These guitar lessons, exercises, and resources are intended to help beginner guitarists.

Ex-018 Horizontal Ladder Exercise

September 18, 2016

Improve your fretboard knowledge with this rut-breaking ladder exercise from my upcoming book on learning the fretboard.  This exercise can be applied to any sequence of notes, such as a scale, mode, or arpeggio.

AP-008 How Do I Memorize Songs?

September 10, 2016

Question I started my music course this week and had to play a song from memory. I struggled to recall the chord progression without my safety net. Any advice on how to improve this please?

AP-007 Why are chords major or minor?

August 11, 2016

Question Why are chords called major chords or minor chords? ~Tony Answer Major and minor chords have a difference in one particular note, the third.  Let’s look at how it gets that name through a […]

AP-005 – Why do guitars have dots?

July 28, 2016

Question I am a rank beginner to the guitar. I am trying to learn the function of the fretboard. The guitar I have borrowed is classical with 12 frets. How do I transfer what I […]

Ex-007 Fretting Combinations Exercise Set

January 21, 2016

The object of these exercises is to work on your fretting hand combinations over all 6 strings.  Each exercise in the set of 6 varies slightly from the previous one. All of the exercises below […]

Beginner Guitar Amp Recommendations

January 18, 2016

Learn about beginner guitar amplifiers and my top recommendations.  Amplifiers can change the sound of the guitar more than the guitar itself.  Today’s beginner amps can model expensive tube amplifiers for pennies on the dollar.  […]

LRT-002 Funky Blues Riff

January 18, 2016

This riff only uses four notes plus a couple 1/2 step bends.  It has a nice funky blues edge to it.   This riff was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.

Beginner Silent Night

December 24, 2015

This is an easy beginner version of silent night. It is played predominantly in the second position, with a shift to the fifth position in measure 17.

Ex-006 Simple Chord Change Exercise

December 24, 2015

This is a simple exercise that you can do for about 1 minute. It can easily be fit into anyone’s practice or warmup schedule.  You will need a metronome and two chords that will challenge […]

Ex-003 Finger Strength Exercise

December 20, 2015

This exercise has three steps and can be done on any string and in all fretboard positions Step 1 – Place all four fingers on adjacent frets of a string. Step 2 – Lift two […]

Picking Techniques

December 19, 2015

Learn strumming, alternate picking, and sweep picking in this lesson that covers an introduction to each.

Reading Notation and Tablature

December 19, 2015

Although, we love to listen to music, we need to be able to read and write it. This lesson show you how to read (and write) tablature and notation.

Learning the Fretboard

December 19, 2015

Learning the fretboard is a challenge that this lesson will help you tackle efficiently.  Did you know that a 22-fret guitar contains 138 notes?  It is a huge task that challenges both beginner and experienced guitarists. […]

How to Tune a Guitar

December 19, 2015

There are many ways to tune a guitar.  Even if you have an electronic tuner, which I recommend, you should know how to tune a guitar without one.  In this lesson, you’ll learn the most […]