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David Isaacs

The Series Introduction

Don't get stuck learning chords, scales and theory with nowhere to apply the things you work on. Take the "David Isaacs" approach and learn the guitar by using real music. You'll be playing along with simple song examples after the second lesson!

Taught by David Isaacs in Beginner Guitar With David Isaacs seriesLength: 2:32Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


Welcome to Beginner Guitar! This series will give you the tools and skills you need to get started, in a way that builds gradually but moves quickly enough that you'll easily see and feel your progress.

One of the beautiful things about the guitar is that you can do more with less than possibly any other instrument. Even a small functional vocabulary is enough to be able to play hundreds if not thousands of songs. This course teaches you to do just that, and more. The graded system introduces something new every lesson, in small enough steps to feel reachable from the start but challenging enough to keep you motivated. Best of all, you'll be playing real music along with the included backing tracks by lesson three! To me, there's nothing more gratifying than playing music with others. The backing tracks give you a chance to use what you've learned in each lesson right away, building not just your finger coordination but your essential skills as a musician. Timing, feel, and sound are just as important as where you put your fingers, and these examples are simple enough that you can learn the patterns quickly and focus on the MUSIC.

We'll start with the absolute basics: how to hold the instrument, how to tune, and how to practice in the most effective way. We'll progress from simple chords and strums to simple melodies, finger exercises to build dexterity, and song structures in a variety of styles. The topics and styles rotate to keep things fresh. By the time you complete the entire course, you'll have a command of the foundation vocabulary of most popular styles, and the knowledge and skills to progress from there in any direction you choose.

I'm very proud of this course, and I think you'll find it effective, engaging, and fun. Congratulations, you have just opened the door to a world of musical possibilities...so let's get started!





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Awesum6Awesum6 replied on November 5th, 2017

very motivating. can't wait to get started.

soulman1948soulman1948 replied on October 29th, 2017

Awesome introduction. I can't wait!

ashernerasherner replied on August 26th, 2017

Great introduction!

freefly8freefly8 replied on June 27th, 2017

I enjoyed the intro. Looking forward to comparing it with other courses by other instructors.

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

gerry15gerry15 replied on June 22nd, 2017

Great intro which reminded me how much I love guitar

badmojoebadmojoe replied on May 13th, 2017

this was not any more than a tutorial

jboothjbooth replied on May 15th, 2017

Was this not to your liking? If so, what are you looking for and I can do my best to help you find it.

the amazing noobthe amazing noob replied on January 15th, 2017

THIS IS HARD! I CANT DO IT!

the amazing noobthe amazing noob replied on January 15th, 2017

the noob is robloxian

GregB42GregB42 replied on January 2nd, 2017

I've been playing for awhile and I do not feel I'm progressing. I'm sure I've developed bad habits along the way and believe this series of courses will get me pass my sticking point. I look forward to learning from you and others in the course.

Jean Le BeteJean Le Bete replied on December 27th, 2016

thank you David

nonyabizznonyabizz replied on November 25th, 2016

I signed up after watching your series on barre chords and then the live stream a couple days ago...

MaarsMaars replied on October 10th, 2016

Just starting so don't know very much.

astudillo97astudillo97 replied on August 4th, 2016

ok, let go!

jservant1198jservant1198 replied on June 11th, 2016

David, you are an excellent teacher.

little andylittle andy replied on April 3rd, 2016

does david teach any other courses

miguel19miguel19 replied on March 30th, 2016

gr8 let go!

Fmaj7Fmaj7 replied on March 14th, 2016

HI David, very interesting course - the music doesn´t come out of the instrument, music climbs up in ourselfs and left our body to bring the instruments to sound. Now I take time to work slowly through this course. Thank for all your deep aspects in making music. Fmaj7 from Germany

sososorrysososorry replied on March 2nd, 2016

21apilado21apilado replied on January 8th, 2016

♡♥ it

joan.dewitt@gmail.com[email protected] replied on January 6th, 2016

Sounds like my kind of approach!

Pinky818Pinky818 replied on January 5th, 2016

Thx for having me

lillyjamslillyjams replied on December 26th, 2015

I think I can do it. I will take the time to learn.

jamesbransfieldjamesbransfield replied on December 21st, 2015

Sounds like a "plan" !

manojpereiramanojpereira replied on November 11th, 2015

Very motivating

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on September 17th, 2015

Thanks David, looking forward to some of your lessons. :)

cawdorcawdor replied on June 12th, 2015

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cawdorcawdor replied on June 12th, 2015

After starting & stopping for years, I'm all in.

lethallee61lethallee61 replied on May 26th, 2015

I've been playing guitar on and off for a couple of years and I am absolutely loving your course. Clear instructions and tablature, and an engaging teacher with the addition of some fantastic sounding simple tunes that make you look forward to every lesson. Cannot recommend this course highly enough. Thanks for teaching an "old dog" some new tricks.

the-Commodorethe-Commodore replied on April 13th, 2015

Nice introduction - anxious to move on to the first lesson

walkndabluzwalkndabluz replied on April 13th, 2015

I'm new to all this and look forward to following your coarse. It makes sense to me. Thanks for your time and effort. John

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Beginner Guitar With David Isaacs

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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 work on. Take the "David Isaacs" approach and learn the guitar by using real music. You'll be playing along with...

Length: 2:32 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Strings & Things

Tune up, learn your way around your guitar, and explore a simple, musical picking exercise to help you learn the string names. You'll be playing right out of the gate!

Length: 22:20 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Hands on the Fretboard

Learn hand position, posture and see how to set up your playing for success when it comes to your fret hand. Dave goes in depth with his discussion and demonstration of hand mechanics. Don't miss this...

Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Your First Song!

Learn the E7 minor and Am chords and then immediately put them to use with a simple song. Play along to the provided backing track and feel like you're part of the band...It's only your 4th lesson! Keep...

Length: 15:32 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Power to the Chords

Power chords are some of the most simple and ubiquitous tools for playing and making great songs. Learn the most basic shapes and put them to use right here! Dave also discusses the beginnings of strumming...

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Music & Melody

Learn a simple melody and take in a little info about what a 'key' is. You can learn the melody and have a friend strum the rhythm. Or, do it the other way around!

Length: 18:07 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Two Finger Chords & More

These simple, musical tools can take you a long way. Use your index and middle fingers to play a simple Am chord and a simple E chord. You'll also learn how to read chord charts and play through another...

Length: 16:46 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

A Simple Melody

You will be introduced to a simple A minor scale and then learn a song that helps you get your new scale under your finger tips!

Length: 12:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Finger Independence

Do you ever feel like you are wearing mittens while you are trying to practice your guitar playing? If you have ever experienced this sensation, this lesson is for you!

Length: 11:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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 a soothing acoustic guitar rhythm bed. Have fun!

Length: 10:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

The C Chord and G7 Chord

Here you'll get to spend some time applying some fundamental chord shapes. Dave shows how to switch between these two chords seamlessly and, as usual, has a creative example ready to go so you can put...

Length: 18:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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 a G chord, but this lesson goes over ways to play these chords together in a chord progression that REALLY sounds...

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Playing Most Songs

You've probably heard it before, but most songs out there can really be played with just 3 or 4 chords. In this lesson, Dave gives you the tools to play most of the songs you know and love!

Length: 14:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Rhythm & Charts

We're moving into some new territory with this series now. You'll now be focusing more and more on material that you can play in a band setting. Up until now, you've been applying the basics to real music,...

Length: 24:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

A Taste of the Blues

Learn about the blues form and strum along with a cool, laid back, bluesy track. You'll be able to take the material in this lesson a long way down the road! Don't forget to have fun with it now though...

Length: 12:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Major Pentatonic Music

Learn the C major pentatonic scale and put it to good use over a catchy tune! You'll be surprised how simple this is and how very musical you can be with just 5 notes arranged in a musically interesting...

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Four Fingers and a Chord

The mighty and intimidating F chord is one that most beginners see as a major hurdle in learning the basic chords on the guitar. Dave offers some ways to make the F chord more approachable. Once you examine...

Length: 15:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Chord Shapes & Arpeggios

Work on precision with your picking hand and more finger independence with your fretting hand using a soothing practice track called "Chimes". You'll get a good taste of combining melody and rhythm playing...

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Work Those Rhythms

Dave works you through eight different strumming variations, discusses how to feel the groove while keeping the rhythm, and shows you how to take a handful of examples and create any strum pattern you...

Length: 14:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Complete C

Look at the C major scale once again. This time however, you'll get to complete the first position C major pattern. You'll play every note within reach of your first 4 frets. You'll also learn a catchy...

Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Return to Chords

Work in the Am, Dm, and Em chords and play them in a melancholy, yet soothing example. You'll also get to work on your basic strumming.

Length: 12:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Shifty Pentatonic

Learn the E minor pentatonic scale with a small position shift that will get you out of the open position and moving around the neck a little bit. This is where it really starts to feel like you are owning...

Length: 13:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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 get some love. Learn the basic open position and use it in a new melody.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

In 7th Heaven

Back to some chords now. In case you couldn't tell from the title, we'll be focusing on 7th chords for this lesson. You learned A7 a while back, and now you'll learn E7 and B7.

Length: 13:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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 been playing real music now for some time, and in this lesson, we're going to learn a walking blues line. What is...

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Moveable Chords

Chords that don't have any open strings in them AND chords whose open strings fit comfortably within the chord all called "moveable chords". Learn how to play a couple chords up the neck.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Moveable Pentatonic

In this lesson, you'll take another big step forward when it comes to working outside of the open position. You'll feel like doing some jamming too!

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Syncopated Strumming

There are eight more strum patterns for you to dig into in this lesson. This time, they are a bit trickier. Follow along with the rhythm charts and take each example in chunks if needed. Combine them with...

Length: 19:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

And Now...Barre Chords!

You knew it was coming! This is the lesson where we stop dancing around full fingered moveable chords and dive head first into the most common barre chord shapes. They're not as bad as you may be fearing....

Length: 19:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

Advancing with Blues

As the musical examples continue to distance themselves from that stereotypical beginner sound, Dave works through this track with a simple, moving melody inside a blues progression.

Length: 14:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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 lead playing. It's not about knowing all the scales or trying to be fancy. It is about using what you know...

Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

Like a Drummer

Learn how to create motion and percussive interest with your strumming. If you look at and listen to how drummers accent general grooves, there is a lot of insight there in to how to make your rhythm playing...

Length: 17:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

New Chords, New Strums

Learn B minor chord and continue developing your feel and grooviness when it comes to strumming. Be sure that you are combing over older lessons as well so that you can incorporate many ideas into what...

Length: 21:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

A Start to Alternate Picking

Develop precision in your picking. Learn when it's best to use alternate picking. Get comfortable with a few exercises and then apply the technique in a musical context!

Length: 20:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

A Little Bluegrass

We're going to continue with rhythm playing and 16th note strumming, but this time we're going to touch on some laid back bluegrass playing. This is another simple style of playing to add to your arsenal.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

A Bit More on Barre Chords

Learn a few more barre chord forms and get more advanced with your strumming. As you've come to know and love with these lessons, you'll have a chance to learn a new song!

Length: 13:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

Here You Are

You've made it a long way if you've made it to the end of this series! In this final lesson of Mr. Isaacs beginner course, you'll spend some dedicated time moving both major and minor barre chord formations...

Length: 21:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography 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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