I have attempted to play guitar several times now, but never got very far. Even with real lessons, it just didn’t click. I now have a chronic illness that keeps me at home for the most part, and with only very small amounts of energy. I picked the guitar up again recently because it is something I have always wanted to do, and thought it would be a great “pick-me-up” for my spirit, considering my situation. I can’t get out for lessons, so I first picked up a couple of books with videos inside, and I wasn’t making much progress. Then I came across Guitar in a Nutshell online and signed up for the free emails that you get upfront. I found it very easy to learn from them, and decided to pay for the membership. Well worth it, and at a very reasonable price! I have gotten much farther than I ever have before with my playing, and that’s with only having the energy to play for 15-20 min! I now say I’d prefer this method over live lessons.
The site has a little bit of everything- video instruction (that goes nice and slow), strumming instruction (first time I’ve ever had that explained), drum beats, lots of songs to choose from at all levels, extras like music theory, specialty styles, etc. I have loved it, and after only a month or two, I can finally say I’m able to sit down and play a song without having to look at my fingers while I play. I’m thrilled! Thank you, Guitar in a Nutshell!
Best Beginner Lessons (believe me I’ve tried many), eelm (Ontario, Canada)
Everyone picks up a guitar hoping to play songs and this method will get you there quickly and is still detailed enough for the absolute beginner. It jumps straight in to teach you the main chords used in most popular music and even does a good job addressing strumming, something painfully under addressed in other methods and YouTube lessons. I think the price is more than fair for the knowledge you’ll obtain, especially with the accompanying video lessons, etc.
A frustrated adult learner I’d tried several books/methods and even a couple teachers before I came across Guitar in a Nutshell. Nothing has worked as well. Everything else was geared toward kids, tedious single note classical style playing, heavy theory or just plain left out too much information to be usable for an absolute beginner. Guitar in a Nutshell gets straight to the point and teaches you what you really need fast so you don’t give up before you get anywhere. There is plenty of time for music theory and single notes later, this gets you playing first so you don’t get bored and frustered and give up.
The only thing lacking (and only needed to an absolute beginner) is that one page the rest of the books have at the beginning on how to read a chord diagram. It will all make sense even without it as soon as you watch the accompanying lesson one video at […] or use this link if you want a printed page […]
I highly recommend this to anyone new to guitar or anyone who’s thinking about just giving it one more shot. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow the steps in this book, put in even just 15 minutes at day (note: practicing a few minutes a day will get you much farther than practicing for longer times only 1-2 days per week), and you will be strumming along with your friends or the radio sooner than you think.
Exactly what I wanted, Randy Fairchild
I wanted to learn the guitar to play songs and lullabies for my new baby. After ordering a few books and looking at some lessons online, I came across Paul’s lessons. Guitar-in-a-nutshell is the perfect guide for someone with little or no ability who wants to pick up the guitar and learn to play music quickly. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to practice, but the book does follow a direct, easy-to-understand method that is perfect for the casual player who wants to learn the necessary techniques so she can actually sit down and play music after a few short lessons. Most of all, his guide is fun. I actually enjoy the lessons as much as learning new songs. Seriously, if you’re a busy person who wants to pick up the guitar as a hobbyist or beginner looking for that first big push to get you going, check this out.
You won’t be disappointed, T. Swearingen (Chicago IL)
I, like alot of other beginners/intermediate guitarists, had been trying to find the right tutorials via the internet, books, even took a couple of lessons (disaster) “so what do you want to do?”…umm “I thought you were supposed to tell me that?” etc. Anyway, after much trial and error I found guitar-in-a-nutshell and instantly knew it was different than the rest. Paul explains things in an easy to understand fashion that doesn’t leave you feeling like you are illiterate. However, this program also covers alot of material for those who have moved a little past open chords and basic songs. I am still very much learning from this program and would highly recommend it. Thanks Paul!
Does exactly what it says on the tin!, I.B.
At last! A foolproof system for a beginner guitar player to improve their playing quickly and efficiently. No special skills required….just follow the instructions and practise a little each day and guitar in a nutshell will soon have you exceeding your own expectations. There’s some additional material on you tube as well. Check it out
Nothing nutty about Guitar in a nutshell, John Dornellas, Fayetteville NC
If you are like me, and find the standard way of learning to play guitar rather tedious, and well, boring, then you have not met Paul yet. I took lessons when I was much younger, and it only lasted about a year. Back then I have to say, it was a bit of a pain. One lesson per week, I had to carry my guitar to the music store where the lessons were given, and the lessons became very mundane and boring. I was learning what we all want to learn….TO PLAY SONGS. At $15.00 a lesson (hey, that was a lot of money for a kid to earn back then) I just wasn’t getting what I wanted out the lessons, so I gave up. I would pick the guitar up from time to time, and I tried several other “Learn to play guitar” programs and discs….nothing had changed though, it was all still blah blah blah to me. Until I came across Guitar in a Nutshell, and Paul. I watched his first few video lessons and all I can say is ….WOW!!! Paul explains step by step what string, fret, and notes to play and how to form chords, and as I learned, there is more than one way to play a chord. I went on to purchase his video lessons, and then his song books, and I recently purchased his Blues, and fingerstyle video lessons. I am here to tell you, I am having more fun playing my guitar now than I have ever had. I have even begun creating my own songs. At my age, I may not make it to American Idol…lol, but I am totally enjoying my guitar now. Guitar in a nutshell is the easiest way to learn and have fun playing guitar.
Paul, if you’re reading this…I again, thank you for an awesome program. Please do not stop, and let’s all “Rock On”.
Very easy to follow, Hanwood
I’ve never reviewed anything before on Amazon but this has moved to do so. I took up acoustic guitar in my mid 40’s as something of a mid life crisis. I have been playing for 3 years now. I have fiddled around with many online teaching methods but stumbled across guitar-in-a-nutshell and everything clicked. Very easy to follow, bite sized chunks and I can now hold my own amongst other musicians down the pub! Very much recommended.
Great way to Start, William J. Bufe (Lake Worth, FL USA)
I stumbled upon Paul through Ultimate Guitar, I think. He was giving a video lesson on Hotel California. It was so easy to follow, I signed up for his book. Using a wine analogy, the value to price ratio is outstanding! I’ve now signed up for three of Paul’s courses. All are great teaching tools and excellent values. I’ve also suggested the courses to more accomplished guitar players, and the feedback was excellent. I’m a 50+ year old accountant with no musical training or musical aptitude. This book worked for me. It could work for you (but you have to practice!).
Was happy I found it., Alfredo Anglero “Freddy” (Bronx, New York United States)
Back in 2005 I bought a guitar and tried to teach myself how to play it. I had no hope after a few months and gave it away to a friend. I was looking around for something to do and bumped into Guitar-in-a-nutshell. I knew I would be able to learn to play Guitar with Guitar-in-a-nutshell. so in May of 2010 I purchased another guitar and have been playing just about everyday since then. Thru Guitar-in-a-nutshell I have learned and I’m still learning, strumming patterns, Basic Chords and the different ways you can play them and my Guitar skills have gone thru the roof. I continue to learn a new song every couple of days. I am so happy I found Guitar-in-a-nutshell. Learning to play an instrument is such a beautiful thing and having a good tutor makes it much more enjoyable. I practice every day and push myself to learn more and more. Thank you Guitar-in-a-nutshell for coming along at the right time.
Great course for beginners, BeeKay (US)
I looked over a lot of beginner guitar courses and even tried a few before finding this gem. This program is by far the best of its type that I could find. When I started this course, I was in what I’d call a beginner’s rut. I could play most of the open chords, knew many scales but that was about it. I wasn’t learning any songs and honestly, guitar was starting to become “not fun”. That all changed when I went through this course. In addition to the great teaching techniques already described that will take you from beginner through advanced beginner/intermediate, you will learn a lot of songs along the way. This course will put the fun back into learning and help you improve key skills. Now when friends or relatives ask me to play something for them, I can do so.
Brilliant instructor., Andrew
Paul Perry provides, in my opinion, the best instructional guidance out there. If you’re wanting to learn from home, you can’t go wrong with this. I have tried several books and videos out there, such as learning guitar for dummies, which were too bogged down with technical jargon, whereas with pauls instructions your playing almost instantly and learning what you need as you come to it, infact there wasn’t more than a few seconds the guitar was out of my hands! Also its worth noting that he says you can learn the important chords and strums in just 4 hours, while this is true, you most likley will have to take a break for your fingers to recover if you completly new like me.
Learn To Play Guitar, MikeR
Paul is a great guitar teacher. I have had many, from live to online. Paul is the best, his methods are easy to follow and his step-by-step approach is the best.
Amazing easy to understand teaching ability, jacob
i just want to urge you to understand this is well money spent, Paul is a fantastic teacher and can explain so many things in such an easy step by step way and if you get any problems he is always a quick email away with great answer. I’ve gone through many ways of learning the guitar and his method has by far taught me the most and has kept me playing the guitar for years. You wont regret this purchase I never have and nore has other people around me who I’ve advised to buy,its easy to understand, its step by step and has a bunch of really good songs that sound great for begginners!
The Best Guitar Program On The Internet, James
I am a novice guitarist and have wanted to learn to play for over 20 years. After doing some intensive research via the internet I found guitar-in-a-nutshell. I am progressing faster than I ever believed. This book offers the perfect progression to learning all of the basic chords and the different strumming techniques. After purchasing this book I would suggest that you go to the guitar-in-a-nutshell website and purchase a subscription to the website.
Great product, Linda
I am a novice guitar player and have found this to be an excellent tool and the best yet tried. Very easy to follow and an excellent progression.
Easy and quick way to learn to play, J. Crissman “jcnumber5” (Raleigh, NC)
My wife bought me a guitar a year ago and I signed up to use Paul’s lessons to learn to play. I was immediately struck by how easy he makes it to learn very quickly and also the depth and breadth of the things he teaches. He has an easy, natural style that is pleasant to listen to and his techniques will have you playing songs very quickly. Paul’s lessons allowed me to create a guitar melody that has served as a springboard for bigger and better things for me – I am now composing classical music, with 5 videos on Youtube already, and plans for an album. Thanks Paul for your help. You’re a master teacher.
Great for those wanting to learn guitar, jeharlan
Paul does a great job of helping you learn how to play the guitar while making it fun and not so complicated. If you think the book is good take a moment and check out his website as well. I promise you will love his style of teaching and you will learn faster then you ever thought possible!
Guitar help, stevethepilot
Great place to start your guitar playing. If you like the book then sign up for the web based lessons as well Good luck Steve
Learn the right way, Ray
Hello I am a 62 year old male,I have been trying to learn the guitar now for over 20 years.I picked certain things up then got frustrated many times because courses I bought did not fully explain in detail hence I packed it all in.I was on utube about three months ago and I came across Paul Perry.After watching several of his guitar videos I could sense this was a true teacher of the guitar.I once again invested in a decent guitar and bought the course Guitar In A Nutshell.The things I have learned so far is unbelievable,even the wife comes into my room and comments on my playing.Once again Paul thank you so much for giving me the pleasure of learning to play the guitar again.
Don’t miss this chance!, Rembetissa
I appreciate this method of teaching – and even if you are not an English native speaker, it is easy to understand!
Fool Proof, NLWentworth
I have been using Paul’s Guitar-in-a-Nutshell tutoring for about two months and I’m already playing songs I always wanted to play but never could.
After struggling with learning guitar, picking it up and then quitting 3 or 4 times over the last ten years, I finally found a system for learning that works.
The Fast Track book and Paul’s teaching techniques helped me start playing songs and practicing the right way, right away.
Struggled for Years, Shade
I recommend this course for everyone, but especialy for those who have really struggled with learning guitar. I have spent over twenty years trying to learn guitar. Since it is so difficult for me, I got discouraged repeatedly. Paul’s method makes it simple to play songs with just a few chords. His method of teaching strumming patterms makes it possible to play a song that sounds like it should. Since I purchased this, I have purchased three other courses from him. Now, I have trouble deciding which one to practice each day. I have made more progress in the last four months than I had made since I started trying to play.
Guitar in a nutshell – Course Book 1 – Fast Track, prochymaster
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending my online Tutor, Paul. I had been struggling with guitar for quite some time and had joined several online courses, but I sincerely feel that Paul’s course – Guitar-in-a-nutshell is far and away the best. He explains everything so simply that even dummies like me managed to pick up really fast and play quite well. I already have this book as well as the later two books, which he has given to all his students – Fast Track Developer and Fast Track – Finaliser and they are every guitar-playing girl’s best friends. So don’t think twice before buying this handy little book to get you off to a good start. All the best in your guitar playing.
Wow… now I KNOW WHAT ALL THE SHOUTING IS ABOUT! Been doing your lessons a week and have progressed more than I could have imagined…
But, to quote John Lennon, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!” Thank you, thank you…..
I am blown away with all you provide for less than one month with a guitar teacher…
I have been clicking around and familiarizing myself more with your site. I have to tell you that your site is nothing short of a TRUCK LOAD of information. Comparing it to what I paid for one-on-one professional guitar lessons, I am blown away with all you provide for less than one month with a guitar teacher.
Your video instruction is VERY straight forward and easy to understand, probably the best I have seen anywhere at any price. I have already recommended your site to 3 friends.
First I would like to say that joining your website is one of the best decisions I have made regarding my progress on the guitar…
Your lessons are clear, concise, and easy to learn with repetitive practice. I would recommend your website to anyone that wants to learn in the right way at a very reasonable cost and investment. At the same time, there is a huge amount of available material to cover and absorb to the degree that one wants to pursue it. Bottom line, it is a great deal!
No doubt in my mind you have the best guitar teaching site on the internet and I have searched quite a lot…
I finally joined you site a couple weeks ago and I am greatly surprised and pleased. Amazed about what all you cover in you site. Fantastic method of instruction, clear, in depth, and and easy to understand. No doubt in my mind you have the best guitar teaching site on the internet and I have searched quite a lot.Thanks Again…..
I thank you for the best guitar course on earth
I would like to tell you that I have struggled for 2 years trying to learn the guitar. I did as you suggested and started at the beginning of your lessons and that course is beyond good. I now can see what I was doing wrong and am so excited about practicing now. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the best guitar course on earth.
Take care; Lou
Best teaching I have ever seen, and WELL WORTH the price
Havent held a guitar in 20 years. After a couple days with this Guitar-In-A-Nutshell software I was smiling again. Best teaching I have ever seen, and WELL WORTH the price. Thank You and will be recomending it to friends across the U.S.A.
I just know that my playing skills/ability will skyrocket as I follow your course!!!
I think your course/songs/videos/materials are excellent! I also think your teaching style is great…calm, great tone/modulation, easy to understand. I really am very happy, and excited that I joined as a Gold/lifetime member!! I just know that my playing skills/ability will skyrocket as I follow your course!!!
Your material is really first rate
Your material is really first rate and in the brief time I have been using it I have made more progress than with any other teaching materials I have tried. Keep up the good work.
My guitar playing has improved rapidly… I haven’t seen a better course than this one
At the age of 51 I picked up a guitar for the first time last year. And after trying a number of different websites and instructional videos and books I came across Guitar in a Nutshell. Since then my guitar playing has improved rapidly. But perhaps more importantly I am enjoying the course. I haven’t seen a better course than this one anyway!
Have made more progress in 2 weeks than the last 2 months
Firstly, thanks for your site and tuition. It is awesome. Great site and clear instruction. Since finding you I am a born again beginner and have made progress in 2 weeks than the last 2 months. I cant stop practicing. Thanks again.
I have made more progress in a week than the last 10 years
Hello, First, I would like to thank you for the lessons. I am truly impressed with your techniques, and amazed by my ability to actually follow them and learn how to play! I have been struggling to get going for years now, and I have made more progress in a week than the last 10 years. I really appreciate it.
Your technic is amazing, and the member purchase is worth every cent
I have just completed the beginner, improver and intermediate level on your website, and I am so extremely impressed. Even thought I am going to practise everything a little bit more, have I learned so much. Your technic is amazing, and the member purchase is every cent worth. I just can´t wait to get started on the songs on your website.
Thanks a lot, Jon from Faroe Islands
I have learnt more in the last month than i did in the previous year
I have learnt more in the last month than i did in the previous year and even more importantly really enjoying playing guitar again you have a fantastic way of teaching and a great website thank you again.
This by far has been the MOST helpful and soooo easy to follow
I just want to stop by and tell you what a wonderful and very helpful site this is. I have wandered all over different sites while working on my craft. This by far has been the MOST helpful and soooo easy to follow. Kudos to you guys!