Ten Essential Skills for Guitar Players
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Ten Essential Skills for Guitar Players

Learn to play guitar faster, smoother, cleaner, and with fewer mistakes, in under one hour!
4.0 (1 rating)
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.
1,019 students enrolled
Created by Dan Amerson
Last updated 9/2017
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the fundamental skills that apply to guitar playing, beginner or advanced
  • Overcome the most common stumbling blocks in order to play faster and cleaner than others
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  • Own a six-stringed guitar, tuned to standard E, with a pick
  • A working computer, with internet, with that can access Udemy and PDF files

If you feel like you've been spinning your wheels and not making progress with your guitar playing, then that means that your practice routine is missing some crucial elements. Without them, you won't be able to play guitar fast, or clean, or smooth, or consistently.

Unfortunately, just playing songs won't take you to an elite level. If order to play guitar like a pro, you need to learn how to practice like a pro.

Wouldn't it be great to know the exact things to add to your practice routine? How much progress do you think you could make if you practiced all the right things instead of just 'winging it'?

If you want to get serious about playing guitar, look no further than to this Udemy course. In under 1 hour, I will show you 10 things that you must learn and master in order to become a respectable guitar player. The best part is that it comes at absolutely no cost!

What's also great about this course is that it applies to all levels; people who have passed the pure beginner's stage will be able to grow their skills, and quickly.

It is also a simple and elegant course, with principles that apply to every genre, any song, and anything that you can think of.

By the end of this course, you will have learned the following:

  • Learn how your brain learns, and use that knowledge to unlock your dormant guitar mastery.
  • Why focusing on your weaknesses is the single best thing for your guitar playing.
  • What speed to set your metronome for maximum growth and progress; it's not what you think.
  • How to view scales in a way that makes you instantly see them all over the neck.
  • Many ways to pick strings in order to confidently play in any situation.
  • How to build chords from the ground up so that you can play chords anytime you want (instead of relying on your memory).
  • My favorite exercise; fun, challenging, rewarding, and combines several skills to make your guitar practice time thrilling instead of boring.
  • How to never get bored when practicing guitar, and how to have endless material.
  • BONUSES: Discounts for my other courses!

So what are you waiting for? Take this course and accelerate your guitar playing today!

Who is the target audience?
  • Has passed the beginner's phase of guitar playing (6-12 months)
  • Can play guitar chords, riffs with relative ease
  • Can read guitar tablature and play them after a few attempts
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures 48:31

For this exercise, you will learn how to play on the fretboard anywhere on the neck, using the major scale as your basis. This also applies to modes and other scales.

Exercise 1 - Learning the Fretboard Inside and Out

Do you have issues with jumping from string to string? Although this exercise doesn't cover all dimensions of picking, it will show you the exercise that will solve over half of your picking problems.

Exercise 2 - String Skipping

Exercise 3 - Tremolo Picking and String Skipping

This exercise will teach you intervals, and how intervals are used to create various scales. Combine this exercise with exercise 5 in order to create chords from the ground up, and play chords anywhere on the neck.

Exercise 4 - CAGED Chords

This exercise will teach you have to play chords all over the neck.

Exercise 5 - Shaping Out Chords

Here is a motor skill that you absolutely need to develop in order to nail Exercise 7. The next exercise combines multiple skills, that need to work in unison. Practice this often.

Exercise 6 - 3-Note Riff

Here it is; the big exercise! You'll learn how to coordinate many of the skills you've seen so far, and use them to play complex materials.

Take a deep breath and come on in.

Exercise 7 - 4-Note Riff Over Scales (The Big Exercise)

Using a few songs, we will explore ways to create endless materials for yourself.

Exercise 8 - Endless New Practice Material

Play faster and more efficiently by picking less. How? Tune in to find out!

Exercise 9 - Economy Picking

By playing a riff in groups, you can focus on mastering those groups and then combine them and work on connecting those groups. I call this process 'bursts'. This will help you master small pieces, and learn to combine them together

Exercise 10 - Bursts and Playing Clean by Cheating

You made it! Be sure to consistently apply these exercises, and I'm sure that you'll get great results from them. Be sure to watch this video for some final hints (and some goodies!).

About the Instructor
Dan Amerson
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Guitar Teacher, Professional Musician, Part-time Badass

Dan Amerson has been a guitarist since the age of 13. Ever since, he has been fascinated with music and refining his technique.

Since then, he's spread his talents in various ways; busking on the streets of Ottawa, playing in-home performances, teaching over Skype, selling Kindle books (search 'Dan Amerson' in Amazon).

A new instructor to Udemy, Dan is excited to spread his knowledge of the guitar to this progressive medium.