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Learning how to play the guitar is a wonderful, fulfilling, never-ending journey. When you start, your fingers hurt and your hands are weak but don't worry, we've all been through this. Just practice and, little by little your skills will improve.

Here below you find all the free resources that this site has to offer, divided for topics and experience level. Enjoy the lessons, and, if you'd like, please share with other and drop a comment in the section at the bottom of the page.

Learn Guitar Chords

guitar chords lessons The first thing you're going to learn on guitar is how to play chords. There are so many chords out there as you notice, some in open position and easy to play, others real finger stretchers that will push your pinkie to the breaking point. The key is to understand that it takes time to form these chords and you need to train your muscle memory. Muscle memory is just like regular memory in that it needs practice, rest, and time. Practice is very important and needs to be done regularly but you also need to learn to give yourself a day's rest a couple times a week so your fingers can heal.

Most Popular Guitar Chords Tutorials

  • Transpose Guitar Chords - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to transpose chords songs in different ways: with a capo, with chords tables and with the help of the fretboard
  • Diminished Guitar Chords - Diminished chords often confuse guitar players, as actually there exist 3 types of those chords. This tutorial will show you how to build and to play diminished triads, half-diminished and diminished 7th chords on guitar.
  • Guitar Chords Formula - On this page you find the chords formulas shown in an intuitive chart. If you're studying Jazz chords symbols, or just want to understand better chords notation, you'll find this guide useful

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Online Guitar Lessons Reviews

complete online guitar lessonsFor those who want to follow a beginner to advanced, step-by-step guitar course, we compiled our list of the best online guitar lessons. There are many guitar learning platforms out there, it's crucial to know what really works and what it's the most suitable lessons site for you.

Top Complete Guitar Courses reviews

  • Best Online Guitar Lessons - This mega guide covers everything you need to know about learning the guitar online. You'll find the best learning systems, tested for you (free video lessons included)
  • Guitar Tricks vs Jamplay - A step-by-step comparison review of the two leading sites for online guitar lessons

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Learn Guitar Scales

guitar chords lessonsGuitar scales are one of the most exciting things to learn on guitar. With them, you can play powerful riffs and screaming guitar solos. Plus, practicing your scales helps immensely develop fingers dexterity and agility. Always remember to use a metronome and to take your time, speed will come with time

Most Rated Guitar Scales Tutorials

  • E Minor Pentatonic Scale - This tutorial teaches you how to play the E minor pentatonic scale in open position on your guitar. You'll also learn how pentatonic scales are constructed, how to play them using open strings, and how to build riffs combining scales and power chords..
  • D Major Scale On Guitar - Learn how to play the D major scale on guitar: this tutorial will show you the most common patterns used to play this scale. You'll learn also the notes and the structure of this scale, plus some tips on the best way to play scales on the fretboard.
  • 6 Easy Guitar Solos - This article shows you 6 easy guitar solos that beginner guitar players can start practicing for developing their lead guitar skills. You'll find lead guitar parts from famous songs of Nirvana, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and many more..

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Guitar Practice and Routine

guitar practice and routine lessonsThere are many elements that create a good guitar practice routine. The tools of the trade come first, so metronome and tuner are your best friends. There, there are useful strategies that help you maximize the outcome of your practice sessions. We're going to talk about focus, memory and a bit of neuroscience applied to the learning process.

Best Guitar Practice & Routine Tutorials

  • How to practice guitar: tips and tricks - In this post we will apply modern neuroscience discoveries for an effective guitar practice, in order to maximize results and effectiveness. You'll find tips and tricks on concentration, memory, rest, practice..
  • What I have learned at the Steve Vai Masterclass - Here's what Steve Vai taught us during his Masterclass in Verona, Italy. Goal settings, visualization, inner ear developing, it has been a very exciting night.
  • Greatest AHA moments - 11 guitar teachers share their greatest 'aha' moments on guitar. In this article you'll learn about very useful insights and intuitions that will help you with guitar practice..

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Master Guitar Fretboard

guitar fretboard theory lessonsLearning the fretboard is definitely the best thing to do if you want to really improve your musical and improvisation skills. You'll learn how to build chords on the fly, without the need to memorize fixed shapes and patterns. Learning the fretboard does not mean only memorizing the names of the notes. You should also learn the relationship among the notes, how to stack intervals for building chords, their inversion, where to find octaves on the neck, and so forth. The following tutorials will help you unlock the fretboard and master its secrets.

Top Guitar Fretboard Lessons

  • Guitar Fretboard Theory - In this series of articles you'll learn guitar fretboard theory and geometry, understanding how it works and how to memorize the notes in an easy way.
  • How to navigate the fretboard - In this Q&A post 11 guitar experts share their strategies to manage the guitar fretboard. Discover different approaches and tricks to facilitate fingerboard navigation.
  • How to play triads on guitar - Guitar triads explained: in this article we will learn how to play triads on guitar and triads shapes and inversions, in particular for minor and major triads. Triads are a powerful weapon!

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Play Songs and Genres

guitar songs and genres lessonsOne of the greatest ways to master the guitar is by learning as many songs as you can. Often the chords of the song only give you the simple skeleton of the piece but that is often enough to flesh the song out. And just like tablature not all chorded songs on the web are going to be correct, while this can be frustrating it teaches you to listen and soon you will notice when something doesn't sound right.

Top Rated Guitar Songs Tutorials

  • 10 simple songs with 2 chords: C and G major - This tutorial shows you 10 easy songs that you can play only with a couple of basic guitar chords: C and G major. When learning how to play the guitar, it's important to start building your repertoire as soon as possible, even with simple songs. Try the songs in this article, you'll have a lot of fun here.
  • 50 Easy Guitar Songs | Step-by-step List - Here's the comprehensive list of song for the 'Chords for Guitar Songs' lesson series. Learn how to play songs with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 chords..
  • How to play rockabilly guitar - This article will teach about Rockabilly guitar story, style and technique. Learn the famous 3 chords changes, the travis picking and the right attitude for playing rockabilly songs.

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Learn Chords Progressions

guitar chord progressions lessonsIn music, there are some theory tools that help us organize chords and keys in a logical way, such as the circle of fifths or scale degrees. Below on this section you'll learn how to create musical pieces by putting chords together. You'll also learn how to strum chords in order to get different feels and rhythms

Most Popular Chord Progressions Tutorials

  • The Nashville Number System - The Nashville Numbering System is a method that denotes chords with the scale degree numbers. It's very useful for describing chord progressions, transposing songs, improvisation, and can be understood without too much music theory knowledge
  • The most common chord progression - In this lesson we're going to learn one of the most used chord progressions, that is the foundation of a lot of popular songs, of different genres and styles. It's amazing discover how many songs have been created with the same 4 chords

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Ear Training

guitar chords lessonsThe most important skill for a musician is the ability to recognize pitches, intervals and chords. If music is a language, we need to train our ears to understand its words. With ear training we learn to connect fingers, mind and heart.

Best Ear Training Lessons

  • Ear Training for Metalheads - This article will show you a selection of heavy metal songs that contain different kinds of intervals. Use them as a memory reference for your music interval understanding.
  • Functional Ear Training On The Go - Here's a set of ear training mp3 for practicing functional ear training away from your home. It's a great way to practice interval ear training during running, trekking or other activities. This method is very useful to develop a good ear and improve relative pitch

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Gear

guitar gear lessonsWe guitarists have a huge arsenal at own disposal. Guitars, amps, pedal effects and a number of other electronic devices. Also, we have to take care of our gear. In this section you'll find tips for guitar and gear maintenance.

Most Popular Gear Tutorials

  • Guitar Parts Names - In this lesson, we're going to learn the guitar parts names, how they work and how to take care of your instrument. You'll learn how an electric guitar is built, the name of its body, neck and headstock parts, and how the pickups produce sounds..
  • Guitar effects pedals guide - This articles shows you what are the essential guitar pedals: Noise Gate, booster, equalizer, flanger, delay, chorus, reverb, compressor, distorsion, overdrive, phaser, harmonizer, octaver and tremolo.

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Guitar Learning Software

guitar learning softwareNowadays we can learn guitar also with the help of effective learning apps. Fretboard memorization, composition, scales and arpeggios are easier to learn thanks to the interactive learning software listed on this section.

Top Rated Guitar Learning Software

  • Fretboard Trainer - How to learn notes on guitar fretboard? This tool will help you memorize notes on the fretboard in a fun way. You can challenge other guitar players and get your chance to be at the top of leaderboard!
  • Guitar Scales Generator - From the most common guitar scales to the strangest exotic arpeggios, with the help of this tool you will learn how to play over 40 scales and arpeggios, in all music keys and in different fretboard areas.
  • Guitar Modes Chart - This interactive tool shows you the structure, notes and chords for each mode. It also visualizes the fretboard diagrams for modes created from the major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. If you never understood modes, this tool will be helpful.

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Guitarists and stories

guitar players storiesThe history of the guitar is full of great characters and meaningful anecdotes. By studying the life of other guitar players, you can find inspiration, drive and motivation for our own guitar practice.

Most Popular Guitarists Articles

  • Jason Becker - The story of the guitarist Jason Becker: hard work and resilience that take the talent and forge it into something of transcendence
  • The Keith Richards guitar tuning - In this lesson you'll learn the Open G guitar tuning, one of the favorite tunings of Keith Richards. Your guitar is going to sound like a Rolling Stone!

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Guitar Ebooks

guitar ebooksWant to learn chords fingerings? Scales and arpeggios patterns? In this section you find several ebooks created to help you master different aspect of the guitar. You can download them for free (if you like them, please share in order to help other guitar lovers)

Most Popular Ebooks

  • Guitar Chords Pdf - TFree beginner ebook with plenty of chords fingerings charts. Open positions, movable shapes, minor, major, augmented and diminished triads and other types of guitar chords
  • Guitar Scales Pdf - This ebook contains tons of scales and arpeggios patterns. Major and minor scales, modals, diminished, triads and seventh arpeggios, exotic scales, and more
  • Guitar Fretboard Chart - This pdf will help you learn the notes on the guitar neck. Also, you'll understand the Circle Of Fifths and its relationship with musical keys and notes on the fretboard

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