Online video guitar lessons teaching how to play rock and pop songs on acoustic or electric guitar
Songs by U2, Chili Peppers, Radiohead, The Killers, Green Day, The Darkness, Lenny Kravitz, Blink 182, ACDC, KT Tunstall, James Blunt and more.
This online guitar instruction is a distillation of the live courses that Musicademy has taught to thousands of people. They are arranged in stages that will methodically develop your guitar skills in a step by step way. Each lesson should give you around 1 to 2 weeks learning if you are new to the techniques being shown. Each stage is designed to last a standard term or semester, so generally you should be able to master 3 stages per year if you practice a little every day.
Each 15-30 minute lesson will teach you all the relevant guitar chords, licks, riffs and strumming patterns to enable you to master the song.
Stage 1 are easy guitar lessons for complete beginners so if you have already been playing guitar regularly you should start at a later stage.
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Stage 1 is for absolute beginners who want to learn to play guitar. The video guitar lessons take you through all the basics, including a variety of standard open and power chords, strumming pattterns and some simple versions of a few classic songs.
Getting started on guitar
In this first lesson we go through the parts of the guitar, how to tune up and 3 chords – Em D and Am. The best thing is there are lots of guided play alongs which really help you as a beginner get to grips with chord changes with the security of the teacher playing along side you.
Clocks – Coldplay
Next we take those 3 chords and add a strumming pattern to play this Coldplay classic on guitar. Again lots of guided play alongs.
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns N Roses
Along with another new strumming pattern for guitar, we add the Cadd9 chord which helps you move between C and G more easily. Go to Stage 4 to learn the proper intro.
Wild Thing – The Troggs
This is a wonderful introduction to one finger power chords plus learn your first guitar riff. Again, lots of repeatitions to help your fingers find the new guitar chords.
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Now we move onto three finger power chords and once you have learnt these you will be able to play hundreds of rock songs uon guitar sing this one shape. In this lesson you will learn the actual rhythm part that was played on the record. Learn the solo in stage 3.
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Having mastered a number of basic guitar chords this lesson will help you put them together in another new song with yet another strumming pattern to add to your repertoire.
Stage 2 builds on the basic techniques from stage one these lessons are ideal for someone who has been playing for a couple of months and wants to learn some more new chords and develop their skills with a great range of new songs and techniques.
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Speed up your guitar chord changes and learn about changing time signatures with this modern pop classic.
All the Small Things -Blink 182
Learn about suspended chords and different positions for guitar power chords. This lesson will really help speed up your power chord changes.
“I was more than satisfied with the lessons. I chose “Vertigo” which I must admit, I did as a simple guilty pleasure song for myself. This video was magnificent. It took a song that I really had almost dismissed as ear candy and by breaking it into its components deepened my appreciation. There’s just something about a great rhythm riff that is just universal. What other DVD’s and downloads claim to provide these actually deliver, and more.”
Dwight Parker VA, USA
In Stage 3 we go beyond the basic chords ad begin to explore extended chords, chord shapes further up the neck some strumming patterns, string bending and even your first lead guitar solo.
Wonderwall – Oasis
By learning this song you’ll not only be able to play some new extended guitar chords like Em7 and A7sus4 but also see how you can easily link between some complex sounding chords with easy one finger changes
In Stage 4 we use all your previous knowledage to start to play the actual guitar parts contained on your favourite albums. We also learn about riffs combining open and fretted notes, more new extended and bar chords, 7th chords and arpeggios
In My Place – Coldplay
Learn the opening riff, all the guitar chords and strumming patterns to master this song plus a great cheat chord for F#m
Imagine – John Lennon
This lesson iwill really help you speed up your guitar chord changes when moving to the tricky F chord. You will also learn some nice Dm and G7 chord changes too.
I Got You (I feel Good) – James Brown
You want to get the funky feel? Learn this song! It really will help you develop your rhythm guitar technique and learn how 7th and 9th chords can be played all over the neck
Stage 5 is where guitar playing really starts to get exciting as we take you through some exact guitar parts of well known rock & pop songs. You’ll pick up some great techniques too e.g. strengthening your bar chord ability and knowledge, alternative tunings, right hand picking skills, string bending, playing riffs in 3rds and octave based soloing
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Develop guitar right hand picking skills as we break down how to play all chords to the song and show the classic riff, note for note
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Alternative tunings! We show you how to play all the parts to this brilliant Led Zeppelin song using the correct DADGAD tuning. The step by step way we break each section down makes it easy!
Wonderful Tonight / Brown Eyed Girl
Learn about string bending, playing using 3rds and improve your picking technique as we show you exactly how to play two of the best known lead guitar intro riffs of all time
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
Learn all the classic Keef riffs in this song using ‘Sus’ Chords and a great rock and roll rhythm part that you can use for other songs too
Song 2 – Blur
Learn how to play power chords on guitar in different octave positions on string 4 and develop your rhythm as we show you the exact strumming patterns for each section
Are you Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Develop your string bending technique and positional playing as we show you how to play the intro riff and rhythm parts of each section of this great rock song
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
By learning this track you will also understand how to play any song on guitar in any major key using a capo and 1 finger chord changes based around the key of G.
Back in Black – AC/DC
Learn the intro, verse, chorus parts and riffs note for note on guitar. An essential track for all rock players!
5 Positions of Pentatonic Scale
Learn to play the right notes over the whole guitar neck as you solo over any song using the full 5 positions of pentatonic scale. Essential for all aspiring blues and rock lead guitar players!
Good Times – Chic
A great lesson for learning funk and disco guitar parts, developing right hand playing technique and your knowledge of extended chords.
Bohemian – Dandy Warhols
By learning this song you will also learn how to use E and A shaped barre chords all over the neck on guitar
Somebody Told Me – The Killers
Practice octaves, power and bar chords and we show you all the intro, verse chorus and lead riff sections of this great modern classic step by step
Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Billie Joe Armstrong’s wonderful acoustic guitar part will teach you about arpeggios, picking technique and 1 finger chord changes in G. In this lesson we break the parts, and show how to play it properly
Lead Guitar – The 7 Major Scale Positions
Another essential building block for lead guitarists is learning how to play the major scale over the entire neck. This lesson shows you the 7 positions that will allow you to play all the right notes in any key. A great starter all sorts of lead guitar playing and a first step towards learning about modal playing
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
Learn the intro note for note, to the possibly the best known rock and roll song of all time. This guitar lesson will increase your knowledge of blues licks, string bends and pentatonic positional playing
Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama
Get some country licks under you belt! This guitar lesson will take you through the intro, verse, chorus and main riff sections note for note. Great for mixing chords with lead guitar
High and Dry – Radiohead
An early Radiohead classic that combines octaves with some very usable slash chords in the key of E. Really useful stuff for rhythm and acoustic guitar players
The Darkness – I believe In a thing called love
If you like classic rock you need to learn this! The first of three lessons where we teach you every part note for note. This lesson shows you how to get the Intro, verse and chorus sections exactly righ
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Add9 chords are a wonderful addition to any acoustic and rhythm players repertoire. As we teach you this song you will learn the shape that will allow you to play add9 chords anywhere on the guitar neck