Learn to Play Guitar

A Beginner Guitar Lesson Series

The following free guitar lessons have been created with the beginner in mind. It is suggested that new guitarists begin at lesson one, spending at least one week learning the exercises and songs in that lesson before moving on. Learning to relax while playing guitar will help immeasurably, so be sure to have fun!

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Have you always wanted to play guitar, but never got around to actually getting started? Here is a reason to begin: a free online guitar lesson, which is essentially the same lesson I teach all new students. You'll learn how to hold a guitar and pick, the names of parts of the guitar, a scale, a few chords, and a couple of songs. More »

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This free guitar lesson picks up where lesson one left off. This second beginner lesson teaches scales, names of the open strings, minor chords, strumming patterns, and songs. More »

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Lots more instruction for beginner guitarists in lesson three, including learning a blues scale, a new strumming pattern, three new chords, and many new songs. More »

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In the fourth installment of this this free guitar lesson series, we learn about power chords, note names on the sixth and fifth string, new strumming patterns, plus a whole bunch of new songs. More »

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We continue our online series of beginner lessons, this week delving into sharps and flats, learning a 12-bar blues, a B minor chord, new songs, and more. Lesson 5 also features audio clips to play along to. More »

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In part six of this series designed for beginner guitarists, we learn strumming patterns, barre chord shapes, 7th chords, a chromatic scale, and new songs. Now featuring video and MP3 files. More »

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In part seven of our ongoing free guitar lesson series designed for novices, we learn about finger picking, barre chords, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Plus, as usual, we learn many new pop and rock songs to play. More »

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In part eight of this free guitar lesson series, we examine more advanced strumming techniques, finger picking patterns, string bending, sliding, plus of course learn many new songs. Featuring real audio and mp3 clips. More »

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In part nine of the beginner guitar lesson series, we examine a complex strumming technique, a two-octave major scale pattern, sus4 chords, plus learn a bunch of new songs. Featuring real audio and mp3 clips. More »

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In the tenth edition of the continuing series devoted to learning guitar online, we examine advanced bending concepts, major chord inversions, palm muting, plus take a chord quiz, and more. Featuring mp3 clips and more. More »

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In the most recent installment in the series of free guitar lessons, we take a look at seventh barre chord shapes, major chord inversions, strumming patterns, and of course, learn many new songs. More »

Hope You've Enjoyed These Beginner Lessons

The above eleven guitar lessons follow the model I use to teach new students. Once you've worked through these (and it should probably take you a few months at least to master them) move on to using other, individual guitar lessons found throughout the site.