Beginner Guitar Lessons: Guitar Lesson 1

——   Created by Chris Rupp

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22
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1h 42m
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beginner
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More about this course

Are you interested in learning how to play the guitar? Then you've come to the right place. This lesson is the first lesson in a series of 10 guitar lessons by GuitArmy. This lesson is designed to be your first ever guitar lesson. If you've never played guitar before and would like to learn this lesson is perfect for you. 

What will you learn in this lesson?

  • The basics of playing the guitar - how to hold the guitar
  • The basics of playing the guitar - how to hold a guitar pick
  • The basics of playing the guitar how to strum
  • The basics of playing the guitar - how to play a note
  • The basics of playing the guitar -  finger numbering
  • The basics of playing the guitar - guitar straps
  • Parts of the guitar
  • How to tune your guitar
  • The names of the strings
  • How to read notes on the staff
  • Playing your first open chord
  • 16 of the greatest guitar riffs of all time

Why should you sign up for my lesson?

  • My name is Chris Rupp and I'm the founder of the GuitArmy.
  • I've been teaching guitar full time for over 18 years.
  • I have taught more then 30,000 individual private guitar lessons.
  • I teach guitar students online all over the world.
  • I have a bachelors of music degree from the world renowned Berklee College of Music where I studied with some of the best guitar players on earth. 
  • I created a successful line of guitar instruction DVDs that sold very well and garnered the attention of the "As Seen on TV" folks.
  • I love teaching guitar and helping students become better musicians through the guitar.
  • I will answer your personal questions and help you with learning the material in this lesson.

With GuitArmy guitar lessons on Arbington you will learn: basic open chords, power chords, barre chords, scales, major scales, minor scales, learn to solo, improvisation, beginner guitar lessons, intermediate guitar lessons, advanced guitar lessons, guitar riffs, rock licks, guitar licks, rhythm guitar, songwriting, modes on guitar, how to read guitar tablature, play a guitar solo, triads for guitar, and much more. 

Why should I take your class and not just learn from YouTube?

You can try to learn guitar from YouTube but eventually you'll figure out there's so many videos out there is very hard to put the information together in a coherent way. I have students come to me all the time that are tired of watching random guitar videos on YouTube and don't know how to put the information together. With this lesson you can get started playing the guitar and follow the next 9 lessons to end up with a full 10 lessons for beginners on guitar. 

Student Testimonial

Hi Chris, thanks so much for reaching out! I'm about half way through lesson 10 of your Beginner lessons, so I was researching more of your teaching, and what's next... and found your GuitArmy! I've gotta tell ya, something about your explanations, your method of teaching, and the detailed resources provided, you've connected so many dots for me -- it's appreciated beyond words! I'm mostly self-taught, regret that I started so late in life, and have tried other online resources, but yours has been the most comprehensive! As a corporate facilitator to adult learners myself, I just wanted to express my gratitude!

Mel

The course project

How do you complete this project?

  1. you can provide a link to a video of you performing the exercises in this project. 
  2. you can provide a link to an audio file of you performing the exercises in this project. 
  3. if the first 2 options aren't possible then you can just upload a picture of you and your guitar saying you completed the project. 
  4. you can provide a picture of the "name the notes" exercise. 

22 Lessons

0:01:49
Lesson 1 Introduction
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0:06:52
Let's Get Started with Some Basics
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0:07:14
Parts of the Guitar
0:06:32
How to Tune Your Guitar
0:01:13
Names of the Strings
0:05:28
How to read the notes on the staff
0:03:34
Playing Your First Open Chord
0:13:01
Silent Night | Easy Song
0:09:41
Happy Birthday | Easy Song
0:05:43
Star Wars Theme | Easy Melody
0:02:56
Batman TV Theme
0:02:59
Iron Man Riff
0:02:04
Seven Nation Army Riff
0:03:00
Smoke On The Water Riff
0:03:08
Beat It Riff
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About the instructor

My name is Chris Rupp and I'm a guitar instructor and founder of GuitArmy. I am currently teaching live Zoom lessons to students all over the world. I'm a Berklee College of Music graduate and have been teaching guitar full time for over 20 years. I have taught more than …

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