How To: Play "Happy Birthday to You" on an acoustic guitar

This video shows you how to play Happy Birthday on acoustic guitar.For starters, you need to get familiar with 3/4 rhythm, or 3 strums per chord. You should practice it with basic chords.To play Happy Birthday, you need to use an easy succession of 3 basic chords: G, C and D. The song goes like this (remember to strum each chord 3 times, if it appears to times you have to strum it twice):G D D G G C D GWhen you play this song some people might have a difficulty getting in tune with it, so you...

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 "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Pink Floyd's "Mother"? 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 "Mother" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum on acoustic guitar

Want to learn how to play Soul Asylum on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Soul Asylum 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 "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum.

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 "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell on the guitar

Want to learn how to play the guitar like Joni Mitchell? With this two part tutorial you can learn how to play "Both Sides Now" from the album Clouds by Joni Mitchell on the acoustic guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. This song is played in Open G tuning. The host covers the fingerpicking technique for "Both Sides Now." Watch this two part how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Both Sides Now" by Jon...

How To: Play "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan on guitar

The video shows how to play “Sunshine Superman” on guitar. He goes through each note individually and puts them together gradually to create the tune on the guitar. He tells what note is being played. He also says what string is being hit. He plays the song for you so you can hear how it sounds when all the notes come together as a one. The video is clear and easy to understand. The instructor has numerous videos on several songs that you can learn to play on the guitar.

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 "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.

How To: Play the Dire Straits song "Romeo & Juliet" 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 guitar lesson teaches you how to play the Dire Straits song "Romeo & Juliet" using open G tuning(D-G-D-G-B-D) with a capo on the 3rd fret. 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 "Romeo & Juliet" by Dire Straits on the...

How To: Play a simple arrangement of "Song of Joy" on guitar

Learning to play your favorite songs on your guitar is not only a wonderful way of passing the time–and impressing those whom you'd like to impress–, it can do wonders for your technique. In this song tutorial from Siggi Mertens' series of beginning guitar lessons, you'll learn how to play "Song of Joy." While this video tutorial is geared towards beginners, it assumes at least some prior knowledge of guitar playing and its jargon. Take a look to get started playing "Song of Joy"!

How To: Play "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits 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 guitar lesson teaches you how to play the intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits using standard guitar tuning. 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 the intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits on the guitar....

How To: Play "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King on acoustic guitar

Want to play "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King? 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 "Stand by Me" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Street Spirit" by Radiohead on guitar

James, also known as Tbone Wilson, shows you how to play Street Spirit by Radiohead. With an acoustic guitar you begin the intro on A minor, then pick 5, 3, 1, 3, 2, half finger up. On your picking hand you need to hold your pinkie down to contact the hardboard deck of your guitar's face, this makes it easier. Repeat the sequence four times for the intro. Move to the E minor repeating the number sequence twice, then the E minor 7 (repeat sequence twice), first finger is on the second string, ...

How To: Modify major barre chords

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 modify major barre chords on acoustic guitar to obtain different chord types (e.g., minor and m7). Remember, the more you pra...

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 country rhythm guitar patterns

In this video, we learn how to play country rhythm guitar patterns. The sound will have a little bit of a bass pickup when you play it to get a country sound. First, hold down an open G chord and on beat one pick the first string. Continue to move the pick down the strings and move back up. As you go, you will move slowly and keep the same noise of the strings as you go around. This will take a little bit of practice, but is a great exercise to get the right country sound for the guitar pattern.

How To: Play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar

Want to learn how to play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play the intro to "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss play 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 along to "Whiskey Lull...

How To: Play a jazzy chord vamp in G on the guitar

See how to play a fun, fast-paced R&B chord vamp in the key of G. With the guitar, as with any other instrument, if you want to improve, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash with free, high-quality guitar lessons like this one. For more information, and to get started playing this chord vamp on your own guitar, watch this tutorial.

How To: Use Delta-blues style picking in open G

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 use Delta Blues-style in open G. 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 picking...

How To: Play the song "The Trapeze Swinger" by Iron & Wine

This acoustic guitar tutorial explains how to play the song "The Trapeze Swinger" by Iron and Wine on the acoustic guitar. There is Capo on the second fret. This is a great instructional video that teaches you an easy method and the more advanced way for acoustic guitar enthusiasts. Practice your guitar skills by learning each chord to the song with this step by step video.

How To: Play "Julia" by The Beatles on acoustic guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Julia" by The Beatles on acoustic guitar. This song is not too difficult, but it is for more intermediate finger pickers. You will want to start out with the intro of the song, making sure you have your fingers on the right frets and know the chords that are played in this part of the song. Continue on to play the different verses and the chorus, as well as the ending verses of the song. As you are playing, make sure you pay attention to where the song ...

How To: Use Elliott Smith-style Milonga flamenco picking

Elliott Smith was more than a great songwriter; he was a great guitar player. This video tutorial demonstrates a small chord progression highlighting the Milonga style of picking. It was a strong influence on the development of Elliott Smith's fingerpicking style and a lot of modern rhythmic guitar styles. While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even beginners will find much to take away. For more information, and to get started using a Milonga flamenco picking...

How To: Play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar. The chords to play this on the electric guitar would be bar chords D, C, and G. Play these together slowly at first so you understand the rhythm you are looking for. Once you have these down, you will have the basic sounds down for the entirety of the song. After this, play the first verse of the song, then play the second, chorus, and the rest of the verses. You will need to pay attention to where the pau...

How To: Play classic licks using the A minor pentatonic scale

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 classic rock licks using the A minor pentatonic scale on electric guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more t...

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