Beginner Guitar Exercises

Chords and chord progressions

Chromatic and rhythmical exercises

The beginner course has been developed with previous Spytunes students over five years and now covers everything you need to know to get going playing the guitar and understanding music.

Alongside learning great songs on the acoustic guitar, the course teaches you the basics of guitar playing, this includes understanding how chord progressions work and how to play open position chords.

You must also understand the basics of strumming patterns and develop synchronization between the left and right hand.

The basic exercises for doing this can be previewed by following a link to each topic below. In the course, we take all this much further.

Chord progression

Beginner Chord ProgressionSo often overlooked by guitar players is the chord progression of a song.

Instead of just learning each song as a new letter combination of, let’s say C – Am – F – G, you will be much better off seeing them as the Roman Numerals I – VI – IV – V.

Go to Beginner chord progression.


Beginner ChordsTo learn everything there is to know about chords may seem overwhelming at first.

Don’t worry, with the right foundations, this is an easy language to understand. It is certainly not the case of memorizing thousands of individual chords.

Go to Beginner chords.

Chromatic exercises

Beginner Chromatic ExercisesTo improve your finger dexterity, right and left-hand coordination, accuracy, and speed you need to practice chromatic exercises.

There are sixty-six variations available in total. In the beginner library, you find the first three. In the beginner guitar course, we expand on them, much further.

Go to Beginner chromatic exercises.

Rhythmical exercises

Beginner Rhythmical ExercisesThe easiest way to learn and remember a song’s strumming pattern is to read them using rhythmical symbols.

On this page, you find a few simple exercises that will get you going with reading rhythms. To get good at playing, you need songs.

Go to Beginner rhythmical exercises.

Songwriters swivel

SWS ThumbAs you learn songs, you will understand more about chord progressions. Soon you’ll find yourself wanting to change the key. Enter the SWS.

Using this simple application you will learn how to change from one key to another by seeing chord progressions as Roman Numerals.

Go to Beginner songwriters swivel.

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