This Course covers all basic acoustic guitar concepts that you DO need to learn before surfing the web for songs. If you visit some site to learn one song, that's all you know, if you learn all the basic concepts from an ORGANIZED Course, then you can play MANY songs.
Video lessons are divided in 2 Sections: The first one covers all details about Tuning your guitar which is very important. We also learn how to tune an electric guitar.
On the second part we start with Lesson 1 following EASY and SIMPLE instructions that will take you faster to the next level.
We go step by step starting from scratch. (16 videos total).
More than 1000 people from 45 countries have taken the Spanish version of this Course which soon I will be publishing here as well.
The ELECTRIC GUITAR version will also be published soon.
In order to practice with the music tracks I recorded for you, so we can play together as a way of testing your progress, your guitar MUST be properly tuned and this requires a bit of skills.
You have 3 options to choose from:
1- Watch all 4 Tuning Tutorial Videos. It takes a while (53 minutes total) but I explained in great detail, all you need to know about tuning.
2- Take your guitar to someone who can do it for you. There is always a neighbor, friend, family member or a guy at the nearest music store who knows how to play guitar and can tune your guitar in one minute.
3- If your guitar only needs a little adjusment, watch the Quick Start Guide. Video #3, out of the four video series has basic instructions on how to tune your guitar, if it has a built in tuner or if you have a tuner with you. But please also check video #1 for safety precautions.
Guitar Tuning Keys and Nut Blocks.
If you have an Acoustic guitar you can watch only the first 4 minutes. If you have an Electric guitar you should watch the rest of the video.
This video is a Quick Start Guide in case you are familiar with the pitch of each note and your guitar needs only a little adjusment. You will need aTuner or use a built in Tuner (some modern electro-acoustic guitars have built in tuners).
But I still recommend to watch ALL 4 Tuning Tutorials.
You can tell how 'little or bad' a string is ajusted by checking against the meter (pointer or light in the Tuner). For example, the 6th string should be tuned on E. If you play that string ONCE and let it ring close to the Tuner, the pointer will tell you how far or close from the mark it is. If the pointer goes 'crazy' moving all around, you need some serious Tuning and better watch all 4 video Tutorials.
Check this amazing Tuner App. I use it everyday and it works great. Also listed in Supplementary Material.
In my humble opinion, this is the most important part of the 4 video Tutorials because we learn about the simplicity of our musical system and at the same time understand why each string needs a specific wave frequency adjustment. This video will take 15 minutes out of your valuable time, but believe me, it's worth seeing, if you are a music enthusiast.
In the video I recommended some software, but now there are new applications for tuning. Check this Guitar Tuner App Also listed on the Supplementary Material.
Here I introduce myself as a Guitar Teacher for 2 minutes and then, Lesson 1 starts with the most important elements you need to know when you play for the first time. How to get a clear sound, common mistakes, left hand and right hand techniques. After I show you what to do, we play together at the end so you can test yourself, before moving forward into the next Lesson.
A couple of good advices. Waking up your fingers with two simple exercises. First Scale. Then we learn two basic chords, how to make faster changes and practice along with drums at the end.
Divided in 2 sections: We add a few more notes to our Scale to create a melody so we can play together at the same time. On Section 2 we learn the Classical position, 3 finger chords and how to improve our speed to play these chords. You get a little homework to be ready for next lesson.
Now that we know 4 chords, we learn a basic rhythm (strum) to play along with the drums and then a second more dynamic strum. If you did your homework from lesson 3 you´ll be ok.
Why it is so important to learn this. Then we talk about the basics of the system, playing one note at time, then few notes together.
At the end we learn a new Chord. C which is a bit uncomfortable for your fingers on your first try because you need to strech out your fingers.
We learn 3 new chords. A9 (a simplified version), F#m11 and E because we are going to play along a new strum with a music track.
We focus on the right hand for rehearsal and then we have to catch up with the drummer or we´ll be kicked out of the Band.
Now we play the same chord sequence but this time with arpeggios instead of strumming.
All basic Major Chords in a row C D E F G A B
4 finger Chords, new strum and of course ... we have play along with the drum machine trying to keep the beat.
Now the same chord sequence but this time with a simple arpeggio.
Minor chords Cm Dm Em Fm Gm Am Bm. Then we start to learn how to get sharps (#) and flats (b) from basic barred chords.
Chords, arpeggios, power chords, pull offs, hammers, slides, bends, several notes at the same time
Chords with different base notes, G/B (G over B), G/D , G/F, D/F#, D/E, C/E, C/G, Am/C, Bm/A, A/B, A/C#, F/A
For a complete, incredible and PORTABLE Chord Library, I recommend ´Guitar Tools'. Also listed in Supplementary Material.
Now that you know how to read Tablature, all basic chords, strumming, techniques,etc. the possibilites are open. Surf the web for your favorite songs. If you see chords that we did not cover on this course, just use this App: GUITAR TOOLS. This app has a huge Chord Library that you can access anytime anywhere (no connection required) plus a great Tuner and Metronome. I use it every day.
Use this other App. TAB PRO that connects with that site's Two Hundred THOUSAND data base of songs. Each song comes with drums, bass, piano and guitar tracks that you can mix or single out so you hear the music as you follow the Tablature. It´s really cool.
If you want songs in Spanish, check this other huge data base from LaCuerda.
This App comes with thousands of songs as well.
My name is Alvaro Avila. I've been teaching guitar for more than 25 years. My method is unique and that's why many people call me for lessons. I visit my student's homes to teach.
A few years ago I decided to record a step by step video course to help people learn starting from ZERO. it's been a great success in the Spanish speaking countries. At the same time I recorded the ENGLISH version which I did not promote a lot, due to the difficulty of competing worldwide. Now with UDEMY as a great platform with tools to help us, Teachers and Instructors, I have the opportunity to share my lessons with English speaking countries as well.
I studied Music as a carrer at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (my country) and have worked as a Musician, Teacher, Sound Mixer, Studio Production, Live concerts (at the mix board), composing, Arranging, directing musical Bands, you name it. But in the last 5 years I have dedicated all my efforts only to my online Courses which have been succesful in the Spanish speaking countries, so I hope to share my skills with the English speaking world now that UDEMY is on my side.