Guitar Lessons – Beginners

Course Overview

Would you like to learn the foundations of playing the guitar? Look no further than our Guitar Lessons for Beginners . This interactive course is designed to introduce foundational techniques in chords and accompaniment, fostering a fun and interactive learning environment.

Students will delve into the world of guitar, learning about its layout, bar chords, open chords, and basic music reading encompassing rhythmic and pitch notations. Strumming and picking patterns will also be explored, providing a well-rounded understanding of guitar techniques.

By the end of the course you will have the proficiency to play chordal accompaniments using a mix of open chords, bar chords, and simple strumming patterns. These newfound skills will equip you to apply your learnings across various musical settings, allowing you to infuse your music into a diverse range of genres and play multiple song excerpts.

Join this course to lay a strong foundation for your guitar journey and gain the skills to play in a variety of musical settings, setting the stage for your musical exploration and development.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • How the guitar is laid out
  • Open chords
  • Bar chords
  • Basic music reading – rhythmic notation, pitch notation
  • Strumming and picking patterns
  • Combining rhythmic reading and strumming/picking patterns to create a chordal accompaniment

Note: Course content is adjusted to suit each class

Course outcome

It is intended that by the end of the course you will be able to play chordal accompaniment to several song excerpts using a combination of open chords, bar chords and simple strumming patterns. You will have the knowledge to apply these skills into a variety of musical settings.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge is required for entry into this course.

What you need to provide

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Manuscript book/writing materials
  • Electronic guitar tuner
  • Guitar picks
  • Capo

Other information

  • Students are welcome to repeat this level if they wish to spend more time on the concepts presented. If this occurs alternate examples and exercises will be provided. Course content is adjusted to suit each class.
  • Material will be presented using a combination of written and played musical examples. Students will play individually and in small groups. Feedback will be provided individually and to the group as a whole.

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.