Best Free Fingerstyle Guitar Courses

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Fingerstyle Guitar Mastery: 3 Techniques You Need To Know

Learn 3 essential modern fingerstyle techniques from Tobias Rauscher, the guitarist with 20.000.000+ YouTube views

Created by Tobias Rauscher - Musician & Guitar Teacher

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Students: 22294, Price: Free

Percussive fingerstyle guitar has become increasingly popular over the past few years, which is why I’ve made it my mission to teach students all the necessary skills and techniques to help them become better fingerstyle guitarists. Over the period of this course, I will teach you how to master three essential modern fingerstyle techniques that will take your guitar playing, as well as yourself as an artist, to a whole new level! 

Learn and Master the Three Essential Modern Fingerstyle Techniques in this Step-by-Step Guitar Course

  • Learn how to play slap harmonics
  • Learn how to play advanced body percussion
  • Learn how to play the over-the-top playing style
  • Get to know my favorite percussive warm-up exercise
  • Learn one of my most famous guitar riffs of my song „Memories“

Master Modern Percussive Fingerstyle and Play Like the Pros!

Well known guitarists utilize these fingerstyle techniques to make their songs sound more interesting to the audience. Besides being able to help you write more complex music, these techniques catch the eyes of your audience and make your songs sound more unique and appealing. In order to give you the optimal learning experience, I have carefully selected the exercises in this lesson to help you master these techniques. These lessons have been tested through workshops and private guitar instruction with my students before being recorded.

Contents and Overview 

This course focuses on quality instead of quantity and it provides straight to the point guitar lessons. In total, you will get five comprehensive tutorials, ten step-by-step exercises and one song riff. After this course you will be able to utilize these newly discovered techniques in your own compositions to write more compelling tunes and spice up your playing style.

To start with, I will introduce my favorite percussive warm-up exercise which is a combination of left hand legato lines and right hand percussive hits. This exercise helps to prepare you for other techniques because you will learn how to get your hands to play completely independent of one another. 

The main part of the course covers the three essential techniques: slap harmonics, body percussion and over-the-top playing. All of these are considered advanced techniques that requires the student to focus on each one individually in order to master them. Slap harmonics allow you to add exciting overtones that accentuate your playing. Body percussion on the other hand, introduces a completely new dimension to your music. By emulating a drum kit on your guitar, you are essentially playing two instruments simultaneously. Finally, with the tricky “Over-the-Top” style of playing, you will surely catch the attention of your audience.

At the end of the course, we will use all the techniques we’ve learned to play the riff of “Memories” - one of my most famous songs with over two million views on YouTube! 

A beginner`s guide to fingerpicking and strumming guitar”

How to learn fingerstyle, strumming, beginner, acoustic, rock, blues, pop, country and fingerpicking folk guitar

Created by Dan Thorpe (Guitar Domination) - Specialises in teaching over 40`s strumming + fingerpicking

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Students: 11856, Price: Free

I`m not one to toot my own horn, but I want to be straight with you. I have a LOT of real world experience teaching people how to play acoustic guitar in the most enjoyable and efficient way.

Most of my eBooks have gotten dozens and dozens of 5 star reviews on Amazon Kindle and continue to sell at a fast rate. My courses are all extremely popular and have been sold countless times all around the world.

The thing is, I was once an AWFUL guitar player. I was really bad and I made loads of mistakes when learning. 

If there was something one could do wrong, I did it. 

I took me a lot of trial and error to get good at playing but I did. I hated the struggle at the time but I genuinely think it made me the teacher I am today. 

I care genuinely about every students` success and have all the tools and experience to help every one of you succeed. 

Learning and getting good at the guitar can be tough but join me in this FREE course and see that things can be done the fun way. 

If you are interested in fingerpicking, strumming and fun stuff on the guitar, then you will love this course. 

If you are a beginner or have played for some time and find it a struggle, you will love this course. 

This course isn`t like any of my paid premium courses. It is simply a best of what I do, ordered in sections. 

Go through it, section by section, but feel free to hop about. 

This series of lessons is me giving something back to the wider guitar world. 

I hope you enjoy this fun course and get plenty from it. 

Any questions, fire away. Unlike most, I`ll answer them all.

Thanks and keep on strumming!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar for Beginners

A Fingerstyle Guitar course in under an hour.

Created by Ellis Wright - Education Specialist in Guitar

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Students: 6392, Price: Free

Have you been looking for a basic fingerstyle guitar course that won't take a lifetime to finish? What about a course that could be finished in a single afternoon?

This course can be completed in under an hour!

Ellis' lessons on the basics of fingerstyle guitar take a simple song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and develop it numerous ways, from basic to quite challenging.

The beginning guitarist will be shown the fundamental patterns of fingerstyle guitar in the time of an average guitar lesson.

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

A step-by-step beginner course for Fingerstyle Guitar!

Created by Kurt Berg - I've taught over 12 Million guitar lessons on Youtube

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Students: 5174, Price: Free

What's included in the course?

  • 30 minutes of video content. This course is purposely direct and to the point. You'll learn everything you need, without wasting time on boring, drawn out content. It shouldn't take years to learn fingerpicked guitar.
  • Individual, priority support. Have a question? No worries, I'm always here to help you with any issues you have along the way!
  • A great system on udemy for keeping track of which videos you've been through, regardless of which device you're on

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Priority Support At No Extra Charge

If you have any issues at all during the course, I'm always ready and available to answer any questions you have. 

I know that people struggle with fingerstyle guitar, and I can help you get through your problems hassle free. I love being able to directly help students, so I'm always happy when my students send me questions!

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This course is NOT a magic wand, but it IS a targeted missile

Will this course give you instant guitar god superpowers? Of course not. Like any skill, it takes practice.

But what this course will do for you is set you on the absolute most direct path to being able to play fingerstyle guitar well with as little time and effort as possible. You'll still have to practice, but everything you do practice will be incredibly useful, and get you much farther than you thought you'd be, in much less time.

So give the course a try, and I guarantee you'll be fingerpicking in no time at all :)

Composition & Form 4 Acoustic Fingerstyle,Classical Guitar

How to compose small forms/miniatures+POWERFUL music theory,structure, form, harmony & chords for the composer guitarist

Created by Luigi Pati - professional guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter/composer

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Students: 23, Price: Free

Learn how to write solo pieces for classical and acoustic fingerstyle properly and effectively and unleash your potential.

Who needs bands? It’s time to learn how to write attractive solo pieces that you can perform on your own, as many composers have done for centuries, and knowing what you are really doing!

Do you want to learn how to write attractive, stand-alone pieces for solo guitar? Aren’t sure where to begin, or how to complete your piece? Ever find yourself noodling aimlessly for valuable chunks of time, and then finally giving up thinking: ‘I’ll try again some other times” ? Life is too short for noodling. Noodling is a HUGE waste of time.

This is an INTENSE and FAST PACED course. I don't want to waste a SINGLE minute of your time. I don't hit 'record' and fill my course with 10 hours of mostly ramblings, ifs, buts, maybes, fluff, uhm and ah, and extraneous noises (I myself cannot stand any of that in an online course). It's easy enough to fill in 10 hours if one doesn't edit out useless stuff out. I do edit every second. It takes me up to 40 minutes to edit a video that will be only 2 minutes long. I am more about content and substance than how things look. Every single word I say must have tutoring weight. Also, I don't believe in 'beginner to advanced' courses, most of them are superficial and bland and will turn you into a MEDIOCRE jack of all trades and master of NONE. Learning a bit of this and a bit of that with no real depth will only turn you into a mediocrity. You need to focus on ONE specific thing at a time, step by step, LASER FOCUS style, and it takes more than a few minutes to cover a single topic in depth. This attitude changed EVERYTHING for me.

Writing well for an instrument is much more than just buying a guitar and start ‘composing’. There are many things that you need to be aware in musical form and structure, and let me tell you, guitar teachers do not usually teach these secrets. But I do.

How do you ensure musical unity in a piece, and at the same time, avoid monotony? If you don’t really understand these things, your compositions will always sound unbalanced: maybe a great idea there, and insubstantial ones elsewhere. How do you invent (compose) a whole piece from one idea? This is what the classical masters have always done. They were masters at composing tons of music with a fragment of a few notes!

And the best thing of all is, you don’t have to be Beethoven or Bach to learn how to do this.

Composing attractive miniatures is an absolute requirement for any composers: you can’t call yourself a composer if you don’t know how to write an attractive little piece! Also, don’t let the ‘small’ lead you to think that it means ‘trivial’. Length of piece has NOTHING to do with the quality of it. Every major composer has taken seriously the writing of miniatures: Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Tarrega, Chopin, and a host of other brilliant but less known composers.

We will examine together one of my pieces in detail, and I will, step-by-step, tell you exactly how you too can (and should) learn this. I will reveal concepts and techniques that you will find only mentioned in music conservatories and music colleges. And, I already took the trouble to examine the maze in great detail, and figure out and use only the concepts that never fail. I have done all that work, and you will benefit from this by saving a lot of time, for I never teach what I myself have not mastered. Too often teachers have little to show for as for musical substance, and some of them can hardly play! Then again, you get occasionally a brilliant musician who are really sloppy and mediocre teachers. But in this course I will teach what I have myself done successfully every single time.

By the end of the course, you will understand many concepts that were previously either confusing or completely unknown to you, and use them in a powerful way in YOUR music. You will also be able to know how to get out of tight spots, how NOT to get stuck, and how to analyze other people’s works (which is different from just learning how to play other people’s music) and use what you learn in YOUR music. For this, again, is what every major composer has done in the course of music history!

Composing miniatures for an instrument is a powerful tool, an essential tool in the arsenal of today’s musician. Don’t limit yourself by playing only the work of others, but write your own and proudly perform it as well.

Let’s begin learning composition on guitar today, and you will surely be on the path of becoming a proficient and creative musician.

PS. You have probably noticed that, unlike some other sellers, I am not selling hundreds of courses (and this is not at all a criticism about them or their courses!). In part this is because I haven’t been too long here on Udemy, but also because I vet the students /customers more, i.e. I do not teach complete beginners (not that there is anything wrong with them), and I never write “This course is for ALL” and “no requirements needed”. This course has requirements, and I am not trying to appeal to all. At all. This basically means that I sell less courses, but also that as a smaller seller I can and will answer to ANY questions you have about anything mentioned in the course. Just post ANY questions in the Q&A section of the course, and I promise I will answer to all, as helpfully as I can. Not only that, the best questions will be examined in a new video!

If I were selling hundreds of courses, I could not answer more than a couple of student’s questions. But because I am a “smaller guy”, I can do what I mentioned above. And that is to your advantage. :)

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