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So You Wanna Learn Electric Guitar...

Free Guitar Lessons by Sandy Antunes


Every school day, after the bus gets home, Ivy does her homework. So I can give 1 lesson each day, to 1 child, while she's doing that. That means a lesson from 2:15 to 2:30, first come, first served.

You need to answer these questions and give this back to me before I will give you any lessons. I make no promises. If you don't listen, you're out. If you start banging on the thing before I tell you, you're out. If I don't have time, there's no lesson. If I'm cranky, you're out. If you get bored, you're out. You're not even going to get to _play_ the guitar for the first two lessons. You're going to have to learn the parts of the guitar. You're going to have to learn how to read music. It'll be boring and hard. If you agree, give it a try.

Quiz-- answer this on paper before we start

  1. Why do you want to play the guitar?
  2. Name one song you really, really want to learn
  3. Do you want to play by yourself, or play in a band?
  4. What is the difference between a guitar and a bass guitar?
  5. Do you want to learn bass or guitar?
  6. See the picture above? Memorize all the parts. Maybe I'll quiz you on it, maybe I won't.

First Lesson

Watch, don't touch. Yes, it's boring, stop yer whining.
  1. How do you hold a guitar?
  2. What are the 6 strings of a guitar?
  3. What are the 4 strings of a bass?
  4. Chords versus notes
  5. Playing single strings versus strumming
  6. Tablature, reading music
  7. Rhythm guitar versus lead

Second Lesson

Rhythm. We use the drums. You ask, "why are we using drums when I'm supposed to be learning guitar?" I answer, "Shut up, I'm the teacher."

Third Lesson

Yeah, yeah, okay, I'll let you hold the guitar this time.
  1. Stop just banging all the strings!
  2. Playing versus Practicing
  3. What are EADGBE

Fourth Lesson

Learn it and alternate with E. There, you can now play punk.

Fifth Lesson

Power Chords and Smoke on the Water

Sixth Lesson

Seventh Lesson

Make your own song using chords or single notes that you've learned.

Eighth Lesson

Fun with effects and distortion, "Tone"

Ninth Lesson

Last lesson. Impress me with your learning and dilligence, and you can come over to practice. If you haven't learned anything, though, I give up.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Get one of your parents to sign this to show they know you're going to be getting lessons. Bring this sheet to all your lessons.