Shortcut to Guitar: Beginner Guitar Course

Shortcut to Guitar: Beginner Guitar Course

Shortcut to Guitar: Beginner Guitar Course

Easy guitar learning concept built around one basic chord shape and one key and utilizing the “thumb strum”

Language: english

Note: 4.8/5 (4 notes) 603 students  New course 

Instructor(s): Peter Holland

Last update: 2022-06-21

What you’ll learn

  • To know how the guitar works and to get it ready for playing
  • To understand the basics of music theory
  • To know and be able to use all the chords in a key
  • To be able to construct simple melodies around chord progressions

 

Requirements

  • No experience needed. Just a guitar.

 

Description

By separating the different disciplines needed to play the guitar the journey to guitar playing enjoyment is made easy.

Simplifying the learning process helps beginners get over the usual stumbling blocks with ease.

The course also gives the student a solid foundation in musical understanding.

The lessons show how using our simple chord shapes chord progressions (and therefore, simple songs) are constructed, with special emphasis placed on a typical “blues” progression, and how to embellish those simple chords to add melody to the rhythm (the students own natural rhythm at first and then later counted out rhythm) and the harmony from the chords.

The lessons encourage the use of the “thumb strum” a simple alternative to playing strum/rhythm patterns with a pick/plectrum, which is difficult for beginners. But don’t worry, the “thumb strum” leads to many other types of guitar playing such as fingerstyle, percussive, flamenco, folk, and it won’t hinder you if you want to pick up a plectrum to play later on!

These “shortcuts” which simplify the physical side of playing the guitar enable the learner to develop a better understanding of how music is constructed on a guitar and how music is constructed in general, giving a great foundation for future learning, a foundation that only enhances the student’s enjoyment of playing the guitar and sense of achievement.

Try it and see for yourself

The course also covers all the basics of the guitar, such as knowing the anatomy of the instrument as well as how it works. How to tune up the guitar using an electronic tuner or phone app and by ear. There is also instruction on how to change a broken string and how to restring all the six strings of the guitar.


 

Who this course is for

  • Complete beginner guitarists who want to understand music as well as play it.
  • Budding songwriters looking for a shortcut into using guitar as a songwriting tool.

 

Course content

  • Introduction
    • Shortcut to Guitar
    • Anatomy of a Guitar
    • Tuning the Guitar
    • The way a guitar works
    • Chords
    • The “Thumb Strum”
    • How to read tabs
    • Exercise 1
    • Exercise 2
    • Tuning the guitar by ear
    • Exercise 3
    • Exercise 4
  • The One Chord
    • The “Family” of chords
    • Exercise 5
    • Exercise 6
    • Melody notes
    • Exercise 7
    • Exercise 8
    • Completing the “Family” of notes
    • Exercise 9
    • Exercise 10
    • Exercise 11
  • The Four Chord
    • The Four chord
    • Exercise 12
    • Execise 13
    • Exercise 14
    • A two chord progression
    • Exercise 15
    • Exercise 16
    • Exercise 17
    • More melody notes
    • Exercise 18
    • Exercise 19
    • More melody notes
    • Exercise 20
    • Exercise 21
  • The Five Chord
    • The Five chord
    • Exercise 22
    • Exercise 23
    • Melody notes
    • Exercise 24
    • Exercise 25
    • The “Family Friend” note – the flat 7th
    • Exercise 26
    • Exercise 27
  • Chords and Keys
    • Where chords come from
    • Exercise 28
    • Exercise 29
    • Introduction to Keys
    • Exercise 30
    • Exercise 31
  • The Two Chord
    • The Two chord
    • Exercise 32
    • Exercise 33
    • Melody notes
    • Exercise 34
    • Exercise 35
  • The Three Chord
    • The Three chord
    • Exercise 36
    • Exercise 37
    • Exercise 38
    • Melody notes
    • Exercise 39
    • Exercise 40
    • The Minor Scale
    • Exercise 41
    • Exercise 42
  • Recap
    • Building chords recap
    • Exercise 43
    • Exercise 44
  • The Six Chord
    • The Six chord
    • Exercise 45
    • Exercise 46
    • Exercise 47
  • The Seven Chord
    • The Seven chord
    • Exercise 48
    • Exercise 49
  • Recap 2
    • Recap
    • Exercise 50
    • Exercise 51
  • Rhythm and Timing
    • Rhythm: Counting, Tempo and Bars
    • Exercise 52
    • Exercise 53
    • Rhythm: Using a metronome, Time signatures and 12 Bar Blues
    • How to restring your guitar

 

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