How to Play Guitar

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Learning how to play a guitar is a great way to express an interest in music and let the creative juices flow. Play guitar with tips from a guitar instructor in this free music lesson video series.

Series Summary

The guitar has been around for nearly 5,000 years, developed from even more ancient instruments akin to the sitar, and it has been inspiring audiences since its first chord was strummed. It is the primary instrument involved with many genres of music including country, blues, flamenco, rock and pop, and has been celebrated as one of the most expressive instruments in the world. Whether blending acoustic harmonies on a classical guitar or shredding solos on an electric guitar, the importance of the guitar to 20th century music cannot be ignored. Interested in learning how to play guitar? In this free music lesson video, an experienced musician and guitar instructor demonstrates the basics of playing guitar. Tune a guitar with a tuner or by ear, and learn to strum a guitar like a pro with help from this instructor. Learn to play the blues and rock music on guitar, and get tips on using a capo and playing barre chords.

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  • How to Strum a Guitar

    Learning how to strum a guitar is one of the most important techniques for musicians to master when playing guitar. Strum a guitar with tips from a guitar instructor in… Read More

  • How to Tune a Guitar With a Tuner

    Using a tuner to tune a guitar is a great way to get the best sound and tone from the instrument. Tune a guitar using a tuner with tips from… Read More

  • How to Play Blues Guitar

    Blues guitar has many different variations because of the broad and diverse style of blues music. Play blues guitar with tips from a guitar instructor in this free music lesson… Read More

  • How to Select Guitar Strings

    Selecting guitar strings will depend on the type of guitar and what type of music is being played. Pick out guitar strings with tips from a guitar instructor in this… Read More

  • Guitar Hand & Body Position

    Playing guitar requires proper positions of the right and left hand, as well as the body and feet. Learn about guitar hand and body positions with tips from a guitar… Read More

  • Guitar Capo Instructions

    A guitar capo is used when playing guitar to change the key of the guitar, often to match a singer's voice. Get instructions for using guitar capos with tips from… Read More

  • Guitar Barre Chords

    Guitar barre chords take practice and finger strength because they can be played effectively. Learn guitar barre chords with tips from a guitar instructor in this free music lesson video. Read More

  • How to Play Guitar in the Key of C

    Playing guitar in the key of C is most often associated by musicians with the C major scale. Play guitar in the key of C with tips from a guitar… Read More

  • How to Play Guitar Power Chords

    Guitar power chords are often played in rock music because they sound cool and they are easy. Play guitar power chords with tips from a guitar instructor in this free… Read More

  • How to Read Guitar Tabs

    Guitar tabs, or tablature, are often used by guitar player for learning to play songs. Learn to read guitar tabs with tips from a guitar instructor in this free music… Read More

  • How to Buy a Guitar

    Buying a guitar requires considering what type of guitar you need and how much money should be spent. Get tips on buying a guitar from a guitar instructor in this… Read More

  • How to Play Guitar Chords

    Guitar chords are one of the major elements of playing guitar music, and are often one of the first things taught to beginners. Play basic guitar chords with tips from… Read More

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