Beginner Guitar Lessons - Learn The Basics For Free

I uploaded a series of beginner guitar lesson videos a while ago to my YouTube channel. The main reason for creating the videos was so that new students could begin taking lessons with me, already grasping some of the fundamental basics that all guitarists must know. This enables my students to get onto more advanced guitar lessons sooner.

Having these beginner guitar lessons uploaded to YouTube also allows anybody looking to learn how to play the guitar access to the videos so they can learn some of the basics for free.

If you do find these beginner guitar lessons helpful, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. Likes and subscribers will really help my channel to grow and are much appreciated. Subscribing to my channel will also ensure you do not miss out on future guitar videos.

Guitar Lesson 1:
Guitar Fretboard Note Names

In this lesson, you will learn the basics that all guitarists need to know when learning to play the guitar. It is essential that all guitarists learn these fundamental concepts.

I am always amazed at how some guitarists are able to play quite complex pieces of music without knowing some of this basic information.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • Mnemonics to learn the names of the guitar strings.
  • The musical alphabet and how it relates to a piano keyboard and the guitar fretboard.

  • Sharps and flats.
  • How to work out any note on the guitar fretboard.
  • Notes past the 12th fret.

Guitar Lesson 2:
How To Learn Basic Guitar Chords

This lesson will teach you the basic chord shapes every guitarist must learn. Once you have learnt these basic chord shapes, all other chords can be created from these basic shapes.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • Basic guitar chord shapes, from which you can learn all other chords.
  • Why a book with over 100,000 chords is a waste of time.
  • How to learn without being restricted to parrot-fashion learning.
  • Tips on how to change chords efficiently.
  • How to play chords with clarity.
  • Common fingers and moving finger groups.

Guitar Lesson 3:
Guitar Chords Common Fingers

This lesson expands on concepts learnt already and will allow you to successfully put together chord shapes which are the foundation of song structure.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • More on common fingers to allow easy chord changes.
  • Why the C chord is difficult to play cleanly.
  • How to not allow left-hand thumb position to make chord fingering impossible.
  • Correct left-hand finger position.
  • The importance of muting the low E string with the thumb.
  • How to master a chord progression that is used in many songs.

Guitar Lesson 4:
How To Easily Learn Many Guitar Chords And Chord Types

There are thousands of possible chord shapes available to guitarists. This lesson will give you a system that will set you up to easily learn many chord shapes.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • The reason why the chords A, D and E are the same chord voicing.
  • How to save time learning chord shapes with three for the price of one.
  • How to easily learn minor, major 7th and dominant 7th chords.
  • The sound characteristics of four different chord families.
  • The common chord symbols used to label chord types.
  • Concepts for learning many other types of chords.
  • sus2 and sus4 chords.

Guitar Lesson 5:
Stop Struggling To Play Barre Chords

Barre chords are notoriously difficult to play and many guitar students find great difficulty when attempting to play them. This lesson explains what to do and what not to do when playing barre chords. Follow these tips and you will effortlessly play barre chords in no time.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • Why some students can play barre chords and others find barre chords impossible to play.

  • How to not play barre chords.
  • The ideal thumb position to play barre chords clearly.
  • Correct hand and finger positions to construct barre chords efficiently.
  • How to not waste energy and apply unnecessary pressure.
  • A walkthrough for fool-proof barre chord placement.

Interested In Taking Your Guitar Playing To The Next Level?

If you are interested in rapidly progressing your guitar-playing skills, I offer one-to-one guitar lessons. Location is not a problem as online guitar lessons are a very successful method of learning. I have more information on my Online Guitar Lessons page.

Online guitar lessons work extremely well and when I asked my students if they would like to return to face-to-face guitar lessons after being forced to teach online during the covid pandemic, they all preferred to stick with online lessons. Online guitar lessons are not for everyone, however, as problems such as a lack of internet connection, visual or hearing difficulties, etc., can be an issue. I have therefore decided to offer a limited number of face-to-face guitar lessons from my studio in Norwich once again in 2023.

I also have guitar courses available, with new courses coming soon. These courses are the result of many years of passionate research into how to learn guitar scales, chords, arpeggios and other fundamental tools you must know. These guitar courses will literally save you many years of trying to learn parrot-fashion.

Confused By All The Guitar Learning Options available?

Online guitar lessons, face-to-face guitar lessons, guitar courses, Youtube... so many options!

If you would like to discuss which options work best for you, please feel free to ask for help via the enquiry form below.

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