Beginner Guitar Course [CLASSIC]
Welcome to my 'Classic' Beginners Guitar Course :)
As promised, my new Beginner Grade 1 Guitar Lessons series was launched on December 21, 2019.
But for sure that doesn't make this 'classic' course any less effective or useful, it's helped millions of people and it can help you too. But of course, having two courses is going to raise some questions...
What is better about the new course?
I spent over a year looking at comments on this course, in the forum and on my YouTube videos to see where I could make improvements to this course. I decided to break the delivery of new material into smaller chunks, so rather than having 'Stages', the new course has 'Lessons' which are basically more like what you would get in one private lesson than 'Stages' were. I changed the way I teach the G chord, improved the progression for strumming study and put a greater emphasis on songs. Go have a look - it's still free.
If I started on the old course should I stay or swap over?
At this stage I have only filmed Grade 1 of the new course which equates to Stages 1-3 in the classic course - so if you're any further along than that you'll use the classic course. I expect Grade 2 be released in around April 2020. Grade 3 around September - they are a load of work, and I'm currently learning Grade 2 left-handed myself to test it all, so I have some work to do ;) If you only just started, then I'd jump to the new one - if you're further along then use both!
Can I still use my songbooks?
Of course! All the songs are awesome for beginners, I'm essentially just changing the speed of delivery of the lessons - the order or info presented is almost exactly the same - and in the new course, I will specify where to find the appropriate songs for each lesson!
Can I still use the Beginner Song Course App
My Beginner Song Course App is separate to the website courses, but a perfect companion to both. At time of launch, the app has playlists for the old course but not the new one yet - but we're working on it :)
Wishing you a lot of fun on your guitar journey, whichever path you choose! Good luck!
Before Your First Guitar Lesson
So you've decided you want to play the guitar? Maybe you already got one, maybe you're just exploring the idea and wondering what it's going to take... worried about f...
The White Grade
This first WHITE grade covers the real basics, the 8 essential beginner chords, basic strumming and how to change between chords - usually the biggest hurdle for beginners. The material in this grade is now updated in the new beginner course, if you're new then you might like to check that out!
After the 3 Stages, we have an Essential Skills module which you could check out any time you want - it's stuff that you'll find super helpful on your journey :) You'll probably find my Practical Music Theory course super fun if you're the type who likes to understand what they're doing - it's not essential for beginners but most people seem to really enjoy it!
Beginner 1: First Steps
Learn three easy chords, A, D and E, very basic strumming and easy songs you can play with just these three chords (even some with just 2 chords!). Your fingers are go...
Beginner 2: Getting Minor
Now learn about Minor chords, they're no harder than Major ones at all, they just sound sadder! We'll be looking a bit more at timing and strumming and foot tapping, y...
Beginner 3: G, C & Technique
We'll learn two more chords (G and C) and start on some technique to limber up your fingers and more strumming work! You'll be able to play LOADS of awesome songs with...
The Yellow Grade
The Yellow grade has another three "stages" and we're going to be checking out some new chords and some alternative ways to play chords you learned already which will help speed up your chord changes. We'll learn about dominant 7th chords and also you'll tackle The F Chord which is a big step for Beginners.
Beginner 4: 7th Chords & Changes
This stage we're starting on some more chords, 7th chords, an easy F chord and we'll be checking out a super cool trick to accelerate your chord changes while playing ...
Beginner 5: More 7's & Rhythms
Learn how to make chord changes in the air! We'll explore triplets and shuffle strumming and some awesome blues songs - and even a little basic music theory!
Beginner 6: The F Chord
Now it's time to face The F Chord. Most beginners think it's an appropriate name for it after a week or so of practice ;) but it's a big step on your journey and will ...
The Orange Grade
This grade is the end of your beginner course and we'll be learning loads of awesome stuff like Fingerstyle, Power Chords, Suspended Chords, Slash Chords and the basics of improvisation.
Beginner 7: Power & Sus Chords
The focus for this stage is chord embellishments which sound super cool. We'll also get started on Power Chords, notes in the Open Position and more strumming patterns...
Beginner 8: Blues & Fingerstyle
Lots going on now, finishing Power Chords, Fingerstyle and a super cool 12 Bar Blues and... a scale! Bet you're excited about that right? Well, you should be, because ...