Beginner Guitar 101

A one stop page for the beginner guitarist

The following is intended to be a collection of resources designed to help new guitarists get oriented. The first links focus on learning how to buy a guitar, while the later collection of links outline resources available to teach you to play the guitar. Spend time with each resource below - there is a ton of information available to keep you busy for the next couple of years! Good luck.

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Confused as to which type of guitar would be best to start learning on? Worry no more - here is all you need to know to help you decide which type of guitar is for you. Includes specific recommendations for beginner guitars. More »

A focus on the process of buying a new electric or acoustic guitar. Includes information on what to look for and what to avoid, how to deal with music store anxiety, and how to get a bargain. More »

Looking for beginner acoustic guitar recommendations? Here are five low cost acoustic guitars that should get you started strumming, without breaking the band More »

If you're in the hunt for a brand new electric guitar, here are five great, cheap electric guitars which would be terrific to start learning to play guitar on. More »

New to guitar? Take a look at these online lessons, designed to help novice guitarists learn the instrument. Lessons include songs, scales, exercises, and more. Lesson one is aimed at those who have never played guitar before. More »

If you're trying to figure out how to play a particular guitar chord, then check out this archive. Featuring many different types of chords, from A to G#. More »

Learn to play songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, CCR, and other great classic rock bands, for free, by checking out this archive of guitar tablature. More »

Learn to play songs by the Eagles, Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, John Denver, and other popular rock and folk hits, for free, by checking out this archive of guitar tablature. More »

Learn to play songs by U2, Guns n' Roses, Tom Petty, the Indigo Girls, and other metal, new wave, and pop bands for free, by checking out this archive of guitar tablature. More »

Lots of grunge tabs, from bands like Weezer and Nirvana, to girl rock tabs, from artists like Sarah McLachlan and Jewel can be found on this page. Also featured: Pearl Jam, Oasis, and more. More »

If you play the acoustic guitar and are a fan of classic country music, the links below will help you learn to play many of the most popular songs from the genre ever recorded. A guideline for the difficulty of each song has been included. More »