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For those just getting started with playing guitar, here is a collection of resources you need to start learning at home, from beginner lessons to tutorials on how to change the strings on your guitar.
  1. Common Beginner Questions (27)
  2. Finding a Guitar Teacher (4)
  3. Free Beginner Lesson Series

Guitar for the Holidays
If it's Christmas guitar resources you're looking for, this is the page you'll want to see. Links to Christmas mp3s, Christmas guitar tab, gift ideas, and more.

How to Tune a Guitar
The real reason most new guitarists tend to sound bad is because their instrument isn't in tune. Here is a guitar tuning tutorial that, with a little practice, should allow you to keep your instrument in tune.

Changing Strings on an Acoustic Guitar
Changing guitar strings can be an intimidating process, but it's something that every guitarist must learn to do. Learn to change strings on an acoustic guitar with this step-by-step visual guide.

Changing Strings on an Electric Guitar
Learn to change the strings on your electric guitar, via this illustrated electric guitar string changing tutorial.

Playing for a Crowd: Hints and Tips
Are you new to playing guitar, and have been asked to play for other people? Here are some hints and tips to get you through the process unharmed.

Avoiding Repetitive Strain Injury - The Importance of Warming Up
A feature outlining Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and the benefits of warming up before playing guitar, including suggested exercises.

Beginner Strumming Patterns
Here's a great feature, written by your About.com guide, on how to learn to strum like the pros. Valid for both electric or acoustic guitarists.

Easy Song Tabs
Are you looking to learn to play some new songs on the guitar? This page offers dozens of easy to play songs, with both guitar chords and lyrics listed for each.

How Do I Change Strings?
Changing guitar strings can be an intimidating process, but it's something that every guitarist must learn to do. Learn to change strings on an acoustic guitar with this step-by-step visual guide.

Guitar Chord Library
Here's an archive of guitar chords for you to look up and print. Now, you can easily find out how to play a chord you don't know.

Learning to Play Guitar Solos
In this two-part series on learning the basics of improvising, we study how to play a blues scale, plus go over basic techniques like note bending, and vibrato.

The Importance of Warming Up
Playing guitar for long periods of time can be hard on your body. This feature outlines Repetitive Strain Injury; what it is, and what you can do to prevent it. Includes ideas for exercises you should do before you play.

Tuning Your Guitar
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of first learning guitar is that it is seemingly impossible to play anything that actually sounds good. While it is true that it takes some time to learn the techniques needed to play songs well, the real reason most new guitarists tend to sound bad is because their instrument isn't in tune.

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