The Ultimate Plan for Beginner Guitar Players (Guaranteed Easy)

Have you always wanted to play guitar, but after getting one, you didn’t exactly know what to practice first. Learning a full song likely seemed too complicated, and what you really needed was something simple to get started with... 

This post is going to be focused on learning a few simple phrases that can act as a jump-start to a beginner guitarists repertoire. 

Plus, what I have to show here will also work quite well as information for anyone who would like a few simple ideas to show a friend or relative if you’re helping them with how to get started playing guitar...


Before we get started, the first thing I need to mention up front is that it’s really important (prior to learning how to start playing music on guitar), that you spend some time and learn the; names of the guitar parts, how to keep the guitar in tune and how to sit properly with the guitar.

There are several videos in the Introductory Program of my course, which explain these topics, and if you’re brand new to playing guitar – I’d suggest starting off with those topics first. Then, this video will be a lot easier to start working through…

1). Chord Outlines:
Fretting chords, switching chords and strumming chord changes can be a difficult area to start from when it comes to beginners learning how to play guitar.

An easier way into guitar is to learn how to play chord outlines.

Playing outlines of a chord are what is referred to by musicians as, “Arpeggios.”

After you can play a single fretted note on guitar, you can then jump into playing arpeggios. Below is a great, easy to perform arpeggio idea that you can start practicing right away…

2). Double Picking:
Guitar technique is critical when it comes to learning this instrument. Technique involves both accuracy and speed and these are important to start integrating as quickly as possible.

This next example that I have for you, is going to simply take the study that we practiced back in example one, however we will perform each note twice.

This technique is called “Double Picking,” and it helps with everything from accuracy to speed. Here’s how it works…

3). Guitar Riffs:
Once your picking hand and your fretting hand are starting to feel more coordinated and balanced with their orientation for playing notes, you can start working on what guitar players will refer to as, “Riffs.”

Now, there are some pretty famous riffs out there, like Deep Purple’s, “Smoke on the Water,” and the 1963 pop /rock hit by the Kingsman, “Louie, Louie.”

But, in this video, I’m going to break down a scale riff that uses a common scale called the Minor Pentatonic. Let’s learn this one right now…

4). Chord Pieces:
Once you have some of the basics down that I’ve mentioned so far, and once you feel like some of these riff examples that I’ve just demonstrated here are starting to feel more and more easy to play, I’d suggest trying out some chord ideas next.

Full size chords (found in most beginner guitar books), can be intimidating. And, some chords like the “F Major” and the training involved with making, “Barre Chords” can feel like those chord patterns seem pretty much impossible at times.

My suggestion is to learn much smaller "pieces" of chords. Rather that the text-book large 5 and 6 string layouts, just try starting instead with only 2 or 3 strings.

Once you have those down, move onto 4 strings and after that you can add even more strings as time goes on – when you feel that you’re ready.

Let me show you an example of playing through a group of simple chords performed as, “Chord Pieces.”

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