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Free Guitar Lessons

Guitar Compass features hundreds of free guitar lesson videos. These online lessons are designed to teach you how to play guitar by covering the absolute basics up to more advanced soloing concepts and techniques. The lessons span different difficultly levels and genres like blues, rock, country, and jazz. Each lesson is designed to introduce you to a subject and get to know our instructors and their teaching style. To access more lessons and in-depth instruction, try a free 7 day trial of our premium membership .

Featured Lesson

Am Strut Solo 1 is a free guitar lesson that will teach you how to play a blues solo over our original Am Strut jam track. Peter Vogl will show you how to use the Am pentatonic scale in the open position, the A natural minor scale, and some outside notes to create a solo. We’ll use hammer-ons, slides, and our right hand to create a more expressive solo. Specifically, we’ll use the thumb instead of a pick to play the strings and add a plucky and funky vibe. Peter will start by walking you through the theory choices and how to play the solo in detail. Next, we’ll practice the whole solo at a reduced speed with a metronome before advancing to playing along with the track. Sign up for a free 7 day trial  and access a PDF of the tabs, a downloadable mp3 jam track, and three more solos over this progression.

Beginner Lessons

  1. How to Play Guitar
  2. Holding a Pick & Strumming
  3. Finger Position
  4. Thumb Position
  5. How to Read Guitar Tabs
  6. Beginner Scales
  1. Understanding Chord Charts
  2. Beginner Guitar Chords
  3. Alternate Picking
  4. Basic Strumming & Chord Changes
  5. D Cadd9 G Chord Progression

Acoustic Guitar

  • Famous Strum Patterns
  • Famous Strum Patterns 2
  • C#m A E B Chord Progression
  • Acoustic Blues Lick
  • 12 Bar Blues – Medium Shuffle
  • Acoustic Blues Solo in E
  • Alternate Picking | Em Pentatonic
  • Intermediate Hammer-Ons 1
  • D Chord Hammer-On
  • C Chord Hammer-On
  • Chords with Muted Strum 1
  • Fingerstyle Comping 1
  • Finger String Awareness
  • Finger Independence
  • Bm Triads Up & Down the Neck
  • Big Stretch Chords

Blues Guitar Lessons

Beginner | Rhythm

  • Beginner Lick
  • 12 Bar Blues Progression
  • Beginning Blues Turnaround
  • Rhythm Riff
  • Pride & Joy Rhythm
In the Style of

  • Eric Clapton Lick
  • B.B. King Lick
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Lick
  • Albert King Lick
  • Robert Cray Lick
Lead Ideas

  • Slow Blues Lick
  • Slow Blues Turnaround
  • Am Strut Solo
  • Am Blues Lick
  • Melodic Licks
  • Playing Over a Chord Change
  • Swing Lick
  • Swampy Blues Lick
  • Snappy Blues Lick
  • Jazzy Blues Lick

Electric Guitar

  • Beginner Power Chords
  • Electric Guitar Lick
  • Easy Eagles Lick
  • Double Stop Rock Lick
  • Jimi Hendrix Lick
  • Hendrix Style Double Stop
  • Am Pentatonic Scale in 5 Positions
  • Easy Jazz Rock Lick
  • Changing a Lick Around
  • Mark Knopfler Lesson
  • David Gilmour Lick
  • ZZ Top Lick
  • Allman Brothers Lick
  • Epic Skynyrd Solo
  • Beck Bends
  • Jamming with Double Stops
  • Surf Guitar Lick
  • G Major Pentatonic Lick
  • Southern Rock Guitar Solo
  • Melodic Rock Lesson
  • How to Play Classic Guitar Licks
  • Carlos Santana Lick
  • Steely Dan Style Lick
  • Psychedelic Blues Lick
Country Guitar

  • Albert Lee Style Lick
  • Basic Country Guitar Lick
  • Learn to Play Country Bends
  • Brent Mason Style Lick in E
  • Cascading Lick
  • Country Rock Guitar Solo
  • D Country Lick
  • Beginning Hybrid Picking Lick
  • Country Thirds
  • Intro to Cross Stringing Scales
  • Chromatic Cross Stringing Scales
  • Snapping and Popping
  • Melodic Country Lick
  • Vince Gill Guitar Lesson
  • Doublestop Bend
Jazz Lessons

  • Jazz Guitar Comping Lesson
  • Intro to 2-5-1 Chords
  • 2-5-1 Line in C
  • All The Things You Are – Intro
  • C Major 7 Arpeggio
  • Dominant Jazz Blues Chords
  • Mike Stern Style Lick
  • Minor 2-5-1 Chords
  • Minor 2-5-1 with Moveable Chord Shapes
  • John Scofield Style Lick
  • Scott Henderson Style Lick
  • Jazz Blues Solo in F
  • Voice Leading Within the 2-5-1
Metal Guitar

  • Combining Pentatonic Patterns
  • The Gallop Rhythm
  • Half-Step Down Tuning
  • How to String an Electric Guitar
  • Intermediate Arpeggios
  • Power Chords Lesson
  • Power Metal Anthem
  • Speed Bursts
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Two Note Inversion Riffs
Quick Tips

  • Quickly Switch to Altered Tunings
  • What Guitar Pick Should You Use?
  • Creating a Guitar Practice Station
  • Creating Guitar Volume
  • How to Stop Dropping Your Guitar Pick
  • How to Save Money on Guitar Strings
  • Setting the Length of Your Guitar Strap
  • Stretching Trick for Guitar
  • How Long Should a Guitar Strum Be?

Free Guitar Lessons was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by Jeremy Casey