The classic blues song Killing Floor, by Howlin’ Wolf. Famously covered by Led Zeppelin in “The Lemon Song.” Legend has it, this is the song that Jimi Hendrix used to dethrone the current king of guitar – Eric Clapton. Clapton came to see this new American guitarist Jimi Hendrix live in London. He came in when Jimi was playing Killing Floor, and apparently Clapton’s ego was completely crushed. Clapton was no longer “God.”
The basic original version of this song is not that challenging though! So don’t get scared off by that intro. Hendrix and Zeppelin play a version of this song that is very different than the original – they play it way faster!
This song will get you crushing a 12 bar blues, it will get alternate picking happening in your right hand, but most importantly you’ll be playing an essential piece of blues history. Enjoy! + Read More
Get ready to play the blues! In this lesson, we are going to be tackling a super easy, yet classic blues riff.
If you stick with me through to the end of this beginner guitar lesson, you’ll not only have a cool riff down, but you’ll also be able to play, and understand a 12 bar blues. You’ll also learn some cool bluesman terms like “quick IV” as well.
The blues can sometimes be tough to play. It often times requires a fairly advanced technical skill level to be able to execute it well. This blues riff is super easy, and will give you some of the necessary techniques and skills to go forth and conquer blues guitar!
The blues isn’t all about soloing. But at the same time, soloing is part of the blues. This riff is a good one for giving your fingers the speed and agility needed for soloing!
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Without a doubt, Albert King is one of the best guitarists of all time. As a guitar teacher, I frequently ask people who their all time favourite guitarist is. There are two names that come to mind that are far more common than any other names.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix. I totally agree. SRV and Hendrix are both amazing guitarists who still are still extremely influential on modern music.
But here’s the thing.
You know who Hendrix and SRV stole their licks from? Albert King. Albert King was truly the original electric blues guitarist. If you are familiar with the music of Hendrix and SRV but not Albert King, I would highly suggest you go listen to an Albert King record. You will be blown away. But be aware. You might start to respect SRV a little bit less when you find out nearly everything he played was a rip off of King. + Read More
The blues and the guitar are an age old duo. They go together like the peanut butter and jelly. The blues really has been the father of all western music since. This is why learning some blues on the guitar is so important! It’s the building block of every other genre!
Here’s the problem. The blues can be difficult to play, and feel. That’s why I decided to make this lesson. As a guitar teacher, I’m fully aware of just how many people out there want to learn blues guitar. I’m also fully aware that it can be a frustrating endeavor, as the blues can be very challenging for a beginner.
In this lesson, we are going to be learning Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters, I’m a Man by Bo Diddley, and Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood. Every one of these songs is totally doable for a beginner. + Read More
Here we go again with another easy lead guitar lesson! We at campfire guitar star care about you guys. We want you all to become lead guitar shredders!
That’s why we keep releasing these videos. Lead guitar and soloing can be so frustrating and challenging to get into due to their technical nature.
Once again, we have hand selected 3 more super easy lead guitar songs. You will be able to get at least one of these down immediately, and the other two with a bit of practice.
So go grab your favourite electric git-fiddle and let’s learn some super easy, recognizable, classic guitar solos. + Read More
Here’s one of the greatest things about the nature of the guitar. You don’t need to learn anything about theory or scales to just start playing. Theory and scales are obviously still important to check out at some point, but the guitar is fun because you can immediately start making beautiful music with little knowledge or experience on the instrument.
In this lesson we are going to be checking out You and Me by Lifehouse.
This is an ideal song for a beginner to learn. you simply plant your third and fourth finger on the top two strings, and you first finger does all the work. Stuff like this is perfect for beginners. There aren’t any crazy difficult transitions in this tune!
This song is going to get you strumming chords, and feeling good about making beautiful music. So, spend a few minutes getting it down and you’ll have infinite amounts of fun! + Read More
One of the most iconic power chord riffs of all time has got to be smells like teen spirit. When you here those clean toned power chords plucking, you can’t help but nod your head.
In this lesson, we are going to get pretty deep into power chords. Near the end of the lesson, I get into a few of the different types. In this lesson, we are doing note for note what Kurt does.
If you are looking for how to play the guitar solo, I cover it in another lesson. Here is a link to that lesson:
https://youtu.be/z3gKTjwJ7cg + Read More
Undoubtably, one of the most iconic guitar tones of all time has got to be fuzz. Very similar to overdrive or distortion, fuzz has influenced music history.
There’s a funny thing with effects. Sometimes, the artist hears an effect and it inspires them to write something that fits that effect. That’s what happened with the 2 songs that we are going to check out today.
If you play Satisfaction by the rolling stones without a fuzz or overdrive effect, it sounds completely different. The same thing goes with Spirit In The Sky. Without fuzz, it almost sounds like La Grange by ZZ top.
Jimi Hendrix obviously influenced the guitar world in a ton of ways, and one of the biggest things he taught the guitar world was the fuzz! + Read More
We shot this video as we walked out of the largest music show in the world “NAMM”. After this 4 day event, we wanted to share with you what we saw, what we learned, and who we met. Also, it’s not often that Mike B and myself get to hang out in person!
The Namm festival is a must attend event for anybody working in the music industry! If you aren’t currently working in the industry, I would highly recommend finding employment in the music industry just so you can attend this event. If you like music, gear, and seeing all the best players in one place, you need to attend the Namm festival!
In the video you can see how pumped up we both are! Namm is one of those things you really need to see with your own eyes. Amazing event! + Read More
Lead Guitar and Beginner Guitar don’t always land in the same sentence. In fact, it’s pretty tricky to actually find lead guitar parts that beginner’s can play! As a guitar teacher, I have hand selected a few of my favourite solos to teach to beginners.
This lesson is an excellent prep-course on lead guitar. If you’ve never tackled a solo, or if you’ve been too scared to get into the world of lead guitar, look no further!
These solos are easy in the grand scheme of guitar soloing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are super easy to play! They will still take a considerable amount of practice. But keep this in mind: even if you don’t nail the solo at full speed, getting it down at a slow even speed is just as useful! + Read More
Let’s face it. Lead guitar is awesome. There’s an amazing feeling when you’re playing a solo on stage and the whole room is diggin’ it. The limelight is on you, and you’re killing it.
But let’s face the other harsh reality of lead guitar. It’s really hard. In fact, there are a ton of people out there that would love to have that lead guitarist on stage feeling. But unfortunately, are just too intimidated by how much work it takes to get there!
That’s where I come in. As a guitar teacher, I have seen countless students come in wanting to learn how to solo, but just have no idea where to begin. That’s what inspired this lesson. I know a ton of guitar solos. And I know which ones are going to be way to hard for you, and which ones are going to be achievable! + Read More
“Work on your time, all the time.”
As a guitar teacher, I see a lot of people that have timing issues. Most of the time, their problem isn’t that they have bad rhythm from birth. Their problem is that they just don’t know how to use a metronome! Once you’re familiar with a metronome and a few exercises, it’s actually fun! You’ll also be blow away by how fast you can learn things.
In this lesson, I really wanted to show you guys a few different metronome techniques. There’s a whole bunch of different approaches to improving your timing with a metronome, and I thought I’d break a few approaches down! + Read More
To practice and learn scales, I get my students to follow a 4 stage system.
4 stage system:
-Memorize the scale
-Metronome the scale
-Learn where the roots are
-Improvise with the scale
-No right or wrong way. Everybody has a unique approach to getting a scale memorized. Unfortunately, there is no easy way, or single correct way to memorize a scale. Some people like to run it up and down repeatedly to get muscle memory. Some people like to divide their strings up between high and low. No one way! Before moving on from this stage, you want to be playing the scale up and down without looking at the scale chart or tabs. + Read More