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Absolutely Understand Guitar is now FREE! All 32 hours of Scotty West's epic video guitar instruction series is now streaming on our Absolutely Understand Guitar channel on YouTube. 

After 22 years on the web and thousands of happy students worldwide, Scotty has decided to make the course available to everyone everywhere free of charge. The 150 page printed support material package that follows along with the video lessons will still be available here for purchase as a download for $19.95. Follow the link below to watch all the free videos. AUG is a comprehensive college level course in applied theory, technique and ear training for the guitar.  Make sure you watch the lessons IN ORDER to maximize comprehension. Music is pretty easy to understand if you get it explained to you the right way.  


Welcome To Our Guitar Lessons Program

"Greetings fellow guitar enthusiasts. I'm Scotty West. Thanks for your interest in our Video guitar lessons. These 32 hour-long guitar instruction videos contain all you need to know to truly understand your instrument and how it relates to all styles of popular music."


"Today there is a positively dizzying selection of guitar lessons available online, in books and on video, if you're having trouble making sense of it all then look no further. Our guitar lessons have been carefully crafted to ensure that you will finally get "The BIG Picture". Join thousands of satisfied students worldwide and become the guitar player you always wanted to be.

There are thousands of guitar lessons out there that will show you how to place your fingers to play specific songs. You may find this fun for awhile but it's not likely to keep you satisfied for the long haul. My "music as language" approach to guitar lessons will allow you to easily answer questions many of you have had for years and get you on the true path to creative fulfillment.

Some guitar lessons have you jumping around sampling this-and-that so you end up with a scattered vision of how music works. Our video guitar lessons are different. They're designed to be viewed in order so each concept flows into the next. You could learn how to play guitar as well as or even better than your favorite guitar heroes. You'll finally be able to actually "think" on your instrument ... learn songs by ear ... write your own music ... solo with power and passion. It's easy if you get it explained to you in the right way.

These guitar lesson videos provide a solid foundation in music theory, ear training and guitar technique all totally integrated and profoundly well organized. I'm also personally available 7 days a week to answer questions via phone or email and that service is free of charge. What other guitar lesson program offers that?



AUG Left hand edition is now available. A revised edition centered around the needs of left handed players. 

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The Absolutely Understand Guitar Video Lesson Program

Featuring Scotty West

Celebrating 20 years on the web and thousands of happy students worldwide! What makes our guitar lessons program the best?



These 32 hour-long video guitar lessons were designed to be viewed in order so you get a cohesive and comprehensive vision of music and how it applies to the guitar in all styles of popular music.


These DVD guitar lessons were all professionally written, filmed and edited in high resolution video with multiple camera angles and close-ups of finger positions. This visual approach is vastly superior to trying to learn to play guitar from books or CDs.


By the time you're finished with our guitar lessons, you'll know pretty much all there is to know about guitar technique, guitar theory and ear training as well as performance and practice tips.


Live in the mid cape area? Want in person lessons from Scotty West or one of the AUG trained instructors? Enroll at Scotty's Mid Cape Music School!



With 55 years playing, 35 years teaching experience and thousands of satisfied students worldwide, Scotty is among the most knowledgeable and respected guitar teachers in music education today. Berke McKelvey Associate Professor at the world famous Berklee College of Music says:

Scotty has a gift for making even the most complex subjects in music accessible and easy to comprehend. The secret is the unique developmental sequence he presents the material in. He takes what you already know and fills in all the remaining gaps without over complicating the subject.

— Berke McKelvey, Berklee College of Music