Intro to Guitar

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Course Introduction

1 Course Introduction 05:43

Hi! I introduce my "Intro to Guitar" course in this video.

2 L1 All About Guitars 24:46

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This lesson is all about guitars. Learn some guitar basics including different types of guitars and where to purchase a guitar if you don't have one. This lesson covers guitar terminology that will be useful for future lessons. If you are already familiar with guitars and want to get started playing, feel free to skip ahead to other lessons. You can always come back to learn more background information as needed.

3 L2 Part 1 Changing Strings and Setup 12:33

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In this lesson we will learn about guitar strings, how to change strings, and how to setup a guitar.

Everything will be covered to the best of my ability, including the strings for most common styles of acoustic and electric guitars. 

The lesson is in three parts. Part 1 is an overview of information about strings, the steps to changing strings, and string setup. Part 2 is a demonstration video of me changing the strings on one of my guitars, with some extra info for different guitar types, and tuning with an electronic pedal-style tuner. Part 3 is about guitar setup and how to get started working on your own guitar if you wish.

4 L2 Part 2 Changing Strings Demonstration 22:03

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In this lesson we will learn about guitar strings, how to change strings, and how to setup a guitar.

Everything will be covered to the best of my ability, including the strings for most common styles of acoustic and electric guitars. 

The lesson is in three parts. Part 1 is an overview of information about strings, the steps to changing strings, and string setup. Part 2 is a demonstration video of me changing the strings on one of my guitars, with some extra info for different guitar types, and tuning with an electronic pedal-style tuner. Part 3 is about guitar setup and how to get started working on your own guitar if you wish.

5 L2 Part 3 Guitar Setup 13:31

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In this lesson we will learn about guitar strings, how to change strings, and how to setup a guitar.

Everything will be covered to the best of my ability, including the strings for most common styles of acoustic and electric guitars. 

The lesson is in three parts. Part 1 is an overview of information about strings, the steps to changing strings, and string setup. Part 2 is a demonstration video of me changing the strings on one of my guitars, with some extra info for different guitar types, and tuning with an electronic pedal-style tuner. Part 3 is about guitar setup and how to get started working on your own guitar if you wish.

6 L3 Picks and Picking 29:53

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This lesson introduces students to guitar picks and how to use them. We will learn about different types of guitar picks, how to hold them, and common picking techniques. I will also introduce slides and capos and how they are commonly used by guitarists.

7 L4 Fingerstyle and Hybrid Picking 18:25

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This lesson introduces the concept of finger style guitar playing. This includes techniques used in classical guitar playing as well as country, rock, blues, jazz, etc. Hybrid picking, that is playing with a pick and the rest of your fingers simultaneously, is also covered. Use this lesson as a primer, as we will learn more in section 3 of this course.

8 L5 How to Listen 22:16

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This lesson introduces concepts of how to listen to music. We will learn about productive and receptive skills and how they relate to listening to other band members on stage. We will also discuss how to intelligently critique music in a way that makes us better performers.

9 L6 Part 1 Reading Notation and Tablature 28:19

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In this lesson we will learn how to read standard music notation and guitar tablature. Follow along with the attached documents as I describe music terms and compare standard notation to tablature. You don’t have to memorize these terms right away, just be aware of them as we move forward.

10 L6 Part 2 Q&A Review 04:36

This is part 2, the review Q&A portion of this lesson.

11 L7 All About Amplifiers 22:00

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This lesson explains guitar amplifiers, their history, and how to use them.

12 L8 Other Gear and Effects 27:18

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This lesson explains pedalboards, effects pedals, and how to use them.

13 L9 Playing in Bands and Safety 26:21

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In this lesson I give some practical advice for those of you who wish to eventually play in a band, share tips for being careful with your gear, and give advice on how to stay safe around electrical equipment.

14 L10 Music Goals 28:43

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In this lesson I will talk about possible motivations and goals in music, and how this might relate to a future career path.

15 Review Part 1 26:48

This lesson reviews all the material and quizzes from the course introduction section. I cover each question asked in the quizzes and discuss the correct answer while sharing some additional information related to each topic.

16 Review Part 2 17:56

Section 1

17 L1 Basic Scales and Chords 30:14

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This is our first playing lesson. We will learn key terms, how to tune a guitar, and how to hold a guitar while sitting. We will practice exercises that develop hand strength and dexterity. We will learn a C major scale and a C major chord that we can use in a song.

18 L2 Learning a G Chord 22:39

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In lesson 2 we learn a new way to tune, new warmups, and a new chord. Played on a nylon string classical guitar.

19 L3 Let's Play a Song 27:07

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In this lesson we learn a new exercise, expand our C major scale, learn a new chord, study the perfect 5th, and play a short song that I wrote just for you.

20 L4 The Beatles and Pearl Jam 29:37

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In this lesson we will learn about artificial harmonics, a new warmup, scale exercise, interval, and chord, and we will learn the verse of two songs that use the chords we have learned so far.

21 L5 Review and Sight Reading 22:26

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Part 1. Lesson 5 is the finale of section 1. We learn some new scales and music theory, new chords, practice sight reading for the first time, and we learn 3 songs in their entirety using all of the chords that we've learned so far. I've had fun making this section and I hope you've had fun too. Practice and review all the material we've covered in section 1, and you'll be ready for section 2!

22 L5 Part 2 Songs 14:21

Section 1, Lesson 5, Part 2. The repertoire section starts here.

23 Section 1 Review 27:42

This lesson reviews the material presented and quizzes given in section 1. I review each question along with the correct answer giving additional information for why the answer is correct. I also review some of the songs that we learned in this section.

Section 2

24 L1 Learning Riffs 22:15

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In this lesson well will begin to practice string skipping, dive deeper into chords and scales, and learn about riffs.

25 L2 Blues Progression 26:39

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In this lesson, we will continue our study of string skipping, scales, and chords, as well as begin to study the blues progression and how to play a riff on different strings.

26 L3 Day Tripper Blues 26:23

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In this lesson, we will practice economy picking, continue learning scales and chords, practice ear training to remember intervals, and play the “Day Tripper” riff as a blues.

27 L4 Moveable Chord Shapes 23:37

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In this lesson, we will continue practicing economy picking, major and minor scales, and chords. We will also learn new intervals, practice sight reading, and learn movable chord shapes.

28 L5 Playing the Entire Day Tripper Song 27:39

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In this lesson, we study sweep picking, learn about 7th intervals and 7th chords, and continue to study scales. We also use our knowledge of chords, riffs, and the blues progression to play “Day Tripper” in its entirety.

29 Section 2 Review 29:20

This lesson reviews the information and quizzes from section 2. I give additional details on the lesson material and explain why the quiz answers are correct. Attached to this lesson is a midterm test that reviews everything we've covered so far.

Section 3

30 L1 Part 1 Fingerstyle Guitar 25:05

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In this lesson we will begin our study of finger style guitar playing as well as continue studying technique and other musical topics.

31 L1 Part 2 Repertoire and Review 09:21

This video concludes lesson 1 with the repertoire and review portions of the lesson.

32 L2 Continuing with Fernando Sor 22:39

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In this lesson, we continue our study of fingerstyle guitar playing. We will study moveable chord shapes for 7th chords and finish learning our classical guitar piece, Opus 60 No. 1 by Fernando Sor.

33 L3 New Classical Song 26:00

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In this lesson, we continue our study of finger style guitar technique, practice new scales and chord shapes, practice sight reading, and begin learning a new classical guitar piece.

34 L4 Finish Opus 60, No. 9 21:02

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In this lesson, we will continue our study of finger style technique, scales, and moveable chord shapes. We will learn some music theory, practice singing harmonic minor, and finish learning Fernando Sor’s Opus 60, No. 9.

35 L5 Fingerstyle in Country and Bossa Nova 27:49

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In this lesson we will conclude section 3 which has been an introduction to finger style guitar playing. We will continue our study of technique, scales, and sight reading. We will conclude this lesson by studying finger style rhythmic patterns that are used in country and bossa nova music styles.

36 Section 3 Review 20:57

This lesson reviews section 3. I cover the quizzes and songs from this section, doing my best to answer any questions that a student might have.

Section 4

37 L1 Blues and Jazz Guitar 26:19

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In this lesson we will introduce jazz and blues guitar styles, including new scale patterns, a new warmup, and differences in song form.

38 L2 Learning a Jazz Standard 29:17

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In this lesson, we will continue studying new warmups and techniques, work on chord voicings that are common in blues and jazz music, and learn a bossa nova jazz standard.

39 L3 Rhythmic Comping 28:14

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In this lesson we will continue our study of blues and jazz technique, including accompaniment (comping) rhythms and chord shapes, sight reading, and two common chord progressions that are both used in the song “I’ve Got Rhythm.”

40 L4 Bending and Gravity 25:57

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In this lesson we will focus on blues playing, including bending strings, a musical phrase popularized by Chuck Berry, and the song "Gravity" by John Mayer, which incorporates many blues influences.

41 L5 Part 1 History and Slide Guitar 26:23

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This lesson concludes section 4, with a brief history of blues and jazz music, a sweep picking exercise, an introduction to slide guitar playing, sight reading practice, and learning different versions of the same blues song: "Crossroads."

42 L5 Part 2 Crossroads 13:09

This concludes lesson 5, starting with the sight reading portion of the lesson and continuing with repertoire and review.

43 Section 4 Review 27:43

This lesson reviews section 4. I will cover the information presented in section 4 and review the questions and answers from the quizzes. 

Section 5

44 L1 Rock Guitar 29:59

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In this lesson we will practice rock style legato playing in the left hand, introduce the CAGED system, practice new theory concepts and sight reading, and learn some classic rock chords.

45 L2 You Really Got Me 26:54

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In this lesson we will continue our study of rock guitar basics, including pick scrapes, tapping, arpeggios, common chord progressions, and the song "You Really Got Me."

46 L3 Creep and Music Theory 25:06

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In this lesson we will continue practicing rock guitar techniques including tapping and arpeggios, practice sight reading, learn about secondary dominant chords, and learn the song "Creep" by Radiohead.

47 L4 Lonely Boy 29:52

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In this lesson we will continue our study of rock guitar technique, including scales, chords, arpeggios, tapping, sight reading, ear training, and learning the song, “Lonely Boy.”

48 L5 Chochise and Enter Sandman 28:17

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In this lesson we will conclude our introduction to rock guitar with scales, chords, and arpeggios, some new techniques, and songs by Audioslave and Metallica.

49 Section 5 Review 28:28

This lesson reviews section 5. I cover the questions and answers from the quizzes as well as the songs we learned.

Section 6

50 L1 Funk Soul R&B 28:11

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In this lesson we will begin our study of funk/soul/R&B/motown/hip-hop style guitar. We will continue our study of scales and arpeggios, practice sight reading, learn about the harmonized minor scale, and learn rhythm guitar parts to three different James Brown songs.

51 L2 It's Your Thing 28:16

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In this lesson we will continue practicing scales and arpeggios, learn how to sing through a minor harmonized scale, practice sight reading, and learn the songs “It’s Your Thing” and “Cissy Strut.”

52 L3 Uptown Funk 29:43

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In this lesson we will continue practicing scales and arpeggios, practice sight reading, learn about borrowed chords, and learn the rhythm parts to three songs: “Supersition,” “Aeroplane,” and “Uptown Funk.”

53 L4 More Funk Music 29:24

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In this lesson we will continue studying Neo-soul technique, practice scales and arpeggios, practice sight reading, and learn several funk/soul songs from the ‘80s to the 2000s.

54 L5 Part 1 Neo-Soul 12:59

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In this lesson we will conclude our study of funk/soul/hip-hop music, which means we have finished our entire intro to guitar course. We will learn a chordal warmup, practice scales and arpeggios, take a brief ear training quiz, and then learn three songs which exemplify how the guitar is used in modern hip-hop music. Congratulations for finishing this course! Thank you for joining me!

55 L5 Part 2 Repertoire and Q&A 25:15

This concludes lesson 5, including the repertoire and Q&A portions of the lesson.

56 Section 6 Review 23:17

This section reviews section 6. I cover the quiz questions and answers as well as the songs we learned. There is a final exam attached as well.

Course Overview

This “Intro to Guitar” course introduces new students to the guitar. The course begins with introductory material that does not require a guitar, and then moves on to six levels of guitar instruction which is equivalent to the instructional material that would be covered within 6-12 months of private in-person guitar lessons. 

Both acoustic and electric guitar methods are covered, including styles such as: classical, country, rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, etc. 

Lessons are taught in a similar style and format as in-person lessons, with each lesson containing relevant information pertaining to technique, sight reading, music theory, ear training, repertoire, song writing, and more. 

Attached files will be available for download and printing when necessary. 

Lessons have a Q&A style review in the video as well as an online quiz so that students can check their progress before moving on to the next lesson. 

This course is intended to be professional, well-organized, and primarily educational, but it is also fun and light-hearted. All students are welcome, from hobbyists both young and old to the next generation of aspiring professionals.

This course includes:

• 7 SECTIONS

• 40 LESSONS

• OVER 50 VIDEOS

• OVER 25 SONGS COVERED

• OVER 20 HOURS OF VIDEO CONTENT

• OVER 50 PAGES OF MUSIC NOTATION MADE JUST FOR THIS COURSE

• ALL STUDY MATERIAL IS INCLUDED

• REVIEW Q&A IN EVERY LESSON

• ONLINE QUIZES FOR EACH LESSON

• NEW MUSIC VOCABULARY WITH EACH LESSON

Course Goals

Upon course completion, students will be able to play the guitar with confidence in open through second position on the fretboard. They will be able to play all basic chord shapes as well as major and minor scales. They will be able to perform songs in several different styles as well as read music in both tablature and standard notation. They will feel comfortable discussing basic topics in music theory and ear training. Students who complete this course will understand the true depth and breadth of the field of guitar music and will be able to move forward into an advanced study of any music style that they prefer. 

Target Audience

This video-course is primarily intended for beginners of all ages. However, keep in mind that it is more scholarly in tone than a free online lesson would be (Youtubers for example) and will take serious effort to complete successfully. It begins with a 10-lesson course introduction followed by the standard lessons in sections 1-6. These sections increase successively in difficulty as far as technique and music knowledge are concerned, but the stylistic and repertoire portions of each lesson vary according to the theme of that section. Sections 1 and 2 focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to master rhythmic strumming and basic lead/riff playing, and could be completed by an elementary student with help from a parent and perhaps a smaller-sized instrument. Sections 3-6 dive deeper into specific guitar styles, focusing on fingerstyle, jazz and blues, rock, and R&B/Soul/Funk respectively. These sections are more appropriate for a well-motivated middle school or high school student, but younger students can still learn a lot from this material if they receive help and patience from a trusted adult.

Course Requirements

No prior music knowledge or study is necessary. It helps if the prospective student is interested in music and listens to music often. I sometimes reference the keyboard of a piano, so at least knowing what a piano looks like would be helpful. Otherwise, this course is designed, to the best of my ability, to be all inclusive from the ground up. 

Required materials include a guitar, an amplifier (if you have an electric guitar), various guitar related items (strings, picks, etc.), a music stand, a desk or suitable workspace, a notebook and writing utensils, and a quiet room that is comfortable for practicing. 

The course introduction includes advice on how and where to purchase all required items.

No music books are required as I include digital scans of any published material that I wish to cover, or I have included my own music documents created specifically for this course. 

COURSE TOPICS

Course Introduction

In this section I will do my best to cover all the basics of guitar and music knowledge so that you have no unanswered questions moving forward.

Section 1. 

In this section we will begin our study of chords and scales, physical technique, and basic music knowledge. We will conclude this section by learning how to play songs that only require chordal strumming.

Section 2.

In this section we will continue our study of musical terms and learn more advanced techniques including playing riffs and moveable chord shapes. We will review all of our new techniques as they apply to a song by The Beatles as well as basic blues form. 

Section 3.

In this section we will continue to develop our knowledge and technique, and we will learn how to play fingerstyle guitar in music genres such as classical, country, and Bossa Nova. 

Section 4.

In this section we will continue to develop our knowledge and technique, and we will learn how to play blues and jazz style techniques including string bending and rhythmic comping. 

Section 5.

In this section we will continue to develop our knowledge and technique, and we will learn how to play rock guitar techniques from the 1960s-2010s such as distorted power chords, pick scrapes, artificial harmonics, and dive bombs. 

Section 6.

In this section we will continue to develop our knowledge and technique, and we will learn how to play guitar in the context of music genres such as R&B, soul, funk, Motown, neo-soul, and hip-hop from the 1970s-2010s.

 

  • Teacher: Jarrett
  • Areas of expertise: Guitar
  • Education: Masters in Music: Jazz Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Interests: Music composition, theory, and performance. Math, physics, geometry, history, religion, and philosophy, especially as they relate to music and art.
  • Skills: Electric guitar performance, audio and video production, basic guitar and electronic repair, essay writing, curriculum development.
  • Associations: TMEA event participant, Student Alumni Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society.
  • Issues I care about: I care most about sharing valuable skills and wisdom with successive generations so that they have the tools they need to build a better world.

I strive to maintain an online classroom environment that is highly structured and educational while also fun, judgment free, and inviting for students.

Quiz Answer Key

This document reveals the answers to all of the review quizes for this course.

Midterm and Final Exam Answer Key

This is an answer key for the midterm and final exam. It lists the 10 questions and answers from each test.

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