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    Meet the expert


    About the course

    Are you looking for a fast and fun way to learn to play guitar? Do you want to handle a guitar like a pro

    Nine in ten guitar students drop out within the first year, according to Fender. Many get frustrated because they don’t feel they’re making enough progress. Others lose motivation because weekly electric guitar lessons are too long and drawn-out. 

    You can see why so many people lose heart if learning how to play electric guitar feels more plinky-plonky than rock ‘n’ roll.

    We've been listening to frustrated electric guitar players and masterminded a quick and easy way to enable you to fall back in love with playing guitar.

    Our Electric Guitar Fast Track video course is your step-by-step supercharged method to learn to play electric guitar quickly. Start now and see how far you’ll come within a very short while.

    Whether you're coming back to guitar playing or a complete novice, you will be able to:

    • play your favorite music by yourself - life doesn't get much cooler than that

    • understand and appreciate music even more, now that you're a musician

    • start a band with your mates, play in your local bar, perform locally for your family or friends or join in cool jam sessions

    • start a fun hobby with a never-ending supply of new songs to learn

    • enjoy an incredible sense of achievement when you nail a new song or chord

    • write your own songs or music

    Be the one in ten who learns how to play electric guitar successfully. Start now and see how many songs you master in a very short time. 

    Learn to play electric guitar when you want, as often as you wish. Our course is online, so you choose when you want to practice.

    What you will learn

    Be warned, this is a turbo-charged course to empower you to make the fastest progress you possibly can, including:

    • Meeting your music teacher Simon Smith, who has played and gigged with many bands as well as taught guitar to students of all ages for more than 20 years

    • Feeling like a musician by knowing how to hold an electric guitar, what other equipment you need and how to use it all

    • Getting introduced to a guitar, its different parts and what they do

    • Playing your guitar from fretting, changing chords, picking and strumming

    • Staying motivated and using tried-and-tested methods to improve your guitar playing

    • Practicing scales

    • All-important power chords - now you're really rocking

    • Playing the blues

    • Performing easy licks and riffs which you'll love and will amaze your friends

    • Getting to grips with more advanced guitar skills like bending, slides and tapping

    • By the end of the course, you'll be creating a solo from scratch - awesome

    With our experienced music teacher by your side, you’ll be blown away by how quickly and easily you learn to play electric guitar.


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Introduction
    • 1.1. Meet your tutor
    • 1.2. Frequently asked questions
    • 1.3. About the course
    • 1.4. Choosing the right equipment
    Module 2: Practice And Motivation
    • 2.1. The importance of regular practice
    • 2.2. What to expect?
    • 2.3. Self-motivation, discipline and concentration
    • 2.4. Listening, self-correction and performance
    Module 3: Getting Ready
    • 3.1. Parts of the guitar
    • 3.2. The strings
    • 3.3. Tuning your guitar
    • 3.4. Holding the guitar
    • 3.5. Picks
    Module 4: Fretting, Open Chords, Strumming, And Picking
    • 4.1. Fretting
    • 4.2. Open chords
    • 4.3. Changing chords
    • 4.4. Strumming
    • 4.5. Picking patterns
    Module 5: Scales
    • 5.1. Minor pentatonic scale
    • 5.2. The Blues scale
    • 5.3. The Major scale
    • 5.4. The minor scale
    • 5.5. One final note on scales
    • 5.6. Learning the notes on the guitar
    • 5.7. Backing track for practice
    Module 6: Moving Forward
    • 6.1. Power chords and Blues style power chords
    • 6.2. Open strings and fretted notes on the same string
    • 6.3. Chromatic exercises
    • 6.4. Major and minor arpeggios - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings
    • 6.5. Position shifting
    Module 7: The Blues
    • 7.1. Twelve-bar Blues
    • 7.2. Twelve-bar Blues with chords
    • 7.3. Twelve-bar Blues with riff
    • 7.4. Major and minor Blues
    • 7.5. Blues riffs
    Module 8: Easy Licks To Wow Your Friends
    • 8.1. Level one riffs
    • 8.2. Level two riffs
    • 8.3. Level three riffs
    • 8.4. Level four riffs
    • 8.5. Level five riffs
    Module 9: Getting More Advanced
    • 9.1. Bending
    • 9.2. Slides
    • 9.3. Hammer-ons and pull-offs
    • 9.4. Double stop bends
    • 9.5. Harmonics
    • 9.6. Tapping
    • 9.7. Trills
    • 9.8. Hybrid picking
    Module 10: Putting It Together
    • 10.1. Bar chords and non-bar chords
    • 10.2. Hammering and sliding
    • 10.3. Bar chord songs
    • 10.4. Triads
    • 10.5. Creating a solo from scratch


    Who is this course for

    • Everyone looking for a fast and easy way to learn to play electric guitar in their own time

    • Music lovers of all ages who wish they could play guitar

    • If you are one of the nine in ten people who started to learn guitar and gave up within a year - you will succeed this time with our help

    • Musicians who haven’t picked up a guitar for years and want to relearn to play electric guitar

    • Anyone who wants  a budget-friendly way to learn to play guitar at a time convenient to them 

    • Anyone wanting a fun way to socialize with other people, either by playing in a band or performing live

    • Music lovers looking for a versatile instrument to play all types of music from funk to folk, reggae to rock

    • Anyone wishing to open up their social world by connecting with like-minded music lovers and musicians or to join a band

    • Anyone looking to improve their health. Strum away stress, boost your brain power, alleviate anxiety or pain, and enjoy mindful escapism by picking up your guitar and playing

    • Parents wanting a lifelong hobby to share with their children

    • Anyone with ADHD who has been advised to play an instrument to help focus their energy into a creative pastime

    • People who love facing challenges or looking for an amazing way to boost their confidence. Mastering chords while reading music, keeping time and listening to your music at the same time is one of the greatest challenges you can face as a guitarist

    How will it help me

    • Start learning immediately. As soon as you sign up for your online electric guitar lessons, you can begin your classes

    • Our online course is the quickest way to learn to play electric guitar

    • You can pause, rewind and replay the videos as often as you wish - practice makes perfect as far as guitar playing is concerned

    • Practice playing the guitar as often as you want, when you want and in the privacy of your own home

    • You don’t need to perform in public until you’re ready. Play electric guitar at home on your own until you’re ready to blast your audience out of the water

    • Feel like a musician by being able to correctly handle your electric guitar, know guitar terminology and learn to play songs by following this step-by-step online guitar course

    • Course includes easy licks for you to play to wow your friends

    • Speedily build up your confidence and your skills as a guitar player


    Career path

    • Be inspired to become a professional guitar player, either as a soloist, in a band or start a successful cover band

    • Become a music blogger, music journalist or reviewer

    • Learn to write your own songs and music



    Certification details

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee. 

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). They will also earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE).