Guitar Lesson 1 – Welcome, Orientation, Ground Rules

Okay, if you haven’t already done so, please watch the video above. Yes, there’s a lot of babbling but it is important that you understand what I expect of you to make this beginners guitar course a success for you. There are a number of ground rules that you and I have to agree on to ensure you get the most out of this program and learn how to play the guitar by the time you reached the end of this program.

Beginners Guitar Course Ground Rule 1:

The minimum of practicing time that you should put in is 20 minutes each day for 6 days a week. Again, that’s the bare minimum. Anything less than that will have a major impact on your ability to learn to play guitar in a reasonable amount of time. On the flip side, should you be committed to dedicate yourself to this minimum, then your success will become almost inevitable. My personal recommendation would be one hour a day for 6 days a week. However, I am almost positive that this is too much to ask of most guitar students – my experience as a guitar teacher tells me that this would be the exception. So, again, as long as you put in your 20 minutes a day, your teacher will be happy..;-)

Beginners Guitar Course Ground Rule 2:

The quality of your practice is equally important as your time commitment. Being on Facebook or Twitter, watching TV or having phone conversation while practicing guitar will not get you the results. So as you practice, I want you to be in a room by yourself, fully concentrated on the task. No nonsense while you practice. When you’re done with your daily routine, you can catch up with all these things, but as you practice you need to eliminate all distractions completely.

Beginners Guitar Course Ground Rule 3:

Follow the lessons in their numeric order. This course is structured methodically, the lessons build on to each other. So I strongly recommend that you follow the regular order, even though you will have immediate access to all lessons once you signed up for the course. With that being said, going back and revisiting lessons that you have already taken, is highly recommend and sometimes even necessary.

Beginners Guitar Course Ground Rule 4:

Use your worksheets. Ideally, as you start a new lesson, watch the video first and go along with my instructions. Then, use the worksheet for that particular lesson to practice. I recommend that you print them out, so you can bring them along in case you go to locations where you don’t have computer access. Please do not ignore the worksheets, they are important. Watching the video lessons is important to familiarize with the new content, however, after that you should be using the worksheets to practice the new elements that you just learned.

Beginners Guitar Course Ground Rule 5:

Contact me any time you need me. Please don’t be shy in case you reach a point as you go through this course where you start struggling. You can ALWAYS reach out to me and I will get back to you. That might be in a short email, or if necessary, I will tape a little personalized video to address your question. The worst thing that can happen here is that you get stuck and demotivated. This must not happen. So take this seriously, I am your teacher and it is my responsibility and my pleasure to help you and be there for you as you need me. Contact me at when you need me. While I might not be able to get back to you right away, I will respond to your question in a reasonable time.