Rock Guitar for Beginners

Beginner Guitar Course from Callum Bair

Got a new rockin' new electric guitar and not sure where to begin? "Rock Guitar for Beginners" with Callum Bair has all the tools you need to get up and running with your best foot forward! He covers all the basics of your new instrument and even gets you playing a variety of riffs and licks that get you on your way to becoming a confident musician!

25 Lessons

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


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Full Course Breakdown

Callum starts on the ground floor by showing you how your instrument works and how to tune it. From there he will gradually progress through a variety of scales, licks, riffs, and even some songs! Along the way, he will sprinkle in some theory to really lock in these musical ideas so that you can flourish as a musician. He rounds off this course with some tools for your musical toolbox such as power chords, hammer-ons, and pull-offs!



Callum Bair introduces us to "Rock Guitar for Beginners"!

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Getting to Know Your Guitar

For our first lesson, Callum gives us a complete walkthrough of the different parts of our guitar.

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String Names and Tuning

Now that we have familiarized ourselves with our guitar, let's talk about the string names and how to correctly tune!

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Putting Your Hands on the Guitar

For this lesson, Callum guides us through how to properly pick and how to begin playing notes on our guitar!

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Reading Tablature and Basic Notation

Now we have the fundamentals of how to play certain notes, let's look at how to read tablature.

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Your First Riff!

In this lesson, Callum walks us through our first riff!

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The Caterpillar Exercise

Now that we have our first riff under our fingers let's now learn a technical exercise that will help us learn how our picking hand and our fretting hand communicate.

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The Minor Pentatonic Scale

For this lesson, we cover a scale that is used quite a bit in the rock genre, the minor pentatonic scale.

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Open String Power Chords

Callum covers a common staple in rock music where we play two notes at the same time called power chords!

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The Most Basic Blues

Let's take the open power chords we just got under our fingers and apply them to some basic blues, called the 12-bar blues formula.

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The Musical Alphabet

For this lesson, we slow things down a bit by taking a deeper dive into the musical alphabet and how we can apply it to our guitars.

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The Major Scale

For this technical exercise, Callum walks us through the Major scale in the key of A.

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The Two Finger Power Chord

For this lesson we expand our knowledge on power chords!

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Changing Strings Riff

Now that we have 2 finger power chords under our fingers, let's focus on how to comfortable switch strings.

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Classic Rock Power Chord Riff

We continue with power chords this time looking at how we can create dynamic sounds using just one string set.

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Covering Rhythm

Callum breaks down some theory in this lesson, talking about the importance of understanding rhythm.

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First Position Major Chords

We have covered a lot of ground in this series, we are going to keep pressing forward with learning our full first position chords.

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Moving The Blues

Now that we have a better concept of rhythm and our first position chords under our fingers, let's revisit the blues progression we learned earlier in the series.

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The Minor Scale

For this lesson, we learn one more scale for this series, the minor scale.

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Classic Rock Open Chords

We revisit some of our open chord shapes for this lesson to play this AC/DC style riff.

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Minor Chords

For this lesson, Callum talks us through the minor chords which we associate with more of a "sad" tone in music.

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More Major Chords

In this lesson, Callum gives us three more first-position major chords!

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Minor Alternate Picking Lick

Callum gives us some insight on alternate picking, which will become extremely useful to us when we need to pick up speed on our guitars!

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Minor Hammer-on Lick

Let's add a tool to our musical toolbox with hammer-ons and pull-offs that will add us in achieving speed on our guitars!

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Our Final Song and Solo

For our last lesson in this series, Callum shows a chord progression that will use some of the major chords we have learned.

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Monique Brooks-Roberts, The KYN, JoFoKe, Brionne Aigné

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Playing since 2007
  • 132 lessons at JamPlay

Reviews & Feedback 94/100 with 174 ratings

Callum, You've been great! I definitely learned some things that opened up my playing as a beginner. Thanks again! gvani


easy going style


Easy to understand and follow. Approachable teacher. So fun to play a simple rock song with a track - just the kind of fun and confidence building lesson I'm looking for. Great job Callum and Jam Play team!


This is an excellent intro!


Nice intro course!


Great intro presentation and appreciated. Thanks


I like the approach of having fun and avoiding a perfectionist mindset.


I've been playing for about 30 years and picked up the instrument again. I took this course to get a refresh and thought it was a great overview of rock guitar. Great job!


It took me awhile to find a teacher that I can relate too.


off to a good start as an absolute beginner


So helpful how the lesson is broken down into bite size pieces until I build up my skills