Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg

Beginner Guitar Course from Steve Eulberg

Phase 1 Acoustic Lessons with Steve Eulberg is a great place to begin your journey as a guitarist. With over 30 years of playing experience, Steve appreciates the importance of beginning your guitar training the correct way - no bad habits! These lessons are not just for acoustic players. Electric guitarists will receive the same benefits from this lesson series.

19 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

This is our most popular series on the site! It's a great way to get you started with guitar. Start with lesson 1 and follow the lessons sequentially until you have reached the end of the series. Make sure that you thoroughly understand all concepts, tools, and playing examples that Steve demonstrates in Phase 1 before you proceed to any Phase 2 series.

Begin the Course

The Absolute Basics

You will learn the parts of the guitar and how they function. Steve also discusses the importance of technique.

45:09 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Your First Chords

Three simple chords will literally enable you to play millions of songs. In this lesson, you will learn the primary chords for the key of G.

40:00 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Strumming Technique

Now that Steve has taught some chords, he will go over the proper methods of strumming and right hand technique.

42:00 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


All About Chords

This lesson is all about the various aspects of chords.

39:00 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Chord Theory

Steve explains how basic triads are formed in this lesson. He also explains the relationship between scales and chords.

40:12 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

51:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bringing it Together

Steve starts to weave the strings of the past lessons together.

47:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Chords, Keys and Relationships

This episode delves further in the realm of chords, scales, keys and the relationships between them. You will also learn some new chords.

34:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Barre Chords

This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.

38:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Tools for Guitar

Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!

27:12 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Playing Lead and Scales

This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."

45:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Hand Stretches

Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.

8:12 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Different Guitars

Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.

12:00 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Changing Guitar Strings

This lesson is all about changing guitar strings. This process can be very frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn some great tips from Steve.

37:00 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Timing and Tempo

Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.

29:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Circle of Fifths

Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.

15:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Clearing Up Confusion

In this lesson Steve attempts to clear up some confusion with previous lessons. He will talk about reading tablature, note names, chord names and more.

15:52 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Review and Moving On

Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.

12:44 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

6:19 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Playing since 1970
  • 320 lessons at JamPlay
An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).
Reviews & Feedback 84/100 with 1021 ratings

Clear explanations and funny exercises.Thank you!


... and I like the teacher, who is easy to understand.


A great intro to Barre chords, and like Steve's approach and organization! - Also just what I needed


Very informative! And, my fingers are raw. :-)


Ahaa :)!!!


all of th above


All of the above.


Interesting. Covered a lot of information. Good practice.


All the above!


All three options applied to me. Stoked that I am finally learning to play!


Steve is my sensei. Sensei Steve, the Sentient Bear....




AT LAST SOMETHING THAT WORKES FOR ME TOI UNDERSTANT cords 1.4.5. i got it ..this feels like the start.i wanted all great. steve eulberg


awesome job


Awesome job you were not intimidating at all!




Back to basics, but even those can be useful refresher courses. Steve does a great job explaining things in a way that anyone can understand.


Brilliant, Loved it . Actually started with another tutor (no blame), but moved back here this is what actually an absolute beginner need


Clearly easy to follow, great teacher, nice attitude for newbie. :-)


deep but very helpful, thanks!


Different views help


Do you have an e-Book for this lessons?


easy to understand


easy to understand and what i needed as well.


thk u


Excellent in all the above


The whiteboard helps a lot.


First JamPlay lesson - so far so good :)


From the 15 video onward the edition is better. The side by side video with a part showing the teacher and the other showing the whiteboard or the fret board is a welcome change.


good and simply explained rhythm. Being a banjo player, I've been stuck on a bum dity for a long time...this helped me!


Good clear advice.


good for those just starting like me


Good starting lesson. Teacher seems friendly and knowledgable.


Great ! Many Thanks.... Jason


Great beginners class... learned a few chords and some exercises. So far i like the teacheR he seems to have a good handle on teaching beginners. One suggestion is that its not always easy to see the finger placement as being show as the hand o


Great beginning lesson... I hope the membership isn't too expensive, this seems to be what I've been looking for


great experience

van warren

Great foundational instructions. Thanks!


Great Instructor!

Mike Hernandez

I have purchased countless guitar lessons with several other instructors as guitar teachers. I now wish I had started with Jam Play long ago. Thanks. Mike


great lesson


Great lesson - a challenge that is achievable.


Great lessons so far. My fingers hurt.


Great technique info