Introduction to Guitar


Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations.

The classical guitar skills you'll master in this course will allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western. And that's not all! Good guitar players know that the secret to making beautiful music is to practice, practice, practice—so that's what you'll do. You'll make rapid progress as you follow a carefully planned practice schedule that reinforces each new skill you learn. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate student, this course will take your musical talent to the next level. By the time you're finished, you'll be well on your way to becoming a skilled guitar player.

What you will learn

  • Discover how to correctly hold, tune, and achieve the proper right-hand position on your guitar
  • Understand the essential techniques of tone, the fundamentals of music notation, and the basic music rhythms
  • Identify bass and treble string notes on the music staff, and learn the finger-picking technique through various rhythm exercises
  • Gain an understanding of the correct left-hand position
  • Recognize rest symbols, and understand how to apply them in music with two voices
  • Understand the concept and technique for playing two notes together
  • Learn about tempo terms and volume control
  • Realize and practice techniques to minimize unwanted sounds that naturally occur when you play

How you will benefit

  • Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be
  • Get a carefully planned practice schedule that reinforces each new skill you learn
  • Take your musical talent to the next level and develop a great new hobby



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • You will need a guitar in good working condition and an adjustable footstool for correct positioning. It's advisable to purchase a metronome for developing your rhythm skills and a music stand so you can practice in a correct playing position.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Edward Burns has an extensive musical background as a professional performer, instructor, composer, and recording artist. He has published two guitar methods and composed several guitar technique studies designed to develop specific skills. Burns has also taught guitar and music theory courses for colleges, music academies, and conservatories.

In the first lesson, the instructor, Edward Burns, played a piece of music and said that by the end of this course, we would be able to play something similar. I laughed out loud and said, ""No way!"" But I have to say that this course is so well written and structured that even someone with no musical experience can come out the other end doing far more with their guitar than they ever imagined! ...

Registration Options

August 18 2021
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November 17 2021

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