Hi my name is Ian, and my goal is to help take the fear and confusion out of learning the guitar by showing you exactly what to do, step by step.

SONG TUTORIALS

These are the easy strumming and plucking videos I create to help you beginners strengthen your fundamentals.

These tutorials build on what you have learned from the easy beginner song tutorials. I use the same 8 basic chords and take you to the next level of being able to play the melody of the song as you play the chords. 

This is the paid members area where I will teach mostly fingerstyle and plucking songs and also more intermediate song tutorials that may use more than the basic 8 chords. Anyone who signs up as a member will have access to these tutorials and prioritized access to me for song requests.

This is where I will list the personal song request videos I make whenever someone makes a song request. The quality of the videos may not be as good as the easy beginner tutorials but that will be intentional! They will also vary in level and complexity depending on who has made the request I'd rather be able to deliver videos to you quickly rather than stress about quality.

GUITAR LESSONS

If you are a complete newbie to playing the guitar and need help getting started, start here.

When you progress there will be suffering. Fingers will hurt, strumming won't be smooth, you can't master that chord that you've been spending weeks on! This is a link to video in which I give an overview of common beginner problems and what to do when learning chords.

Plucking patterns to learn and try. These can be applied to any beginner song tutorial as long as the timing is the same.

Strumming patterns to learn and try. These can be applied to any beginner song tutorial as long as the timing is the same.

Learning to strum whilst changing chords smoothly is a common challenge, no matter what level guitarist you are. The key is to master one thing at a time first before you put them together. Learn to perform the strumming pattern independently before you start adding chords. Likewise, learn to press and change between chords smoothly before adding a strumming pattern. Use these lessons to help you master playing basic strumming with some common chords.

Fingerstyle is challenging to learn, but worth the effort when you can master the basics. You'll be able to play entire songs without needing to sing, and you will start to feel like a true guitarist. Here are lessons and exercises that relate to everything fingerstyle.

Guitar techniques are additional things you can do to add personality to your playing. These include guitar percussion, palm muting and harmonics. I'm still learning alot of these techniques so I will update this as I master techniques.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Tools and tips on how you can start doing your own good quality audio and video recording.

A quick reference for additional chords that you may want to learn. This includes bar chords as well as other standard chords that aren't included in the basic 8 I normally use.

A tutorial on how to tune your guitar to standard tuning. There is a video explaining how it is done as well as audio/video references for each string

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Jacky February 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

Nice new look!!!!! At first I was irritated. I’m right here? I like it!!!!

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IanM February 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Just noticed your comment haha. Thanks Jacky, still working on it :)

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Pete February 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

The new look! But I’m not sure if you got my comment so I will post it again. Just wondering if you could do a tutorial on ‘Only Love’ by Ben Howard. Love his songs but they are too difficult for me. Let me know, thanks Ian!

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Christabel February 14, 2015 at 6:55 am

Thank you for this site. It has really helped me a lot. And I’m glad you’re also taking finger style.

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Danial Firdaus February 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Hello there! im proud to see a fellow Malaysian making positive actions and actually sparing some time helping others like me. no wonder la u hav that accent hahaha.. i was wondering if u could also cover some tuto’s of malaysian songs. nowadays we even have fans from the other side of the world (u can find a lot of foreigners singing our songs on youtube). all the best!

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