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Learning Guitar With Me
Learn, Practice, Play will be perfect, because you’ll be playing melodies from the very first lesson, even if you’ve never picked up a guitar before.
Here’s a quick video where I explain the difference between my first two courses, Learn, Practice, Play and Next Level Playing:
To summarize my message:
- If you’re just starting out, or in need of a refresher of the fundamentals, then my first course Learn, Practice, Play would be great for you to check out.
- If you’ve already been playing for a while and you’re proficient at playing barre chords, know your scales backwards and forwards, have extensive practice in fingerpicking, and are knowledgeable about music theory, Next Level Playing is the course for you.
- In Acoustic Adventure, I use a slightly different format to show intermediate players how to get the most out of the acoustic guitar. Rather than going step-by-step (or level-by-level) this course allows you to select what technique you want to work on and what style you are interested in playing each time you practice. To get the most out of this course, you should be comfortable playing the most commonly seen chords and have some familiarity with barre chords.
If you join a course and find that it is not the right fit, just email my team during your first 14 days with the course and they will be happy to swap your course access to a different course that is currently open for enrollment (free of charge).
The size and shape of your hands do not mean anything! I’ve seen fantastic players with HUGE hands and fat fingers, and I’ve seen great players with tiny hands and really short fingers. The advantages are very marginal. Success mostly comes down to practicing regularly and using the right technique.
The lessons inside the course are grouped together inside five different “venues,” or destinations. Each one has its own focus and flavor, so you can explore whichever techniques and skills you’re interested in each day. The venues focus on fundamental techniques, fingerpicking, strumming, and flatpicking. There is also one venue full of songs I have written just for this course.
Upon joining the course you will have access to all of the course lessons so you are free to choose your own adventure from day one! The lessons within each venue do get more difficult as you progress through the course, so I recommend working through them sequentially.
Playing the guitar is an ongoing journey, with no end destination. As you go through this course you will learn techniques for making the acoustic guitar sounds as rich and clear as possible by playing original tunes, rather than exercises, so you have fun and are motivated to practice more than ever before.
And when you go deep into exploring the styles and techniques taught in the course, you won’t just sound great and have a lot of fun bringing your acoustic guitar to life – you’ll also become a better, more well-rounded, and versatile guitarist in two important ways:
First, you’ll become familiar with the history of the instrument, and the ways that several older styles have blended to influence the music of today. And that means when you hear a new song that you love, it’ll be so much easier to understand the sound you’re hearing, and how it translates to the guitar.
And second, when you become familiar with a variety of techniques (like different ways and styles of fingerpicking, palm muting, bass, chords and melodies played together, percussive slaps, muted strums, and more), it gives you so much more opportunity to play the music that expresses what you want to say.
By the end of this course, you will have a much broader repertoire from which to create your own sound.
That’s entirely up to you; the more you practice, the better your results will be! If you need to take it slow with only short practice times, that’s no problem. But my hope (and expectation!) is that once you get started learning the great-sounding songs and exercises in the course, you’ll start practicing more than ever before without even meaning to, just because you’re having so much fun! The course comes with lifetime access to all course materials so you are free to move at whatever pace best fits your schedule and learning style.
This course is designed for acoustic guitar, and I play several of my favorite acoustic guitars throughout the different lessons. If you already have an acoustic guitar, I’d definitely recommend using it for this course. It’s not just the “little brother” of the electric guitar; it’s actually a beautiful instrument on its own with a lot of cool characteristic traits and history in the evolution of guitar music across many styles. Also, it is often the best option for playing by yourself.
If you don’t yet have an acoustic guitar, you can still join if you’d like. Most (probably even all) of the songs and exercises in the course can be played on an electric or classical guitar, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time going through them. With lifetime access to the course, you’ll have plenty of time to get started with your current guitar and then consider getting an acoustic when you’re ready – and I even give you some shopping tips inside the course.
Nope! So long as you consider yourself an “intermediate player” and have experience playing chords and bar chords, I think you will enjoy this course. If you begin the course and find it too difficult, just write to my team and we’ll swap your membership over to Next Level Playing or Learn, Practice, Play at no extra cost.
Next Level Playing
Next Level Playing is an intermediate guitar course. It focuses on improving your skills for playing chords and solos, and improvising in any key. It also demystifies guitar terminology and music theory, making it practical. You have complete control of the pace you advance through the course. I’ve provided mini-quizzes so you can judge if you’re ready to move on to the next level. There are no deadlines or expiry dates – you choose how to learn and practice, and you have lifetime access. There are 7 levels, each with 5 or 6 video lessons. There are exercises for you to practice in every lesson, with tabs and notations included, plus there are backing tracks, chord and scale charts, and audio recordings of the exercises to take the guesswork out of your practicing.
You don’t need to do Learn, Practice, Play first. So long as you consider yourself an intermediate player, I think you’ll enjoy Next Level Playing. If you give it a try and feel it’s a little too advanced for you, just write to my team and we’ll swap your membership over to Learn, Practice, Play at no extra cost. And if you have taken Learn, Practice, Play, this course is the natural progression in your guitar journey.
This course is designed for electric guitars. That being said, if you’d like to participate on an acoustic guitar, you’ll be able to benefit quite a bit and will be able to complete most (but not all) of the exercises as presented. So, if you’d like to get started on acoustic until you have an electric guitar to use, you’re welcome to do so.
Then I commend your guitar skills. 🙂 I’d encourage you to try the course risk-free and see how you get along. I’ve included plenty of exercises to challenge you, and I’ve provided backing tracks at slow and fast speeds to cater to different skill levels. Plus, you may want to go more deeply into understanding my “practical theory” classes than less-experienced guitarists. (There’s always more to be learned with the guitar!) If you give it a try and within 14 days still feel that it’s not challenging enough for you, then just write to my team and we’ll give you a full refund.
If you’d like to focus on your fundamentals, I invite you to try my first course, Learn, Practice, Play – it’s open year round, and is the perfect introduction to learning guitar and mastering the fundamentals so you’re ready to take your playing to the next level!
Learn, Practice, Play
There are 7 modules, each with 5–6 short lessons. You’ll get a new module every 2 weeks. This will give you enough time to practice and play along with my backing tracks so you feel confident to move on to the next module. There’s a lot to learn, but you have lifetime access, so the lessons will always be here for you.
If you practice daily, this course will set you up with the foundational skills that every guitarist needs to have. You’ll be able to play melodies and frequently used chords, and you’ll know some great strumming patterns and finger-picking techniques. You’ll have the confidence to improvise and do solos, and you’ll know many recognizable riffs, licks and chord progressions. At the end, you’ll get a taste of playing barre chords too.
People often ask me how to get better at guitar. It’s all about practice: 15–30 minutes a day is an ideal place to start because you’ll see progress and still be able to fit it in around your lifestyle. This course is split into short videos so you can rewatch them, then practice. When you practice, try to cut out distractions. Dedication and focus will help you get better!
You most definitely can – you have lifetime access to the course, so you can watch the videos whenever you like, and as many times as you like. I do recommend watching and practicing in the order the videos are released. I teach progressively more advanced techniques in each video.
You will start playing melodies from the very first lesson! As you progress, you’ll combine multiple techniques into songs as you learn them. So you won’t just practice a new fretting technique, for instance – at the same time you’ll also learn more about scales and learn some new licks that you can use when you’re improvising with friends.
I’ve designed the course this way so that you can progress as the weeks go on. If you’ve already watched the videos in this module, that’s great – you have even more time to practice! Your progress as a guitarist is more important than which module you’re up to. So play again and again! It makes all the difference – it’s repeat, repeat, and repeat. Then you’ll be even more ready for the next week’s video when it’s released. 🙂
You can get as technical as you want with the course, or you can just practice and play along with the backing track. I encourage you to just start playing and pick up a deeper understanding as you practice.
I introduce terms gradually so they’re easy to learn (and when you play with other people you’ll always be able to understand what they’re talking about!). There will be a glossary you can refer to any time so you never feel lost.
That’s no problem! I’ll provide videos on the basics to get you started, like how to choose a guitar and tune it, and how to read chord and tab charts. And in the lessons, I’ll show you how to play with the correct form, how to sit and hold the guitar, and where to place your hands so that you don’t hurt your joints.
I’ve made a point to include a range of alternative exercises suitable for people with a range of skills and aptitudes. It satisfies absolute beginners and those who advance more quickly. And if you struggle at first, you can go back and do the more complex versions later when you’ve had time to practice.
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Learn Practice Play has a 30-day risk-free guarantee.
Next Level Playing has a 14-day risk-free guarantee.
If you’d like to swap your access between courses, you have 30 days from signing up for either one to do so. Just write to my support team to let them know and they will swap your course over free of charge.
If you go through the course and don’t feel like you’ve learned anything about playing the guitar, write to my support team here within the guarantee period and we will refund you 100% of your money.