Having a website that provides beginner guitar lessons means that I get a ton of mail from students telling me what they find most challenging and asking for advice on different aspects of learning the guitar.

I get letters from beginner students from every part of the globe and from all demographic groups, so I think it's safe to say that these problems will be universal among beginner guitar players.

School of Rock

School of Rock

There are many similarities found in the letters since most beginners run into the same problems, so I decided to do a quick post about the most common ones, as basically every novice guitar student will find something useful and relevant among them.

Here are the most asked questions and problems my online guitar students have, and what to do about them.

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Kirk Hammett of Metallica is rated as being #11 on the Rolling Stones magazine list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, but you know what, he's only human, just like the rest of us 🙂

We all have our bad days, and so does Kirk:

Oh yeah, check out our Metallica guitar lessons if you wanna be like Kirk 🙂

DVD guitar lessons are very popular amongst novice guitar players these days. When you perform a side-by-side evaluation between learning guitar from a music teacher, and studying from DVD videos, you'll see that the later option has many big advantages.

Guitar Lesson DVDs

Guitar Lesson DVDs

What do I mean exactly? Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Review/rewind/pause the lessons whenever you want,
  2. Large cost advantages, since the top DVD beginners guitar instructional courses will only set you back approximately $100-$150 with around a years worth of classes, which would set you back thousands coming from a private tutor,
  3. Learn whenever you want from your own home, without having to go to the particular tutors house and satisfy his / her schedule,
  4. The DVD curriculum may possibly end up being more full than what a personal instructor can offer you.

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Easy Guitar Solos Beginner Intermediate

When you start learning to play guitar, you envision yourself shredding like a rock star in 2 weeks, only to realize that it's not as easy as it looks.

But fear not!

Once you have the basics down, there are plenty of easy to play guitar solos from famous songs you can learn. Songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, etc.

I absolutely recommend learning solos from early on, since each one gives you a chance to advance your technique and develop your unique playing style.

Learning how to play awesome guitar solos is much more fun than going up and down scales in my opinion (as a guitar teacher of 15+ years). Scales do have their place, but learning real songs is super important. It keeps you motivated and engaged.

As you learn each solo, you will want to pay attention to these 4 things:

  1. Keep it slow at first, concentrate on hitting the right notes. Speed will come with time and practice. You want to learn to play well, not sloppy-fast. The way to really advance is to push yourself to nail the solo before moving on to a new one.
  2. Learn chunks of the solo, not the entire thing all in one. Some of these solos are very long, so tackle just a few bars at a time, and put it all together when you can.
  3. Perfect your lead guitar technique as you learn. After all, that is why you are learning the solo in the first place, to get better. Make sure your bends are spot on target, your slides are smooth, and your trills are loud and clear.
  4. Tone counts a lot with many of these solos. You will see that even though you can play the solo, it just doesn't sound right without dialing in the tone used in the original track. Spend some time getting to know not just your amp, but also the tone of the different pickups on your guitar, and the volume & tone knobs. As for effects, you will usually want to add some reverb to create a sense of space (except for funk).

Now let's go through my list of the best guitar solos for beginner and intermediate guitar players. Read more

If you like listening to hard rock and especially Metallica, you'll love our Metallica guitar lessons. Metallica has been in the spotlight of the music industry since its formation in 1981 (when Lars Ulrich placed an ad in a newspaper looking for other metal musicians to jam with), and has released loads of albums, music videos and singles, many of which reached the top of the charts.

Be like Kirk!

Be like Kirk!

Kirk Hammett is the lead guitarist of Metallica, and is included in the Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists list. I know many guitarists who started out by learning Metallica riffs and solos, which is the reason I decided to include a couple of Metallica guitar lessons in our list of easy guitar songs. I'm not saying you'll be playing at the level of Kirk Hammett after the lessons just yet, but you will be able to play a couple of the best songs released by the band. So, lets have a look at the Metallica song you'll be learning with our step-by-step video lessons.

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Learning all 5 positions of the minor pentatonic scale is not required to learn how to solo. Using just a few notes from the scale is more than enough. In the beginning, you should concentrate on just using a few notes, for example the 1st scale shape, or the top 5 notes of the 2nd position minor pentatonic.

Learning how to connect the scale patterns might also be useful, but not required at first:

Connected minor pentatonic pattern in G

 

Now learning to solo is not just a matter of knowing the shapes and notes. Timing is very very important, as are the vibratos, slides and bends. That adds the style.

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Learning the names of the guitar strings in standard tuning is easy when you have something to tie the letters to.

This is exactly why people started making up memory aids: to remember the string names (EADGBE).

If you're looking for how to remember the strings on a guitar, here are a couple of mnemonic acronyms you can use. If you know other ones, than leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post please!
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Learning to play the guitar will be one of the best decisions you make in your life, and our free basic guitar lessons are here to help you get started. As with all good things in life, learning how to play the guitar takes perseverance, dedication and lots of practice. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to entertain yourself, your friends and family, causing yourself and your surroundings true joy. This sounds a bit tacky, but trust me, it is so very true.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

How should you get started? Learn the guitar online! Online guitar lessons are one of the most cost efficient, and flexible means to learning to play the guitar. Personal teachers cost upwards of $40 per hour, and lets say 2 lessons per week can really add up over time, and actually, the fact that online lessons come in video format nowadays, almost makes personal teachers obsolete.

If you are a complete beginner, sign up for a free membership at our website, and you'll get access to our high quality video guitar lessons tailored to meet the specific needs of absolute beginners.
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All right, so you know how to read tabs (if not, learn to read tabs now), and you're ready to make some music. Fortunately there are thousands of easy guitar tabs for beginner guitarists, ready for your plucking.

The one's you'll end up loving to play will depend on what genre of music you're most in to. Please keep in mind that at a beginner stage, you can't really go wrong with any song tablature you end up learning, since everything you do is still aimed at getting better at the guitar.

With enough practice (and I mean like 30 minutes per day, so not much), you'll be able to play pretty much anything.

But for now, have a look at 10 of the easiest and popular beginner tablature my students love.

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Wipeout - The Surfaris

A great beginner piece for practicing lead guitar.

No special guitar skills needed here, but the awesome surf vibe will have you heading for the waves 😉

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Eric Clapton is one of the best guitar players (#2 on Rolling Stones Magazine's list of the best guitarists), and an icon to many. He has had a very eventful life, you can read all about it in his bio.

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Clapton has been an active musician since 1962, so he's got several decades of song writing behind him, shaping contemporary music as we know it. During this time, he's stacked up hundreds of songs, dozens of which have become classic hits. All guitarists should have a few Eric Clapton songs in their repertoire, it is an absolute must.

List of Eric Clapton tutorials at TheGuitarLesson.com

TheGuitarLesson.com has several guitar lessons teaching covers of Eric Clapton songs. Here they are in no particular order.

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