Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

How To: Use the clawhammer guitar technique

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 "clawhammer" guitar technique to spice up rockabilly or bluegrass tunes in the key of A. 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 clawhammer on the guitar. The next time you are with your friends you can impress ...

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 "That's Entertainment" by The Jam on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "That's Entertainment" by The Jam on guitar. Start with a B flat for the intro, then go down to a G minor, followed by a C minor, and A flat. An easier way to play this is with a capo on the third fret. With this, replace the chords with a G, E minor 7, A7, and F major 7. As you play this, you will feel the melody that will be the same through the rest of the song. The sounds will go up and sown as you play, just add in the words and feel the song to get th...

How To: Play "Jezebel" by Iron & Wine on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Jezebel" by Iron & Wine on guitar. Start off in B minor with capo on the second fret. Use the A minor, then use the chords C, G, and F. After you learn these simple chords, start to put them together to learn the main riff of the song. Continue playing until you reach the chorus, which will sound close to the same as the verses do in the song. This is a quiet song, so keep it in A minor chord as you continue to play. When finished, play the chords separate...

How To: Play "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne on guitar

Want to play Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On"? 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 "Keep Holding On" on your own guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles on guitar

Want to know how to play "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles on the guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this John Lennon song on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

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: Play "Slide Away" by Oasis on guitar

Love rock music and playing guitar? If so then this video is just for you. Follow simple step by step instructions to learn how to play the acoustic version of Slide Away by the famous band Oasis. The maker or host of the video explains what chords to use for the song, and all you must do is follow along. If you are having trouble understanding how to position your fingers, simply view the information tab at the right to view the finger positioning. If you are still having trouble, Google the...

How To: Play "Space Oddity" by David Bowie on acoustic guitar

If you want to impress your friends with some acoustic guitar skills, you should be learning Space Oddity by David Bowie. It is a great song, a bit hard for beginners, but perfect for intermediate players. First you need to tune your guitar in standard tuning (EAGDBE). Then learn and practice the following chords: Fmaj7, Em, Am, C, G, D7, E7, F, Fm, Em7, Bb, A, A, Aadd9, Cadd9 and finally E. Watch this how-to video to learn how to play these chords properly and finally, how to play the whole ...

How To: Play "Blues Licks" in A on guitar

Check out this music tutorial video that demonstrates how to play Blues Licks in A on acoustic guitar. It provides a few tips for beginners. It may be too basic for advanced and intermediate guitar players. Learn how to play "Blues Licks" in A on guitar and improve your guitar playing skills.

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 "Save it for Later" on guitar in standard tuning

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 "Save it for Later" by the English Beat. The original song uses a highly unusual guitar tuning (D-A-D-A-A-D). Here's how to play the song using standard guitar tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E). 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 t...

How To: Play B.o.B and Haley Williams hit song "Airplanes"

The song "Airplanes" by the megastar collaboration of B.o.B, Hayley Williams, and Eminem is a immense hit (second year in a row we've had a summer hit about planes...) and people around the world are figuring out how to play it on all sorts of instruments. This video will show you how to play a simple version of the song on acoustic guitar. The songs melancholy really comes through on acoustic, so practice these chords and start playing!

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 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 the 'Stairway to Heaven' intro on your guitar

Want to know how to play the introduction to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" on an acoustic guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this classic rock ballad on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

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 "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, TboneWilson1978, teaches you how to play the song "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song and demonstrates how to finger each of them. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song and the strum pattern he uses to play it. As you follow along, with help from this video you will be jamming this song in no time at all.

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 a C/B slash chord on an acoustic or electric guitar

In this guitar lesson, learn how to play a C/B (or "C over B") chord on a guitar in standard tuning (EADGBE). 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 C chord on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

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