Basic Electric Guitar with Chris

Beginner Guitar Course from Chris Liepe

Chris will guide you through the world of electric guitar in this series.

23 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Chris Liepe will start by teaching the absolute basics, and move on building a solid foundation for your guitar playing career.

Begin the Course

Introduction to Your Electric Guitar

Chris Liepe talks about the absolute basics of the guitar, including tuning, the guitar parts, and proper technique.

23:21 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Playing Your First Chords

Chris Liepe introduces you to your very first 2 chords, E and A. Since this is your first chord lesson, Chris also introduces a backing track for you to slowly play along with. Practicing in this manner will give you the feeling of playing with a band. You may be a beginner, but you can still rock out!

28:54 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


3 New Chords: Complete the CAGED Method

Here in lesson 3, Chris teaches the C, G, and D chords. Once you have mastered the chords taught in this lesson and the previous lesson, you will have learned the CAGED method of remembering open chord shapes. Chris provides a new backing track for you to rock out with. Be creative and have fun with this beginner lesson!

12:22 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The Basics to Tablature, Chord Charts, and Musical Notation

Chris is back with his most information packed lesson to date. In this lesson, you will learn how to read tablature, chord charts and musical notation. All of these tools will drastically help you in your journey to learn guitar.

25:38 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Introduction to the Concept of Scales

Chris Liepe is back in lesson 5 with an introduction to scales. In this lesson, you will learn how to play up and down simple scale patterns.

13:55 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Barre and Minor Chords

In this lesson, Chris introduces minor chords and barre chords.

25:23 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Strum Patterns and Time Signatures

Chris Liepe lays down some grooves in this lesson! He provides instruction on rhythmic strumming patterns and time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8.

21:12 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


All About Intervals

Intervals, Intervals, Intervals! Chris Liepe explains what they are, where they are found, and how to play them in this lesson.

14:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Intervals Pop Quiz

Sharpen your pencils and grab your guitar. It's pop quiz time. Chris Liepe adds to his beginner lesson series with a quiz on intervals. This is a hands-on lesson that will undoubtedly improve your ears. Test time starts...Now!

15:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Triads: Everything You Need to Know

Chris Liepe breaks through his 10th lesson with a detailed discussion of triads. Dig in and take these triads for a ride!

24:14 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Effect Pedal Mini Series

This lesson begins a mini-series on effects pedals. Chris breaks down routing and how effects work with each other.

8:20 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Effect Pedal: Compression

The compression effect pedal is one of the most misunderstood pedals around. Chris Liepe finally sheds some light on the subject. By explaining all the different options and sounds this pedal can create, Chris will help you decide whether this effect should be included in your arsenal.

14:12 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Gain Stacking with Overdrive and Distortion

Chris Liepe is back with the 3rd installment in his Effects Pedal mini-series. He explains the concept of "gain stacking" by combining an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal.

7:54 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Effect Pedal: Delay

Chris Liepe adds yet another lesson to his effect pedal-mini series. Here he covers the delay pedal. This effect that operates on the principles of time and rhythm. Use this pedal to add depth to your sound and to create some insane solos.

19:52 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Effect Pedal: Chorus

Chris Liepe quickly demonstrates the chorus pedal with some 80's style licks. This pedal can create a deep and rich addition to solos or add the illusion of multiple guitars.

3:28 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Understanding Key Signatures

Key Signatures! How do they relate to one another? Chris Liepe explains them in lesson 16 of his beginner series. Getting familiar with your key signatures will help pull everything together that has been covered so far in the series.

15:21 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Chord Harmony Basics

Chris Liepe demonstrates how to take a key signature (the set notes within a key) and stack 3rds on top of a root note to form chords. With the help of a modulating backing track, this should be a fun and interactive lesson that will further your music theory training.

30:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Technique Basics: Alternate Picking

Chris explains and demonstrates the very basics of alternate picking. He also provides simple exercises to develop the technique in your own playing.

16:03 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Technique Basics: Legato Playing

Chris details and demonstrates the fundamental movements and suggested left hand position for legato playing -- specifically hammer-ons and pull-offs. He also provides exercises for developing the technique.

16:11 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Technique Basics: Palm Muting

Chris talks about proper palm muting and discusses potential snags when first attempting the technique. He offers a number of exercises and patterns to help palm muting become a part of your rhythm playing.

9:22 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

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Technique Basics: Hybrid Picking

Hybrid picking can add a fresh dimension to your chord and rhythm playing. In this lesson, Chris briefly covers how to get started with hybrid picking and offers two exercises that you can use to apply the technique to your chords.

6:27 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Major Scale Positions in G (Part 1)

Chris talks about what it means to play in position and teaches three of the five "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.

12:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Major Scale Positions in G (Part 2)

Chris continues in his teaching of the five basic "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.

11:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, CO
  • Playing since 1995
  • 244 lessons at JamPlay
Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud instructors.
Reviews & Feedback 92/100 with 617 ratings

I like the way the material was organized and presented. Perfect for a beginner. The supplemental content Is very helpful.


A great foundation.


Perfect refresher course. Starting with finger 2,3 and 4 with the first chord! Great I knew this was a good thing!.


Chris' unique way of memorizing the intervals is appreciated. Still requires price, however his suggestions have made the process less intimidating.


Chris explanations are about as clear as they could possibly be. I'll probably check in with some of the others later and see if I can understand them a little better as I progress.


Chris is great. I learned more in 3 weeks with Chris than 5 years with different local teachers.


Easy to learn from, great explanation


Even though I am a bit more advanced than the first two lessons that I have watched, I still enjoyed the lessons and did learn a little bit. Very informative and Chris does a great job of explaining things clearly!


Going through these "beginner" lessons to find anything I missed, and this is a GREAT catch. I never really understood how the triads worked and what the inversions were and such. I just played them and they sounded right. Understanding is impo


Excellent instructor. I'm definitely understanding and enjoying his course.


Excellent lesson on a very misunderstood subject! Thanks Chris!


wow getting quite technical for a beginner course but going to stick with it and keep going over till I get it (hopefully)


very good teaching style . Thank you


For a beginner guitarist this lesson was a joy to do, fun and a desire to want to play even longer.


From playing with back tracks, new ways to finger a cord, and playing along with the Metronome was really educational. I found myself lazer focused. I needed help with my rythem, and the backtracks made me feel like I was playing with a group o


I like it. I just can't use my pinkie for these chords. No strength and too short. Ha! I'm gonna have to figure something else out. Thanks for the lessons.


Good lesson. I like playing with the backing track, it's more fun than just doing the chord changes to a metronome.


good tuning method


great and informative, nice teacher


Great explanation of compressor pedal. Not ever detailed but enough to encourage me to go out and buy one.


Great Instructor


Great instructor.


Great introduction...well-organized, simple, and easy to understand. Really appreciated the explanation of the knobs and switches on the Les Paul! I just bought one, after months and months of saving, and I don't really understand all about the


Great lesson!


Great lesson. Very well explained.


Great Teacher


Great teacher and the lesson was very easy to follow


he is awesome!!

Rod Nason

Hey this is good. will i actually learn all the notes on the entire board? or just how t use them in cords etc.


I actually came upon Chris' lessons in phase 2. I ventured back to phase 1 beginning electric guitar and found it to be sooooo helpful. Chris is a great teacher. I wish I took lessons from him years ago. Looking forward to putting it all togeth


I appreciate the way these lessons are presented - ie with the different views simultaneously. Helps a lot. I have quite a few books, but before checking out JamPlay, I was having trouble figuring out how to organize my studies systematically s


I do like the teacher, but this lesson was so fun to learn. the fingerings are easy.


I have always shied away from theory like this, but now for the first time I feel like I understand.


I have been learning guitar and technique from a few different online sources and have found Chris's lessons to delve much deeper and provide far more resources than other sites. The physical resources provided can be a bit overwhelming in the




I really like Chris's style!

Dino girl

I really like how he is going step by step and going slow. He's really easy to understand.


I wanted to select more then one, all of the above...


I've been finding this topic difficult to grasp but here it is clear, supportive and practical. Great.


I've been with JamPlay for almost two years now. i wish I had found this my first day.


If is like learning the grammar of the language of music. Could get by without it, but knowing it really enhances my playing.


It explained a lot about the pick ups


It went from no video,now the video flashes And still no access to forum's. I used someone eleses pc still didn't work. I see two new members that is on forums. This is so wrong. Jp looks like a site I would like to be part of. Not this way.


Ive been looking for a microscopic breakdown of picking for a very long time! I really appreciate this lesson!