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The Basics

Guitar Skills



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The primer

Even Jimi Hendrix had to begin somewhere, and for all you budding first-time guitarists, our basics course will get you off to a perfect start! We quickly take you through how to hold the guitar and plectrum, essential gear you need to get started, the string names and a few other important bits and pieces. It shouldn't take long to digest, and you'll soon be ready to move on to the beginners courses!

These are the things you need to know to get started

Dan Holton

What you need to know

In this mini course we cover, as expected, the basics! We help you learn the difference between acoustic and electric guitar, how to hold them, and the gear you need to get the sounds you want. It's great place to start, or as a quick reference to come back to.


8 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Supporting diagrams

This course includes the following 2 units:

Unit 1

Playing Fundamentals

Let's start at the very beginning by discussing how to hold a guitar, how to hold a pick/plectrum and the names of the strings. If you've never even touched a guitar before, then this is the perfect place to start!

Lesson 1Holding An Acoustic

Lesson 2Holding An Electric

Lesson 3Holding a Pick/ Plectrum

Lesson 4String Names

Unit 2

Must Have Gear!

This mini-course is all about getting you equipped in order to learn properly. This doesn't mean breaking the bank with loads of expensive gear, just a simple checklist to ensure your guitar sounds good, is easy to play and stays in tune!

Lesson 1Which Acoustic?

Lesson 2Which Electric?

Lesson 3Amps

Lesson 4Tuners & Accessories

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