Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 "With or Without You" by U2 on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged verison of "With or Without You" by U2? 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 "With or Without You" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Cast No Shadow" by Oasis on guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Cast No Shadow" by Oasis. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, and the strum pattern he uses to play it. The chords you will learn in this lesson are the A sus 4, E minor, G, D, and C chords.

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 a Delta Blues style progression on a resonator guitar

If you're looking to get into slide guitar, the place to start is in the Delta, the deep south, with artists like Son House, Robert Johnson, and Bukka White. You can find their music on the Library of Congress' website as it is all open to the public now. In this video you will learn how to play some basic Delta Blues with some finger picking techniques, slide techniques, a standard I IV V progression, and more.

How To: Play "Folsom Prison Blues" 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 "Folsom Prison Blues" 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 "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash.

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 "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 "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson from TboneWilson1978, you will learn how to play the song "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. He starts you out by showing which chords you need to know to get started on learning the song, and demonstrates how to finger each of them. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song in the verse, and the chorus of the song, stopping at each to explain the chords and their progression.

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 a strum pattern in 6/8 on the acoustic guitar

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar video that shows you how to play a strum pattern in 6/8 with E minor G in C chord used in the chorus of the Trip Fuse song "These Voices of Mine." Improve your guitar playing skills by watching this short tutorial video to learn how to play a strum pattern in 6/8. Practice this exercise by playing "These Voices of Mine" by the band Trip Fuse.

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 "Green Eyes" by Coldplay on guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Green Eyes" by Coldplay. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, and the strum pattern he uses to play it. The chords you will learn in this lesson are the G, D, A minor, A sus 2, C, C/B, and F.

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: 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: 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 "Hesitation Blues" by Gary Davis on guitar

Check out this music tutorial video that shows you how to play "Hesitation Blues" by Gary Davis on acoustic guitar. Using a mixture of animated fret diagrams and live playing, this instructional video demonstrates how to play the Reverend Gary Davis's classic. This is aimed at the not-so-new player and the advanced beginner. Play "Hesitation Blues" and improve your guitar playing skills!

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 "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis on guitar. Start out with the chords E, A, D, G, B, and e. After this, you will have learned how to play the intro to the song. Once finished, you will play Asus2x0220, then Asus 2/g-302200. As you continue to play the different verses of the song, start singing the lyrics that go along with them. It's easiest if you break the song up into different parts so you can master each of them before you bring at all together. Afte...

How To: Play "Patience" by Guns N' Roses on guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson is brought to you by Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Patience" by Guns 'n' Roses. Before you begin you will need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step to play this song the way he performs it. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming and chords used in the song, going into detail on how to finger the chords he uses. You'll learn the C, G, A, D chords, as well as some other Dsus chords.

How To: Play "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan on guitar

Want to learn how to play Bob Dylan on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Bob Dylan plays it. "Blowing in the Wind" uses the capo on the 4th fret. 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 "Blowing in the Wi...

How To: Play "Freight Train" by Tommy Emmanuel

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, you'll learn how to play Tommy Emmanuel's version of "Freight Train." While this video tutorial is geared towards intermediate guitarists, guitar players of any skill level should be able to play along, given sufficient commitment. Take a look to get started playing ...

How To: Play "You Found Me" by The Fray on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "You Found Me" by The Fray on guitar. Start off with your capo on the fourth fret off your guitar. The intro is E, B, G, D, A, and E. When you finish repeating the intro as necessary, you will move on to the first verse. This starts with an E, C, G, D, C, and E. After this, you will play the second verse which uses the same chords as the first verse. The chorus comes after this, followed b the last verse. Play through, then add in lyrics to practice where t...

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: Play "Fade Away" by Oasis on acoustic guitar

Do you like songs by Oasis? Want to play them on your guitar? Tbone Wilson provides the viewer with a neat way to learn "Fade Away". He provides the viewer with really good closeups of where to place your fingers for the chords in the song. The viewer can rewind and replay any part of the piece that they need. He includes a written list of the chords as they appear in the piece, as well as the written words to the song. They are found at the left of the video. He also provides a place to subs...

How To: Play "Free Falling" by Tim Petty on acoustic guitar

In this instructional acoustic guitar lesson, learn a fun and easy song with 3 chords using the main progression from Tom Petty's "Free Falling." This tutorial is great for beginners who haven't been playing for very long and want to play a song using a few simple chords. With this lesson and a bit of practice, play "Free Falling" by Tom Petty and improve your guitar playing skills.

How To: Get a country guitar tone

Watch as professional guitar teacher and country guitar player Jim Dufresne teaches how to get the perfect country guitar tone. Learn what strings to use, what settings to set your amp, the best acoustic tone, the best classical tone, the best amplification, and how to use the slide for a great country guitar.

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