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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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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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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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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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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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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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TNT (Lead Solo) by AC/DC

TNT (Lead Solo) by AC/DC

In this lesson we will be learning the solo for TNT.  In classic Angus Young style, the solo is almost exclusively played using notes from the E Pentatonic Minor scale.  

Song Difficulty: 5

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Hey Jude by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

Hey Jude by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

In this lesson we will be learning Hey Jude chord melody fingerstyle. It is highly recommended that you have studied the basic fingerstyle lessons in the Fingerstyle Lesson Category under Skill Lessons.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Daily Practice Routine

Daily Practice Routine

In this lesson Bryan will discuss some ideas for daily practice routine.  This will vary for each player depending on what their focus is at the time.
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Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

In this lesson we will be learning the fast paced, hard rockin tune Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue. Be prepared for a workout on this one with its fast tempo and constant palm muted eighth note riffs. The various riffs make this one very fun to learn and play.

Song Difficulty: 4

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In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

In this lesson we will be studying the R&B style guitar work of Wilson Pickett's In the Midnight Hour.  The song embodies the primary essence of old R&B guitar playing by accenting the upper register of the chords.  A great song to learn if you are interested in this style of playing.  Must be able to play barre chords. 

Song Difficulty: 3

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Don't Be Cruel by Elvis

Don't Be Cruel by Elvis

Don't Be Cruel by Elvis is a great tune for beginners to learn. The song is played in the key of D and uses just a handful of open chords, D, G, A, and Em. Start off with the opening bluesy riff and continue the rest of the song with the same strumming pattern throughout.

Song Difficulty: 2

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White Christmas - Solo Chord Melody

White Christmas - Solo Chord Melody

In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of White Christmas. The arrangement is played fingerstyle in the key of A. Due to the more complicated chord fingerings used it is rated for intermediate players.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

In this lesson on Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles we will be focusing on the challenging rhythm aspect. While the song is comprised of the same four chord harmonic structure throughout, it is the rhythm that drives the tune. The four chords used are Dm7, Am, C, and G.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Call And Answer Blues Riff

Call And Answer Blues Riff

In this lesson we will be discussing the concept of jamming by yourself with a call and answer blues riff.  The riff is based around an E pentatonic Hendrix style riff.
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Sugar Magnolia by The Grateful Dead

Sugar Magnolia by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we will be studying Sugar Magnolia by the Grateful Dead. The song is in the key of A and incorporates several challenging chord voicings played by the unique rhythm player Bob Weir. Learning this tune will increase your knowledge of different chord shapes and country rock style riffs.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Money For Nothing by Dire Straits (Main Riff)

Money For Nothing by Dire Straits (Main Riff)

In this lick of the week lesson we will be learning the main riff to Mark Knopfler's Money For Nothing. The lesson is taught using a fingerstyle method just like Knopfler played it. Classic rock riff using power chords and inversions of power chords.
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