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Welcome new guitar player :) This is THE place to start if you are picking up guitar for the first time, or if you been playing a while and want to make sure you have not left any holes in your knowledge...

I like to think that my method is the most effective, enjoyable and logically structured method available anywhere. Over a million people have learned to play using this course and it gets great reviews all over the internet, so I'm pretty confident that it works! We'll start at the very beginning and I'll show you all the basic chords, strumming and techniques to get you playing great songs as soon as possible! It's a lot of fun :)

I would strongly recommend you follow the course from the beginning and give each lesson your best. Even if you've tried to learn guitar before, I would still advise you look through each lesson to make sure you fill in any holes in your knowledge, you might find things that really help you get it together!

There's a "? Get Help With This Lesson" link to the forum on every page, and by asking questions you help me improve the course and getting tips from other that have done the course can be very helpful!

Though learning music theory is not an essential part of learning the guitar, many people enjoy understanding what they are doing and my eBook, Practical Music Theory will be very interesting for those people and will help you understand what you are doing and give you many exercises to help you memorise the information.

Good luck my cyber students, hope you really enjoy it! Justin :)

Getting Started...

Before we get started in learning chords and stuff, I want to get you off to the best possible start. This section will really help you get the most of this course so check it out!

Stage 1

In this first stage we are going to check out three basic chords and how to change between them. We look at the very basics of rhythm and some easy songs that you can play with just these three chords!

Stage 2

Now we are going to introduce some easy minor chords. We'll be changing between them and listening to the difference between Major and Minor. We'll also develop the changes between the new chords and the ones learnt last lesson. We also have to get our foot working and understand why that is important to become friends with a metronome.

Stage 3

Now we have to get your hand stretching out a bit for a couple of trickier chords. We also introduce the idea of strumming patterns and how to read basic music rhythms.

Stage 4

Now we are going to introduce some new interesting (but not harder) chords. We also introduce the "partial barre" to toughen up the side of your first finger a bit and talk about counting rhythm, all important stuff.

Stage 5

We finish off learning our open 7th chords, check out a new way to help get your chord changes even faster and also have a look at shuffle rhythms. You will be able to play blues in three different keys by the end of this stage :) cool... and we get a little look at some basic music knowledge.

Stage 6

OK. This is a big stage. Lots of important stuff. You are ready for it... now it's time to tackle the big nasty F Chord. Get ready for a bit of pain and frustration, everyone has to go through this rite of passage. And that is not all. We also have to learn to miss some strums! harder than it sounds... but lots of fun and will sound awesome once you get it!

Stage 7

Now we have the very basics under your fingers, we can start to look at some more interesting stuff - notes on the neck, some cool chords to spice up your playing and a scale! wey hey...

Stage 8

Now we are ready for some really cool fun stuff... A look at some other common ways of playing the G Chord, a 12 Bar Blues and an exercise to help you get your picking skills a bit sharper.

Stage 9

Now we are nearly at the end of our beginners course. Few more things to learn and then it's consolidation time! There is a whole lot of different material here - so take your time, just try and digest one little bit at a time and you'll get there!

Where to now?

I would suggest spending some time consolidating the Beginner Course. Make sure you are confident with all the aspects of the consolidation lesson (the last one) and can play a bunch of songs with your open chords and generally feel cool with all the stuff we have covered in this course before moving on to my Intermediate Guitar Method.

Hope you enjoyed it and wishing you all the best, J.

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