Lesson 1: A & D Chords + Songs!
Are you ready for your first lesson?
This first lesson is a little longer than later lessons because there are quite a few fundamental skills we need to get out of the way, how to read chords boxes, hold your guitar, hold picks and more important bits!
After the lesson segments I'm going to give you a full and details practice routine that you can use with My Practice Assistant - you will know exactly what to practice and for how long.
Remember that you can follow along with Nitsuj's progress as well and see how he handles it, some of it is quite funny - especially seeing him experience finger pain and really struggling with playing songs!
The first few weeks of learning guitar are always tough, especially if you go too hard at it at the start - so my advice would be to relax into it and not try to play too much too soon - it'll make for a more fun journey.
How To Tune A Guitar For Beginners
You can’t play too many tunes if you don’t know how to tune your guitar! Let’s fix that. For beginner guitar players, this is a good place to start.
How To Hold Your Guitar
Learning how to hold your guitar properly is so important! If you get it wrong, it can make things much harder for you later. Make sure you start off on the right foot.
Positive Finger Placement
Where you place your fingers within the frets on your guitar can make a huge difference in your playing. Find out how to get the best sound with the least effort.
How To Read Guitar Chord Boxes
Guitar chord boxes are visual tools that show you how to play a chord. You’ve probably seen them before, but what does any of it mean? Let’s break it all down.
How To Play The D Chord
The D chord is the first chord we’ll be learning in this beginner’s guitar course. Get your fingertips ready!
How To Hold A Guitar Pick
Learning how to hold a guitar pick properly will save you some grief later in your guitar playing journey. Grab some tips here and then see what works best for you.
How To Strum Without A Pick
Strumming without a pick is something that confuses a lot of beginner guitar players! Here are a few different ways it can be done.
How To Play The A Chord
The A chord is one of the most basic chords that every beginner guitar player should know. Learn it, practice it, commit it to memory!
How To Use Anchor Fingers
Anchor fingers are fingers that stay in the same position, or at least on the same string, when going from one chord to another. They make changing chords much easier!
One Minute Changes Exercise
My One Minute Changes exercise has helped so many beginner guitar players get faster at changing from one chord to another. It can help you, too!
Bars & Strumming On 1
In music, a “bar” divides rhythmic beats. For your first strumming pattern in this beginner guitar course, we’re going to start super simple with just one strum per bar!
How To Strum The Correct Strings
Beginner guitar players often have trouble playing the right strings – and not playing the wrong strings! – at the right times.
How To Minimize Finger Pain
If you’re a beginner guitar player and your fingers are killing you – don’t worry! This is totally normal! Here are some ways to deal with the finger pain.
Super Easy 2 Chord Songs
Check out these awesome songs that use just A and D chords - you can start playing songs in your very first lesson!
How To Use Justin's Song App
I think my song app is the best tool you can use alongside my beginner lessons - and in the video, I explain how to use it with the new lesson series!
Lesson 1 Practice Schedule
The best way to do your practice is to use My Practice Assistant which is available free on your dashboard. Click the practice tab above and then select replace Curren...
Using My Practice Assistant
Here's a video where I run you through how to put the beginner practice routines into My Practice Routine and what the things do. It's just a quick screen grab, I'l...
When to move on from Lesson 1?
So when can you move on from Lesson 1? In this video we discuss just that. I'll come back and add more text later - just discovered that i didn't have lesson page m...