Guitar Tutorial – The Ultimate Guide

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In this free guitar tutorial you will find:

  • Guitar tutorials for guitarists of all abilities.
  • The no1 secret to learning guitar chords quickly.
  • How to enhance your strumming and musicality.
  • 2 super-easy ways that will accelerate your guitar progress.

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The guitar world is split up into four parts:

  • Guitar chords.
  • Lead guitar and scales.
  • Rhythmic techniques and strumming.
  • Music theory and musical keys.

We’re going to show you some of the best guitar tutorials on our website.

Let’s get started!

Beginner Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Chords

If you want to become an epic guitarist, you must learn how to play guitar chords.

The very first guitar tutorial you have should be on guitar chords.

Guitar chords form the foundation of ALL music, without them it’s impossible to play any songs.

The fastest way to learn how to play the guitar, is to learn guitar songs.

If you want to learn how to play some easy songs, go here:

The easiest chords you can learn on guitar are ‘stepping-stone chords’.

Stepping stone chords are easier versions of more advanced guitar chords.

Here’s an example:

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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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Why should I learn stepping stone chords first?

Stepping stone chords accelerate your guitar progress.

There’s nothing worse than struggling with more advanced guitar chords when you first embark on your guitar journey.

By learning stepping stone chords, you are able to develop your technique and dexterity.

Then, when you’re ready you can ‘graduate’ to more advanced chords.

Don’t worry! You won’t be playing stepping stone chords forever, they are just for the first port of call when you’re a beginner guitarist.

What stepping stone chords should I learn first?

If you’re a beginner guitarist, you should learn to play these chords first:

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Learn Open Chords

Once you’re comfortable with stepping stone chords, the next step is to try and learn open chords.

If you want to learn how to play open chords, go here: Easy Open Chords

Intermediate Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Chords

If you’re an intermediate guitarist should know how to play the following chords:

  • B major chord.
  • B minor chord.
  • C minor chord.
  • D minor chord.
  • F major chord.
  • F minor chord.
  • G minor chord.

For a guitar tutorial on each of these chords, go here:

Want to learn ALL guitar chords? Go here: Guitar Chord Chart – Learn ALL Chords In ALL Keys

The next step in your guitar chord journey is to learn how to play ‘power chords’

Power chords sit between open chords and barre chords in terms of difficulty.

They’re perfect for developing your technique and dexterity.

Here’s a standard power chord shape, this example is in the key of ‘G’. Therefore it is a G power chord.

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The best thing about guitar chords is that they are ‘moveable’ shapes.

This means that, once you’ve learned one, you’ve automatically learned 12 other chords too. You just have to know what the root notes are on the low E string.

Here they are:

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To play this power chord in all 12 keys, just move it to a different fret. For example, if you wanted to play an A power chord, move this shape to the 5th fret.

You must learn what these notes are if you want to play chords in ALL 12 keys.

To learn more about root notes, go here: Guitar Notes Explained: A Guide For Beginners

Learn Barre Chords

Once you’ve learned power chords, it’s vital that you know how to play ‘barre chords’.

Barre chords open up a new world to your guitar playing. Learning barre chords turns you into an intermediate guitarist.

Here’s an example of an F barre chord:

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To learn more about barre chords, go here:How To Play Barre Chords

For tips and tricks on how to play barre chords, watch this video:

Advanced Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Chords

Once you have a basic understanding of how to play power chords and barre chords.

It’s time to learn some advanced guitar chords. There are hundreds of advanced guitar chords out there, however the main ones you should learn are:

  • Major 7 chords.
  • Minor 7 chords.
  • Dominant 7 chords.

If you can play each of these chords, you will be well on your way to becoming an advanced guitarist.

Here are the chord boxes for each of these advanced guitar chords, these are all in the key of C.

C Major 7

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C Minor 7

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C7

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To learn more about these chords in an epic guitar tutorial, go here: Jazz Guitar: A 5-Step Programme For Rapid Jazz Skill

Beginner Guitar Tutorial | Learn Guitar Scales and Lead

If you want to be the coolest guitarist on the block, learn how to play lead guitar.

Learning lead guitar is a sure fire way of sounding like a rock star.  To learn how to play lead guitar, you must learn how to play guitar scales.

The 3 most popular beginner guitar scales you should learn are:

  • The minor pentatonic.
  • The major penatonic.
  • The blues scale.

Here are the tabs for those scales:

E Minor Pentatonic In Open Position

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G Major Pentatonic In Open Position

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E Blues Scale In Open Position

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A Minor Pentatonic Closed Position

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C Major Pentatonic Closed Position

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A Blues Scale Closed Position

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If you want to learn more about these scales go here:

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Watch this video to learn some cool licks and flicks in E minor pentatonic.

Other types of lead guitar?

Lead guitar isn’t just about learning how to play scales.

It’s all about learn HUGE sounding guitar riffs.

If you want some cool riffs, go here: 20 Guitar Tabs For Beginners : 20 Easy Songs That Sound Great

Intermediate Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Scales And Lead

Once you become an intermediate guitarist it’s vital that you learn how to play.

  • The Major Scale.
  • The Minor Scale.

These scales are used throughout ALL music, so it’s important that you know how to play them.

Here are the tabs for each of these scales:

C Major Scale

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A Minor Scale

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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.

 

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Once you become an intermediate guitarist, it’s important that you learn some lead guitar techniques.

The main lead guitar techniques are.

  • Alternate Picking.
  • String Bending.
  • Sliding
  • Hammer on’s and pull offs.

Watch this videos to learn how to do these killer techniques.

Alternate Picking

String Bending

Sliding

Hammer On’s And Pull Offs

To learn more about this techniques, go here: How To Play Lead Guitar

Advanced Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Scales and Lead

If you want to become an advanced guitarist, you must learn how to play the modes of the major scale.

You don’t have to learn ALL of the modes, however it’s useful to learn a few.

The main modes of the major scale you should learn are:

  • Ionian. (The Major Scale.)
  • Dorian.
  • Mixolydian.
  • Aeolian. (The Minor Scale.)

We’ve already learned the major and minor scale, so the final scales you must know are the dorian and mixolydian scales.

For the purpose of these examples, we’re going to use the key of C. Here are the tabs for both of those scales.

The Dorian Scale

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The Mixolydian Scale

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Once you get to an advanced level, it’s vital that you know how to play these scales in ALL 12 keys.

To do this, you simply have to move the scale shape to a different place on the fret board.

For example, if you move the mixolydian scale to the 5th fret it would become a ‘A mixolydian scale’.

To make this work, you must know what all the notes are on the low E string.

Here they are:

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When you change the first note of the scale, you automatically change the key.

As a challenge, try and play:

  • The major scale in all 12 keys
  • The dorian scale in all 12 keys.
  • The mixolydian scale in all 12 keys.
  • The aeolian scale in all 12 keys.

To learn more about these scales, go here: Jazz Guitar : A 5 Step Programme For Rapid Skill

Beginner Guitar Tutorial | Rhythmic Techniques and Strumming

The first guitar tutorial that you need to know is how to hold a guitar pick.

Learning how to hold a guitar pick will help you.

  • Learn how to strum.
  • Develop your musicality.
  • Sound awesome!

Make sure you learn how to do this killer technique, before you learn how to strum.

To learn how to hold a guitar pick, go here: How To Hold A Guitar Pick In 3 Easy Steps

Once you know how to hold a guitar pick, you now have the skills to learn how to strum.

Strumming is what makes your playing come alive! Without strumming it’s almost impossible to sound musical.

To learn how to strum, go here: How To Strum A Guitar

Intermediate Guitar Tutorial | Rhythmic Techniques and Strumming

Once you’ve learned how to strum, it’s important that you put these techniques into action!

The best way to develop your strumming technique is to learn songs.

Learning songs not only develops your rhythmic technique, it also develop your phrasing and musicality.

To learn easy songs complete with strumming patterns, go here: 10 Easy Songs On Guitar

Once you feel that you know how to strum, have a go at tackling some intermediate rhythmic techniques.

Techniques such as, finger picking and string slapping technique can add dexterity and musicality to your playing.

To learn more rhythmic techniques go here:

If you want to enhance your musicality, watch this video:

Advanced Guitar Tutorial | Rhythmic Techniques And Strumming

If you want to become a guitar strumming ninja it’s important to learn how other genres of music approach specific rhythmic techniques.

For example, a spanish guitarist will play something very differently to how someone from the UK would play something.

By learning as MANY genres as possible you are able to enhance your rhythmic techniques.

Check out these free guitar tutorials to enhance your rhythmic techniques and strumming today:

Beginner Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Theory And Musical Keys

Even though guitar theory can be daunting for most beginners, theory actually improves your guitar playing.

Music theory doesn’t have too be about classical music or even music notation. Most guitar theory is based around chords, scales and musical keys.

Guitar chords and scales form the foundation of musical theory.

If you can play basic chords and scales, you’re already off to a great start!

If you want to learn guitar chords and scales, go here:

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Intermediate Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Theory And Musical Keys

To become an intermediate guitarist, you must learn where all the guitar notes are on the fret board.

Without this, learning musical theory and keys can be difficult.

Once you understand what guitar notes are and where they are on the fret board. You will open yourself up to a whole new world of guitar playing!

To learn more about musical notes and how they work on the guitar, check out these free guitar tutorials:

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Advanced Guitar Tutorial | Guitar Theory And Musical Keys

Once you know how to play basic chords and scales, the next step in your guitar theory journey is to work out HOW they fit together.

A musical key is a group of scales and chords which work well together.

Understanding musical keys enhances:

  • Your lead guitar playing.
  • Your rhythmic techniques and musicality.
  • Your chord knowledge.

If you can have a good understanding of guitar theory and musical keys, we guarantee that you will become an amazing guitarist.

In music, there are 5 musical keys that you must know. These are:

  • The key of C.
  • The key of A.
  • The key of G.
  • The key of E.
  • The key of D.

If you want to learn more about these go here:

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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