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What are 4 Basic Skills that every beginning guitar player should learn? The 4 Basic Skills are...

  1. Picking individual notes with your right hand (for righties).
  2. Strumming with your right hand.
  3. Fingering individual notes with your left hand.
  4. Chording with your left hand.
If you learn these skills, and practice them regularly*, by the end of two months you should be able to...
  1. Play simple melodies by ear.
  2. Strum along with many familiar songs.

Course Outline...

8 Lessons

Week 1 - Ready, Set, Go

Introduction: Parts of the guitar, posture, hand positions, your first song!

Week 2 - Picking Individual Notes

Simple picking techniques. Your first scale!

Week 3 - Fingering Individual Notes with your left hand

How frets work, how to press on the strings, more songs and scales

Week 4 - Introduction to Chords

What is a chord? Fingering your first chords.

Week 5 - Strumming Chords

The most basic strumming pattern. Changing chords. Some tricks.

Week 6 - Chord Variations

2, 3 and 4 note chords for the key of G.

Week 7 - Chord Patterns

The most basic chord pattern. Strumming chords to simple songs in G.

Week 8 - Chords for the key of D

Strumming chords to simple songs in the key of D

*Every day for 15 minutes or at least 3 times a week for about a half hour.