Rapidly Learn & Master Acoustic Guitar, Classic Fingerstyle
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Rapidly Learn & Master Acoustic Guitar, Classic Fingerstyle

Learn to play 10+ great tunes like a pro with the new FAME (Fast Acoustic-guitar Mastery by Example) method.
4.3 (3 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.
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  • 35 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start from scratch, and learn to play a whole bunch of great tunes that everyone loves to hear!
  • Here are some of the tunes you're about to learn: Malaguena, Santa Lucia, Henry Martin, Morning has Broken, After the Rain, The Waltz, Lili, Quare Bungle Rye, Sur Le Pont D’Avignon, The Mulberry Bush, and a lot more.
  • Master the guitar fundamentals, and left and right hand techniques.
  • Master the musical notation - and yes, we know that many find this a daunting task, but in this course we have the awesome, never-before-published mnemonics to give you. You'll learn all the notes literally overnight, and it's a promise!
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  • The key requirement for this course is your desire to learn to play the guitar - no prior knowledge needed.
  • Apart from that, you'll need a guitar of course :) Go for the acoustic guitar with the wider neck and nylon strings.

This course takes you from your first steps as a guitarist to playing the well-known tunes like Malaguena, Santa Lucia, Henry Martin, The Mulberry Bush, The Waltz, and a lot more.

Many regard playing guitar as great fun, but learning and practicing as necessary drudgery. Fear not, while there’s no mastery without practice, this hands-on course is designed to get you playing the guitar from the word go, through the set of lessons you’ll truly enjoy.

When you finish with the course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Read and understand the music notation
  2. Hold the guitar properly, and apply the left-hand and the right-hand techniques to produce the music people love to hear, and
  3. Play the whole bunch of terrific tunes.

In short, you’re about to acquire the foundation you can build on, by adding more tunes
and more complex techniques as your guitar-playing gets better and faster. By adding your personal touch, you’ll be developing your own unique playing style from the start.

In this course you’ll find the tips on how to hold the instrument properly, the original tunes specially designed for fast learning, the instruction on the correct finger arrangements, as well as the variety of compositions, allowing you to choose the ones you like the most.

The FAME (Fast Acoustic-guitar Mastery by Example) 4-step method is used throughout so that you get to enjoy the practice, and experience the fruits of your labor in the shortest amount of time:

  1. Listen
    Listen to the video recording and in your mind picture playing it
  2. Watch
    Watch the first part of the video while skimming over the sheet music
  3. Do
    Watch the step-by-step slow-motion part of the video with the sheet music in front of you, and learn the whole song, bit by bit, and
  4. Repeat
    Practice until it’s perfect!

The end result: guitar mastery at your fingertips.

For many would-be guitar players, mastering the musical notation is rather challenging. In this course you'll find the mnemonics that we've developed specifically to help you learn the music notes literally overnight - and that's a promise!

...and this way, instead of wasting your time on theory, you focus on practice and on learning the tunes that you love, quickly.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for everyone who wish to learn the guitar, the finger-picking style.
  • For those who want to play the guitar without ever learning the musical notation, this course is probably not the best option. It's akin to speaking a language without ever learning to read and write - it's possible but rather limiting.
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Curriculum For This Course
Getting Started
6 Lectures 07:42

This introductory video gives you the quick overview of the entire course. After watching it, you'll have the 'big picture' of how the course is structured and what are you about to accomplish.

Preview 02:13

Guitar players use their own vocabulary. Here you learn about the parts of a guitar and their names.

Guitar Parts

It is important to learn the correct technique as soon as you start playing - it is way easier than correcting bad habits later down the track. After this lesson, you'll know precisely what to do with your left hand to obtain the crisp, clean, beautiful sound. You also learn how to avoid stressing your wrist and joints, which becomes super-important when you start performing more complex pieces.

Left Hand

In this lesson you learn about the right-hand techniques, and what to do with your thumb and your fingers. After going through the lesson you'll know some new concepts - apoyando, tirando, sul ponticello and sul tasto - and how to apply them depending on the sound that you want to produce.

Right Hand

Do you know the common terms that guitar players use? Test your knowledge.

The Terms Guitar Players Use
4 questions

Musical notation is what many find difficult - but we have a real treat for you: the awesome mnemonics that help you master the musical notes in no time.

Musical Notation

In the lesson we introduce another awesome mnemonic, enabling you to learn once and know forever the note of each of the 6 guitar strings.

Guitar Strings

Have you mastered the fundamentals? Test your knowledge.

Guitar Fundamentals
5 questions
The First String
2 Lectures 01:18

It's time to put the theory into practice. After going through the first two exercise, you'll be able to play the 4 notes on the first string: E, F, G and A.

Preview 00:41

This lesson takes you through 2 more exercises, helping you to master and reinforce playing the notes E, F, G and A on the first string.

Preview 00:37
The Second String
2 Lectures 01:37

The 2 exercises in this lesson allow you to learn and practice the notes B, C, and D on the second string. Keep in mind that the note B is often referred to as note H, depending on the source.

Preview 00:41

This lesson has 3 more exercises in it. You learn to combine the notes on the first and the second strings, allowing for the more complex melodies.

Preview 00:56
The Third String
3 Lectures 02:26

The 2 exercises in this lesson introduce 2 notes on the third string: G and A.

For exercise #10, please download Sol La Sol PDF.

Preview 00:35

In this lesson you find 3 exercise with the notes for the strings 1 and 2 being added to the third string notes. The total of 8 notes that you've learned enable you to start playing some really catchy tunes.

Preview 00:54

Here we expand on the previous 3 exercises by adding 3 more...

...and making things a little harder - resulting in harmonies that are a little nicer.

Preview 00:57
The Fourth String
3 Lectures 02:15

The 3 exercises in this lesson introduce the notes D, E and F that you play on the fourth string. For the first time you'll be able to play mini-chords - 2 notes at once.

Preview 00:47

Here you go through 2 more exercises for the notes D, E, and F on the fourth string - which are a tad more interesting compared to the previous set of exercises.

Preview 00:47

You now have enough knowledge - and in fact, more than enough - to learn the beautiful and well-known Santa Lucia tune. The # (sharp) symbol is introduced, which increases the note by half-a-note ('sharpens' it).

Also, thesymbol is introduced, which restores the note back to its original state.

Preview 00:41
The Fifth String
3 Lectures 02:58

In this lesson you learn to play the notes A, B, and C on the fifth string. Instead of playing them in isolation, you immediately use them with the notes you've learned before.

Preview 00:21

It's time for you to learn another great tune: Henry Martin. It encapsulates everything that you've learned up to this point.

Exercise #24 - Henry Martin

In this lesson you lean to play Morning has Broken - a simple but catchy melody that everyone loves to hear.

Exercise #25 - Morning has Broken
The Sixth String
11 Lectures 21:49

In this lesson you learn to play notes E, F and G on the sixth string. After going through it, you will have learned all the notes on all 6 strings in the first position.

The Sixth String

You've covered plenty of territory... and instead of being thrown into deep waters with no warning, the 2 exercises in this lesson are simple and with one aim only: to help you start using the sixth string.

Exercises #26 and #27

In this lesson you master the new tune: After the Rain. It's a simply but lovely melody with one deep note in every bar.

Exercise #28 - After the Rain

Here you learn to play The Waltz. There are lots of # sharp notes. On a piano keyboard you can instantly recognize the sharp notes: they're all the black keys; with the guitar, things are not as obvious, and this exercise helps you to master them.

Exercise #29 - The Waltz

In this lesson you learn to play a traditional Russian tune. Russian songs are often quite fast and sound awesome. Remember, the technique comes first, speed comes last. Make sure your technique is spotless before speeding things up.

Exercise #30 - Russian Traditional

In this lesson you learn a great traditional French song. It truly gets your fingers moving.

Exercise #31 - French Traditional

Even though it's relatively simple, Quare Bungle Rue sounds terrific. For the first time, you'll be playing 3-note and 4-note chords.

Exercise #32 - Quare Bungle Rue

In this lesson you learn to play the well-known tune, The Mulberry Bush. It is steady and rhythmic.

Exercise #33 - The Mulberry Bush

Another lesson, another song: Sur le Pont D'Avignon this time. No new concepts here - but the tune is great and fun to play.

Exercise #34 - Sur Le Pont D'Avignon

Lili is a great tune and a great exercise. It has a little bit of everything.

Exercise #35 - Lili

We've left the best for last - everybody loves Malaguena. One thing to keep in mind: in the first 4 bars, the first note is the dominant one, and is played with considerably more strength than the second one (the E note), which is being repeated.

Exercise # 36 - Malaguena
1 Lecture 00:49

It's been a long journey, and when you look back on all the things you've learned you'll be amazed!

What Have You Learned
About the Instructor
Milan Mitic
4.3 Average rating
3 Reviews
504 Students
2 Courses
Guitar Player, Composer and Educator

Following his graduation from the Music Academy in 1996, Milan Mitic performed in solo guitar concerts all over Europe. When asked about his favorite personal moments, Milan singled out the ovations he received at DEIA Music Festival in Palma De Mallorca, Spain, and the incredibly enthusiastic reception of his lectures at the Conservatory of Karditsa and Thessaloniki, Greece.

Milan and Dr Alex Davidovic and are the co-authors of the FAME (Fast Acoustic-guitar Mastery by Example) method for the rapid guitar mastery. This hands-on method combines the sheet music with studio recordings and step-by-step videos, making it possible to play the great tunes that students typically learn after 2 or 3 years of music school in a matter of weeks.

Dr Alex Davidovic
4.6 Average rating
60 Reviews
1,931 Students
4 Courses
International Chess Master, Olympian and Software Engineer

Dr Alex Davidovic is the father of 2, a seasoned computer programmer and a chess coach.

Dr Alex is passionate about chess. He is an International Chess Master, played professionally for 5 years, and competed in two Chess Olympiads, in Manila (Philippines) in 1992 and Elista (Kalmykia) in 1998, playing the total of 20 games for the Australian team and only losing one, either winning or drawing all other games.

Following Dr Alex's teaching methods, many of his chess students achieved extraordinary results, including one World Champion under 20 and over 10 adult or age-group national champions.

Ever since completing his PhD in Computer and Information Science on the topic of adaptive tutoring systems, Dr Alex has been applying the results of his research to make learning complex concepts such as computer programming and chess easy to master.

He has been a computer programmer since 1991. Over one million people use the software developed by Dr Alex and his company C Point Pty Ltd:

  • Antechinus C# Editor, the first-ever integrated environment for the C# programming language
  • Antechinus JavaScript Editor, which is used by web designers and programming students alike
  • Antechinus Animator Professional, for creating stop-motion animations
  • ...and 300+ other major software projects.