10 Free Guitar Videos to Help You Get Started

3398111658_fd545f1bd1_b (1)Whether you’re looking for an extra challenge between guitar lessons, or you need a refresher on some basic guitar concepts, YouTube is a treasure trove of instructional videos. But how do you find the best ones when there are so many free guitar videos out there? Follow these recommendations from guitar teacher Milton J.

Congratulations on your decision to take guitar lessons! This incredible instrument has given me joy beyond belief ever since I picked it up when I was 13 years old. As you begin your journey to musical mastery, here are ten wonderful free guitar videos you can watch to help you get started shredding, strumming, and soloing towards guitar amazingness!

10 Free Guitar Videos

This wonderful online teacher of Master Guitar Academy named Robert Renman provides a slew of lesson videos for beginning guitarists to the most seasoned ones. His introductory, two-part video on the Major Scale is a definitive must first-watch for a beginner. Scales are one of the first things you should learn on the guitar, and this video will help you master an important one.

Part 1

Part 2


8 Chords


In the next series of videos, Matt McCoy from the YouTube channel Acoustic Selection and our old friend Nate Savage from Guitar Lessons let you in on the few things they wish they had been taught when learning to play the guitar, as well as common mistakes even the most gifted of guitarists can make.

3 Things I Wish I was Taught

7 Common Mistakes

In these next two free guitar videos, YouTube lesson provider Andy Crowley will teach you how to play a few songs! Nothing’s better than getting introduced to the guitar, chords, and then some songs, right? In these videos, Andy Crowley shows you a few chord progressions that can be used across multiple songs you may know, and some you may not but will grow to love as well! These videos will help you understand the parallels many of your favorite rock or pop songs make in their progressions, further encouraging you to continue with this wonderful instrument!

10 Songs with 2 Chords

10 Songs with 3 Chords

Lastly, but certainly not least, learning major scale positions is very important to your development as a guitar player. These two videos should get you started in learning two tenets of major scales – pentatonic and diatonic major scales. What’s more is these scales will put you on your way to understanding melodies in your guitar playing and lead you to soloing as well! I’d advise you to take your time through both Marty’s pentatonic scale lessons and Mark Cote’s 5 Forms of the Diatonic Scale, as there’s a wealth of information in both that is best digested in smaller doses than just watching the video start to finish.

The 5 Positions of the Major Scale

The 5 Forms of the Diatonic Scale


Of course, we couldn’t forget to include our guitar lessons playlist on YouTube, which is full of helpful tutorials on scales, arpeggios, and more!

I hope all of these free guitar videos help you in your quest to become the very best guitarist you can be. Happy playing!


Milton J. teaches guitar, music performance, music recording, piano, singing and songwriting in Corona, CA. He received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology and African-American Studies from University of California Davis, and is currently taking classes at University of Redlands for his Vocal Music Performance degree. Milton has been teaching students since 2011.  Learn more about Milton J. here!


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