Jerry Jennings

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How to Use This Course

Jerry Jennings, recording artist, performer, and teacher, brings you guitar lessons through through the use of videos, diagrams, and downloadable pages. These lessons are suitable for any age from elementary through high school, or any adult member of the family. Students will learn the fundamentals of the guitar, including tuning and basic chords. Students then progress to scales, triads, and more. By the end of the course, students will be able to play simple pieces. While this is an introductory course, students will learn many of the basics they will need to progress as a guitarist and will also have a chance to determine just how interested they are in the work that is involved in progressing in this area. Lessons should be followed in order as the difficulty increases with each lesson. This course counts as a music elective credit. Students who complete the 28 lessons can earn 0.5 academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Details

Course Introduction

Are your children interested in learning how to play the guitar? They can join recording artist Jerry Jennings as he leads students through an introductory course that will enable them to play simple pieces by the time they are finished. He teaches the fundamentals of the guitar such as the individual parts and tuning, basic chords, the minor and major pentatonic scales, strumming, and picking. As the course progresses, he provides lessons that focus on more advanced topics such as blues riffs, triads, bar chords, and using capos. Through the use of videos, diagrams, and downloadable pages from his own books, your child is sure to develop a love for the guitar that will, hopefully, fuel a desire to build upon the basics.

A personal note from Jerry Jennings:

As you work through these lessons, I’m hoping you find it enjoyable. And most of all, I’m hoping that you receive the tools to continue playing. The biggest thrill for me is to find that one of my students becomes a performer or recording artist. Get a vision. Shoot high! Listen to a lot of music and try to learn it. Jam with friends. And feel free to do all the reviewing you need on our existing lessons.



Feel free to check out my music instruction books/CDs/DVDs:

Guitar 1 Start Out Jammin’ – Beginner Guitar (Book & DVD)

Classic Rock Rudiments for Lead Guitar – Learn to Play Lead Guitar! (Book & DVD)

The Guitarist’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Guitar Studio Charts

The Bassist’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Bass Studio Charts

The Drummer’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Drum Studio Charts


Instruction through video, diagrams, and downloadable pages from instructor’s own music books


8 units broken into 28 lessons


Elementary-high school

Course Outline

Unit 1

  • Week 1 – Familiarize Yourself with the Guitar, Chords (G and D)
  • Week 2 – Chords (A Minor and C)
  • Week 3 – Natural Notes on the Neck
  • Week 4 – F Chord

Unit 2

  • Week 1 – New Chord, E minor
  • Week 2 – Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Week 3 – New Strum Pattern
  • Week 4 – A Chord, Pick-Strum Pattern

Unit 3

  • Week 1 – Review Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Week 2 – Julia’s Song

Unit 4

  • Week 1 – Lesson for Sunny Side Up
  • Week 2 – Construction of a Major Scale
  • Week 3 – Power Chords
  • Week 4 – Playing on Upbeats

Unit 5

  • Week 1 – Return of the Pentatonic
  • Week 2 – 12-Bar Blues
  • Week 3 – Introducing Scales and Triads
  • Week 4 – Major Scale

Unit 6

  • Week 1 – Triads Continued
  • Week 2 – Blues Riff in G
  • Week 3 – The Pentatonic Scale

Unit 7

  • Week 1 – Writing a Song with Chords in the Key of C
  • Week 2 – Shuffle, E Blues
  • Week 3 – Using Capos—Super Fun Device
  • Week 4 – E Blues Strum Pattern

Unit 8

  • Week 1 – Bar Chords
  • Week 2 – Diagonal Shape for the Minor Pentatonic
  • Week 3 – Major Pentatonic

For a printable course outline, click here.

Transcript Information

This course counts as a music elective credit. Students who complete the 28 lessons can earn 0.5 academic credit.

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements.

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Jerry Jennings is a recording artist, performer, teacher, and the author of five instructional books. He has taught private lessons, group lessons, and workshops since 1987. Jerry’s passion in life is making the best possible music and empowering others to do the same. His education includes an Associated Arts degree in music at American River College and additional composition courses at Cal State University-Sacramento.

Jerry and his wife Jane have been homeschooling their daughter Julia for seven years. In the nineties, Jerry began playing in churches, which led his family into a Christian life. There is a tightrope to walk in teaching young people to “rock out” while not leading them down the wrong path, but Jerry makes it work. Do you have a question for Jerry? You can email him at 

Check out more from Jerry:

Triad Magic Start Out Jammin' Bassist's Link to Sight Reading Guitarist's Link Drummer's Link

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