Mark's Phase 1 series will take you through the basics of playing electric guitar.
Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.
Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.
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Mark will teach you the basics of your guitar and other electric gear. After you know your gear and what it does, it's time to rock. Mark will begin with basic right and left hand exercises and will eventually have you playing chords and learning your first scale.Begin the Course
Mark introduces his Phase 1 series and covers some fundamental electric guitar basics.
Mark provides a detailed overview of amplification. This lesson has some great info for any electric player.
Before we start rocking, Mark goes over some tools and training necessary to every beginning guitarist.
It's time to get some sound out of your guitar. Mark begins with picking hand technique.
Mark explains proper left hand technique from the ground up.
Mark teaches you all of the natural notes played in first position. He uses two classic melodies to supplement this information.
It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains how the major scale is constructed.
Mark covers 7 basic chords in the key of C major.
Mark expands on chords in C major by showing full forms of the chords you learned in Part 1. He also teaches you the chord progression to a familiar tune.
It's time to start making some noise by using power chords and palm muting. Mark gives you the framework to start rocking with the 12 bar blues progression.
Take your knowledge of the notes in the first position and start jamming on a simple pentatonic riff.
Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson 12, we'll simply add one note to the minor pentatonic scale to give us the famous minor blues scale. We'll also discuss new techniques to interject into your playing, including hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and vibrato.
Mark explains how to finger power chords and how they can be moved anywhere on the fretboard. He also shows an exercise that will help you remember the name of each power chord.
Mark Brennan explains rhythmic notation, tempos, time signatures, note values, and more in this lesson.
Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern of the scale and explains how it can be harmonized in thirds.
Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted with this key.
Mark explains the basics of D major.
Mark takes you through the chords of D major and explains some new ones that you haven't encountered yet.
Mark continues his discussion of power chords. This time around, he explains the circle of 5ths and demonstrates some power chord progressions that illustrate this concept.
Mark teaches the 1st box of the minor pentatonic scale.
Mark explains how you can transpose the pentatonic pattern covered in lesson 20 to the key of A minor. He also shows the "lower extension box" and "home plate box."
Mark teaches the difference between straight eighth notes and the shuffle feel.
In response to member requests, Mark added another amplification lesson to his growing phase 1 series. In this lesson, he compares 3 classes of amps from entry level models all the way to a Mesa Mark V.
In this lesson, Mark teaches some blues licks that can be used when improvising over a 12 bar blues progression.
Mark covers the key of A minor.
Mark teaches two movable major chord forms and gives many examples of how to practice playing them.
Mark Brennan shows you how to apply the chord forms learned in lesson 26 to a I-IV-V progression.
Mark Brennan continues his teachings on movable chord forms. In this lesson he shows the dominant 7th chords and how to use them in a 12 bar blues progression.
Mark Brennan teaches these minor chord forms and how they are movable up and down the fretboard. He also shows how to use these chords in common progressions.
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100 times better than guitartricks. It really is!
All of the above answers were true for me.
All of the above. Very smooth progression.
Appreciate the way the lessons are starting to build and I can see my skills improving
Been playing for years. Never got that before. Thanks a mil. Walker
Clear lessons, chill disposition. Enjoying the lecture.
Cool tones! Boogie sounds good.
easy to understand
Easy to understand, very good info.
I like the comments about making it musical........or play it smoothly...;;;make is sound pretty
Excellent presentation and easy to understand.
excellent teacher... ty mark
Exercise to memorize fretboard was good
Explained and demonstrated very well for the newbie, great job dude!
One of my favorite teachers for far. I like his teaching style. Very articulated and explained so well.
Good method of practice
Thanks, Mark! I have a whole new love and appreciation for my strat. I was thinking of it in terms of a kid with a learners permit and a brand new vette that he really did not know what to do with. The lesson put some basic techniques into per
Good stuff for me to work on. Want to control my picking on each string where needed. Thanks
good teacher, easy understand a
Good teaching style and material was presented well. Teaching by example was very good.
will this way of playing single notes work.how much time a day ?
great and relaxing takes his time easy to understand.
I picked up a few tips here in spite of playing guitar for over ten years.
Great Start for someone that has no clue on what they are doing. The tuner section was very informative, I was tuning wrong this whole time.
great teacher very easy to understand
great teaching easy to understand now need to practice practice and practice
Having reviewed some of the other teachers, I really like Mark. I especially like the animated fretboard view of what he's doing. I'm a long-time player with lots of holes in my knowledge and this is helping tremendously.
He is quite easy to understand doesn't add a bunch of unneeded information keeping it simple straight foward.
He made I t easy to understand.
He showed me a method to actually learn the notes. I have never tried this before and I am surprised to say that it works great. In an hour or so, I memorized all the E notes on the entire fretboard and am going to work on learning the rest of
He's very good, and clear at explaining the information of every note name up and down the neck of the guitar.
Hi Mark, in the lesson you are recommended tapping your feet which I'm sure is a good thing to do. I have a question do you have any advice for someone that is paralyzed from the waist down. I have played guitar since 1984 had an accident in 20
How do I save this so I know how to get back to him?
I agree with all of the above
I am not sure if this is just what I need right now, however I a learning more. I just have to practice more and become more sure of myself.
I appreciate tip that isn't really necessary to strum upstrokes on all string of chord. 3-4 notes are okay as well. This knowledge should help me to progress. Thanks.
I have been on Mark's lesson series for 4 years and am just finishing Lesson 24. I have enjoyed learning these riffs over the last 5 months. Only 5 more to go. Mark is the reason I joined Jamplay. After the trial month with his lessons I realiz
I Have been trying to learn scales but more importantly not just memorize them understand what they mean how they work and their importance.
I know this stuff already but it's a good thing to review. And there could be something I didn't know. I don't leave any stone unturned.
I like how he explains everything in detail, taking his time to explain everything to me.
I like that approach to learn all the Es first. Its methodical and within ones grasp. Thanks.