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Rock Guitar for Beginners

Learn to play the electric guitar like a pro! Will Ripley is a veteran teacher that will show you quick and easy ways to start playing actual music on the guitar! Start learning original classic rock style riffs right away, all the while learning solid foundations to your guitar playing. Get ready to Rip it up!!

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Join Jamplay.com instructor Will Ripley for his series, Rock Guitar for Beginners. Will's easy to follow teaching methods will have you playing classic sounding rock riffs from the get go! From riffs to chords, and even a little bit of music theory, Ripley will have you sounding like a pro in no time!

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Join Will Ripley as he gives us all the details of his series, "Rock Guitar for Beginners". You'll be playing cool rock riffs from the very first lesson!

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

First Easy Riff, Part 1

Will wastes no time getting you playing actual music! Check out this cool riff in the style of Black Sabbath. You'll be rockin' in no time!

Length: 7:13 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

First Easy Riff, Part 2

Will continues in this lesson by showing you how to read basic tablature for his Black Sabbath style riff.

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Chromatic Exercise

In this lesson, Will takes a break from riffs to show you a great tool for increasing your dexterity on the instrument: the chromatic exercise.

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Right Hand Technique, Part 1

A good foundation on the guitar has a lot to do with your right hand, or picking hand, technique. Will starts here with the basics: How to hold a pick and how to place your hand.

Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Right Hand Technique, Part 2

So far, Will has had you focus on playing on one string. Now he gives you the tools to play across multiple strings.

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Riff in the Style of Deep Purple/Queen

Now that you have some right hand technique under your belt, Will hits you with another classic sounding riff in the style of Deep Purple or Queen. This is an easy, yet great sounding single note riff that will have you rockin' out in no time!

Length: 9:43 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Riff in the Style of Bon Jovi

Will is back with another classic sounding riff! This riff is a great exercise that gets you using your fingers on more than one strings, and improves on your chromatic movement.

Length: 5:44 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Riff in the Style of Journey/Foster the People

Will uses this catchy riff to teach you how to mute open strings and fretted notes, and how to add some rhythmic depth to your playing.

Length: 5:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Riff in the Style of RATM/Led Zeppelin

Here's another catch, classic sounding riff from Will. This one will get you up and running with your alternate picking. A must have picking technique moving forward!

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Chromatic Graduation Riff

Remember the chromatic scale we learned earlier in this series? Well, Will steps it up a notch by adding a cool funky riff to help you earn your chromatic diploma!

Length: 10:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

E Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor pentatonic is one of the core scales of rock guitar. In this lesson, Will shows you a super simple fingering for this essential scale!

Length: 8:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Em Pentatonic Riff In the Style of the Beatles

Now, take the minor pentatonic scale, add some rhythm, and you've got a super cool rock riff!

Length: 4:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Intro to Power Chords

Power chords are essential to any rock guitar playing. In this lesson, Will shows you the basics. Learn open string power chords and other classic power chord shapes!

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Power Chord Riff In the Style of Tom Petty/ACDC

Will's back with another classic sounding riff in the style of Tom Petty or ACDC. This riff builds off of what you learned in the previous lesson on power chords. Use both your open string power chord and full fretted power chord shapes!

Length: 11:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Palm Muting

Getting a great rock sound has lots of different elements to it, and one of those is the palm muting technique. Will shows you a super easy way to get rolling on this great right hand technique!

Length: 6:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Power Chord Riff in the Style of Black Sabbath

Now Will takes a riff he taught earlier in the series and adds the power chord element to it. This makes the riff extra heavy sounding and extra cool!

Length: 10:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Power Chord Riff with a Fifth in the Bass

Believe it or not, Ripley can show you a way to make your power chords even more powerful sounding! It's a simple fingering shift, but will add a lot of thickness to your power chords.

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Power Chord Riff in the Style of Audioslave/RHCP

Get ready to learn a super pro-sounding riff in the style of Audioslave or Red Hot Chili Peppers! Hidden in this riff are some more foundational guitar techniques that will increase your facility on the guitar.

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Other Two Note Shapes

We've learned the interval of the power chord, now Will shows us some other intervals in the form of two note shapes that are easy, and add tremendous color to our playing.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Octave Shapes

Will's back with an important and useful technique: Octave shapes. Learn not only the shape, but how to apply muting to get it sounding very professional!

Length: 8:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Muting Techniques

Proper muting can add a lot of passion to your playing. In this lesson, Will shows us how to play single notes without compromising any of the energy or intensity.

Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Second Position

Will showed us the first position of the minor pentatonic scale in an earlier lesson. Now it's time to move on to the second position. It's a must know scale and technique!

Length: 5:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Reading Chord Charts

Up to now we've learned a lot of single note riffs and power chords. Now it's time to inject some chord playing into our technique. In this lesson, Will starts us off by showing us how to read a chord chart.

Length: 9:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Spanish Flavored Chord Song

Continuing with chords, Will introduces us to some new chord shapes with this Spanish themed chord song.

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

Sus and Slash Chords

Sus and slash chords are very important when it comes to making you sound like a pro. Will walks us through a few of the most common ones, and how to implement them in our playing!

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 27

The G Major Chord

The G major chord is one of the most common chords used in popular music. In this lesson, Will shows some of the more popular and useful variations of the chord.

Length: 5:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 28

The Secret to Changing Chords

One of the biggest issues for beginning guitarists is changing chords. It can be a source of great frustration. Join Will as he shows us his secret to changing chords that will revolutionize your playing!

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 29

Rhythmic Subdivisions

By now you've learned what an important role rhythm plays in the process of learning guitar. Will gets more specific here by showing us some basic rhythms and how to count them.

Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Acoustic Pop Chord Song

Ever wonder how certain songs get really pro sounding chord progressions and strumming? Here's a peek behind the curtain as Will shows us a chord progression that is simultaneously easy and great sounding!

Length: 16:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Three Must Know Strum Patterns

Strumming and rhythm is something that frankly gets taken for granted when learning guitar. But, it's just as important as the notes you play on the fret board! Will gets you started on the right foot with your rhythm by showing you these three must know strum patterns.

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

All Major and Minor Chords

It's time to get deeper into chords! In this lesson, Will shows us all the major and minor chords.

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 33

12 Bar Blues Song - Part 1

The 12 bar blues is a fundamental rock and blues song form. Will shows you the 12 bar blues, but puts a little twist on it to make it sound extra rockin'!

Length: 7:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

12 Bar Blues Song - Part 2

In part 2 of the 12 Bar Blues Song, Will gets into the meat of the 12 bar blues form.

Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 35

Chord Techniques in the Style of Neil Young/Guns and Roses

Will brings together several chord playing techniques in this lesson that will challenge you and keep you on the road to sounding more like a pro!

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Minor Pentatonic Scale - Third Position

Will now brings us the 3rd position of the minor pentatonic scale. This is one of the great rock guitar scales, and Will is building towards having you cover the entire fret board with this scale!

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

Chop Builders

Here's a couple of exercises that will help build your "chops", otherwise known as your strength and dexterity on the guitar!

Length: 11:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 38

The Major Scale and Basic Theory

Don't let the phrase "music theory" scare you off! It's merely an aid to help you understand what you've been learning and playing so far. Will uses this lesson to show you a very important scale that is the door way to some beginning theory concepts. When you're done, you'll have a better...

Length: 10:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 39

Minor Pentatonic Scale - Fourth Position

On to the fourth position of the minor pentatonic scale! As usual, Will shows us the scale, then shows us a way to connect all of the positions so far.

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

Find Every Note on the Fret Board

Believe it or not, finding and knowing every note on the fret board is not as hard as it may seem. In this lesson, Will demystifies the fret board taking away that overwhelming feeling when you look down at it. A few simple tricks is all you need!

Length: 13:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 41

Precursor to Barre Chords

Leading up to learning your barre chords, Will shares this lesson with us that gets us familiar with some of the basic shapes we'll need to know. Plus, you get to learn some super cool sounding chords!

Length: 9:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

Four Shapes of Barre Chords

The "dreaded" barre chords are anything but dreaded here. Will gets you going on the four basic shapes, with some tips and tricks to make them frankly, quite easy!

Length: 15:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 43

Barre Chord Song

Now Will gives you the chance to put those barre chords into practice! Here's a super simple little song to help you get more familiar with the shapes we learned in the last lesson.

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 44

Minor Pentatonic Scale - Fifth Position

The Grand Finale of your minor pentatonics: The Fifth Position. Now that you have all 5 positions, Will shows you some cool ways to practice these, and consequently, the ability to begin using them in solos right away!

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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