Welcome to Big Picture Guitar – Free Guitar Lessons

The pages in the beginner section have the basic underpinnings and things you need to know before you start going into the heavier stuff. But where to begin?  It’s simple! Start by learning some chords and then try to arrange them into a rhythmical structure.

Familiarize yourself with the Guitar

Learn the following open chords:  G; D; Am; C (Chord Diagrams are explained here)

Learn how to arrange the chords into a rhythmical structure or simply play a song!

Easy songs for beginners (Chords)

Want to learn a particular song/riff or solo? Learn how to read TABs and head on to one of the big TAB/chord collection sites.

Bored by single strokes on the beat? check out these examples of rythmical strumming

Barre Chords as opposed to Open Chords – When one finger ‘barrs’ the neck to create chords higher up on the fretboard, Important!

List of video guitar lessons with Barr Chords

Learn the 12 BAR Blues template. All blues songs are essentially the same chord progression with minor variations. The songs  Before you accuse me with Eric Clapton and Bein leið with KK. are both examples of 12 BAR Blues songs in E

The next step would be to learn the Jazz Blues Template.

Want to be able to improvise and play solos? The most practical scale to start with is the Pentatonic Scale in Em or Am. Start by learning the 1. position then you can learn the scale covering the whole neck for added use-value adding the subsequent positions. You don’t need to remember the music theory behind the scale to be able to use it. Just jump into the video and learn the patterns.

Want to learn Music Theory? Start by learning the Major Scale because the Major Scale is the foundation or base for all Music Theory (like a 0-point in an x,y coordinate system.)

Technique  Is definetly something for beginners and intermediate alike. Clean and efficient technique is essential. If you are for example in the process of learning scales be sure to practice them consistently with alternate picking. Check out these to exercises in the Alternate Picking Video.

Scale Run in G – This exercise is good for learning the fretboard as a single music-theoretical system also excellent for speed building.

Pentatonic Eights String Skipping(Alternative Picking) Exercise.

Getting bored by alternate picking? Try sweep picking some arpeggios.

Finger Style or “Finger Picking”; Before anything else take a look at my introductory fingerstyle videos where we begin by comparing: Hybrid Picking, Thumb Pick and standard finger-style without the pick.

Learn seventh arpeggios in more than one position. – Jazz Arpeggios.

Learn the Harmonic Minor Scale covering all positions on the neck or rather learn all of the Modes found in Harmonic Minor.

Learn the Melodic Minor Scale Covering the neck in all positions or all of the Modes found within Melodic Minor.

Try browsing the site for different things to learn.

If you want to understand my lessons to a greater extent try reading “About” where I explain my approach or generally my musical philosophy.