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How Do I Start Learning the Guitar?

A lot of new guitar players have no idea how to start playing. From reading music, strumming chords, or learning by ear, there are a lot of ways to learn how to play the guitar, which can make it confusing. On top of that, you need to learn about the instrument itself, how to tune it, change the strings, and so much more, adding to the frustration.
What you need is a guide. . .

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Learn the Basics

You'll learn how to strum chords, including power chords, how to read notes, and tablature, basic strum patterns, and how to play by ear.

Try Out a Variety of Playing Styles

You'll explore fingerpicking, as well as the basics of rock, folk, blues, country, jazz, and classical guitar.

Learn About the Instrument

Learn to tune your guitar, take care of it, change the strings. Also, you'll learn about additional gear and equipment used with the guitar.

Includes a Free Video Course

You'll get access to a free video course that helps to explain some of the major concepts, as well as audio files so you can hear examples of most of the songs and exercises found throughout the book.

Everything You Need

to Start Playing Guitar

The Missing Method for Guitar Sample Pages by Christian and Amy Triola

The Missing Method Difference


The Missing Method books were born out of the need for guitar method books that simply didn't exist. We don't replicate what is already working well. We strive to create something new to help you become a better guitar player.

Step-by-Step Instruction

Each book is designed progressively to take you through each lesson a step at a time. Whether you decide to use our books with an instructor or go it alone, you we've got you covered.


Each Missing Method book is focused on one particular skill or technique, so we can go into depth on each topic. Our books not only make great instructional tools, but they also make handy reference guides to refer back to when you need a refresher.

Ample Practice

When we say mastery, we mean it. Each book features enough exercises and sample songs to offer variety and cement your skills.

Professional Expertise

A BA in Jazz Studies, a Master's Degree in Education, and over 20 years teaching guitar students of all ages means we can stand behind our material 100%.

Personal Touch

We're not a giant corporation, and we don't aspire to be. We're a married couple, doing what we love. When you buy our books, you support a small business. And when you offer suggestions, we listen. Please keep in touch. We want to hear from you.

The Missing Method for Guitar Book and Sample Pages by Christian and Amy Triola

Left-Handed Beginner Guitar

Beginner Guitar gives you everything you need to start learning the guitar your way. Explore everything from equipment, to chords, note reading, tablature, fingerpicking, playing styles, and more. This book includes an overview of many major topics so you can determine where you want to focus and how you want to learn. And when you've finished, it makes a handy reference guide.

Lefties Welcome.

Whether you've been dabbling for a while or are an absolute beginner, we've got the tools you need to develop the skills and confidence to start calling yourself a guitar player.

Discover how much fun playing guitar can be!
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