How to Bar Chords

Learning how to play barre (bar) chords is always going to be one of the most difficult techniques beginner guitarists will face. The good news is that they CAN be learned, it just takes a fair amount of practice and dedication. Good things don’t come easy, but with enough time, you’ll be laughing when you…

10 Most Common Beginner Guitarist Mistakes

It’s inevitable that when you set out on learning something new, you will make mistakes. This is true for learning guitar as well. Being a private and online guitar teacher, I’ve helped a lot of beginner guitar students get through the initial hardships, and have observed several very common beginner mistakes newbies tend to make….

The 5 Biggest Challenges of Learning the Guitar

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…

10 Common Beginner Guitar Student Question and Answers

If you’ve ever contacted me on any guitar-related question, you’ll know that I answer all of my students’ questions personally. I love doing so for people learning from our beginner guitar lessons. There are a lot of typical questions and problems that my online students encounter, so I thought a post on these would be…

Help! My Fat Fingers are Muting the Guitar Strings!

One of the most common problems that beginner guitarists experience is the “fat finger” issue. I put it into quotation marks, because 95% of the time, it’s not a real problem, just a newbie thing. No matter whether they have short and chubby fingers, or long and skinny ones, beginners will always have difficulty fretting…