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Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From

So, why are we blogging about ten guitarists you should know and learn from when we are a guitar site pushing our own agenda? Read on to find out why.

The Internet is absolutely bursting with guitar players who offer learning courses and materials. Some have become incredibly famous and are now the “go too” for learning. Also, most guitarists don’t like to offer up other players for consideration. In effect, protecting their hard won fame in the world of the Internet.

At GMI, however, we don’t want to be insular and give our visitors the best chance to find great materials from different sources. Many players have a lot to offer so here is our list of ten guitarists you should know and learn from. Some of these players are perhaps not as well known as some of the usual subjects, but deserve to be promoted.

So here is our list which is in alphabetical order so nobody can complain that they are being put down. Please visit them and enjoy their great content!

If you know of a guitarist you feel deserves to be featured then please leave a comment below and when we come round to this again we’ll consider your suggestion.

ONE – Anouck Andre – Jazz 

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Anouck Andre

Anouck Andre is a French guitarist who offers excellent lessons and resources primarily around the jazz idiom. She provides free lesson material through her Youtube channel as well as from her own website. Her Youtube channel has over one million views with nearly 7.5k subscribers. Find out more about Anouck Andre by clicking her name which will take you to her website which includes all her social media links Anouck Andre

TWO – Thomas Berglund – Jazz 

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Thomas Berglund

Thomas is based in Sweden and is active across a wide range of social media sites including Youtube, Instagram, Google+ as well as from his own website. Like many of the guitarists highlighted in this list of ten guitarists you should know and learn from, Thomas is very much a jazz player. Thomas’s Youtube channel, however, does feature backing tracks and covers other musical genres. His delivery style is friendly and helpful which makes learning much easier. Thomas’s website is perhaps a little old fashioned looking, but again it’s full of useful resources which any guitar player would find of use. Find out more about Thomas Berglund’s Youtube channel with associated links by clicking his name Thomas Berglund.

THREE – Marco Cirillo – Acoustic and Rock

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Marco Cirillo

Based in London England, Marco who is originally from Italy has carved out an impressive and wide range of lessons from beginners to advanced players. His website is incredibly detailed and although he is still a young player, shows the breadth of his experience. His Youtube channel is well worth a look as well. Equally at home performing and playing acoustic as well as electric guitar, Marco has also released a new book titled Acoustic Steps. Do yourself a favor and check out this hard working and talented guitarist by clicking his name Marco Cirillo.

FOUR – Morten Faerestrand – Jazz

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Morten Faerestrand

Yet another guitarist from Scandinavia, this time Norway. Morten has built up an impressive amount of followers on Youtube and has actually created his own studio for recording and filming material in his garage. His own website includes multi-angle video productions, interactive music and backing tracks. Again, very much in the jazz genre, Morten does offer material for guitarists under the “Basics” and “Intermediate” banners. His website offers both free and monthly membership options. Find out more by clicking his name which takes you to Morten’s website Morten Faerestrand.

FIVE – Rick Graham – Rock

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Rick Graham

Although on his Youtube site, Rick Graham from England bizarrely features a body building program, but don’t let that fool you. For rock guitarists especially, Rick offers up a fantastic selection of learning which covers a wide range of techniques which is presented in a very professional manner. Also, Rick probably has one of the bigger Youtube channels with over 62K subscribers which is not to be sniffed at. From his own website you can book Skype guitar lessons, buy into the various packages of learning and gain access to the various social media channels which all make this a very impressive package of learning. Find out more by clicking Rick Graham now.

SIX – Jens Larsen – Jazz

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Jens Larsen

Next up is jazz guitarist Jens Larsen from the Netherlands. Jens is a prolific creator of material and he provides this in a no nonsense learning environment across Youtube, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and more….gasp! Jan primarily focuses on jazz guitar and has been promoting on Youtube since 2006 and has amassed over one hundred and thirty videos and counting. His website offers a range of free and paid for resources and he is without doubt a highly ranked world class guitarist worth listening to and learning from. As usual, click Jen’s name to reach his website Jens Larsen.

SEVEN – Tim Lerch – Blues, Jazz

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Tim Lerch

Next up is a USA guitarist called Timothy Lerch. Tim is one of those rare individuals who oozes a passion and love for the guitar and music but also engages the viewer. His warm personality and a sense that he really wants you to learn and do well hooks the student in quickly. Tim plays a variety of styles and is very much the virtuoso player who can also impart knowledge. From jazz to blues and lots in between, Tim’s style means that every note counts; a rare thing these days. He has had a broad and varied recording career with performers, many of whom are household names. Check out Tim’s Youtube channel by clicking on his name as follows Tim Lerch.

EIGHT – Rob MacKillop – Folk, Jazz, Classical

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Rob MacKillop

From Scotland comes Rob MacKillop. Rob is a a hugely versatile musician who plays classical, to folk to jazz. He is also an author of note having numerous books published on a wide range of music related material. The best place to find out about Rob’s diverse activities is direct from his website as there is not enough space here to list it all. Rob also has a busy Youtube channel with two hundred and twenty plus videos covering guitar, banjo, lute, ukulele, classical and much more. Check out Rob’s channel by clicking his name with the arrow as follows Rob MacKillop.

NINE – Matt Otten – Jazz 

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Matt Otten

Here we have our second guitarist from the Netherlands, what a hotbed of guitar the Netherlands is! He is Matt Otten. Matt has over 18K worth of subscribers on his Youtube channel and a very large website which contains a massive amount of learning material which would keep anyone busy for a very long time. Matt’s Youtube channel consists of performance videos with his website detailing all the learning materials. He has used the term and has a “smooth jazz” sound which is really beautiful to listen to. Find out more about Matt in the usual manner Matt Otten.

TEN – Doug Seven – Country Rock

Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From
Doug Seven

Yes, we know. Why is Doug Seven in at ten, but that’s the way it is when guitarists are listed in alphabetical order. Doug is a incredibly talented country rock guitar player who really knows how to excite and enthuse the guitar viewing public. For example, his Youtube channel has relatively few videos at fifty six uploads, but his sub count is 14.5K…he obviously is doing something right! Doug’s website is focused in on selling and why not, when you can play this well then get it out there. If you love chicken pickin’ then give Doug a visit, you’ll not be dissapointed! Click Doug Seven to visit his Youtube website aptly titled “Sizzling Guitar Licks”!

Round Up Of Ten Guitarists You Should Know And Learn From

Well, that’s our round up of ten guitarists you should know and learn from.  We think all these players deserve some attention. What do you think? If you have any ideas, comments or observations then please comment below.

Check out all our latest guitar articles as well as our online guitar store which has the very best in guitar tuition, books, vids for learning and taking your playing to the next level.

Guitar Backing Tracks From GMI


If you are looking for guitar backing tracks then you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few for you to download. However, if you sign up to GMI – Guitar & Music Institute, you can get your hands on a whole lot more guitar backing tracks.

To get your hands on all our backing tracks CLICK THIS LINK which directs you to the GMI online shop. The backing tracks are all completely FREE.

Guitar Chords For Beginners

Guitar Chords For Beginners

Are you looking to start learning guitar? If you are then you’ll find our absolutely free guitar chords for beginners a great help! Our free nine page book includes a wide range of open string chords (the ones you play at the bottom of the neck). We’ve included the most common chords but we’ve also included some of the most used more exotic sounding chords as well. Here is a list of the our Guitar Chords For Beginners manual includes:




major, minor, dominant seventh, major seventh, major sixth, minor seventh, minor sixth sus2, sus4, 7sus4, diminished, major add9, minor add9


There are literally thousands of usable chord forms that can be played on the guitar. What this free book gives you is a wide range of accessible chords that are used on a daily basis across a huge range of styles of music. Whether you play rock, pop, country, blues, these chords will come in useful on a daily basis.


Also included is open string major scales with video link to show how these can also be used as natural minor scales. With this you knowledge you will now be able to play in a wide range of major and minor keys in open position. Open string major and minor arpeggios are also included in the nine page free book.


A four sample progressions in C major, E major, G major and E minor with alterations to chords. These sample progressions are really helpful in getting you playing chord progressions that are used in huge amounts of songs around the world.


All chords, scales and arpeggios are beautifully rendered for easy and clear printing making this an ideal resource for guitar teachers.

Guitar Chords For Beginners

Beginner Guitar Lessons

Beginner Guitar Lessons

Are you looking for beginner guitar lessons? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our free ten lesson course is aimed at the absolute beginner and is taught by one of the finest guitar and music communicators around, Gary Clinton.  GMI has put this course together to ensure that by the end of the ten lessons, you are ready to either take on our other guitar courses to take you to greater heights, or start playing the songs you love. Our beginner guitar lessons course includes a full course PDF as well as backing tracks and ten videos.
Beginners Guitar lessons


So, what will you learn? The ten lesson video course covers the anatomy of the guitar, chords you need to get started. As well as this, playing fingerstyle for both melody and chords and playing the all important guitar riffs are also included. To finish with, Gary also covers open string major scales to help you move on to the next level.

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You can access all material right away, just click the above link. If you sign up, you will also be informed of our latest courses and new products that are coming on-stream. You can also comment on each lesson you take, and see your progress.

Enjoy Gary’s beginners guitar course and check out all our other courses available to view on our how to play guitar page. The accompanying course pdf is available to download in lesson three.

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Well, if you are looking for beginner guitar lessons then why not have a go with our totally free course? There is plenty of additional content that is totally free which can be found at our guitar shop so why not pop over and get yourself some freebies to get started!

Guitar Barre Chords


Are you looking to learn or struggling with guitar barre chords? GMI – the Guitar & Music Institute offers you a completely free introduction course to learning barre chords. The five lesson course is taught by professional guitarist and composer Gary Clinton who explains all you need to know.

guitar barre chords
Lesson two is all about the shapes you will use with barre technique to enable you to play any of the chords in any key.

What does the guitar barre chords course cover? You can view the first lesson below which is a short video explaining how barre chords work regarding root notes. Gary will then take you through the various shapes that you can use with these root notes. As the course continues, you will be shown how to utilize these chords in easy to memorize patterns. Finally, Gary will then show you how to get the best out of the shapes you have learned and how to take your playing to the next level by putting it all together lesson.


The above lesson is our preview lesson from the course. You don’t need to join up to GMI, as all our guitar courses are totally free. The other courses that we currently offer include a beginners guitar course and a more advanced guitar course once you have learned the above. Also, we have lessons for guitarists who want to learn about open string chords, guitar scales and lots more. As mentioned, you can access all material with just one sign up.

We have lots of new material coming soon and we often update the material we already offer with further learning resources. By joining up you will be able to access pdfs, backing tracks and music that is not offered outwith GMI.

We look forward to you being part of GMI and we are sure that you will make fast progress with your guitar barre chords by taking our course today.

Check Out Our Online Guitar Shop

We have lots of free and premium guitar content at our guitar store which has been downloaded thousands of times by guitar players all over the world. Come on over and get the best in free and paid for content and take your guitar playing to the next level.


Guitar Finger Exercises

Guitar Finger Exercises

To develop and enable you to play music of all genres, GMI offers a range of guitar finger exercises. These exercises cover different areas of guitar technique. This is an expanding range of lessons and all the lessons are held within the guitar techniques course.

guitar finger exercises
Expand your reach over the fretboard brings new sound opportunities with these guitar finger exercises.










The main thing to keep in mind is that technique with relation to guitar is not an end unto itself. Your technique should enable you to play things not open to you. As well as this, you should always keep in mind that exercises such as stretching can damage your hand. Make sure that you do not feel any pain and if pain occurs, stop. Many guitarists feel that if it’s hurting, it’s working. This is absolute nonsense. Once problems do occur re specific technique exercises, it can be really hard to rectify the problem.


GMI will continually expand the range of technique exercises available to our members. This will include string skipping, stretching, general picking, rhythmic ideas etc. In all cases, we are looking to pinpoint a specific problem and help rectify it through time served ideas that work. Once these exercises are mastered, then when playing within the context of a song the background work helps application.


If you enjoy this lesson then please sign up for our other technique lessons. Once signed up, you will be able to access all our free guitar lessons. The range is constantly expanding. If you do not wish to sign up, you can still access our lessons via our Youtube channel. We put the majority of our lessons on Youtube, although we do add further content for our members here. As well as this, we also include other resources such as pdfs, backing tracks and further advice.

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Acoustic guitar lessons are offered to guitarists by GMI for those who can play beyond a basic level. This lesson is the preview lesson from the Advancing Guitar course. GMI – The Guitar & Music Institute, offers a range of free guitar courses. The other lessons in the course includes downloadable pdfs and the following lessons:

  1. Open String Scales
  2. Playing Melodies In Several Keys
  3. Right Hand Rhythm Patterns
  4. Major Seven, sus2, sus4 Chords
  5. Open String Chords Up The Neck
  6. Open String Major Arpeggios
  7. Practice Routines For Open String Arpeggios


acoustic guitar lessons
Lesson two is all about learning a new song “Heading Home” in three different major keys.

The course will be augmented with further lessons. Coming soon in lesson seven will be playing arpeggios together. To sign up to the course and to view all course materials simply sign up via the button on the menu above.


The aim of the “Advancing Guitar” course is to take acoustic guitarists to the next level of understanding. To do this, the course highlights areas that are often overlooked by other online guitar lessons.


In the second lesson of the course you take a melody and play it in several major keys. By doing this, players begin to understand the underlying template to scale patterns that are used within songs.

In lesson five, simple open string chords are taken up the neck. Using already known chords in different neck positions is a great way of creating new sounds. It also opens up the possibility of using other chord forms not covered in this course.


If you enjoy this preview lesson, then check out our entire course range. The course is taught by professional guitarist and tutor Ross Baird. Ross has had years of experience in teaching and helping guitarists of all levels to make progress.

Our guitar lessons are supported by free and premium content found in our online guitar store. Immediate downloads of great material, make sure you visit us.

Pentatonic Scales Guitar

Pentatonic Scales Guitar

New players may not be aware that pentatonic scales guitar knowledge is a must. For improvising, playing songs, riffs and a host of other applications, knowledge in this area is a prerequisite. At GMI we offer players a range of lessons. Not only regarding scale knowledge but other courses outlined below. Within the scales course we not offer a pentatonic scales lesson, and all the other scales that you need to help you become the guitarist armed with the knowledge you need.

pentatonic scales guitar
Outlining the five most prominent pentatonic scale patterns used today.


The following lesson by lead GMI instructor Ged Brockie will outline the five main pentatonic scales for guitar across the fretboard. This is just one from the GMI course in guitar scales that you can view GUITAR SCALES, just sign up to access for free.

The course currently covers pentatonics, blues, major, chromatic, melodic minor, fretted major scales with several new lessons coming soon.


Most of our lessons come with accompanying pdfs which support the video lesson. If you wish to access these extra resources, then please sign up for a free GMI account by hitting the button in the menu at the top of the page.


New courses are being added all the time and currently we offer a full beginners course, barre chords, a course for guitarists who are looking to expand beyond beginner. Also offered are technique, guitar play alongs, a special beyond barre chords course as well as backing tracks.


Please sign up today at GMI to add your online lesson and get your work seen around the world.


The Christmas Song Jazz Guitar Arrangement

Play The Wonderful The Christmas Song Jazz Guitar Arrangement

The Christmas Song Jazz Guitar Arrangement performed by Ged Brockie.

If you would like to learn and play it, click the download link where you can purchase the complete arrangement below. Included is both music notation and TAB for non music readers.



We will be uploading more blog posts that relate to video lessons from within GMI and our Youtube channel. Each time we add a blog specific post, we will also include a help sheet or music notation part for you to download and practice. A large amount of this download material will be free. The Christmas Song Jazz guitar arrangement is the first of these blog download and learn posts.




Our Youtube channel is really starting to take off and we are delighted with the response both from online guitar lessons on GMI Youtube and from members of the online guitar lessons on GMI site. When we embarked on creating a site, we obviously knew that the online guitar lessons market was a crowded one. Initially we felt that we should keep all content within GMI and not link with Youtube. Now we can see that by putting our content on Youtube we are attracting new visitors to this site as the Youtube channel does not offer the pdfs, backing tracks, music and notes that the GMI site has on it. It’s a sort of calling card if you want.

Subscription is rising on the Youtube channel so if you have a gmail account, a G+ account or if you are a member of Youtube, please head over to our channel and subscribe to us, we would love your support. You can get to our Youtube channel by clicking this link online guitar lessons.

There will be a lot of new uploads to our Youtube channel in the near future including technique lessons, full courses and a new music production course which we are really excited about. This is still being created, but the free course will most likely be four lessons long. It will cover aspects that are common problems to a lot of musicians who are recording their own work and will include a video on the mic’ing up of amps and getting the best signal for your audio stems.


We have new videos added to our courses in the guitar scales section and we will also be adding a couple of new videos to Ross Baird’s excellent “Advancing Guitar” course. Make sure you check them out, they are getting a lot of thumbs up on other sites. GMI will continue to offer free online guitar lessons over the coming months and years so please sign up for the latest news.



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