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Quick Start to Electric Guitar

This lesson is a great start to playing electric guitar – if you have any questions, please use the comment form on this page and we’ll do our best to help you! You can watch the lesson online on this page, or download one of options below. Right click, and save as.

Dealing With Chords (For People With Difficult Fingers)

Quite a few guitar players start learning, only to discover their fingers feel too big to play guitar accurately… Others have troubles with their fingers due to arthritis, or perhaps an accident, and others feel their fingers are too small. Whatever the reason, if your fingers aren’t working for you – then this lesson will hopefully give you some different approaches to help you play your guitar chords and work around the finger challenges.

Tones and Semi Tones

If you aspire to be a bass player at any level, knowing your tones and semitones – i.e. the spaces between the notes – is an absolute must. But don’t think you have to learn them everywhere along the fretboard – once you have worked them out on one string or in one position, you can then apply the same formula anywhere up or down the neck.

Getting Started

Welcome to your first bass lesson! This video covers all the essential terminology and basic knowledge you will need as you continue developing your bass playing skills. Even if you feel you know a bit about the bass already, don’t be tempted to skip over this lesson, as there may well be some important information you have yet to pick up.

6 Basic Chords For A Major

In this lesson we will be examining the six main chords used for the key of A major – you will soon discover many combinations that can be heard time and time again in songs using this key. Some positions will require barring the fretboard, so be sure you’re prepared.

The six chords we’re looking at today are A, D, E, F#m, Bm and C#m.

Key of A Major


Getting Started

This video is a must for newcomers. Here we will be looking at the all the basic, but vitally important, areas of guitar playing, such as how to go about playing the strings, the correct sitting position and practicing effectively.

An Easy Capo Solution for A Major Chords

This is a handy way to get around the more awkward barre chord shapes in the key of A major – using a capo on the 2nd fret. This trick may not work in some scenarios, but for those who are still getting used to their barre chords, this is an easy solution to start playing in the key of A.

6 Basic Chords For C Major

In this lesson we’ll explore the 6 main chords you need to play nearly any song in the key of C major. If you’re a beginner and just getting the feel for your chords, this is a great lesson for you!


Mini Bar Chords for Weaker Hands

Bar chords can be a real struggle for the majority of guitar players – it can take a long time for the average person to build up enough strength to hold down all the strings with just one finger. But in this lesson we will be looking at mini bar chord variations that are a great way to get you started.

Tuning the Guitar

One of the first things you will have to get to grips with when you are learning the guitar is how to tune the strings to the correct pitch. This will require a bit of patience at first, but you will save a lot of time learning the right approach.

Understanding the Parts of the Guitar

If you’re uncertain about some of the terminology that gets thrown around, then this lesson is for you.

What’s a nut or a bridge got to do with playing guitar? Hit play to find out…

Walking Bass Lines

Here’s an introductory lesson to walking bass lines. Although this lesson is for beginners, you should make sure you’re at least familiar with the material in this lesson first as you’ll be using the major scale here too.

Your First Bass Scale (Diatonic Major)

Here’s an introduction lesson for bass guitar players. If you’re just getting started, then you’re in exactly the right place!

In this lesson you’ll learn the G major scale, and how to use it.

As usual, any comments or questions are welcome, underneath the video.

Once you’ve got a handle on the major scale, the next step is to learn some riffs from it!

Pickups: What’s the Difference Between Single Coils and Humbuckers?

So what’s the difference between a single coil pickup and a double coil pickup (usually called a humbucker)?

In this video you’ll see the physical differences between the pickups as Colin shows you a few different pickups, and then you’ll hear the difference in sound that they produce as well.

Power Chord Oddities

For beginners, power chords are a great way to get started on the guitar. Also called cheater chords, these babies get you ‘close enough’ to sound like you’re playing chords… and yet you only need to know one chord shape and how to move it around.

This lesson is on power chord oddities – different ways that you can use power chords in different and interesting ways.

If you haven’t yet watched the first lesson on power chords, you should do so first here.

Power Chords

For beginners, power chords are a great way to get started on the guitar. Also called cheater chords, these babies get you ‘close enough’ to sound like you’re playing chords… and yet you only need to know one chord shape and how to move it around.

For more advanced players, power chords are used frequently to create certain sounds, and even sometimes in soloing. If you’re playing backup guitar, playing the power chords while another guitar is playing the normal chords is a great way to add a bit of extra depth to the song.

Once you’ve finished this lesson on power chords, you should checkout the Power Chord Oddities lesson next!