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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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Created by Rick Spurgin
Last updated 9/2015
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"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.

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.
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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • You will need to have a guitar. Acoustic or Electric
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 56 Lectures Collapse All 56 Lectures 02:26:46
Introduction to Guitar
1 Lecture 01:15

Introduction to Guitar

Preview 01:15
Guitar Knowledge
2 Lectures 14:20

Get to know the parts of the guitar

Preview 11:40

Learn how to properly hold your guitar and your pick

Preview 02:40
3 Lectures 09:33

Learn about guitar tuners and how they work

Preview 02:53

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

Preview 02:16

Tune up your guitar

Preview 04:24
EZ Form Chords & Strumming Exercises
1 Lecture 02:40

Learn how to play the easy form G chord

Preview 02:40
Strumming Exercises
11 Lectures 20:34

Learn about the Whole, Half and Quarter Rests

Preview 02:26

Strumming Exercise 1 working with the EZ G Chord

Preview 02:19

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

Preview 01:58

Strumming Exercise 3 using the EZ G Chord reading Quarter Rests

Preview 01:41

Learn how to play the easy form C chord

Preview 01:11

Strumming Exercise 4 using the EZ C Chord

Preview 02:07

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

Preview 01:25

Learn how to play the easy form G7 chord

Preview 00:54

Strumming Exercise 6 using the EZ G7 Chord

Preview 01:49

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

Preview 02:05

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

Preview 02:39
1 Lecture 01:45

A quick discussion on using metronomes

Preview 01:45
Full Major Chords
9 Lectures 25:44

Learn how to play the full C chord

Preview 03:48

Learn how to play the A chord

A Chord

Learn how to play the D chord

D Chord

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

Chord Exercise 1

Learn how to play the E chord

Preview 02:09

Learn how to play the F chord

F Chord

Learn how to play the full G chord

Preview 03:48

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

Chord Exercise 2

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

Chord Exercise 3
Minor Chords
3 Lectures 05:35

Learn to play the A Minor Chord

Preview 02:39

Learn the D Minor Chord

D Minor Chord

Learn the E Minor Chord

E Minor Chord
Learn How to Strum
6 Lectures 11:08

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

Strumming Pattern 1

Down, Up, Down, Up

Strumming Pattern 2

Down, Down, Down, Up, Down

Strumming Pattern 3

Down, Down, Down, Up, Down, Up

Strumming Pattern 4

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

Strumming Pattern 5

Down, Down, Down, Up, Down, Up

Strumming Pattern 6
Dominant 7 Chords
5 Lectures 08:46

Learn to Play the A7 Chord

A7 Chord

Learn how to play the B7 Chord

B7 Chord

Learn how to play the C7 Chord

C7 Chord

Learn the D7 Chord

D7 Chord

E7 Chord
5 More Sections
About the Instructor
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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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