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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!!

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Join Will Ripley as he gives us all the details of his series, "Rock Guitar for Beginners"....

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Lesson 2

First Easy Riff, Part...

Will wastes no time getting you playing actual music! Check out this cool riff in the...

Length: 7:13
Lesson 3

First Easy Riff, Part...

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

Length: 9:31
Lesson 4

Chromatic Exercise

In this lesson, Will takes a break from riffs to show you a great tool for increasing...

Length: 6:37
Lesson 5

Right Hand Technique,...

A good foundation on the guitar has a lot to do with your right hand, or picking hand,...

Length: 9:22
Lesson 6

Right Hand Technique,...

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

Length: 8:40
Lesson 7

Riff in the Style of...

Now that you have some right hand technique under your belt, Will hits you with another...

Length: 9:43
Lesson 8

Riff in the Style of...

Will is back with another classic sounding riff! This riff is a great exercise that gets...

Length: 5:44
Lesson 9

Riff in the Style of...

Will uses this catchy riff to teach you how to mute open strings and fretted notes, and...

Length: 5:43
Lesson 10

Riff in the Style of...

Here's another catch, classic sounding riff from Will. This one will get you up and running...

Length: 7:04
Lesson 11

Chromatic Graduation...

Remember the chromatic scale we learned earlier in this series? Well, Will steps it up...

Length: 10:21
Lesson 12

E Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor pentatonic is one of the core scales of rock guitar. In this lesson, Will shows...

Length: 8:21
Lesson 13

Em Pentatonic Riff In...

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

Length: 4:47
Lesson 14

Intro to Power Chords

Power chords are essential to any rock guitar playing. In this lesson, Will shows you...

Length: 11:09
Lesson 15

Power Chord Riff In...

Will's back with another classic sounding riff in the style of Tom Petty or ACDC. This...

Length: 11:19
Lesson 16

Palm Muting

Getting a great rock sound has lots of different elements to it, and one of those is the...

Length: 6:39
Lesson 17

Power Chord Riff in...

Now Will takes a riff he taught earlier in the series and adds the power chord element...

Length: 10:48
Lesson 18

Power Chord Riff with...

Believe it or not, Ripley can show you a way to make your power chords even more powerful...

Length: 12:31
Lesson 19

Power Chord Riff in...

Get ready to learn a super pro-sounding riff in the style of Audioslave or Red Hot Chili...

Length: 12:41
Lesson 20

Other Two Note Shapes

We've learned the interval of the power chord, now Will shows us some other intervals...

Length: 10:15
Lesson 21

Octave Shapes

Will's back with an important and useful technique: Octave shapes. Learn not only the...

Length: 8:46
Lesson 22

Muting Techniques

Proper muting can add a lot of passion to your playing. In this lesson, Will shows us...

Length: 8:27
Lesson 23

The Minor Pentatonic...

Will showed us the first position of the minor pentatonic scale in an earlier lesson....

Length: 5:22
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...

Length: 9:13
Lesson 25

Spanish Flavored Chord...

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

Length: 6:06
Lesson 26

Sus and Slash Chords

Sus and slash chords are very important when it comes to making you sound like a pro....

Length: 6:30
Lesson 27

The G Major Chord

The G major chord is one of the most common chords used in popular music. In this lesson,...

Length: 5:26
Lesson 28

The Secret to Changing...

One of the biggest issues for beginning guitarists is changing chords. It can be a source...

Length: 11:42
Lesson 29

Rhythmic Subdivisions

By now you've learned what an important role rhythm plays in the process of learning guitar....

Length: 14:45
Lesson 30

Acoustic Pop Chord Song

Ever wonder how certain songs get really pro sounding chord progressions and strumming?...

Length: 16:04
Lesson 31

Three Must Know Strum...

Strumming and rhythm is something that frankly gets taken for granted when learning guitar....

Length: 11:42
Lesson 32

All Major and Minor...

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

Length: 12:30
Lesson 33

12 Bar Blues Song -...

The 12 bar blues is a fundamental rock and blues song form. Will shows you the 12 bar...

Length: 7:44
Lesson 34

12 Bar Blues Song -...

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

Length: 11:25
Lesson 35

Chord Techniques in...

Will brings together several chord playing techniques in this lesson that will challenge...

Length: 15:20
Lesson 36

Minor Pentatonic Scale...

Will now brings us the 3rd position of the minor pentatonic scale. This is one of the...

Length: 4:42
Lesson 37

Chop Builders

Here's a couple of exercises that will help build your "chops", otherwise known as your...

Length: 11:29
Lesson 38

The Major Scale and...

Don't let the phrase "music theory" scare you off! It's merely an aid to help you understand...

Length: 10:59
Lesson 39

Minor Pentatonic Scale...

On to the fourth position of the minor pentatonic scale! As usual, Will shows us the scale,...

Length: 4:16
Lesson 40

Find Every Note on the...

Believe it or not, finding and knowing every note on the fret board is not as hard as...

Length: 13:39
Lesson 41

Precursor to Barre Chords

Leading up to learning your barre chords, Will shares this lesson with us that gets us...

Length: 9:26
Lesson 42

Four Shapes of Barre...

The "dreaded" barre chords are anything but dreaded here. Will gets you going on the four...

Length: 15:27
Lesson 43

Barre Chord Song

Now Will gives you the chance to put those barre chords into practice! Here's a super...

Length: 8:48
Lesson 44

Minor Pentatonic Scale...

The Grand Finale of your minor pentatonics: The Fifth Position. Now that you have all...

Length: 9:28

Functional Rock Guitar Theory

Will Ripley brings us an easy to follow approach to music theory. Designed for someone just out of the beginner stage of guitar playing, Functional Rock Guitar Theory breaks down the concepts that you will use in your everyday playing. In addition, it is geared towards rock and blues guitar, which means it is tailored to concepts that will advance your playing in those genres!

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Learn more About Will Ripley

Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians. Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson. In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results! Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.