Introduction to Guitar "A Course for Beginners"

Learn the basic guitar skills to play your favorite songs or create your own.
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Instructed by Rick Spurgin Music / Instruments
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

"Introduction to Guitar" with Rick Spurgin is a course designed for the very beginner. With over 50 video examples along with printable PDFs.

You will start off learning the basics such as, how to hold your guitar and how to properly tune it. You will then learn some easy form chords along with strumming exercises to build your skills. But it doesn't stop there. 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 a few months of practice with this course to properly develop your new guitar skills.

This course has over 50 small easy to comprehend video lectures to practice with. This allows 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.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a guitar. Acoustic or Electric

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will have the knowlege and skills to be able to play thousands of songs
  • In this course, you will learn Major, Minor,Dominant 7 and Power Chords, as well as how to read TAB and be able to play a 12 Bar Blues

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for the very beginner in mind. You do not have to read music or have a back ground in music theory to take this course.
  • If you are an experienced guitar player, this may not be the course you're looking for. You may be interested in our "Introduction to Lead Guitar" course.

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: Introduction to Guitar

Introduction to Guitar

Section 2: Guitar Knowledge

Get to know the parts of the guitar


Learn how to properly hold your guitar and your pick

Section 3: Tuning

Learn about guitar tuners and how they work


Learn the names of your strings and the notes they are tuned to


Tune up your guitar

Section 4: EZ Form Chords & Strumming Exercises

Learn how to play the easy form G chord

Section 5: Strumming Exercises

Learn about the Whole, Half and Quarter Rests


Strumming Exercise 1 working with the EZ G Chord


Strumming Exercise 2 using the EZ G Chord and reading Half Rests


Strumming Exercise 3 using the EZ G Chord reading Quarter Rests


Learn how to play the easy form C chord


Strumming Exercise 4 using the EZ C Chord


Strumming Exercise 5 using the EZ C Chord and reading Quarter Rests


Learn how to play the easy form G7 chord


Strumming Exercise 6 using the EZ G7 Chord


Strumming Exercise 7 switching from the EZ C Chord to the EZ G7 Chord


Strumming Exercise 8 switching from EZ C Chord to EZ G7 Chord

Section 6: Metronomes

A quick discussion on using metronomes

Section 7: Full Major Chords

Learn how to play the full C chord


Learn how to play the A chord


Learn how to play the D chord


Chord Exercise 1 changing from the A Chord to the Full C Chord and then to the D Chord


Learn how to play the E chord


Learn how to play the F chord


Learn how to play the full G chord


Chord Exercise 2 changing from the E Chord to the A Chord then to the D Chord


Chord Exercise 3 changing from the C Chord to the F Chord and then to the G Chord

Section 8: Minor Chords

Learn to play the A Minor Chord


Learn the D Minor Chord


Learn the E Minor Chord

Section 9: Learn How to Strum

Download your PDF Exercise. Pattern 1 is a simple down strum.


Down, Up, Down, Up


Down, Down, Down, Up, Down


Down, Down, Down, Up, Down, Up


Down, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up


Down, Down, Down, Up, Down, Up

Section 10: Dominant 7 Chords

Learn to Play the A7 Chord


Learn how to play the B7 Chord


Learn how to play the C7 Chord


Learn the D7 Chord

E7 Chord
Section 11: Learning About the 12-Bar Blues

Let's talk about how to play a 12-Bar Blues


12-Bar Blues Part 2


12-Bar Blues Part 3

12 Bar Blues Jam Track
Section 12: Learn How to Read TAB

Learn how to read TAB


Learn to play "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven

Section 13: Learning Power Chords

Learning Power Chord Part 1


Power Chords Part 2


Progression exercises using Power Chords


Introduction to a using a jam track to play with using your Power Chords


Power Chord Jam Track

Section 14: Learning a Blues Shuffle

Learn How to Play a Blues Shuffle


Blues Shuffle Jam Track

Section 15: Conclusion

It's Only the Beginning

6 questions

Final Quiz

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Instructor Biography

Rick Spurgin, 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.

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