Level One

Guitar in Real Time Level 1

Course Description and Backing Tracks

Guitar in Real Time Level 1  is for absolute beginners.  After completing the course, you’ll be able to play finger-style or with a pick, know major and minor chords, and be able to read notes and write your own melodies.  You can order Level One books here.  After completing Level 1 you’ll be ready to move on to Level Two.

Here’s a summary of what you learn

  • finger-style arpeggios and “walking fingers” techniques
  • using a pick (plectrum)
  • reading and playing notes on all six strings
  • major, minor and 7th chords
  • use a simple and effective method to write your own music on guitar 
  • how chords are created from scales
  • … and much more

Level 1 Check-sheet

Here are Guitar in Real Time Level 1 Check-sheets to keep track of what you learned. This is a 2-page document of skills and learning goals. Use it as a reminder of the skills and knowledge that you are attaining. This is both a reminder of what you are learning and what you’ve accomplished from the course.  It can help you to stay focused and give a sense of direction for what you are learning. 

If you are a guitar teacher, the check sheets can be useful it record your student’s progress.  Write down the dates on the sheet that a certain skill has been mastered sufficiently for this level.

Level 1 Play-along Backing Tracks

The soundtracks below let you listen to music from the Guitar in Real Time: Level 1 book.  Use these racks to preview what you are to play from the book, then as a target to be able to play along with.  Once you are able to comfortably play along with each track you will know that you have completed the exercise or music piece successfully.

Frere Jaque – Slow

Frere Jaque

Eine Kleine

Scarboro’ Fair

Arping On

8 Bar Blues Trip(let) Slow

8 Bar Blues Trip(let)

50’s Cliche

The Low Down



Rockin’ Chair

The Low Down