Beginner Guitar Lessons

For those of you who are beginners, this is the place to start!!!  

Plus, this page is all FREE!!!

 

EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED:  a guitar and case, a pick, a capo, and a 3 ring binder to put your songs in.  (I recommend plastic sleeves to protect them.)  A printed chord sheet is a must at first too!  I have one you can print below.  Start with chord sheet #1.

 

Let’s Get Started!!! Sit on a firm chair (with no arm rests) and lay your guitar on it’s side across your lap, strings facing out, with the neck of your guitar in your left hand, and your pick in your right hand. You should hold the pick on the fat end of the pick, and let the pointier side pluck the strings of your guitar. Now follow the steps in the “Tuning Your Guitar” video below. When you get your guitar in tune, print off the “Beginning Guitar Chord Sheet #1, and the song Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. (I would probably skip the “Some Basics… ” video for now, until you feel you want more info on equipment, picking or strumming… maybe after a few days.) Then go ahead and start with the first song on the list, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, then just work your way down. At first, I start with 5 little kids songs, because believe it or not, they teach you some basic techniques, and picking and strumming patterns you will need down the road.   I recommend going in order because each one gets a little harder, and adds a new skill.  Plus, everybody knows these songs… it helps when you know it.  But rest assured, you will not be stuck in this section very long if you practice.  I recommend 30 minutes a day.   If you practice you will be playing the other songs in a couple of weeks.   By the time you are through this list, you will be ready for just about any of the “Beginning” level songs on my site. When you think you are ready for harder songs, print off the “Intermediate Chords #2” sheet and find an intermediate song you thinks sounds fun, then give it a try!

In no time, you will be playing songs off the radio.   Even some of the last few songs at the bottom of this list have been on the radio more recently!  So let’s get started!   Everything on this page is free!  (Rainy Day members have access to hundreds of songs!)  

I recommend going through these videos in the following order:  

SONG TITLEARTISTDIFFICULTY LEVELVIDEOPRINT SONG
TUNING YOUR GUITARBeginningVIDEO(No page to print)
BEGINNING GUITAR CHORDS SHEET #1BeginningVIDEOPRINT
SOME BASICS, STRUMMING, PICKING, etc..BeginningVIDEOPRINT
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STARBeginningVIDEOPRINT
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMBBeginningVIDEOPRINT
TEN LITTLE INDIANSBeginningVIDEOPRINT
INSIE WEENSIE SPIDERBeginningVIDEOPRINT
OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARMBeginningVIDEOPRINT
HAPPY BIRTHDAYBeginningVIDEOPRINT
OH MY, IT’S HARD TO BE HUMBLEMac DavisBeginningVIDEOPRINT
GOOD RIDDANCEGreen DayBeginningVIDEOPRINT
SILENT NIGHTFranz GruberBeginningVIDEOPRINT
WE ARE GONNA BE FRIENDSJack JohnsonBeginningVIDEOPRINT
EDELWEISSRichard RodgersBeginningVIDEOPRINT
STAYTaylor SwiftBeginningVIDEOPRINT
STUCK LIKE GLUESugarlandBeginningVIDEOPRINT
INTERMEDIATE CHORDS #2IntermediateVIDEOPRINT