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How to get Free Guitar lessons from You Tube

Updated on April 14, 2012
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Free Guitar Lessons

You really can learn to play the guitar by watching video lessons on You Tube. The task of learning how to play the guitar can be daunting to say the least, especially if you have no one to teach and help you learn. Many people don’t have the money or the time in their schedule for traditional lessons, yet they have a desire to learn to play the guitar. The truth is; all you really have to do is surf around You Tube a bit to find free guitar lessons that are for beginners, advanced players, or anywhere in between. At first, I was hesitant to write this Hub because I teach the art of playing guitar, but I figured what could it hurt? I always tell my students to check out You Tube for ideas and new songs to learn that will keep their interest, so why not tell everyone. I’m sure there will always be those that will want a real person to walk them through the steps of some basic songs. Though, I’m sure there are many who could really learn how to play simply by watching the good tutorials on You Tube. Believe me there are lots of them, and many of them are very good. I feel embarrassed to be a guitar teacher at times, after watching some of the better teachers on You Tube. I just have to remember that there is a reason my students come back to me for more lessons and recommend me to their friends who want to learn to play. The reason is that I get results, most of the students I have taught, have gone on to be good players, and many of them have surpassed my skills by far. I have discovered over the years that I am not a great player, but I believe I am a pretty good teacher.

Get a Guitar

If you are serious about learning to play the guitar you have got to own a guitar or have regular access to one. You simply can not learn to play by watching someone else play or even by listening to them talk you through a song step by step. You have got to have a guitar to play in order to get the feel of it, and learn how to hold it, and place your fingers, etc. So you need to go get yourself a guitar or find a good friend that is willing to loan you one.

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Learn the Guitar

Acoustic and electric guitars are very similar; they have many of the same parts. Acoustic guitars have a sound hole in them that helps to radiate the sound, while an electric will have pick-ups that are wired to a plug that connects the pick-ups to an amplifier that amplifies the sound. Electric guitars will also usually have knobs that may control the volume, bass, and or treble. Many electric guitars will have a switch that will change which pick-up is used.

Learn the Chords

I like to start out beginners with a simple song or two; I try to find a song that they are into, that is at the beginner level. I do this to build their moral and show them that they can play music that they like and enjoy hearing. After they start getting their first song or two, I teach them the basic chords A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. If you look below you will see a chord chart, with all of these with the exception of the B. There is no standard B; there is only the B7, which is different. You can easily find a standard B simply by searching “guitar chords” or something similar from your search engine. You should practice playing each of these chords until you can comfortably play each of them and remember how to play them. Then you should learn some of the other chords like Am, Dm, etc. It's a good idea to learn to read tabs at some point as well, I usually introduce tabs after the basic chords are learned.

You're Ready to Play

Once you learn the basic chords and start learning some of the others you should be ready to start searching You Tube for the songs you want to learn. Search for whatever song you think you might want to try to learn and add the term tabs , or lessons , or even live , or acoustic , one of these should bring you to a video that will teach you the song. Once you master the chords you will be ready to play the rhythm to almost anything. Don’t stop there though there are lessons that will teach you the leads and bass guitar to your favorite songs too. It will take some time and a lot of practice to get this point though, it’s not like it will happen overnight. Most people begin to really get the chords and switches between them down at a year or so, if you practice enough though you can learn much quicker, it all depends on the time you put into learning and practicing. I hope you get a guitar and learn to play it, you never know you might be great at it. If you have read this far thank you, and have a fantastic day.

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    • normskismith profile image

      normskismith 5 years ago

      Thanks dmop - I'm learning how to play the guitar again after many years away from it. All the information you've posted are useful and great timing - thanks again- have a great day.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      prettydarkhorse, It does take a lot of work, dedication, and discipline to learn play well, but there are many resources that will help. The information needed to learn is easy to come by these days, but actually learning is just as difficult as it has ever been. Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it. Have a marvelous day.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Thanks, I like the information here. One day I will continue to learn this.