Beginner Guitar Lessons – How To Start Your Guitar Journey

1. Don’t Angle Your Wrist

Your wrist shouldn’t look like a swan’s neck, your wrist should be parallel with the strings.

Like this:

beginner guitar lessons

2. Strum From Your Elbow Not Your Wrist

Don’t use your wrist to strum. The power, fluidity and FLOW comes from your elbow.

Here’s what your strumming arm should look like from your perspective:

beginner guitar lessons

3. Don’t Let Your Arm Drift Forwards From The Guitar

You need to push down and up. Your aim should be to strum ‘through’ the strings.

Remember, the strumming motion is ‘down and up’, so don’t let your arm drift outwards.

Imagine you are paddling a boat. The oars need to go in and through the water, not skim along or miss the water.

Essential Strumming Patterns

When you learn how to strum, it’s important that you get used to both types of strumming patterns.

These are:

  • Down strokes.


  • Up strokes.

Understanding how to strum is vital if you want to enhance your musicality.

Beginner Guitar Lessons – Strumming Secrets

Click play on this audio clip to learn how to use down and up strokes in your strumming.

To learn more about strumming technique, go here:How To Strum A Guitar

How Often Should I Practice?

Try and practice for 5-10 minutes a day. That’s all you need when you first start. It’s much better for you progress if you practice little and often.

Learning to play guitar can often be daunting as there is SO much you can learn. However, if you practice regularly we guarantee that you will become amazing at guitar!

For more practice tips, go here:Guitar Practice – 10 Essential Tips

5) Beginner Guitar Lessons – Learn To Play Easy Songs

Once you’ve learned a couple of chords and how to strum a guitar. You now have tools in place to learn guitar songs!

Learning songs is one of THE best things you can do on guitar.

We’re going to show you 3 epic songs which will take your guitar playing to the next level.

1. ‘Songbird’ by Oasis

The first song we’re going to learn is ‘Songbird’ by Oasis. This song is awesome for beginners because:

  • It uses two chords.
  • The strumming pattern will enhance your musicality.
  • The chord progression is the same all way through.

Here’s the original:

Here are the chords:

beginner guitar lessons

In this video, Andy shows you the basics of how to play this killer song by Oasis:

2. ‘The Joker’ by Steve Miller Band

This is song is a classic. Here are a few reasons why you must learn this song:

  • It only uses 3 guitar chords.
  • The strumming pattern is really easy and will enhance your technique.
  • It’s a crowd pleaser. If you want to win the crowd over, you should learn this song.

Let’s give it a listen:

What are the chords?

The chords for this song are :

  • G6
  • Cmaj7
  • Dsus2.

beginner guitar lessons

In this video, I take you through how to play this song:

To learn more easy songs, go here: 10 Easy Songs On Guitar

3. ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King

This is a 1960s classic from a super songwriter Ben E. King, it’s one of our favourites.
Here’s the original:

Here are 3 reasons why you should learn this song if you’re a beginner guitarist:

  • The strumming pattern is fun and easy to play.
  • It only uses four chords.
  • The chord progression is the same all the way through.

This song is slightly harder than the previous two, as it uses 4 chords. However, once you can manage each chord change, you’ll be rocking in no time.

What are the chords?

The chords in this song are

  • G6.
  • Em.
  • Cmaj7.
  • Dsus2.

beginner guitar lessons

To learn more beginner guitar chords, go here: 14 Easy Beginner Guitar Chords

Let’s play the song!

To learn how to play this song, watch this video:

Didn’t like these songs? Maybe you’ll find something you like in this article by Rolling Stone that will inspire you: 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

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