Course Description

For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique-whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes.

At the end of this course, students will understand the structure, parts, and accessories of the instrument, in addition to an understanding of its basic maintenance. Electric guitar players will learn the operation of their instrument along with basic options for amplification, effect pedals, and sounds. Students will also learn to develop correct technique and apply theory concepts to their playing. They will have the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue most intermediate guitar courses.

Lesson 1: Acoustic / Electric Guitar and the Basics 
Parts Options, Accessories, Quick Start to Playing
Lesson 2: Getting Started: Fundamental Guitar Skills
String Names, Tuning, Pick Technique, Finger-Style, Strumming
Lesson 3: The Twelve Half Steps and Basic Notation
Frets, Notes on the Staff, Notes on the Fretboard, Notes on the Staff, Rhythm, Time Signature
Lesson 4: Scales: Construction and Fingerings
Position Playing, Chromatic Scale, Major Scales, Half Steps, Whole Steps, Keys, Sharps Flats
Lesson 5: Chords: Building Easy Triads and Power Chords
Basic Harmony, Power Chords, Easy Fingerings for Major and Minor Chords, Songs
Lesson 6: The Pentatonic Scale and Songs
Fingerings, Soloing, Electric Guitar Effects and Amplification, Acoustic Amplificiation

No musical experience or ability to read music is required.

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  1. Excellent

    I'm a beginner, I had some very basic notions and had started a long time ago to play some chords following tabs a friend had lent me. I have no education or training in music, but Thadeus Hogarth made it easy enough to understand everything even for people like me. I've enjoyed every lesson and every practice although some of them resulted in musical catastrophes :-). The peer reviews have also been very helpful, even the negative ones, but I always had in mind that I was starting from a scratch so I'm proud of what I've learnt and I look forward to keep learning and practicing. I could never have imagined that I'd be reading (and understanding) music notation. I can not thank you enough for helping me overcoming my frustration with music!

  2. Overall rating

    I went into the course already knowing quite a bit about guitar but went onto this course to improve and find out stuff I might of missed. The first couple of weeks were easy until the teacher started involving guitar theory, music notation in particular, he did little explaining and he said it wasn't that necessary to learn it but after the lesson nearly every quiz was about music notation. I found it very difficult to understand some parts of it, so I dread what complete new learners had to go through. The main con was the difficulty of the course but taking away that, the course was about average. It wasn't that fun, the teacher did not sound like he knew what he was doing, he did not explain enough, assessments were boring and lots of technical problems happened with them. I would not recommend this course to people who are interested in learning guitar UNLESS you are interested in learning theory as well (which is very boring and hard) My rating for 'Introduction to Guitar' would be 6/10.

  3. Technical :(

    I am a novice at guitar and thought would catch some basics of the instrument. But the course was very technical at the beginning itself and I got bored. It seemed too slow and I thought the theory would go on and on....

  4. crafts and hobby


Introduction to Guitar

by Thaddeus Hogarth, Berklee College of Music