Beginner Guitar Lessons: Guitar Lesson 2

——   Created by Chris Rupp

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Are you interested in learning how to play the guitar? Then you've come to the right place. This lesson is the second lesson in a series of 10 guitar lessons that the Guitar Training Camp will be publishing. This lesson is designed to be your second 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?

  • Notes on the first string
  • Sight reading on the first string
  • Understanding basic rhythms - whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eight notes, rests
  • How to read guitar tablature
  • Learn to play the open G chord
  • Learn to play the open C chord
  • How to play the guitar riff for Crazy Train
  • How to play the guitar riff for Back in Black
  • How to play the guitar riff for Layla

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 8 lessons to end up with a full 10 lessons for beginners on guitar. If you missed the first lesson make sure you sign up for that course also. 

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 GTC Online! 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!


The course project

To complete this class project you will need to do the following

  1. play and say all the natural notes on the first string
  2. play and say all the sharps and flats on the first string
  3. play an open G and C chord
  4. perform the sight reading exercise "sight reading on the first string"
  5. play through the guitar tab for "Understanding Basic Rhythms". You don't have to play the whole tab at one time. You can play through each line 1 at a time if you want. 

How to complete the 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. 

10 Lessons

Lesson 2 Introduction
Notes on Your First String
Sight Reading on the First String
Understanding Basic Rhythms Part 1
Understanding Basic Rhythms Part 2
How To Read Guitar Tablature
Learning to play the open G chord
Learning to play the open C chord
Hells Bells Riff
Fade to Black 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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