"I had lessons for 5 or 6 years. I learned more in the first year of taking lessons from Nate than I had learned in those lessons or the last 20 years of learning on my own."
Updated on March 4, 2016
Playing the guitar is both fun and rewarding. So, why is it difficult to make steady and consistent progress? Why do some students seem to learn much faster than others? Do they just have a natural skill advantage or is there something more to it than that?
I’ve spent the last 16 years teaching the guitar to students around the world. From what I’ve seen, the most successful students have one thing in common. That is, they have clarity on the exact steps they need to take in order to get better. They don’t spend their time wondering what to do next, while playing the same old riffs over and over again.
Now, there are thousands of video guitar lessons available online, but the unfortunate reality is that these lessons are inconsistent, disorganized, and often unqualified. This can really stall out your progress and even lead to bad habits that will set you back.
With this in mind, I created The Guitar System training pack. It provides you with a complete roadmap so you’ll know exactly what to do in order to learn rock, blues, reggae, metal, punk, jazz, fingerstyle, classical, country, bluegrass, and more. The step-by-step video lessons, fun play-along songs, and unique training tools make learning easier than ever.
To your success on the guitar,
P.S. - The Guitar System is backed by my 90 day money-back guarantee. That means you have three full months to try it out with absolutely nothing to lose. If you are unhappy for any reason whatsoever, simply return it for a prompt and courteous refund.
It’s easy to make progress when you know exactly what to do next.
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Fun Play-Along Songs
It’s rewarding to be able to apply everything to fun jam tracks.
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The Guitar System includes 35 hours of step-by-step video lessons, 85+ jam tracks, and five comprehensive PDF workbooks. All of the video, audio, and workbook content was designed to work in perfect harmony to give you the best possible learning experience. Each component has direct references to related media, so you always have exactly what you need.
A detailed look at all the foundational concepts you need to start playing the guitar while avoiding bad habits.
You'll learn all the subtle techniques and concepts needed to make your strumming sound world class.
Discover power chords, bar chords, open chords, triads, inversions, and more - for your rhythm guitar playing.
Master the essential techniques that you need to unlock your full potential on an acoustic or electric guitar.
Learn all the popular styles including: rock, blues, country, fingerstyle, metal, classical, bluegrass, jazz, and more.
As one of the most important styles of music for guitar players, there is a large section of lessons focused on the blues.
Learn sweep picking, tapping, legato, and the scales and theory you need to unlock your lead guitar creativity.
Understanding how chords and keys work will allow you to build the chord progressions that make great music.
Learn the scales and how to use them to play creative and musical lead guitar solos like you've always wanted.
Developing your ear is one of the keys to figuring out songs, improvising freely, and writing your own music on the guitar.
Discover one of the most effective ways to visualize your fretboard by learning how to apply the CAGED sequence.
It's easy to be intimidated when it comes to learning to read sheet music, but Nate's step-by-step lessons make learning easy.
Learn how to use the scales, chords, and other advanced concepts to develop the ability to play what you hear in your head.
Discover the world of modes and get a first grasp on how to use them as new colors in your lead guitar playing.
It can be difficult to make the most of guitar gear, so we've included a section covering amps, types of guitars, pedals, and more.
The Guitar System starts with the fundamentals that every guitarist needs to know before even picking up the guitar. In the first part of this section, you’ll learn about holding the guitar, the names of the open strings, tuning the guitar, how to read basic tabs, how to read chord diagrams, and essential information about guitar gear.
With those basics down, you’ll learn to play your very first song using some simple chords and melodies. From there, you’ll learn some of the most useful chords and techniques as you dive into lessons on power chords, palm muting, open chords, and strumming. This is where you’ll begin to make real music on the guitar, while developing the proper techniques needed for future growth.
With the fundamentals in place, it’s time to take your playing to the next level with beginner rhythm and lead guitar lessons. It doesn’t matter if you play acoustic or electric guitar, this section will help you build a rock solid foundation for the future. The step-by-step lessons cover minor chords, walk-downs, bar chords, the basics of lead guitar, the blues, essential guitar scales, and much more.
Further along in this section, you’ll be introduced to the foundations of fretboard layout, have an opportunity to expand your chord library, learn new scales, refine your strumming & picking techniques, and apply everything you’ve learned along to fun jam tracks. That’s what it’s all about - applying ideas and concepts to real music.
This section picks up right where the beginner section left off. You’ll get a chance to learn about crosspicking, new riffs, major keys, and new chords to push your rhythm playing further. Then the lead guitar lessons will teach you some new techniques, essential scales and arpeggios, and much more. By the end of these lessons, you’ll understand how to use the scales to perform inspiring solos!
There is also an intermediate section that is all about playing the blues. The rhythm lessons cover blues chords, blues chord progressions, blues riffs, and some fun jam tracks that you can use to apply everything you learn. The lead lessons will help you understand the blues scale, blues scale shapes, blues licks, 7th arpeggios, and soloing over blues jam tracks. These lessons will help you grow as a musician and will improve the way you play any style of music.
This section is dedicated to the serious guitarists out there who want to push the limits and unlock their full potential on the guitar. Your rhythm skills will grow exponentially with lessons on advanced strumming, new riffs, new chords, inversions, new keys, advanced theory, and much more. You’ll quickly approach the point at which you’ll be able to attack and master any style of music that you choose.
You’ll also start to see the big picture when it comes to playing lead guitar, with lessons on new scales, advanced lead techniques, improvisation concepts, scale sequencing, sweep picking, the CAGED sequence, modes, and more. Each new section includes jam tracks that you can use to apply your own creative ideas as you begin to express yourself on the guitar.
This section is always ready for you whenever you want to explore new musical styles. This is in addition to the many styles already covered within the beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections. You can jump into lessons on Metal, Fingerstyle, Country, Classical, Spanish Classical, Bluegrass, or Jazz. Plus this section includes full live band performances of ten exclusive jam tracks.
Don’t worry if you are intimidated by the idea of learning theory. All of the essential concepts are slowly introduced in a natural way throughout the beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections. Then for students interested in further information, this section includes a more complete and comprehensive review of everything you need to know.
“I was concerned that learning from online videos might not be any better.”
One of my goals was to become a better musician, and to better understand music theory. This had been daunting and dull learning from books, and I was concerned that learning from online videos might not be any better. I was afraid the knowledge wouldn't stick.
Maybe the best part of The Guitar System is the order in which the lessons are presented. This is what makes it a SYSTEM. Free lessons are great, but fumbling through in no particular order isn't the best way to learn new skills. The Guitar System introduces new skills and combines them with practice of previously learned material that makes the learning stick. Nate presents everything clearly, and each lesson is just another small step on the path. None of the lessons are overwhelming, trying to provide too much at one time.
I had guitar lessons for 5 or 6 years. I learned more in the first year of taking lessons from Nate than I had learned in those lessons or the last 20 years of learning on my own. I was barely an intermediate guitarist when I started with the course, but went back and took all the lessons from the beginning. It was surprising that I learned things in the beginning section that I had missed all these years. I play for fun, not professionally, but I would think any guitarist at any level would learn from this course. It is ridiculously inexpensive considering the content. Thanks Nate!
Erick Kahlenberg - Wisconsin
“Nate is a natural born teacher. He is patient, thorough, clearly explains new material, builds a solid foundation for any technique and progresses one step at a time.”
I wanted to develop my ability to play lead riffs and fills between chord changes. I have taken online lessons for 4 years that did not cover these aspects. I have played for over 5 decades - have an excellent sense of rhythm & many strumming techniques - yet lacked the understanding to cover the lead playing.
Nate is a natural born teacher. He is patient, thorough, clearly explains new material, builds a solid foundation for any technique and progresses one step at a time. The lessons are well organized and are very easy to access. He offers downloads and practice tracks, reading music & tablature, etc. This course is far more comprehensive than any I've seen and it pays big dividends if one puts in the sweat equity to learn these things.
If you are considering buying the lessons - just jump in and get started. If you have played a long time & already have good skills - breeze through the basic lessons - you'll learn something new even there. Then get on to the more advanced lessons and put in the woodshed practice time. In no time you'll be hearing and playing songs and lead parts that you never recognized before. Your intuitive skills will skyrocket and you'll be off and running!
Tom Perry - Houston, Texas
"How is an online program going to teach a person who never picked up the guitar how to play? I emailed a few of those program directors asking questions."
I am going through a transitional phase in my life. Due to health reasons my physical activity has decreased significantly. I needed a new hobby and something I always wanted to learn was how to play the guitar. I knew learning an instrument was going to be very hard and I could not drive to go anywhere to get lessons. I found a few programs online that promised to teach you how to play the guitar. I was very skeptical. How is an online program going to teach a person who never picked up the guitar how to play? I emailed a few of those program directors asking questions. Nate was the most helpful instructor and answered all of my questions. I spent a few weeks going back and forth with him through email, before I was convinced this program could help me learn from the start.
I was glad that I did sign up form the program. The program starts out teaching you how to hold the guitar and pick and the first thing you play is a one note practice lesson. Once I heard my guitar sound like his in the video I knew that I could do this. The videos show multiple angles. Some other video lessons I’ve seen are filmed at one angle and you cannot see the detail on how to play a certain cord like you can in these lessons. The guitar system is a complete package. It will take you from never holding a guitar to playing more difficult strumming patterns and licks. You will need to put time into it to get everything out of it, but you can do it at your own pace.
Doug J D. - Hummelstown, PA
“I'm amazed as to how quickly you respond to questions on your web site. I know that the money I spent on your Guitar System was well worth it…”
I can't thank you enough for your Guitar System. I wasn't sure if I would stick to learning how to play when I bought my first guitar, but a good friend of mine recommended that I buy your learning package. I practice almost every day, and when I have days that I can't practice it drives me crazy! It has been slow going for me though, but I know that learning the guitar can't happen overnight. I have had a lot of progress though, using your Guitar System alone, I have gone from not knowing how to play one note to learning power chords, and now working on the open chords.
The one thing that I like the most about your system is how I can go back to any video and review the lessons. I work out at sea for months at a time, and I yes I bring my guitar with me, and if it wasn't for your Guitar System, I would have to wait until I was back home on vacation to take guitar lessons at the local music store. I am sure that if I had no way to learn while I was on the ship that I would quickly lose interest in learning. Again with your Guitar System I'm able to pull up a lesson whenever, and wherever I have time to practice.
I'm amazed as to how quickly you respond to questions on your web site. I know that the money I spent on your Guitar System was well worth it, I didn't just pay for some learning videos. I paid for learning lessons, just as if I had gone down to the local music store and paid for lessons there. As with working with a live instructor, I can ask you a question knowing that I'll get a quick response. Fortunately your video lessons are done in such a way I haven't had many questions! So kudos to you for that!
Wayne Saverud - Enumclaw Washington
“I was not sure if online lessons would work for me, so when I started the online lessons I also decided to take one on one lessons with an instructor…”
I was not sure if online lessons would work for me, so when I started the online lessons I also decided to take one on one lessons with an instructor. After six weeks of one on one and starting with Nate online I found the online was better and I was learning more, therefore I canceled the one on one lessons.
The content is great, everything about the lessons are controllable, and Nate seems truly interested getting you advanced, and liking what he's doing. I found that I could be as quick and as slow at learning something as I needed, and not be rushed. I am 68 years old, and through the system I feel I belong.
John Williams - QLD, Australia
“The quality of the video lessons is exceptional and are not so long that you lose interest. The camera angles help you to see what and where both hands should be.”
I found that the lessons were broken into easily manageable portions that were explained in great detail. At every step Nate was very encouraging about not being hard on yourself and with practice you would see improvement. Many times just watching a lesson was a motivator.
The quality of the video lessons is exceptional and are not so long that you lose interest. The camera angles help you to see what and where both hands should be. I love the fact that I can take a lesson 24/7. That gives me the flexibility to practice any time I can. We take care of our grandchildren so sometimes I can't practice when I had intended, but I can practice when it becomes possible day or night.
Norman Norman - Iola, Texas
“This course is without a doubt the best one available because of its great detail in every single aspect of learning a new lesson or technique.”
I initially was unsure as to whether I could actually apply what I learned online to having it work in my actual playing. This course is without a doubt the best one available because of its great detail in every single aspect of learning a new lesson or technique.
The step by step lessons, with each actual exercise being performed by Nate as the instructor and explained in full detail, provided a level of comfort and knowledge you do not get trying to learn watching Youtube videos or other types of online learning.
I believe this is the BEST online Guitar Learning System available on the planet. It is priced so right, and gives such great detail on every aspect of learning guitar properly. Plus, Nate answers questions quickly that one may have and the site is definitely kept up to date and works wonderfully each and every time I go online to learn.
James Polito - Foxborough, Ma.
Here are answer to the five most frequently asked questions about The Guitar System. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us using the form on the right.
What skill level is required before I can start?
No previous experience is required. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to improve. The Guitar System makes it easy to start off with the basics or pick up wherever your past studies left off.
Will the streaming videos work on my computer?
A great way to test if the videos will work for you is to check if the video tour at the top of this page plays on your computer. We use the exact same video player for all of The Guitar System video lessons. Also, your purchase is backed by our extended 90 day money back guarantee, so you can test it risk free for three full months.
Are the lessons for acoustic or electric guitar?
It’s perfect for both. The techniques and concepts in The Guitar System apply on both the acoustic and electric guitars, so the skills are transferable from one to the other.
Are the lessons for rhythm or lead guitar?
Both rhythm and lead guitar topics are covered in detail, so you’ll have a chance to pick which lessons appeal to you the most and, of course, you can choose to go through both.
Is there an on-going subscription fee?
No. As a Guitar System student you get unlimited lifetime access to the online members area with no hidden fees or subscription charges. In some cases The Guitar System is available with monthly payment plans, but there are still no future fees beyond completing the payment plan.
Your order is backed by our extended 90-day guarantee, so you have three full months to try the lessons risk-free.