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If you've ever thought of picking up the guitar, this learning path can help get you started on the path to guitar mastery. Learn the basics of acoustic and electric guitar, then expand your musical knowledge by concentrating on specific musical styles and intermediate lessons to build skill and confidence.
Learn the basics of the guitar.
Develop different techniques and playing styles.
Explore rock, blues, and intermediate-level acoustic guitar styles.
Learn how to play bluegrass guitar with Grammy-winning flatpicker Bryan Sutton. Course 1 covers holding the guitar and pick, picking and fretting, and rhythm and chords.
3h 8m • COURSE
Acoustic Guitar Lessons: 2 Scales, Walking Bass, Hammer-Ons, and Pull-Offs with Bryan Sutton
Learn how to play bluegrass guitar with Grammy-winning flatpicker Bryan Sutton. Course 2 covers major and pentatonic scales, walking bass, and hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
3h 7m • COURSE
Acoustic Guitar Lessons: 3 Rhythm & Voicings with Bryan Sutton
Learn how to play bluegrass guitar with Grammy-winning flatpicker Bryan Sutton. Course 3 covers intermediate guitar techniques and advanced strum patterns.
2h 53m • COURSE
Acoustic Guitar Lessons: 4 Feel & Crosspicking with Bryan Sutton
Learn how to play bluegrass guitar with Grammy-winning flatpicker Bryan Sutton. Course 4 shows how to develop feel, pocket, and groove, and use different crosspicking styles.
2h 44m • COURSE
Rock Guitar Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play with Jared Meeker
Get a beginner's guide to rock guitar. Learn how to start immediately playing riffs and licks, reading music, playing chords, and learning guitar at your own pace.
2h 9m • COURSE
Blues Guitar: Learn to Play with Terry Carter
Learn blues guitar at your own pace. Explore over 50 examples of blues rhythm guitar, including slow blues, uptown/jump blues, mambo blues, blues rock, and more.
4h 40m • COURSE
Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Intermediate with Greg Horne
If you're an acoustic guitar player looking for a challenge, then this course is for you. Learn about suspended chords, altered tuning, soloing patterns, and more.
2h 9m • COURSE
You'll learn to play the guitar with these experts
Jared Meeker is a guitarist, composer, producer, educator, and author who has performed throughout the world.
A graduate of the music program at California Institute of the Arts, Jared has taught seminars and classes at music schools, colleges, and workshops across the US. He has authored several books for Alfred Music, been featured in top guitar magazines, and has worked with a wide array of popular music artists in the studio and on stage, having performed at many legendary clubs, festivals, and arenas. Jared has also released several original albums, produced award-winning film soundtracks, and written music for major television networks.
Bryan Sutton is arguably the best flatpick guitarist since the late great Doc Watson.
Born near Asheville, North Carolina, in 1973, Bryan has been playing guitar since the age of 8. He first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs's bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder and went on to be the guitarist for the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize. As a leading session guitarist, he continues to appear on numerous recordings with everyone from Rhonda Vincent, the Dixie Chicks, and Taylor Swift to Dolly Parton and many more. Bryan won a Grammy award in 2007, and has been honored nine times as International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitarist of the Year. In 2011, he was also named Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Terry Carter is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter.
Some of Terry's credits include work with Weezer, Josh Groban, and composer Chris Tin. As a composer, he has written tracks for several MTV shows, including The Real World, and wrote the theme song for the North Iowa Outlaws, a professional hockey team. He is also the co-author of Alfred's Learn to Play Blues Guitar with Steve Trovato.
Greg Horne is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, author, and teacher.
He is the author of numerous Alfred Music publications, including The Complete Ukulele Method (with Shana Aisenberg), Teach Yourself Songwriting, two volumes of The Complete Mandolin Method, The Multi-Instrumental Guitarist, The Couch Potato Guitar Workout, and The Couch Potato Bass Guitar Workout.
Horne holds a bachelor of arts in music from the College of Wooster and pursued graduate studies at the University of Mississippi. He was a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop for over 20 years and has taught other classes and workshops. Greg lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he records and performs as a solo artist and with his band. He also plays guitar, fiddle, and mandolin with many other artists.