How To: Travis pick using G, C, and D chords on guitar

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play a G-C-D Travis picking progression on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the...

How To: Play chords on the guitar in a Delta blues style

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn the very basics of Delta-style blues. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started using Delta Blues-style strumming...

How To: Play "Save it for Later" by English Beat on guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson teaches you how to play the English Beat song "Save It for Later" with open-D tuning (D-A-D-A-A-D). Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this lesson and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Save it for Later" by English Beat on the guitar. The next time you are with your friends you can ...

How To: Play "People Are Crazy" by Billy Currington on guitar

To play "People are Crazy," you begin with what is called the intro. For this song, the intro includes playing the same group of notes or strings two times; this is called "repeat" on the sheet music. All of the these notes will be played on the B-string except for one. The exception is played on the G-string and this is just played open. Start on the 10 thread (fifth string capo) holding it with your ring finger, count to the fifth string and play it twice, pause, then play 5, 3, 1, and then...

How To: Play "Wild Thing" by the Troggs on an acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of the Troggs' "Wild Thing"? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords in tab notation. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing this Troggs song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Knocking On Heavens Door" on guitar

Want to learn how to play Guns n Roses on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Guns n Roses plays it. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play the guitar along to "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Guns n Roses.

How To: Play "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie on guitar

Want to impress your friends by whipping out your guitar and strumming some of their favorite tunes the next time you are at a party? This two part acoustic guitar lesson teaches you how to play the David Bowie song "Life on Mars?" Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this how to video and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can...

How To: Play "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC on acoustic guitar

Learning to play your favorite songs will, down the road, help you to make the sort of music you want to make. In this free video guitar lesson, you'll learn to play AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" on acoustic guitar. While this video assumes some knowledge on the part of its audience, beginning guitarists will find much to take away. Get started playing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" on your acoustic guitar with this video tutorial.

How To: Use a digital tuner to tune your guitar

Guitars will need to be tuned continuously to ensure that it is tuned for the correct scale and notes so your music makes sounds the way you intend. If you haven’t been playing forever, you will probably need the assistance of an electric tuner to find the note. This video will show you how to tune your guitar using a tuner.

How To: Play "Wish You Were Here"

"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd is one of the greatest guitar songs of all time and in this four part video series you're going to learn how to play it! First you go over the intro, then the chorus, then the intro solo and lastly puts it all together.

How To: Play "Driftin' Blues" on acoustic guitar

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn how to play a Delta blues-inflected version of Eric Clapton's "Driftin' Blues." While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get...

How To: Play "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric on guitar. There are only two chords in this song: E and A. This is a great song for beginners, so just make sure you know finger placement before you begin. Learn the lyrics to the song and listen to it so you have an idea of how the melody goes. After this, play the intro to the song then start with the different verses. Add in the lyrics as you are playing the chords, going back and forth between the two. After thi...

How To: Play "Billionaire" by Travis McCoy on acoustic guitar

Want to play "Billionaire" by Travis McCoy? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and it chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Billionaire" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche on guitar

Playing your favorite songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche on the acoustic guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. This lesson covers the finger picking as well as the chord structure for "Silent Lucidity." Watch this how to video and you will be able to play "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche.

How To: Play a G, Em, C and D chord progression on the guitar

This video teaches a simple chord progression consisting of 4 simple chords, G, Em, C and D to learn up to 5 songs. The principle I will illustrate in this video is that popular music often is based on standard chord patterns, or intervals. To demonstrate this, I will play the end part of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" and go right into Jimmy Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" -- without changing chords or tempo!

How To: Play a simple guitar boogie in G

Check out this music tutorial video that demonstrates how to play a simple guitar boogie in G. This instructional video provides fret diagrams and live action to show how to play a simple boogie in G. This video is aimed at budding fingerstyle guitar players, but can be adapted to a pick. Advanced beginners are also encouraged to watch and learn. Play a simple guitar boogie in G and improve your guitar playing skills!

How To: Play "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple on guitar

How classic is "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple, right? It's one of the greatest classics of all time! And now, you can learn how to play this hit on your acoustic guitar by yourself. Impress anyone who's listening with this rockin' tune. This tutorial will show you exactly how to play "Smoke on the Water" with your guitar, from finger placement to the proper chords.

How To: Play "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias on acoustic guitar

Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar shows how to play Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" on the acoustic guitar. The song requires a four-finger G chord with the string picking order 6, 3, 1, 2, 3, and 2. This is repeated four times for the introduction. The chorus is strummed using any chord of your choice. If the G or E minor chord is used, you can pick all six strings. With the C chord, any of the bottom five strings can be strummed and with the D chord, any of the bottom four strings can be strummed. T...

How To: Make a sound hole for a guitar

Check out this instructional guitar video that shows you how to make a sound hole for a guitar. Follow the simple step by step instructions outlined in this guitar tutorial video and make a sound hole for you guitar. A lot of experimentation has been done lately putting the sound holes in different places on the sound board and also in different shapes. The different shapes are sometimes just for visual effect but in addition, sometimes sound holes need to be made in different shapes or put i...

How To: Play "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty

If you want to play "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty on acoustic guitar you should first pay the chords, F, C, Am and G. These same four chords will be played over and over again to complete the song. The strumming pattern is as follows: When playing F strum down up. When playing C strum up up down. When playing Am strum Down up and finally when playing G strum up up down. You'll want to repeat this through the song. First, you should start out slow then increase in speed with practice. For the...

How To: Play "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles on guitar

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the song "Octopus' Garden" by the Beatles on the acoustic guitar. This video reveals all the string movements and the order that the notes are need to be played, in order to execute the song. This video provides voice narration and a visual demonstration for viewers to easily understand and follow along. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing the guitar and want to learn how play a new song.

How To: Play "Changes" by David Bowie on guitar

Want to impress your friends by whipping out your guitar and strumming some of their favorite tunes the next time you are at a party? This two part acoustic guitar lesson teaches you how to play the David Bowie song "Changes." Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this two part how to video and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Changes" by David Bowie on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can p...

How To: Play "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend. The intro will start out with G, D, C, repeated until you start D, G, D. After this, you will start to add in the words to the song with G, D, C for the different words in the first sentence. These are the main chords in the song, making it pretty easy for a beginner to learn how to do. Practice learning how to do these few chords, then you will be able fit the lyrics in and get the right strum pattern in th...

How To: Play a Travis-style E blues progression on guitar

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play an E blues progression on acoustic guitar with a Merle Travis-style picking pattern. Remember, the more you practice and...

How To: Play a Chicago Blues style twelve bar blues on the guitar with finger picking

It's extremely important as a musician to learn how to play the 12 bar blues. Understanding how to feel your way through all 12 bars without getting lost and staying in time is crucial to you succeeding in other styles of music. If you're looking to spice up your 12 bar blues with something a little more melodic, check out this great video lesson! You will learn how to play an Elmore James, Chicago Blues style 12 bar blues riff over the chord progression using finger picking.

How To: Play "21 Guns" by Green Day on acoustic guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "21 Guns" by Green Day on acoustic guitar. The chords of the verse are D minor, B flat major, F, and C. Once you have all of these chords, you will be able to start out playing the first verse and have the melody for the song. Move the chords down and up as you play to create a more in depth sound as you are playing. As you go through all of the different verses and chorus, you can add in your own variations to make a more unique song, then sing the normal ...

How To: Play "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar lesson that shows you an easy chord progression and great strum pattern using the song "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan. When working on the strumming, just listen and play along. Try not to watch the screen. Music is all about listening. But just like a metronome, you don't want to watch it. Just listen to it. With this lesson and a bit of practice, play "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan and improve your guitar playing skills.

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