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Master The Basics Of Guitar And Start Playing Your Favorite Songs With This Simple-To-Follow, Proven Process

… Without The Trial And Error Of Figuring It Out Alone!

The Complete Beginner Guitar Course

by James Testani, Founder of GoodGuitarist

The premier method for TOTAL BEGINNERS to quickly and thoroughly master the basics of guitar AND have a blast!

One-Time Payment, Lifetime Access
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What solution are they looking for?

Why has nothing worked thus far?
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So that by the time you get to the offer below, they REALLY feel like they are desperate for a solution.
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Introduce Your Story
So that by the time you get to the offer below, they REALLY feel like they are desperate for a solution.
Talk about your failure when you first started looking for a solution. Maybe there was a conspiracy against you, a false belief, a misunderstanding.

Show how the traditional methods didn't work and you were super frustrated.

Then, you had an ah-ha moment that brought you the result, benefit, solution you were looking for.
James (from GoodGuitarist)
Prior to learning guitar, I was a chubby kid who did just enough to get by. I was playing video games every day, all day, and not really giving myself much of a chance for future growth.

It hit a breaking point, and I started changing things. But even after losing a bunch of weight, I was still the same on the inside.

Long story short: guitar "fixed" me. It gave me something that I could INVEST my time into that actually PAID OFF and improved my life.
I know there are people out there, just like 17-year-old me, who would benefit from this in ways they couldn't even imagine.

Learning to play like your favorite musicians doesn’t have to be so complicated… but it sure seems that way.

I think you know what I mean...

• The beginner guitar courses that are anything but beginner

• Getting lost in ‘information overload’ and not knowing what you need next

• The YouTube gurus who post tutorials with big promises but never actually show what they’re doing

• The frustration of unlearning all of those bad habits from taking the DIY route

If you're anything like I was when I was just starting out, you’re probably thinking…
  • This book said I should focus on rhythm first... But this other ‘guru’ said to learn more chords. What do I work on next?
  • Why does this thing still sound so buzzy? My finger is ON the $%&# string!
  • ​I know parts of about 7 different songs then got stuck… Will I ever find a song that I can play all the way through?
  • ​I can't tap my feet to the beat of a song. I don't even think I understand what a beat is. Can I really learn to do this?
  • ​How does that tiny lady play chords so easily yet my big ‘ol hands can barely reach?
  • ​Will my fingers ever stop hurting?!
  • ​For all the time I put into this, I should be a lot further along by now…

If you’ve struggled with learning guitar before...

Or you want to start, and you feel overwhelmed…

you’re not alone. 

I don't want you to be one of the many who give up on their dream of making music before they even get started.

The truth is… 

Most courses aren’t designed to show you the details… and they leave students like you (understandably) confused!

So If you're feeling frustrated getting started, or you’ve given up many times before...


My first few years of practicing guitar were, well, in a word: exhausting.

I was stressed… I knew I sounded bad and was embarrassed for anyone to hear me play.

The pressure to remember so many details at once sucked the joy out of the music.

You name it, I tried it--song books, lessons, tutorials… I was determined to get “good”

But I wasn’t really getting any better…

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was going about it the wrong way.

The thing is, most guitar books and videos set you up to fail as a beginner

And even worse, when you don't ‘get it’ right away, you might think that you’re not good enough, or not cut out to play music

(which is totally FALSE, by the way)

And leaves you feeling like you’re getting it all wrong…again!

No wonder that guitar is collecting dust!

But what if I told you…

You only need to know a few chords and strumming patterns to sound like you really know how to play the guitar…

Musicians you know and love like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift (and many more) only use a few simple chord changes + a handful of techniques in their songs.
To master the basics AND start sounding really good, all you need is… 

• The RIGHT information at the RIGHT time, to maximize your learning journey

• A simple step-by-step process that shows you HOW to learn guitar - to make confusion a thing of the past

• A guide who can explain things to you in a way that ‘clicks’, even if you have ZERO experience with music

• Tools to build up your internal sense of rhythm so you can play your favorite songs like you've been playing for years

A way to keep your practice interesting and fun… because that’s why you wanted to play in the first place, right?

There hasn’t been a program designed FOR YOU by someone who has been exactly where you are…

Until now.

Say hello to the…

Complete Beginner Guitar Course

The premier method for TOTAL BEGINNERS to quickly and thoroughly master the basics of guitar AND have a blast! 

REAL students need REAL resources at their level that are going to answer the REAL questions that they have.

The Complete Beginner Guitar Course starts at Level ZERO. 

I want to make sure that no stone is left unturned. I attack all the most common issues from every angle, so you never feel left behind.

I know that everybody has musical talent inside of them. YES, that means YOU! 

While some people are born able to express that talent, most of us need a little help to unlock it…

And it's people like you and I (aka not Mozart) that I want to help most.

Me & my wife performing some original music at St. James Hall
Each video is an actual lesson from my studio

I break down every tiny detail so you can easily follow along… and have some fun too!

The Complete Beginner Guitar Course is a total path to mastering the basics. It's not up to you to figure out what you need to know next -- I’ve got you covered!

(I’m also integrating theory into my lessons without actually telling you about it 😉)

You can work at your own pace, with all the material available as long as you need it.

You might breeze through one lesson, and need a little more time with the next-- and that's totally normal!

It’s also why I’ve included support with myself and my team, ensuring no student gets left on the side of the road.

I don’t just want to teach you a few chords... We’ll start there, but ultimately, I want to teach you how to learn chords by yourself.

I want to show you how to get the quickest, strongest results and understand how to learn on your own too.

If you have the desire to play, you are capable of ‘getting good’.

After all, music is meant to be a way to express yourself and have a blast!

See What My Students Have To Say

Pay attention to the people in this video... They all come from unique backgrounds, skill levels, and abilities.

They ALL overcame their own challenges and started seeing near immediate results with The Complete Beginner Guitar Course!

And they all got the right information and the right time to learn in a way that was exactly right for them!

Want to take a peek inside?

As you can see here, I’m starting from the ABSOLUTE beginning.

This exercise breaks down all the different ways you can strum and the different sounds you can make with your guitar.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of strumming, we will build upon all you’ve learned and work on playing some simple chords….

AND I'll show you exactly how to move your fingers from chord to chord so you can switch easily and confidently.
… And for a little preview of where you’re heading, this lesson breaks down how to play the blues so you can easily jam along with your favorite songs or even with your friends!


Hey there, I’m James!

A few years ago, I was at a party, and I was playing any request that anybody could hurl at me.

One friend came over and told me I was so lucky that I was ‘a natural’.

I laughed to myself and took the compliment… but he was actually WRONG.

I was not a natural, especially at the beginning.

When I started out, I sounded TER-RI-BLE.

I struggled to improve my chord switching, my fretting hand was buzzy and muddy…

And my rhythm? Let’s just say it was a little off…

For years, I learned through guitar magazines, books, the internet, and anything I could get my hands on.

I was so determined to get better that I figured out a bunch of ways to blast through the initial phases of the guitar.

Finally, I hit the point where I was a confident musician!

Once I started sounding good, I had so many people asking me questions like:

“How do you do it yourself when you're just at home playing guitar?”

“How do you get to that point where you can make a song sound recognizable?”

“What chords do I need to learn to sit in on the blues jam with my friends?”

I figured it out…

Then with the confidence that I could actually do this, I decided to get my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies to back it up.

In other words, I taught myself first THEN filled in all the gaps by studying music in college.

So I know what's missing from each of those two learning paths.
I know what stuff from school isn’t necessary (for anything besides impressing some music snobs).

I also know what you learn from the real world that they don’t teach in school.

I’ve got the best of both worlds, and I want to share it with you.

These methods worked for me, and for the thousands of students that I've taught in real life

… And I know they can work for you too.

I want you to look back in a few months from now and feel AMAZED at how far you’ve come! 


Sign up for My Complete Beginner Guitar Course and you’ll get:

100+ Videos neatly organized into 6 easy-to-follow modules 

  • A Complete Breakdown of All The Gear You Need
  • Tuning, Maintenance, & Guitar ‘anatomy’
  • Warm Ups, Practice Exercises, And Hand Health
  • ​Chord Shapes, Patterns, And Progressions
  • ​​Rhythm & Strumming Patterns, And​ Techniques
  • ​How To Play The Blues
  • ​And So Much More… 

A Practice Plan That Outlines The Exact Steps You Need To Take

  • I'll show you exactly WHAT and WHEN to practice it to maximize your progress, so you don't have to think about what to do next! 

A 60 Page Workbook With All The Visuals, Diagrams, Tabs, and Chord Charts You Need

  • Fine-tune the techniques you just learned with all the exercises from the course written out in an easy to understand format
  • ​Includes diagrams for the parts of the guitar, proper posture, navigating the fretboard (flash cards), advice on effective practice, and more!

Lifetime Access To All The Material 

  • Revisit every lesson whenever you need a refresher! 
  • ​You’ll also receive all updates to the course (like the awesome blues chapter that I JUST added!)


If you say yes to your dream of playing music TODAY, I’ll celebrate by including these exciting bonuses!

BONUS #1 - 100+ Downloadable Audio Practice Tracks

  • Includes rhythm-building exercises, technique, chord switching, chord progressions, and more…

BONUS #2 - The GoodGuitarist Health Kit (...coming early 2023)

  • Get expert tips from a licensed physical therapist on how to maintain proper technique and prevent injury while playing the guitar in our virtual video session (This will be added to your portal as soon as it’s released!)

I’ve included EVERYTHING you need to get started, stay motivated, and master the basics of guitar

… For Only $149!

Sound good?


Complete Beginner Guitar Course Student Michael Lamb

Michael learned a few chords from his mom as a child, but struggled without anyone to show him the way-- and gave up!

Now at age 63, he picked his guitar back up to improve and strengthen his brain and cognitive powers into his golden years.

He signed up for my Complete Beginner Course, and practices every day -- Even though he nearly removed all of his right thumb in an unfortunate construction accident..
And then three years ago, sliced his right index finger to the bone, and cut the nerve to his fingertip.

He continues to improve his playing every day and says he’s enjoying every minute of learning and becoming a “good” guitarist.
“I jump-started my music life to extend my cognitive abilities and discovered a talent I treasure.

My fingertip was numb and I could barely hold a guitar pick… I persevered, and I learned how to do it.. Barring any more damage to my digits, I SHALL continue to learn and make music!"

Complete Beginner Guitar Course Student Chris Robinson

Chris picked up the guitar and it gave him purpose.

After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, he struggled with PTSD and physical health issues. Learning guitar has given him something positive to focus on to distract from his intrusive thoughts.

Now, playing guitar is the first thing he does in the morning and the last thing at night!

It's also given him another way to connect with faraway family… Every week he joins his brother on Zoom to play some tunes.

“I am halfway through the beginner course and I am loving it so much. Working with James has been fantastic as I needed a structured course and WOW!

I would highly recommend James and his courses over any other one out there. The personal touch and effort he puts into the courses and his students is second to none.”
- Chris Robinson

Complete Beginner Guitar Course Student Sandra Miller

When Sandra was just 12 years old, she received a beautiful guitar for Christmas and was determined to learn how to play it.

Unfortunately, that never happened… Now at age 56, she's back at it!

After her father passed away, she inherited his guitar and had a “wake up call”

He LOVED playing while his daughters were watching. but never had the confidence to learn more… 
Now, after joining The Complete Beginner Guitar Course, she is keeping her promise to herself and her dad, and learning more every day!
“I now have that guitar and have made a promise to myself and my dad that I will LEARN to play!!!” - Sandra Miller


When you sign up for My Complete Beginner Guitar Course, you will have on-demand, lifetime access to everything you need to master the basics, like… 

Module One

  • Tuning, so you’ll never sound “off”​
  • ​Posture, so you don’t injure yourself​
  • ​Warm-ups, so you’ll truly be ready to rock
  • ​​Changing Strings and other basics, so you can be in control of your instrument
  • ​​Choosing the right guitar that will grow with you as a musician
  • ​Once you finish this module, you’ll have a solid foundation to build upon!

Module Two

  • ​​The easiest chord combinations on guitar so you can play songs, or even write your own songs, right away
  • ​​Count music with a steady rhythm
  • ​​Troubleshooting methods to ensure your switches are clean & accurate​
  • ​By the end of Chapter 2, you will know how to play 15 songs!

Module Three

  • ​​​​The missing secret ingredient that will finally make you sound like a PRO
  • ​​Learn to FEEL the beat, not just count it out​
  • ​Go deep, beyond downstrokes and upstrokes, to get to the heart of the rhythm​
  • ​At the end of this chapter, you will be able to play the 5 most useful strumming patterns on guitar

Module Four

  • ​​Switch between the essential chord shapes you need to play practically any song
  • ​Learn the RIGHT WAY to switch from one chord to another to minimize ‘finger confusion’
  • ​Get chord clarity and make sure every string is working and sounding properly 
  • ​Understand the common ‘chord families’ that are used in almost all of your favorite songs (this is the precursor to playing by ear!)
  • ​​Organized into useful chord progressions, each one unlocking a giant list of tunes 
  • ​By the end, you’ll be playing along to songs like Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac, Moondance by Van Morrison, and Natural Mystic by Bob Marley

Module Five

  • ​​See the bigger picture of music and songs
  • ​​Read chord charts, guitar tabs, and play with a metronome
  • ​​Understand the basics of the musical alphabet and why chord progressions are so common
  • ​After this, you’ll be able to mix different chords effectively, and even create your own tunes

Module Six

  • ​​Play authentic-sounding 12-bar blues (they're going to think you sold your soul to the devil!)
  • ​​Develop a “swing” feel and apply it to any strumming pattern used in blues jazz, country & more​
  • ​Transform the basic shapes you’ve already learned into bluesy 7th chords
  • ​​Then you can play in any key to jam the blues along with your favorite songs or even other musicians!


I’m so confident you're going to LOVE the results you get from this course that the Complete Beginner Guitar Course comes with a 30-day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
That’s right! If you do the exercises in this course for a month, give it your best shot, and don’t see results, I’ll refund every cent.

That means it’s totally RISK-FREE for you to give it a go...

Simply email me within 30 days of purchase and I'll send your refund right away - no questions asked.


 • Click the, “Yes, I'm READY!” button below

 • Enter your information and payment details on the next page

 • Submit your payment, then check your email for your login information

 • Log into the Complete Beginner Guitar Course on any mobile device, computer, or even a TV that has an internet browser and get ready to...

 • Follow the lessons, make time to practice, and go from Beginner to STAR on the guitar!

We all run into roadblocks at one point or another… but never in the same way

I created my Complete Beginner Guitar Course because I noticed that a lot of the online guitar tutorials weren't geared for beginners -- even if they said they were.

…. And that's not really how it works!

If you’ve never picked up a guitar before, I can get you started fast, to the point where you’ll be able to play through a whole song.

If you’re looking to move past the basics, I can show you the PROCESS that every good guitarist goes through in order to learn more: more chords, more strumming patterns, more songs

… Because learning music is not about the information, it’s the path!

The truth is, you could figure this out on your own. 

After all, I did before I studied music in college.

BUT it took me YEARS of frustration ‘figuring it out’ with online videos, downloading tabs, and bugging my friends who played for help just to ‘get’ basics down.

And I promised myself that once I got ‘good’ I would find a way to help other people like you learn in a way that makes sense…

And gets them jamming along in less time with less stress!

With my Complete Beginner Guitar Course There's literally NOTHING left for you to ‘figure out’!

That means all you have to do is follow the path I laid out for you

And in a few short weeks you’ll be wow-ing your friends and family with their favorite tunes!

Got questions?

What’s the time commitment?
The length of time to learn the basics will vary for each person. In general, it's possible to learn the basic chords and strumming patterns on the guitar within a few weeks or months with consistent practice.

I personally recommend you set aside 15 minutes a day to go through the modules and practice 4-6 times a week.

In other words, you'll be playing your favorite songs in no time!

What equipment do I need to get started? 
To get started right away, all you need is the motivation to learn.

If you already have a guitar, rock on! If not, I’ll walk you through finding the right guitar that will grow with you as an advancing player, and how to source all of the other inexpensive gear you’ll need like guitar picks.

What if I get stuck or have a question?
The course has a built-in discussion feature that lets you ask questions directly within each lesson. I answer these questions myself, and you’ll also be able to see other students’ questions and my answers to those too.
Will this work for me even if…?
Yes! ANYONE can learn how to play guitar with this simple, effective, and proven method. Remember Mike Lamb? He learned to play his favorite songs even though he was missing a couple of fingers… So no matter what, you can learn too. 
How affordable is this compared to other resources? 
For less than the cost of streaming your favorite music for a year, you could actually be PLAYING it yourself!

While it's tempting to think you can ‘get by’ with the free resources out there like YouTube… trust me, I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt-- it's not worth it.

After years of being self-taught, then going to music school to learn professionally, I know the methods that will get you playing properly FAST, and set you up for success as you advance.

This way, you won't have to spend time down the road unlearning all the bad habits and techniques you picked up on the internet.

What if I'm not tech savvy?
That’s okay! This course is made with everyone in mind, and even if you’re not very good with computers, I guarantee you’ll figure it out - and if you can’t, you can always ask!

It’s real simple. Once you enroll in the course, you’ll get an email with your login information. You click a link, make up a password, and that’s it. All the instructions are clear as day, and I’ll also send you a link to a video that walks you through everything, including some tips for getting the most from my courses.

What if I don’t have what it takes? 
The truth is, I'm not going to simplify things in this course-- but I am going to show you how simple it can be to play guitar IF you approach it the right way.

When I first started, ALL I wanted was to sound good and have fun….
And that’s what I want to help you with too.

Let me show you the exact path I took to go from somebody with ZERO musical ability to playing any request.



I remember what it was like as a new guitar player.

I was intimidated, overwhelmed, and confused...

But my love of music was greater than my fear so I kept going.

Over the following months and years, I learned that music is a conversation.

One that needs to be in sync with others. One that needs to flow and be fun.

I started to have compassion for myself for making mistakes. I started to notice that others were learning too, whereas before I thought everybody else seemed like a master and I was the imposter in the room.

Since then, I’ve learned to say “yes” to new experiences that will humble me.

The more open-minded I was, the better I got.

All of this has shaped the way I teach guitar.

I always emphasize getting a good feel for rhythm and I offer many, many “real-time” playalongs so that I can be that person that is playing alongside you.

I can be the guide I was missing out on when I first started learning guitar.

I won’t leave you hanging with inaccurate advice or lofty, too-good-to-be-true claims about becoming a “true musician”.

Instead, I want to teach you the language of music. I want to have that conversation with you.

I want you to show yourself compassion…

I would love to witness your personal growth - no matter how young, old, insecure, happy, or unhappy you currently are.

There is so much to be said.

Will you join the conversation and let yourself be heard?

I’ve got the map you need…

All you have to do is click right here to join me.

James Testani
Founder of Good Guitarist
But don’t just take my word for it… 

Here’s what REAL BEGINNERS just like you have to say
About their RESULTS with my Complete Beginner Guitar Course

Great Beginners Guitar Course

James is totally patient and easy to understand and follow in this begginer’s guitar course. It’s a comprehensive course and I would recommend it completely.

Robin Singer

Brilliant calm and intuitive lessons

James has a wonderful calm and relaxing way of teaching. I am an older student and have looked at other instructors but this is by far the best.

Ian Campbell

Good Guitarist Begginer’s Guitar Course

This is one of the best online guitar classes you can find! I give it a 10 out of 10. James videos on strumming and singing songs provide the simplest and fastest way to learn to play guitar and sing at the same time! His videos illustrate exactly when and how to change chords to go along with singing the song. I consider this method of instruction superior to many guitar classes I’ve taken with a live instructor.

John Buky

Thank you James

At 65, it’s so much easier to fall off the track I guess much more so if I started out when I was younger. Just a little bit confusing for me when I start in one spot then I have to practice in yet another spot. I hope it’s not me? I’ll be sticking with James because I believe he will help me get back on track. James you are the BEST by far.

Robert Hutton

A great experience

As a very raw beginner to guitar, and a "senior" at that, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The course has been well designed for beginners at any age, and James presents and teaches in a way that is easy to pick up on. A feature I have used is one that allows you to go back and re-do a certain day, for instance maybe lesson 5, for re-enforcement. And, yes, when all was said and done, I did learn to play Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones. I am making great progress. I love the work James has done in putting this together. I give "GoodGuitarist" 5 stars for sure. Thanks James.

Matt Bass

Best Beginner’s Guitar Course

Easy to follow step by step. Just what a beginner needs. No pressure and you will see results.

Jennifer Manning

Ask Them To Imagine What Life Would Be Like If They Too Could Have The Success You Have?
Show off all the possible benefits of the solution you found. 

Be visual.

Be creative. 

Explain how amazing it would be to have all this without wasting time or money.

Show off just how much easier, lighter, happier, and better things will be when this solution is placed into their lives.

Enough depth to not intimidate me as a student yet lifts the bar just enough to make me try harder.

There is a saying, “you get what you pay for.” Well James, my view is that in your course I am getting ”much more than I paid for.”
– Terry

I last touched a guitar about 50 years ago! 

I explored many many options on the Internet. Once I stumbled on some of James you tube offerings I explored more and found the Good Guitarist. My ability ramped up fast. Without this course I’m not sure where I’d be. Thank you James
– Rick

I am so grateful... such a great product.

I am a middle aged woman. I wanted a way to relax and have always wanted to learn an instrument. When I stumbled across Good Guitarist. The tutorial was very easy to follow and it was only up to me how fast or slow I wanted to learn. With encouragement emails to keep me on track I am so grateful to James for having such a great product.
– Genelle

I thought the instruction was very clear and methodical. 

I liked the detail covered in each section and it wasn’t long and boring. At my age, it was easy to retain the information provided.
– Charmeine

This course is, to be honest, so much better than I expected it to be.

They tried to teach us guitar in elementary school and I was absolutely hopeless at it (as I have been with all other instruments), so I didn’t expect to have much luck with this either. That’s not to say I’m any good now, but the lessons are clear and start you off as slow as possible, and it’s made me feel like i’m actually learning something and having fun doing it.
– Megan

A great course for those that want to reinforce and build on simple chord progressions and strumming.

– Paul James

I absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn guitar from zero.

I thought it was late to learn an instrument because I was very “old”; however, I accepted the challenge from James because it looked interesting and possible. Currently, I have no doubt that it was the best decision. James’s course is clear and easy to use; in addition, he makes it fun. He does not forget any detail and information for beginners. In each chapter I felt that I learned something new.
– Javiera

This is a good course for beginners…

I’ve been learning guitar seriously for about eight months now (mostly from random Videos on YouTube) struggling and doing the best I can. There have been other teachers who helped me much. The main reason I signed up for this course was to close some of the gaps in my knowledge (as a beginning guitatist). Very good course… for “absolute beginners” and for someone like myself….
– Blues Man

This learning guitar course is by far an easy one to follow... very effective

You do learn unless you don’t study and practice….  Having James explain every exercise \ segment and doing them with you and then putting you to practice it is one….the other is having the chord progression scrolling along the chords as we learn is brilliant and very much needed! Thank you, James….
– Texas Musician

I began this course not knowing how to change chords smoothly. 

In the end, i am confidently changing chords without unnecessary pauses.
– Tony from Brooklyn
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