Tips on Learning and Practicing Music
Tuning with an Electronic Tuner
Tuning with the Guitar Tricks Reference Tuner
Note Names on the 5th and 6th Strings
This tutorial introduces notes on the 5th and 6th strings with a simple melody to practice what you learn.
Note Names on the 1st and 2nd Strings
This tutorial introduces notes on the 1st and 2nd string with a simple melody to practice what you learn.
Note Names on the 3rd and 4th Strings
This tutorial introduces notes on the 3rd and 4th strings with a simple melody to practice what you learn.
In this series of lessons, Mike Stocksdale will shine a light on some of the reasons why a songwriter chooses certain elements to include in a piece of music. Mike will talk about...
Elements of Better Blues Musicianship
In this tutorial we'll zoom out and look at the big picture of blues musicianship: improvisation, using backing tracks, playing live, and writing music. These aren't playing...
How To Read Tablature
How to Read Guitar Tab
How To Hold The Guitar
The goal in this short tutorial is to learn how to hold the guitar comfortably so you can begin to play the instrument.
What A Pick Is And How To Use It
Parts of the Acoustic Guitar
In this single lesson tutorial, you'll learn about all the different parts that make up an acoustic guitar.
Parts of the Electric Guitar
How Notes Are Named (Introducing A-G Terminology)
Natural and Accidental Notes
Learning to Read Music: A Quick Reference
This single lesson tutorial provides a simple reference for reading music notation. This chart shows you rhythm symbols, the time duration, and how to count them.
In these 13 videos, I'll show you how you can build your own custom guitar. You'll get a listing of all the parts you'll need before you start, then we'll go step-by-step through...
An Introduction to Drop C Tuning
In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to drop C tuning. This tuning is used by many metal artists, as it is a full two whole steps down from the standard tuning and gives a...
Restring & Tune Your Acoustic Guitar
Every guitar player should have a working knowledge of how to change his/her guitar strings. What happens if you break a string on a gig? You should know how to put on a new...
Elements of Better Blues Musicianship 2
This tutorial has no hands-on examples, yet has some of the most practical advice offered on the site. This is how you should use the information we give you here. This is how you...
Elements of Better Country Musicianship
This is a non-playing lesson series meant to give you an idea of how to practice and set goals that better you as a musician. Music is a performance art that is driven by YOU and...
Elements of Better Rock Musicianship
Necks And Fretboards
In this tutorial we'll have an upclose look at the various types of necks and fretboards used to make electric guitars. Featured are maple necks, rosewood and maple fingerboards,...
Introduction to Guitar Fundamentals 1 & 2
Guitar Fundamentals 1 & 2 will take you from the bare beginning - how do I hold the guitar? - all the way through to playing simple melodies, learning how to play all the most...
Introduction to Level One Courses
The next free lessons that we want to show you take up where Guitar Fundamentals 1 & 2 left off. We call this moment, where you have the basics down, but not too much experience...
Three Types of Lessons: Tips & Tricks
We have three types of lessons on the guitartricks website, designed for people with different learning styles, or maybe just different amounts of free time on hand. Our...
Introduction to Tutorials
Once you have mastered the basics, either in your previous experience or through the Guitar Tricks Fundamentals and Level One courses, you are then able to explore all the rest of...
Introduction to New Instructors
One of the great things about Guitar Tricks is it is always getting bigger and bigger. We add new lessons and instructors all the time. These specially selected players are...
What to Do Next
We really hope you enjoyed these free lessons and learned some new techniques. Inspiration is everything in music, so we hope we have inspired you to put in some quality time...
Guitar Fundamentals 2 Intro Video
Your First Note
Pick up your guitar, put it on your right knee with the knee in the curve of the bottom of the guitar, grab the neck with your left hand, and...
Your First Two-handed Note
Left Hand First Now, you are going to play your first two-handed note. What you want to do is press down on the fretboard just behind the fret. The fret is the metal thing...