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Free Guitar Lessons, Tips, and Arrangements

You can find links to all my YouTube videos here. They are organized by category: technique and tips, chords and strumming patterns, music reading and theory, scales and arpeggios, solo guitar arrangements, solo guitar arranging tips, performances/recordings and a crash course in moveable guitar chords. Click here a free video music theory course specifically for guitar players.

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TECHNIQUE AND TIPS

1-2-3-4 Finger Exercise : Easy Guitar Warm-Up

5 Beginner Guitar Mistakes

5 Ways to Level Up Your Guitar Playing

10 Music Memorization Tips

 

11 Reasons Guitar Players Quit

 

Basic Music Terms (Lots of Them!)

Build Speed with a Metronome

Dealing with a Bad Practice Day

 

Finger Independence Exercises (16 Total)

Download the free PDF here.

 

Finger Independence 1 of 16 (pages 1-2, exercises 1-6)

Finger Independence 2 of 16 (pages 3-4, exercises 7-14)

Finger Independence 3 of 16 (pages 5-6, exercises 15-22)

Finger Independence 4 of 16 (pages 7-8, exercises 23-28

Finger Independence 5 of 16 (pages 8-9, exercises 29-34)

Finger Independence 6 of 16 (pages 10-11, exercises 35-40)

Finger Independence 7 of 16 (pages 11-13, exercises 41-49)

Finger Independence 8 of 16 (pages 13-15, exercises 50-56)

Finger Independence 9 of 16 (pages 15-16, exercises 57-62)

Finger Independence 10 of 16 (pages 17-18, exercises 63-70)

Finger Independence 11 of 16 (pages 19-20, exercises 71-78)

Finger Independence 12 of 16 (pages 21-22, exercises 79-84)

Finger Pressure (Exercise for Finding Just the Right Amount of Pressure)

Finger Roll Technique

 

Harmonics for Beginners


How to Tune Your Guitar
 

Key of the Day

A strategy for covering scales and arpeggios in all keys while still leaving plenty of time to practice repertoire and new material.


Learn Guitar String Names the Easy Way

Start off Right on Guitar (12 Tips)

Alternate Picking for Speed

 

Beginning Guitar Practice

Beginning Guitar Warmups

Free Warmups PDF

Capo Transposition Chart

Free Capo Transposition Chart PDF

Creating a Guitar Intro

Creating a Guitar Ending

Developing Efficient Finger Movement

Find the Right Guitar Teacher for You

Getting Ready for Your First Gig


How to Overcome Stage Fright

How to Play Hammer-Ons

 

How to Play Melodies by Ear

 

How to Play Octave Doublestops


How to Play Pull-Offs

How to Play Swing Rhythms

 

How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time

How to Use a Capo

Improve Your Timing and Rhythm with a Metronome

Octave Patterns on the Fretboard

Free Octave Pattern PDF

Organizing Your Guitar Practice

Play Guitar by Feel

Staying Motivated to Practice: 6 Ideas

String-Skipping Exercise for Newer Players

Swing 8th Notes (Difference between Swing and Straight 8th Notes)

Where Do I Start? (Beginning Guitar Advice)

 

CHORDS, STRUMMING, AND FINGERSTYLE PATTERNS

 

6 Easy Travis Picking Patterns

14 Strumming Patterns in 4/4 Time

14 patterns from the reference section of Rhythm Guitar Book 2.

11 Strumming Patterns in 3/4 Time

11 patterns from the reference section of Rhythm Guitar Book 2.

17 Fingerstyle Patterns in 4/4 Time

17 patterns from the reference section of Rhythm Guitar Book 2.

12 Fingerstyle Patterns in 3/4 Time

12 patterns from the reference section of Rhythm Guitar Book 2.

Add Moving Bass to Swing Chords

Free Lesson PDF

Add Variety to Basic Strums

Autumn Leaves Shell Voicing Lesson

Basic Bossa Nova Pattern

 

Basic Jazz Chords with 5th String Roots

Basic Jazz Chords with 6th String Roots

 

Blues Chords in Any Key

Circle of 4ths Chord Practice

Colorful Cowboy Chords (Open Chord Variations)

Free Lesson PDF

Finding Roots and 5ths in Moveable Chords

Free Lesson PDF

Two Simple Exercises for Forming Chords with All Fingers at Once

Five Ways to Play an A Major Chord

Free Lesson PDF

Harmonize Major Scales with 4th String Roots (D Shapes)

Free Lesson PDF

Harmonize Major Scales with 5th String Roots (A Shapes)

Free Lesson PDF

Harmonize Major Scales with 5th String Roots (C Shapes)

Free Lesson PDF

Harmonize Major Scales with 6th String Roots (E Shapes)

Free Lesson PDF

How to Learn Jazz Guitar Chords

Free Lesson PDF


How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram
 

House of the Rising Sun: Chords and Patterns


Learn These Chords First (G, C, D, and E Minor)


Beginning Guitar Strumming Patterns (4/4)

Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar Patterns (4/4)

Beginning Guitar Strumming Patterns (3/4)

Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar Patterns (3/4)


Guitar Strumming Variations

Beyond Boom Chick

Better Guitar Strumming Patterns with Alternate Bass Notes

Faster Chords Part 1 (Common Fingers and Guide Fingers)

Faster Chords Part 2 (4-3-2-1 Exercise)

 

First Moveable Guitar Chords

 

First Moveable 7th Chords


How to Play Bass Runs on Guitar

How to Play Slash Chords

How to Play the F Chord

Jazz Rhythm Guitar 101

Minor Blues Chords in Any Key

Power Chord Intro

Free Power Chords PDF

Shell Voicing System

Shell Voicing Inversions: Dominant 7

Shell Voicing Inversions: Minor 7

Shell Voicing Inversions: Minor 7b5 (Half-Diminished)

Songs with 1-4 Chords

Stairway to Heaven Minor Line Cliché

Free Lesson PDF

Strengthen Your Hand for Bar Chords

Strumming Drill (D DU UD)

Swing Chords with Bass

Three-Note Jazz Guitar Chords
 

Using a Capo to Build Up to Bar Chords

 

MUSIC READING AND THEORY

9th Chords vs Add 9 Chords (Explaining the Difference)

Chords Labels and What They Mean

Circle of Fifths

 

Difference Between Root and Tonic

 

FACES of the Treble Clef

Flat vs Minor: What's the Difference?

Half Steps and Whole Steps

How to Identify the Key of a Song


How to Read Guitar TAB
 

How to Play Dotted Quarter Notes


How to Read a Lead Sheet

Learn the Guitar Fretboard

Guitar Fretboard Memory Exercises

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 1: The Music Staff

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 2: Treble Clef Notes

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 3: Rhythms, Ties, and Time Signatures

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 4: 8th Notes, 16th Notes, Dotted Quarter, Tempo

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 5: 3/8 and 6/8 Time Signatures

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 6: Repeat Signs

Music Reading for Guitar Players Part 7: Dynamics, Articulations, Tempo Changes, Holds, Multi-Measure Rests

 

Triads 1: What Is a Triad?

Free Triads PDF

Triads 2: How to Play Triads on Guitar

Free Triads PDF

 

Triads 3: Unlock the Fretboard with Triads

Free Triads PDF

Triads 4: Triad Improvisation Exercise

Free Triads PDF

What Is a Dominant 7 Chord?

What Is a Secondary Dominant?

What Is a Tritone?

Where Do Chords Come From?

Which Chords Belong in the Scale? (Figuring out which chords belong in a given major or harmonic minor scale)

 

 

SCALES and ARPEGGIOS

Arpeggios: Triads

Free PDF for reference

Arpeggios: 7th Chords

Free PDF for reference

Comparing Scales and Modes Side by Side

Free PDF for reference

How to Read a Guitar Scale Chart
 

Connect Scale Forms on the Guitar


First Three Guitar Scales (Major, Minor Pentatonic, and Blues)

Three Ways to Play a Chromatic Scale

Five Ways to Play a Major Scale

Five Ways to Play a Minor Pentatonic Scale

Five Ways to Play a Blues Scale

Five Ways to Play a Minor Scale

Five Ways to Play a Harmonic Minor Scale

Five Ways to Play a Melodic Minor Scale

 

Major Scale Patterns 1 of 5: Playing in Thirds

Major Scale Patterns 2 of 5: 1-2-3-1 Pattern

Major Scale Patterns 3 of 5: 1-3-2-1 Pattern

Major Scale Patterns 4 of 5: 1-2-3 Triplet Pattern

Major Scale Patterns 5 of 5: 1-2-3-4 Pattern

Minor Pentatonic Patterns 1 of 3: 1-2-3-1 Pattern

Minor Pentatonic Patterns 2 of 3: 3-1-2-3 Pattern

Minor Pentatonic Patterns 3 of 3: 1-2-3 Triplet Pattern

1st MOVEABLE CHORDS BOOKLET

Download the Free Booklet

Lesson 1: Chord Overview and Notes on the 5th and 6th Strings

Lesson 2: Two Moveable Major Chord Shapes

Lesson 3: Two Moveable Minor Chord Shapes

Lesson 4: Two Moveable 7th Chord Shapes

Lesson 5: Early One Morning (Using Moveable Chords in Songs)

Lesson 6: Summertime (Using Moveable Chords in Songs)

Lesson 7: Go, Tell It on the Mountain (Using Moveable Chords in Songs)

Lesson 8: My Blue Heaven (Using Moveable Chords in Songs)

Lesson 9: Moveable Power Chords

Lesson 10: Moveable Power Chord Exercises

Lesson 11: Chord Review and Other Moveable Chord Diagrams

SOLO GUITAR ARRANGING TIPS

Arranging 1: Get Started Arranging for Solo Guitar

Arranging 2: Divide (the Strings) and Conquer

Tips for dividing up the strings to cover the melody, harmony, and bass at the same time.

 

Arranging 3: Putting the Melody in the Bass

Arranging 4: Picking a Key for Your Solo Guitar Arrangement

Arranging 5: Playing Melodies and Open Chords at the Same Time

Highlights three common chords and how you can alter them to accommodate a melody. You can apply these ideas to any chord.

Arranging 6: Making the Melody Stand Out

Arranging 7: Adding Tempo Changes for Variety

 

SOLO GUITAR ARRANGEMENTS

 

Amazing Grace

Easy Guitar Solo Lesson

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Aura Lee

Easy Guitar Solo Lesson

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Away in a Manger
Early Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Brahms Lullaby

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Solo

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Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella

Easy Solo Guitar Lesson

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Can't Help Falling in Love

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Solo

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Can't Help Falling in Love – Tutorial


Deck the Halls
Easy Solo Guitar Lesson

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Good King Wenceslas
Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Greensleeves/What Child Is This

Early Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Happy Birthday
Easy Guitar Solo and Lesson
Free PDF available on my free downloads page.

 

House of the Rising Sun

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Solo and Lesson

Free PDF available on my free downloads page.

I Walk the Line

Easy guitar solo demo.

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Jingle Bells

Easy Solo Guitar Lesson

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Hyfrydol

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

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Kumbaya
Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Listen Before I Go (Billie Eilish)

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar

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Little Minka

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Loch Lomond

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Lonesome Valley

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

Free PDF available on my free downloads page.

 

Molly Malone

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Mona Lisa

Late Intermediate/Early Advanced Guitar Lesson

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Solo

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O Christmas Tree

Easy Guitar Lesson

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Early Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Early Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Ode to Joy

Early Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Oh, Freedom

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Oh, Freedom – Tutorial

Over the Rainbow

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

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Parting Glass, The

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

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Parting Glass – Tutorial

Sakura Sakura

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar

Free PDF available on my free downloads page.


Shady Grove

Easy Guitar Lesson

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Silent Night

Easy Guitar Lesson

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Skye Boat Song

Early Intermediate Solo

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Star-Spangled Banner

Early Intermediate Solo

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Easy Fingerstyle Lesson

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We Three Kings

Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Wonderful Tonight

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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PERFORMANCES/RECORDINGS


No Moon at All

Jazz Combo

Tenderly

Jazz Combo

Chords and Patterns
Music Reading & Theory
Technique and Tips
Scales
1st Move Booklet
Solo Arrangements
Performance
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