Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Introduction to online Guitar lessons

These online beginner guitar lessons are designed to get you started with the basics. On this page, you'll find ten subjects each containing mini lessons, so you have a step by step process on how to learn the guitar. Every lesson includes a video and guitar tab that you can play along with so your timing can improve from the very start. Go ahead, jump in and have fun!

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    Welcome to the Tunefox Beginner Lessons for Guitar! Here you’ll find all you need to get started on your instrument, from tuning and learning how to read tab to playing your first song. Our hope is...

Lesson #1

Tuning your Guitar and How to Read Tab

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    How to Tune Your Guitar

    Welcome to the first Tunefox guitar lesson where you'll learn how to tune your guitar using an electronic tuner!

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    How to Read Guitar Tab

    Tab is one of the most popular learning tools available. Tunefox features tabs for all of it's songs, licks, and lessons so to prepare you for the rest of the site, let's talk about how to read tab.

Lesson #2

Right Hand Position and How to Hold a Flatpick

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    Right Arm and Hand Position

    This lesson will teach you how to position your guitar so your right arm and hand will be in the correct position for strumming and flat picking.

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    How to Hold a Flatpick

    In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of flatpicks and how to hold one.

Lesson #3

Strumming 101: Downstrokes, Upstrokes, and the Bum-Ditty Pattern

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    Downstrokes are the foundation for strumming and picking melodies.

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    Adding a Bass Note

    In this lesson you'll learn the second step to playing rhythm guitar - adding a bass note before your strum.

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    Upstrokes are essentially the opposite of downstrokes. Your hand is starting below the strings and playing up through them.

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    The Bum-Ditty Pattern

    The bum-ditty pattern combines your bass note, downstroke and upstroke to create the quintessential guitar rhythm pattern.

Lesson #4

Your First Chord - E Minor

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    The E minor Chord

    In this lesson you're going to learn the fingering for the Em chord.

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    Adding a Bass Note

    Now that you have the fingering for your first chord, let's start building the strum pattern with a bass note.

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    Bum-Ditty with the Em Chord

    In this lesson you are going to apply the Bum-Ditty strumming pattern to your Em chord.

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    Alternating Bass Bum-Ditty

    In this lesson, we're going to take a look at how to alternate bass notes while playing the bum-ditty pattern.

Lesson #5

The A Minor Chord and How to Switch Chords

Lesson #6

Two More Chords and Combining All Four Chords

Lesson #7

Flatpicking 101: Right Hand Technique

Lesson #8

The G Major Pentatonic Scale

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    The G major pentatonic scale is one of the most common scales used in bluegrass music.

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    Alternate Picking

    Now that you have the fretting hand fingering down, let's add in some alternate picking.

Lesson #9


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    Hammer-ons and Pull-offs

    Hammer-ons and Pull-offs are examples of left hand articulations on stringed instruments called slurs.

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    The Slide

    The slide is another type of left hand articulation.

Lesson #10

The G Major Scale

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    The G major scale is closely related to the pentatonic scale in that the majority of the notes are identical. You're simply adding 2 notes to the pentatonic scale to create the major scale.

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    Alternate Picking

    Now that you have your left hand fingering down for this scale, add in some alternate picking.

Online Guitar lessons

Online Guitar lessonsBegin your bluegrass guitar journey right here with Tunefox. These online guitar lessons will give you a comprehensive understanding of guitar roll patterns, chords, and slurs so you can start learning bluegrass guitar solos in the Tunefox song library as soon as possible. Start from the very beginning of holding your pick and learning to read tab and journey through learning how to match strumming patterns with chords to playing G pentatonic major scales with alternate picking. Watch the video lesson included in each section and then play along with the interactive guitar tab to get the material under your fingers and in your ears. If things are too fast for you at the beginning, slow down the playback using the tempo slider and build your speed gradually.

By using a combination of the online guitar video lessons, guitar tab, and even the Official Tunefox User’s Group on Facebook for feedback and encouragement, you’ll be in good shape to start jamming with your friends and playing more complicated bluegrass music on the guitar. Tunefox is here for you from the start so let us know if you have any questions along the way. Email us at support@tunefox.com.