Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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Beginner Guitar With David Isaacs

Whether you've never played before, or your coming back to guitar after brief startup attempt, you'll find everything you need to get going in this series. David uses real musical examples to teach even the most basic concepts and techniques.

Lesson 1

The Series Introduction

Don't get stuck learning chords, scales and theory with nowhere to apply the things you...

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Lesson 2

Strings & Things

Tune up, learn your way around your guitar, and explore a simple, musical picking exercise...

Length: 22:20
Lesson 3

Hands on the Fretboard

Learn hand position, posture and see how to set up your playing for success when it comes...

Length: 16:10
Lesson 4

Your First Song!

Learn the E7 minor and Am chords and then immediately put them to use with a simple song....

Length: 15:32
Lesson 5

Power to the Chords

Power chords are some of the most simple and ubiquitous tools for playing and making great...

Length: 12:21
Lesson 6

Music & Melody

Learn a simple melody and take in a little info about what a 'key' is. You can learn the...

Length: 18:07
Lesson 7

Two Finger Chords &...

These simple, musical tools can take you a long way. Use your index and middle fingers...

Length: 16:46
Lesson 8

A Simple Melody

You will be introduced to a simple A minor scale and then learn a song that helps you...

Length: 12:08
Lesson 9

Finger Independence

Do you ever feel like you are wearing mittens while you are trying to practice your guitar...

Length: 11:04
Lesson 10

Let's Major on C Major

You'll be introduced to the C Major scale and then you'll be able to put it to use over...

Length: 10:37
Lesson 11

The C Chord and G7 Chord

Here you'll get to spend some time applying some fundamental chord shapes. Dave shows...

Length: 18:39
Lesson 12

G and C Working Together

I know what you're thinking..."I just learned these!" Well, you did learn a C chord and...

Length: 11:06
Lesson 13

Playing Most Songs

You've probably heard it before, but most songs out there can really be played with just...

Length: 14:04
Lesson 14

Rhythm & Charts

We're moving into some new territory with this series now. You'll now be focusing more...

Length: 24:54
Lesson 15

A Taste of the Blues

Learn about the blues form and strum along with a cool, laid back, bluesy track. You'll...

Length: 12:03
Lesson 16

Major Pentatonic Music

Learn the C major pentatonic scale and put it to good use over a catchy tune! You'll be...

Length: 8:38
Lesson 17

Four Fingers and a Chord

The mighty and intimidating F chord is one that most beginners see as a major hurdle in...

Length: 15:35
Lesson 18

Chord Shapes & Arpeggios

Work on precision with your picking hand and more finger independence with your fretting...

Length: 15:34
Lesson 19

Work Those Rhythms

Dave works you through eight different strumming variations, discusses how to feel the...

Length: 14:18
Lesson 20

Complete C

Look at the C major scale once again. This time however, you'll get to complete the first...

Length: 16:28
Lesson 21

The Return to Chords

Work in the Am, Dm, and Em chords and play them in a melancholy, yet soothing example....

Length: 12:18
Lesson 22

Shifty Pentatonic

Learn the E minor pentatonic scale with a small position shift that will get you out of...

Length: 13:53
Lesson 23

Let's Major on A Minor

Earlier in the series, we explored the C major scale. In this lesson, the A minor will...

Length: 15:43
Lesson 24

In 7th Heaven

Back to some chords now. In case you couldn't tell from the title, we'll be focusing on...

Length: 13:32
Lesson 25

Walkin' The Blues

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back! You've covered a lot of ground so far! You've...

Length: 10:50
Lesson 26

Moveable Chords

Chords that don't have any open strings in them AND chords whose open strings fit comfortably...

Length: 15:31
Lesson 27

Moveable Pentatonic

In this lesson, you'll take another big step forward when it comes to working outside...

Length: 8:44
Lesson 28

Syncopated Strumming

There are eight more strum patterns for you to dig into in this lesson. This time, they...

Length: 19:33
Lesson 29

And Now...Barre Chords!

You knew it was coming! This is the lesson where we stop dancing around full fingered...

Length: 19:21
Lesson 30

Advancing with Blues

As the musical examples continue to distance themselves from that stereotypical beginner...

Length: 14:47
Lesson 31

Make It up as You Go

Some of you may have been waiting for this one! Now we'll focus on some improvisation...Some...

Length: 12:45
Lesson 32

Like a Drummer

Learn how to create motion and percussive interest with your strumming. If you look at...

Length: 17:29
Lesson 33

New Chords, New Strums

Learn B minor chord and continue developing your feel and grooviness when it comes to...

Length: 21:19
Lesson 34

A Start to Alternate...

Develop precision in your picking. Learn when it's best to use alternate picking. Get...

Length: 20:26
Lesson 35

A Little Bluegrass

We're going to continue with rhythm playing and 16th note strumming, but this time we're...

Length: 10:06
Lesson 36

A Bit More on Barre...

Learn a few more barre chord forms and get more advanced with your strumming. As you've...

Length: 13:51