Discover the essentials with Orville Johnson by learning some of the most popular topics and techniques in beginner guitar.
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Orville Johnson teaches key topics for beginner guitarists in this information-packed lesson series.Begin the Course
Orville talks about some challenges you will likely face as a beginner and offers some advice that will help you overcome them.
Orville talks about flatpicks, how to hold them, and how to strum with them.
Orville Johnson introduces some basic fingerpicking patterns.
Orville Johnson explains why it is important to practice with a metronome. He also covers some practice strategies that will help minimize your frustration.
Orville dives into part 1 of his beginners' guide to practical theory. In this lesson, you will learn the basics of intervals.
Orville Johnson takes a look at scales in part 2 of his practical theory mini-series.
Orville Johnson jumps into part 3 of his practical theory mini-series. This lesson is about chords and their construction.
It's now time to tap back into the practical music theory portion of this series. Continuing on with part 4, Orville now discusses what modes are and how they are really just scales with Greek names.
Orville Johnson demonstrates a basic blues shuffle. This incredibly easy rhythm piece will have you sounding like a blues great in no time!
Orville Johnson demonstrates how simple chord progressions can be spruced up with bass runs. The classic song "Oh! Susanna" is used as an example.
Orville Johnson talks about the concept of voice leading. This concept will help you play chord progressions that flow better and sound more harmonious.
Orville Johnson teaches the basic major chords in this lesson. He also explains the best way to change from chord to chord, a challenge for many beginners.
Orville Johnson jumps into some light theory with a lesson on note values.
Orville Johnson takes a beginner's look at the CAGED system.
Orville Johnson introduces open D tuning and encourages exploration of its possibilities. This tuning is great for a broad range of playing styles.
This time, Orville Johnson introduces open G tuning. This tuning is great for a broad range of playing styles and sounds pretty without even fingering a chord.
This lesson is perfect for the beginner looking to develop dexterity and independence in the right hand fingers. Orville guides you step by step through basic rhythm concepts and fingerstyle exercises.
This lesson presents any beginner with the information needed to understand how a capo works. This tool enables you to change the key of a song without learning any new chord voicings.
Orville introduces basic techniques that can be used to play lead guitar. This lesson includes a primer on hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and harmonics.
Orville dispenses a lifetime of accrued wisdom on the subject of practicing and learning. This lesson is only 16 minutes long, and it will not only change how you learn the guitar, but can also be applied to all facets of your life.
This lesson is all about creating different types of chords. This does steer the lesson towards music theory, but the information is invaluable and infinitely applicable.
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Mr. Johnson is very patience. He goes into just enough detail to help a beginner understand the importance of what you are learning.
A great understandable basic explanation of the CAGED system!!!
All of the above
All of the above!
All of the above. Great
All of the above. Love his lessons!
all three. awesome.
Also easy to understand and it is just what I needed :)))
althought you are the first teacher I'm chekking on the beginners section . I really like the way you teach .. so great, I am defenitly gonne sit these out . You are so calm , it kinda grows on me and helps me to concentrate .
been playing for many years on my own... love orvilles course.. filling in a lot of holes...
Instantly noticed decreased back pain and better posture from Changing the placement of the guitar when seated.
Easy to understand AND a nice teacher :-)
easy to understand takes his time teaching good review of the material.
Encourages a "you can do this" attitude and does suggest ways to work around common scenarios that might lead to self-disappointments; nice how the lessons have "didactic" as well a practice phase.
Very interesting ideas. I like it.
Good explanation of how to find the notes to use for the base run. Very helpful and adds to playing without adding a ton of complexity. Great way to sound more accomplished.
good lesson on runs
Good little strumming routine. I think I can use that in different situations. Thank you
Great explanation of chord changes
Great lesson. Well presented; logical, reasonable, effective teaching.
Great straightforward lesson easy to understand. Much appreciation sir!
Great teacher, easy to understand, I like the way he presents the lessons.
Very clear. Easy to follow. Want to see what other courses he teaches.
Great teacher. Perfect pace, clear instruction
great teaching, CAGED system can look complicated but this lesson reinforced my knowledge.
Great underpinning of technique with invaluable usable theory. Also Orvile is fantastic in conveying fairly abstract ideas. More Orville please
Really helpful, thanks
His explanations were very understandable!
I believe i will be able to progress in my learning.
I feel like I'm finally getting this
I liked the teacher, he was easy to understand, and to learn som new fingerpicking patterns is just what I needed. Jamplay is great :-)
I'm kind of an instructor surfer. Have taken a lot of lessons on JamPlay in search of the niche that I want to go back to and work on with intensity. This lesson, the walking base, I want to add to my tool bag. Mike (2 years strumming)
Interesting, already learned a better way with practicing chromatic scales from this very first lesson as well as "warming up the fingers / hand. Thank you Sir Orville.
Very well explained and demonstrated. This will give something to work on for some time. I appreciate learning new styles.
Like it says above: I like the teacher, easy to understand and a lesson that starts to make good things happen. Looking forward to what's coming up in the future.
Like the teacher. He reminds me of Burl Ives. lol
Mr Johnson' approach made me feel very comfortable and all of the above apply. I have been looking for someone who.s lesson plans make sense to me from an order standpoint. I believe today I have found my first instructor i can commit to taking
Music theory has always been scary to me. So much so, that I was afraid to even really try to understand it. I just recently joined JP and have been checking out some cool lessons on things I thought would be cool for me to learn. I somehow got
That's a bit much to follow! I'll have to replay this a few times to get it all, but that is making sense, and It's nice to learn these things! = A Good demo. [I think that some of that chord theory might be better explained on the board, us
Orville has way with 'teaching' that makes things clear and easily understood. He's been very helpful to me as a complete beginner. Thanks Orville !
Orville is a pimp.