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Guitar Basics: The 2017 Definitive Guide on How to Play Guitar [Video]

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In this lesson series, you will learn to play the guitar. Whether you have never picked up a guitar or you know a few chords and songs, this course will take you from having never held a guitar to play full songs.

We will focus on basic guitar setup and knowledge, learning chords, rhythm and strumming, timing, and finally full songs. So many courses focus on music theory and learning things like scales. Those things are great to know (and as you learn guitar, you should definitely learn them), but in this course we will focus on playing songs, which is probably why you’re trying to learn in the first place.


204 Responses to Guitar Basics: The 2017 Definitive Guide on How to Play Guitar [Video]

  1. Dan Apr 6, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Hello Bryan,
    I have realized that my fingers are long than others…Do I need a guitar with a bigger nut/neck?

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

      Hey Dan – it really comes down to preference. I would suggest going to a music store and trying out guitars with different sized necks to see what you like best.

  2. Theria Malone Apr 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    I love your tutorials; however, I play left handed and it takes me a while to figure where to place my fingers. Is there a lefty option for viewing chord charts?

  3. Egbujor Prince C. Apr 13, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    Please this is my very first time of picking up a guitar of my own. I don’t even have a basic knowledge of my musical notes. I don’t even know where to begin from. But I am Eagar and very serious to learn how to play guitar. I need assistance.

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      Check out the Beginner Guitar Course

  4. Clare Apr 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Does it matter if I am from Canada

    • Major Jun 12, 2017 at 10:48 am #


    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

      Hi Clare – not at all 🙂

  5. Major Jun 12, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you i have never
    played chords

  6. Enoch J. Mabberi Jun 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    hello, am so glad to have meet this page i hope to learn more and more of this.. God bless you big…

  7. afotee Aug 2, 2017 at 2:54 am #

    I’m interested in this lesson

  8. Sanya Oct 30, 2017 at 5:03 am #

    I want to ask a Q….I am a new guitar learner…when i put my fingers on the strings..i can’t listen to the sound they produce like yours do..what shall i do to hear the sound of the strings? Is this normal?

    • Brian Nov 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

      That happens at first – you just have to keep at it and eventually it will get better. Good luck!

  9. lokeshchanthar Nov 2, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    Hi Brian, I’m a beginner, Your Tutorial is amazing, I’m just excited to think that i can play songs quickly by learning from this tutorial. Hats off for this great work.
    I’ve Question, As i practise one chord, when should i move on to the next chord (next lesson)? Is it, when i can place my fingers without looking at the strings and strum to hear the right sound?? Need your views on this!!

  10. David Welch Nov 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi Brian. I find your videos very helpful, but I was wondering if you have a course on transitioning from acoustic to electric guitar. I have been playing acoustic guitar for many years but need to prepare myself to play electric in church. Thanks.

    • Brian Nov 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      Hi David – this is actually something we’re planning on doing.

  11. jameshowardjh90 Dec 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    When playing do you play down and up or just down

    • Brian Jan 25, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Depends on the song

  12. Choon Tat Dec 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi Brian,

    Did you have any hard copy on lesson chord.? i will be teaching my youth ministry on how to play guitar, they willing to play in worship team, so i’m taking a step to teach them how to play guitar.

    • Brian Jan 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      Hello – I don’t have anything like that at this time, sorry.

  13. Rachael Feb 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks so much for your YouTube videos and website. I’m just starting out on the guitar but I can’t seem to access your videos or the chord charts on your website, it keeps coming up with an error. Can you advise?

    Thanks for all you and the team do.

    God bless!

  14. Regi Mar 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi Brian I am from Cape Town in sunny South Africa …just signed up new to playing guitar you lessons very clear and informative thank you for the effort put it at no cost really apptreciatted

  15. F17N355 Jul 20, 2018 at 4:43 am #

    When will Amazing Grace lesson be out? Is there an alternative lesson you’d recommend as a first song?

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