From complete beginner to fingerstyle guitarist in 30 days


Is it too late to learn?



Tony came to me a couple of years ago because he was about to retire and he asked me a question that I'll never forget. "I've always dreamed of playing guitar and even tried once or twice - but do you think it's too late for me to learn?"

It was easy for me to answer that question because I could tell that the idea of playing the guitar was something Tony was passionate about. He just needed some help to get started in the right way and his passion and curiosity would soon take hold.

Maybe you've tried to pick up the guitar before but failed? Or maybe you're just interesting in trying something new - but you're not very musical? Maybe you have small or fat hands or fingers? None of these should block your progress!

One thing is true - if learning the guitar was really interesting then you'd pick up that guitar every day.

The key success factor in this course? It is that students get a reward from the very first hour of practice they put in - and they sound good!

I have since taught over 20k students with my online courses. That's twenty thousand people playing fingerpicking guitar - the vast majority of which couldn't even play a chord when they started!


Whatever you do, avoid these learning strategies...


There are 3 mistakes I constantly see people making that derail them and crush their chances of achieving true fingerstyle mastery..

While teaching 15k students in recent years, I have seen students describe each of these approaches as not being effective ways of getting to the next level.

If you have been adopting any of these approaches, you'll probably know already that your level of success isn't what you hoped.

1) Start learning the guitar chords and keep strumming until it sounds good


You might think: “It's all about putting the time in!”

Reality: Most people start by learning a few chords and strumming those chords. But let's think about this for a second. Strumming means hitting all of the strings at once on a chord we have just learned! That's not going to sound good.

Imagine just starting with one chord and instead plucking each note gently so that we can explore patterns and options - while just holding down one chord! Doesn't that have a better chance of sounding good? Of giving you a musical reward from your first hour of playing? That is the key to persistence - to make playing enjoyable from the first hour you play


You need to enjoy guitar - even during your first hour of playing


2) Browse random YouTube guitar lessons with no structured component to learning.


You might think: “The more lessons I do, the better I will become"

Reality: Putting the time into practicing is important, but it’s vital to make sure you are practicing the right thing. Perfect practice gives you great results. Bad practice teaches you bad habits. It's about mastering the guitar rather than just noodling around.

If you have watched lessons before on YouTube, you’ll know that you don’t get drastically better in a few months. You’ll be frustrated. There is something in you that knows that you would put the time in to take a serious step up. 



You need to structure your learning to get the best results.


3) Learn the easiest songs first like the average guitar book


You might think: “I should start simple”

Reality: If you start out by trying to learn a version of Mary Had A Little Lamb on your guitar, how long do you think you will find this exciting and challenging? Not very long!

On the other hand, if you were working towards being able to play guitar like some of your favorite artists - does that sound exciting? Does that sound like a good enough reason to pick up that guitar every day? You bet!



You need to follow a plan that excites you.


It's now or never


Learning fingerstyle is one of the most rewarding experiences for a guitarist. 

This course the complete beginner to learn the basics as a guitarist and as a musician. It breaks down how to get started right away with just a little bit of guitar knowledge that I'll teach you so that you can get playing right away.

Everything is explained at a slow, steady pace with video explainers, printed exercise notes and lots of tips for what to do if you find any part a challenge!


Mastering the '2 Guitars' Effect


This course will transform you into a musician.

The fingerpicking style made popular by artists like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Paul Simon is a great way to learn guitar.

After this course, you'll be able to play melodies while keeping a bass line going giving you the effect of 2 guitarists playing at the same time.

I call this the '2 guitars' effect and it's possible to learn this style of guitar in 30-60 days with this course.

This course gives you all the techniques you need to achieve this outcome.


The Zero to Guitar Fingerpicker course is optimized for your success



This structure of this program is designed to help you get results immediately:

  • A structured framework of 34 small parts.
  • That fit into a 15 minutes a day practice schedule.
  • Where each session gives you an exercise to practice at the end
  • And the following session will give you tips if you found that exercise challenging.
  • By the end of the course, you will have made huge progress (through 30 tiny steps that add up).


How you will benefit


You will enjoy playing guitar because each step in this learning path will provide you with the right level of learning and challenge without being too hard (whatever your musical ability or age)

You will have a daily approach to guitar, following the exercises I have laid out for you that you can make progress with in just 15 minutes per day

You will stick with the whole program because it is designed to give you daily micro-improvements and helpful tips for when you find something a challenge

You will be able to progress at your own pace, moving on when you master a section - in your own time and safe in the knowledge that you massively improve your playing.

You will realize the health benefits of learning music.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the guitar strings
  • play 6 of the most common guitar chords
  • learn how to read guitar tablature (notation)
  • use the appropriate fingers for each string
  • learn some basic fingerpicking patters
  • develop a completely independent left and right hand
  • play in a travis picking style
  • play in a clawhammer style
  • play several advanced fingerpicking pieces


What's included


The Zero to Guitar Fingerpicker course offers you a structured learning scaffold that makes you better each day.

So you sound musical from day 1 and achieve rewarding progress each day.

The course has 34 lessons - each lesson has:

  • high definition video
  • multiple camera angles (so you can see what each hand is doing
  • a lesson PDF
  • guitar tablature for all parts
  • helpful hints for nailing the last exercise if you found it a challenge



Summary of what's included


●     Lifetime access to the Zero to Fingerpicker in 30 days course

●     34 lessons with video, PDFs and guitar tablature


What does life look like with this course?



Once you begin:

You’ll start off with the very basics such as learning the string names, a few chords and how to read guitar notation.

Then I get that guitar into your hands as quickly as possible to play some simple exercises slowly.

You'll focus on playing notes cleanly and slowly using the appropriate fingers and we'll add elements each day to build up your knowledge.

You will be able to improve by tackling one exercise per day and you can limit your practice sessions to just 15 minutes a day. 


Due to the structure of the course, you will feel a huge improvement in your guitar playing that is almost effortlessly acquired. Each lesson will give you a new stepping stone, and the sum total of all the lessons is that your playing will take a huge leap.

You will not encounter any ‘jumps’ in the material that suddenly mean that you are lost or unable to continue the course because I supply tips at the start of each lesson for those who found the last exercise challenging.


Once you finish:

Your musicianship and fingerpicking will have jumped a huge level and people watching you play guitar will be genuinely impressed.

 

You will be able to:

  • Play a number of fingerstyle patterns over the most common chords
  • Mix playing a melody and playing basslines all into one guitar part that gives you the two-guitarists-playing effect.
  • Learn songs (Paul Simon, aJeff Buckley
  • Create the foundation for a lifelong habit of playing guitar


Ready to learn guitar?

$199

Zero to Fingerpicking Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access to the online course

Course Modules

MODULE 1 - Alternate bass, chord flicking, muting & boom-chuck technique


In this module, we begin to construct the skills for the 3-guitar effect, including:

  • 2 note and 4 note bass patterns 
  • Exploring bass patterns of C, G, Am and F
  • Bass patterns over E, Em and A
  • Strumming chords between bass notes
  • Chord flicks
  • Right-hand muting
  • Multiple ways of playing barre chords
  • The boom-chuck technique
  • Keeping solid rhythm
  • Putting it all together


After learning these techniques in module 1, you'll be able to play the exercise in the video below.


MODULE 2 - Alternate bass, chord flicking, muting & boom-chuck technique


In this module, we begin to construct the skills for the 3-guitar effect, including:

  • 2 note and 4 note bass patterns 
  • Exploring bass patterns of C, G, Am and F
  • Bass patterns over E, Em and A
  • Strumming chords between bass notes
  • Chord flicks
  • Right-hand muting
  • Multiple ways of playing barre chords
  • The boom-chuck technique
  • Keeping solid rhythm
  • Putting it all together


After learning these techniques in module 2, you'll be able to play the exercise in the video below.

MODULE 3 - Alternate bass, chord flicking, muting & boom-chuck technique


In this module, we begin to construct the skills for the 3-guitar effect, including:

  • 2 note and 4 note bass patterns 
  • Exploring bass patterns of C, G, Am and F
  • Bass patterns over E, Em and A
  • Strumming chords between bass notes
  • Chord flicks
  • Right-hand muting
  • Multiple ways of playing barre chords
  • The boom-chuck technique
  • Keeping solid rhythm
  • Putting it all together


After learning these techniques in module 3, you'll be able to play the exercise in the video below.

MODULE 4 - Alternate bass, chord flicking, muting & boom-chuck technique


In this module, we begin to construct the skills for the 3-guitar effect, including:

  • 2 note and 4 note bass patterns 
  • Exploring bass patterns of C, G, Am and F
  • Bass patterns over E, Em and A
  • Strumming chords between bass notes
  • Chord flicks
  • Right-hand muting
  • Multiple ways of playing barre chords
  • The boom-chuck technique
  • Keeping solid rhythm
  • Putting it all together


After learning these techniques in module 4, you'll be able to play the exercise in the video below.

Testimonials




Drew Battista

"Fantastic. When I started I had no idea how to fingerpick or even play basic chords and now I feel fairly confident doing both. Absolutely recommended if fingerpicking is something you care to learn."



Paul Perry

"Really enjoying the course. Simple techniques and short practice sessions paying off."



Matthew Leitch

"The course is exactly what I was expecting. Good pace and great information."



Peter Tangredi

"Love it. Just the right speed for me. Very well explained and a fun progression."



Steven Gale

" I just love this course. I would never hesitate to recommend it to anyone."

My personal gaurantee


I guarantee that you will make progress with this course if you put the time in and do the work. I gaurantee that your fingerpicking will be transformed!

If you play 15 minutes a day over the course of a month and do not notice a significant improvement that transforms your fingerpicking - then I will personally give you your money back.

FAQ


What materials will come with this course?

Each lesson has a HD video with three camera angles (full, left hand and right hand) so that you can zone in and see what each hand is doing.

Each lesson also comes with a downloadable PDF and the relevant music tablature for each lesson.


Do I need any previous knowledge?

No. This course is perfect for complete beginners.



What will students need before starting the course?

Students will need to have a guitar. If you want to buy the course and order a guitar shortly after, that's fine! But you will need one!


What if my fingers are too fat or short?

People of every finger and hand size can play guitar.

Using your wrist and elbow correctly, your fingers will do just fine for the job we'll ask them to do. I'll show you what you need to know.


What if I am not very musical?

Well that's why you're here - to learn something new!

People who aren't very good yet at driving take driving lessons and people who aren't good at swimming take swimming lessons.

You don't need any existing skills to get started. The course is called "zero to fingerpicker" so I do not assume any prior ability.

Ready to become a fingerstyle guitarist?


$199

Zero to Fingerpicking Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access to the online course