Your Results & 12-Month Guitar Plan

You’re at the start of an amazing journey that is genuinely life-changing for many people.

And because you’re a novice guitarist, you won’t have lots of bad habits that are ingrained yet. (This is excellent news.)

So what do we recommend for you next? Let’s dive into your 12-month guitar plan.

Your 12-month guitar plan overview:

– Months 1-4: Chords and mastering the fundamentals.
– Months 3-6: Strumming with rhythm, energy and flow (& creating variety).
– Months 6-10: Beginning to develop your lead guitar skills (scales, riffs etc).
– Months 9-12: Understanding simple music theory for guitarists.

You should start by focusing on learning simple open chords and your aim should be to present them in a consistent way, with steady strumming (with no gaps of silence when you change chords).

Depending on how much you practice, this could take 1-3 months.

Your most useful video tutorials

It’s important to build a strong foundation of guitar technique when you’re a beginner. You need to learn the basics well.

For that reason, our ‘Guitar Fundamentals’ videos are a genuine must-watch for you. If you only do one thing from this plan, make it this.

Video 1: Mastering the fundamentals video 1

Video 2: Mastering the fundamentals video 2

Your chords and chord changes

Remember to use ‘stepping stone chords’ to quickly develop your finger dexterity and accuracy.

Here are some useful resources that will save you hundreds of hours of frustration:

  1. Download my e-book ‘Guitar Chords For Beginners‘ here. It’s over 100 pages of GOLDMINE information for guitar beginners. I hope you enjoy it.
  2. Read one of the most popular guides on our site: ‘14 Easy Chords For Beginners
  3. Visit the ‘Easy Chords’ section of our site which will help you a lot.

Your strumming

To begin your guitar journey with perfect strumming technique, read our world-famous guide: How To Strum A Guitar

Your ideal courses

Your perfect National Guitar Academy starting course is ChordMaster. That is where you should focus most of your time during the next 4 months.

Remember, our courses ChordMaster and RhythmMaster are designed to work together so after 2-3 months of the ChordMaster course you should begin the RhythmMaster course.

Why? Because ChordMaster focuses on your ‘chord hand’ and RhythmMaster focuses on your ‘strumming hand’.

RhythmMaster will complement your progress with chords perfectly.

RhythmMaster is a lot of fun, but please don’t begin that course until you can change simple chords cleanly (like Em and G), because its important you don’t get overwhelmed and start trying too many new things!

Remember… The best place for you to start is CHORDS, CHORDS, CHORDS. They are the foundation of your success as a guitarist.

So watch the above videos and to get your fundamentals and chord technique up to speed quickly and then you’ll be primed you for the full ChordMaster course, which is where you should focus for the next 2-3 months.

Your step-by-step plan:

Step 1) Watch the guitar fundamentals videos

Video 1: Mastering the fundamentals video 1

Video 2: Mastering the fundamentals video 2

Step 2) Read ‘Guitar Chords For Beginners’

Click here to download a copy now

Step 3) Begin the ChordMaster course and after a month or two -if you feel that you have the headspace- begin the RhythmMaster course.

(Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. It’s totally fine to stay in ChordMaster for longer if you feel like it.)

  • You can zoom through the courses within a few weeks, but a more sensible timescale is around 3-4 months per course.
  • This will give you the time to internalise the things you learn and incorporate them into your own playing. This can take time.
  • We need to hear things many times (and appreciate them from many different angles) before we truly learn and ‘embody’ them.

And the beauty of this journey is, there is no rush.

Your guitar is a lifelong friend. It will be there for you in good times and bad. Every stage of learning guitar holds its own charm! So don’t rush to reach the destination, enjoy the journey.

Your 12-month guitar plan:

This week: Guitar Fundamentals videos and ‘Guitar Chords For Beginners’ ebook.

Months 1-4: Chords and mastering the fundamentals. (Take the ChordMaster course.)

Months 3-6: Strumming with rhythm, energy, flow & creating variety. (Take the RhythmMaster course.)

Months 6-10: Developing your lead guitar skills. (Take the LeadMaster course.)

Months 9-12: Understanding music theory for guitarists. (Take the TheoryMaster course.)

Your first step this week is:

Watch the Guitar Fundamentals videos. Click below to start now:

Video 1: Mastering the fundamentals video 1

Video 2: Mastering the fundamentals video 2

You are beginning something wonderful and it’s our great pleasure to help you along your musical journey!



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