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Bluegrass Style Lick of The Week

Bluegrass Style Lick of The Week

In this lesson we will be studying a flashy bluegrass lick in G that spans several positions on the fretboard.  The lick combines many elements of Bluegrass improvisation including pentatonic major, minor, and some mixolydian.  It applies several articulations as well. Slides, hammer ons, pull offs are all incorporated into the lick.
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Fingerstyle Acoustic Ragtime Blues

Fingerstyle Acoustic Ragtime Blues

In this lesson we will be studying a fingerstyle ragtime blues. Ragtime Blues is made up of a different chord progression than the typical I-IV-V 12 Bar blues. It follows a I-III- VI-II-V-I with a bVI turnaround.  One of the key defining elements of acoustic blues is the use of the alternating bassline with the thumb.  While this style can be tricky to get down, it is well worth the effort.
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Jerry Garcia Style Lick of the Week

Jerry Garcia Style Lick of the Week

In this lesson we will be studying some specific Garcia licks from a live version of Franklins Tower.  We will start by reviewing the theory behind the chord changes of Franklins Tower so we have a better idea of what tools we can use to improvise over these chord changes.
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Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones

Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones

In this lesson we will be studying the Rolling Stones tune Beast of Burden. This song is a great example of how Keith Richards voices chords in standard tuning.  Rarely does he play a full barre chord, but instead uses bits and inversions to create classic riffs we all recognize.  These unique chord voicings along with the use of hammer-ons within the chords, are the secret to his overall playing style.  At the end of the lesson I will also show you how to improvise, in general, over the chord changes.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Jack Johnson Style Strumming

Jack Johnson Style Strumming

In this lesson we will be studying a percussive element of Jack Johnson's strumming style.  Johnson uses a lot of "dead notes" in his strumming patterns.  This helps, as a solo player, establish a groove and give the music a little rhythm.  We will be using an excerpt from Bubble Toes to demonstrate.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 1)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 1)

In this lesson we will start our study of the epic song by Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody. We will be covering the entire tune, but in this lesson, specifically, we will be covering the intro and verse.  On the original recording this is all played on piano, so we will be emulating the piano part on guitar using a fingerstyle method.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Lesson 15: The B minor Barre Chord

Lesson 15: The B minor Barre Chord

In this lesson we will learn our first barre type chord.  Barre chords can be difficult for beginners but they are a must if you wish to play a variety of songs.  We will cover the full B minor barre chord as well as a few "cheats" to get you going.  We will also cover some exercises to help build the strength to play the barre chords
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Beginner Minor Blues Solo

Beginner Minor Blues Solo

In this lesson we will study a beginner level minor blues solo.  This lesson is specifically designed for those just beginning their exploration of blues improvisation and soloing with the pentatonic minor scale.  We will go through one pass of a minor blues chord progression note by note.  You are encouraged to expand upon the specific solo taught and come up with your own style.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 2)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 2)

In this lesson we will be covering the electric guitar part that comes in half way through the 2nd verse.  It also covers the iconic guitar solo that leads into the operatic middle section.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 3)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 3)

In this lesson we will be finishing up our study of Red Barchetta by Rush.  We will be covering the bridge, solo, and outro parts of the song. The solo is played using mainly A mixolydian but also outlining the chords underneath.  A great study of a masterful solo.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

Friend Of The Devil by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we will be learning a simple version of Friend of The Devil by The Grateful Dead.  The chords used in this acoustic based song are G, C, D, and Am.  The strum pattern is the same throughout the entire song.  We will also be covering the descending intro line.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Jimi Hendrix style pentatonic minor lick

Jimi Hendrix style pentatonic minor lick

In this lesson we will be studying a lick from Hey Joe.  The lick uses many of the articulations common in Hendrix's style, including bends, unison bends, double stops, hammer ons and pull offs.  While we wiil be focusing primarily on this specific lick, I will also cover the chord progression to Hey Joe.
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Albert Lee Style Country Lick

Albert Lee Style Country Lick

In this lick of the week lesson we will study an Albert Lee style country lick. This lick uses bends and holds to outline the chords underneath, a common country technique. We also have a nice descending lick using 6th intervals and pull offs to the open E string giving it a pedal tone type sound.
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Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Perfect by Ed Sheeran is played with a capo at the first fret and uses G, Csus, Em, and D for most of the tune.  The part is played fingerstyle and incorporates some challenging arpeggiated parts in the breaks.  We will also be covering the solo.

Song Difficulty: 5

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How He Loves by David Crowder

How He Loves by David Crowder

In this lesson we will be learning How He Loves by David Crowder.  The song is great for beginners using only C, Am, G, and F.  While the F can be challenging for beginners, this is a good song to use to push yourself into playing that chord.  I will also show you more advanced players some ways to dress this up and add some more colorful guitar parts.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 1)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 1)

In this Red Barchetta guitar lesson we will study the guitar style and all the parts of this Alex Lifeson masterpiece.  Lifeson incorporates so many guitar techniques in this tune including harmonics, arpeggio chords, palm muting, and his signature rhythm playing. The song is long and complicated so we will be releasing it in several parts, covering everything including the solo.

Song Difficulty: 6

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American Kids by Kenny Chesney

American Kids by Kenny Chesney

In this lesson we will be studying American Kids by Kenny Chesney.  The song is comprised of basically just 4 chords, C, G, Em, Bm.  The rhythm in the verse is a little tricky but super fun to play once you lock it in.  We will be covering all the parts of the song including the acoustic guitar solo.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 2)

Red Barchetta by Rush (Part 2)

In this lesson we will continue our study of Red Barchetta covering the Pre Chorus and Chorus parts.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Jimmy Page Style Ascending Pentatonic Lick

Jimmy Page Style Ascending Pentatonic Lick

In this lesson we will be studying the ascending pentatonic minor lick in the style of Jimmy Page.  The lick comes from the song Good Times Bad Times and incorporates a fast ascending triplet run.  This is common in Page's style throughout his career especially the early records.
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Gravity Solo Lesson - John Mayer

Gravity Solo Lesson - John Mayer

In this lesson we will be learning the solo and lead parts to Gravity by John Mayer.  The song is in G and follows a I-IV chord progression.  The lead parts are comprised of mostly G pentatonic major licks.  Mayer's use of articulations such as hammer ons and slides makes the solo interesting, not to mention his masterful use of melodic phrasing.  This is a great solo to study for those interested in playing lead guitar and improvising.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Maggie May by Rod Stewart

In this lesson we will be learning a simple version of Rod Stewart's Maggie May on acoustic guitar.  The chords used are D, A, G, Em, F#m.  I will show you a few options on how to play the F#m chord if you have trouble playing full barre chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Beginner Major Blues Solo

Beginner Major Blues Solo

In this lesson we will study a beginner level major blues solo.  This lesson is specifically designed for those just beginning their exploration of blues improvisation and soloing with the pentatonic major scale.  We will go through one pass of a major blues chord progression note by note.  You are encouraged to expand upon the specific solo taught and come up with your own style.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 4)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 4)

In this lesson we will be finishing up our study on Bohemian Rhapsody with the rockin', riff heavy outro.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Lesson 18: F# Minor Barre Chord

Lesson 18: F# Minor Barre Chord

In this lesson we are going to study the last of the main types of barre chords for beginners.  The minor barre chord with the root on the E string.  Once this chord form is learned it can be moved to create any minor chord you need as long as the root note is on the low E string
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Passenger Side by Wilco

Passenger Side by Wilco

Passenger Side by Wilco consists of mainly open chords.  Chords used are C, F, G, Am, G/B, Am/G, and D.  There is a specific arpeggio played over the C chord in the verse, but everything else is played with a simple strum pattern.

Song Difficulty: 3

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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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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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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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Budapest by George Ezra

Budapest by George Ezra

In this lesson we will be studying George Ezra's Budapest.  The song is played on acoustic guitar tuned down a whole step.  The song is best played fingerstyle with the thumb playing the bass notes.  The chords used are simple open chords G, C, and D.  The challenge here is getting the groove right.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Chord Melody)

Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Chord Melody)

In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken.  Chord melody style involves playing the chords and melody at the same time.  This can be tricky and challenging but very rewarding when accomplished.  This particular song is a great one to try this style as it is not too difficult and involves a repeating melody pattern. Chords used are just G, C, and D open chords.  This version lends itself to a bluegrassy sound.

Song Difficulty: 4

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String Skipping Exercise

String Skipping Exercise

In this lesson we will be learning a string skipping exercise to add to your daily practice routine.  The focus is working on the pick hand and the ability to cleanly skip strings.  It also helps with alternating picking and learning the major chord arpeggio.
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Nose On The Grindstone (Tyler Childers)

Nose On The Grindstone (Tyler Childers)

In this lesson we will be learning Nose On The Grindstone by Tyler Childers.  The song is in 3/4 and requires a capo on the 3rd fret.  The chords used are mostly basic open chords, Dm, C, F, G.  The challenging part of the tune is the arrangement and his use of articulations in the solo section.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 3)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Part 3)

In this lesson we will be covering the operatic bridge section of this classic Queen song. The part is pretty complicated because of trying to mimic the piano part that makes this section.  The best way to attack this is with a hybrid picking method so you can use your fingers and pick.

Song Difficulty: 6

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My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison is a mostly acoustic song played with a capo at the 2nd fret.  The song is made up of two or three parts with a key change and the same strum pattern throughout.  We will be studying not only the acoustic part but the electric slide lead parts as well.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Common Blues Endings

Common Blues Endings

In this lesson we will study 5 specific licks that serve as a way to end a 12 bar blues chord progression.  We will cover a few in key of E, A, and G. All the licks are easily played in any key.
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Lesson 17: B Major Barre Chord

Lesson 17: B Major Barre Chord

In this lesson we will be studying a B major barre chord. This is a movable chord shape that can be used to play any major chord.  I will show you several ways to play it while you are learning the full barre chord.  It is inevitable that you will run across a B major chord when you are learning songs.
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Lesson 16: The F Major Chord

Lesson 16: The F Major Chord

The F Major Chord is one of the tougher chords for beginners.  In this lesson we will examine and learn 3 ways to play an F chord.  The fingerings for this chord are movable so the shape can be used for other major chords as well.  The F chord is used in many songs so it is important to practice and learn this chord.
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Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow

Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow

In this lesson we will be learning Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow on acoustic guitar.  The song is played fingerstyle but can also be strummed.  It contains mainly open chords but makes use of an interesting Bm7b6 chord.  From an arrangement standpoint it is relatively easy, made up of just 3 parts.

Song Difficulty: 4

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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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