Introduction to online Guitar lessons
These 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!
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...
Tuning your Guitar and How to Read Tab
Welcome to the first Tunefox guitar lesson where you'll learn how to tune your guitar using an electronic tuner!
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.
Right Hand Position and How to Hold a Flatpick
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.
In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of flatpicks and how to hold one.
Strumming 101: Downstrokes, Upstrokes, and the Bum-Ditty Pattern
Downstrokes are the foundation for strumming and picking melodies.
In this lesson you'll learn the second step to playing rhythm guitar - adding a bass note before your strum.
Upstrokes are essentially the opposite of downstrokes. Your hand is starting below the strings and playing up through them.
The bum-ditty pattern combines your bass note, downstroke and upstroke to create the quintessential guitar rhythm pattern.
Your First Chord - E Minor
In this lesson you're going to learn the fingering for the Em chord.
Now that you have the fingering for your first chord, let's start building the strum pattern with a bass note.
In this lesson you are going to apply the Bum-Ditty strumming pattern to your Em chord.
In this lesson, we're going to take a look at how to alternate bass notes while playing the bum-ditty pattern.
The A Minor Chord and How to Switch Chords
The A minor (Am) chord is a similar shape to the Em chord. Lets take a look at how to construct this chord.
Switching chords is the number one frustration among new guitar students. With patience and at least 10 minutes of practice every day, you'll make huge progress in a short amount of time.
As is the final step for all strumming, we are going to add our bum-ditty pattern while we switch chords.
Two More Chords and Combining All Four Chords
You're on a roll now, so lets keep learning some chords!
Now that you have your chord shape down, let's take a look at adding the bum-ditty pattern with alternating bass.
The G chord is an incredibly useful chord for all types of music. In this lesson, we are going to be focusing on a particular fingering for this G chord, specific to bluegrass playing.
Alternating bass for the G chord is a little different than what you've done so far because you're using the 6th and 4th strings.
Now that you've learned these two new chords, we're going to look at how to switch between them.
You know four guitar chords now, which is more than enough to start playing songs! But first, you need to practice switching between all of these chords.
Now that you've gotten your basic switching down for all of these chords, it's time to add in the bum-ditty pattern.
Flatpicking 101: Right Hand Technique
This lesson series focuses on right hand technique for flat picking melodies on guitar.
As you know, the upstroke is the opposite of the downstroke and it's an essential movement for building speed on guitar.
You've practiced both Down and Upstrokes individually, now it's time to put them together!
This is a practice variation for you to play along with to help you hone your alternate picking technique.
This is the final exercise in this series, where you'll practice crosspicking, or just playing one note per string.
The G Major Pentatonic Scale
The G major pentatonic scale is one of the most common scales used in bluegrass music.
Now that you have the fretting hand fingering down, let's add in some alternate picking.
Hammer-ons and Pull-offs are examples of left hand articulations on stringed instruments called slurs.
The slide is another type of left hand articulation.
The G Major Scale
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.
Now that you have your left hand fingering down for this scale, add in some alternate picking.