Category: Pop Songs

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

High Hopes by Panic at the Disco
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High Hopes by Panic at the Disco is a pretty simple tune with just 2 parts and a fairly easy strum pattern. You will need a capo at the 5th fret to play with the original recording. The chords used are F, C, Am, G, Em, and E7.

Shallow (From A Star Is Born)
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In this lesson we are going to learn the song Shallow as performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the movie A Star Is Born. The song uses a fingerstyle method throughout. The fingerstyle part is pretty crucial in the verse. Later in the song a strumming pattern can be applied. We will cover both a fingerstyle and strumming way of approaching the song.

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
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In this song lesson, You Were Meant For Me by Jewel, we will be using fingerstyle in the verse and strumming in the rest of the parts. It is played in the key of G. Chords used are Cadd9, C, G/B, G, D, Em, Bm, and Am7

Wild Ones by Flo Rida
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In this lesson we will study the chord progression to Wild Ones by Flo Rida

Somebody I Used To Know
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In this lesson we will learn Somebody I Used To Know by GOTYE.

We Are Young by Fun
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In this lesson we will learn the the song We Are Young by Fun.

Forget You by Cee-Lo
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In this lesson we will do a song study of the tune Forget You by Cee-Lo.

Starships by Nicki Minaj
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In this lesson we will study the chord progression and guitar parts to Starships by Nicki Minaj.

Home by Phillip Phillips
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In this lesson we will study Home by Phillip Phillips.

No Such Thing by John Mayer
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This lesson is a song study of John Mayer’s “No Such Thing”

What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
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This is a song study of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

Payphone by Maroon 5
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This is a song study of Payphone by Maroon 5

Brave by Sara Bareilles
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In this lesson we will study Brave by Sara Bareilles

What I Got by Sublime
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In this lesson we will study the song What I Got by Sublime.

Rolling in the Deep by Adele
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In this lesson we will learn Rolling in the Deep by Adele. This is a great tune for beginners as it uses only power chords.

Hey Ho by the Lumineers
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In this lesson we will learn Hey Ho by the Lumineers. Good song for beginners that know open chords.

Demons by Imagine Dragons
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In this lesson we will learn Demons by Imagine Dragons.

When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars
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In this lesson we will learn When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars.

Im Yours by Jason Mraz
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In this lesson we will learn the Jason Mraz tune I’m Yours. This song requires a capo on the 2nd fret.

Angel by Jack Johnson
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In this lesson we will be learning Angel by Jack Johnson. Great tune for beginners. Uses mainly open chords.

Let Her Go by Passenger (Chords and Tab)
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In this lesson we will be studying the song Let Her Go by Passenger. This piece includes a fingerstyle intro with a capo at the 7th fret. Let Her Go chords are relatively basic chords with some melodic embellishments throughout.  For the intro, a fingerstyle approach is used.  The rest of the song uses strumming of these chords.

A Team by Ed Sheeran
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In this lesson we will be learning A Team by Ed Sheeran. This song will require a capo at the 2nd fret

Roar by Katy Perry
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In this lesson we will learn the Katy Perry song Roar. Capo required for this song.

All of Me by John Legend
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In this lesson we will be arranging the piano based John Legend tune All of Me for acoustic guitar. Requires a capo at the 1st fret.

Counting Stars by One Republic
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In this lesson we will be learning Counting Stars by One Republic. Pretty simple tune. Does require a capo

Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s
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In this lesson I will teach how to play Hey There Delilah. Great tune for finger pickers.

Your Song by Ellie Goulding
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In this lesson we will learn Ellie Goulding’s version of the classic Elton John tune “Your Song”. Capo at 3rd fret.

Ants Marching by Dave Matthews
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In this lesson we will study Ants Marching by Dave Matthews

Rude by Magic!
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In this lesson we will be learning Rude by Magic! This is a reggae style tune using barre chords and related barre chord voicings.

Wake Me Up by Avicii
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This tune has a simple 4 chord progression using all open chords. The challenging part of this song is the rhythm. You will need to know C, F, Am, G, and E

Happy by Pharrell Williams
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In this lesson we will be learning Happy by Pharrell Williams. The tune consists of just 2 parts. A bluesy pentatonic minor lick fills the verses and the chorus contains a Cmaj7, Bm, and E7 chord. The song does require a capo to be in tune with the original recording.

Riptide by Vance Joy
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This is a relatively simple tune using 3 or 4 open chords. The trick here is getting the strum pattern down.

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
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This is a super easy 3 chord pop tune using Am, C, and G. Great tune for beginners. There is no real guitar part in the original recording so you are free to be creative.

I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith
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In this lesson we will be learning I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith.

Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
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Learn how to play Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. The song is relatively easy with just a few parts and an easy guitar solo.

Thinking Out Loud Chords
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In this free guitar lesson we will be learning Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. This popular tune is a great song for beginners. This lesson also includes a tab sheet that you can download to follow along with the video. Thinking Out Loud chords are A, D, Em, Bm, and G.  There are also A7 and D/F# used in the song. In the verse of the song Ed uses a quick hammer on lick over the A chord going into the D chord.  This short melodic lick leads us back the the beginning of the phrase.

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
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In this lesson we will be learning All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. This is a basic 3 chord tune.

Take Me To Church by Hozier
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In this lesson we will study the chord progression and transpose for guitar.

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
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Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus begins with an R&B like chord based riff with an interesting use of rhythmic dead notes. The rest of the tune, other than the bridge is based off of the same chord progression. This tune, while played on an electric could easily be adapted to play on an acoustic with basic barre chords.

Gravity by John Mayer
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In this lesson we will study Gravity by John Mayer. There are just 2 parts to this soulful tune that used Hendrix style major chord voicings and maj7 chords in the choruses.