Guitar Lessons For Beginners

Hi, my name is Nate Savage. If you have always wanted to know how to play the guitar but thought it was too difficult, or just never got around to it, you are in the right place. These beginner guitar lessons will help you get started.

I designed this beginner quick-start series to give someone who has never even seen a guitar the basic information they need in order to start playing today. By the end of this series you will have learned everything that you need to know in order to strum your way through a fun chord progression that you can use to make up your own songs.

When you’re finished you can watch my recent guitar lesson for beginners or check out the Guitar System – my complete step-by-step video training course.

Beginner Guitar Quick-Start Series

How To Hold The Guitar

Learn How To Hold The Guitar! In this beginner guitar lesson we will cover how to hold the guitar. There are two basic ways that you can choose to hold the guitar when you are sitting down. You can hold it over your right leg or your left leg. If you are right handed the…   Read More » 

Finger And Fret Numbers

Learn How To Number Your Fingers And The Frets On The Guitar! Before you can dive in to playing the guitar you should understand how your fingers and the frets on the guitar are numbered. These may seem like simple topics but it is important for you to know which finger to put on which…   Read More » 

Parts Of The Guitar

Learn About The Parts Of The Guitar! It is important for you as a beginner guitar player to learn the proper names for the parts of the guitar. When you talk to other musicians or people that work at music stores it is important for you to be able to communicate with them about the…   Read More » 

Names Of The Guitar Strings

Learn About The Names Of The Strings On The Guitar! As a beginner guitar player it is important for you to know the names of the guitar strings. Once you learn the names of the strings you will use that knowledge all of the time when tuning the guitar and learning new songs. If we…   Read More » 

How Use An Electronic Tuner

Learn How To Tune A Guitar With A Digital Tuner! Now that you know the names of the open strings you can learn how to use a digital tuner.  Once your tuner is on, play your low E string. The tuner should indicate a note, hopefully it is an E. If it’s not an E…   Read More » 

How To Tune The Guitar By Ear

Learn How To Tune The Guitar By Ear! Learning how to tune the guitar without a tuner can be frustrating for beginner guitar players but this lesson gives you all of the tools that you need in order to get good at tuning the guitar by ear. Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t great at…   Read More » 

Right Hand Guitar Technique

Learn How To Strum And Pick Notes On The Guitar! In this beginner guitar lesson you will be learning the fundamentals of how to use your hand to strum and pick the strings of the guitar. If you have never played the guitar, strumming and picking might feel strange at first. Let’s start off by…   Read More » 

Left Hand Guitar Technique

Learn How To Have Great Left Hand Technique On The Guitar! There are many things about your left hand that you should be aware of when you are playing guitar. Relaxing and finger placement are the two main things that we will focus on during this lesson. Many guitarists have their own idea of what…   Read More » 

G and D Major Guitar Chords

Learn Your Open G and D Major Guitar Chords! If you are a complete beginner this will be an exciting lesson for you because you are going to learn two of the chords that you will need to know in order to play “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. Those two chords are G major and D…   Read More » 

A Minor 7 And C Major Chords

Learn How To Play The A Minor 7 And C Major 7 Guitar Chords! Ok, you have learned your G major and D major chords! Now you need to learn two more chords to be able to play through the chord progression in the next lesson. In this guitar lesson you will be learning how…   Read More » 

Putting It All Together

Put Everything You Have Learned Together! If you have made it this far you have learned your G major, D major, C major and A minor 7 chords. You have also learned how to use your right hand to strum the guitar properly. Now it is time to put all of these things together to…   Read More » 

More Strumming!

Learn A More Complex Guitar Strumming Pattern! The strumming pattern that we will be using is short and simple, but it gives this progression a nice feel. The basic strumming pattern is “Down Down Down Down Down-Up”. Practice that a few times and get a feel for it. Play this pattern once for the G,…   Read More » 

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