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Fender Presents: Getting Started on Acoustic Guitar -- A Guide for Beginners (2002)

Keith Wyatt  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith Wyatt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hal Leonard Corp
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

By far the most comprehensive DVD ever offered for the beginner guitarist---well over 3 hours long! Over 50 Interactive Lessons!

Step-by-step lessons incorporating clear, easy-to-follow 3-D graphics and unique play-along tracks teach the viewer the essential chords, scales, and techniques used by acoustic guitar players in every popular style, including rock, blues and country. This DVD is separated into two major sections:

1)The First Step: tuning up · string names · essential chords and scales used by all players · music reference section (notes, rhythms, chords and scales) · practice tips · fretting-hand technique · picking-hand technique · backing tracks for play-along · animated 3-D fretboard graphics.

2)Play Acoustic!: rhythm technique (bare finger/thumb, bass/chord, fingerstyle, etc.) · soloing technique (chord embellishment, open-string chords, using a capo) · electrified acoustic · rock, blues and country styles · rhythm and solo technique in each style · backing tracks in each style for play-along · tips on caring for your instrument from the Fender Custom Shop.

Special DVD Features include: Bonus footage, including a Fender Factory Tour! Also: Web links, including a web site specifically designed for beginning guitarists · Multi-language feature so you can hear the DVD in English, Spanish, German, French, or Japanese.

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304 of 306 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD for Beginners August 4, 2004
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This DVD has clear instruction, starts with the basics, gets a beginner launched correctly. No other DVD I've seen has looped backing tracks. The professional drums and bass (not midi imitations) allow you to play with a "band," and they loop, so you can work on a chord progression or solo technique over and over until you get it. I have tried the other DVDs - I unfortunately own them - and I can tell you that this one (and it's electric counterpart) are the most professional, effective, well-presented beginning guitar lessons available on DVD.
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167 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Gets You Started! March 28, 2005
I am a guitar lover, and I play a little bit for fun. Before I bought this DVD, I knew about 25 chords, and I played rhythm guitar by ear. Not only was I looking for something to help me hone my skills, but I needed a beginning instructional DVD for my children. I play an Ibanez PF Acoustic-Electric, and my kids share a 3/4 Fender Acoustic. My 3 oldest children, were 14, 12, and 9 when they started using this DVD. They all play piano, and want to be able to keep up with me on the guitar.

This DVD got them off to a very good start. Keith Wyatt is an excellent teacher. His style is well-paced and clear. He covers a lot of little details without talking too much or overwhelming the student. He makes it look very easy, which can be frustrating, but anyone can apply his techniques with practice. He actually demonstrates most of the lessons on electric guitar, but it's all good. The first menu has a lesson on tuning, and gives the pitches for you to match.

He teaches basic chords and chord patterns in the easier keys. He also covers scales, strumming and rhythms, along with the simple use of power chords. There are practice tracks to play along with, and with the random access of DVD you can skip around to any lessons you like. There are also lessons in picking, fretting, and soloing. And he reviews all of these things in 3 genres - rock, blues, and country.

I have learned a lot new things from this DVD, and my children have a solid foundation of guitar basics and even a little music theory. I've gone about as far as this DVD can take me, and I'll be ready for something new before long. but my kids have only scratched the surface.
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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done and worth buying November 15, 2003
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This DVD, as well as the electric guitar version, are among the most well-produced and pleasant to watch videos on the subject (A lot of the other instructional videos I have seen are poorly produced and photographed). There is over three hours of material, much more than most videos. Keith Wyatt is an excellent instructor and communicator and I enjoy his presentations. While I agree with a previous reviewer that this video is no substitute for guitar method instruction, it is an excellent tool for getting new players started playing songs, and is much more fun than using typical guitar method books which include a lot of playing scales and the other not very enjoyable exercises. This DVD is well worth the price!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmother and Grandson Learn to Play guitar together December 19, 2005
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My 10 year old grandson and I (54 years young), are learning to play guitar through this wonderful instructional video.

It's clear, concise and any age group will benefit from Keith Wyatt's terrific presentation. We are raw beginner's and I highly recommend this instructional video to anyone who wants to learn in a very easy to understand and orderly manner. You won't regret this purchase. Thank You, Keith!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best nonpersonal lessons May 27, 2006
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I now own three of Wyatt's dvds.

acoustic, electric and blues

In my opinion they are the best dvd lessons for guitar.

I certainly haven't seen them all, but these are all I

have ever wanted in nonpersonal lessons.

He explains it, he plays it and the camera shows it.

I never have to tell him to "shut up, that's all I need for now".

I don't have to pay for him to show it again.

The only complaint I have is that the bass/drum loopable practice tracks are

exactly the same on the acoustic dvd and the electric dvd and they are

exactly the same within the two dvds: key of A; key of G; key of E.

Now, each style on each dvd has its own short practice track and that is good.

I just think that we were shorted by not having longer practice tracks

in different styles, especially on the different dvds.

One month after I recieved the first two dvds I was playing better that I had

been for thirty years.

When I recieved the acoustic dvd, I thought I might have wasted my money but

I learned much that I had wanted to know. Like traveling bass.

If you have ever experienced someone talking for thity minutes and teaching

for fifteen and charging you for an hour, this is worth it.

For beginners and intermediates.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Wyatt is THE BEST - Twice! January 3, 2007
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I first bought Fender's Getting Started on Accoustic Guitar 3 yrs ago. Keith Wyatt's teaching style is unsurpassed - you cannot find a better instructional DVD for guitar. I ended up giving that DVD to my daughter's boyfriend along with my guitar! Recently, I got another guitar and searched for the same DVD by Fender and Keith Wyatt but since I could not remember it's title, cover or Keith Wyatt's name, I was unable to find it. I bought several guitar lesson DVDs at a variety of websites, hoping to find one that I could learn from. None of them compared to the lessons by Keith Wyatt. Disappointed, I searched one more time just trying to find a good, useful, instuctional DVD. At Amazon I selected the Fender DVD without even knowing it was the one I had been looking for all along. The description alone caused me to buy it again and when the DVD arrived, I was pleasantly surprised when I popped it in and found Keith Wyatt there again! Keith teaches everything from how to hold the guitar and even the pick, to tuning to first chords and the lessons build from there. The DVD contains practice tracks that Keither directs the student to work with after each lesson. It's great! You can tune the guitar to the DVD and you can practice chords and techniques to live music. With Keith Wyatt, the student is making and learning music from day one! If you are a beginning accoustic guitar player - look no further. This is the DVD for you. If you are more advanced or playing electric guitar, use Keith Wyatt as the key words in your searches - he has a number of DVD's on the market to help players at all levels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Learning lots!!
Published 19 days ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good instruction for beginners
Bought this for a my fiance's 17 yr old son. He uses it. 'Nuff said.
Published 20 days ago by Ed Mickley
5.0 out of 5 stars You WILL learn!
Still learning at this point, but this DVD is a very intuitive way to learn. The ability to go over previous lessons is very easy.
I would highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Daryl Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Really learn to play guitar.
This is the best teaching DVD. I've had it for a few months, and my husband can't believe how well I've been playing the guitar. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookie
5.0 out of 5 stars very clear and concise.
The instructor is very concise and easy to follow. He makes it look so easy that I have no doubts, I will be picking it up very quickly.
Published 3 months ago by David N. Dorcey
4.0 out of 5 stars In good shape.
I really haven't used this yet, as my guitar is broken, and I don't play, but I'd like to learn, so got this DVD in order to be ready when my guitar gets fixed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Dence
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for me
I'm retired and maybe have more time to practice each day than others might have. After a month of one to two hours per day of practice, four days a week, I learned more than 20... Read more
Published 4 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginner!
Very good for a true beginner like me - even warned me of sore fingers! He goes nice and slow but is fun also!
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Meuschke
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE GUIDE.
Published 5 months ago by ANTULIO ECHEVARRIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
I have gotten more off this tape and the teacher makes it easy to follow and shows concern for your finger tips- which are very sore right now!
Published 6 months ago by Geri Meuschke
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