11 Easy Guitar Lessons for Beginners

One of the most challenging aspects as a beginning guitar player can be knowing where to start. That’s why I introduce to you Guitar Friendly’s twelve easy guitar lessons for beginners. These guitar lessons are perfect for beginners and an excellent place to start.

1.) Frequently Asked Questions by Beginning Guitarists - Are you thinking about playing guitar? Did you just take the dive into learning guitar? Find out some answers to the most frequently questions asked by beginning guitar players like: how much will I need to devote to practicing guitar? how bad do your fingers hurt when you first start playing? is it better to learn on electric guitar or acoustic guitar? how much is learning guitar going to cost me? These are just a few questions. [Read more…]

2.) Basic Guitar Chord Chart Library – If you are a complete beginner, then you will want to start learning the basic finger positions for guitar chords. [Read more…]

3.) Beginner Strumming Patterns – Maybe you have a few guitar chords down, but what about strumming the guitar? Guitar is a very rhythmic instrument. Without rhythm, our guitar playing is nothing. In these two video lessons, you’ll learn a few very practical and easy strumming patternsĀ  that are also very versatile. We’ll also look at the essentials of timing and rhythm. [Read more…]

4.) Beginning Fingerpicking Patterns - Fingerpicking is not as hard as it might seem. In this lesson, you will learn a picking pattern that you can use with any guitar chord. We will also take a look at proper fingerpicking hand position and how to use all four of our fingers (thumb, index, middle, and ring) rather than just using our thumb and index finger to fingerpick. [Read more…]

5.) How to Play the 12 Bar Blues – The 12 bar blues is one of the most common chord progressions in traditional blues music, jazz, country, rock, pop, funk, and almost every other genre of modern music. In this lesson, you’ll learn the form the 12 bar blues and some variations on this pattern. [Read more…]

6.) Learn Your First Song on Guitar (Part 1) – When you’re first learning how to play the guitar, the best thing you can do is start applying the chords you’ve been learning to actually playing a song. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of ten easy guitar songs for beginnings with guitar chords, lyrics, and videos of your favorite songs like: Free Falling by Tom Petty, Yellow by Coldplay, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynard, and Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift. [Read more…]

7.) Learn Your First Song on Guitar (Part 2) – This a continuation of the easiest guitar songs for beginners. You’ll find guitar chord charts, lyrics, and videos for the following songs: House of the Rising Sun by The Animals, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne, I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash, and Viva La Vida by Coldplay. [Read more…]

8.) Common Mistake: Finger Placement for Guitar Chords - One thing I hear asked by beginning guitar players is how to eliminate string buzz. A lot of this has to do with the way your fingers are positioned in between the frets. In this lesson, we’ll learn the correct way to place our fingers on the frets and eliminate the unwanted string buzz. [Read more…]

9.) Introduction to Guitar Scales - There’s nothing quite like being able to improvise a sweet solo over a chord progression on the spot but in order to do so we have to start at the very basics and understand some of the theory behind guitar scales. In this lesson, you will learn how a scale is composed and how the notes within a scale interact and relate with each other. [Read more…]

10.) Guitar Scales for Beginners 101 – In this lesson, you’ll learn how to play a major scale and a major pentatonic scale. The pentatonic scale, which is a five note scale, is one of the most popular scales used for soloing. If you’re planning on doing any guitar soloing you will definitely want to learn your major and pentatonic scales. [Read more…]

11.) Major Triad Positions - Triads are simply three note chords. You might not know that you can play a C major chord more than 15 different ways across the fretboard. Knowing your triads all the way up and down the fretboard in conjunction with knowing your guitar scales is an excellent way to learn the guitar fretboard. [Read more…]

There you have it! This should be a enough to get you started.

About Brett McQueen

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter, and the founder and editor of Guitar Friendly and Ukulele Tricks. Learn more about him here and follow him on Twitter at @GuitarFriendly.

Comments

  1. Incredibly informative post. You’ve given any beginning guitar student more than enough information here to stay busy practicing for weeks.

    I especially liked your explanation of finger-picking. The photos are very helpful!

  2. It looks like you have covered all of the bases in this article. Great FAQ answers!

  3. Nice job breaking down learning into sections and answering typical quesions beginners may have.

  4. Great list. I’ll be sure to forward some of my students here for something different. Beginners often are unsure what areas of playing to learn so this is a great range of topics.

  5. This is like the definitive encyclopedia of learning the guitar!

    Excellent place for any beginner to start.

  6. Julia

    Mary Ellen Gibbons…where are you from?

  7. Dip

    Great stuff Brett! I am a beginner and these are few things my instrcutor never bothers to mention…also, the site gives a great perspective on where you are going with all the theory and practice before you get playing, so kudos!

  8. Morgan

    k so can any of you guys help me, iv had a guitar for a while but i have NOO idea how to play it and i want to learn this one complicated sond yet i dont even know the notes! i dont know what the stuff on this website is saying and it would be really be nice if u guys put out some pointers or something 4 me (sorry if i sound like a knuckle head, theres relly no one in my family that is musicly talented.) thx!

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