Beginner Lessons

GuitarInstructor.com has carved out six learning paths for beginning guitarists, allowing you to decide how you would like to learn — electric, acoustic, tab-only, standard musical notation, chords first, classical style, or even just video. The first five paths listed here consist of "printed" lessons with accompanying audio and video files of each example, so you can hear and see exactly how it's supposed to sound. The sixth is a video-only course, but each lesson contains onscreen guitar tab.

Electric Guitar

Using a tab-only approach, beginners learn notes and chords by playing real riffs and songs, including "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crazy Train," and "Wild Thing."

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Acoustic Guitar

For the beginning acoustic player, this tab-only method teaches chords first, so you can strum along to popular riffs and songs like "Free Fallin'," "Space Oddity," and "Eleanor Rigby" right away.

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Traditional Method

Based on the Hal Leonard Guitar Method, the best-selling guitar method in the world, beginning guitarists learn how to play using standard musical notation.

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Just for Kids

A fun and easy course that teaches children to play guitar and popular songs faster than ever, using helpful beginner techniques such as one-finger chords.

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Classical Method

This method uses the music of master composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart to teach the basics of the classical style and technique.

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Video Course

We've organized a Core Curriculum from our guitar video lessons for beginners, covering everything from notes, scales, and chords to vibrato, string-bending, and rhythm and lead guitar basics.

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