Beginners Guide To Garret’s Guitar Lessons

Are you a budding guitarist? Might have only been playing for a few months, a year or not at all? Here are some starting points at working through my website. It’s nearly impossible to accurately assess where you’re at without hearing you, so these are general guidelines.

What is a beginner? How will I know I’m ready to call myself an intermediate?

I think everyone has a different definition of what a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced guitarist actually entails. I think having a solid foundation of open chords (including sus chords, and 7th chords), barre chords (6th string, 5th string and 7th chords), strumming (rhythms) and transitioning between chords completes your tenure as a beginner. Here are some free lesson videos to help you get there! In each lesson are links to PDF’s that aid the lesson and links to my Play Alongs of chords, rhythms and chord progressions that can help you practice!

Never touched a guitar before:

If you’ve never played guitar before, don’t worry! I have a series called “Beginner Overview”, or BO in the lesson title, that starts from the very beginning of what the anatomy of the guitar is (What’s the neck? The body?) to playing the seemingly impossible barre chords and everything in between to get you up and running.

1) Beginner Over + Note System | BO 1/10
2) Reading Chord Charts, Scale Charts & Tab | BO 2/10
3) How To Tune a Guitar | BO 3/10
4) Playing Open Chords | BO 4/10
5) Rhythms, Strumming The Guitar | BO 5/10
6) Plugging In Chords & Rhythms | BO 6/10
7) Transitioning Between Chords Tips | BO 7/10
8) Sus Chords | BO 8/10
9) 6th String Barre Chords | BO 9/10
10) 5th String Barre Chords | BO 10/10

Been playing for a couple months to a year:

The thing I stress most to my students who haven’t been playing very long time but are comfortable with some chords is to spend time focusing on your strumming hand and transitioning chords so here are some videos that can help (look above at #5, #6 & #7 for some simpler examples)

1) Strumming With Accents
2) Muting While Strumming
3) Country Rhythm | Country Bass Lines

Here’s a lesson on combining both open chords and barre chords:

Canon in D | Start Using Barre Chords

Looking for what other chords to learn?

Above I link to some open chords, sus chords and barre chords. Here are some other great chords for a beginner:

1) Power Chords | 5 Chords
2) Open 7th Chords
3) Barred 7th Chords
4) E Movable Chords | Ringing Two Strings

Once you feel comfortable with some of the material above, here are some things that you can focus on before moving onto some “intermediate” lessons depending on your personal goals.

1) Open Major Scales
2) Finger Picking Overview
3) Beginner Blues Rhythms
4) Blues Bass Basic Boogie

How to start soloing?

1) Acoustic Fills | G – C – D
2) Acoustic Fills | A – D – E

Everything covered above are essentials parts of playing guitar. Depending on where you’re personally at in your guitar playing and where you want to go, these are great starting points. Since I’m constantly uploading new free lesson videos, there may be some I upload in the future that will fill in the gaps. I also have a Premium Lesson entitled “Beginner Transitions” that is meant to help memorize the fretboard and get comfortable with barre chords and open chords and their different variations.

If you have any questions, send me a message through my “Contact” page or visit my “Live Lessons” for more a more personalized approach.