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The Best Online Guitar Lessons At Your Fingertips

Hi there!

My name is James and since 2014 I’ve been making free guitar tutorials on my YouTube channel GoodGuitarist. My goal is give everyone the music education they deserve through this wonderful instrument by providing the best online guitar lessons!


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I notice many online guitar lessons move too fast, or take certain things for granted. That’s why I make the easiest lessons, with the simplest explanations. I want to make guitar… make sense!

Through these carefully crafted visuals, and step-by-step tutorials, I want to prove to you that you are more talented than you think!

If you’re an absolute beginner…

I have set up an entire page, dedicated to helping you get started on guitar! Check it out here!

Otherwise, feel free to explore these various topics, covering a wide range of things you can learn on guitar:

Things Every Beginner Should Be Familiar With…

Guitar Basics You Must Know!

I want to help you with choosing the right acoustic guitar for you, tuning, learning the names of the strings, holding the guitar properly, and even learning about a couple of tools so you can get started on the right foot.

easy guitar chords for beginners

Easy Guitar Chords For Beginners

The basic chord shapes that every guitarist knows and loves to use as much as possible!

Chord Switches To Master

Knowing the shapes is only the start of it. Being comfortable as you switch from chord to chord is the most essential skill for a beginner to learn and practice!

Guitar Strumming For Beginners

Strumming is THE KEY element to sounding good on guitar. You could be making the best chord shapes in the world, but if your rhythm isn’t there, the song won’t sound good.

Power Chords

The power chord is a MOVABLE shape. This means you can move it around the fretboard to make different chords, even though your hands keep playing the same shape!

guitar warm up exercises

Guitar Warm Up Exercises

Sometimes, when students jump right in and try to learn chords and learn songs right away, it doesn’t work out. These warm ups will help you build the strength and dexterity you need, to succeed!

Once You’re Comfortable With Chords And Strumming…

walk ups and walk downs guitar

Walk-Ups and Walk-Downs

Walk-ups and Walk-downs (also known as “walking basslines”) are commonly used in country, rock, folk and blues music to connect one chord to another.

barre chords guitar tutorial

Barre Chords

Barre chords are an essential tool for any guitarist. They are the gateway to becoming an intermediate player, as they will unlock the fretboard and allow you to play any chord, in any key!


Once you have learned a few basic chord shapes, you have everything you need to learn fingerstyle guitar for beginners. I want to show you the simplest path to playing fingerpicking songs as soon as possible!

lead guitar lessons online

Lead Guitar

Everything from the pentatonic scale to wailing on the blues, my lead guitar page will help you find your unique voice through learning to improvise on guitar!

Fretboard Knowledge & Music Theory

Learn what I call “guitar theory” – music theory you can actually use to exponentially enhance your ability on guitar.

Chord Progression Practice

These are the most common chord progressions on guitar, found in tens of thousands of the most popular guitar songs.

Staying Motivated

Lost motivation to play guitar is more common than you think. That is why I’ve put together this page to provide you with advice for getting past these barriers that affect us all.

Develop the fundamental skills needed to play guitar with confidence. Hands-on learning, presented in a clear and concise manner. Learn the basics using real songs, strum with a steady rhythm, master the basic chord shapes, learn to count along to music and more!

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