Category: online music lessons

Guitar Crash Course for guitar beginners

This is a Crash Course in how to play the guitar. This course shows you how to play melodies and chords and will give you an introduction and a bit of exposure to reading standard musical notation – “reading music”. The course includes 10 lessons and moves you step by step. It starts at basics

Learning to Read Music Step 5: Playing Simple Melodies

Once you have a feel for how the musical staff works, and you have worked with some basic scales, it’s time to try a few simple melodies. Not chording to familiar tunes. That will come soon enough (and no doubt are already doing it). What we’re talking about here is playing some simple songs from

Reading Music for Guitar Beginners – Part 5: Start playing Major Scales from written music

Now that you understand the basics (as outlined in the previous series of posts: Reading Music for Guitar Beginners, it’s time to put this knowledge into practice. It may sound too good to be true, but once you understand these basics, “learning to read” is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. The more you

Reading Music for Guitar Beginners – Part 4: All about sharps and flats, how Keys work

The concept of musical “keys” can be a complicated and confusing topic, so let’s give it a go… For the most part, specifying a musical “key” is simply a way of making clear: (i) The pitch range the music is set in (the highest and lowest notes in the song), and (ii) Which notes should

Reading Music for guitar beginners – Part 3: Tempo and Note Length

Tempo, Time Signature and Note Values “Duration” – the “length” of each note – is the second basic property of all notes. (The first was “pitch”.) If you tap your foot at a consistent rate of, say, 60 taps per minute (once every second), that would be called a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per