How To: Turn your guitar into a Tumbi

Learn how you can use your guitar as a tumbi to play Punjabi music with this tutorial. The tumbi is a traditional North Indian, high pitched, single string plucking instrument from the Punjab region. This instrument is associated with folk music of Punjab and presently very popular in Bhangra Music. Watch this how to video and you will be able to turn your guitar into a Tumbi.

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: 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 "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 beguine and tango rhythms on acoustic 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 beguine and tango rhythms on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better y...

How To: Play "What It's Like" by Everlast on acoustic guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "What It's Like" by Everlast on acoustic guitar. First, take the D minor chord with the middle finger chord on the second finger. Play this and pick the D, G, and B. Make sure the pinkie is on the third fret of the high E for the first hit of the string. This will lead you through the intro of the song. Once you start the first verse, you will be using the same chords throughout the entire song. Start to sing in the lyrics with the song, then when you re...

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 "Tell Me Why" by Neil Young on acoustic guitar

If you want to play 'Tell Me Why' by Neil Young on acoustic guitar you should first tune your guitar down a whole step for every string. First, the chords are in a Key of G. The chords you will play with are G, D, C, Am7, Gmaj7 and a Bm. Also on certain parts of the song you should lift up your index finger on the C. The verse will be C, D, Am7 and G. This is a boom-chucka rhythm which means you play the root note and go down up on the chord. You can throw in licks by lifting up your index fi...

How To: Play "Hurt" by Johnny Cash on guitar

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

How To: Play "Up the Junction" by Squeeze on acoustic guitar

For Squeeze fans who want to learn how to play "Up the Junction" on the acoustic guitar, follow the steps in this video tutorial. The video shows what strings to strum and in what order to be able to play the song. The steps even show you which finger to place on what string if you don't know what the chords are. You don't have to know how to read music in order to learn how to play Squeeze's "Up the Junction" on the acoustic guitar.

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 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 "Magic" by B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of the B.o.B's "Magic"? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords from multiple angles. 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 B.o.B. song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor on an acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger"? 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 Survivor song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas on acoustic guitar

Want to perform an unplugged version of "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas? I've got a feeling you're going to like 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 "I Gotta Feeling" on your own acoustic guitar, just ...

How To: Play Paramore's "Only Exception" on acoustic guitar

Learn how to play Paramore's "Only Exception" on acoustic guitar with this free guitar lesson. This video guide presents a complete, step-by-step breakdown of the song including chords and picking patterns. For more information, and to get started playing this popular Paramore song on your own acoustic guitar, watch this tutorial.

How To: Play "Sparks" by Coldplay on guitar

In this guitar lesson learn how to play the song "Sparks" by groundbreaking recording artist, Coldplay. By tuning the 1st string to a D, and applying the capo on the 6th you'll be on your way to sounding like Chris Martin and the rest of gang in no time! Learn how to play "Sparks" by Coldplay on acoustic guitar with help from this video.

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: Change the nylon strings on a classical guitar

In this Music & Instruments video tutorial you will learn how to change the nylon strings on a classical guitar. Take the peg winder and unwind all the old strings. Then unravel all the strings from the bridge. Make sure the bridge doesn’t fall off. Take a new string and insert the finished end in to the sixth hole passing it from the hole of the guitar towards the end of the body. Then tie a knot and pull the string tight over the bridge as shown in the video. Now pass the unfinished end o...

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 "Starman" by David Bowie on acoustic guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Starman" by David Bowie. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song, and demonstrates how to finger them on the fretboard. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, and the strum pattern he uses to play it. With the help of this video, even a beginner can learn to play this song like a pro.

How To: Play David Bowie "Man Who Sold the World" on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz, will teach you how to play "Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie, based on the Nirvana version. To begin, you will need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step. As you follow along with him, he teaches you the progression of the chords used in the song, breaking down each part of the song, teaching you the chords and explaining the strum pattern and picking of the guitar riffs.

How To: Play "Where Is My Mind" by the Pixies on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson brought to you by Ways Linn, she teaches you how to play the song "Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies. As always, she starts you out by showing you the chords you need to know to play the song, taking the time to break them down and demonstrating their fingering on the fretboard. She also breaks down and shows you the strum pattern she uses to play the song to help keep you in time.

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