Guitar For Beginners

Beginner Guitar

Guitar for beginners can be very exciting and yes, a little daunting. But you have to start somewhere. Here at Guitar Tricks, we've spent almost 20 years developing and refining our guitar lessons, including our Core Learning System. This chunk of lessons is devoted to beginning guitar players, and is easily accessible to those who have some initial knowledge of the guitar, and to those who have never even held a pick. You can skip around if you'd like, which may be okay depending on your skill level, but we recommend going in consecutive order so you first build a solid foundation.

The Easiest System:

The Guitar Tricks Core Learning System is our third-generation guitar lesson system geared toward the first-time student and those returning to guitar after some time. This program of eight full-length courses is divided into two sections, Guitar Fundamentals and Intermediate Style Courses. Each self-paced course runs between one and eight weeks, and combined they take you from pure basics all the way to playing guitar at an advanced intermediate level in Blues, Country and Rock.

Now That's Some Good Form

Like every instrument, learning how to play the guitar involves a lot of physical and mental coordination. Having the right form and posture is an essential foundation, especially if you end up playing for long periods of time. It will certainly feel awkward at first. After all, holding a large block of wood with a stick at the end isn't quite as normal as brushing your teeth or using a fork. But with practice and time, your body will develop the muscle memory for properly holding the guitar.

Learn Guitar the Right Way:

Being a good guitar student doesn't just mean watching every video all the way through, or deciding not to revisit a song or exercise as soon as you think you've nailed it. When you make a mistake, don't gloss over it just to get to the next part. Drill that sucker until you have it down - and then feel gratified that you can now play it, and probably other phrases like it. And it's not just about being able to coordinate your fretting fingers with your strumming hand - try playing songs and exercises at different volumes and speeds. Slower tempos can help you with rhythm and tone, and playing faster helps you with technique. Control your guitar. Don't let it control you!

Below is a selection of lessons from each chapter in Level 1 of the Core Learning System, which you will encounter throughout the course. The Core Learning System will provide you with the necessary skills and tools that will effectively and efficiently get you well on your way to playing guitar. All you'll need is the practice and the dedication. And, of course, a guitar!

What is a Pick and How to Use It: This lesson walks you through the proper way of holding a pick. There's a real Goldilocks balance where holding the pick too tightly will result in muscle cramps and choppy playing, and holding the pick too loosely will result in the pick slipping from your fingers and sloppy playing.

How to Hold the Guitar: This lesson shows you the basic ground rule on how you should hold your guitar along with various ways to position your arms depending on what's most comfortable to you. Sit up straight, be loose, and enjoy!

Tuning with an Electronic Tuner: Most electronic tuners these days have a fairly standardized interface. In this lesson, you'll learn how an electronic tuner works with such an interface using a Korg CA-30 Chromatic Tuner.

The Mechanics of Fretting Notes: Here, we cover the physical motions required of your arms, hands, and fingers with playing the guitar. There are two fundamentally different types of notes on the guitar: open string notes and fretted string notes.

Full Chords Group 1: A, D, and E: In music, a Chord is defined as a group of three or more notes that are played together at the same time. Here, we will start with learning the basic Open String Chords in the first position. These are called Open String Chords because they make use of as many open strings notes as possible.