.

Learning a Tune By Ear

A short task list of suggested melodies that you can teach yourself using the C major scale. The melodies are fairly easy, limited to all or mostly major scale notes, and so popular that most people know them by heart.

Suggested Melodies to Teach Yourself
Week 2: Play The Chords to Your Favorite Song
6 Lectures 16:49

C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am and E7 - your first 9 guitar chords.

Learn the Open Chords, Part 1

C7, D7, G7, B7 and F major. The next 5 chords in the set.

Learn the Open Chords, Part 2

An arpeggio is when you play the notes of the chords as if they were part of a scale or melody: one at a time. Learn how to do use this important device here.

Beginning Arpeggios

This simple scale will have you playing your first melody after just a few minutes of practice.

Useful 5-Note Scales (Major and Minor Pentatonic)

Now its time to cap off what you've learned in the Week 2 module by playing the chords for real music.

Play the Chords to a Tune

A short list of songs you can now play using the chords you learned in this module.

List of Tunes You Can Play
Week 3: Read Music. Yes, Real Sheet Music.
4 Lectures 10:37

In order to read music, we'll need to expand our scale knowledge to position-based scales. This puts alot of notes within reach without moving your fretting hand. All notes are in a major scale (which most of the music you'll read will be based on).

The Two-Octave C Major Scale

Don't think you can read music? Most students who follow along with this lesson are reading music in just 10 or 20 minutes.

Yes, You Really Can Read Music

Learn to read a real piece of music written by Fernando Sor over a hundred years ago. The piece is from his Opus 60, No. 1.

Reading Your First Sheet of Music

A short list of tunes you can learn to read at the basic level.

List of Easy Tunes You Can Sight Read
Week 4: Take a Solo!
6 Lectures 13:55

In this lecture we'll study two of the most important guitar scales: major pentatonic and minor pentatonic. You can use these to learn sings, build technique, enhance your chords, and much more.

Scales Reviewed

In this lecture we'll bring in some variations to the scales that will help you to move away from just playing the scale up and down, which will help kick off the process of improvisation--choosing notes freely from the scale to create your own riffs and melodies.

Mix It Up: Basic Scale Patterns

A low-pressure introduction to the improvised guitar solo.

Introduction to Improvisation

Demonstration on improvisation using the major and minor scales with a real backing track (like a karaoke track for guitar players to jam along with).

Jamming Out with the Backing Track

Download our free backing tracks to improvise on your own.

(Resource) Free Backing Track Download

Need more backing tracks? Here are a few places to look.

List of Resources to Find Backing Tracks
1 Lecture 01:04
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All of the Hub Guitar courses on Udemy are presented by Grey, a graduate from Berklee College of Music and professional guitar instructor with over 10 years of experience.