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How To Play Same Old Blues On Guitar | Freddie King Guitar Lesson + Tutorial


How To Play Same Old Blues On Guitar | Freddie King Guitar Lesson + Tutorial Learn this classic 16-bar chord progression from a legend in blues guitar, Freddie King. Now this song is called "Same Old Blues," but it doesn't just have the same old 12-bar blues chord progression that most musicians associate with as the basics of the blues.

This is typical of King though, he would often take standard blues chord progressions and add his own compositional twist that really made his music unique. I'll break it down for you step-by-step in today's lesson.

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How To Play Laundromat Blues On Guitar | Albert King Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

Let's break down how to play Laundromat Blues as recorded by Albert King on guitar. This song is a 12-bar blues chord progression in the key of Bb. I talk about this chord progression a lot here on the channel because it is an essential building block to understanding how to play blues guitar. Let's dive in!

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How To Play Today On Guitar | Smashing Pumpkins Guitar Lesson + Tutorial | Part 2

Let's learn how to play Today on guitar by the Smashing Pumpkins. "Today" starts off with a catchy double-stop lick on the 1st and 2nd strings. Then it moves into playing rock power chords throughout the remainder of the song.

Now there are a number of sections to cover in this song so this is going to be a 2-part video. Once you are through with these lessons you'll be able to go and play right along with the original recording. Let's break it down!

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How To Play Today On Guitar | Smashing Pumpkins Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

"Today" starts off with a catchy double-stop lick on the 1st and 2nd strings. Then it moves into playing rock power chords throughout the remainder of the song.

Now there are a number of sections to cover in this song so this is going to be a 2-part video. I'll be posting the second part tomorrow. Once you are through with these lessons you'll be able to go and play right along with the original recording. Let's break it down!

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How To Play Sun King On Guitar | Beatles Abbey Road Series #10

Today is song #10 in the Abbey Road Series and it's how to play "Sun King" on guitar by the Beatles!

If this is the first video you have seen in this series, I am posting a brand new song lesson each week on how to play every single song from the Beatles album Abbey Road!

This song starts off with a short double-stop pickup in the style of Jimi Hendrix. Then it moves into a vibey chord vamp using an E6 and an F#m7.

The Beatles loved to use major 6 chords. If you haven’t learned this sound yet you are missing out on a special secret sauce to getting a Beatles style sound.

I'll break it all down for you in today's featured lesson.

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How To Play I Hope On Guitar | Gaby Barrett Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

Learn how to strum without a pick on this new song called "I Hope" as recorded by Gaby Garrett on guitar. This song just has one main chord progression, and would be a fun one to jam with a looper pedal. Let's break it down!

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How To Play Bell Bottom Blues On Guitar | Eric Clapton Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

Let's learn how to play "Bell Bottom Blues" as recorded by Derek & The Dominoes featuring Eric Clapton on vocals and guitar. One really cool thing to note with this song is that parts of it have an almost identical chord progression to “Something” by the Beatles.

"Bell Bottom Blues" opens up with an arpeggiated guitar part that moves through the verse chord progression in the key of C. Then in the next section, the song changes keys to the key of A. This specific chord progression and key change is a songwriting move that George Harrison would use all the time. You can hear an example of this type of key change in songs like “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

In today’s video I’ll break down each part of this classic song, and I’ll show you how to put it all together.

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How To Play Anyone On Guitar | Justin Beiber Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

Let's break down how to play this brand new song from Justin Bieber. I am going to show you a main rhythm guitar part that goes through the entire song. This guitar part would be great to accompany your voice or another singer. I am going to break down each section of the song, and show you how to put it all together.

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How To Play I'm A Man On Guitar | Bo Diddley Guitar Lesson + Tutorial

Let's break down how to play "I'm A Man" as recorded by Bo Diddley on guitar.

This is a must-know blues riff, and I'm going to show you two different ways of playing it in the key of G.

First I'll show you how you can play the basic riff and how to add a bass note to it with your thumb on your fretting hand. Then I'll show you how you can add hybrid picking in to the mix for a more advanced approach. This riff was used by a ton of famous blues musicians like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, George Thorogood and more.

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Guitar Warm Ups For Speed And Strength

In this lesson we are going to explore some guitar warm ups that use hammer-on and pull-off techniques. The goal with this type of exercise is to help you develop speed, dexterity, and strength.

As you all know I don't spend a lot of time doing exercises. In my own playing and here on the channel as well. Instead I like to focus on songs. I'll typically take songs and create exercises out of them. Then when I am done working on the exercise I get to make music with it. However, with that said I do have a few stretching exercises and some short things like this exercise today that I like to do to keep my chops up and keep improving.

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