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Learn to play "You Really Got Me" on guitar in this step-by-step lesson!

rock May 02, 2023

If you're a fan of rock music, at some point, you are going to come across this tune. Whether it’s the original version by The Kinks or the version later done by Van Halen, this rock riff should be a part of every aspiring rock guitarist's repertoire.

In this “You Really Got Me” guitar lesson, I’ll be covering the original Kinks version and walking you through the main guitar parts you need to know to get playing in this style today!

The Kinks' original version of this song was first performed in more of a bluesy style, inspired by artists like Big Bill Broonzy and Lead Belly. Two takes were recorded, and the second one was used for the single, which was first released in the UK in the fall of 1964.

“You Really Got Me” was written by Ray Davies, and it was rumored that Jimmy Page played the guitar solo, however, this was a myth that has since been proven incorrect.

You Really Got Me Guitar Chords

The song is in the key of G and kicks off with an...

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I Know It's Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It) Rolling Stones Guitar Lesson

rock Apr 21, 2023

In this post, we'll dive into the guitar style of the classic rock anthem 'I Know It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)' by The Rolling Stones. 'I Know It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)' is the lead single from The Rolling Stones' 1974 album 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll'. The songwriting was credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In this guitar lesson, I'll guide you through the chords, strumming patterns, and rock guitar techniques you need to know to play it like a pro.

It's Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It) Chords

Essentially there are just 5 chords you need to know to jam along with this recording. Those chords are E, A, G, D, and B. Here’s how I would play them as open-position chords. 

For E I would play all 6 strings like this:

A like this:

G like this:

D like this:

And finally, B is like this:

Adding in the rhythm

Now Keith often instead of playing just the straight open chords, would substitute in blues rhythm patterns.

So instead of just strumming an...

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How to Play “Boom Boom” By John Lee Hooker On Guitar Like a Pro

blues Apr 20, 2023

Ready to level up your blues guitar skills?

Look no further than the classic sounds of John Lee Hooker and his tune "Boom Boom".

In this "Boom Boom" guitar lesson, I'll share with you the key elements of Hooker's bluesy style and break down the chords, signature riffs, grooves, and even how to get started soloing in this classic blues style today.

"Boom Boom" has been covered by countless artists over the years, and its iconic riff and groovy rhythm make it a must-know for any aspiring blues guitar player. So grab your guitar, and let's get ready to jam some blues!

Who Wrote Boom Boom?

“Boom Boom” was written by American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Lee Hooker. It was first recorded in 1961, and even though it’s considered a blues standard music critic Charles Shaar Murray called it "the greatest pop song he ever wrote".

The song has a bluesy groove to it but it actually doesn’t follow a typical 12-bar blues chord progression like many...

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Guitar Lesson: How to Play "Run Through the Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

rock Apr 15, 2023

Unlock a swampy blues jam you can add to your repertoire with this guitar lesson on how to play "Run Through The Jungle" as recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. This lesson will guide you through the tuning, chords, strumming patterns, and riff variations so you can start playing in this style like a pro today!

Who wrote Run Through The Jungle

"Run Through The Jungle" was written by singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Fogerty. The song was first released on Creedence Clearwater Revival's fifth studio album, Cosmo's Factory, in 1970. The lyrics and title of the song have led many to believe that the song is about the Vietnam War.

What tuning is Run Through The Jungle in?

The guitar tuning for "Run Through The Jungle" is drop D tuning. To get there from standard tuning, you'll want to take your low 6th string and tune it down from E to the note D. This gives the song and riffs a deep bass foundation that adds to the emotion and feel of the song. Simply tune the 6th string...

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Step-by-Step Guide to Lay Down Sally Guitar Lesson

rock Apr 14, 2023

Looking to unlock that funky, bluesy guitar riff that Eric Clapton played on "Lay Down Sally"? 

If so, this "Lay Down Sally" guitar lesson will be your step-by-step guide to the chords, rhythm, and even soloing over this fun song!

If you're a guitarist of any level, this song is a great one to add to your repertoire. If you’re a beginner I would suggest starting with just working on the three fundamental chords and changing between them in time.

Getting that down first helps you build a strong foundation for the tune. Then, for more experienced guitarists, this song is a chance to explore Clapton's iconic bluesy rhythms and add some new licks to your arsenal. 

So, grab your guitar, and let's get ready to learn how to play "Lay Down Sally"!

Lay Down Sally Chords

Like so many great songs there are only 3 chords you need to know to play this one. A, D, and E. 

For A play it like this:

For the D play it like this:

For the E play it like this:

These chords can be...

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Mastering the Blues: The Ultimate Guide to 'The Thrill Is Gone' Guitar Lesson

blues Apr 13, 2023

Whether you are gearing up for a jam with friends or want to play some blues guitar at home this ultimate guide to "The Thrill Is Gone" guitar lesson is your one-stop shop for playing minor blues in the style of B.B. King.

King was born in 1925 in Leflore County on a cotton plantation close to the city of Itta Bena, Mississippi. He was the son of sharecroppers and grew up surrounded by music from a very young age. He sang in a gospel choir and the local minister gave him his first guitar lesson after he got his first guitar at age 12. In this article, I’ll break down key elements to King’s guitar approach and show you step-by-step strategies so you can get playing in this style today. 

Who wrote The Thrill Is Gone?

King actually was not the original writer of "The Thrill Is Gone." The original writers were Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell. 

King took this slow minor blues and put his own twist on it, releasing his version in December of 1969. One of the most...

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Step-by-Step Guitar Lesson On Suzie Q: Beginner to Advanced

rock Apr 11, 2023

Are you looking to improve your rock and blues guitar skills?

If so, this step-by-step “Suzie Q” guitar lesson is your ticket! 

In this post, I’ll share with you the history of the song, the chords, the iconic riff, and everything else you need to know to get playing in the style today!

Who Originally Sang Suzie Q?

The original version of "Suzie Q" was sung by American rock singer-songwriter Dale Hawkins. Hawkins was often credited as the architect of swamp rock boogie. He wrote the tune during a booming rockabilly era with fellow bandmate Robert Chaisson, and they recorded it in 1957. Hawkins's version featured the brilliant guitar work of James Burton, who worked with many famous artists such as Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson among others.

What key is Suzie Q in?

“Suzie Q” is in the key of E and features a blues riff and chord progression. The original version by Hawkins and the later version recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) are...

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From Beginner to Pro: 'Green Onions' Guitar Lesson Breakdown

blues Apr 11, 2023

Whether you're looking for a new blues tune to jam along with at home or a classic song to get you ready for a blues jam, this "Green Onions" guitar lesson is your one-stop-shop for learning the chords, grooves, and solos today.

"Green Onions" was first released on Stax Records in October 1962 as the title track on the debut album Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The original members of the band were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums).

This song is a classic display of the "Memphis Soul" sound, and it has become a staple in many blues guitarists' repertoire and is also very commonly called at jam sessions.

In this "Green Onions" guitar lesson, I'll share with you some key points to being able to play in this bluesy style.

How I Failed At A Blues Jam!

Before we dive into the lesson though, I want to share with you a bit about my first experience jamming “Green Onions” at a blues jam some...

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How to Play Great Balls of Fire on Guitar Like a Pro

rock Apr 10, 2023


If you're looking to add some classic rock and roll to your repertoire, then look no further than this "Great Balls of Fire" guitar lesson. This iconic song by Jerry Lee Lewis is known for its fast-paced piano riff, but it can also be played on the guitar, and it’s a lot of fun. In this lesson, we'll break down the chords, signature bass lines, and rhythm patterns, step-by-step so you can start playing this song today! 

What did Jerry Lee Lewis mean by Great Balls of Fire?

Before we can jump into the guitar lesson let’s answer the one question that I’m sure you’re all wondering, “What did Jerry Lee Lewis mean by Great Balls of Fire?” The song is essentially about the earthquake feeling that love can put a person in. Lewis captured the energy of those emotions and channeled it into this hit song. 

“Great Balls Of Fire” was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee at Sun Studio on October 8, 1957.

The track features Lewis on piano...

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Step-by-Step Guide to All Along the Watchtower Guitar Lesson

rock Apr 09, 2023

Let’s dive into one of the most iconic guitar performances of all time: Jimi Hendrix's version of 'All Along the Watchtower.' In this guitar lesson, I'll walk you through step-by-step some of the key elements in Hendrix's guitar style, with the hope that you can discover how to incorporate some of Hendrix's magic into your own guitar playing.

Who wrote All Along The Watchtower?

This legendary song was originally written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and was transformed into a masterpiece by Hendrix's innovative guitar playing and unique interpretation. It was first released on Dylan’s eighth studio album, John Wesley Harding, in 1967. A year later, Hendrix released his version on the album Electric Ladyland in 1968. 

All Along The Watchtower Chords

You only need to know 3 chords to play 'All Along The Watchtower,' C#m, B, and A.

For C#m play this:

B play this: 

And finally, for A play this:

The entire song is played with one looping chord...

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