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You Were Meant For Me by Jewel

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel

In this song lesson, You Were Meant For Me by Jewel, we will be using fingerstyle in the verse and strumming in the rest of the parts. It is played in the key of G. Chords used are Cadd9, C, G/B, G, D, Em, Bm, and Am7

Song Difficulty: 4

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Tennessee Whiskey (Solo)

Tennessee Whiskey (Solo)

In this lesson we will be studying the guitar solo in Tennessee Whiskey by Christ Stapleton. The solo consists of mostly A pentatonic major and B pentatonic minor licks. Notice how the solo highlights the notes of the chords being played underneath.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Boogie Woogie Blues 2 (Solo)

Boogie Woogie Blues 2 (Solo)

In this lesson we will be expanding on the previous Boogie Woogie Blues lesson and adding some solo licks and different riffs to make it a little more interesting. This is a piece you could play as a solo guitar composition.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Boogie Woogie Blues

Boogie Woogie Blues

In this lesson we will study some Boogie Woogie Blues riffs in the key of E. The riffs try to emulate the style of the boogie woogie piano players with the emphasis on the bassline. Great for use in coming up with your own style of boogie woogie blues.
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Jerry Garcia Style

Jerry Garcia Style "Ladders" Lesson

In this lesson we will be studying a specific aspect of Garcia's guitar playing. Jerry frequently plays runs that seem to randomly climb up and down modes or scales. The request for the this lesson referred to it as "ladders" because of the up and down direction of the scale runs. We will be covering this concept and exploring some ways you can approach this sound using your knowledge of scales and modes.
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Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton

Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie

City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie

In this lesson we will be studying the Arlo Guthrie version of City Of New Orleans. The tune is played with the guitar tuned a 1/2 step down and consists of 7 familiar chord shapes, G, Em, D, C, Bm, F, and A. While I have charted the song with a fingerstyle arrangement like the recording, I do cover a basic strumming pattern you can use instead of finger picking.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters

Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters

In this lesson we will be learning the blues classic Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters. The tune is in 12/8 time, in the key of A, and is built around a signature blues riff over the I chord. The riff is followed by typical blues changes using dominant 9 chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary

Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter Paul and Mary

In this lesson we will be learning Leaving on A Jet Plane. Some new chords you may have not run across yet. Chords are Amaj7, D6, F#m, Bm, C#m, A, D, and E. Same strumming pattern throughout.

Song Difficulty: 4

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La Grange by ZZ Top

La Grange by ZZ Top

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

Song Difficulty: 4

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Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys

Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Proud Mary Solo CCR

Proud Mary Solo CCR

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Clapton Style Blues Turnaround

Clapton Style Blues Turnaround

In this lesson we are going to take a close look at an Eric Clapton style blues turnaround.  The excerpt is taken from the Unplugged record and the song Before You Accuse Me.  The lick is played in the key of E and uses primarily E pentatonic minor with a major 3rd added at the end.
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Proud Mary by CCR

Proud Mary by CCR

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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David Gilmour Style Lick

David Gilmour Style Lick

In this lesson we will be studying a lick from the tune Have A Cigar.  We will be covering the lick itself, but also the chord progression to see how Gilmour's lead relates to the chords underneath.  A big part of Gilmour's style is playing melodic lines following the chord progression.
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Little Martha by The Allman Brothers

Little Martha by The Allman Brothers

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

Song Difficulty: 5

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Up Around The Bend by CCR

Up Around The Bend by CCR

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Hotel California by the Eagles - Solo

Hotel California by the Eagles - Solo

In this lesson we will be learning the iconic outro solo to Hotel California.  The solo is played by both Felder and Walsh trading licks over the B harmonic chord changes.  The solo contains licks in B harmonic minor and is also a great example of targeting notes of the chord changes to create a melodic part.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Clapton Style Acoustic Blues Lick

Clapton Style Acoustic Blues Lick

In this lesson we will be studying an acoustic blues lick from the song Before You Accuse Me.  The lick is played over the first 4 bars of a quick change 12 bar blues in the key of E. The lick uses E pentatonic minor.
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Stairway To Heaven (Solo)

Stairway To Heaven (Solo)

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!

Song Difficulty: 6

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Shallow (From A Star Is Born)

Shallow (From A Star Is Born)

In this lesson we are going to learn the song Shallow as performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the movie A Star Is Born. The song uses a fingerstyle method throughout. The fingerstyle part is pretty crucial in the verse. Later in the song a strumming pattern can be applied. We will cover both a fingerstyle and strumming way of approaching the song.

Song Difficulty: 4

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5 Pentatonic Shapes Exercise

5 Pentatonic Shapes Exercise

In this lesson we will be learning a great exercise to get more familiar with the pentatonic shapes across the entire fretboard.
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Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin

Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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My Hero by The Foo Fighters

My Hero by The Foo Fighters

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!

Song Difficulty: 4

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Vince Gill Style Lick

Vince Gill Style Lick

In this lesson we will be learning a Vince Gill style country lick in the key of C. The lick starts with a hybrid picked arpeggio outlining the notes of a C9 chord. The lick ends with a tasty descending run using primarily pentatonic major with a flat 3rd and some chromatics to spice it up.
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Outshined by Soundgarden

Outshined by Soundgarden

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Ohio by CSN&Y

Ohio by CSN&Y

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Victoria by John Mayer

Victoria by John Mayer

In this lesson we will be learning Victoria by John Mayer. We will be covering the fingerstyle parts along with the strumming that comes later. The song contains some interesting chords in the form of Maj and min 7ths. We will also be covering the solo note for note.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana

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.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Lick of the Week

Lynyrd Skynyrd Lick of the Week

In this lesson we will study a Lynyrd Skynyrd style boogie woogie blues riff.  The riff is taken from the song I Know A Little and revolves around an A power chord.  The riff can be applied to a standard 12 bar blues progression and moved to D and E chords as well.
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High Hopes by Panic at the Disco

High Hopes by Panic at the Disco

High Hopes by Panic at the Disco is a pretty simple tune with just 2 parts and a fairly easy strum pattern. You will need a capo at the 5th fret to play with the original recording. The chords used are F, C, Am, G, Em, and E7.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Outside Woman Blues by Cream

Outside Woman Blues by Cream

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Country Blues Style Lick

Country Blues Style Lick

In this lesson we will be studying a common country blues style lick that involves holding a bend on the B string while playing other notes on the high E string. The lick is played out of the 3rd pentatonic major shape, also known as the B.B. King box. We will demonstrate with a jam track that is also provided in the lesson.
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Making Common Chord Progressions Unique

Making Common Chord Progressions Unique

In this lesson we are going to learn how to take a very common chord progression and make it more interesting. By using strumming, arpeggios, and articulations we can make a stock chord progression into a unique guitar part.
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Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs

Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs

The song Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs is played with a capo at the 4th fret and uses 7 chords. The chord shapes needed are G, D/F#, Em7, Dadd9, C, Am7, and C/B. The strumming pattern is a common one and stays consistent throughout.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

In this lesson we will be learning Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi. The song is played with an open D alternate tuning. The tuning of open D is shown in the tab. The song consists of a I - IV - V (E, A, and B) chord progression for the most part. The tricky part about this tune is Mitchell's intricate rhythm playing. She keeps her strum hand going in an 8th note fashion accenting and muting various strums.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles

Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles

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.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Fell On Black Days (Acoustic) by Soundgarden

Fell On Black Days (Acoustic) by Soundgarden

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.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Country Style Chordal Lick

Country Style Chordal Lick

In this Lick of the Week lesson we are going to study a country style hybrid picking lick that aims to highlight the chords of the progression underneath. The lick involves playing double stops with pull offs that make the chord a dominant 7 giving it a great country sound. The chord shapes are movable making it easy to play in any key and make your own licks.
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Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

This tune by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha is a pretty simple tune with 5 chords. The song is played, on the original recording, with a capo on the 3rd fret. Chords used are G, Am, Em, C, and G/F#.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

In this lesson we will be learning Old Town Road. For beginners I would suggest tuning down 1/2 step. This will allow you to play along with the original recording while using open chords. The song consists of just 4 chords - A, C, G, F.

Song Difficulty: 2

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