Whether you’re picking up a guitar for the first time or revisiting
a teenage hobby, these links provide free resources for teaching
yourself how to play the guitar, as well as improving your technique
and learning to read music.
Basic Guitar Lessons
Start with the basics by picking up these guitar tabs that will
help you hone your skills.
Basic Scales Getting comfortable with basic scales
will allow a beginner guitar player to understand what they’re
doing when they tackle difficult tabs.
Babysteps – The Beginners Guide to Guitar – Part 1
From posture to strumming, this is the perfect starting point
Babysteps – The Beginners Guide to Guitar – Part 2
The second part of this beginner lesson goes into rhythm and single
and multiple chords.
Tuning Your Guitar If you aren’t tuned, you may as
well put the guitar down. Learn the art of tuning here.
Harmonizing Melodies Learn how to harmonize for a
Scales, Keys and Progressions Learn the fundamentals
of making a song sound like a song.
Guide to Tab Notation Get a simple lesson in how
to read tablature.
Bass Tab Template Create your own bass tabs using
Guitar Tab Template When the time comes for you to
write your own music, just this tab template for easy reading.
Musical Intervals Use this lesson to teach you how
to recognize intervals.
Major vs. Minor Get the skinny on major and minor
Speed Kills Like this lesson explains, we all want
to play fast, but we have to walk before we can run.
Exercises for Beginners Smart guitar exercises you
can practice to improve your skills.
Guitar Crash Course An overview of guitar playing
Basic Scales A good guitar player needs to know basic
scales for practicing and warming up.
Improve Your Stretching Stretching can be difficult
in the beginning, so practice these techniques to improve your
Bass Exercises for Beginners If the bass is your
weapon of choice, these exercises will help you turn into Flea.
Tabs: Terms and Techniques Learn the definitions
you’ll need to keep you in tune with reading tabs.
Time Signatures If you want to read and play music,
it’s probably a good idea if you know the time signature of a
Intro to Reading and Playing Sheet Learn how to read
sheet music, which will come in handy when creating your own work.
Finger-Picking and Arpeggios Without these skills
your guitar playing is doomed. Learn how to pick like a pro!
Vibrato Techniques for Beginners For rock lovers,
mastering vibrato techniques are a must.
Playing by Ear: Tips & Tricks Learn how to master
the art of playing by ear.
Parts of an Electric Guitar For those that go electric,
learn the components of your guitar.
Tuning Your Guitar by Ear Get a lesson on how to
make your guitar sound its best, only using your ears.
A Short Beginners Guide to GuitarA quick lesson in
what you need to know before touching your guitar.
Lessons for Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Players
If you know the basics and are looking to improve, check out
these links for free tips and practice exercises.
Jazz Guitar Chords If jazz music is your
love, take your playing to the next level with these chords.
Warm Up Game Guitar players of all levels need a
proper warm up exercise.
How to Program the Subconscious Mind for Effortless Guitar Playing
Get comfortable with guitar playing so you look effortless when
you’re on stage (or, you know, in your basement).
Finger Picking Practice Finger picking lessons for
those who play acoustic guitar.
Wide Fingering Playing chords that are close together
can be easy, but here’s how to master those that are further apart
Tips for Playing Your Own Solos As your playing progresses,
you may want to write your own solos. Here’s how to make them
Learning to Sweep What it is and how to practice.
Guitar Power Chords Learn how to rock out with power
chords at this site.
All You Need to Know About Harmonics From the simple
to the difficult, this lesson explains the different types of
harmonics so anyone can learn.
Harmonix: Theory and Practice This is a quick lesson
in music theory, leading to harmonics.
Writing Tips III A writing lesson that covers licks
and solos, incorporating vibrato and slides.
Writing Tips II This writing lesson focuses on coming
up with your own riffs.
Finger Nubbing Check out this lesson on how to improve
your finger nubbing technique.
Hendrix Rhythym Spice A look at the unique way Jimmy
10 Guitar Speed Puzzles Practice makes perfect and
these speed puzzles will improve your guitar playing.
Metal Techniques Rock out while playing metal the
right way with the help of these techniques.
Keeping Rhythm During Your Solos If you’re in a band
(or want to be), here’s a lesson on how to keep rhythm during
Getting Those Barre Chords Down Barre chords can
help improve your sound, making it sound rich and together.
Improving Your Fretting Hand Get your fretting hand
going with this innovative technique.
Simple Box Patterns These box pattern exercises will
help you increase speed.
Left Hand Techniques Whether you’re a lefty or just
want to play with both hands, this lesson will help you tremendously.
Tremolo Picking You definitely need to be an advanced
guitar player to pick up the tremolo technique, which is done
in unusually fast time signatures.
Ayushyeda – About Vodka This online magazine has
an extensive section on vodka, explaining the distilling process
and different types of popular vodka fusions.
Finger-Style Workout For those who play with their
fingers, learn a few exercises here.
Two-Handed Tapping Learn this technique to improve
your rhythm and speed when playing guitar.
Writing Lyrics You’re bound to want to crank out
a song or two of your own. Learn how to come up with lyrics that
work for you.
Videos on How to Play Guitar
Need to see it to believe it? Check out these videos to get a
feel for techniques that will make you a better guitar player.
to Play Guitar for Beginners: Playing Exercise
You’ll get a simple how-to with visuals on how to get started
How to Play Guitar for Beginners: Major Scales Described
as the backbone to guitar playing, here you’ll learn major scales.
Beginner Blues For those who want to play the blues,
check out this easy-to-follow video.
Tuning Your Guitar by Ear Here’s a video version
of tuning your guitar just by listening.
Alternate Picking for Beginners Watch this informative
video for a new picking pattern that will increase your speed.
Guitar Tablature for Beginners Learn how to study
and understand guitar tablature with this video.
How to Play Acoustic Guitar – Basic Finger Picking
Finger picking is sometimes easier learned with a visual aid like
Guitar Chords – The Essential Secrets Get a lesson
on guitar chords and progression here.
Easy Guitar Songs – Heart of Gold Learn this Neil
Young hit, which is a perfect song for beginners.
How to Play Guitar – The Easy Way Check out this
simple video for a few pointers for beginners.
How to Play Christmas Songs Learn a few holiday tunes
on your guitar to get everyone into the spirit of the season.
How to Play You’re Beautiful Woo her with this romantic
How to Play House of the Rising Sun Even young guitar
players will feel the soul in this amazing song once they’ve mastered
How to Play Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Learn how to
play this favorite with this video.
How to Play Bad Moon Rising You’ll feel like an old
rock star jamming this classic tune.
How to Play Sweet Home Alabama Get the party started
with this crowd favorite.
How to Play Let It Be Every guitar player loves The
Beatles. Learn this classic song by watching this instructional
How to Play Stand By Me This is a great beginner
song for those looking for simple songs to conquer.
How to Play Hey There Delilah Check out this tutorial
on how to play the popular pop song.
How to Play Wonderwall Make the girls swoon with
this British hit.
Barre Chords Barre chords are an essential for guitar
players. Learn how to master them with this instructional video.
Acoustic Guitar Lessons Hone your acoustic skills
with this easy-to-follow video.
Spanish Flamenco Guitar Learn a classic flamenco
from this video.
Spanish Guitar Lessons If you want to get down by
playing Spanish guitar, this video will show you how.
Blogs, Websites and Forums on How to Play Guitar
Mix and mingle with fellow guitar players by visiting these blogs
78. Share My
Guitar Billed as a social networking site for guitarists,
this site is packed with helpful tips to improve your sound and
care for your guitar.
Learn about various electric guitars and equipment at this blog.
80. Chord Find
This interactive site allows you to find a chord, easily!
81. Guitar Noise
Get quick lessons and tips from this guitar website.
Player World Get free lessons for metal, blues, jazz
83. Modern Guitars
Read interviews with legendary guitarists and pick up tips on
how to improve your playing.
eHow– Electric Guitar Wiring Learn how to troubleshoot
your electric guitar with the various articles at eHow.
House Chords for beginners and advanced guitar players.
Lifestyle From guitar factory videos to guitar playing
tips from the pros, this blog has it all.
Praise Get chords for progressive Christian music.
A Guitar Teacher’s Lesson Notebook You’ll flip for
this informative blog with an extensive chord chart for learning
nearly every song you could want to learn as a guitar player.
Heartwood Guitar Instruction Free chords, sheet music
and tabs can be found at this helpful site.
Electric Guitar Reviews If you’re in the market for
an electric guitar, let this site guide you to the right choice.
91. Guitar Flame
Get tabs and suggestions for videos to check out to improve your
craft at this site.
Guitar Lessons This cooking blog takes you for a
journey at this Long Island vodka distillery.
93. Rock Guitar
Life For those who play in bands, this blog will
be a godsend with tips on how to quickly set up and tear down.
94. I Heart Guitar
Blog Lessons, gear reviews and more can be found
at this informative blog.
95. Fret Base
Get tablature and read reviews on guitars at this site.
Choo This a Christian music blog, but everyone can
benefit from the thorough lessons.
97. Guitar Tab Universe
Get loads of tablature for everything from Tom Petty to Kanye
98. Strat Collector
Learn everything you need to know about your Strat, and also peruse
the for sale section for deals.
Guitar This online magazine offers guitar and equipment
reviews and videos to see what suits your needs.
Harmony Central Get info on new guitars and guitar-related
items as they’re released.
Thanks to the Internet, there are loads of free resources that
will make you pick up your guitar and play.