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Sweet Home Alabama Guitar Lesson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

rock Nov 21, 2023

Whelp… 

Today I have something cool for you…

And there really isn't much more to say other than THIS...

Right now, for the first time ever, I'm going to share with you how I play one of the most ICONIC guitar riffs of all time!

I’m talking about THE EPIC, THE LEGENDARY Lynyrd Skynyrd Tune…

 "Sweet Home Alabama."

Apparently, Ed King was the guy who came up with the main signature guitar part. (BTW your friends will recognize this right away when you play it!)

Ed played it on a Fender Stratocaster.

Now I’ve played this tune countless times with band after band… 

It always seems to come a little later in the set when everyone starts to cut loose on the dance floor…

In fact, I even learned a simple version of “Sweet Home Alabama” as one of the first riffs I ever played. (I’ll show you how to play that easy version too.)

My cousin showed it to me.

He taught me the chords and this little picking...

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Rocket Man Guitar Lesson (Elton John)

rock Nov 16, 2023

Today I want to share with you an easy way to play “Rocket Man” on guitar.

This song has touched generations of listeners and was written by two legendary songwriting collaborators Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

In this post, you’ll learn the chords, strumming patterns, and even cool ways that piano parts can be interpreted on guitar.

So tune up and let’s dive into this “Rocket Man” guitar lesson!

Who wrote Rocket Man?

"Rocket Man" was written by the British singer-songwriter Elton John, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. 

It was released on Elton John's 1972 album Honky Château. The song is one of Elton John's most iconic hits and remains a staple of his discography.

"Rocket Man" was recorded at the Honky Château Studio in France. This studio was known for its unique recording methods, including the use of a mobile recording unit.

The song reached the top ten on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2018, "Rocket...

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Wind Cries Mary Guitar Lesson (Jimi Hendrix)

rock Nov 15, 2023

Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest rhythm guitar players ever. 

Now sure he came out onstage and did circus stunts like playing guitar solos with his teeth and behind his back. But too often his rhythm playing gets overlooked. 

The truth is, Hendrix changed the game in this area as well. 

He combined the influences of players like Curtis Mayfield and Cornell Dupree and had some of the most beautiful and inventive rhythm guitar playing you’ll ever hear.

Today I want to share an example of this with you in this Wind Cries Mary guitar lesson. 

So grab your guitar and let’s get started!

Who originally wrote The Wind Cries Mary?

"The Wind Cries Mary" is a blues rock ballad written by Jimi Hendrix. He wrote the song as a reconciliatory love song for his girlfriend in London, Kathy Etchingham. The song was originally titled "Katherine" before Hendrix changed it to "The Wind Cries Mary."

This groovy song was recorded at Studio One in London in July 1967....

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Hey Hey What Can I Do Led Zeppelin Guitar Lesson

rock Nov 11, 2023

Few guitarists are able to fuse together the roots of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll better than Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. 

In fact, songs like ‘You Shook Me’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Bring It On Home’ and ‘The Lemon Song’, are almost all directly ripped off from old blues classics. 

So it’s safe to say that Page’s style has come straight out of artists like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon…

But he did take their sound and styles to a new place. And played some amazing guitar parts with Led Zeppelin. 

So today, I’m going to share with you one of them…

You’ll learn a great tuning for blues guitar. How to blend bluesy riffs right into your rhythm playing, and even some more advanced concepts about theory, chords, and scales…

So grab your guitar, tune down, and let’s jump into this “Hey Hey What Can I Do” Led Zeppelin...

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Simple Man Guitar Lesson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

rock Nov 02, 2023

I’ve noticed over the years often students have a hard time hearing the difference between ARPEGGIO picking and FINGER-picking in a song.

This can be tricky to know and distinguish.

Both techniques can create a similar vibe. However, there is a slight difference in the sound and style with each technique. 

Today I want to share with you an example of arpeggio picking in this “Simple Man” guitar lesson. With hopes that it reinforces this technique in our minds. So we can easily recognize it when it comes up again. PLUS we’ll also take a look at a number of other super valuable techniques you can start using in your guitar playing right away.

So grab your guitar and let’s dive in!

Who Wrote Simple Man?

The song "Simple Man" was written by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington of the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was released on their debut album, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd," which came out in 1973. 

The album also...

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Comfortably Numb Guitar Lesson (Pink Floyd)

rock Oct 24, 2023

Today I want to share with you how I play what is often cited as one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded. 

“What song is this?” you may be wondering…

I am talking about “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd. 

This epic composition has some INCREDIBLE guitar playing in it. And I am going to be breaking it down from top to bottom in this ultimate Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb guitar lesson.

So grab your guitar, tune-up, and let’s get started! 

Who wrote Comfortably Numb?

"Comfortably Numb" is an iconic song by the British rock band Pink Floyd. The tune was written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour, two of the band's primary songwriters. It was released on Pink Floyd's 1979 album, The Wall. The song is one of the most signature and lasting tracks in the band's catalog.

"Comfortably Numb" has it all, from powerful guitar solos, to haunting lyrics, and emotional depth. It features dual lead vocals, with Waters singing the verses and...

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Old Man Guitar Lesson (Neil Young)

rock Oct 21, 2023

Neil Young was once asked about his perspective on his musical career, and his response was… 

"It's all one song." 

I thought that was an interesting way to look at it…

Now sure he’s had continuous themes and emotions in his vast discography. 

But there are a handful of his tunes that have REALLY resonated with audiences more than others. Ones they’ve latched on to for decades.

And today I want to share one of those with you.

In this lesson, you’ll discover how to combine syncopated rhythms with quick chord changes. How to play folk-style chord embellishments, and even how to add walk-ups and licks in the middle of your rhythm playing.

Plus if you are a singer yourself, or you want to accompany others, this song is a great example of how to do that with just one guitar.

So tune up, and let’s dive into this “Old Man” guitar lesson. 

Who Wrote Old Man? 

"Old Man" is a classic song by Canadian singer-songwriter...

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Breathe Pink Floyd Guitar Lesson

rock Oct 10, 2023

Today I want to share with you a song from the 4th best-selling album of all time. In this “Breathe” Pink Floyd guitar lesson we’ll unpack beautiful lush-sounding chords, how to get a David Gilmour type of guitar tone, arpeggio picking, and even some cool fills you can use to add a splash of lead guitar style to your rhythm playing.

So get all tuned up, and let’s get started!

Breathe Guitar Tone

The guitar tone on “Breathe” is a result of several factors. Here are a few pointers worth mentioning.

Guitars: Gilmour often uses Fender Stratocaster guitars, which has become a signature part of his sound. His preferred Stratocaster during the recording of "The Dark Side of the Moon" was a 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster with a maple neck.

Amplifiers: Gilmour's amplifiers were a crucial element of his tone. During this period, he used a Hiwatt DR103 100-watt head and a WEM (Watkins Electric Music) Custom 4x12 speaker cabinet. The Hiwatt's clean and full...

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Blue Sky Guitar Lesson (Allman Brother Band)

rock Oct 04, 2023

I’ve never heard any two guitarists play together in a Southern rock style as well as Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. 

Whether it was their harmonized lead guitar lines…Or one holding down some rhythm for the other, the interplay between these two with the Allman Brothers Band was always magical…

So today I’m going to break down both their rhythm and lead guitar approaches in this “Blue Sky” guitar lesson.

So tune up, and let’s get started!

Who Wrote Blues Sky? 

"Blue Sky" was written by guitarist Dickey Betts and was featured on their 1972 album titled Eat a Peach. Betts was known for his contributions as a songwriter and lead guitarist in The Allman Brothers Band, and "Blue Sky" is one of his most celebrated songs.

"Blue Sky" was recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia, USA. Capricorn Sound Studios was a significant recording facility for The Allman Brothers Band and other Southern rock artists of the era.

While...

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Eagles SECRET Guitar Tuning Revealed (Best Of My Love Guitar Lesson)

rock Oct 03, 2023

I’m a guitar nerd. I’ve been obsessed with playing and studying this wonderful instrument for over 25 years. 

And the story I’m about to tell you is the absolute truth, as incredible as it may seem.

It all started one day sitting down in my studio creating a new song lesson for you... 

After countless hours of listening...

I'd figured out the basic chords to this iconic song but something still wasn't right...

Suddenly I had this unusual thought to try changing the tuning...

What happened next was I stumbled upon a magical SECRET...

A SECRET that has not been uncovered for the past 50 years...

Instantly the chords that came from my guitar sounded GLORIOUS...they were lush...like none I've ever played...

What I am about to share with you is incredibly RARE...

In fact, you won't find this ANYWHERE on the internet…  

There is not one single video online that reveals what you are about to see…

But because you are here with me…

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