- 5 Students
- 45 mins.
- An introduction to guitar theory and technique
- How to play basic chords and melodies
- Easy and fun strumming patterns
- Songwriting and improvisation
- How to start playing your favorite songs
- A reliable internet connection
A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users
A built-in or external webcam
Are you ready to go solo? You will be soon after taking this interactive guitar course! Join Guitar 101 to start building your foundation of guitar technique and theory. Each week, you’ll add new skills to your repertoire. Some familiar songs will help you put these techniques into practice, as you learn to jam with other students at your level.
We’ll cover reading music, playing scales and chords, as well as strumming patterns. By the end of the course you’ll even be able to write your own unique music! Here are some more of the essential topics you’ll learn in this fun, online guitar course. Join today to quickly expand your knowledge of guitar for beginners in six short weeks.
A solid understanding of guitar technique is a must for beginners. In this course, you’ll cover guitar basics starting with string names, finger exercises, and posture. An expert instructor will teach you the correct way to hold the guitar and position your fingers.
One common mistake that a lot of beginning guitarists make is not arching their fingers correctly. Rather than letting your fingers collapse, they should have an “O” shape when you’re playing the guitar. Maintaining this shape will keep your fingers out of the way of the other strings so you have a nice, clean sound and can play faster.
As you progress in your technique, you’ll also be introduced to guitar theory. You’ll cover the basics of how to use tabs, read music, and play scales. Your instructor will teach these topics using simple melodies, such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Because the concepts of music theory are so crucial to becoming a successful musician, each week throughout the course you’ll revisit topics such as scales and rhythm. Increasing your knowledge of music theory will make you a more well-rounded musician and enable you to more easily pick up on new instruments in the future!
How to Play Melodies
Once you know how to navigate your way around the guitar a little, it’s time to start playing some basic melodies! You’ll start by focusing on single-note melodies in this section of the course.
Single-note melodies are a series of single notes played one at a time that come together to make up a song. In other words, you’ll be plucking each individual string. Melodies like this are easier to play on the guitar than chords, which are three or more notes played together simultaneously.
Your instructor will teach you all the basic notes that exist on the guitar in open position, which will provide a roadmap to help make reading music easier. He’ll also give you a few simple songs that you can use to practice this technique on your own after class.
Guitar Chords for Beginners
Learning a few basic chords for beginners will enable you to start playing many of your favorite songs! Get ready to challenge yourself to go one step further after you master single-note melodies.
Your instructor will show you how to combine three or more notes simultaneously with your left hand to form chords. You’ll go over proper technique and how to smoothly transition from one chord to the next. You’ll also get the chance to learn about power chords.
Power chords are commonly used in rock and alternative music. To form a power chord, you’ll essentially be playing two adjacent strings that are two frets apart. If you’re considering playing the electric guitar in the future, power chords are a must-have technique!
Later in the course, you’ll learn how to play melodies and chords at the same time. Breaking down what each of your hands is doing and then putting both actions together with the help of a metronome will be key to mastering this technique.
Strumming patterns are what make a song unique. It’s your chance to be creative and add some flavor to any set of chords! In this online guitar course, you’ll learn how to separate the movements in each of your hands, so you can play popular strumming and fingerpicking patterns in hit songs from pop to rock to country.
Your instructor will cover proper beat placement for up and down strums. You’ll learn that the down strum will be on beat, while the up strum will be off beat. This can be a challenge for some beginners and it may take a few weeks until you feel comfortable strumming and forming chords at the same time, but with consistent practice it will only get easier!
Songwriting and Improvisation
After learning each of the individual parts of a song, from forming chords to fingerpicking, you’ll be able to put them all together and start to play some of your favorite songs. You’ll also be able to write some of your own original music!
At the end of this online guitar course, you’ll be challenged to write a basic song strictly using music theory techniques. This exercise, as well as learning scales, will make improvising a lot easier in the future - whether you plan to join a jazz band, or simply have a freestyle jam session with your friends!
I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.