Rhythm Guitar Book 1: Free PDF and Video Course
This is a free course to help brand new guitar players get started playing chords. Rhythm Guitar 1 starts you off with simplified chords that mostly involve one or two fingers. Along the way, you'll learn how to follow rhythm charts and lead sheets. Click here to download your free PDF of Rhythm Guitar Book 1, and click here for a list of video links.
If you have already been playing guitar for a while, or if you already know how to read music, then you are probably ready for Rhythm Guitar 2, which focuses on full chords, strumming, and fingerstyle patterns. Rhythm Guitar 3 is an intense study in moveable chords. You may also want to check out First Moveable Guitar Chords, which is like a light version of Rhythm Guitar 3, and if you are interested in jazz and blues, check out Three-Note Jazz Guitar Chords.
If you're just getting started on guitar, you should also check out my Melody Guitar books, which focus on learning to read and play melodies in standard music notation.
Click here for a list of my other videos, which include easy guitar arrangements, technique lessons, chords, scales, and more.
Rhythm Guitar 1 Videos
Covers the very basics, including playing position, string and fret numbers, tuning, and holding a pick.
Music staff, measures and bar lines, quarter notes and rests, time signatures, and how to read a chord diagram.
Learn easy G and E minor chords. You'll learn full versions of these chords in Rhythm Guitar 2. Also includes four simple rhythm charts with playing tips and a playalong.
Put your new knowledge to use with Rhythm Charts R1-R4. Each chart includes playing tips followed by a slow, medium, and fast playalong.
Learn easy C and G7 chords. You'll learn full versions of these chords in Rhythm Guitar 2. Put your new chords to use in Rhythm Charts R5-R8. Each chart includes playing tips followed by a slow, medium, and fast playalong.
Learn how to follow lead sheets as a rhythm guitar player. Each lead sheet includes playing tips and two playalongs: one at speed and the other at a slower practice tempo.
The lead sheets on this page include the chords you've learned so far – G, G7, C, and E Minor. Each lead sheet includes playing tips and two playalongs: one at speed and the other at a slower practice tempo.
Learn how to count and play half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, and rests. Rhythm Charts R13-R16 include these new rhythms. Each rhythm chart includes a demo/playalong, playing tips, and a slower playalong.
Learn the easy A Minor and E Major chords. You'll learn full versions of these chords in Rhythm Guitar 2. Rhythm Charts R17-R18 include playing tips, a slow playalong, and faster playalong. You'll also learn the 4-3-2-1 chord-switching exercise and the common finger concept.
This lesson includes lead sheets for "Have You See the Ghost of John" (challenging) and "Hush, Little Baby" (less challenging). Each exercise includes playing tips followed by slower and faster playalongs.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the Common Time signature. Each exercise includes playing tips followed by slower and faster playalongs.
The D7 is the last chord in this book and the first full chord in the Rhythm Guitar series. You'll also learn the Guide Finger technique. Each exercise includes playing tips followed by slower and faster playalongs.
The last two lead sheets in Rhythm Guitar 1 give you practice playing your D7 chord and using common and guide fingers for smoother chord transitions. Each lead sheet includes playing tips followed by slower and faster playalongs.
In this last lesson of Rhythm Guitar 1, you'll learn to count and play eighth note rhythms with alternate strumming. Rhythm Charts R29-R36 make up a series of very short quarter note/eighth rhythm exercises. Congratulations! You are now ready for Rhythm Guitar Book 2, which explores full chords, strumming patterns, and fingerstyle patterns. I you haven't do so already, please check out the free Melody Guitar 1 Course.