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Every one of our 18 courses and 760+ HD lessons will guide you one step at a time through the basics everyone needs to know. If you're just getting started you'll want to try the Core Program which guides you one step at a time through the basics such as strumming patterns, basic chords and more. You can also learn to play in many different styles with our stylistic courses such as Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle and Jazz. Stop wasting time and save yourself the confusion and frustration caused by random videos on Youtube and get on the path to becoming the guitar player you've always wanted to be! Try My Guitar Pal absolutely free for 7 days!

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Step by Step HD Videos

Take things one step at a time and keep building on what you've just learned. Every lesson has a level from one to six to help you stay within your skill level.

Jam Tracks

Practice what you've just learned with a lot of great sounding jam tracks! These tracks are found right at specific lessons for practice and can all be found at the jam station as well.

Hundreds of Lesson Sheets

Many of our lessons include printable lesson sheets. Use them for another perspective, and for reference later.

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  • Hundreds of Lesson Sheets
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  • User Forum
  • Courses for Many Different Styles
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New Lessons and More Added Every Month

  • Lateral Shifts String 2

    Level: 2

    Lateral Shifts string 2 examines how to make lateral shifts on the fretboard by using your finger 1 as the guide to all shifting positions.   At the same time we discuss how to divide the notes of the fretboard with the fingers of your hand and by making shifts as necessary to keep economy of movement paramount.... ( View Now )

  • Major and Minor Pentatonic Parallel

    Level: 6

    Major and Minor Pentatonic Parallel examines exactly the same fingering in two different places playing over the same 12 bar blues progression.  Even though the fingering "patterns" are the same the sounds are different, Minor and Major.  The V position minor pentatonic scale uses the following notes: A - minor 3rd -  C - D - E - G    note the minor 3rd distance between the 1 and 3. The II position A Major pentatonic scale uses the following notes and has a Major 3rd distance between the root and the 3rd of C#. A - B - C# - E - F# This exercise is designed to lead into the idea... ( View Now )

  • Building a Solo Over the Blues in A

    Level: 4

    Building a Solo over the Blues in A discusses using the Blues scale in V position to build phrases and lines over a 12 bar with a play along example for those who wish to begin moving forward into the realm of improvisation.... ( View Now )

  • Learning the 12 Bar Form in A

    Level: 3

    Learning the 12 Bar Form in A begins by using only the open strings of E, A and D to establish a simple bass line over the form of the 12 bar.  Then we move on to a basic root strum in the right hand using simple open position chords.  The chord progression is: |A7     |A7    |A7     |A7     | |D7     |D7    |A7     |A7     | |E7     |D7     |A7     |A7     | This is about learning and internalizing the form of a basic 12 bar so that you can then move on to using it as material for improvisation and developing lines in all keys.... ( View Now )

  • C – G/B Slash Bass

    Level: 1

    In this lesson C - G/B Slash Bass we examine how the slash bass chord creates moveable bass lines and connects chords using the following progression as our example: |C     |G    |Am     |Am     | When this progression is played as written the bass movement will be heard as: |C     |G     |A     |A     | When the progression uses a G/B in place of the G the bass line movement becomes a diatonic step wise movement down the scale as: |C     |B     |A     |A     | When we expand that logic to another progression, fo... ( View Now )

  • Parts of the Guitar

    Level: 1

    The Parts of the Guitar is an examination of how the guitar is put together as an instrument and provides names for the all the individual components.  The parts covered are: Neck, Head, Body, Fretboard, Frets, Bridge, Bridge Pins, Saddle, Nut, Machine Heads, Top, Back, Sides, Inlay, Bracing as well as construction and cosmetics.... ( View Now )

  • Lateral Shifts String 1

    Level: 2

    Lateral Shifts string 1 examines how to shift across the fretboard by using finger 1 as the guide finger to each position.  At the same time we discuss the division of the fretboard with the 4 fingers of the left hand and demonstrate how to arrive at the most economical method of making shifts.... ( View Now )

  • Hand and Thumb Position

    Level: 1

    Hand and Thumb Position examines a balanced and comfortable position for the left hand that uses the thumb for stability and for lending strength to the baby finger.  The fingers of the hand pivot around the thumb position and the thumb position is held in place by the muscles of the shoulder, not by hanging it off the neck.  At the same time the fingers and left hand have to be entirely independent of the neck and should not in any way support the neck. The wrist must remain straight and for this reason the neck position should be nice and high so that the wrist does not have to compensate by reaching around to the fretboard.... ( View Now )

  • Double Stop Chord Tones

    Level: 5

    Double Stop Chord Tones uses the root on 6th string chord voicing as the harmonic template for developing chord tone combinations that can be effective in both comping and soloing in any genre.  This method uses the same chord voicing and moves it around the fretboard to the different chords in a 12 bar blues. A7 - root 6 - fret V D7 - root 6 - fret X E7 - root 6 - open position The same double stop chord tones shapes are used over each of the chords positions to define the chords and create lines.... ( View Now )

  • Playing with Chord Tones in the Blues

    Level: 5

    Playing with Chord Tones in the Blues examines the tritone and chord tones by moving these around the fretboard as abbreviations of larger barre chord forms.  By defining the notes of a 7th root on 6th chord we can use these chord tones to develop single note line phrases which we can then move around the fretboard in the same way we can move lines over each of the chords of a 12  bar, always using the same chord voicing as the reference point. A7 - root 6 - fret V D7 - root 6 - fret X E7 - root 6 - fret XII This exercise is an excellent way to learn how to define chords within a prog... ( View Now )

  • Plural Practice

    Level: 6

    Plural Practice is about how to get the most out of your practice time.  Play Along tracks are an excellent opportunity to create new opportunities for practice from chord voicings to scale sounds and fretboard mechanics and exploring different regions of the fretboard. This lesson uses a 12 Bar blues in C minor to demonstrate this concept and how to use Plural Practice it to advance your progress.... ( View Now )

  • C Chord to F Chord

    Level: 1

    C chord to F chord takes a look at the common change between the C chord and the F chord.  Both of these chords are triads, in other words they are 3 note chords with duplications in this case.  There are always different ways to play every chord and in the case of the F chord this is especially important because the common picture form is just simply hard.  It uses a 2/6 barre over strings 1 and 2 which is a real trick when you are getting started because it requires your top knuckle to invert to the point of being painful and it is just not really necessary. In this lesson we examine other ways to play or "voice" the F chord... ( View Now )

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does My Guitar Pal Cost?

34.95 for three months and 99.95 for a year. That's about one tenth the cost of private lessons! Of course you can also get started for free for 7 days.

Do You Have Lessons for Beginners?

We have hundreds of lessons for beginners that will guide you through all the basics such as strumming patterns, chords, reading notes and more.

What if I Need Help?

Just post your question in the forum and either one of our teachers or one of your fellow members will be there to help.

Do You Have Lessons for Different Styles?

Yes! We have courses for Rock, Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, Classical and Chord Melody with more on the way!


Learn from eight expert teachers.


Rob Hamilton

Styles: Pop | Rock | Rob Hamilton has 31 lessons.

Rob Hamilton is an award winning graduate of the Berklee School of Music MA. who has studied with a number...

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson

Styles: Jazz | Aaron Watson has 22 lessons.

Aaron is an active performer in several styles and continues to record and perform with his group Cold Cut Combo....


Lloyd English

Styles: Blues | Fingerstyle | Harmony | Jazz | Pop | Rock | Lloyd English has 683 lessons.

Lloyd English has been a professional performer, teacher, songwriter and producer for over 30 years and has worked and studied...

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