The Total Beginner's Guitar Course

Complete Beginner? This Is The Guitar Course For You.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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 :)


What are the requirements?

  • The Desire To Play Guitar!
  • A Computer, Tablet, Or Smart Phone

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Complete Beginners

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Total Beginner's Guitar Course

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.


Everything you need to know about getting your first guitar.


Let's get to know your guitar.


Some more basics to get you started.


Here we go!


How to use a tuner to tune your guitar.


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


Open position chords to get you playing


Basic strumming patterns and chord transitions.


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


Introduction to power chords and their basic shapes.


Fire up some distortion with your power chords.


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


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


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




Special Bonus Links And Resources :)

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Instructor Biography

Michael Palmisano, 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 Professional Guitar Masterclass

Blues Guitar Fundamentals

The Total Beginner Guitar Course

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


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