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Beginner Guitar with Steve Eulberg 2015

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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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.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to 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!

Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 2

Meet the Acoustic Guitar

Steve introduces you to the wonderful world of the acoustic guitar. He talks about the instrument, its parts, and considerations when purchasing one.

Length: 8:46 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Meet the Classical Guitar

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.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Meet the 12 String Guitar

Steve Eulberg introduces the 12 string guitar and talks about its merits and the differences between it and a 6 string guitar.

Length: 6:57 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Meet the Electric Guitar

Steve Eulberg introduces the electric guitar. He talks about all of its parts and explains what makes it different from the acoustic offerings.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

All About the Strings

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!

Length: 12:58 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Tuning and the Magic of the 5th Fret

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.

Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Tuning Devices

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.

Length: 14:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Holding the Guitar

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.

Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

The Left Hand

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.

Length: 15:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

The Right Hand

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.

Length: 21:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

The G Chord

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!

Length: 12:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

The C Chord

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.

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Your First Song

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.

Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

The D7 Chord

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...

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Moving Between Chords

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.

Length: 8:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Moving Between Chords Part 2

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.

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Steve's Guide to Practice

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.

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Written Resources

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.

Length: 10:13 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 1

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".

Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 2

Steve Eulberg explains how learning three chords allows you to play most bluegrass songs.

Length: 12:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 3

Steve advances his assault on the free people of planet Earth by showing how three chords can be used to conquer the blues.

Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 4

Steve demonstrates how three chords can be used to dominate the rock genre. He uses the song "Bad Moon Rising" as a demonstration.

Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 5

Steve shows how knowing three chords can be used to play gospel music.

Length: 6:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 6

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.

Length: 9:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

The Strumming Workshop Part 1

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.

Length: 15:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 27

The Strumming Workshop Part 2

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.

Length: 7:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

The Strumming Workshop Part 3

Steve teaches the song "Over the Waves" as an example of how to strum in 3/4 time.

Length: 3:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

The Strumming Workshop Part 4

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.

Length: 4:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Single String Goodness

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!

Length: 4:49 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 31

The Ultimate Skipping Exercise

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.

Length: 3:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Playing across Strings with Clarity

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.

Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 33

The C Major Scale

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.

Length: 11:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

Chords and Their Intimate Relationships

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.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 35

Relating to Minor Chords

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.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Fast and Easy Chord Transitions

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.

Length: 3:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

The D Family of Chords

In this lesson Steve covers several chords built from a D root note.

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 38

The A Family of Chords

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.

Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 39

The G Family of Chords

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.

Length: 6:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

The C Family of Chords

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.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 41

The E Family of Chords

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!

Length: 7:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

Pump up Your Pinky

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.

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 43

E Shape Barre Chords

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.

Length: 11:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 44

The A Shape Barre Chord and the CAGED System

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...

Length: 10:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 45

Hand Stretches and Exercises

Steve talks about exercises and stretches that are useful for protecting your hands and wrists from strain and overuse.

Length: 12:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 46

The Circle of 5ths

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.

Length: 9:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 47

Bringing It All Together: D

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.

Length: 5:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 48

Bringing It All Together: A

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.

Length: 7:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 49

Bringing It All Together: G

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.

Length: 9:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 50

Bringing It All Together: C

Steve continues in the theme of his previous lessons and brings everything together in the key of C.

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 51

Bringing It All Together: E

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.

Length: 10:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 52

Introducing the CAPO

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.

Length: 8:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 53

Major Scale Pattern

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.

Length: 7:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 54

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Steve introduces the concept of fingerpicking, and teaches a basic picking pattern.

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 55

Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 2

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.

Length: 4:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 56

Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 3

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.

Length: 6:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 57

Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 4

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.

Length: 4:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 58

The Major Pentatonic Scale

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.

Length: 5:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 59

The Minor Pentatonic Scale

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.

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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