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BC-000 • Justin's Beginners Guitar Course

The Justinguitar.com Beginner's Course

Welcome new guitar player :) This is THE place to start if you are picking up guitar for the first time, or if you been playing a while and want to make sure you have not left any holes in your knowledge. Well over a million people have used this course - and if you need help there are links to the forum on every lesson! Hope you enjoy this new musical adventure :)

Welcome to my beginners guitar course. It starts at the very beginning, and offers you advise about the very first steps that need to be taken (like buying an instrument) and what to expect on this fun and rewarding (and sometimes frustrating) journey that is learning to play the guitar. I know this course works because I have developed it over 20 years with many hundreds of students of ages and abilities, and I aim to start you off on a really well structured, enjoyable and motivating course that will have you playing songs in as shorter time as possible.

There are, of course, many ways to learn the guitar. I'd like to think that my method is the most effective method and fun available anywhere, partly because I continue to refine it as more people ask questions in the web site forum. It has become highly interactive and by asking questions you help me improve the course, and being that well over ten thousand people have used this course already, there have been many small improvements made since it's launch in June 2009.

How To Use This Course
Of course you can adapt it to fit your prior knowledge and personal situation and just pick out lessons as you want them, but I would suggest reading the whole method even if you think you know something already. Make sure you leave no gaps in your knowledge by just watching or reading through all the lessons... you may find a few little nuggets of knowledge that help put it all together for you.

The JUSTIN Method (Just Use Sound To Improve Now)
So what makes this one special? the J.U.S.T.I.N. method! What? Yeah - I managed to use my name to make a silly acronym to define my own method (my middle name is megalomaniac!). Learning to use your ear in the early stages of learning is the thing that I believe will make you a much better player than any other method I have ever seen taught. It leads to the the skill of transcribing. Something that is missing from most methods, but is the way that all the great guitarists of previous generations got so good, and why so many guitarists these days are a bit rubbish.

The JUSTIN training exercises are audio, not video - remember music is about listening, and not about seeing. Skip over them and you will be missing a very important piece of the puzzle that you will most likely regret later.

Learning songs is an important part of this method
My best advice is to go through this beginners course and learn as many songs as you can, the perfect partner is the Justinguitar Beginners Songbook which has songs to match each stage of the course (due for release in March 2011). Also work on the JUSTIN method to help train your ears. Then at the end of this course you should start transcribing as much material as you can. You can always buy books with many songs in it, or use the internet to get free tabs. But be warned, many web tabs are completely wrong, so you need to learn to trust your ears to tell you right from wrong.

Music Theory
Though learning music theory is not an essential part of learning the guitar, many people enjoy understanding what they are doing. My eBook, Practical Music Theory will be very interesting for those people and will help you understand what you are doing and give you many exercises to help you memorise the information. The theory goes way beyond the concepts taught in the beginners course. PMT is not included in the course and must be purchased separately (though it is part of the Beginner's Deluxe Pack).

Got Questions????
If you have any questions you are likely to find the answer them in the forum, please leave the questions there - there are links at the bottom of each lesson page to a specific topic just for that lesson! Please try and leave your lessons in the right topic so they will get answered either by me or another more experienced player. Silly or inappropriate questions just get deleted, and once a question has been incorporated in the main text it is deleted.

Asking in the forum also helps me update the course and helps me answer your questions before you even have them, so ask away - there is no such thing as a silly question - if you don't understand it, I didn't explain it well enough!

Good luck my cyber students, hope you really enjoy it!

Justin 

 

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Justinguitar Beginner's Course DVD set
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I have four great beginners products that will help you make the most of this course and for those with sketchy internet connection! ?

The Justinguitar Beginners Songbook is our most popular product and it contains 100 songs arranged by difficulty that perfectly match up with each level of the course.
The Justinguitar Beginners Course Book contains all the text for the course for those that like to scribble in the margins, prefer working from a paper book, or do not have easy access to the internet.
The Justinguitar Beginners Course DVD has all the videos from the course on DVD, which is better quality and you don't have to worry about download limits or slow connection! You can rip the DVDs to watch on your iPad or other mobile device too!
• Practical Music Theory is deigned for those that like to know what they are doing and why!! It covers all the basic essential theory in an easy to digest way and puts it onto the guitar! This ebook is incredibly popular - check out the (unedited) reviews on the forum!

Before you buy, you should check out the Bundle Packs too - you can save a bunch of money buying a few things at the same time :)

 

 

Getting Started...

Before we get started in learning chords and stuff, I want to get you off to the best possible start. This section will really help you get the most of this course so check it out!

BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
BC-102 • What guitar should you buy?
BC-103 • What guitar accessories do you need?
BC-104 • Guitar Anatomy
BC-105 • Make the most of your practice time
BC-106 • Body Posture and Finger Placement
BC-107 • Picks, how to choose one and hold it
BC-108 • How To Read TAB and Chord Boxes 
BC-109 • Get your guitar in tune


Stage 1

In this first stage we are going to check out three basic chords and how to change between them. We look at the very basics of rhythm and some easy songs that you can play with just these three chords!

BC-111 • The D Chord
BC-112 • The A Chord
BC-113 • The E Chord
BC-114 • Anchor Fingers for A, D and E
BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
BC-116 • 4:4 all down rhythm
BC-117 • Easy Songs for Stage 1 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-118 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-119 • Stage 1 Practice Schedule


Stage 2

Now we are going to introduce some easy minor chords. We'll be changing between them and listening to the difference between Major and Minor. We'll also develop the changes between the new chords and the ones learnt last lesson. We also have to get our foot working and understand why that is important to become friends with a metronome.

BC-121 • The Amin Chord
BC-122 • The Emin Chord
BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
BC-124 • 1 minute Changes
BC-125 • Introducing the metronome 
BC-126 • Foot tapping
BC-127 • Easy Songs For Stage 2 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-128 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-129 • Stage 2 Practice Schedule 


Stage 3

Now we have to get your hand stretching out a bit for a couple of trickier chords. We also introduce the idea of strumming patterns and how to read a basic music rhythms.

BC-131 • The G Chord
BC-132 • The C Chord
BC-133 • Names Of Open Strings
BC-134 • 1 minute Changes
BC-135 • Basic Finger Workout
BC-136 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 1
BC-137 • Easy Songs For Stage 3 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-138 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-139 • Stage 3 Practice Schedule

Stage 4

Now we are going to introduce some new interesting (but not harder) chords. We also introduce the "partial barre" to toughen up the side of your fist finger a bit and talk about counting rhythm, all important stuff.

BC-141 • G7, C7, B7 Chords
BC-142 • The F Maj7 Chord
BC-143 • The A Chord again...
BC-144 • 1 minute Changes
BC-145 • Forcing The Changes
BC-146 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 2
BC-147 • Easy Songs For Stage 4 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-148 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-149 • Stage 4 Practice Schedule

Stage 5

We have finish off learning our open 7th chords, check out a new way to help get your chord changes even faster and also have a look at shuffle rhythms. You will be able to play blues in three different keys by the end of this stage :) cool... and we get a little look at some basic music knowledge.

BC-151 • A7, D7, E7 Chords
BC-152 • The Note Circle
BC-153 • Air Changes
BC-154 • 1 minute Changes
BC-155 • Triplet Rhythms
BC-156 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 3
BC-157 • Easy Songs For Stage 5 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-158 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-159 • Stage 5 Practice Schedule

Stage 6

OK. This is a big stage. Lots of important stuff. You are ready for it... now it's time to tackle the big nasty F Chord. Get ready for a bit of pain and frustration, everyone has to go through this rite of passage. And that is not all. We also have to learn to miss some strums! harder than it sounds... but lots of fun and will sound awesome once you get it!

BC-161 • The Dreaded F Chord
BC-162 • 1 minute Changes
BC-163 • Using a Capo
BC-164 • "Action" and basic guitar set up guide
BC-165 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 4
BC-166 • Picking Individual Strings
BC-167 • Easy Songs For Stage 6 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-168 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-169 • Stage 6 Practice Schedule

Stage 7

Now we have the very basics under your fingers, we can start to look at some more interesting stuff - notes on the neck, some cool chords to spice up your playing and a scale! wey hey...

BC-171 • Notes In The Open Position
BC-172 • Power Chords 1
BC-173 • A Sus2/4 and D Sus2/4 Chords, Esus4
BC-174 • 1 minute changes
BC-175 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 5
BC-176 • Minor Pentatonic Scale
BC-177 • Easy Songs For Stage 7 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-178 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-179 • Stage 7 Practice Schedule

Stage 8

Now we are ready for some really cool fun stuff... A look at some other common ways of playing the G Chord, a 12 Bar Blues and an exercise to help you get your picking skills a bit sharper.

BC-181 • G Chord Variations
BC-182 • 1 minute Changes
BC-183 • 12 Bar Blues Style
BC-184 • Basic Fingerstyle Exercise
BC-185 • Minor Pentatonic Picking Exercise
BC-186 • Power Chords 2
BC-187 • Easy Songs For Stage 8 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-188 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-189 • Stage 8 Practice Schedule

Stage 9

Now we are nearly at the end of our beginners course. Few more things to learn and then it's consolidation time! There is a whole lot of different material here - so take your time, just try and digest one little bit at a time and you'll get there!

BC-191 • Easy Slash Chords
BC-192 • Power Chord Shifts and Palm Mutes
BC-193 • Applied Fingerstyle Patterns
BC-194 • 12 Bar Blues Variations
BC-195 • Minor Pentatonic Pattern
BC-196 • Basic Blues Improvisation
BC-197 • Easy Songs For Stage 9 (Songs are NOT included on the DVD's)
BC-198 • JUSTIN training exercises
BC-199 • Consolidation Test and Practice Schedule

BC-998 • JUSTIN Answer Page

Where to now????

I would suggest spending some time consolidating the Beginner Course. Make sure you are confident with all the aspects of the consolidation lesson (the last one) and can play a bunch of songs with your open chords and generally feel cool with all the stuff we have covered in this course before moving on to my Intermediate Guitar Method.

Big thanks to all the people who bought (and continue to buy) out products and those that donate, because their support has meant that I could keep the Intermediate Method free too :)

Hope you enjoyed it and wishing you all the best, J

 

 

Help!

If you need to ask a question about this lesson - there is a topic set up specifically to help you with this lesson. To help you find it easily you can click the following link and it will take you right the topic. You'll be able to see questions that other people had and ask your own questions! Hopefully one of the very helpful members of our community will be there to help you soon, I do go there and answer stuff too - but there are just too many questions for me to answer alone!

So click this link to get help with this lesson!

 

 

 

Products you may like from justinguitar.com

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS SITE RUNS ON PRODUCT SALES AND DONATIONS.
If you like what I do then PLEASE CONSIDER BUYING SOMETHING or making a DONATION.

Justinguitar Beginner's Course DVD set
Justinguitar Beginners Songbook
Beginners Course Book
Practical Music Theory

I have four great beginners products that will help you make the most of this course and for those with sketchy internet connection! ?

The Justinguitar Beginners Songbook is our most popular product and it contains 100 songs arranged by difficulty that perfectly match up with each level of the course.
The Justinguitar Beginners Course Book contains all the text for the course for those that like to scribble in the margins, prefer working from a paper book, or do not have easy access to the internet.
The Justinguitar Beginners Course DVD has all the videos from the course on DVD, which is better quality and you don't have to worry about download limits or slow connection! You can rip the DVDs to watch on your iPad or other mobile device too!
• Practical Music Theory is deigned for those that like to know what they are doing and why!! It covers all the basic essential theory in an easy to digest way and puts it onto the guitar! This ebook is incredibly popular - check out the (unedited) reviews on the forum!

Before you buy, you should check out the Bundle Packs too - you can save a bunch of money buying a few things at the same time :)

 

 

 

 

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