Fingerstyle Guitar for Beginners

The foundation you need to learn Mary's style of guitar playing, where no plectrum is needed.

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You can pay for this course in 4 installments.
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  • 2 hours of self-paced video lessons available 24/7
  • Mobile and tablet friendly access
  • Learn to play Mary's most popular songs from scratch.
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Your Outcome

By the end of this course, you will learn the basics of fingerstyle guitar and be able to play beginner-friendly versions of Mary's most popular songs, 'Primrose' and 'Long Island City'.

About this course

This course is for complete beginners who would like to learn the basics of fingerstyle guitar - there is no need for a certain type of instrument so you can start on either the acoustic or electric.

We’ll start by learning the parts of your guitar and how to hold the instrument through to learning beginner friendly versions of some of my most popular songs; ‘Primrose’ and ‘Long Island City’.

You’ll learn how to read chord charts and TAB and we’ll mainly focus on learning open and barre chords as well as simple strumming and picking patterns to get you ready for more intricate fingerstyle techniques that I'll show in future.

This is just the beginning for the both of us, so I really hope you learn to love the guitar as much as I do.

What Students Say

She’s one of the most dynamic, expressive young British singer-songwriters working today - and also just happens to have an army of fans for her YouTube musings on guitar culture… Mary Spender is among the most successful of a new generation of musicians who blend music-making with shrewd, engaging commentary - sharing both with 250,000 fans via YouTube. Blending aspects of Joni Mitchell’s confessional songwriting style with a harmonically rich, percussive style on the electric guitar that’s bolder and more contemporary, she’s a galvanic and richly emotive player.

Guitar World

Words by Jamie Dickson & David Mead

Course Curriculum

1. Introduction

  • How to use this course(1:01)

2. Where To Begin

  • Choosing a Guitar(2:34)
  • Know the parts of your Guitar(2:59)
  • Extended Information about Guitar Types(3:49)

3. The Basics

  • Holding Your Guitar(1:23)
  • Warm Up Your Hands(1:56)
  • Right Hand Placement(1:08)
  • Strumming Without a Plectrum(1:18)
  • Daily Practice Routine(2:09)

4. Taking Care of Your Guitar

  • Removing Strings(3:14)
  • Replacing Strings(1:37)
  • Tuning Your Guitar(2:02)
  • Tuning Your Guitar Without a Tuner(2:12)

5. The Fretboard

  • A Simple Fretting Hand Strength Exercise(1:49)
  • Reading Chord Charts(1:19)
  • Reading Tabs(1:54)

6. Strumming

  • Right Hand - Strumming Patterns(4:14)

7. Essential Open Chords

  • An Introduction to Chords(1:57)
  • Chord Tips(3:44)
  • Chord Charts
  • E Minor / E Major(3:21)
  • A Minor / A Major(2:37)
  • C Major / C Minor(2:49)
  • B Minor / B Major(1:48)
  • D Major / D Minor(1:37)
  • G Major / G Minor(1:45)
  • F Major / F Minor(1:48)

8. Intro to Finger Picking

  • Right Hand - Intro to Finger Picking(2:24)

9. Barre Chords

  • The Power Chord and Palm Muting(3:46)
  • Barre Chords Tips
  • Barre Chords: Using the shape of E Major(1:35)
  • Barre Chords: Using the shape of E Minor(1:37)

10. Chord Progressions and Songs

  • Chord Progressions
  • Primrose (Video Playthrough / Original Recording / Chord Sheet)(5:14)
  • Long Island City (Original Recording / Chord Sheet)

11. Extras

  • Using a Capo(1:38)
  • Useful Accessories(1:45)
  • Tools I Use To Write Songs(0:37)

12. Outro

  • Thank You(0:20)

Your Instructor

Mary Spender
British Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist

Combining her sultry voice and electric guitar to create rock songs infused with blues and soul, Mary Spender’s songwriting showcases her virtuosic style of guitar playing as well as her wide vocal range.

Mary has amassed over 20 million hits on her YouTube channel with over 250k subscribers watching her weekly videos, predominantly targeted towards guitarists and singer/songwriters. Mary shares her own experiences or interviews prominent artists such as Santana, KT Tunstall and James Valentine (Maroon 5). Mary has found an interactive community who are incredible supportive of Mary’s independent artist status.

In late 2019, Mary released ‘Lone Wolf’ which she then toured in Europe supporting The Bros. Landreth finishing with a full band headline show in London in December.

Frequently asked questions

When does the course start and finish?

Whenever you want! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

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