Free Guitar Lessons

So What's Your Favourite Style of Music for the Guitar?

Hi, thanks for visiting my site. The free guitar lessons here will hopefully help you in your desire to become a better guitarist. If you're a beginner, then you've come to the right place. The guitar lessons for beginners will hopefully make things as easy for you as possible to help you to get started and on the right track. If you're a more advanced player, then hopefully there's something here for you too. There's a lot of charts on this website, and the guitar chords charts or the guitar scales charts might give you something that you could be looking for.

Just a quick note about any reviews I offer on guitars or related musical equipment. I research to the best of my knowledge any equipment that I consider to be relevant for the all free guitar lessons website, but I can't promise to get it right all the time if at all in fact. I do read as many customer reviews for the guitars and related equipment that I discuss and hope that you will do the same before purchasing anything.

As a left handed player I don't always have the choice to be choosy so I have at times bought guitars without trying them first. I would advise anyone however to try any instrument, guitar or otherwise, before purchasing.

The guitar is quite possibly one of the easiest instruments to learn, but one of the most difficult to master.

The guitar allows easy access to so many songs that we all know and hear. There's a lot of people that can just strum the guitar with only a small number of simple chords, and yet they're able to play many of these songs easily. But for those who are willing to devote time, patients and determination to this wonderful instrument, and possibly the most beautiful instrument of all, the guitar offers an unlimited capacity for individual musical expression, which to me, is unsurpassed.  

For those that are prepared to seek out and try new challenges, the guitar offers a tremendous opportunity. There are literally hundreds of chords and many different scales that allow you to express yourself in whatever style of music you prefer. 

Reaching any decent level of musicianship though cannot be achieved in a matter of a week or two. As already said, this takes time, patients and determination, and above all a love for the instrument and an inner-desire to want to play it. The aim of the free guitar lessons offered on this site is to provide as much structured information as possible to help you to make this process as easy as possible in order for you to achieve your goals on the guitar.

All free guitar lessons.com will hopefully be a valid source of informative and easy to understand reference material for you the aspiring guitarist, whether a beginner or a more experienced player. 

Why the Guitar?

The great thing about a guitar is it can easily be picked up and played whether you're a beginner just starting out or a seasoned pro. It doesn't take up much space either so it can easily just stand in the corner of a room. The guitar, whether an acoustic or electric, is a lovely looking instrument too that could be likened to a good quality, nice looking piece of furniture.

For a beginner it's the perfect instrument too. Within minutes and with no previous experience whatsoever, a person can produce something musical on the guitar. Just one or two notes played in time, as simple as it is, can be made to sound interesting. Even just strumming the guitar's open strings sounds nice. Absolutely anyone can do this, including those with certain learning and/or physical disabilities. In fact, the guitar is probably the best choice of instrument for those with such disabilities for this very reason, as it offers some very easy and simple mental and physical stimulation for such individuals.

This is what makes the guitar so unique. It offers utter simplicity with the option of complete complexity if you choose to delve deeper. I think this is the main reason why the great blues, rock, country and jazz guitarists that we all know and admire are in fact self-taught. It's such an easy instrument to teach to your-self. I imagine that the great players would have started off as we all do, with some simple chords such as the guitar chords for beginners and some easier scales like the pentatonic guitar scales before progressing to more advanced chords and scales whilst picking up some theory as they went.

Classically trained guitarists are generally an exception to this method of self-teaching though as they tend to follow a course of instruction and development from a personal teacher.

Beginners & Where to Start

All that's needed to get you started on this fantastic journey of personal musical expression is desire, enthusiasm, a guitar and some good, simple information such as the free guitar lessons found here with the accompanying charts. Learning any instrument takes time, and for many time is precious as they simply can't put the time aside to learn an instrument. I believe that if you really want to do 'something' though, then that 'something' is generally what you should be doing. Of course your family should always come first in my opinion, so don't go out and blow the electric bill money on a guitar or take time off work to practice if you have kids that depend on you!

However, you will need a guitar and you will need to set some time aside to practice if you're serious about learning the guitar or any instrument for that matter.

What type of guitar you purchase as a first instrument and whether it has steel or nylon strings, or whether it's electric or acoustic is entirely up to you. The type of music you think you might like to play will help you decide.

Steel string acoustic guitars are more suited for; folk, blues, finger-style and ragtime but also pop and jazz. A nylon strung 'classical' guitar is more suited to classical, jazz and finger-style guitar. Some find it easier to play certain chords on a steel string acoustic guitar than it is to play them on a nylon string acoustic, me included. This is because the necks of steel string acoustics, and also electric guitars, are much narrower than those of nylon strung 'classical' guitars.

Whatever type of guitar you decide to buy, you should try to make it as decent as possible. It needs to be good enough to be playable to a reasonable standard. More beginners give up learning the guitar due to a poor quality instrument than any other reason. A guitar with a slightly twisted neck, high action, heavy gauge strings, uneven or badly finished frets are all reasons to make the beginner guitarist blame him/herself due to a lack of ability, when in fact it is due to the poor quality instrument making learning far more difficult and the resulting sound far worse than it would normally be with a decent guitar.

Trying to learn on such a poor quality guitar is virtually impossible. All the free guitar lessons in the world won't help you on such an instrument so do not try. Try to invest in a decent quality guitar as much as possible. Buying cheap is a false economy although you can be lucky as I was with my £20 fender acoustic from a charity shop! This is not the norm though so try to invest as much as you can. Do not be afraid to ask in the shop if they can set it up for you. If they are of any value as a guitar shop they really should have no problem with this. You could also find a decent guitar maker (luthier) to do a professional set-up but that will cost you.

Most new guitars are pretty well set-up nowadays though and if you're right handed, which you probably are due to statistics, finding a decent, affordable guitar that feels comfortable to you should not be that difficult. If you're left handed like me though, it may be a little more difficult and you may have to spend a little more cash.

A badly tuned guitar is another way of sounding bad. Take a look at the free guitar lessons on how to tune a guitar to overcome this potential problem. Guitars often go out of tune for various reasons such as; sudden temperature changes, new strings, hard playing (vigorous strumming and string bending) and dropping or knocking the guitar which is obviously to be avoided at all costs.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The importance of practicing cannot be emphasized enough. Learning to play the guitar is a process of learning where to put your fingers without having to think about it too much. This is sometimes referred to as 'finger memory' and something that comes as a result of repetition. By continually repeating the same thing over and over until it becomes automatic is the only way. Fred Astaire the great dancer mentioned this and anybody who is an expert in their chosen field that requires various body movements practices this important principle too.

Learning to play the guitar consists of a combination of mental and motor skills. Developing motor skills requires repetition. Many guitarists, especially beginners, get frustrated and blame their 'lack of talent' because they can't execute a particular guitar lick or melodic line of one sort or another.

This is often not the case though. What generally tends to be happening is the body and mind has not played it enough for it to be automatic. All the free guitar lessons on this site should be played slowly and accurately before building up speed. If you make a mistake then you are playing too quickly for your level of ability for that particular piece that you're trying to play. Play it again so slowly that you don't make a mistake. This is where your patients and determination will be tested, and above all, your real desire to want to learn how to play the guitar?!

This simple principle and technique of playing slowly and accurately can't be emphasized enough and should always be applied to any instrument whether you're a beginner or not.

Following the Free Guitar Lessons

The best approach to studying any of these free guitar lessons is to read all the text before viewing the videos. This will of course give you a better understanding of what is actually happening in the video. At the bottom of each page there are also links to further related free guitar lessons.

I try to keep things as simple as possible in most of the free guitar lessons on this site and try not to go into too much musical theory if I can help it. Of course musical theory can't be ignored when learning a musical instrument of any kind, but my approach is to apply the basic 'musical principles' in order to play in key and in time.

My personal approach to playing the guitar is more about listening and feeling, rather than theoretical understanding. I prefer to play around with scales and chords rather than dissecting musical principles. I like to create music through feeling the beat and rhythm, and apply that beat and rhythm with the notes of scales to try and create melodies and licks etc. One of the best ways to practice is to put on some music and try to find the key and play along.                            

What about Music Theory?

Of course there is a need to learn a certain amount of musical theory to be able to play to a certain level. All I am saying is, don't get bogged down and hung up on the theory. A good understanding of chords and scales, and how and when to play them, is the most important thing. I will however, slowly be adding more and more music theory to the all free guitar lessons website over time for those who want to study and understand more.

If you're a beginner, you'll pick up the theory as time passes and the more you pick the guitar up and actually practice, the better you will become. Learn a little theory at a time, it soon mounts up. 

The first things to start learning if you are a beginner are the basic 'open chords' that can be viewed at guitar chords for beginners. Many famous songs consist of only a few basic chords, and there are many different songs that consist of the very same basic chords.

Another good thing to start learning in conjunction with the basic chords is the pentatonic guitar scale. This scale is by far the most common guitar scale played in the world. It is played in so many different styles of music and in so many different cultures it really is quite incredible. It is a relatively easy scale to play too, as it only has two notes to a string. It is also a very forgiving scale as nearly all of the notes within this scale sound pretty good together. 

Beginners or Advanced

I hope that many, if not all of the free guitar lessons and ideas here will be of some value to you in your guitar playing whether you're a novice or more experienced player. Playing the guitar has brought me a lot of enjoyment over the years and if you are just starting out then my advice to you would be to stick with it. Don't be put off by the fact that you can't play something that well or not at all.

Continue to study and practice these free guitar lessons and play as much as you can. If your fingertips become sore then take a break. Over time the tips of your fingers will become harder as tougher skin develops through playing. Follow the free guitar lessons available here or elsewhere on the web. If you practice and stick with it, you will most definitely get better.

About Me

I first picked up the guitar over thirty years ago now, and I still get the same feelings I had when I first started playing - pleasure, contentment, insight and freedom. I like most styles of guitar playing but I particularly like certain forms of Jazz and Jazz Blues. To be honest, I like to play anything that I can play along to really. I enjoy making up my own melodies from the scales such as the major and pentatonic scale specifically. I love playing along to George Benson especially, while trying to follow his lines, not easy! I also like playing the blues and just getting lost in the beat and the feel of the rhythm while playing around on the pentatonic scale, much easier!

I also play a little bit of finger-style guitar which can be a bit demanding at times but the results are well-worth the effort. Being able to play the beat and melody at the same time without having to think too much is a nice feeling. It's a lot like juggling, but with the addition of a wonderful sound coming straight from your fingertips!

I also play some classical guitar which I enjoy a lot too. I love the variety of playing different musical styles on the guitar and the challenges they bring with all the different colours and textures of sound as well as the different moods and emotions they create and stir up.

There were no free guitar lessons when I first started out, at least not that I was aware of. There are so many free guitar lessons available all over the internet now that learning to play is so much easier and open to everyone and anyone. So there's no excuses, take advantage of the situation and get practicing!

Getting Older, Getting Better

If you're just starting out on this wonderful instrument and you find some aspects of playing the guitar seem hard for you right now, just keep practicing and you will most definitely get better. Follow the free guitar lessons here and just enjoy the learning process as a part of the progress that you will be making.

One of the most amazing things about playing any musical instrument is the fact that as you age, you get better, unlike sport which I was involved in quite a lot during my younger years. I can't begin to think about doing half of what I was able to do when I was younger as far as sport is concerned. The guitar on the other hand, well, I can do far more now than I could ten years ago! My musical ear has developed tremendously and my dexterity has done the same. 

Hopefully the free guitar lessons offered on this site will help you to achieve the same, or at least point you in the right direction to help you to find your own way.  

Enjoy what you Do

The most important thing is that we enjoy what we are doing and have fun with it. Don't get too concerned if you're struggling to make progress and it seems like you aren't having any great success. It takes time to reach any decent standard. If you're just starting out be patient and enjoy the learning process.

'Enjoy the journey and try not to focus too much on the destination!'

I sincerely hope you benefit from all the free guitar lessons on this website and continue to practice and get the same enjoyment from the guitar, or whatever instrument you play, that I have over the years. 

Please come back at a later date if there's nothing here for you now. I will continue to add free guitar lessons with videos over time.

Thanks for visiting, keep practicing and good luck!

Remember, if it sounds good, play it!

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