Unleash Your Inner Guitarist

Learn How to Play Guitar

Fun, intuitive guitar lessons for all experience levels

Guitarists of any level can improve their playing with Yousician. Whether you’re a beginner hoping to pick up the basics or you’re already advanced, our missions and exercises are perfect for building a wide range of skills. Learn chords, strumming, melodies, lead, rhythm, fingerpicking, and so much more!

Our guitarists are motivated by a huge inventory of videos and lessons, tons of popular songs to play, Weekly Challenges to push your skills, and comprehensive progress-tracking as you learn. You don’t need any additional cords or cables for your acoustic or electric guitar, just a desire to play!

Learn Guitar

What does the Guitar experience look like?

1. Fretboard
Here the tablature shows you which strings and frets to play. It’s the most common and easiest way to write music for guitar (but we have other options too!).
2. Follow the Ball
Follow the bouncing ball to see when you should play a note. You'll get instant feedback on your timing and the quality of the note you play.
3. Song Bar
The song bar lets you know where you are in the song, as well as what's coming up. You can skip ahead, or set a loop for practicing the trickiest parts.
4. Gain Points
Follow the bouncing ball and hit the notes on time to get more points. Make sure you practice a few times to get a top score, and then compete against friends!

Learn How To Play Guitar

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments around. Whether you want to strum chords, bang out a riff, shred your way through a solo, or play some beautiful fingerpicking, with a guitar there’s a whole world of amazing music to discover. At Yousician we love playing and teaching the guitar, and we hope you do to!

If you’re eager to start learning your new skill, you can go ahead and try our premium plan for free to get started. You’ll get immediate access to our full range of guitar lessons and videos. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see why Yousician is the perfect companion to help you learn how to play the guitar.

Tuning Your Guitar

An essential first step is to get your guitar in tune, so it sounds great. Yousician has a built-in tuner that will guide you through step-by-step – it listens to you play a string, and tells you whether it’s too low or too high. It’s designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible, and even gives you a nice little “ping” to let you know when you’ve got a string in tune.

In the picture you may notice that each string has a name: from top to bottom as you hold the guitar, they are E A D G B E. To remember this, try using the phrase “Eddie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie” – it’s not only a helpful warning about the dangers of eating explosives, but the first letter of each word spells out E A D G B E. Now you know the names of your strings!

Guitar Tuning

Reading Guitar Tablature

Music for guitar can be written down in an easy-to-read system called tablature, or tab for short. There are six lines, one for each string – it’s like looking down at your guitar, with the big E-string closest to you, and the little E-string furthest away. Notes are written on the string you’re meant to play, with the number telling you which fret to use: 0 (open), 1, 2, 3, and so on.

In Yousician, you’ll learn step-by-step how to read tablature and play lots of fun songs, from custom-written originals to help you build skills, to must-know traditional tunes and popular songs in all styles. As you go, we’ll cover everything you need to know, including using different fingers, playing notes on the higher frets, building speed, playing scales, and using more advanced techniques like slides and hammer-ons.

If you prefer, you can switch to view ‘standard notation’ (those familiar little black dots), or see tab and standard together. At Yousician we offer a range of notation views, so you’re in the driver’s seat, and can learn to read guitar music the way that suits you.

How To Play Guitar Tabs

How To Play Guitar Chords

When you play one note at a time, it sounds nice. When you play a few notes at the same time, it’s called a chord, and it sounds awesome! Chords are the building blocks of most popular songs, and learning a good vocabulary of chords is essential for any guitar player.

Chords are written down in chord diagrams. These are basically pictures of the guitar fretboard, showing you where to put your fingers. The dots tell you which notes to hold, and the color tells you which finger to use. Check out this E chord – the diagram tells you to hold three notes down, and strum the other strings open.

Guitar Em Chord Diagram

It can be tricky to learn new chords, but in Yousician we’ll take you through step-by-step guitar lessons, with videos, workouts, and fun songs to put your chords into practice straight away. We’ll also show exactly how to strum, like using the handy down-up pattern in the picture.

Learning Guitar Chords
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How to Practice Guitar

You’ve got a lot to take in when learning a new song – which notes to play, when to play them, and getting your fingers to do what you want. That’s where Yousician’s “practice mode” comes in! You can slow songs down as much as you need, repeat small sections until you’ve got them under your fingers, and build speed gradually until you’re ready to nail it at full speed. If you’re so inclined, you can even push yourself to achieve gold stars for 100% accuracy, and climb the leaderboards! In Yousician, you’re in charge, and you set your own pace to learn at the speed that works for you.

Easy Guitar Songs to Learn

With Yousician’s song library, you have access to a wide range of popular songs to play. As you’ll see, all songs are carefully graded from level 0 (complete newbie), all the way up to level 15 (Steve Vai style wizardry), so there’s always something just right for you to play. We even have multiple arrangements for each song, focusing on different elements of the music, and suitable for different ability levels.

One very well-known guitar song is Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd – it’s lots of fun to play, and a great one to have in your repertoire. In Yousician, you can choose whether you want to focus on playing the chords, riffs, melody, solos, or learn them all. This is an excellent way to build your musical understanding, and get a feel for the various elements that come together to make a song.

In the Yousician song library there’s a whole world of expertly-arranged music for you to explore, from acoustic classics like Hurt by Johnny Cash, to rock anthems like Everlong by Foo Fighters, to modern pop like ocean eyes by Billie Eilish. Have fun!

Best Way To Learn Guitar

If you’re ready to build your musical skills on guitar, Yousician is here to help. We’ll take you through step-by-step guitar lessons, helping you learn and master a huge range of skills and songs, keeping things fun and motivating along the way.

Grab your guitar, and let’s play! Our free trial for the premium plan will give you a perfect kickstart. This will be an exciting and motivating learning journey. Have fun with Yousician, and we’ll see you at the next jam!

Unleash your inner musician. Download for free and start playing! Yousician is a fun and rich learning environment for all skill levels. Available on iOS, Android and Desktop.