3 Easy Guitar Songs Without Strumming

Do you get tired of trying to keep track of your strumming hand and change chords all at the same time? One of the biggest mistakes beginner guitarists make is trying to tackle songs with complex strumming patterns alongside nonstop chord changes. This can be a real struggle at first! If you want to explore an alternative method then this lesson is for you!

In this video we’re going to cover some rock and roll classics that utilize chords without relying on a strumming pattern for them to sound good. These easily recognizable songs will be sure to impress friends and family and get you started on the path to chord mastery.

It’s hard to imagine a song that brought more impact to the world of rock and roll than Link Wray’s “Rumble”. Famous guitarists such as Pete Townsend of The Who, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and Dave Davies of the Kinks have all cited it as a major influence on their musical development. If it was good enough for them, it’s sure good enough for anyone!

We’ll also cover the classic rock radio staple of Tom Petty’s – Free Fallin’ – as well as Jimi Hendrix’s electrifying cover of The Troggs “Wild Thing”. Seriously, if you haven’t heard that tune you owe it to yourself to look it up and take a listen – it’s awesome.

I’ve personally taught these songs to countless students in personal lessons with great success. So what are you waiting for? Grab your guitar and download the PDF below and let’s get started!

00:00​ – Start
1:06​ – Lesson Intro (get the tabs downloaded here!)
1:38​ – A Big Mistake Beginner Guitarists Make!
2:21​ – A Pathway For You With Stairway To Strumming (which is on sale right now!)
2:42​ – Recap of “I Love Rock And Roll” From Previous Videos
3:12​ – Song #1: “Wild Thing” by The Troggs (Jimi Hendrix Version)
3:52​ – Chord Explanation
5:35​ – Demonstration
6:00​ – 2nd Section Explanation
7:25​ – Song #2: “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty
8:11​ – The Chords – First Approach
9:31​ – Demonstration of First Approach
10:00​ – Capos and Added Thumb Style
10:42​ – The Chords – Second Approach
12:06​ – Demonstration of Second Approach
13:14​ – Song #3: “Rumble” by Link Wray
14:38​ – Chord Explanation
16:11​ – The Hardest Chord in This Video (B7!)
16:47​ – A REALLY Important Lead Up
17:24​ – The Descending E Minor Pentatonic Lick
18:14​ – Closing Notes and More on Stairway To Strumming

Thanks so much for downloading the PDF and checking out the lesson. I truly hope it’s helped push your guitar playing forward.

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