This bestselling course designed by renowned guitarist John McCarthy starts with the basics: the parts of the guitar, proper hand position, and tuning. Learn essential chords and common song structures that are used in thousands of songs. Scales, patterns and all the key components of acoustic guitar are covered. On Disc 2, move on to techniques like strum patterns, fingerpicking, acoustic slapping and soloing. John also introduces you to songwriting by showing how to put chords together and form progressions. Everything is covered to get to the advanced level of playing acoustic guitar!