Basic Guitar Lessons: 6 Tips Every Guitarist Must Know

Want to learn basic guitar lessons? Then look no further! We’re going to show you every basic guitar lessons that you need to know. 

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In this free basic guitar lessons you will learn:

  • 3 must-know basic guitar lessons every beginner guitarist needs to know.
  • The no1 secret to quick and easy guitar success.
  • 3 epic guitar tabs which will make you sound amazing!
  • 11 essential guitar tips that will take your guitar playing to the next level.

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Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn How To Play Stepping-Stone Chords

To become amazing at guitar quickly, you must learn how to play stepping-stone chords first.

Stepping stone chords are easier versions of standard open chords.

Here are a few examples:

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Can you see how the stepping stone chords are easier?

Standard chords use 3-4 fingers for each chord. Where as stepping stone chords use 2 fingers.

But I don’t want the easy way out, give me the hard chords! 

Patience young padawan. Learning stepping chords isn’t a step back, it’s a step forward.

Stepping stone chords help you to progress to more difficult chords.

Don’t think of them as a road block, think of them as a progress accelerator. Learning stepping stone chords WILL help you learn the guitar faster.

To learn more about guitar chords, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’s Guide

How do I play stepping stone chords?

Here are five of the most popular stepping stone chords:

  • G6.
  • Em.
  • Asus2.
  • Cmaj7.
  • Dsus2.

Let’s learn them!

1) G6

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(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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To play this chord:

  • Put your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the low E string. (6th string.)
  • Put your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Play all the strings!

It should sound like this:

Fancy a challenge? Check out this lesson to expand your G chord knowledge:  4 Easy Ways To Play The G Chord On Guitar

2) Em

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To play this chord:

  • Firstly, put your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Then, place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Play all strings.

Here’s what it sounds like:

Learn how to play more E minor chords here: Em Guitar Chord 4 Easy Ways To Play This Essential Chord

G6-Em

A fantastic way to practice guitar chords, is to practice chord changes.

Try this as a challenge:

  • Change between G6 and Em.

To do this chord change, move your 2nd finger from the 3rd fret on the low E string (6th string) to the 2nd fret of the D string. (4th string.)

That’s all you need to do to nail this chord change.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you master those chord changes..

  • Take your time, move freely between each chord.

When you change between your chords, it’s far more important to play each chord clearly and correctly. Don’t rush your changes, take your time.

  • When you play each chord, each note must be clear.

Make sure each note rings out clearly!

  • Strum the strings with confidence.

As an added challenge, try and leave four beats between each chord. That should sound like this:

The next stepping chord we must know is Asus2.

3) Asus2

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To play this chord:

  • Put your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Put your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Play this chord from the A string. (5th string.)

It should sound like this:

Want to learn more A chords, go here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord On Guitar

Em-Asus2

The great thing about the Asus2 chord, is that it uses the EXACT same fingering as the Em chord.

As these two chords are SO similar, you can practice changing between these two chords.

As a bonus challenge try this:

  • Move between Em and Asus2.

In this audio clip, Mike explains how you can get the most out of these chord changes.

4) C major 7

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To play this chord:

  • Put your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Put your 1st fret on the 2nd fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Strum this chord from the A string. (5th string.)

It should sound like this:

To learn more ways to play the C chord, go here: Easy Ways To Play The C Guitar Chord

G6-C major 7

To practice the C major 7 chord, try and move between G6 and C major 7.

Both of these chords share the same shape, however G6 starts on the low E string and C major 7 starts on the A string.

Try and practice this:

  • Move between G6 and C major 7.
  • Give yourself four beats to change between G6 and C major 7.
  • Give yourself two beats to change between G6 and C major 7.
  • Give yourself one beat to change between G6 and C major 7.

If you can nail these chord changes, you’ll be flying around the fret board in no time.

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5) Dsus2

The final stepping stone chord you’re going to learn is Dsus2.

This chord is slightly harder as you have to strum from the D string. This is difficult for beginners as you have to skip the E and A strings.

To learn how to skip strings go here: How To Skip Strings While Strumming

Here’s this essential chord.

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To play this chord:

  • Put your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Put your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Strum this chord from the D string. (4th string.)

Here’s what it sounds like:

Want to learn how to play other types of D chord? Go here: 3 Easy Ways to Play the D Chord on Guitar

Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn How To Strum

Strumming technique is essential for any beginners.

To add musicality and rhythm to your guitar playing, you must learn how to strum.

Without strumming, your guitar playing can sound a little bland!

If you want to learn how to strum, check out these lessons:

Download a free beginner chord guide and learn easy versions of every chord

 Say goodbye to frustration and twisted fingers. Say hello to MAKING MUSIC.

  Learn beginner-friendly versions of every chord.

  This is one of our most popular guides and will improve your chord ability quickly. Click here to download the guide.

 

Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn To Play Easy Songs

To get amazing at guitar fast, you must learn how to play guitar songs.

Here are 3 essential guitar songs every beginner must know.

Let’s get started!

1) Songbird by ‘Oasis’

Here are a few reasons why this guitar is perfect for beginner guitarists:

  • The song uses two guitar chords.
  • The strumming pattern is fun and interesting.
  • It’s the same ALL the way through.

Here are the chords:

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In this basic guitar lessons, Andy takes you through every step to play this beginner guitar song.

2) ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben. E King

‘Stand By Me’ is a great song to learn for ANY beginner guitarist.

Here’s are 3 reasons why:

  • It uses the same four chords.
  • It’s so easy, ANY guitarist can play this awesome tune.
  • This song goes down well at ANY party, it’s a crowd pleaser!

Here are the chords for this song:

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In this basic guitar lessons, Jack shows you everything you need to know play this song:

3) ‘The Joker’ by Steve Miller Band

This song is suitable for ALL beginner guitarists. Here are 3 reasons why:

  • It’s super simple and uses 3 easy beginner guitar chords.
  • The strumming pattern has great rhythm and musicality.
  • It’s a crowd pleaser, if you played this tune at a party. Everyone would be up dancing!

This song uses 3 chords, here they are:

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In this basic guitar lessons, Jack show you how to play this song.

Did you enjoy these guitar songs? You can learn more here: 10 Easy Songs On Guitar

Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn How To Play Awesome Guitar Riffs

Learning how to play basic guitar riffs is the quickest and easiest way to sound like a rock star.

Guitar riffs can be heard in rock and blues music.

We’re going to show you 3 awesome iconic guitar riffs. Let’s take a look!

Riff #1 ‘Sunshine of your love’ by Cream

This riff is awesome for beginners because:

  • It’s super easy to play.
  • It sounds fantastic with the distortion cranked!
  • It’s a great introduction to ‘blues music’.

Watch this video to hear Clapton rock out on this iconic guitar riff:

Here’s the tab:

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Watch this basic guitar lessons, to learn how to play this awesome guitar riff.

If you’ve got an electric guitar amp, try using these settings. It’s guaranteed to make you sound like Clapton!

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Riff #2 ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes

‘Seven Nation Army’ is one of the catchiest rock riffs every written.

There’s no better sound than when this rocking riff kicks in.

This riff is perfect for beginners to learn because:

  • It sounds fantastic with bucket loads of distortion.
  • It can be played on one string, yep that’s right! One string.
  • It sounds EPIC.

Check out this killer riff here:

Here’s the tab:

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Watch this basic guitar lessons by Jack to learn this epic riff in more detail.

Riff #3 ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson

This classic riff is one of rock music’s finest riffs!

Watch out for shred god, Eddie Van Halen’s solo half way through the song. It’s totally epic.

Here are 3 reasons why beginner guitarists should learn this guitar riff.

  • It uses open strings.
  • It sounds fantastic and is SO much fun to play.
  • It’s a great excuse to crank up your guitar amp!

Listen to it here:

Here’s the tab:

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Watch this basic guitar lessons where Jack shows you how to play this epic guitar riff:

Do you like learning guitar riffs? Check out this article to find out more: Guitar Tabs For Beginners: 20 Easy Songs That Sound Great

Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn How To Play Electric guitar

When learning how to play electric guitar, you don’t have to have basic guitar lessons on an acoustic guitar. You can also learn how to play on an electric guitar.

Learning to play electric guitar instantly makes you sound like a rockstar.

If you want to sound like a rock star, check out this article:

The electric guitar plays a key role in bands. 9 times out of 10 if you’re learning how to play electric guitar, you want to become a lead guitarist.

To be a successful lead guitarist, you must know some guitar scales.

Here are a few articles that will kick start your scale journey.

Download our lead guitar cheat-sheet to make things easier

It can be disorientating for guitarists to understand which scales work with which keys.

With this in mind, we created a cheat-sheet; a key and scale-finder that you can use again and again. Click here to download your copy.

Basic Guitar Lessons | Learn How To Play Guitar Tricks

One of the funnest things you can do on guitar, is learn how to play guitar tricks. Guitar tricks take your guitar playing to the next level.

We guarantee that if you learn how to play guitar tricks, you will sound like a shred guitar god!

Here are 3 essential guitar tricks that will make you sound amazing.

Let’s get stuck in.

Guitar Trick #1 Learn To Pick Slide

Ever wondered how guitarists get that huge scraping sound when playing rock music? They do it with pick slides!

Learning how to pick slide adds texture to your guitar playing.

In this basic guitar lessons, Jack shows you how to do a pick slide:

To learn more about this technique go here: How To Play Electric Guitar: A Beginner’s Guide

Guitar Trick #2 Learn To Volume Swell

A great way to add dynamic and interest to your guitar playing is to learn how to volume swell.

This can create a violin like texture in your guitar playing. This is fantastic for adding a cool fading effect to your guitar playing.

In this basic guitar lessons, Jack will show you how to do this essential technique:

Guitar Trick #3 Learn Alternate Picking

If you want to become a rock guitar god, you must learn how to alternate pick. Learning how to alternate pick is the secret to being able to play the guitar fast.

Here are a few reasons why alternate picking is essential for any beginner guitarist:

  • It makes everything on the guitar easier.
  • It will make you sound amazing on the guitar.
  • Alternate picking adds grit and power to your lead lines.

In this basic guitar lessons, Jack shows you everything you need to know about alternate picking:

Find Out What You Should Learn Next With Our Guitar Map

If you want to understand where you’re up to in your guitar journey you should take a look at our Guitar Map. It will show you what you ‘should’ know by now (and also what you need to learn next to move forward as a guitarist).

Most people find that the Guitar Map shows them how everything fits together and best of all, it will help you identify gaps in your knowledge that are holding you back.

(There is often just one piece of information that holds people back, 1 key insight that they need to know so they can continue moving forward and improving in their guitar journey.)

We made the Guitar Map so people like you can quickly identify what you don’t know, that you need to know next. We hope that makes sense!?

NOTE: The Guitar Map is now included in our free special report: 'The 7 Steps To Guitar Mastery'.

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