Learn Guitar in 21 Days
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Learn how to play thousands of your favorite songs on guitar in just 3 weeks!
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Created by True Fire
Published 10/2012
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this 21 day course, you will be able to play thousands of songs on the guitar.
  • In this course, you will learn how to play guitar chords, how to play guitar chord progressions, how to play songs on the guitar, and much, much more.
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  • A guitar and a desire to learn!

Most beginners think that you need to know thousands of chords to play thousands of songs. NOT SO! You really only need to know a handful of chords and a few strumming patterns to play thousands of rock, folks, blues and pop songs.

The reason guitar is the most popular instrument on the planet is because it's the quickest and easiest instrument to learn how to play. You do NOT need to read music. You do NOT need to learn music theory. You do NOT need to struggle through exercises, or practice scales, or learn how to play Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Fact is that thousands of popular songs can be played with 8 simple chords or less. Learn just the A chord, D chord and E chord and you'll be able to play hundreds of blues, folk, pop and rock songs. Why is this so? Because rock, pop, folk and blues songwriters all use the same handful of chords - it's their melodies and arrangements that make their songs distinctive, NOT the chords they are using in the song.

So, if you learn that handful of chords, and learn those few strumming patterns, along with the basics of holding and tuning a guitar, then you too will be able to play thousands of songs. And that's the simple truth.

World renowned guitar educator Ravi has taught thousands of people to play their favorite songs on guitar with his breakthrough 21-day course. The "trick" behind this course is really no trick at all; over the 21 days you'll learn how to hold and tune the guitar, how to play eight simple chords, how to strum, and how to keep a beat.

No gimmicks. No "magic" formula. No nonsense.

You will need to set 20 minutes a day aside for your practice sessions. No more and no less. And you are asked to do this for 21 days straight. Yes, you can skip a day or two but the daily repetition and practice regiment is the key to your success.

Ravi has also included additional lessons for you to work with beyond the 21 days. You'll learn more open position chords, the moveable barre chord system (worth the price of admission alone!), how to read chord charts, and how to easily and quickly learn songs from sheet music, song books and lyric sheets that you download from the internet.

Ravi will step you through the course and each of your practice sessions on the video lessons. Follow the course for those 21 days and beyond and we guarantee that you'll be prepared to start playing and building your own repertoire of favorite songs to accompany yourself or play in a band setting.

No, you will not be an Eric Clapton in 21 days and we wouldn't suggest you book your first gig on the 22nd day BUT you will be a guitar player and you will be well equipped to learn ALL of your favorite songs.

If you've always wanted to learn to play guitar so that you can strum along and sing your favorite songs, Learn Guitar in 21 Days is likely the answer you've been seeking. Grab your guitar, boot up Ravi's first lesson and let's start making music right away!

NOTE! We get asked all the time why a guitar educational company with so many advanced courses would offer such a simple solution to learning guitar without having to learn how to read music, learn theory or work through a more "formal" learning methodology. The answer is really simple; you never stop learning music but you do have to start. If your introduction to music is boring, tedious and generally a struggle, you'll likely pack the guitar up in its case and stick it in the closet. If it's fun, engaging and you can prove to yourself that you can really do it, then you'll spend a lifetime enjoying and learning guitar. Hopefully, TrueFire and our massive library of instruction will enhance that lifetime of enjoyment.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning guitar!
  • Beginner guitar players
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Curriculum For This Course
82 Lectures
Day 1
4 Lectures 12:24
As impossible as it sounds, you can actually learn to play hundreds, if not thousands, of songs on guitar in only 3 weeks! How can this be possible? Well, many of our favorite songs share the same few chords, and by learning only a handful of chords and playing them in different combinations, you will instantly have an impressive repertoire.

In this introductory chapter, I will talk about how to approach this course and achieve maximum results. Get ready to embark on your dream of learning to play many of your favorite songs on guitar.
Preview 04:29

To start, we're going to work on proper posture and hand positions when playing guitar (lefties--don't forget that when I say "right," that means left for you, and vice-versa).

Sometimes a simple adjustment to your body helps break through barriers that may be preventing you from getting the sound you desire.

We are all shaped a little differently, so make small adjustments that help you physically relax and feel comfortable. Pay special attention to forming good habits right from day one. Only then can you be sure to please your ear with your talent!
Preview 05:44

One of the biggest contributors to frustration in learning guitar is dealing with an instrument that is out of tune. No matter how much you know or how hard you practice, you won't enjoy the sound if your guitar is out of tune.

While it is a good idea to learn to recognize pitch and to be able to bring the guitar into tune by ear, this is something that will develop naturally as you continue to play. So, in the interest of getting you up and running quickly, get yourself an electronic tuner and begin each day's lesson by tuning up.

Even the most experienced guitar players rely on electronic tuners, as they are fast, accurate, and easy! Listen to the sound of the guitar while you follow the tuner's lights and/or needle to bring the guitar into correct pitch, and you will begin to hear the subtle as well as obvious difference between being in and out of tune.
Preview 00:58

All songs are written in keys, and the same song can be played in twelve different ones! However, generally certain keys lend themselves to certain instruments, and perhaps most relevant, a singer's range will determine the best key for his or her vocal.

Remember that the goal of this course is to quickly enable you to play guitar and sing along on your own or with your friends.

Playing along with your favorite recordings might be difficult if the original version is in a different key and uses chords you don't yet know, but that will surely change as you become more proficient.

For now, think about the songs in your head and sing the melodies, then the chords given in the song list should simply fall into place.
Preview 01:13
Day 2
4 Lectures 06:29
Today we will learn our first chord, A Major. What makes this a great place to begin is that all your fingers are placed in the same fret, the 2nd fret. While guitar players may differ on the "most correct" way to finger and strum any one chord, you'll get the most out of this course by following my suggestions and recommendations.

Don't be confused by the white lines on the outer edges of my guitar--it may look like an additional string in certain camera angles. Make sure you follow my fingering, keep those fingers arched and close to the end of the frets, and you'll be playing in no time!
A Major Chord

The most basic strum pattern is four down strums while counting "1-2-3-4." You'll find that even this most simple approach will give you the sound and feel for almost any song as long as you sing the melody and change the chords at the right time.

So, don't get too caught up in strums, as the best approach is to start any new song with this basic down strum. Then, hit the strings on the way up as well, the down-up strum while counting "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and." This way you are making twice the amount of sound with the same hand motion, giving you a little more movement and fuller accompaniment to a vocal line (melody).

No matter what strums you play, always count out loud while strumming--it's the best way for you to learn to play in time.
Basic Strums

You might be surprised to hear that there are songs that use only one chord! Experiment with both strum patterns, as you'll find some songs lend themselves better to straight downs, while others sound better with the down-up strum.

Also, it's normal for your fingers to hurt at the beginning. This will go away with practice, but that is also why it is important to keep our practice sessions short for now. Let's start making music!
Songs - 1 Chord

Given that there are not too many one chord songs, this won't be the most rewarding moment of the course! However, that's okay because good things come to those who wait, and I won't make you wait too much longer! Nevertheless, if you can sing a melody while strumming the A chord, you'll start to hear the musicality of what you have already learned.

Just like I did on Electric Avenue, you can hear that the song really is captured in the melody, and the chords provide the support for that melody with harmony and rhythm.

Don't be too ambitious here and don't be frustrated if it doesn't sound like much, but go ahead anyway and sing a melody while playing a simple down strum on the A chord, who knows, you might even discover that you already have a knack for writing songs!
Play Songs
Day 3
5 Lectures 09:26
Let's review yesterday's lessons and practice more strumming. Remember to first set yourself up properly with good posture and hand positions, making sure that each string rings cleanly when you finger the chord. 

Then, go ahead and down strum with me. After that, we'll do some down-up strumming together. Nothing will make this knowledge stick better than a little review, so get used to it! It's not just a matter of mental memory, but muscle memory as well.
Strum Practice

Let's add the E Major chord. This is also a relatively easy chord to learn, but unlike the A, your first finger goes in the first fret. The other two will be in the 2nd fret, but they need to shift strings.

Check out the video. Always keep your fingers arched, use the tips of your fingers to press the strings, and finger each note as close to the end of the fret as possible.
E Major Chord

If you can't make the chord change from A to E in time with me, don't worry about it. Just leave the chord a little early so that we arrive together on the next chord - this also applies to all the other strum alongs in the course, and even when you are playing by yourself and counting out loud (which you should always do when learning and practicing).

Remember, don't pick up your first finger in this chord change, but rather, just slide it back and forth between the 2nd and 1st frets. With a little practice, you'll be playing along in no time.
Strum A & E Chords

Now you know two chords, but the number of songs you can play more than doubles. Check it out!

Let me play you some examples, and then explore the list and find songs that you can already hear in your head - you'll have an easier time playing them on the guitar.
Songs - 2 Chords

With two chords, the song possibilities are a little more interesting. So, check out the list and see what you can do with A and E.

Don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't sound like much yet (Rome wasn't built in a day - not even 3 days!), but a simple strum and singing some melodies should make you feel like the world of music is knocking at your door!
Play Songs
Day 4
4 Lectures 06:53
Today we're going to review chords that we already know, and strum them with our basic strum pattern: down. You might be tempted to skip ahead, but please don't. If you stick with me, you will learn more and learn more quickly. We'll start with a strum review and then explore some new strumming techniques, or "Grooves."
Strum A & E Chords

Let's learn a few different strum patterns to add more interest when we try to play songs, as rhythm is an important part of giving a song a certain "feel." Throughout the course, we'll explore some folk, country, rock, blues, pop, and reggae grooves.

We're going to add a groove (rhythm) here in the strum. Listen closely to how it sounds, and look at how I'm moving my strumming hand to make the blues/rock feel. It's all still down strumming, but with accents on the "downbeats" or when I say the numbers in my "1-2-3-4" count.
Rock/Blues Rhythm A & E Chords

We're still just going to play songs using the A and E chords, but now when you find a song that you know and sing the melody to yourself (or better yet, out loud, it keeps you honest and lets you hear yourself and improve your timing and musicality), try and add a little groove to it using the rock/blues rhythm.

In fact, you might even want to start with a one-chord song and incorporate the rhythm just to get the feel, then tackle some of the two-chord songs.
Play Songs
Day 5
5 Lectures 06:20
Today we'll start by reviewing the chords and strums. Follow along and try to play in time making the changes with me. Remember not to lift your first finger, but rather, slide it between the first and second frets.

Don't press too hard, but just as hard as you need to in order to produce a clean sound. The closer you are to the end of the frets, the less hard you have to press.
Strum A & E Chords

Let's learn our third chord, D Major. You'll see that when you switch from A to D, you don't need to move your 1st finger... it's already in place! However, your 2nd and 3rd fingers need to find their new places, so be sure to pay close attention.
D Major Chord

Let's practice changing between D and A. Remember your first finger stays put the entire time. Let's keep it simple for now and just use down strums.
Strum D & A Chords

We're still going to stick with songs that only use two chords, but we have more options to choose from since we know three chords. So, the combination possibilities have increased. Check out my examples using some grooves.

Also, some of the songs that you previously played with A and E, you could try with D and A instead. This is just moving the song to a different key which will alter the sound, but will still capture the sound of the song.
Songs - 2 out of 3 Chords

Yes, you know three chords now, but let's focus on the new ones, D and A (both are "Major" chords). Take some of those same songs you were playing with A and E, but instead of A, play D, and instead of E, play A. 

Take your time, this might be a bit confusing at first because you are breaking some new ground. However, because you are already familiar with some of these two-chord tunes, switching to D and A will come quite quickly.
Play Songs
Day 6
4 Lectures 04:45
Today we are going to review, starting with the D and A chords. We'll start with some simple down strums to help develop that muscle memory in our fingering hand. Then, we'll move to some down-up strums as well. By spending more time on the basics now, you'll make much faster progress. Keep that first finger down for both chords, it doesn't need to move.
Strum D & A Chords

By dividing the chord between bass strings and treble strings (low and high strings) we can generate more interest in the way a chord sounds. So, let's learn to strum the lower strings alternating with the higher strings. This will give a nice "feel" or "groove" to our chord progression.

Even with only two chords and a dash of groove, one can capture a significant amount of musicality.
Folk/Country Rhythm D & A Chords

Using these chords that we learned at the beginning of this course, we will explore a similar strum pattern. We're still dividing the bass and treble parts of the sound, but instead of simply alternating, we'll strum the low parts with a down strum and the higher parts with a faster down-up strum. 

Check out how I do it and play along with me.
Reggae Rhythm A & E Chords

Remember, just because you know three chords doesn't mean you have to push yourself to play songs using three chords. Let's stick with those two-chord songs for today, and you can pick either A and E, or D and A. Either will work for most of those two-chord songs on our list. 

If you choose a song and use A and E, but it doesn't sound quite right or it's hard for you to sing in that key, try using D instead of A, and A instead of E. Remember to take a good listen to your first chord before singing the melody, as that will serve as your reference note for singing the melody. 

Also, we have a few rhythms down now, so let's try to ease those into our playing. Perhaps a little folk/country, or maybe a reggae groove. There's no rush and don't feel frustrated if you don't get it at first, you will, I promise!
Songs - 2 and 3 Chords
Day 7
3 Lectures 04:33
Now let's put all three chords together. These three work so well together, and open up a world of possibilities. 

Also, remember that your first finger never lifts off the guitar when playing and switching between the A-D-E chords, but simply slides down to the 1st fret for the E. This type of "anchor" makes changing chords a whole lot easier.
Strum A, D, & E Chords

The "one-four-five" progression is the single most common sequence of chords in popular music. The theory behind it is beyond the scope of this course, so for now, just take my word for it! 

Now that you have a "I-IV-V" in the key of A (meaning chords A-D-E), you can play hundreds upon hundreds of songs. Virtually all blues songs are based on this chord progression (hence, this progression is often simply called a "blues") as are many folk, rock, and pop tunes. 

Check out my examples, and then look at the song list and see how your repertoire just increased exponentially!
I-IV-V Progression

Let's break some new ground on our song list today, and only focus on three chord songs! We know our I-IV-V in the key of A (A-D-E), so we have opened up a world of possibilities, almost every blues song ever written! 

This is a big breakthrough point, because the number of songs we can play have increased drastically, and many more of them will be familiar to you. So remember, keep the strums simple, choose songs that you know and that use A-D-E (either as the original or optional chords), and crank them out! 

Take your time, and have fun!
Play New Songs
Day 8
2 Lectures 01:20
We have learned a ton of stuff during our first week together, so let's take a bit of a breather and stick with our three chords. However, why not add a new rhythm to try to broaden our "groove-ability." 

Check it out, play along, and then spend the rest of the time choosing songs that you can hear in your head, then play and sing along!
Classic Pop/Rock Rhythm A-D-E

Because the I-IV-V does open up so many songs, today we're still going to focus on three chord songs, but I also want you to go back and review the two-chord songs that you played before. 

It's always important to build your repertoire, not just learn songs and then trade them in for new ones. Try sneaking in a little rock/blues rhythm, as that will really help capture the feel of many of those tunes.
Play All Songs
Day 9
6 Lectures 07:50
The G Major chord requires us to change our fingering entirely, but it will also open up a whole new bag of tunes! This chord has a big, rich sound, and is very popular amongst guitar players because of that character.

Get ready to stretch those fingers a bit, and you'll soon find that your hands will be more flexible and stronger, enabling you to play with greater ease.
G Major Chord

Let's do some simple down strums to practice switching between D and G. If you can't keep up with me, remember that you can leave the chord one beat early to get to the new chord. What is most important right now is that you arrive at the new chord in time.
Strum D & G Chords

Now, you can use G and D in place of some of the songs that you were previously playing with A and E, as you might find these chord "voicings" sound better with certain melodies.
Songs - 2 Chords

Let's practice switching between D-A-G, a popular trio of chords! Just practicing the chords with a straight strum will yield memories of quite a few songs. Let's see what you hear!
Strum D, A & G Chords

You have already been playing three chord songs in the key of A, using the chords A-D-E. Now, you can play those same chords in the key of D, using D-G-A (for you theory buffs, that would be a I-IV-V in the key of D).

You might find that one key is better than another for your voice, or that it simply sounds more like the original. Having such options really puts you in the driver's seat in terms of getting the songs and sounds you want out of your guitar.
Songs - 3 Chords

By adding the G Major chord, we'll open up a whole new bag of tunes! We're still only going to play them in combinations of two and three chords, but the variety and sound has broadened.
Play All Songs
Day 10
3 Lectures 02:48
Let's start today with some strumming rhythm practice using the D-A-G chords. We'll use the down, down-up, down, down-up rhythm to give us a nice relaxed groove.

Remember to leave your first finger alone between the D and A chords, but everything needs to be moved for G. Still, try to keep your movements to a minimum, as there is no reason to jump high off of the fretboard. Just lift enough to move away from the string, as the closer you stay to the neck, the easier it is to land in the right place.
Folk/Pop Rhythm D-A-G

Now we'll do a rock/blues groove, which we've done before, except using three chords. With this feel and sequence of chords, we are further capturing the idea of playing a "blues" or a "I-IV-V." In this case, we're playing a blues in A (the key of A).

Then, spend some more time with your song list, as there are so many "I-IV-V" songs to enjoy.
Rock/Blues Rhythm A-D-E

Let's stick with three chord songs in our I-IV-V progressions, but we can now do the same songs in the key of A (A-D-E) and in the key of D (D-G-A). So, if a three chord song didn't sound quite right before in the key of A or wasn't great for your singing range, now try it in the key of D (use D instead of A, use G instead of D, and use A instead of E).

We also have a couple rhythms to use, so try some with a folk/pop and others with a rock/blues. Experiment, you have complete artistic license!
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