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Stevie Ray Vaughan Style Blues Lick

Stevie Ray Vaughan Style Blues Lick

In this lesson we will take a close look at an excerpt from SRV's solo in the song Tightrope.  The lick embodies several of his techniques and serves as a great study to grasp a bit of his style. The lick is in Bb Pentatonic minor. It incorporates bends, pull offs, hammer ons, and raking.
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Hurt by Johnny Cash

Hurt by Johnny Cash

In this lesson we will be learning Hurt by Johnny Cash.  The tune consists of mostly open chords including Am, C, D, Dsus2, G, and F.  The verse has a arpeggio picking pattern while the chorus goes to a simple 8th note up and down strumming pattern.  Pretty easy tune and good for beginners, but also fun for any level player.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Statesboro Blues Intro Solo (Slide Study 2)

Statesboro Blues Intro Solo (Slide Study 2)

In this lesson we will cover the intro slide solo to Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers as a Duane Allman slide study lesson.  Don't forget to tune your guitar to open E. Here is the link to the lesson with the first 4 licks - Statesboro Blues Intro Study 1
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Trills

Trills

In this lesson we will be learning specifically about trills and where you might apply them.  A trill is really nothing more than a rapid alternation of 2 notes causing a vibrato like effect.  On guitar this is accomplished with hammer ons and pull offs. I have also provided an exercise to work on the technique.
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Big Iron by Marty Robbins

Big Iron by Marty Robbins

Big Iron is a relatively simple tune with 4 chords.  It uses the same strumming pattern throughout with a simple arrangement.  Chords used are Am, E, C, F.  The original is played with a capo at the 4th fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Perfect by Ed Sheeran is played with a capo at the first fret and uses G, Csus, Em, and D for most of the tune.  The part is played fingerstyle and incorporates some challenging arpeggiated parts in the breaks.  We will also be covering the solo.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Major Minor Blues Lick

Major Minor Blues Lick

In this lesson we will be studying a blues lick that combines major and minor pentatonic notes.  This is a great way to spice up your soloing and add a little sophistication. The lick works best over the I and IV chords in a 12 bar blues. Practice with the jam track
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Bluegrass Solo in G (Exercise 2)

Bluegrass Solo in G (Exercise 2)

In this lesson we will be taking the solo we learned in Exercise 1 and tweaking it just a little bit.  The idea here is to stay in G over the C and D chords just a little to create some tension.
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Dust in The Wind by Kansas (Part 2)

Dust in The Wind by Kansas (Part 2)

In this lesson we will be finishing up our study of Dust in The Wind with the Bridge and Outro parts.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Memphis by Lonnie Mack

Memphis by Lonnie Mack

In this lesson we will be learning the instrumental Memphis by Lonnie Mack. It is a blues tune in the key of G.  We will be covering the chords and melody lead lines. You should be familiar with Pentatonic minor to grasp the melody lead.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Rockabilly Style 1

Rockabilly Style 1

In this lesson we will be learning a rockabilly style chord progression using the chords E, A7, and B7.  The progression is a typical I-IV-V, but its what you do within those chords that make it sound like rockabilly.
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Bluegrass Solo in G (Exercise 1)

Bluegrass Solo in G (Exercise 1)

In this lesson we are going to combine all that we have learned in the lessons on Bluegrass Licks in G, C, and D and arrange a complete Bluegrass solo.
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Its Not My Cross To Bear by The Allman Brothers

Its Not My Cross To Bear by The Allman Brothers

It's Not My Cross To Bear is the segue from the instrumental Don't Want You No More.  Its a blues tune with some different changes than the typical 12 bar blues format. We have the use of the minor IV chord in the verse and a I-VI-II-V change at the end of the progression.  The song also applies an interesting arpeggio line with a descending bass line.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Protect Your Guitar in The Winter

Protect Your Guitar in The Winter

The winter can be hard on your guitars.  Dry air in the house put out by your furnace can bring the humidity down to damaging levels. In this lesson I will show you an inexpensive way to protect your guitar using everyday household items.
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Soul and R&B Improvisation

Soul and R&B Improvisation

In this lesson we will study some improvisation techniques to use over a standard Soul and R&B chord progression. It is recommended that you are familiar with pentatonic major.
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Funky Blues Groove

Funky Blues Groove

In this lesson we are going to study a funky blues groove using a 3 note dominant 9 chord shape.
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You May Be Right by Billy Joel

You May Be Right by Billy Joel

In this lesson we will be studying the rhythm and lead parts to You May Be Right by Billy Joel.  This song has a lot of different stuff  including power chords, barre chords, more complicated rhythms, and even a cool blues riff in the chorus.  The solo begins with a common bluesy A pentatonic riff and then outlines the chord progression with some tasty country bends and holds.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Jerry Garcia Style Lick of the Week

Jerry Garcia Style Lick of the Week

In this lesson we will be studying some specific Garcia licks from a live version of Franklins Tower.  We will start by reviewing the theory behind the chord changes of Franklins Tower so we have a better idea of what tools we can use to improvise over these chord changes.
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Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones

Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones

In this lesson we will be studying the Rolling Stones tune Beast of Burden. This song is a great example of how Keith Richards voices chords in standard tuning.  Rarely does he play a full barre chord, but instead uses bits and inversions to create classic riffs we all recognize.  These unique chord voicings along with the use of hammer-ons within the chords, are the secret to his overall playing style.  At the end of the lesson I will also show you how to improvise, in general, over the chord changes.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 3)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 3)

In this lesson we will be finishing up our study of Red Barchetta by Rush.  We will be covering the bridge, solo, and outro parts of the song. The solo is played using mainly A mixolydian but also outlining the chords underneath.  A great study of a masterful solo.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Fingerstyle Acoustic Ragtime Blues

Fingerstyle Acoustic Ragtime Blues

In this lesson we will be studying a fingerstyle ragtime blues. Ragtime Blues is made up of a different chord progression than the typical I-IV-V 12 Bar blues. It follows a I-III- VI-II-V-I with a bVI turnaround.  One of the key defining elements of acoustic blues is the use of the alternating bassline with the thumb.  While this style can be tricky to get down, it is well worth the effort.
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Bluegrass Style Lick of The Week

Bluegrass Style Lick of The Week

In this lesson we will be studying a flashy bluegrass lick in G that spans several positions on the fretboard.  The lick combines many elements of Bluegrass improvisation including pentatonic major, minor, and some mixolydian.  It applies several articulations as well. Slides, hammer ons, pull offs are all incorporated into the lick.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 1)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 1)

In this lesson we will start our study of the epic song by Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody. We will be covering the entire tune, but in this lesson, specifically, we will be covering the intro and verse.  On the original recording this is all played on piano, so we will be emulating the piano part on guitar using a fingerstyle method.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Jack Johnson Style Strumming

Jack Johnson Style Strumming

In this lesson we will be studying a percussive element of Jack Johnson's strumming style.  Johnson uses a lot of "dead notes" in his strumming patterns.  This helps, as a solo player, establish a groove and give the music a little rhythm.  We will be using an excerpt from Bubble Toes to demonstrate.
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Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we will be learning a simple version of Friend of The Devil by The Grateful Dead.  The chords used in this acoustic based song are G, C, D, and Am.  The strum pattern is the same throughout the entire song.  We will also be covering the descending intro line.

Song Difficulty: 3

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American Kids by Kenny Chesney

American Kids by Kenny Chesney

In this lesson we will be studying American Kids by Kenny Chesney.  The song is comprised of basically just 4 chords, C, G, Em, Bm.  The rhythm in the verse is a little tricky but super fun to play once you lock it in.  We will be covering all the parts of the song including the acoustic guitar solo.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Jimi Hendrix style pentatonic minor lick

Jimi Hendrix style pentatonic minor lick

In this lesson we will be studying a lick from Hey Joe.  The lick uses many of the articulations common in Hendrix's style, including bends, unison bends, double stops, hammer ons and pull offs.  While we wiil be focusing primarily on this specific lick, I will also cover the chord progression to Hey Joe.
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Albert Lee Style Country Lick

Albert Lee Style Country Lick

In this lick of the week lesson we will study an Albert Lee style country lick. This lick uses bends and holds to outline the chords underneath, a common country technique. We also have a nice descending lick using 6th intervals and pull offs to the open E string giving it a pedal tone type sound.
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How He Loves by David Crowder

How He Loves by David Crowder

In this lesson we will be learning How He Loves by David Crowder.  The song is great for beginners using only C, Am, G, and F.  While the F can be challenging for beginners, this is a good song to use to push yourself into playing that chord.  I will also show you more advanced players some ways to dress this up and add some more colorful guitar parts.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 1)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 1)

In this Red Barchetta guitar lesson we will study the guitar style and all the parts of this Alex Lifeson masterpiece.  Lifeson incorporates so many guitar techniques in this tune including harmonics, arpeggio chords, palm muting, and his signature rhythm playing. The song is long and complicated so we will be releasing it in several parts, covering everything including the solo.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 2)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 2)

In this lesson we will continue our study of Red Barchetta covering the Pre Chorus and Chorus parts.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Jimmy Page Style Ascending Pentatonic Lick

Jimmy Page Style Ascending Pentatonic Lick

In this lesson we will be studying the ascending pentatonic minor lick in the style of Jimmy Page.  The lick comes from the song Good Times Bad Times and incorporates a fast ascending triplet run.  This is common in Page's style throughout his career especially the early records.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 2)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 2)

In this lesson we will be covering the electric guitar part that comes in half way through the 2nd verse.  It also covers the iconic guitar solo that leads into the operatic middle section.

Song Difficulty: 6

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