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Unlock John Lee Hooker's Blues Guitar Tricks With This "Dimples" Guitar Lesson

blues Sep 09, 2023

One of the secrets to John Lee Hooker’s sound is how he played fingerstyle on electric guitar. Today I’ll break down some of his exact techniques in this “Dimples” guitar lesson.

The combination of fingertips and electric guitar with a bit of breakup to the sound is a magical tone for blues guitar. There are two main sections we are going to cover in this lesson, the blues groove and an 8-bar blues chord progression. So tuneup, and let’s get started!

Who wrote Dimples?

"Dimples" was written by blues legend John Lee Hooker. The original version featured Jimmy Reed’s backup band. John Lee Hooker played the riff on slide guitar in the original version.

Dimples Chords

“Dimples” is in the key of E and uses just 3 chords E7, A7, and B7. These 3 chords are 3 most common chords in blues tunes and are often referred to as the I, IV, and V chords in the key.

E7 = I chord

A7 = IV chord

B7 = V chord

Also, check out how all the chords are dominant...

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The Ultimate Hey Joe Guitar Lesson (Jimi Hendrix)

blues Sep 07, 2023

Today I want to share with you how I play the very first single released by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, “Hey Joe”.

In this “Hey Joe” guitar lesson, I’m going to break down key insights into Hendrix’s signature guitar style as well as discuss the background of this song. It is most commonly associated with Hendrix but it was actually originally written by Billy Roberts. 

It’s relatively simple. You’ll only need 5 chords to play the whole thing. I’ll walk you through it step-by-step. So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started.

Who originally sang Hey Joe?

"Hey Joe" is a song that is most associated with the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. But it was actually written by Billy Roberts, an American folk musician, in the early 1960s. 

The first known recording of "Hey Joe" was made by Roberts. He performed the song in a simple acoustic arrangement. Yet this version formed the basis for...

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10 EASY Blues Songs on Guitar

blues Sep 05, 2023

Hey Friend! 

Today I want to share with you 10 easy blues songs on guitar. When I was starting out with blues guitar. I didn’t know which tunes to focus on. 

Many times I would start one and then get frustrated if it was too hard.

I see this all the time with students. In fact, a big tip for progressing faster with guitar and staying motivated is making sure you pick the right songs to work. We don’t want it to be too hard or we can easily feel discouraged. 

So below is a list of 10 easy blues guitar songs for beginners. To help avoid that pitfall.

Are you ready? You are. Great.

Let’s go!

1. Green Onions” – Booker T. & the M.G.'s

"Green Onions" is an instrumental blues that was released in 1962 by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The track is widely recognized for its distinctive Hammond organ riff, played by Booker T. Jones, which serves as the song's main hook. It was a major hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and...

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Good Times Bad Times Guitar Lesson (Led Zeppelin)

rock Sep 02, 2023

Today I want to share with you the song that put Led Zeppelin on the map.

I am talking about “Good Times Bad Times” the opening track from their debut album Led Zeppelin. Aka Led Zeppelin I

The song showcases the whole band’s incredible musicianship and energy. 

In this “Good Times Bad Times” guitar lesson we’ll cover the origins of the song, the chords, rhythms, and scales you’ll need to know to start playing like Jimmy Page today.

So make sure you’re in tune and let’s get started!

Who wrote Good Times Bad Times? 

"Good Times Bad Times" was written by all four members of Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. The song is credited to the entire band, as was the case with many of Led Zeppelin's early compositions. 

This collaborative approach to songwriting played a significant role in shaping their unique sound and contributed to their lasting impact on rock and blues music.

The...

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Rare Stevie Ray Vaughan Acoustic (Blues Guitar Lesson)

blues Aug 31, 2023

I’ve noticed over the years with guitar players that a lot of them are afraid to play acoustic.

Of course, there are a ton of amazing electric-only players. Like B.B. King. I remember years ago reading an interview with King. In the story, he talked about how Clapton invited him over to work on some songs and just play acoustic. King did it. 

But then he said he didn’t want to do it again after. Now obviously King is a master. But there is just something about acoustic guitar that keeps us all honest. And if you don’t have this muscle built up it can be rough. But I’ve also noticed that some of the most heavy-hitting guitar players of all time do both really well.

They can pick up an electric, or unplug and sound amazing either way. 

And this is exactly what you will see in this rare Stevie Ray Vaughan acoustic guitar lesson. Now, for the first time ever, I’ll break down this rare acoustic video.

So grab your guitar and let’s dive...

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EASY Robert Johnson Guitar Lesson (They're Red Hot)

blues Aug 27, 2023

If you like ragtime blues guitar then today I’ve got you covered with this lesson on how to play the amazing tune “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson. 

This song is a 9-bar blues progression. It’s essentially an 8-bar progression plus a little one-bar tag at the end of the vocal phrase, which brings it up to 9 bars total. 

There are two parts we are going to cover the intro and the verse progression. 

So get tuned up and let’s dive into this Robert Johnson guitar lesson!

Who originally wrote, “They're Red Hot”?

“They’re Red Hot” is a blues song written and performed by the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson. It was recorded in 1936 and released as part of Johnson's influential body of work. The song showcases his distinctive guitar style. Particularly his driving guitar accompaniment and bluesy vocal performances.

"They're Red Hot" is an upbeat tune with lyrics that revolve around the theme...

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Californication Guitar Lesson (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

rock Aug 24, 2023

Today I want to share with you how I play “Californication” as recorded by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

This song has some amazing guitar playing in it done by the legendary guitarist John Frusciante.

We’ll start off with the iconic opening riff, then we'll go through the chords and different patterns you can use to start playing the whole song today! 

So make sure you’re in tune and let’s get started!

Who wrote Californication? 

“Californication” is a song by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s the title track and lead single from their seventh studio album, released in 1999. The song was written by the band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and Chad Smith, and it explores themes of the dark side of Hollywood and the cultural impact of mass media on society.

Musically, "Californication" is a blend of alternative rock, funk, and psychedelic influences that are all characteristic of the Red Hot...

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The Ultimate Black Magic Woman Guitar Lesson (Santana, Eric Clapton)

blues Aug 19, 2023

Today let’s dive into a “Black Magic Woman” guitar lesson. "Black Magic Woman" is a song that has captivated music lovers for decades. It started with Peter Green and the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. 

But the song found its true magic in the hands of Santana, becoming one of his most iconic and beloved tracks.  

In this post, I’ll break it down for you step-by-step. So make sure you’re tuned up, and let’s get started! 

Who is Black Magic Woman originally by?

"Black Magic Woman" was originally written and recorded by the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. The song was released as a single in 1968 and was included on their album English Rose in the United Kingdom. 

But Santana's cover of "Black Magic Woman" is undoubtedly the most famous and well-known version of the song. It was included on his 1970 album titled Abraxas and released as a single. Santana's interpretation of the song took a different direction...

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Heart Of Gold Guitar Lesson (Neil Young)

rock Aug 15, 2023

Today I want to share with you how to play “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young on guitar.  

This song is a classic, and it’s not too hard to play.

Taking a look at how Neil Young approaches the different rhythms, chord progressions, and even his catchy licks off the chords will help elevate any guitarist’s playing.

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started! 

Who originally wrote “Heart Of Gold”

"Heart of Gold" was originally written by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young. It was released as a single in 1972 and later appeared on his album "Harvest." The song became one of Young's most successful and lasting hits, reaching the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Heart of Gold" is characterized by its mellow acoustic guitar melody, simple chord progression, and introspective lyrics. Young wrote "Heart of Gold" during a time when he was struggling with fame and the pressures of his career. He later...

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Guitar Lesson (Beatles)

rock Aug 13, 2023

Today I want to share with you one of the most LEGENDARY guitar songs of all time.

In fact, for the first time ever I am going to peel back the curtain on this timeless song. 

I’m spilling the beans on how to play “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on guitar.

We’ll cover the background of the song, the chord progressions, the strumming patterns you need to know, and even how to solo over it in the style of Eric Clapton.

So grab your guitar. Get tuned up, and let’s get started!

Who wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. It was written by George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the band. And it was included on The Beatles' self-titled album, commonly known as the White Album, released in 1968.

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is one of Harrison's most iconic compositions and is often regarded as one of The Beatles' finest songs. 

Harrison wrote the song in 1968, during a...

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