Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke

Beginner Guitar Course from Brad Henecke

Brad Henecke starts you on your journey into the world of the electric guitar with this beginner oriented 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

Brad starts with the basics including choosing a guitar, tuning and stretches. He will then move on and give you a proven, step-by-step method to learn the guitar.

Begin the Course

Buying a Guitar

Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!

10:06 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Hand Stretches

In this lesson, Brad Henecke covers the important topic of hand stretches. Failure to stretch and warm up can lead to injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

3:30 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Using a Tuner

Brad Henecke talks about different kinds of guitar tuners, including his personal favorites - the clip-on tuner and floor tuner.

10:30 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Fifth Fret Tuning Method

Brad demonstrates how to use a tuning fork and the famous fifth fret tuning method.

5:42 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Single String Picking

Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.

10:19 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


The Language of Music

In this lesson, Brad talks about the language of music and introduces the chromatic scale.

6:11 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Learning Chords

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.

9:54 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Rhythm Patterns

Now that you have a few chords under your belt, Brad Henecke discusses some relatively easy strumming patterns.

7:05 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Two New Chords

In this lesson, Brad introduces the C major and G major chords. Every guitarist must posses this potent knowledge!

16:01 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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A Minor Chord

Brad introduces the A minor chord and teaches a chord progression to go along with it.

7:24 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


D Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the D minor chord and several chord progressions.

7:06 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


The E Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the E minor chord and teaches several chord progressions that use it.

5:18 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The A7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the A7 chord and teaches three chord progressions that can be used for practice.

4:56 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The D7 Chord

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches the D7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

4:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The E7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the E7 chord and teaches several exciting examples to be used as practice.

5:54 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The G7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the G7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

5:07 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The B7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the B7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

4:42 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The C7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the C7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

4:17 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


The F Major Chord

Brad Henecke introduces one of the more difficult beginner chords, F major. He shows how this chord is played and teaches a few chord progressions.

5:18 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Playing since 2001
  • 96 lessons at JamPlay
Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).
Reviews & Feedback 93/100 with 183 ratings

Beginner friendly , thank you!

Bill Farmer

Great, I have been taking private lessons for a month now and my instructor has yet to show me the chromatic scale or any basic chords. I'm really starting to wonder what I have been paying for.


Good stuff Brad!


Having trouble with F cord seeing him how he did it, i will try it his way now. Slight slant to the #1 finger


HIs A cord shape makes it much easier to change from the three cords, Great Job!


never even thought about this great advice


Simple chord progressions using different rhythms but keeping the patterns consistent was very helpful.


Very overlooked area or guitar! First lesson I ever watched on Jamplay and glad I did.


Yay Brad.