Allman Brothers and George Harrison – Open Barre Chord Guitar Lesson
George Harrison and the Allman Brothers. 2 amazing artists with a brilliant catalogue of songs.
In or out of the Beatles, George has a seemingly endless amount of guitar chords at his disposal. His ability to make a solo sing like a melody is unmatched.
The Allman Brother’s Band has always been one of the tightest, most soulful bands out there. Dwayne Allman is another guitarist that has mastered the ability of making a solo sing like a melody. + Read More
LIVE LESSON: Discover These Awesome Chords To Jack & Dianne
Jack and Diane. A truly classic number that you should definitely learn. Let’s forget about all the amazing chord lessons you are going to learn in Jack and Diane for a second. We’ll talk about them later. Just learning the song is a very rewarding experience. It’s such a well known classic, you can get all your friends and family playing along.
Now let’s talk about the amazing lessons inside of Jack and Diane. There are some chords that first starting hitting the scene around the 1970’s. They come from a D chord originally. You re finger a D chord and add an extra note. Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin rocked this version of the D chord all the time! The hook of Jack and Diane is based around that chord. + Read More
Nirvana: One of the most iconic bands of all time.
Nirvana’s unplugged MTV set: One of the most iconic concerts of all time.
In this beginner/intermediate acoustic guitar lesson, we are going to be checking out a classic acoustic number called “Lake of Fire.” Lake of fire is very much a barre chord song. So if you’re looking for songs to practice barre chords with, look no further! Lake of Fire has 3 out of the 4 barre chord shapes.
Lake of Fire is a great song to learn because of the easy right hand. The strum pattern is very basic (So you can focus all your attention on nailing the barre chords!) + Read More
Alice in Chains. Without a doubt, one of the best bands from the 90’s. Actually, scratch that. One of the best bands of all time! This is an acoustic guitar lesson, so if you really want to do your homework, go listen to Alice in Chains acoustic MTV concert!
In this beginner/intermediate acoustic guitar lesson, we are going to be exploring two classic Alice in Chains songs. Rooster, and No Excuses.
BARRE CHORDS, GET YOUR BARRE CHORDS HERE! These two songs are the perfect two songs to finally nail barre chords. Nailing barre chords has a couple challenges involved. The first challenge is building the strength to get a proper barre. The second challenge is getting the muscle memory of the shape. + Read More
Here is one of my favourite things about learning the guitar. When you first learn a chord or 2, you start to panic. You think that learning guitar is going to be a really difficult uphill battle. Learning those first chords can be tough! But here’s the good news. Once you learn one chord, you will see it again. Many, many times. There are a very limited amount of open chords on the guitar. (Open chords are chords within the first 4 frets of the guitar) You only have to learn a chord once!
In this lesson, we are going to learn E, A, and D. Those 3 chords are essential to the guitar! With just those 3 chords, you can play literally hundreds of classic songs. We are going to check out 4 awesome songs: Wild thing by the Troggs, Doesn’t Remind Me by Audioslave, Gloria by Them, and I don’t know by the Sheepdogs. And they all just have E, A, and D! + Read More
As you can probably imagine, I have played a lot of music and a lot of shows in my day. When you play a lot of music with a lot of different people, you have to learn TONS of songs. One of the huge things I am going to cover in this lesson is the HOW. Professionals can learn songs super quickly because they have tons of practice doing it. There are a few tricks that we use to help speed up the process!
There are 4 ways in which a person learns.
Just like how you’re seeing me now, Video’s are a very powerful force for learning songs! Whether you’re watching a tutorial, or a video of the song you’re working on. Videos are a huge help. + Read More
Led Zeppelin III is a masterpiece. It’s full of brilliant acoustic, folk type songs. I am obviously a huge fan of loud Led Zeppelin, but I really enjoy how toned down this album is. Give it a listen to!
That’s the Way is in Open G tuning. Pretty much every song on this album is in a some kind of open tuning. Jimmy Page was a huge fan of alternate tunings. + Read More
Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce. The classic virtuoso trio that made up the epic late 1960’s psychedelic blues band “Cream.” Without Cream, who knows where music would be now. Without Eric Clapton, who knows where guitar would be!
Clapton was a big deal. He really did change the game. The world of guitar was a completely different place once he hit the scene! With his unbelievable blues chops, and his childlike sense of wonder exploring new tones on the electric guitar, he might just be the most influential guitarist of all time! + Read More
Spirit in the sky is a great example of what a fuzz pedal sounds like. There is a depth and warmth to his guitar’s distortion. In this lesson, we are going to learn both guitar solos in this song.
The first guitar solo is perfect for beginners. It all takes place on 1 string! The entire solo is on the G string, and just uses the first 2 fingers in your left hand. Solos like these are perfect if you are just getting into lead guitar! Learning how to solo can be challenging, mainly because most guitar solos are very difficult! So start with an easy one! + Read More
Welcome to the replay of Live Lesson Wednesday July 12th edition. In this lesson, we are going to explore the similarities between Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.
There is a riff at the very beginner of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin that is also at the end of the riff of Jimi Hendrix’ version of Hey Joe. The exact same riff! As a guitar teacher, I love it when you see the exact same riff in 2 different songs by different artists. You only have to learn it once, and then you can play both riffs! The longer you play this guitar, the more you are going to see this. Even across different genres, riffs will be repeated. It’s not copying, it’s music! + Read More
Electric Mud was an album release by Muddy Waters in 1968. It was an attempt by producer Marshall Chess to expand Muddy Waters audience into the rock world. In 1968, pop and rock were in a very interesting place. Psychedelic culture and music were mainstream.
This album is a brilliant fusion of blues and psychedelic rock. Unfortunately, Blues purists can’t see the brilliance in this album. In my opinion though, if someone had the idea to fuse blues and modern day rock music, it wouldn’t work. But back in 1968, when rock was psychedelic and Jimi Hendrix was popular, fusing blues and rock worked amazingly! + Read More
Blackbird is one of the best songs you can play to really impress your friends and family. It’s easily recognizable, the chords are all very unique sounding (and looking) and of course because it’s finger style.
In this lesson, we not only learn Blackbird, but we dive deep into the world of finger picking. We are going to cover all the basics you’ll need to know to be a finger style guitarist! If you’ve never tried finger picking before, you’re in the right place. + Read More
Happy 4th of July from Canada my american brothers and sisters. I thought it was only appropriate since this year “Live Lesson Wednesday” fell on the 4th of July, we should learn the Star Spangled Banner. It’s actually a super easy melody to play in the key of G!
A melody is what the singer is singing. It’s what sits on top of the chords to a song. When you hum to yourself, that’s a melody. When you whistle, that’s a melody. A melody is the part of a song that gets stuck in your head. + Read More