The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever
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The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever

There are millions of beginner guitar courses, guides and lessons. This is the best one.
4.5 (324 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.
2,265 students enrolled
Created by Tyler Larson
Last updated 3/2015
Price: $50
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand every part of the guitar
  • Play three different strumming rhythms
  • Change the strings on the guitar
  • Play six awesome guitar riffs
  • Tune the guitar
  • Hold the guitar and guitar pick properly
  • Play 25 essential guitar chords
  • Read guitar tablature
  • Perform crucial hand stretches to stay healthy
  • Impress friends and family with amazing new skills
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  • You need a guitar, acoustic or electric (preferably electric)
  • A guitar pick
  • If using an electric guitar, you need a guitar amplifier and instrument cable

There are thousands, maybe even millions, of guitar tutorials and instructional videos out there on the internet. The question is, how can you possibly know where to start, and what direction to go in? Luckily for you, you've stumbled upon the answer.

Welcome to The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever. It's exactly what it sounds like! The reason this course is different and better than any other course out there is because I have learned from countless guitar instructors, and I know exactly what NOT to do when teaching. When you're starting out, you not only need to be taught relevant information; you must be entertained and have fun learning it! In this course, you will be taught with only the most pertinent and awesome material, entertained by slick animation, and occasionally amused by my own ridiculousness. Most guitar lessons are just plain boring. The same old camera angles, with the same old monotone instructors. I guarantee there will be none of that in The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever.

I include relevant PDF attachments when necessary, and ensure that there is never a question of what to do next. This course can be completed in under a week if you work for 10 minutes per day, and you can go back over the playing examples at your leisure to maintain and improve your skills. The course is structured in a way that blends just the right amount of playing and learning so that you're never overwhelmed.

Most beginners don't have the time or patience to take a 100 hour super-mega-ultra guitar course. I know I didn't when I was starting out. This course is tailored to making the absolute best use of your time. Take this course if you want to buy a guitar and learn how to play it. Take this course if you already own a guitar, but when people ask you to play it, you play the same three notes you learned when you got it. Take this course even if you've been playing the guitar for a little while, but would like to know if you're on the right track. Playing the guitar is easier than you think. Take this course because you just found The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever.

Who is the target audience?
  • This guitar course is meant for beginners or those who are very limited in their skill set. That ranges from someone who has never picked up a guitar before to someone who knows a couple of chords or songs, but would like instruction on technique and exactly what is important to practice and what isn't.
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Curriculum For This Course
Before You Play, You Must Understand
6 Lectures 14:04

Nice to meet you! In this lecture I'll congratulate you on choosing the best instrument on the planet to learn. Then I'll show you what all the knobs and pieces on your guitar are for.

Preview 03:48

This is an optional lecture if your strings are fresh, but eventually you will need to change your strings. I'll show you how to do that properly and safely in this lecture.

Preview 03:13

I'll show you how to tune your guitar and inform you about the different types of tuners you can buy if you don't already have one.

How to Tune Your Guitar

I'll show you how to hold your guitar so that you don't work against yourself while you're learning.Your back will thank you!

How to Hold Your Guitar, Guitar Pick, and Stretch

You'll learn how to hold your guitar pick properly, so that you can get the most out of the exercises and never have to worry about your picking hand.

Preview 02:51

Playing an instrument requires exercise and strength building, which in turn requires proper stretches to stay healthy and limber. I'll show you some great stretches to do before and after you play your guitar.

Essential Hand Stretches
Key Concepts
2 Lectures 08:06

Tablature is the Holy Grail for any guitar player. It's very easy to read, and I'll show you how.

How to Read Tablature

Finger strength is the most important thing you will develop in your quest to become the ultimate guitarist! I'll explain why it's so important. Then, we'll improve your finger strength by learning some epic, classic guitar riffs. Take advantage of the Pause and Rewind functions to run over the examples and exercises as much as you need!

Single Note Melodies to Build Finger Strength
Playing Examples, Exercises, and Techniques
7 Lectures 27:36

Learn the three key elements to forming a chord successfully. Then, learn two new chords that will be the foundation for the following lecture's exercises.

Preview 02:20

In this lecture, I'll teach you three of the most basic and universal strumming patterns that exist. They're easy, fun, and can be found in thousands of popular songs. You can even use them to write your own songs!

Essential Strumming Patterns

I'll show you three more chords to add to your repertoire. I'll also give you advice on how to effectively and economically change chords.

More Chords and Effective Chord Switching

Take your learnings from Lecture 11 and 12 and put them into action with these playing examples. Take advantage of the Pause and Rewind functions to run over the examples and exercises as much as you need!

Chord Switching Practice

Learn how to play one of my favorite kinds of chords, and prepare to turn up the volume! Take advantage of the Pause and Rewind functions to run over the examples and exercises as much as you need!

Power Chords

Get familiar with the awesome Muting technique, also known as palm muting. I'll show you the best approach to incorporating this into your playing.


The final lecture! Take the skills you've acquired and put them to work with these awesome guitar riffs. Again, don't forget to Pause or Rewind if you need to. Congratulations on your achievements!

Put It All Together!
Supplemental Materials
1 Lecture 00:00
Master Chord List
1 page
About the Instructor
Tyler Larson
4.6 Average rating
4,561 Reviews
24,208 Students
6 Courses
Founder of Music is Win

Tyler Larson (born May 30, 1989) is a musician of many influences. With over fifteen years experience playing the guitar, Tyler has appeared on several studio albums, performed with many diverse artists, and studied with some of the most renowned guitarists on the planet, including Joe Stump, Dave Fiuczynski, Tomo Fujita, Dave Tronzo, Jon Finn, and others.

After earning his B.M. Degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, which includes alumni such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Al Di Meola, and Pat Metheny, among others, Tyler began his career as a professional musician, and in 2015 Tyler founded a brand called Music is Win which has become a rising force in the entertainment and music space, with his videos amassing tens of millions of views to date and his audience rising to hundreds of thousands of subscribers across social media.

Tyler has received endorsements from PRS Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Universal Audio, Wampler Pedals, ZAOR Studio Furniture, Source Audio, Empress Effects, MONO Cases, Bugera, and many other esteemed companies.