Category: Song Lessons

Patience Solos by Guns N Roses
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In this lesson we will be learning the lead solo parts to Patience. We will be covering the intro solo and the main solo in the middle. Slash applies great melodic licks that follow the chord progression. A good one to study and analyze.

Forty Four Blues by Eric Clapton / Howlin Wolf
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In this lesson we will be learning the blues classic Forty Four Blues. The tune has been done by various artists but in this lesson we will be closely following the Eric Clapton version. It basically follows a 12 bar blues pattern but does have some interesting additional bars. Trills, bends, and other articulations make it a great piece to study for those into the Blues genre.

Star Wars Theme Song
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In this lesson we will be learning the main theme song to Star Wars.  The relatively easy melody is in the key of A. Fun, recognizable tune!

Patience by Guns N Roses
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In this lesson we will be studying the acoustic tune Patience by Guns N Roses. The song requires you to tune down a 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording. From a chord standpoint it uses mostly easy open chords but does apply some melodic lines within. The arrangement is made up of 3 parts, verse, chorus, and an outro vamp. We will be studying the lead solos in a separate lesson.

Twist And Shout by The Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning Twist and Shout by The Beatles.  The song consists of basically one riff in the key of A.  We will be studying this and the complete guitar solo.

Slow Ride by Foghat
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In this lesson we will be learning Slow Ride by Foghat.  The song is composed around an A power chord groove with lots of bluesy riffs.

Chevrolet by Taj Mahal
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In this lesson we will be learning the Blues classic Chevrolet by Taj Mahal.  The song consists mainly of a blues riff in E pentatonic minor.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
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In this lesson we will be learning Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.  The lesson is taught on acoustic guitar but could easily be played on either acoustic or electric.  The most challenging part is the melodic chordal intro theme.  Other than the intro, it is mainly open chord strumming.  Remember to tune down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
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In this lesson we will be learning Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. The song, played on acoustic guitar, is mad up of 2 parts.  The majority of the song is played fingerstyle using mostly open chords.  The bridge consists of open chords with a simple strumming pattern

Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood
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In this lesson we will be learning Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood.  The song is relatively simple from and arrangement and strumming perspective.  However, there is the use of some slash and barre chords along with melodic lines in the D chord before the chorus.

Let It Be Guitar Solo
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In this lesson we will be taking a close look at the guitar solo in the Beatles’ classic “Let It Be”.  The solo is constructed using C pentatonic major.

Dance Money by Tones and I
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In this lesson we will be learning Dance Monkey by Tones and I. The song consists of 4 chords with capo at the 2nd fret. The chords are Em, C, D, and Bm. The chords are played in the same progression throughout the entire tune. Since there are no noticeable guitar parts on the recording we have a lot of latitude to interpret the song on guitar.

No Matter What by Badfinger
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In this lesson we will be learning No Matter What by Badfinger.  The song consists of basically 2 sections that repeat.  There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording and we have combined the 2 parts into 1 containing the most recognizable lines.  The part includes a lot of melodic arpeggio play on the A major and Bm chords.  This will be the most challenging part of the song.  We will also be covering the slide guitar solo.  Well written song with great chord progressions and melodic lines.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Iz
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In this lesson we will be learning Somewhere Over The Rainbow as arranged by Iz Kamakawiwoʻole.  The original version done on ukulele, is played in the key of C with a reggae like feel.  Fantastic version and arrangement!

Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning Can’t Buy Me Love by the Beatles. We will be covering all the parts including the guitar solo. This song can be played on electric or acoustic. Chords used are Em, Am, Dm, G, C, and F. The strumming pattern is pretty straight forward.

The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
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The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars is a relatively simple tune with a reggae feel.  With a reggae feel you will be playing on the up beats rather than the downbeats.  From an arrangement standpoint, pretty easy with 3 parts mad mostly of a I-IV-V progression.  The challenging part is the key. Being in the key of B we have all barre chords.

I Get Around by The Beach Boys
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I Get Around by The Beach Boys is made up of 3 parts primarily, verse, chorus, and solo section.  For electric guitar it is mostly palm muted eighth note power chords in the choruses.  For the verses we have an interesting single note part with a classic Brian Wilson melodic riff.  For acoustic we will be learning the open chords to get for of the harmonic structure of the song. We will also be covering the guitar solo note for note.

Stand Back by The Allman Brothers
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In this lesson we will be learning Stand Back by The Allman Brothers. The arrangement is pretty straight ahead. The song is centered around a cool funky blues riff primarily. Chords needed are A, B7#9, D/A, F#7, E, and D.

Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette
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In this lesson we will be learning Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette. It is a relatively simple song with just two parts, a verse and chorus. Chords needed are C, G, Am, F, Bb, D, Bm, and A. We will be covering a couple different strumming patterns that can be used.

Rainbow Connection by Kermit The Frog
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In this lesson we will be learning the Muppets classic Rainbow Connection.  The song uses a lot of chords because of the key change for the 3rd verse and chorus.  It is written in 3/4 time with a very simple strumming pattern.  Capo required on the 2nd fret.

Can’t Stop by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
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In this lesson we will be learning Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers.  The song consists of  3 parts, the main verse riff, the chorus, and a bridge. We will also be covering the solo.  Guitarist John Frusciante has a unique style that is difficult to mimic but we will show ways to get around his use of thumb to play bass notes. He uses all barre chords for the chorus and bridge with some extensions added for color.

Memories by Maroon 5
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In this lesson we will be learning Memories by Maroon 5. The original recording was played on electric piano and we have transcribed this into a fingerstyle guitar part. The chords shapes used are G, Em, D, Bm, and C with a capo on the 4th fret.

Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
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In this lesson we will be learning Me And Bobby McGee on acoustic guitar. The song consists of a simple 3 chord progression that switches keys about half way through. It starts in the key of G playing G, C, and D chords. The key change is to A using A, E, and D chords. The most challenging part about this tune is the intro strumming pattern.

Sunflower by Post Malone
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In this lesson we will be learning Sunflower by Post Malone. Great song for beginners with a simple chord progression and strumming pattern. Just 3 chords in this one and a great way to practicing switching on the beat.

Your Love by The Outfield
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In this lesson we will be learning the 80’s rock tune Your Love by The Outfield. A big portion of the song is made up of a palm muted, 8th note, power chord progression with specific accents. Some nice sus chords are also used in various parts. Fun song to play!

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
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In this lesson we will be learning the Mariah Carey Christmas tune All I Want For Christmas is You. From a strumming perspective the song is fairly easy, but there are a lot of chords.

Never My Love by The Association
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In this lesson we will be learning Never My Love by the Association. To be in tune with the original recording it will require a capo at the first fret. There are several chords in this one, C, G, Bb, F, Am, Em, Em7, Esus4, E, Am7, Dsus4, D, G/D, and Cmaj7.

Shotgun by George Ezra
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Shotgun by George Ezra is a simple 4 chord song with the same arrangement throughout. The song requires the chord shapes C, F, Am, and G played with a capo at the fifth fret.

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings
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This classic country walz consists of just 3 chords, the I, IV, and V played in two different keys. The song starts in the key of D and halfway through shifts to the key of E. Chords needed are D, G, A7, E A, and B7. We will also be applying an alternating bass line to the progression.

Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield
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Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield, a classic 80’s tune, is written mostly with power chords. Pretty easy tune for the most part, but the Bridge could be challenging when attempting to emulate the synth parts that drive the Bridge.

Love and Happiness by Al Green
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Love and Happiness by Al Green is a classic R&B/Soul tune written in Ab minor. Because of the key it will require several barre chords. We will cover all parts including the intro and the horn lines transcribed for guitar. The song offers the opportunity for some improvisational lead stuff using an Ab Pentatonic minor / Blues scale.

Lean On Me by Bill Withers
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Lean on Me by Bill Withers is a piano tune in the Key of C. We are going to learn this on guitar as close to the piano part as possible. This will require some different and more challenging chord voicings. Sounds very nice if you can get it. We will also be going over an easier version as well using mostly open chords.

Finish What Ya Started by Van Halen
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Finish What Ya Started is in the key of E and is built primarily around a twangy, honky tonk style riff. The Verse and Choruses consist of Eddie playing around this riff in E and A. He plays the riff a little different with every pass, so we are going to focus on a few variations and hit some key licks note for note. Challenging and fun tune!

Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
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Mustang Sally is classic R&B/ Blues tune by Wilson Pickett. The song is a I-IV-V chord progression in the key of C. There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording, a lead and a rhythm part. We will be covering both of them.

Morning Dew by Bonnie Dobson
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In this lesson we will be learning the original version of Morning Dew by Bonnie Dobson. The song is played fingerstyle with a capo at the 2nd fret. The chords used are A, G, G/F#, D, C, G/B.

How Great Thou Art
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The classic hymn How Great Thou Art is a simple chord progression for the most part. Chords used in the key of G are G, C, D, D7, Am, G7, and C#dim7. We will be covering the chords and the melody.

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon
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In this lesson we will be learning Me And Julio Down by The Schoolyard by Paul Simon. The song consists of just 4 chords, A, E, D, and G. The challenging part of this song is the rhythm. There is a consistent 16th note strum pattern with dead notes that creates a percussive sound throughout. There is also some Time Signature changes going from 4/4 to 2/4.

Birthday by The Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning Birthday by the Beatles. The song consists of basically 3 parts plus a short guitar solo/interlude. The verse is comprised of a I-IV-V riff in the key of A. For the bridge the song modulates to the key of C while the guitar copies the bassline and moves from C to G.

Lights by Journey
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Lights by Journey is made up of basically 2 parts. Neil Schon uses a lot of Hendrix style chords putting the 3rd on the bottom of a major chord to create a progression with some melodic lines mixed in.

That Thing You Do by the Wonders
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In this lesson we will be learning the theme song the movie That Thing You Do. The song has a real 50’s or early 60’s feel. The tune has some great chords progression reminiscent of the time period. We will also be learning the lead guitar solo.

In the Ghetto by Elvis
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In this lesson we will be learning In The Ghetto by Elvis. The original recording was done with a capo on the first fret. The main riff of the song is played with a hybrid picking style. The rest of the tune is arpeggiated chords and strumming. Chords used are A, E, D, and a Bm barre chord shape.

Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
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In this lesson we will be learning the song Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. Very simple song and great for beginners. The song uses just 4 chords and the arrangement is the same throughout the entire tune. Chords used are G, Em, D, and C.

Because I Had You by Shawn Mendes
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Because I Had You by Shawn Mendes is a pop tune in the key of Em. It is originally played fingerstyle on electric guitar but sounds good on acoustic as well. The chords used are Em, D, C, G, and Bm, all played with a barre chord shape.

Rumble by Link Wray
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In this lesson we will be learning the instrumental Rumble by Link Wray. The song consists of just 4 chords and a descending pentatonic minor riff in the key of E. The 3 chords used are D, E, A, and B7.

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
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In this lesson we will be learning Old Town Road. For beginners I would suggest tuning down 1/2 step. This will allow you to play along with the original recording while using open chords. The song consists of just 4 chords – A, C, G, F.

Victoria by John Mayer
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In this lesson we will be learning Victoria by John Mayer. We will be covering the fingerstyle parts along with the strumming that comes later. The song contains some interesting chords in the form of Maj and min 7ths. We will also be covering the solo note for note.

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana
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In this lesson we will be learning Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana.  The song requires an alternate tuning of Drop D plus tuning 1/2 step down from there.  Two main parts make up the song, a verse riff and power chord driven chorus.  We will also be covering the guitar solo.

Ohio by CSN&Y
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In this lesson we will study Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Youngs’ Ohio. The song was played originally on electric guitar but also played acoustic often in live performances. We have chosen to do the lesson on acoustic but it can be played the exact same way on both electric and acoustic. The song has just 4 chords, D5, F, C, and Gmin7. It requires you to drop both E strings to D so you are in Drop D tuning. The arrangement is simple. It involves a riff within the D, F, and C chords for the intro and breaks and everything else is strumming.

Outshined by Soundgarden
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In this lesson we will be learning Outshined by Soundgarden. The song is played in drop D tuning and contains some really heavy power chord riffs. The song was written using 7/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Mostly power chords in this one minus the Pre Chorus that revolves around a different D major chord voicing.

Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin
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In this lesson we will be learning the riff oriented Good Times Bad Times. The main riff is based off of E5 and D5. The chorus is a 3 chord arrangement that modulates to a different key each chorus.