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Peghead Nation has beginning courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, and ukulele.
If you’re just picking up the guitar, our Beginning Guitar course, will get you started playing and singing some of your favorite songs with simple but powerful chords and strum patterns. The course includes 24 great songs to play, with chord and lyric sheets.
If you’re interested in going beyond the basics of rhythm guitar you can learn bass runs and more advanced rhythm techniques in Roots and Bluegrass Rhythm. Fingerstyle Guitar will get you started playing with your fingers on classic Travis-picking tunes and contemporary song accompaniment. And if you’re ready to start playing melodies with a pick, Intermediate Flatpicking will teach you the essentials of good right- and left-hand technique while learning classic fiddle tunes and roots melodies.
How to Hold a Flatpick, by Scott Nygaard
If you’re just getting started with the mandolin, Sharon Gilchrist’s Beginning Mandolin is the place for you. Sharon teaches you all the basic right- and left-hand techniques you’ll need learning some classic mandolin tunes by ear. If you’ve got some tunes under your belt and you want to move on and explore different styles, you’ll want to try Sharon’s Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin, Marla Fibish’s Irish Mandolin, Chad Manning’s Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle, or Joe K. Walsh’s Bluegrass Jam Favorites.
If you’re just starting out on the banjo, you should enroll in Bill Evans Beginning Banjo course, which gets you going on basic chords, strums, and fingerings, along with simple bluegrass rolls, clawhammer style, and more. When you know whether you want to keep going with bluegrass or clawhammer (old-time) styles, you can move on to Bluegrass Banjo or Clawhammer Banjo.
Want to learn to play fiddle tunes with a traditional fiddley sound? Chad Manning’s Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle course will show you what you need to know, all while learning a raft of fun and popular tunes. If you’ve never played the violin/fiddle before, you’re probably better off getting some in-person advice on handling the bow and playing in tune from an instructor and supplementing with Chad’s course.
These articles and resources will help you in your self-guided learning experience here at Peghead Nation.
A simple guide to the music notation and tablature you’ll find at Peghead Nation.
How to enhance your online video lesson experience by developing new habits and incorporating helpful tools.
You can find nearly anything you want to learn about music online, in a music book, or on a DVD, but don't discount the value of learning by ear.
How to make sure your Internet connection is as fast as it can be.
On the joys of spending a musical week in the mountains at the Targhee Music Camp.
A basic guide to using pickups, amps, preamps, and PAs with acoustic instruments.