Learn Guitar: Zero to Guitar Fingerpicking in 30 days
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Learn guitar for beginners: guitar fingerpicking in 30 days
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Created by Patrick O'Malley
Last updated 12/2016
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 32 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the most common guitar chords in a fingerpicking style
  • Be able to play a bassline with your thumb at the same time as playing a melody with your fingers
  • Understand how to break down fingerpicking patterns into the bass/thumb and the melody/fingers and how to practice building up the component parts
  • Read tablature and play along to a metronome
  • Have a formula for composing your own fingerpicking patterns
  • Play in alternate bass, travis picking and clawhammer styles
  • Fingerpick
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Requirements
  • Students will need to have a guitar.
  • Note that you do not need any previous experience with music to take this course.
Description

Learn Guitar: Go from complete beginner to guitar fingerpicking in 30 Days

Hi - my name is Patrick and welcome to my course - guitar fingerpicking in 30 days. I have being fingerpicking guitar for 20 years and I have taught dozens of students to go from never having picked up a guitar before to being really accomplished players. 

Have you ever dreamed of playing guitar or even started but then faded away after a while? Do you think it's going to be years of practice before you sound good? Would you be excited if I told you you didn't have to just play boring chords for the first six months - you could actually be fingerpicking within 30 days?

Over the years, I have experimented and realised that there is a way to teach students that seems like starting with what many would believe to be a 'complex' or 'advanced' style - fingerpicking using the thumb and three fingers - is actually the best way for a complete beginner to learn.

There is good reason for this. The traditional method of learning chords and strumming them is relatively easy to do, but actually surprisingly hard to do well. Listen to any beginner strum a set of chords and you see it is hard for the beginner to sound musical after a couple of days. But if you start picking strings individually, then after 4 or 5 days, you can play some really nice pieces. And this is the key: rewarding the student from day one, enabling them to sound musical within the first week. Believe me, I have seen this work time and time again.

When you want to learn the guitar, it matters hugely which course and teacher you pick. The cost of getting this wrong isn't that you lose out on $30-50, it is that the teaching may not stick for you and you may end up with a life where you never learn guitar, rather a life where picking up the guitar is a huge joy and pleasure for you, whether just on your own or playing with other musicians. 

For a complete beginner, there is no more effective and no more enjoyable, musical and confidence building way than to start with a couple of chords and a fingerpicking technique. 

How is this course structured?

This course is designed to be followed by students in a 30 day period. Of course, some students may go faster and some slower - (if you cover this material in 60 days, you're still doing a great job). The course has five sections

  1. Getting Started - some basic information, identifying string names, a few chords, reading tablature, using a metronome
  2. Fingerpicking Basics - the background to how fingerpicking works, the big rule, several fingerpicking patterns
  3. The Thumb - the key to getting that 'two guitar effect' is for the thumb to do the work of the bass player; alternating bass, walking bass, more fingerpicking patterns
  4. The Fingers - adding more advanced patterns to the right hand fingers, pinching, different sequence length and writing your own fingerpicking patterns
  5. Advanced - clear breakdowns of advanced techniques like Travis Picking and Clawhammer

Note that each section has 5-7 individual lessons with a homework exercise after each lesson. At the beginning of the following lesson, I will give tips for anyone stuck with practical ways to get it mastered if you're finding it difficult.


At the end of my course, students will be able to...

  • play the most common guitar chords in a fingerpicking style
  • understand how to break down fingerpicking patterns into the bass/thumb and the melody/fingers and how to practice building up the component parts
  • read tablature and play along to a metronome
  • have a formula for composing their own fingerpicking patterns
  • play in travis picking and clawhammer styles


What materials will come with this course?

Each lesson has a HD video with three camera angles (full, left hand and right hand) so that you can zone in and see what each hand is doing. Each lesson also comes with a downloadable PDF and the relevant music tablature for each lesson. 

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for complete beginners. You don’t need to know anything about music or guitar playing to start. If you own or can borrow a guitar for thirty days, then you’re all set.

It is also perfect for “failed beginners”. Students who maybe toyed around with a guitar for a few months, maybe even learned a few chords but got bored because it wasn’t musical or rewarding enough and just strumming those few chords never sounded that great. If you don’t mind going slowly at first to get to more than just strumming chords, then this is for you.

Note that you do not need any previous experience with music to take this course.

Who should not?

If you having been playing guitar for years and have already several fingerpicking pieces you can play, this course could be too basic for you.

What will students need before starting the course?

Students will need to have a guitar. 


If you want to give this course a try, remember that Udemy backs your purchase with a 30 day full refund option on all courses on Udemy - including this one. So you can always give it a go with absolutely no risk and get picking within the first few lessons or get your money back. This course is the best way to get musical within the first days, like I promised you above.

Enroll now to feel the joy of fingerpicking on your guitar!

Best of luck and I'll see you in the classroom..

Patrick

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for complete beginners. You don’t need to know anything about music or guitar playing to start. If you own or can borrow a guitar for thirty days, then you’re all set.
  • It is also perfect for “failed beginners”. Students who maybe toyed around with a guitar for a few months, maybe even learned a few chords but got bored because it wasn’t musical or rewarding enough and just strumming those few chords never sounded that great. If you don’t mind going slowly at first to get to more than just strumming chords, then this is for you.
  • If you having been playing guitar for years and have already several medium-difficulty fingerpicking pieces you can play, this course could be too basic for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
02:44:16
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Getting Started
8 Lectures 31:49

At the end of this video, you will know what materials are covered in the five main sections, what techniques you will learn, how I help you to get back on track if you find particular exercises difficult and why I am so passionate about fingerpicking guitar.

Preview 02:39

I give you a small introduction about me, why I have been playing guitar for 22 years, why I am so passionate about teaching my students, and hopefully you - and why fingerpicking is hands down the best way to learn guitar

Who Am I
01:46

At the end of this lesson, you will know how to:

  • Make this course work for you. 
  • How to get unstuck if you are stuck. 
  • Where to skip to if you know a few chords

I give you some of the best links on the web if you want to 

  • Buy a slightly better guitar
  • Learn how to string your guitar
  • Learn how to tune your guitar

(these things are not taught on this course, but these links make sure you don't get stuck

Preview 03:50

At the end of this lesson, the student will learn the strings of the guitar so that for the rest of the course, they can quickly play the strings that are being instructed


String Names
02:47

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Play a G chord
  • Play a C chord
  • Play a D chord
  • Learn how to read chord charts
  • Get tips how to change chords quickly
  • Identify when a chord is cleanly played
  • An exercise to speed up how quickly you change chords
First 3 Chords
06:55

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Play an E chord
  • Play an E minor chord
  • Play an A minor chord
  • Learn some 'easy changes' - Am to Em and E to Em
Another 3 Chords
06:13

At the end of this section, the student will be able to

  • Choose a suitable tempo to practice to
  • How to adjust tempo to speed up playing
  • Play along with the video the first time
  • Access a free online metronome
Using a Metronome
06:21

At the end of reading this guitar tablature guide, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the mechanics of guitar tablature
  • Play a simple riff from tablature
  • Understand how multiple notes at the same time (i.e. chords) looks using tablature
Reading Guitar Tablature
01:18
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Fingerpicking Basics
6 Lectures 32:28

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the rule for which fingers play which strings
  • Exercises for each finger
  • Play a first fingerpicking pattern
The Big Rule
05:25

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Play a fingerpicking pattern over a chord change (G major to C major)
  • Helpful tips if the last exercise was difficult
  • Learn how to fingerpick in perfect time by playing to a metronome
Fingerpicking over Two Chords
06:00

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Learn how to isolate the thumb part of a fingerpicking pattern
  • Good practice technique
  • A new fingerpicking pattern using G, C and E minor
New Patterns over Two Chords
06:32

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Play a new guitar pattern, the backwards pattern
  • Play the backwards pattern with a metronome
The Backwards Pattern
05:17

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the PIMA notation for fingerpicking
  • Describe a fingerpicking pattern in either T123 or PIMA notation
PIMA
03:15

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Fingerpick in the style of REM.
  • Fingerpick a whole song from start to finish
In The Style of REM
05:59
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The Thumb
7 Lectures 34:58

After completing this lecture, the student will be able to:

  • Select bass notes of a given chord
  • Play an alternate bass pattern on that chord
  • Fuse that alternate bass pattern with higher melody notes to create a fingerpicking pattern
Alternating Bass Notes
03:02

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Play an alternate bass pattern in C and Em (last exercise broken down step by step)
  • Play a fingerpicking pattern on the 4th string
  • Play a fingerpicking pattern on the 5th string
  • Play a fingerpicking pattern on the 6th string
3 Left-Hand Patterns
04:00

Cheat Sheet
04:02

After  completing this lecture, the student will be able to:

  • Fingerpick the start of a blues progression in E
  • Play a fingerpicking pattern  where the bass inverts
  • Fingerpicking with different fret options of the C chord
  • Fingerpick over a C, A minor, E minor change
Goes Both Ways
07:05

After completing this lecture, the student will be able to:

  • Understand why adding additional bass notes outside the chord can help create a feeling of movement
  • Understand the function of passing bass notes
  • Learn a practical example (A minor to C)
  • Learn another example (E minor to G)
Walking Bass
06:32

After completing this lecture, the student will be able to play a chord progression with passing bass notes and a thumb-2-3 pattern which is similar to that used by Jeff Buckley in the song Hallelujah.

In The Style of Jeff Buckley
05:53

After completing this lecture, the student will be able to play the song "The House of the Rising Sun".

This uses some previous patterns, passing bass notes and seventh chords

Song: The House of the Rising Sun
04:24
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The Fingers
7 Lectures 24:56
Fingers Pattern 1
03:41

Fingers Pattern 2
02:55

Fingers Pattern 3
03:15

Six Note Sequences
02:58

Create Your Own Fingerpicking Sequences
03:32

Pinching
04:11

In the Style of Ray LaMontagne
04:24
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Advanced Techniques
7 Lectures 35:21

At the end of the lesson, you will have learned two different Travis Picking patterns you can apply while just fretting the G chord. You will have seen up close using different camera angles what movement the thumb makes to get this Travis Picking pattern working and you will be able to play yourself using Travis Picking.

Starting Travis Picking
05:16

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • See an Outside-In pattern being played and know why it has this name
  • Be able to play the Outside-In pattern over a C chord
  • Be able to play the Outside-In pattern over a G chord
  • Be able to play the Outside-In pattern consistently while changing chords (C to G)
  • Be given a challenging exercise to apply the Outside-In pattern to a choice of your own chords (e.g. A minor)
Preview 04:22

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • See the Am to C Inside Out previous exercise broken down and explained
  • Play a Travis Picking bass pattern in G and C
  • Add a single melody note to these patterns
  • Add a second melody note to these patterns
  • Alternate fretting of C chord to facilitate Travis picking
More on Travis Picking
07:45

At the end of this lecture, students will be able to:

  • See how a difficult picking exercise can be broken down into component parts
  • See how to master each one before adding another layer
Isolate and Build
04:28

After this lesson, you will be able to introduce some pinching into your Travis Picking patterns. As well as being able to play some melody notes at the same time as your bass pattern, you will be able to add notes in between the bass notes in your pattern, which will open up your playing tremendously.

Pinching with Travis Picking
04:44

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Understand how to construct a clawhammer fingerpicking pattern
  • Play a Clawhammer Pattern in C
  • Understand the difference between Travis Picking and Clawhammer
  • Get the secret to continuing your learning
The Clawhammer
04:38

In the Style of Simon & Garfunkel
04:08
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Bonuses
1 Lecture 04:47
Barre Chords: Playing The F chord as a Beginner
04:47
About the Instructor
Patrick O'Malley
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Guitar Instructor

My name is Patrick O’Malley. I have been giving guitar lessons for over 15 years and about ten years ago, I started teaching all my new students to fingerpick from lesson one. I noticed that the students who started this way almost always stuck with the instrument and kept returning for more lessons. I also noticed that they were far more musical and creative from an early stage, in comparison to students who began with chords, scales and theory. I still meet and play with many of them to this very day.

Believe it or not, I was very good at maths when I was younger and to make extra money I would give maths lessons to kids (teenagers) when I was in college. I always noticed one thing about maths - wherever anyone was stuck, they were always missing a key building block that was necessary. In my guitar teaching, I have over the years observed what common building blocks students are missing to understand what is required to play guitar and indeed fingerpicking, so I’m confident that the way everything is presented here is going to give students what they need to get competent and hopefully continue learning far beyond that.