Acoustic Guitar
by Steve Stine

4.84 out of 5
(50 customer reviews)

$119.00 $89.00 25% off

Acoustic Guitar is an 8 module online course taught by the world’s most sought after guitar instructor, Steve Stine.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In Acoustic Guitar

Module 1

  • How to hold and tune your acoustic guitar. So you can play comfortably and be in tune anytime, anywhere, even if you don’t have your tuner with you.
  • How to setup your acoustic guitar. Which means, you can prolong the life of your guitar and make it easier to play.
  • How acoustic guitar pickups really work. Which ones to use. And when. So you can choose the best tone for any playing situation.
  • How to use a metronome. So you can keep your practice focused and productive.

Module 2

  • How to choose the right guitar picks for playing acoustic. Hint: get this wrong and it could set you back years. Which means, you’ll be able to make huge strides in your playing, fast.
  • The right and wrong way to use a guitar pick. So you can build picking speed.
  • How to choose the right string gauge for your style of acoustic. So you can get the best tone possible.
  • A side-by-side comparison of acoustic body styles. And the pros and cons of each one. Which means, you’ll be able to pick the best one for your style.

Module 3

  • How to play 10 essential chords for acoustic guitar. So you can quickly learn your favorite songs.
  • Where to place your fingers along the fretboard. So you can change chords without hitting any “dead” notes.
  • How to properly fret chords. So you get the best possible sound with the least amount of effort.
  • How to efficiently move from one chord to the next. So you can “tie” chords together to play songs.

Module 4

  • How to spice up your chord changes with little “chord fills” so old, boring chords are fun and exciting again.
  • How to properly choose and use a capo. So you can quickly transpose songs and easily play barre chords.
  • A simple technique for moving chord shapes. So you can explore the fretboard and access new sounds.
  • A simple “bouncing” technique that makes switching between chords so easy it’s almost like magic.

Module 5

  • How to recognize and play six common chord progressions. So you can sit in on any jam session and know what to play by ear.
  • Easy ways to make use of music theory. So you don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t help your playing.
  • The definition of “position” as it applies to guitar. Which means, you’ll know how to transpose any song.
  • How to use different strumming dynamics. So you can add variety to your chord progressions.

Module 6

  • How to perform string and body slaps. Which means, you can add a percussive sound to your playing.
  • The critical difference between Major and minor scales. And how to play both. So you can play a solo over any chord progression.
  • How to thread chords together to write a catchy song. So you don’t end up writing a song that sounds boring.
  • How to apply these skills to play popular songs. So you can build your skills in “real world” situations.

Module 7

  • How to use the scratching method when you’re learning a new song, which makes learning new rhythms simple.
  • Must-know palm muting techniques. So you can play percussive licks up and down the guitar neck.
  • Proper hand placement for bends and vibrato. So you can stay in tune when using each technique.
  • How to play natural harmonics. So you can get bell-like tones for your acoustic licks.
  • Essential exercises to build hand and finger strength. So you can have more freedom in your movement and explore the fretboard.

Module 8

  • How to solo using the minor pentatonic scale using your fingers or a pick. So you can play something ultra impressive over any song.
  • The difference between vertical and horizontal improvisation. So you can create interesting phrases over any chord progression.
  • How to easily expand the pentatonic scale. Which means, you’ll have more options for your solos and songwriting.
  • How to solo using the major pentatonic scale. So you can add extra spice to your solos.
  • How to tune and play songs in alternate tunings such as DADGAD. Which means, you’ll be able to play songs in even more styles.
  • An easy introduction for playing slide on acoustic guitar. Which means, you’ll be able to play classic Delta blues and add sweet slide licks to your acoustic solos.

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50 reviews for Acoustic Guitar

  1. Stephen Swan

    This course was great. A lot of it was kind of basic for me, but I did learn lots from lessons. I have finished the course, but keep going back over some of the lesson for practice. This was the third course I have purchased from GuitarZoom, and they are all great (all come with great bonus courses too). Will be buying more soon

  2. Shea Manley

    Love all Steve’s courses, and this one is no exception. Steve’s approach to teaching is remarkable; makes all his courses informative, easy to understand, and above all… FUN. Highly recommend any of Steve’s courses. You will not be disappointed. Learn from one of the best.

  3. Michael P McAleenan

    Thank you Steve. You have a way of working through a subject that makes it accessible. You have showed me how to do and understand things in minutes that I had been struggling with for a long time. I always recommend your courses. New or experienced players can all find help and answers here. I’m a fan!

  4. Dave Sheriff

    I can’t believe the content for the price – Great Value, and Steve does have a knack for teaching, especially complicated things. I only started it and didn’t get far yet, because I’m concentrating on my audio production skills right now. When I do I’m not stopping til I can play something worthwhile listening to on the guitar. Thank you, Steve.

  5. Joanne Elizabeth Lediger

    I am SO grateful I found Steve Stine & Guitar Zoom! I was just about to give up on the guitar all together, but when I came across Guitar Zoom, I decided I would give it another shot. What a difference! Steve just has this way of explaining things so that I completely understand. He also has a PLAN, which I always felt was lacking with other teachers. Another thing which is hugely important for me, is that somehow Steve manages to help knock the negative self talk out of my head and continue on. For once, I actually believe I could be good at the guitar if I just keep going with what Steve is teaching me. I trust him, and his positive energy and passion for the guitar is contagious. I have been recommending to everyone I know…Thank you!!!

  6. Kim Garcia

    I really enjoy my classes with Steve because he has a way of teaching that makes learning easy to understand. I have learned so much from him. Excellent teacher!!!

  7. Steve Kemp

    Excellent course – highly recommended if you’re a beginner or have been playing a while. I’ve been playing over 30 years on and off, had 3 different tutors and never really felt that competent. Steve’s approach to teaching is outstanding and I can honestly say I’m making real progress now.

    Some elements of this course I thought I knew well and I was tempted to skip them, but I’m glad I didn’t. I found myself rediscovering things from a new perspective which led to a deeper understanding about how everything fits together – there were some real epiphany moments in here for me (and this can be said about Steve’s other courses too!).

    Steve has a real talent for cutting through all the detail you don’t need to know (yet) and succinctly giving you the practical guidance that actually improves your playing and understanding.

    GuitarZoom courses are very well structured and delivered. The video content is supported by tab and backing track downloads, you can loop parts of a session and slow / speed up video. The way the content is presented as chapters is great, allowing you to mark parts as done and show your progress as a percentage – and this really encourages you to push forward.

    I can’t say enough good things about Steve’s courses – what are you waiting for?

  8. Danny Vaughan

    I found this information informative and useful. The course covered what i needed to know. I am at a point where i have this information but not sure what to do with it or where to go from here. I give this a 5 out of 5.

  9. Chad Crane

    I like it

  10. Jack Davidson

    I found the course very informative. Even things i knew Steve expanded on. Because its summer i just dont have the time to spend as much time on the course as i want so its going slow.

  11. Andrés Lafaille

    Everything seems to fit in the right place, as you go through it. The course is just amazing!

  12. Jeff Sauter

    I was determined that when I learned to play the guitar (this time, after being away from it for 40 years), I’d actually take lessons, learn theory, and practice. The Beginner Acoustic course has been fantastic. It’s taking me a really long time to get through because I’m taking another Beginner Acoustic course at the same time as well as looking at the YouTube videos from four different instructors to hear different perspectives. 3 months into this effort I’ve learned more from Steve’s course and videos than anywhere else (now or in the 70s). I think the reason is that he can take something that looks really complex on the surface and break it down into something so logical and learnable (take his explanation of arpeggios, for example). Thanks, Steve, you’re making this fun — whether it’s re-learning things I’ve forgotten or opening my mind to what I wouldn’t have considered berfore.

  13. John Howard

    I find Steve a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher/musician. I find his ability to get to the pinpoint of very fine points in each of the topics. I subscribe to acoustic guitar/ unlocking the fretboard and am also taking other courses too. As I progress through each “module” – it seems to flow quite smoothly. If there is one critique – it is – that the modules tend to meld into each other – sometimes one leading into another and as such I find myself bouncing from one module to another – not knowing if I should be bouncing around like that. Very detailed pdfs are provided for some of the modules but the music notation is so advanced – I have a hard time trying to grasp all the details laid out. I wish there was a unique identifier in the pdf that linked to a video so that one could “match up” what is written with what is being played. It may be there – I just can’t match them up. Overall, there is lots of material to learn here – and Steve seems to provide an good teacher/student relationship. I really appreciate the detailed videos in trying to see some of the fingering technques used.

  14. Gavin Harford

    Very much a beginner focused course. As an intermediate player there was limited new material for me. After trying a large section of the course for a week I requested a refund. This was done as requested and funds returned to account.
    Very good customer service and prompt resolution of my issue.
    I feel the course would probably benefit a new player but needed a better indication of the content involved and the target audience.

  15. Cedric

    Hello ,
    I am 35% through this course and can say that it’s pretty good. In this course Steve teaches you exactly what you need to start playing the guitar. While it is not an in depth class on theory, its just basic enough to get you to start making music while wetting your appetite to go further after the course is done. I’m also working on the Play Guitar for Life course, which is more in depth..


  16. Arthur Worth

    Well laid out course done in Steve’s great teaching style. It covers allot of aspects of acoustic techniques in this course. The course progression is appropriate for novice and intermediate players, as always however, practice is required in order to master many of the techniques demonstrated. That darn practice , LOL!

  17. John Robinson

    I have been playing guitar for a number of years. Only now, after experiencing Steve Stine’s courses have I truly LEARNED and UNDERSTAND how to Play guitar. His acoustic guitar course should be one of the first, if not the first, any player should acquire that is truly serious about becoming a better guitarist. From chords and strumming patterns, to scales and the fundamentals of soloing, even to understandIng basic theory that ties everything together. Acoustic guitar is a must for your library. Steve Stine is, without a doubt, one of the most relatable and understandable instructors I have ever come across or seen.

  18. Thomas Echols (verified owner)

    As with all of Steve’s Courses, this one is amazing. Steve is hands down the Best Teacher I’ve ever found, and for that reason I have purchased most of the courses available at GuitarZoom. This Acoustic Guitar course takes You from the Basics of Strings and Tuning to expanding chords, and various forms of picking, including Fingerpicking. The wealth of knowledge is unmatched, and is worth every penny. Much Love to Steve and Everyone at GuitarZoom!

  19. Nicholas Speziale

    Acoustic guitar is a great course for beginner and intermediate players. Some of the topics were review for me but as with all of Steve’s courses, I always learn something new. This is a great survey of acoustic guitar techniques. If you are are new to guitar or looking for an excellent review, don’t hesitate to purchase this course.

  20. Franklin McClung

    Awesome course. Steve is an excellent guitar teacher

  21. Keith McGinley

    Exactly the course I needed to fill in the gaps in my playing. Steve Stine has a great teaching style–a gift that is hard to explain but very beneficial to the student. I am more than halfway through the course and am motivated more than ever. I hope there’s an advanced acoustic guitar course coming too.

  22. Roberto Mignano

    Comprehensive, master class like, the A to G ( Z!!) of acoustic ‘guitaring’, very high quality content and production, found it very inspirational

  23. Michael Aldo

    I have been loving every minute of it. Quick simple lessons and I love the way Steve teaches it. Thanks for everything you do!

  24. David

    Well so far I’ve only listened to a few video lessons . I’ve got to admit that I’m kinda lazy when it comes to practicing. My own fault . So I’ve not really had a chance to give it a far shot . I’m hoping a new guitar I ordered will make me try harder lol. But what I’ve seen so far no complaints. Oh and a spark amp that’s in transit since july 1st. Lol I’m sure you know the long wait story lol . So as I see it it’s on a slow boat from china right now.

  25. Greg Lancey

    Because of shoulder injuries, having trouble playing acoustic guitar at this time. Like the variations of playing.

  26. Kenneth Peers

    Very comprehensive and well structured I’m gradually working my way through this a lot of good material

  27. Robert Weigl

    I’m really enjoying the acoustic guitar course! Steve is a great instructor and makes the individual lessons interesting and fun. I especially enjoy learning playing techniques while playing riffs from familiar songs. Well done, Steve!

  28. Tony James

    At last an instructor I can understand and relate to. I’ve done a few courses now and got nowhere, but Steve has a way of explaining things that I get and I’m now making great progress. Thank you Steve.

  29. Thomas Carpenter

    First off, I never give the top rating to anything because I always believe there is room for improvement. That being said, I definitely rate this course a 4-4.5. Some of the material is geared for a real ‘beginner’ and lord knows those people need as much encouragement to keep moving forward as possible. Steve does a great job of that without belittling anyone. It’s always positive and always encouraging. I’m, Isuppose an intermediate player. I know a lot of chords and progressions and have several songs under my belt and have played with others, sometimes better than other times. For players like me I really want to give a thumbs up. I have a lot to learn, but I’m figuring no one who isn’t Jeff Beck, John McLoughlin or Eric Clapton are in a similar boat. Steve’s course will definitely move you from where you are. Where you choose to go is your choice alone

  30. Ronald Rees

    Hi Steve, I spent only a few minutes, but expanding the chords (module 4) really attracted me…I could definitely spend more time practicing my chords…Maybe no real surprise …we all needed this I’m sure. But your personal touch always bring more light to the possibilities! I feel knowing the intervals and the degree location from the root for the scale and or chord will benefit the knowledge we all hope to attain over the fretboard. The Blues Guitar lesson l just purchased presented the TAB and Chord Am diagram for Am7 and it clicked a bell real load! Expanding the open chords and knowing the roots all over the fretboard ..well I see the gateway to a bigger playing field. Thank you for your tireless efforts once again. The interval patterns move just fine and there’s only 7. What a blessing in my opinion.

  31. Andy Tattersall

    I have only had Acoustic Guitar for a couple of weeks, but I am very impressed. Steve makes it very easy to follow, and explains things at an easy pace. I have been playing for a number of years now, but I found even after the first couple of modules that I was learning new things that switched on some lights for me. I’m really looking forward to continuing my journey with Steve there to guide me. I can recommend this course for beginners and for people like me, advanced beginners who now need a hand to get over the hump and start progressing again. At a very good price too – what’s not to like?!

  32. Bob

    Course is great for beginners. Would like to see a next level to this course geared more towards Intermediate players that already have the basic knowledge and skills.

  33. Sean Smith

    I have played guitar for several years but I I am new to playing acoustic guitar. I have taken some of Steve’s courses already. And they are all just fantastic. Steve breaks everything down like no one else. I’ve learned more in a short period with Steve’s courses than in years of study, playing, etc. He’s just amazing. So of course I had to get the acoustic course. I do feel like it’s aimed more towards a beginner. But, there are a lot of great bonuses. And you will still have a lot of wWOW moments. If you want to learn acoustic guitar. This would be the place to go. If you want to reinvigorate your passion for playing guitar. Like myself. Any one of Steve’s courses are the place go!!!
    Thanks for what you do brother.

  34. James Hill Hill

    Great course like it !!!

  35. anthony roberts

    Once i had bought this course i started thinking ” Oh no , this is all free on you tube ” but after going through some of the tutorials i am so glad i did buy the course . The things i am learning are vast , and i’m not 50% of the way through yet . I have been on and off for years with the guitar and i guess , even knowing all the cords i was just wasting my time practising the same old things and getting into the same ruts as always , This course has opened so many new doors for me , Its like a fog has lifted and i can see so clearly where i have been going wrong and more importantly , how to change going forward , Yes , there is hard work ahead but with Steve’s guidance and sheer hard work the guitar world truly is my oyster . I would HIGHLY recommend this or any of Steve’s courses , the man is pure genius , an absolute gift from God , my only regret is not having come across Steve 40 years ago

  36. John Goetz

    I am a relative newbie. I enrolled in the Acoustic Guitar course not knowing what to expect and not having any real expectations. Steve was very informative, and he taught me a lot in a very short time. Steve has a way of explaining things that keeps you interested. He always teaches relevant subject matter and moves you to learn more. He is down to earth and practical.

  37. Barry Mackie

    Am really enjoying this. Lots of great info from a brilliant teacher

  38. Joseph Storey

    Always wanted to learn acoustic guitar but work got in the way.Now I’m retired I can devote the time needed.Steve’s course is brilliant.He breaks things down so it’s easy to understand and makes the course fun.Thoroughly recomend this course.Money well spent

  39. Melissa Carlson

    Really basic information for the beginning guitarist, but helpful ways to think of things for those with more experience. Thanks, Steve!

  40. DeVere Woods

    This is a great course that focuses on the fundamentals for both beginners and intermediate players. Students build a solid foundation (or improve their skills) without becoming overwhelmed or frustrated.

  41. Richard Cloutier

    I just completed the first three lessons, video are well done, i like steve presence and explications (clear englisn speaking for the french speaker i am), but there should be some printable PDF to support the video, example you demonstate a few strumming pattern, on the video at the beginning there is a strumming pattern shown on top of the video, we should be able to print it, that will ease the practice.



  42. Christian Schnura

    Steve won’t disappoint you with the Acoustic Guitar course either.
    Steve give us his experience and his knowledge in a very good way.
    As in the other courses, this course is very structured. You can recommend all courses….

    I also give the highest rating here (hopefully I clicked correctly)….

  43. Terry Nichol

    Steve is a very engaging guitar teacher with a unique ability to simplify what seems difficult! I’ve had a number of ‘lightbulb’ moments going through the Acoustic Guitar course and in just a few weeks my playing ability has vastly improved. Highly recommended.

  44. JIm Hennessy

    Steve does an excellent job of taking you from start to actually playing. After 40+ years, I decided to once again pick up the guitar. It was a bit intimidating at first, but Steve’s platform helps you to understand all those things you did not understand when you were younger. I now have the confidence to keep going and really enjoy playing again.

  45. David Freese

    I think it should be made clearer that it is basically for beginners. As an intermediate player, I didn’t learn too much.

  46. Gordon Bruning

    Steve Stine is an excellent teacher of all things related to the guitar. His focus on the electric is complete, personable and easy to follow. His focus on the acoustic is also excellent. As an older, beginner with the guitar, I am glad that Steve has become my teacher

  47. StephenAgosto6 (verified owner)

    A very thorough, comprehensive course. Steve’s relaxed teaching style seems a natural fit here. Very engaging and he holds my attention.

  48. Jerryl Bell

    My main interest was learning to play the blues on acoustic guitar and I’ve learned it from your great teaching. Thanks Steve!!! You’re a great teacher!!!

  49. Wai Tham

    Absolutely loving this course. Really informative and straight to the point. Steve really looks like he’s having fun teaching which in return makes me enjoy the learning process. Couldn’t have asked for anything better! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    – Wai.

  50. Osbert Kwan

    Simply the best Steve. Appreciate your teaching in a slow pace detailed explanation. A newbie like me benefits from it a lot.

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