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Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bently

Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bently

Long Trip Alone is a fairly easy country tune by Dierks Bently.  It utilizes mainly open chords.  The song starts with a melodic line within a G major chord that takes a little fingering practice.  That melodic theme reoccurs throughout the tune.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Country Scale For Bluegrass in 1st Position

Country Scale For Bluegrass in 1st Position

In this lesson we will be learning the country scale for each of the 3 chords G, C, and D in the first position.  The country scale is a foundation for bluegrass licks and improvisation.  Learning the scale in one position for all 3 chords is crucial to the bluegrass style
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Bluegrass Licks in G

Bluegrass Licks in G

In this lesson we will learn some specific Bluegrass style licks you can use to play over the G chord.
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Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran is a fairy easy 4 chord Pop tune.  The trick here is getting the accented rhythm down.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Yesterday by The Beatles

Yesterday by The Beatles

In this lesson we will be studying Yesterday by The Beatles.  The song was performed by McCartney in a fingerstyle fashion.  The guitar needs to be tuned down a whole step to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King

Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King

This is a classic blues tune played, originally, in the key of Db.  Simple pentatonic blues riff on the I chord and goes to the IV and V chord.  A little different arrangement from the standard 12 bar blues form.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Joe Bonamassa Style Descending Pentatonic Licks

Joe Bonamassa Style Descending Pentatonic Licks

In this lesson we will study a descending pentatonic run in the style of Blues master Joe Bonamassa.
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Joe Bonamassa Style Lick

Joe Bonamassa Style Lick

In this lesson we will study a specific lick in the style of Joe Bonamassa using the 3rd position of pentatonic minor.
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Joe Bonamassa Style Lick 2

Joe Bonamassa Style Lick 2

In this lesson we will study a specific lick in the style of Joe Bonamassa using his signature descending lick plus some
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How You Remind Me by Nickelback

How You Remind Me by Nickelback

Learn how to play How You Remind Me by Nickelback. The song uses primarily power chords and drop D tuning

Song Difficulty: 3

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I'll Fight by Wilco

I'll Fight by Wilco

I'll Fight by Wilco is a fairly simple song to play with the exception of the melodic intro.  The song is a folk style acoustic tune using a capo on the 3rd fret.  The intro contains a melody within the strumming of the chord progression. Chord shapes used are Am, C, Dm, Em, F, and G

Song Difficulty: 4

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Ripple by The Grateful Dead

Ripple by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we are going to learn Ripple by The Grateful Dead.  This is a great example of a folk / bluegrass style where the guitar plays the melody within the chord progression.  The intro is a challenge to grasp with the combining of rhythm and melody, but the rest of the tune is quite simple. Five open chords used throughout, G, C, D, Am, and A

Song Difficulty: 5

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Dock Of the Bay by Otis Redding

Dock Of the Bay by Otis Redding

A classic Soul tune using mostly open chords. The challenge in this song is getting the strumming pattern down. Chords used are G, B7, C, A, E, D, and F

Song Difficulty: 3

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Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi

Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi

In this lesson we will learn all the main acoustic parts to Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi.  This song has a classic, very recognizable intro that is challenging and fun to play.  The song is based in the key of D and uses just 4 simple chords, G, Cadd9, D, and F.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Acoustic Chord Embellishments

Acoustic Chord Embellishments

In this lesson we will study some ways to embellish simple open chords making your playing more interesting. Specifically we will be focusing on chord embellishments of the G, C, and D open chords.  Embellishments take simple, plain chords and make them more musical.  Some examples would be adding hammer ons and pull offs within the chord and adding extensions.
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Panama by Van Halen (Part 1)

Panama by Van Halen (Part 1)

In this lesson we will study the intro, verse, pre chorus, and chorus to Panama by Van Halen.  Please note that you must tune down a 1/2 step to be in tune with the lesson and original recording

Song Difficulty: 7

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Panama Interlude (Part 3)

Panama Interlude (Part 3)

In this lesson we will study the Interlude (bridge) to Panama. Remember to tune down 1/2 step.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Panama Solo (Part 2)

Panama Solo (Part 2)

In this lesson we will take a close look at the solo for Panama note for note.  Remember to tune your guitar down 1/2 step.

Song Difficulty: 8

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Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Easy 4 chord tune with an extremely recognizable intro lick.  Based in the key of E

Song Difficulty: 3

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Lonely Boy by Black Keys

Lonely Boy by Black Keys

Learn Lonely Boy by Black Keys

Song Difficulty: 5

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Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Great blues slide guitar tune.  Elmore James noted as the King of the Slide Guitar is a great player to study if you are looking to learn how to play slide. Song is played in open D tuning.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Extending the Major Chord

Extending the Major Chord

In this lesson we will learn to extend the major chord with the 9th interval. This Major 9 sound has been used by many from Prince to Pearl Jam,
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Double Stop Bends in Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Double Stop Bends in Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan

In this lesson we will study some unique bends in the style of SRV. This technique can be great for adding to your vocab of licks
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Phrasing

Phrasing

In this lesson we discuss the concept of phrasing as applied to soloing over chord changes. We will study some possibilities and things to focus on to develop this skill.
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Summer Of 69 by Bryan Adams

Summer Of 69 by Bryan Adams

Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams uses mainly 4 basic chords throughout the song.  The chords used are A, D, G, and Bm.  For the bridge we use a handful of power chords.  The song uses a palm muting technique through the versus while accenting certain beats in the bar with a chord stab.  This creates a nice rock groove. Use the Summer of 69 tab to help you with the lesson.

Song Difficulty: 3

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American Pie by Don McLean

American Pie by Don McLean

Learn this classic acoustic tune by Don McLean.  It is simple in the sense that it uses mostly open chords but the arrangement can be tricky to get down.  A lot of chord changes in this one

Song Difficulty: 4

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Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

In this lesson we will learn the classic Merle Haggard tune Mama Tried.  Just 4 chords needed for this one. D, G, A, and Bm.  The intro is the most challenging part using a hybrid picking technique to create a D major based arpeggio.

Song Difficulty: 3

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