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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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Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette

Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette

In this lesson we will be learning Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette. It is a relatively simple song with just two parts, a verse and chorus. Chords needed are C, G, Am, F, Bb, D, Bm, and A. We will be covering a couple different strumming patterns that can be used.

Song Difficulty: 3

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No Matter What by Badfinger

No Matter What by Badfinger

In this lesson we will be learning No Matter What by Badfinger.  The song consists of basically 2 sections that repeat.  There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording and we have combined the 2 parts into 1 containing the most recognizable lines.  The part includes a lot of melodic arpeggio play on the A major and Bm chords.  This will be the most challenging part of the song.  We will also be covering the slide guitar solo.  Well written song with great chord progressions and melodic lines.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Dance Monkey by Tones And I

Dance Monkey by Tones And I

In this lesson we will be learning Dance Monkey by Tones and I. The song consists of 4 chords with capo at the 2nd fret. The chords are Em, C, D, and Bm. The chords are played in the same progression throughout the entire tune. Since there are no noticeable guitar parts on the recording we have a lot of latitude to interpret the song on guitar.

Song Difficulty: 3

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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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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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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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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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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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Let It Be Guitar Solo

Let It Be Guitar Solo

In this lesson we will be taking a close look at the guitar solo in the Beatles' classic "Let It Be".  The solo is constructed using C pentatonic major. 

Song Difficulty: 5

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Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood

Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood

In this lesson we will be learning Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood.  The song is relatively simple from and arrangement and strumming perspective.  However, there is the use of some slash and barre chords along with melodic lines in the D chord before the chorus.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Hybrid Picking Basics 2

Hybrid Picking Basics 2

In this lesson we will be applying a simple hybrid picking technique to a common blues turnaround in the key of G
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Twist And Shout by The Beatles

Twist And Shout by The Beatles

In this lesson we will be learning Twist and Shout by The Beatles.  The song consists of basically one riff in the key of A.  We will be studying this and the complete guitar solo.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Patience by Guns N Roses

Patience by Guns N Roses

In this lesson we will be studying the acoustic tune Patience by Guns N Roses. The song requires you to tune down a 1/2 step to be in tune with the original recording. From a chord standpoint it uses mostly easy open chords but does apply some melodic lines within. The arrangement is made up of 3 parts, verse, chorus, and an outro vamp. We will be studying the lead solos in a separate lesson.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Star Wars Theme Song

Star Wars Theme Song

In this lesson we will be learning the main theme song to Star Wars.  The relatively easy melody is in the key of A. Fun, recognizable tune!

Song Difficulty: 2

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Forty Four Blues by Eric Clapton / Howlin Wolf

Forty Four Blues by Eric Clapton / Howlin Wolf

In this lesson we will be learning the blues classic Forty Four Blues. The tune has been done by various artists but in this lesson we will be closely following the Eric Clapton version. It basically follows a 12 bar blues pattern but does have some interesting additional bars. Trills, bends, and other articulations make it a great piece to study for those into the Blues genre.

Song Difficulty: 4

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SRV Style Lick Of The Week - Texas Flood

SRV Style Lick Of The Week - Texas Flood

In this lesson we will be studying the intro to Texas Flood.  The intro has a lot of great blues licks that would add to your improvisational vocabulary.  New ways to use chords, bends, and more
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Slow Ride by Foghat

Slow Ride by Foghat

In this lesson we will be learning Slow Ride by Foghat.  The song is composed around an A power chord groove with lots of bluesy riffs.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

In this lesson we will be learning Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. The song, played on acoustic guitar, is mad up of 2 parts.  The majority of the song is played fingerstyle using mostly open chords.  The bridge consists of open chords with a simple strumming pattern

Song Difficulty: 4

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Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

In this lesson we will be learning Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.  The lesson is taught on acoustic guitar but could easily be played on either acoustic or electric.  The most challenging part is the melodic chordal intro theme.  Other than the intro, it is mainly open chord strumming.  Remember to tune down a half step to be in tune with the original recording.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Chevrolet by Taj Mahal

Chevrolet by Taj Mahal

In this lesson we will be learning the Blues classic Chevrolet by Taj Mahal.  The song consists mainly of a blues riff in E pentatonic minor.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hybrid Picking Basics

Hybrid Picking Basics

Hybrid picking is the technique of using both your fingers and a pick to play the strings.  It is used for several reasons including efficiency, tone, and style.  Hybrid picking is used in nearly every genre and a great technique that will expand your playing capabilities. In this lesson we will start with a basic exercise using the pick and second finger.
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Patience Solos by Guns N Roses

Patience Solos by Guns N Roses

In this lesson we will be learning the lead solo parts to Patience. We will be covering the intro solo and the main solo in the middle. Slash applies great melodic licks that follow the chord progression. A good one to study and analyze.

Song Difficulty: 5

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