The following are links to lessons that can be used with the book ‘Guitar Literacy’. The first list of lessons are fundamental lessons. They are ‘things that you should know’ before working your way through the book. The second list of lessons are supplementary lessons – optional further reading about topics covered in the book such as scales and intervals.
Before you learn to play a note on the guitar, you should learn about the different parts that make up the guitar. This lesson walks you through the different parts of the guitar and what they do.
Although ‘Guitar Literacy’ is focused on reading standard music notation, guitar tablature is sometimes used as a reference point (when learning new notes for example). Guitar tabs only take a few minutes to learn cant can be very useful. Learn about them here.
This lesson goes through the basics of playing notes with good technique. It includes some technical exercises to work on as well.
If your guitar is out of tune, you might as well not play it! Learn how to tune your guitar using a tuner.
You need to be familiar with intervals if you want to understand more advanced concepts such as scales. This lesson looks at the basic intervals of tones and semitones.
What notes are available to us on the guitar? This lesson looks at the ‘musical alphabet’. This lesson is particularly helpful if you have reached the section of the book about sharps and flats.
Scales are a very important part of learning guitar and music in general. Learn how to construct them here, using basic intervals.
What is the major scale and why is it so important? This lesson will be particularly helpful when you reach the section of the book about key signatures.
Playing open chords on the guitar is one of the most basic and fundamental skills. It is one of the first things that the beginner needs to learn and once mastered, it is used constantly throughout different styles and levels.
‘Guitar Literacy’ doesn’t focus on chord playing, as this should be worked on separately. This page contains links to everything you need in order to start playing chords and putting them to use with strumming.