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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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