Basic Electric Guitar

Beginner Guitar Course from David MacKenzie

In his Phase 1 series, David MacKenzie will walk you through the basics of rock guitar.

41 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

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Full Course Breakdown

David introduces essential electric guitar skills in this series. These lessons focus primarily on rock guitar. However, they are great for students interested in all styles.

Begin the Course
1

About the Guitar

David discusses the parts of the guitar. He also gives you some basic techniques to get you started.

31:00 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

2

Power Chords

In this lesson, David introduces basic power chords. Great fun for beginners!

10:12 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

3

Basic Chord Progressions

David introduces some basic chords and chord progressions.

14:15 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

4

Notes, Chords and Arpeggios

David provides a brief explanation of what notes, chords, power chords, and arpeggios are.

8:12 Runtime

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5

Speed and Coordination

This lesson is all about increasing your speed and coordination. David demonstrates basic picking exercises.

14:12 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

6

Chord Exercises

David MacKenzie presents a mysterious sounding chord exercise. This exerices is designed to improve right hand technique.

9:12 Runtime

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7

Practice and Discipline

In this short lesson David talks about practice, discipline, and how you should apply yourself when learning and mastering the guitar.

6:00 Runtime

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8

Double Stops

Double stops can bring new life to your rhythm and lead playing. David provides a short tutorial on what double stops are and how they can be used.

7:12 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

9

The Major Chords

David covers the basic major chord shapes. Every guitarist must learn these basic chords.

18:29 Runtime

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10

The Minor Chords

David MacKenzie walks you through the basic minor chords. Expand your knowledge of chords with this fun-filled lesson.

8:15 Runtime

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11

Major Scales

Major scales are an essential component of all styles of music. They can also be used as a great way to orient yourself with the fretboard.

32:12 Runtime

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12

Major Scale Jam

David MacKenzie explains how to practice the major scales along with a fun backing track.

11:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

13

The Minor Scales

David MacKenzie proceeds to an in-depth discussion of the minor scales.

15:36 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

14

Minor Scale Jam

David MacKenzie shows you how to play the natural minor scale over a rockin' JamTrack.

6:12 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

15

One String Exercise

David demonstrates an excellent one-string exercise in this lesson. This exercise will improve your dexterity and knowledge of the fretboard.

16:48 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

16

Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that enable you to play with a smooth, legato feel.

8:27 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

17

Basic Bends

David MacKenzie gives a crash course on bending in this lesson. Bends can add a lot of soul to your playing.

16:12 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

18

Cool Rock Licks

David MacKenzie teaches two rock licks inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

12:12 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

19

Hammer-On Exercise

David returns to the world of hammer-ons with a fun new exercise. This lesson includes a JamTrack.

13:56 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

20

Return to Pull-Offs

David returns to the world of pull-offs with a new exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

12:50 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

21

Practicing Bends

David MacKenzie returns to bending technique in this lesson. This lesson features a backing track that is designed for bending practice.

12:18 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

22

Basic Vibrato

Integrating vibrato into your guitar playing is a great way to add emotion and soul. David MacKenzie explains the basics of vibrato in this lesson.

9:12 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

23

Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the pentatonic scale.

5:48 Runtime

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24

Minor Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson.

4:38 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

25

Full Major Scale

David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.

11:31 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

26

Full Minor Scale

David MacKenzie introduces a two octave natural minor scale pattern.

12:20 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

27

Full Major Pentatonic Scale

David teaches a two octave pattern of the major pentatonic scale.

6:30 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

28

Full Minor Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie teaches a two octave version of the minor pentatonic scale.

9:20 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

29

Cool Lick

David MacKenzie teaches several licks based on common arpeggio patterns. This lesson also includes a backing track to jam with.

20:40 Runtime

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30

Rhythm Basics

David MacKenzie introduces some important rhythm basics in this lesson. This lesson also includes a backing track exercise.

14:55 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

31

Power Chord Variations

David MacKenzie explains various power chord voicings. By simply moving a finger or two, new power chords can be formed.

18:43 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

32

Cool Lick Exercise

David MacKenzie introduces some new amazing licks.

29:12 Runtime

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33

Tapping Exercise

David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

22:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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34

Tapping Exercise #2

David MacKenzie teaches another amazing tapping exercise.

13:07 Runtime

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35

Tapping #3: Adding Open Strings

The third tapping lesson elaborates on the previous lesson by adding open strings.

12:59 Runtime

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36

Tapping #4: Diminished Lick

The fourth lesson in Dave's tapping series deals with a monster diminished lick.

11:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

37

Tapping #5

In lesson five of his tapping mini-series, DMac provides backing tracks that you can tap over.

8:04 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

38

Tremolo Technique

In lesson 38, DMac demonstrates some tremolo techniques to add to your repertoire.

13:54 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

39

Tapping #6

DMac returns to his tapping instruction with more advanced techniques.

19:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

40

Chord Structures

In lesson 40, DMac teaches you how to play various D chords all the way up the neck.

9:20 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

41

Octaves

In lesson 41, David discusses the octave and its uses while playing.

17:09 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Playing since 2001
  • 59 lessons at JamPlay
Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it.

Then as with a lot of players out there, Eddie Van Halen came along and changed the way guitar was played! Dave has been influenced by anyone he has heard play guitar, literally! Always keeping an open mind and a humbleness about him has helped him to keep learning new things on, and about the guitar.

Dave has mostly played in top 40 rock, country, and pop bands. He is most recently playing guitar and keyboards in a 80's metal band called Open Fire. They have opened for Warrant, Firehouse, Winger, and LA Guns within the 3 and a half years they have been together, and are now jumping into original music.

Dave believes you should have internal motivation, and passion to play guitar, and most definitely, it should be fun!

As with his playing, Dave will find new ways to show you how to get the most out of your time learning guitar!
Reviews & Feedback 84/100 with 340 ratings
dadkyle

A fret board diagram to go with the power cords would be a big help

sch0257a

What a cool technic

nastydog64

easy to understand takes the time to show you thanks

JT123

excellent delivery, very clear

ryannorrie

first lesson,David said tune your guitar first,What a different it makes when your guitar is tuned

donmontelius

Fun octave forms

Radilo86

Good exercise, maybe a little easier.

Guitar Joy

Great explanation of what a power Chord is (I didn't know) and then demonstrating how to do them w/one, two or three left-hand fingers, up and down and across the fretboard!

stringthumper856

Great lesson David, thank you

maverick57

Great stuff, far better than the usual boring stuff.

Kem Canon

Hey Jim, I will continue with your lessons on electric guitar as I can. If there seem to be gaps in my "attendance", it's because I am also going with Jim Deeming here at the start. It's a regular smorgasbord of instructors, all of whom (from

Paul wells

Humour, great

RevCain

I have been playing guitar for nearly 30 years and only joined to learn to solo better. But I figured, why not start at the beginning.... I was too poor when I was young to afford lessons, and we didnt have theinternet yet, so I self taught. I

steve-o

I like his method.. keeps it interesting and keeps the drive to jam getting into power chords.

chendricksmusic

I needed it, but it was also easy to understand and I like the way the teacher didn't beat around the bush!

drdiesel

I want to learn scales and this was very good

scubarob

I'm past this point but got a couple good practice skills

gwebb44gw

like the teaching approach

marugeist

The teacher explains things in a way that are really easy to make sense! He knows how to put himself in the student's shoes. Thanks!

desdabarber

this was very easy to understand. thank you. i really enjoyed the lesson

chopper bob

Tks. for taking it slow.