Complete Basic Course

Metal Method Guitar Instructor Doug Marks

Complete Basic Course 2007

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$119.70 $54.95

This is the previous version of the course (2007). The current version can be found here.

Please read the description below before choosing this version over the revised 2017 version.

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This is the 2007 version of the course. The 2017 revision is now available here.

Each time the course is revised, some exercises and explanations are left behind as the old makes way for the new.  Much of the material in the previous versions is very valuable.  This course is divided into six levels, or “stages”, as follows:

Stage One-

Info for complete beginners, how to tune, basics of picking and fretting,how to read tab, learning the notes on the guitar, chords on three strings, dexterity exercises and more…




Stage Two-

Power chords and six-string bar chords, combining bar chords with open chords in progressions, strumming patterns, introduction to scale degrees, Drop D tuning, pentatonic minor scale, demonstration of guitar effects (distortion, chorus, wah pedal, etc.)




Stage Three-

Five positions of pentatonic minor, sequences and licks, hammers and pulls, rhythmic notation, complete solo with rhythm track, and additional bonus lessons and exercises by Sarah Spisak




Stage Four-

Complete solo with analysis, major pentatonic, phrasing, slides and vibrato, natural minor scale, two-hand tapping, string muting, harmonics, fun riffs and the I-IV-V progression




Stage Five-

Special techniques (tremolo picking, pick scrapes, volume swells, etc,), two solos, previews of E Phrygian and A Locrian, dominant seventh and ninth chords




Stage Six-

Basics of music theory, including scales, modes and harmony, principles of tonality, whole-tone scale, chord formulas, harmonic minor





This package includes printable tab, diagrams, backing tracks, and other lesson materials.

As an added bonus you will receive Guitar Pro files for this course. There is no better way to learn this material than by playing along with these Guitar Pro 6 animated tab files. Many GP6 exercises include complete backing tracks with guitar, bass and drums.  These Guitar Pro 6 files are an option, printed tab is included with The Complete Basic Course at no additional charge.  GP6 files are available by download only; if you choose to purchase DVD, please contact customer service and we will send you a link for the files.

To use these files you must have Guitar Pro 6 software installed on your computer or smartphone. To learn more about this software please click here.

Complete Basic Course by Doug Marks includes 6 DVDs or 6 downloads; lessons are sold separately for $19.95 each.

Additional information

DVD, Digital Download, Guitar Pro Files

Reviews (3)

3 reviews for Complete Basic Course 2007

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dustin McMurry

    I’ve been playing acoustic for 3 or 4 years now, always with the assumption that I was not good enough to play lead. Metal Method convinced me I can. The way Doug presents material is very clear and in a manner that let’s you know that it really is within your ability (with PRACTICE) to play crazy metal riffs. Just do exactly what he tells you and you will get the results that this course promises.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    An excellent course. Doug takes you through in a logical and simple way that helps even someone who has never touched a guitar play chords and progressions within the first month. Even experienced guitarists can pick up new tricks or insights that they may have overlooked previously. On screen tab is easy to follow and every lesson is presented in both slow and fast speeds to give you something to build up to. I recommend this to anyone just starting or looking to up their game with the guitar.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I attempted to learn the guitar over the years and struggled. Like many, I tried as a teenager and later a few more times through the years but never seemed to stick with it. At first I thought it was because I didn’t have the talent (or dedicated time for practice) so I would give up. But recently I decided that I would set out a plan and stick with it for a year. I started with online courses and then tried some of the more popular teaching series. There was progress but not the understanding I was looking for and I seemed to just go through the motions because that was what illustrated on the videos. Then I purchased the Complete Basic Course and everything changed. Doug’s method of teaching is exactly what I could relate to and the learning exercises are perfectly suited to many levels. Not only did I finally learn guitar but I had fun doing it. I’m now involved in a band (just fun weekend stuff) and look forward to practicing and watching my progression in skill. I’ve since purchased other lesson series from Metal Method and can say that this is the best set of learning resources available online. This course will benefit beginners to advanced and if you are just starting out then it’s an absolute must.

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