The Total Beginner's Guitar Course
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The Total Beginner's Guitar Course

Complete Beginner? This Is The Guitar Course For You.
4.5 (318 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.
8,024 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2017
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Buy Your First Guitar
Identify The Parts Of Your Guitar
Know How To Use A Tuner
Know Basic Finger Exercises
Play Common Open Position Chords
Play Power Chords
Understand Progressions
Play In Key
Use Distortion, Palm Muting, and Reverb
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  • The Desire To Play Guitar!
  • A Computer, Tablet, Or Smart Phone

Hello and welcome!  If you are a COMPLETE BEGINNER you are in the right place. 

I am an award-winning GIT grad, a 15+ year professional guitarist with 50k+ students, and the founder of Guitargate - the only guitar site sponsored by a major guitar brand, PRS Guitars. 

This free course is geared towards people who have either never played or haven't picked it up in a long time. SO even if you've struggled before, you will learn everything you need to know to start playing!

I promise you can do this, and I will be with you every step of the way. 

We will go over everything that beginners struggle with, for example:

Are my fingers to small?

Am I too old?

Do I really have enough time? (YES YOU DO!)

What kind of guitar do I need?


If you want PERSONAL FEEDBACK, post a YouTube video to the lesson discussion and I will personally watch it and give you professional feedback - just like in-person lessons.

I am the ONLY guitar instructor on Udemy that does this for their students, and it's FREE. 

I want you to love playing the guitar, and I want you to learn with me for a long time. If you need any help along the way, please message me and I'll get right back to you. 

I take great pride in being available to my students, so please don't hesitate to reach out!

Best of luck and I'll see you inside :)


Who is the target audience?
  • Complete Beginners
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Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:25:16
The Total Beginner's Guitar Course
17 Lectures 01:25:16

Welcome! I’m so glad you found this course. If you have been curious about playing guitar, or if you used to play and want to get back into it, you are in the right place.

Introduction - Welcome!

Everything you need to know about getting your first guitar.

What Kind Of Guitar Should You Buy?

Let's get to know your guitar.

Parts Of The Guitar

Some more basics to get you started.

What Else Do You Need?

Here we go!

Let's Get Started Playing

How to use a tuner to tune your guitar.

Tuning Your Guitar

Exercises to familiarize your hands and fingers to the guitar, as well as building strength and dexterity.

Finger Exercises

Open position chords to get you playing

First Chords

Basic strumming patterns and chord transitions.

Strumming And Transitions

A basic introduction to music theory and how it pertains to the guitar neck.

Music Theory 101 - Intervals

Introduction to power chords and their basic shapes.

Power Chords

Fire up some distortion with your power chords.

Tone 101 - Distortion

What it means to play in key and how to do it.

Music theory 102 - Playing In Key

Palm muting is how you get definition with your picking / strumming hand.

Technique 102 - Palm Muting

Reverb is the reverberation of sound. It’s the sound you hear in a hall or a cavern. It's awesome.

Tone 102 - Reverb


Final Summary

Special Bonus Links And Resources :)

Bonus Lecture: Everything Guitargate :)
About the Instructor
Michael Palmisano
4.5 Average rating
1,589 Reviews
28,674 Students
6 Courses
Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Proud husband and father. Professional musician and guitar instructor for over 15 years. GIT graduate. Founder of Guitargate. Lead guitarist in What's Next, Baltimore's best party band.

I have been playing guitar my whole life. What started as a passion at a very young age eventually lead to a very fulfilling career in music, and I am truly grateful to be able to make a living sharing my passion for playing!

Short background - I started with private lessons when I was in kindergarten, played in bands throughout middle and high school, and eventually went to Hollywood, CA to formally study at The Musicians Institute (GIT). After GIT, I played professionally in California, and eventually moved back to the east coast where I began teaching private students, coaching rock bands, and playing in local working bands.

Over time, from the perspective of a student, working professional, and a teacher, I developed my own guitar curriculum. I had such great success with my students that I decided to expand my teaching to online. 2 years ago I launched a free interactive guitar school called Guitargate - think "facebook for guitar lessons" - and It's been fantastic. Now, I am very excited to be teaching on Udemy! I hope you enjoy learning the guitar as much as I enjoy teaching it!

Please check out all of my guitar courses on Udemy:

The Total Beginner Guitar Course

The Professional Guitar Masterclass

Blues Guitar Fundamentals

Country Guitar Fundamentals

The Allman Brothers Guitar Roots And Techniques (With Scott Sharrard)

Thanks and let me know if I can help you in any way!