Start your guitar journey or take your playing to the next level with a versatile, structured course that teaches all aspects of guitar playing and allows you to learn the music you love.
What Is The Ultimate Guitar Method?
The Ultimate Guitar Method is our very own self paced guitar curriculum that is designed to make learning easy and fun. It starts at the most basic level possible and progresses to extremely advanced guitar playing.
So how does it all work?
The Ultimate Guitar Method breaks down all areas of guitar playing and knowledge into five different categories, called The Five Fundamental Techniques, which are Chords, Picking, Aural, Reading and Songs. Each grade (called a Step) is a benchmark in each of these topics, and students must complete all requirements in every topic in order to progress to the next Step. This ensures students progress evenly across all skills.
Steps A, B, C & D Are The Junior Course.
Steps A, B, C and D are the junior course, specifically designed to make learning easy for students as young as 3. Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are the adults course, designed for ages 13+. It starts at complete beginner level and progresses to extremely insane guitar playing.
Learn What You Love.
There is great flexibility in The Ultimate Guitar Method. Students can choose the songs they learn, which means you can learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Stairway To Heaven, Highway To Hell, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and so much more as part of your Step content. Then you can play them along with the song, backing track, or simply jam them with your tutor or guitar class.
Not Just Songs And Scales.
The Ultimate Guitar Method is a holistic system of learning that includes a wide range of essential aspects that are often overlooked but guitar teachers. Things like music technology & effects, sight reading, music definitions, production and ear training all play a large role in the development of a guitarist, yet are rarely taught properly.
Choose What You Learn.
Don’t want to learn all Five Fundamental Techniques? No stress – you can completely leave one out if you prefer… although you won’t receive your Step certificate or pick until you fulfil all requirements. We recommend learning everything because the more you learn, the better you are!
Learn Step One For Free!
Get started with your guitar journey right now and learn all of Step 1 right now with these online video guitar lessons!
Learn About The Five Fundamental Techniques
There are many aspects to Chord playing such as chord shapes, bar chords, chord composition, strumming, voicings, arpeggios, theory and more! Here you’ll learn what all of these topics and skills are, but best of all – you’ll use them in your songs!
Picking is so much more than just scales and riffs. Sure, you’ll learn those, but also exercises for left and right hands, guitar licks, solos, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, sweeping, natural harmonics, pinch harmonics, harp harmonics and some music theory. You’ll also learn how to use the scales and techniques that you’ve learnt.
Aural is listening skills, which basically involves listening and then identifying. This includes intervals, chord progressions, tonality, pitch and effects, with the end goal being for the student to simply listen to a song and know how to play it and what production techniques are being utilised. All top notch musicians have excellent musical ears!
Simply put, reading is anything that involves paper and playing (although pdf files are more common these days). This includes reading music notation (not the same as music theory), guitar tab and more. A limiting belief is that reading music is confusing; but it’s our job to simplify the process so that anyone – yes, anyone – can learn to read notation.
The purpose of any curriculum is to make music, so the final component is to put the abilities and knowledge that you’ve learnt from the other four skills to good use and play songs! You’ll also learn about song composition, improvising and songwriting and eventually write your own song. Then you’ve become a true musician!