Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 an easy G blues progression 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 an easy G blues progression on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better...

How To: Play simple Delta blues-style riffs in the key of E

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 number of simple Delta blues-style riffs and runs, all in the key of E. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to lear...

How To: Play "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. on guitar. This song will be done in the open position. Start out with the intro, which will have the chords: F, A minor, G, D minor, D, E minor, and C. This song does not have any split measures, so every chord should get one to two measures as you play. Play this slowly, then when you have it repeat this four times and change up on the fifth time. Once you are finished, you can breeze through the song and simply learn the ch...

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 "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 "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne on an acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Ozzy's "Crazy Train"? 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 Ozzy Osbourne song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Collide" by Howie Day on acoustic guitar

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

How To: Play "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard on acoustic guitar

Want to play Glen Hansard's "Falling Slowly" on the acoustic guitar? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its 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 this Glen Hansard song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play simple Blues Runs on 2 strings

Watch this instructional guitar video that shows you how to play simple Blues Runs in basic keys, all on two strings. This is just a simple collection of basic runs that beginners can incorporate into their playing - just gets away from basic chords a little. There's a short demo piece in E at the end of the video. This music tutorial is outlined as follows: fretboard diagrams, Blues runs in the key of E, Blues runs in the key of A, Blues runs in the key of D, Blues runs in the key of G, and ...

How To: Play Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" 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 Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" 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 an unplugged version of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" on your acoustic guitar with this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups on guitar. This is a riff based song, so you will need to learn how to use a lot of riffs to play it. First, play the open 11 and open 9 chords, which are going to be the most common in the entire song. The riffs are structured as two measures each with four beats. Each should be almost identical, so play it out to see if you have the sound correct while you are playing. Continue to play the song all the way through, keeping ...

How To: Strum chords from C to Am on acoustic guitar

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar video that shows you how to strum from C chord to Am chord. This lesson provides great techniques for two important chords if you are just starting. Improve your guitar playing skills by watching this short tutorial video to learn how to strum chords from C to A-minor on acoustic guitar.

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: Play a simplified version of "Hallelujah" on guitar

To play a simplified version of 'Hallelujah' on guitar you first should put a capo on the fifth fret. This song only has three parts. The intro is E minor played two times and a G chord played. You will pick the strings of these chords six times in a progressive order from 1 down to the 4th and up to one again. The first part is switching between these two chords. Then you play a C chord, a B, G and then A minor. And this will be the second part of the song. Next, you play G, C, A minor and C...

How To: Play Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" on acoustic guitar

WaysLinn demonstrates how to play "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, in this acoustic guitar lesson. This video is easy to follow, as she lists the chords used in the song, and demonstrates three different chord progressions that can be used, so you can choose the style that is easiest for you to play, making this lesson a great choice for beginning guitarists, and experienced players alike. With her help you'll learn how to play this song in just a few short minutes.

How To: Play "Heroes" by David Bowie on acoustic guitar

This video is a an acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Heroes" by David Bowie from TboneWilson1978. It's a really helpful video if you want to learn how to play this song because he clearly spells out all the chord progressions. First he goes over the exact chords that are in the song, and then he takes you through the entire song, singing it as well. He even pauses in the middle after the first verse to tell you about how loud you should be playing. This is a great lesson for beginners an...

How To: Play "Lithium" by Evanescence on guitar

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

How To: Play "Band on the Run" by Wings / Paul McCartney

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from yourguitarsage. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Band on the Run" by Wings & Paul McCartney. He begins by playing the song for more advanced players to watch and learn from. Then follows up by showing you which chords you need to know to get started on learning the song, and demonstrates them for users who may be still learning. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, teaching you the intro, verse, bri...

How To: Play "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson on acoustic guitar

Want to perform an unplugged version of "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson of American Idol fame? 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 "Breakaway" (sometimes written "Break Away") on your own a...

How To: Play "High and Dry" by Radiohead on guitar

TboneWilson1978 shows how to play "High and Dry" by Radiohead on guitar. The intro of the song plays on the 11th fret on the fifth string and then on the 13th fret on the third string. Mute your fourth string and the second. Slide down to nine fret then back up to the second. Then just start strumming. All the rest for the song are a F7 major, and minor. beginning strumming those cords. Then you can play the song all together. The chorus is the same also.

How To: Play "The Only Exception" by Paramore on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Paramore's "The Only Exception"? 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 "The Only Exception" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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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