Category: Rock Songs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

My Hero by the Foo Fighters
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In this lesson we will be learning the Foo Fighters’ My Hero. The song revolves around a chord progression of E to C#5 and a double stop melody line that opens the tune in the intro. This melody comes back around in the middles section as well. The chorus is made up of A5 and E5 with some octave lines creating the driving sound of this rock tune. This song is heavily over driven so get out your fuzz boxes and distortion pedals!

Outside Woman Blues by Cream
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In this lesson we will be learning Cream and Eric Clapton’s Outside Woman Blues. The song revolves mainly around a bluesy riff in E pentatonic minor. The two chords used are E and B dom7#9.

Fell On Black Days (Acoustic) by Soundgarden
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In this lesson we will be learning the acoustic version of Fell On Black Days. The song revolves around a main power chord type riff. Bars of 4 and 2 make for interesting timing and feel. We also cover the instrumental interlude in its entirety.

Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles
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In this lesson we will be learning the Beatles’ classic Rocky Raccoon. Just 4 chords in this one with a simple strum pattern and easy arrangement. The chords are Am7, D7, G, G7, and C.

Stairway To Heaven (Solo)
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic outro solo to Stairway To Heaven. Jimmy Page covers nearly every position of the A pentatonic minor scale in this one and also throws in the occasional F, the b6 from an A minor scale, to target the root note of the F chord played in the progression. This is a great chops builder!

Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton
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In this lesson we will be learning Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton. The song consists of just 3 chords in the key of A, A, D, and E. The tune has a country blues feel with a little bassline within the guitar part. The parts combine chords, basslines, and blues riffs. The recording has 2 guitar tracks throughout. I have combined these two parts into one resembling the most noticeable of the parts.

La Grange by ZZ Top
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In this lesson we will be learning the riffs to ZZ Top’s La Grange.  The song consists of some classic bluesy style riffs played in A and then shifting to C. The riff can be played fingerstyle or with a pick

Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
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Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys is written in the key of E with a key change to F# for the chorus. Because of the key change it requires the use of barre chords. Other than that, pretty easy to play with a simple strumming pattern.

Up Around The Bend by CCR
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Up Around The Bend is a 3 chord rock tune by CCR. The song is in the key of D and requires a D, A, and G chord. The iconic opening riff is quite easy outlining the notes of a D chord and then an A chord. We will also be covering the lead solo.

Little Martha by The Allman Brothers
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In this lesson we will be learning the instrumental Little Martha. The song is played fingerstyle with open E tuning.

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
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In this lesson we will be learning the fingerstyle tune Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.  Clapton played the song on a nylon string, classical style guitar, but it can be played on any guitar.  Don’t be intimidated by all the chords in this tune.  While it seems like a lot, it actually repeats much of the same progressions throughout.

Proud Mary by CCR
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In this lesson we will be learning Proud Mary by CCR.  We will cover all the rhythm parts and the lead fills.  The song is played in the key of D and uses the following chords. C, A, G, F, and D.

Proud Mary by CCR (Solo)
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In this lesson we will study the solo to Proud Mary.  The solo is played with D pentatonic major and makes use of a lot of double stop techniques.

Passenger Side by Wilco
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Passenger Side by Wilco consists of mainly open chords.  Chords used are C, F, G, Am, G/B, Am/G, and D.  There is a specific arpeggio played over the C chord in the verse, but everything else is played with a simple strum pattern.

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
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In this lesson we will be learning the classic Brown Eyed Girl. This tune is a good song for beginners requiring only a few simple open chords

Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones
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In this lesson we will study the song Honky Tonk Woman. This tune requires some hybrid picking country style.

Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
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In this lesson we will incorporate the open G chords in this Rolling Stone classic Brown Sugar.

Don’t Stop Believing
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In this lesson we will study the tune Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

When I Come Around
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In this lesson we will study the song When I Come Around by Green Day.

Eye of the Tiger
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In this lesson we study the song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.

Sunshine of Your Love
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In this lesson we will do a song study of the classic Cream song Sunshine of Your Love.

TNT by ACDC
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In this lesson we will do a song study of the classic ACDC song TNT. The song uses primarily power chords and is a great beginner tune.

Handshake Drugs by Wilco
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In this lesson we will do a song study of Handshake Drugs by Wilco.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
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In this lesson we will do a song study of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide.”

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You by Led Leppelin
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In this lessons we will do a finger style song study of the Led Zeppelin classic “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”