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Beginner Guitar: Chords And Rhythm Patterns Level 1
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1h 54m

Learn the basics of holding and tuning the guitar as well as guitar chords and rhythm patterns.

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1h 54m



I’m Deanne Newkirk, the Guitar Teach! I live in Alberta, Canada and began learning the guitar when I was 9 years old. Guitar has always been an important part of my life whether performing or playing for my own enjoyment. My uncles were my musical inspiration. They played and sang together at events far and wide. They had an amazing blend of guitars and voices and their music really connected with people, including me….that’s how I got hooked! My own guitar journey has taken me on many

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner guitar players (acoustic or electric)
  • Suitable for adults or children 12 years and up
  • Also helpful for guitarists who wish to dust off basic knowledge and skills

What you’ll learn:

  • Become familiar with the guitar and how to tune it
  • Learn how to hold the guitar and pick
  • Learn the common open major chords and alternative voicings (plus one minor chord)
  • Understand basic timing and rhythm and how to play on the beat
  • Develop skills and techniques to improve Chord Transitions
  • Become comfortable with 5 Rhythm Patterns
  • Understand basic Time Signatures and Notation Values
  • Become comfortable applying skills and knowledge to feature songs presented


  • No prior guitar or music experience required
  • You need a guitar for this course (e.g. acoustic or electric)
  • Open Mind and Open Heart

The Beginner Guitar Course – Level I will introduce you to basic concepts and techniques necessary to begin the journey of learning to play the guitar. It is a well-thought-out approach that offers building blocks to support your knowledge and skills as you gain confidence with your new instrument. You will have the opportunity to hone your skills with both the right and left hands and apply these skills to featured songs selected specifically to apply what has been learned.

There is something that I’ve known for a long time that I’d like to share. Playing the guitar is so much more than learning an instrument technically. Our hearts have something very important to say, and the guitar helps each of us to express creatively. This is a great gift you can offer to yourself and others. The guitar can be your sanctuary as well as your outlet for creativity. It will help you achieve the flow in life you’ve been looking for.

People tell me so often that they would love to learn the guitar. Let’s do this! No prior experience is needed. Find your guitar, and let’s play some music together.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to become more comfortable playing the guitar.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Meet The Guitar Teach: Deanne Newkirk + Let's Get Going
The Guitar Teach Section 1 00:00:00
Lesson 1: Guitar Anatomy 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Common Guitar Tools Used 00:00:00
Lesson 3: Tuning Your Guitar 00:00:00
Section 2 - Holding Guitar + Reading Chord And Song Charts
The Guitar Teach Section 2 00:00:00
Lesson 1: Overcoming the Challenges 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Holding the Guitar + Right Or Left-Hand Positions 00:00:00
Lesson 3: Reading Chord + Song Charts 00:00:00
Section 3 - Learning New Chords + Making Them Sound Better + Feature Song
The Guitar Teach Section 3 00:00:00
Lesson 1: Quick Review 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Method to Learn Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 3: G, C + D Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 4: Changing Between Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 5: Making Chords Sound Better 00:00:00
Lesson 6: Goals and Practice 00:00:00
Lesson 7: Feature Song for Practicing Skills 00:00:00
Section 4 - Rhythm, Counting + Changing Between Three Chords + Feature Songs
The Guitar Teach Section 4 00:00:00
Lesson 1: Rhythm and Counting 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Changing Between Three Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 3: Rhythm Patterns 1, 2 and 3 + Feature Song 00:00:00
Lesson 4: Feature Song 00:00:00
Section 5 - New Chords And Rhythm Patterns + Reading Guitar Music + Feature Song
The Guitar Teach Section 5 00:00:00
Lesson 1: A + E Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Methods to Write and Read Guitar Music 00:00:00
Lesson 3: Time Signatures + Notation Values 00:00:00
Lesson 4: Rhythm Pattern 4 00:00:00
Lesson 5: Feature Song 00:00:00
Section 6 - New Chords + Feature Songs
The Guitar Teach Section 6 00:00:00
Lesson 1: F, B and Em Chords 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Feature Song 00:00:00
Lesson 3: Feature Song 00:00:00
Lesson 4: Rhythm Pattern 5 + Feature Song 00:00:00