Learning the basics of the guitar, the building blocks if you will, is an extremely important step in learning and mastering the guitar. This series is all about the basics.
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Mark will start with the very basics, including the parts of the guitar, and move on and talk about chords, playing techniques and more. This series is meant for beginners.Begin the Course
This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.
Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.
Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.
Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.
Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.
Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.
Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.
Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.
Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.
Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.
Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.
Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.
Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.
Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.
Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.
Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.
Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.
Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.
Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.
Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.
Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.
Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.
Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.
Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.
In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.
Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.
Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.
Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.
Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.
In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.
Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.
Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.
Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.
Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.
Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.
In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.
In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.
Lesson 39 is all about rocking out. Mark discusses some tips to take your playing to the next level.
Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.
In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.
Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.
In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.
Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.
In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.
In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.
Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.
Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."
Mark teaches some useful information on how to mix postures, "finger glue," and techniques to make your chord changes speedy and more effective.
In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.
Mark brings us a very appealing aspect to better understand the guitar. With his explanation of "liquified" chords, mark will explain how to move up and down the guitar to create different chord voicing.
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After checking out all of the other teachers, and as a fresh beginner, I found Mark's style super easy to follow and explanation of everything outstanding! Looking forward to more lessons!
all the lessons in this course have been great! thank you :)
Always love and watching Mark's lessons! :)
cool thats what i neded
different chords to the standard opens. Mixes things up a bit
how do you get to the tab
Excellent use of triads moving over the entire fretboard!
Explains everything slowly and clearly. Covered a lot of the little questions most beginners have, but most teachers leave out. Says, mmkay a lot, but that's not a bad thing. :)
good teacher, very clear and easy to understand
Great pace and straight to the point. Easily understandable.
Great teaching Mark Thanks Rick
Great teaching style, and delivers the teaching material in a clear and understandable way
He cool 8).
he is a little goofy but very likeable and easy going. It is easy to learn from him, good job.
He is repeating each step before playing the chords again, I really liked that. He seems like he is really energetic and exited to teach. Love that.
Mark is why I signed up. Very good teacher to rebuild my foundation which was loose and full of mistakes when I tried to improve. - Greg C.
I am having a little trouble
I enjoy watching Mark Lincoln's video's because he is a great at explaining the lesson as best as someone with experience can teach someone who's new.
I enjoyed this very much
I have a Martin 12 String guit and since he shows 12 strings guitar later I decided to start from scratch with Mark
I have chronic fatigue and have learned what I do know by ear. I write songs because it prevents self combustion....that is what art is about, its not a wank, and you won't find it on the Voice or the X factor....or on "Who needs talent?" when
Yes I still like the teacher .... :) yes he is a good teacher, very clear/easy to understand. I also very much like all the content he teaches.
I like the way Mark explains things.
I live in Singapore. This is my first trial lesson with JamPlay. I am already liking it.
I love his attitude about guitar being fun and just relax. Its so helpful because I get frustrated with it all the time. He has a good way of teaching me to calm down and have fun.
Nice foundation lessons. The chord visuals are excellent and Mark's early phrase D and A with strum got me to haul out my Fender F-210. Good stuff on beginning strumming.
Mark has clearly been my favorite teacher thus far. He explains the chords well and provides actual visual diagrams of the chords.
Mark has enabled me to use chords up and down the fretboard. It's a whole new world!
Moved a little fast but i will figure it out he has been playing 20yrs. we just started i have a little trouble transition chord to chord and not real sure of my finger placement and can not wait to play a song but hope it keeps my attention I
off 2 a good start
This guy taught me the barre system and from there a whole lot came along. Really grateful to him for what Ive learned.
very good and I liked the tip about holding the guitar properly
Where do I find the homework assignments.......or are they the exercises under the "supplemental" tab?
you guys help me so much :)