If you are a beginner to the guitar or looking to brush up your skills, this series is for you. This beginner series starts off pretending you have never touched a guitar and gets you playing in no time. The skills in this series will be the foundation for your guitar-playing career.
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Steve starts us out with the basics of the acoustic and electric guitars, and quickly gets us up and running with easy, fun exercises that will have you playing in no time! Learn left and right hand essentials, chords and single string exercises designed to give you a solid start on your guitar playing journey.Begin the Course
Steve Eulberg introduces his beginner course and talks about who the course is for and what will be taught. He also demonstrates several beautiful pieces of music to get your blood moving. It's time to learn guitar!
Steve introduces you to the wonderful world of the acoustic guitar. He talks about the instrument, its parts, and considerations when purchasing one.
Steve introduces the classical guitar in all of its nylon-stringed glory. He discusses the parts of the instrument and talks about how it differs from the traditional steel-stringed acoustic.
Steve Eulberg introduces the 12 string guitar and talks about its merits and the differences between it and a 6 string guitar.
Steve Eulberg introduces the electric guitar. He talks about all of its parts and explains what makes it different from the acoustic offerings.
In this lesson Steve Eulberg delves into the mysterious and wonderful world of strings. He talks about the standard tuning on the guitar and moves on to introduce the concept of string physics. Don't worry, it's not as intimidating as it sounds!
Before you play your first chord, your guitar must be in tune. In this lesson, Steve talks about a simple, effective and free way to tune using the magical properties of the 5th fret.
It isn't always possible to tune by ear or using the magic of the 5th fret method. Whether it's a noisy room, or you simply are not comfortable doing it, having a tuning device can be valuable. Steve talks about the common tuning devices.
It may seem like a tedious subject for a lesson, but learning how to properly hold guitar can make you a better player and prevent unnecessary strain and pain.
In this lesson Steve introduces the left hand, or fretting hand. He talks about how to properly play notes on the fretboard and gives you an exercise to build your dexterity and accuracy.
In this lesson Steve talks about the role of the right hand, or the picking hand. He discusses proper placement, demonstrates the use of a pick and thumbpick, and talks about alternate picking.
Steve guides you through getting your fingers on the fretboard and playing your first chord. Don't be intimidated; this version of the G major chord only requires you to use one finger!
Steve Eulberg introduces your second chord, the C. He teaches a 1 finger version of the chord that you will be strumming in literally no time.
Steve Eulberg takes the one finger G and C chords from the previous lessons and combines them in an easy song we are all familiar with.
Steve moves on to teach the D7 chord, which is your first chord that makes use of three fingers at once! Don't worry though, if you've followed the lessons up until now, this will be cake for you! You will also learn a bonus chord that doesn't even require you to fret a note; how's that for efficient?
The focus of this lesson is nurturing the ability to change between chords in a quick and accurate fashion. Steve uses two techniques which he calls "pivoting" and "sliding" to facilitate improvement.
Steve moves on and talks about transitioning between two chords that do not have any fretted fingers in common. He uses a technique he calls "hover fingers" to accomplish this task.
Steve talks about his five-pronged approach to practicing. He also explains how he would recommend making use of the JamPlay progress report for the best results.
As a guitar player you will be assaulted with a wide variety of written resources, ranging from tablature to chord charts. In this lesson, Steve introduces the most common sources, so you won't be left in the dark.
If you know three chords, you can play thousands of songs. In this lesson, Steve demonstrates how three chords can be use to conquer the folk genre using the song "This Land is Your Land".
Steve Eulberg explains how learning three chords allows you to play most bluegrass songs.
Steve advances his assault on the free people of planet Earth by showing how three chords can be used to conquer the blues.
Steve demonstrates how three chords can be used to dominate the rock genre. He uses the song "Bad Moon Rising" as a demonstration.
Steve shows how knowing three chords can be used to play gospel music.
Now that Steve has covered 5 genres of music that you can dominate with a mere three chords, we will move on and learn an extremely valuable tip about switching chords.
Think of this like bootcamp, but for strumming and rhythm playing. Steve introduces a few new chords to practice with, and then helps you get your strum on with new and exciting patterns.
Strumming in 4/4 time is an invaluable and fun skill, but alas it is time to move on. In this lesson, Steve teaches 3/4 time and shows how it can be used.
Steve teaches the song "Over the Waves" as an example of how to strum in 3/4 time.
Steve is back with some more strumming goodness. He introduces what he calls a "fan strum," or what most guitarist refer to as 'rolled' chords.
It's time to return to the world of picking single notes, the precursor to busting out some sweet lead guitar. In this lesson Steve teaches a single string exercise that will take you from the first fret all the way up to the twelfth. Don't forget to alternate pick!
Now that you've practiced playing the frets in order it is time to skip around! This challenging exercise will have your fingers reeling and your mind beginning for mercy, but don't let them win. This is an important skill for any guitar player.
Steve brings an old exercise back from the dead and breathes new life into it. The goal of this lesson, and exercise, is to focus on making the transition between two strings seamless.
Don't let the terms scale and music theory drive a black wedge of fear deep into your soul. They exist to make the guitar easier, and once understood, are valuable tools. In this lesson Steve introduces the concepts of a chromatic and diatonic scale. Then, he moves on to teach the C major scale.
In this lesson, Steve talks a bit about how chords are made, but more importantly how they relate to each other. This lesson serves as a very basic introduction to the I-IV-V chord progression, which is one of the most common in Western music.
In this lesson Steve Eulberg talks about minor chords and explains how they relate to major chords, how the minor chords in any key can be figured out using only your hands, and how they work with the Nashville Numbering System.
Now that you've learned a slew of new chords, Steve Eulberg takes a look at them and sees if any can make use of a "pivot finger" to expedite the process of transitioning between them.
In this lesson Steve covers several chords built from a D root note.
With the D family of chords firmly in our rearview mirror, it is now time to move on to A. Steve teaches the popular open position A chord and its many variants.
This time around Steve takes a look at the G family of chords. As with previous lessons, he explores the many variations of this wonderful chord.
Now it's time to delve into the mysterious world of the C family of chords. Steve teaches all of the common variations of this extended family.
Steve moves on to the E family of chords. Memorizing all of these chord families is a challenge, but don't worry, we are nearing the home stretch!
Steve takes a break from the punishing chord lessons he has been serving up day after day to examine two exercises designed to increase the power of your pinky.
You've been dreading this for months, perhaps even years, but we can't run any longer. It's time to learn the dreaded barre chord. Surprisingly this isn't as difficult as you have been told, and has uses that range far and wide. This time around, Steve covers the E shape.
Now that you've learned the E shape barre chord, it's time to ratchet up the difficult a notch. This time around Steve teaches the A shape. While this only requires a 5 string barre, fingering can be more difficult, so get ready for a challenge! He also talks about the CAGED system, a very useful system which grants players the ability to play up and down the entire neck without confusion.
Steve talks about exercises and stretches that are useful for protecting your hands and wrists from strain and overuse.
Though it may sound complicated, the circle of 5ths can be a very useful tool, and can be learned quicker than expected. Steve covers this topic in today's lesson.
Steve brings together your understanding of music, theory and the understanding of keys. He combines these skills with useful chord progressions. Get ready! This is a test of your skills and knowledge.
Steve takes the chord progression from the previous lesson and transposes it to the key of A. Again, this lesson combines your knowledge of music theory and keys with the ability to strum and play chords.
Steve continues with his "bringing it together" theme. This time he ventures into the key of G. He introduces new ways to strum this chord, and once again talks about transposition.
Steve continues in the theme of his previous lessons and brings everything together in the key of C.
In this lesson Steve takes a look at the key of E, and brings together all of your past lessons to understand this key and how to play progressions in it.
In this lesson we introduce the CAPO, a fabulous tool that can be used to change the key of your guitar on the fly. Steve talks about what it is, how it is used and why this is important.
Scales can seem a daunting and confusing topic, created only to stifle young musicians. But never worry, even this indomitable beast can be tamed. The major scale can easily be conquered by learning a simple, movable pattern.
Steve introduces the concept of fingerpicking, and teaches a basic picking pattern.
Steve introduces a fingerpicking pattern that sounds quite complex, but in all reality isn't that difficult to play. That, my friends, is the beauty of fingerstyle.
Steve returns to the world of fingerpicking and introduces a new platter that he dubs "the pinch-pluck". This is slightly more difficult than the last pattern, but the rich, complex sound is worth it.
In this lesson Steve talks about one of the core tenets of fingerpicking: using your thumb to create an alternating bassline. This is when the guitar truly starts to sound like more than one instrument.
It's time to return to the world of scales. This time we take a look at the major pentatonic scale. Don't worry; this one is easy, it's just a major scale with two notes removed.
Steve moves on to teach the minor pentatonic scale. Like the major before it, this scale can be mastered by learning a simple pattern and moving it up and down the neck.
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Great teacher! Looking forward to more.
All of the above. Thank you.
Wish I could choose them all. Thanks, Steve.
Would like to see lead sheets in supplemental. It's great to be working/practicing on a song.
Quiz helps reinforce most important points to take from lesson and helps me to feel like I am ready to move on!
Some really great points here. I particularly like playing G and C different so it will be easier to change them quickly. HOWEVER... That means I have to unlearn the way I have been playing them. That makes it a bit awkward. I suppose practice
Been in music since I was a kid. Always woodwinds. Just last few years wanted to be able to play the guitar. Bug has been getting stronger the last year.
Excellent teaching of the fundamentals, Steve covers all the problems I had learning the guitar first time around, making it much easier to play well later on. The first couple of episodes were a bit too basic, but now it's a perfect pace. I al
explaining and showing as he teaches in detail. He makes learning the guitar fun.
First time I ever hear the torsion bar on a steel-string acoustic explained. I thought classical guitars were for beginners to toughen up the fingers first.
Friendly approach. Thanks
Good pace and information. Very clearly explained.
Very thorough explanation to lay the ground work for the next lesson. Looking forward to it.
if I could I would mark all three check boxs
Great information and a great teacher!
Great stuff Steve. You are a gifted teacher!!
Great teacher, looking forward to his lessons, also I am a person who really needs structure and following things in order. a good course like this keeps me focused and is much more helpful than youtube. looking forward to learning more.
Great, practical advice.
Have used other online lessons but not as through as JamPlay. Keep up the good work.
he explain very good
He is a good teacher too
He is awesome if I were you I’d give him a promotion ????He is super easy to understand and I wouldn’t learn with any other teacher
He's clear & to the point, easy to understand & helpful info!
Very good teaching style. He makes everything very easy to comprehend.
hes got it.
I liked learning an easy way to play a C chord.
howdo you tune your gitare?
I also like the teacher AND easy to understand
I am a beginner full of apprehension and a little nervous but in my first 2 videos of Steve Eulberg I find him very clear and understandable so at this point I have high hopes and am settling down nicely.
I am a very beginner, and liked the way he gave examples that were easy to relate to.
I am on lesson 11 with Steve and I have learned more in the last two days than on my own in the past 10 years. This is exactly what I was looking for. Basics, things to practice, learning about my guitar. Steve is actually all three above.
I enjoy the personality of the instructor and the ease of understanding his presentation. I am learning! But, I am struggling to understand the website procedures and could have benefited from an "introductory course" about using the tools.
I like his method and back ground
I like how he is enthusiastic about teaching us and told us a bit about his backstory of how he didn't have the support he needed, so he had to learn guitar on his own almost. He told us how he wanted to teach this, so that others didn't have t
I like the way Steve explains things simply but thoroughly. His sense of humor is appreciated. I like all of his lessons.
I liked the teacher and the way he explained everything. I am starting to understand more about the guitar.
I love how he can explain and give pararell examples as he goes!
I love this guy, I use to follow him on Youtube, now that I am here at Jamplay I feel so glad to be one of his students.
I really enjoy your lessons a lot Steve. The are really helping ... a lot! Thank you. Hard not to get ahead of myself.
I really like the teacher and he teaches in a way that I can really understand the material.