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.
4.7 (415 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.
10,710 students enrolled
Created by Michael Palmisano
Last updated 8/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 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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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
The Total Beginner's Guitar Course
16 Lectures 01:24:47

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

Please join me at for the rest of this course, ALL of our premium courses, live weekly broadcasts, gear giveaways, discounted gear with free shipping and MORE!!

Bonus Lecture: Everything Guitargate :)
About the Instructor
Michael Palmisano
4.6 Average rating
2,151 Reviews
35,610 Students
6 Courses
Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore.

I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.  I genuinely love to teach, and the goal of Guitargate is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, and how to apply this to make music!  

So whether you are an aspiring gigging musician, or you just enjoy playing for yourself, let me help you bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar.... and get the stuff in your head out!  Seriously - you can do this!! 

On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world....  I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible.  If you post a question or a video for feedback - I will respond and try and help any way I can.  

One step at a time -