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johncilmi

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Joined: 10/04/21

Posts: 2

Hi,

I just joined Guitar Tricks as a full access member. I can see that there is a lot of content, but I haven't found the step by step path advertised. I was hoping for a tutorial, either text or video. Any help would be much appreciated.

John

#1

Hi,

I just joined Guitar Tricks as a full access member. I can see that there is a lot of content, but I haven't found the step by step path advertised. I was hoping for a tutorial, either text or video. Any help would be much appreciated.

John

William MG

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Joined: 03/08/19

Posts: 1242

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

#2

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7386

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: johncilmi

I can see that there is a lot of content, but I haven't found the step by step path advertised.

Go here:

https://www.guitartricks.com/beginner.php

Click on Guitar Fundamentals 1. Enjoy!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#3

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: johncilmi

I can see that there is a lot of content, but I haven't found the step by step path advertised.

Go here:

https://www.guitartricks.com/beginner.php

Click on Guitar Fundamentals 1. Enjoy!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

johncilmi

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Joined: 10/04/21

Posts: 2

Originally Posted by: William

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

Thanks, William. Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

#4

Originally Posted by: William

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

Thanks, William. Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

rickajones71

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Joined: 08/22/21

Posts: 1

Hi John,

I am in a similar situation with you- I started from the very beginning-- yeah there are lessons I fast forwarded through, but there were things I learned in Fundamentals 1 and now 2 that are key building blocks that lead to the more advanced theory I am looking forward to learning.

Just get started and see how it goes!

Rick

2021 PRS Custom 24 Floyd Rose

1992 Ibanez RG470

Helix Processor

Boss Katana 100 MK II

#5

Hi John,

I am in a similar situation with you- I started from the very beginning-- yeah there are lessons I fast forwarded through, but there were things I learned in Fundamentals 1 and now 2 that are key building blocks that lead to the more advanced theory I am looking forward to learning.

Just get started and see how it goes!

Rick

2021 PRS Custom 24 Floyd Rose

1992 Ibanez RG470

Helix Processor

Boss Katana 100 MK II

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7386

Originally Posted by: johncilmi
Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

What are your goals? What do you want to do that you can't yet?

There are 3 primary categories of tutorials on GT.

1. Core Learning System. This is an integrated step by step curriculum of lessons that start at absolute beginner. The idea here is to isolate & streamline the cirriculum all in one step-by-step process. Since you are beyond the fundamental stages, you might enjoy material from one of the Style courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/experienced.php

2. Song Catalog. This is all the songs GT has the secured the rights to teach.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs.php

3. Instructor Directories. These are more specialized topics, sometimes organized in sub-categories. You can view the instructors & their specialties here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors.php

For example, I have over a thousand lesson on various topics, organized by topic or focus. In general, these are for diving deeper into any given concept or technique. They are not necessary per se to the streamlined core learning system, but will help once a student develops more interest in a certain style or technique.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

If you can tell me your goals, then I can point you in the right direction.

For example, if you want to learn how to play every major & minor triad & inversion all over the fretboard. I have this collection of tutorials.

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/triads-and-inversions

If you want to dive deeper into how to improvise:

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise

Building a repertoire of blues licks?

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/Bread-and-Butter-Butter-Blues-Licks

Looking for systematic pentatonic scale exercises?

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=722

Building speed for soloing?

https://www.guitartricks.com/search.php?query=%22speedy+ideas%22

If you have a question about a certain topic, or how to do some skill, please ask! The GT database of lessons is enormous! That's one reason the forum is here, to help you find the resources you desire.

Hope this helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#6

Originally Posted by: johncilmi
Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

What are your goals? What do you want to do that you can't yet?

There are 3 primary categories of tutorials on GT.

1. Core Learning System. This is an integrated step by step curriculum of lessons that start at absolute beginner. The idea here is to isolate & streamline the cirriculum all in one step-by-step process. Since you are beyond the fundamental stages, you might enjoy material from one of the Style courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/experienced.php

2. Song Catalog. This is all the songs GT has the secured the rights to teach.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs.php

3. Instructor Directories. These are more specialized topics, sometimes organized in sub-categories. You can view the instructors & their specialties here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors.php

For example, I have over a thousand lesson on various topics, organized by topic or focus. In general, these are for diving deeper into any given concept or technique. They are not necessary per se to the streamlined core learning system, but will help once a student develops more interest in a certain style or technique.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

If you can tell me your goals, then I can point you in the right direction.

For example, if you want to learn how to play every major & minor triad & inversion all over the fretboard. I have this collection of tutorials.

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/triads-and-inversions

If you want to dive deeper into how to improvise:

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise

Building a repertoire of blues licks?

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/Bread-and-Butter-Butter-Blues-Licks

Looking for systematic pentatonic scale exercises?

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=722

Building speed for soloing?

https://www.guitartricks.com/search.php?query=%22speedy+ideas%22

If you have a question about a certain topic, or how to do some skill, please ask! The GT database of lessons is enormous! That's one reason the forum is here, to help you find the resources you desire.

Hope this helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

William MG

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Joined: 03/08/19

Posts: 1242

Originally Posted by: johncilmi
Originally Posted by: William

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

Thanks, William. Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

Your welcome John. Christopher laid out a lot of material in his post and if you want to drill down into something specific he will help you out.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

#7

Originally Posted by: johncilmi
Originally Posted by: William

I don't know if you are a complete beginner John, but assuming you are a newbie, from the opening splash screen choose "Beginner Lessons". Click on the yellow "Start Here" link.

This will take you through Fundamentals 1 and F2 giving you some good basics. From there you are pretty much self directed. There are more advanced lessons and genres availble as well as techinical skills. Once you have some knowledge you will probably have more questions. The forum is a good place to look for answers and there is also the search engine which will really open the site up. Something else you should be familiar with is the Toolbox. Look for it on the left side of your screen. Lots of good stuff in here like chord and scale tools as well as jam tracks to practice with. And forgot to mention the songs. You can filter songs from Absolute Beginner through to Advanced. Lots of good stuff in here as well.

Good luck.

Thanks, William. Actually, I've been playing for decades and just want to take it to the next level. I guess I would be classified as intermediate. With that in mind where do you suggest I start on Guitar Tricks?

Your welcome John. Christopher laid out a lot of material in his post and if you want to drill down into something specific he will help you out.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

jayohh_1

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Joined: 09/26/21

Posts: 1

Im also looking for a streamlined progression-path. Been a member of Jamplay before, and the sight is a mess.

Joined GT and started from the absolute beginning "Guitar fundamentals 1 and 2" (which was very good and step by step. Then I started the the Blues Guitar lessons, but seems like they also just teach the basics and then you should start covering songs.

Also thought about learning a bit of classical, but those lessons also seems like just the basics then it stops.

Im sure everything I need is in here somewhere, but would be nice with a streamline progression after just the basics.

Ive been playing on and of for almost 30 years, but mostly self tought (and mostly off). So I feel like Im missing A LOT of theory, and also the ability to make cool guitartracks and improvise over the. Im pretty much at the level where I can play a 12 bar blues, and play some basic pentatonic over it, and thats about it:)

#8

Im also looking for a streamlined progression-path. Been a member of Jamplay before, and the sight is a mess.

Joined GT and started from the absolute beginning "Guitar fundamentals 1 and 2" (which was very good and step by step. Then I started the the Blues Guitar lessons, but seems like they also just teach the basics and then you should start covering songs.

Also thought about learning a bit of classical, but those lessons also seems like just the basics then it stops.

Im sure everything I need is in here somewhere, but would be nice with a streamline progression after just the basics.

Ive been playing on and of for almost 30 years, but mostly self tought (and mostly off). So I feel like Im missing A LOT of theory, and also the ability to make cool guitartracks and improvise over the. Im pretty much at the level where I can play a 12 bar blues, and play some basic pentatonic over it, and thats about it:)

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7386

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1

Then I started the the Blues Guitar lessons, but seems like they also just teach the basics and then you should start covering songs.

What kind of material are you looking for? Did you see the links I posted above about the instructor directories?

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
Also thought about learning a bit of classical, but those lessons also seems like just the basics then it stops.

I have classical material from beginner to intermediate & some advanced material here:

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=28987

It's also organized into a curriculum on my directory. Just scroll down to the classical section.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
So I feel like Im missing A LOT of theory,

All about theory!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/music-theory

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
and also the ability to make cool guitartracks and improvise over the.

How to improvise!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
Im pretty much at the level where I can play a 12 bar blues, and play some basic pentatonic over it, and thats about it:)[/p]

Blues licks galore!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/Bread-and-Butter-Butter-Blues-Licks

Hope that helps! Please ask more as necessary!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#9

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1

Then I started the the Blues Guitar lessons, but seems like they also just teach the basics and then you should start covering songs.

What kind of material are you looking for? Did you see the links I posted above about the instructor directories?

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
Also thought about learning a bit of classical, but those lessons also seems like just the basics then it stops.

I have classical material from beginner to intermediate & some advanced material here:

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=28987

It's also organized into a curriculum on my directory. Just scroll down to the classical section.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
So I feel like Im missing A LOT of theory,

All about theory!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/music-theory

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
and also the ability to make cool guitartracks and improvise over the.

How to improvise!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise

Originally Posted by: jayohh_1
Im pretty much at the level where I can play a 12 bar blues, and play some basic pentatonic over it, and thats about it:)[/p]

Blues licks galore!

https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/Bread-and-Butter-Butter-Blues-Licks

Hope that helps! Please ask more as necessary!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory