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Cassidy By The Grateful Dead

Cassidy By The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we will cover the chord progression and voicing style of Bob Weir. We will also discuss ideas for soloing over the jam sections. All parts are covered based on the "Reckoning" version.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Kokomo by The Beach Boys

Kokomo by The Beach Boys

Kokomo is written in the key of C and uses 8 chords. Most of the chords are open chords. The verse makes use of a falling chromatic line within the chords chosen that creates this “beachy” mood. Very genius arrangement!

Song Difficulty: 3

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She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes

She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes

She Talks To Angels is played with an open E tuning. The song incorporates several melodic lines in its intro. This is the key to getting the sound. The rest of the song is mainly chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Scotty Moore Style (Part 1)

Scotty Moore Style (Part 1)

Scotty Moore, Elvis'rockabilly electric player, had a distinct style that incorporated a travis picking technique. In this lesson we will study his style using the from the song Mystery Train.
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Canon In D (Part 4)

Canon In D (Part 4)

In this lesson we will cover the last few passes and outro.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix (Part 2)

Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix (Part 2)

In this lesson we will cover the solo and the outro.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Funk Chord Movement

Funk Chord Movement

Add some flavor to your funk chords by learning different voicings for a dom 7 chord and adding the sus 2 and 4.  This can take the common jam over one chord that often takes place in a funk jam to a new level.
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Canon In D Part 3

Canon In D Part 3

In this lesson we will be studying Canon in D part 3. The piece is built around a D, A, Bm, F#m, G chord progression that builds in complexity throughout. We are going to learn it in parts. In part 3 we will focus on 2 passes that contain a lot of single note melody runs.. Please remember to tune your low E string down to a D.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix

Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix

Wind Cries Mary serves as a good study of Jimi's chordal techniques and major pentatonic traits. Throughout the versus he uses various voicings of C, Bb, and F with interconnected pentatonic licks. The arrangement is basically one section or verse repeated 4 times only changing during the solo which will be covered in part 2. The hardest part about this song is the use of the thumb to play the root note of the major chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Wont Back Down by Tom Petty

Wont Back Down by Tom Petty

Relatively easy guitar part using palm muted power chords through the verses and just 3 easy open chords in the chorus. C, G, and D open chords are all that is needed. The slide solo by Mike Campbell is an easy one in the realm of slide guitar. Great one to learn if you are just starting out on slide.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Alternatives To Barre Chords

Alternatives To Barre Chords

In this lesson we will be studying some alternatives to playing barre chords. If you are having trouble with barre chords this will be a good lesson for you.
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What Child Is This

What Child Is This

In this lesson we will be learning this Christmas classic. The lesson includes learning the chords for sing along and/or playing the melody

Song Difficulty: 3

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Eric Clapton Style Lick #2

Eric Clapton Style Lick #2

In this lesson we will cover another Clapton style blues lick in the key of A.  The excerpt is indicative of Clapton's use of quick hammer ons and pull offs. The lick serves well as a turn around over bars 11 and 12 of a 12 bar blues.
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Bluegrass Licks In D

Bluegrass Licks In D

In this lesson we will be studying a variety of licks you can use over a D major chord in a Bluegrass jam.
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Dust in The Wind by Kansas (Part 1)

Dust in The Wind by Kansas (Part 1)

In this lesson we will learn the intro, verse, and chorus to this classic fingerstyle tune. The song uses whats known as a Travis picking style, alternating bass notes with your thumb.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles

Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles

Learn Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles. The song uses mostly Open chords and is written in the key of G. Chords used are G, Am, Em, C, B7, E7, and A7.  The challenging part about this tune is getting the strumming pattern in the intro.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Don't Want You No More by The Allman Brothers Band

Don't Want You No More by The Allman Brothers Band

An instrumental in the Key of C minor.  The tune is full of pentatonic minor guitar runs and uses C Dorian/ Pentatonic minor for jamming over the solo sections.  In this lesson we will cover all the melody parts note for note.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blue Christmas by Elvis

Blue Christmas by Elvis

Blue Christmas is in the key of E and requires the following chords, E, A7, B7, F#7, and A#dim7. The lesson covers a simple strumming version and a version that combines both the acoustic and electric parts.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Scotty Moore Style (Part 2)

Scotty Moore Style (Part 2)

In this lesson we will be studying the 2nd part to the classic Mystery Train riff. The riff involves using a hybrid picking technique.
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Reach Out (I'll Be There) by The Four Tops

Reach Out (I'll Be There) by The Four Tops

Learn the classic Motown tune by the Four Tops. In this tune we will study some different major and minor chord positions.

Song Difficulty: 4

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Learn the chord progression to O Holy Night. The song is played in 6/8 time and lends itself to fingerstyle arpeggio chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Eric Clapton Style Blues Lick #1

Eric Clapton Style Blues Lick #1

In this lesson we will cover a Clapton style blues lick in the key of A.  The excerpt is from the first solo of  a live version of Crossroads. The lick combines several positions of the pentatonic scale and showcases his use of vibrato and quick hammer on and pull off techniques. Youtube version of Crossroads - Eric Clapton Crossroads video
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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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