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The Needle And The Damage Done by Neil Young

The Needle And The Damage Done by Neil Young

In this lesson we will be learning The Needle and The Damage Done by Neil Young. The chord progression consists of just a few chords but incorporates some very nice melodic lines and descending bass line.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Review of Blues Chords

Review of Blues Chords

In this lesson we will be reviewing different options that are available to you when playing a 12 bar blues.  We will be covering all the different bluesy chord options we have covered thus far.
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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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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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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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Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Bill Monroe (Chord Melody)

Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Bill Monroe (Chord Melody)

In this lesson we will be learning Bill Monroe's Blue Moon of Kentucky.  We will be learning this chord melody style with a pick although you could use your fingers as well.  The song consists of just 3 chords- I, IV, V in the key of A.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Without You by Kid Laroi

Without You by Kid Laroi

In this lesson we will be learning Without You by Kid Laroi. The song has a simple arrangement and consists of just 5 basic chords.  They are Am, Fmaj7, C, G and E7.  Good song for those beginners learning their open chords and F chord.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Lick of the Week)

Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Lick of the Week)

In this lesson we will be studying the intro to Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers as a Lick of the Week lesson. This piece of music is a great exercise in cross string picking and pick hand work in general. Not to mention it sounds cool and is really fun to play!

Song Difficulty: 6

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Sugaree by The Grateful Dead

Sugaree by The Grateful Dead

In this lesson we will be studying Sugaree by the Grateful Dead. The song is in the key of E major or B Mixolydian.  We will be covering the chord progression as well as some note for note licks as played by Jerry and some John Mayer licks from a Dead and Company version. Grateful Dead Version Dead And Company Version

Song Difficulty: 3

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Pipeline by The Chantays

Pipeline by The Chantays

In this lesson we will be learning a great first surf rock tune called Pipeline by the Chantays.  The song incorporates much of what we covered in the Surf Rock Basics lesson.  It is in the key of Em and contains a melody line and some palm muted 16th note picking that will be sure to challenge your strum hand!

Song Difficulty: 5

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Surf Rock Basics

Surf Rock Basics

In this lesson we will be covering some of the basic techniques, concepts, and tones used in surf rock style guitar. Concepts covered are 16th note picking, tremolo picking, chords, riffs, and effects
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Jam Man by Chet Atkins

Jam Man by Chet Atkins

In this lesson we will be learning the main theme to Chet Atkins' Jam Man. One of the main concepts behind Chet's playing is his use of Travis picking and use of a thumb pick. Both are covered in this relatively simple piece of music. Great way to get started with the Chet Atkin's style.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Autumn Leaves Harmonic Analysis

Autumn Leaves Harmonic Analysis

In this lesson we will be diving into a harmonic analysis of the jazz standard Autumn Leaves. Understanding the harmonic structure of the tune is an important element in learning the jazz language.  It will help develop our ear, recognize common chord progressions, and help with improvisation over the chords.
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