Express Guitar - The Ultimate Guitar Learning Kit

If you have ever wanted to play a guitar, but didn't want to take months to do it. Then this program is for you!


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Guitar Lessons: Beginner

This series of tips is designed to give the beginning guitar player enough skills to get started and play competently in a band.




I am a rank beginner, I am having a problem getting my fingers not to rest on additional strings as I try to make a cord. So you see I am in trouble. 

There is a number of ways to overcome this common problem:

The main thing to keep in mind about guitar is that you can "design" your own chord shapes. The truth is - it's the notes you a placing your fingers on (or trying to stretch to) that make up the chord, not the chord shape itself!

Unfortunately most *guitar chord books* are designed by (a) keyboard players (I know this sounds crazy) or (b) generated by a computer. Consequently a tremendous number of chords shapes are difficult or clumsy for guitarists to reach.

My recommendation is to learn how to *construct* chords and design your own chord shapes, custom built for your hands.

For example, if you are having trouble with the C chord (I'm referring to the C chord shape in our free course.

You will notice it is presented as a four string chord, using two fingers - a great many guitarists find their second finger accidentally blocking the third string - a way around this is to leave the second finger out altogether and play the chord as a three string chord (it's still the correct C chord we have simply made it much easier for us to play). These concepts are discussed in our Express Guitar course (Chord Construction - Design Your Own Chord Shapes).

Another problem can be getting your fingers to stand up and properly clear the other strings, again we have developed a special program (the Finger Gym - to address these issues).

You may also need to consider your guitar - different neck shapes, fingerboard diameter, fret size etc., all contribute to *ease of playing*. For example some guitarists find a solution by purchasing a 12 string guitar, removing the six thin strings(octave strings) and playing the guitar as a conventional six string guitar - this gives the player a wider fingerboard to make it easier to clear the strings. 



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As a student of Mike Hayes since 1999, I have found his teaching methods and products to be first class. Whatever style or area of music I have been interested in, he has provided me with useful information, advice and study materials. His style of teaching and teaching products enabled me to progress through his guitar course far quicker than I ever imagined. He also helps in teaching yourself to find and develop your own style of music. Mike’s teaching gives his student’s the ability to become useful musicians, not just guitarists.

Stephen J Reid
Guitarist & Musician



This course teaches us how to learn, how to retain, and how to recall information quickly. This entire program is built around "connected learning" with key phrases, picture words ( yes there is such a thing ) and the most dynamic personal motivator I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Ken C Simpson
Business Owner & Guitarist
Queensland, Australia



The course is varied, in-depth and well-structured, making learning and comprehension fast, thorough and enjoyable. It’s a great way of learning, as you can pace yourself and move onto the next stage when you feel competent. I find this course both innovative and inspirational. I find myself leaving Mike’s lessons with the determination to reach my new goals.

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Sales Manager
Sunshine Coast, Australia