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Basics of Guitar

Guitar Lesson Page

A series of video lessons designed to teach you how to go from beginner to playing full songs on the guitar. I’ll break down the lessons into sections here. If a lesson doesn’t have a link yet, that means I haven’t recorded it, but I’ll plan to in the future.

Learning Chords:

Alternate Chord Voicings

Learning Rhythm:

Finger picking

Lead Guitar



134 Responses to Basics of Guitar

  1. Susanna Jun 13, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    Hey Brian, Thank you for all these lessons, they are great, and I have learn a lot of them. Which song do you recommend and is not to difficult with chords and strumming patern? I like to start with a easy one.
    (sorry for my english, but it is not my native language).

    Thanks, Susanna

    • Brian Jul 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi Susanna – I’d recommend starting with our tutorial for either How Great Is Our God or Amazing Grace.

    • dhanushke007 Dec 26, 2016 at 2:35 am #

      Hey Brain,

      Your teaching is superb.Now I have this doubt.How to play DSUS4/F#? Cheers.

      • Brian Jan 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

        Thanks! Just play a Dsus and wrap your thumb around and fret the low E string on the 2nd fret (that’s an F#)

  2. Sam Jun 28, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    Hey Brian,

    I was wondering if you have some Rhythm electric guitar lessons? Some weeks I am the only electric guitar player so need to find a nice mix between rhythm and lead lines. My chord range is a bit limited to open chords usually using a capo, power chords which don’t always suit the song or barre chords which can sound a bit muddy to my ears.

    I’m looking for chord shapes and voicings that I can use for rhythm playing but that aren’t just following what the acoustic guitar is doing… I know a little bit about triad shapes already but they don’t always fill the space nicely (although I have only learnt the ones on the thinnest three strings so perhaps learning meatier sounding ones would be better). Are there any other chord shapes I could look at? Maybe some form of mini-barre chords, etc?

    I hope you can help! Thank you so much for all you do.

    • Brian Jul 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Sam – we don’t have any specific electric rhythm guitar lessons yet – but we do have some chord voicing lessons that might help you. I’m actually planning a ‘how to transition to playing electric guitar from acoustic guitar’ type of lesson series in the future.

  3. Fidel Jul 7, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Hello bry, i love the way explain and play its very clear keep it up Thanks

  4. devine malagda Jul 14, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    EYY sir bry!!!u did a reaaly great job!!i thank God for creating such an awesome creatures like u!it helps me a lot in my guitar skills and it helps me to build more stronger relationship with God…salute SIR!

  5. Amit Jul 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Just getting started! Video looks promising

  6. Zach Jul 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    Cool guitar lessons! Thank you so much Brian!!

  7. Deeg Aug 19, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    I’m pretty new to playing guitar. I love having all of your videos to help me and walk me through some of the struggles.
    Thanks Brian.

  8. Sudeesh Sep 9, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Thank you Brian. You are a Blessing. God Bless you

  9. Kwame Aidoo Sep 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi my name is Kwame I want to section in YouTube and then I found you recording pitching lessons for guitar I am a member of Church of Pentecost Brooklyn Dynamics I’m finding it very difficult to pray in my check I need your help please right back or call me back my telephone number is 347 552 3 3 86 may God bless you hope to hear from you soon thank you

  10. osami Oct 5, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    Hey thanks a lot for this piece of good work you.started GOD bless you

  11. Tidyquotient956 Nov 7, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    Thx Brian u really helped me. I’m the light tech in my church and I want to be the acoustic player

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks! Keep practicing 🙂

  12. Tidyquotient956 Nov 7, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    I have a small DR-100

  13. Paddington Nov 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Good day,

    I am learning to play guitar and I came across you videos on youtube. Much appreciated.

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks Paddington

  14. Michelle Ebby Thomas Nov 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    I bought a guitar and taught myself how to play thanks to you! Thank Brian 🙂

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      Awesome – thanks Michelle

  15. Fletcher Dec 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    Dude brian soo helpful with my guitar 🎸😅😅god blessed u.

  16. Dan Dec 29, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    How to play the guitar without Seeing the fret board?

    • Brian Jan 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Dan – lots and lots of practice 🙂

  17. Jason Jan 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Brian, I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve been learning to play acoustic guitar the past two years and watching your videos and using many of your recourses has helped me out tremendously. I would say you have the best tutorial videos hands down and I’ve viewed a lot. God in using you in great ways sir. Thank you again.

    • Brian Jan 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jason!

  18. Dan Jan 14, 2017 at 1:47 am #

    Hi Brian,
    I am practicing these days KEY OF G.My guitar is Yamaha F310 . When I switch G to C , I don’t get the good sound.Plus how to stretch left hand for chords? or do I need a smaller guitar than F310? Wishing you all the best Brian!

  19. Neranjan Jayaruwan Jan 14, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    The lessons are tremendous
    🙂 They worth a lot

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