Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

How To: Hold your guitar pick in two different ways

Before learning how to play a guitar your going to want to know how to hold your guitar pick. First there is the one finger hold, this looks like you're making a fist. You don't want to make a hard fist but a loose one, not a of strain should be put on the hand. Move your thumb down a little and your first finger too so that it looks like a ribbon or a bow. You have to line up the edge of the pick with the edge of your index finger. Once that is done adopt the hold defined above to complete i...

How To: Play spanish flamenco style guitar

Want to play lead flamenco guitar? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson from Siggi Mertens teaches you how to play the a bit of "Tourist Flamenco" and how to pretend being a guitar maestro. 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 "Tourist Flamenco" on the guitar. The next time you are with your friends you can impre...

How To: Play "House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals on an acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun"? 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 Animals song on your own guitar, watch this video tu...

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 "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: Play "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton on guitar

Ballinguy556 shows you how to play "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton. You need an acoustic guitar to begin. You will be learning the main riff. Take your thumb and play the open E string, hammer thumb on E string and then play the open the A string. Then play the A cord bar. Then pluck E, G, E strings. Move your D cord up a step and low E. Play a F cord together and the base next. Then play an open E the same. Then play a D in the same together, base pattern while lowering your index down a h...

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 "O Holy Night" on guitar

Spread some warm holiday cheer at parties and gatherings this Christmas season by playing this timeless classic on your acoustic guitar. Learn to play "O Holy Night" by following along with this informative and instructional video from Mahalo/Radius guitarist Thomas Gilbert.

How To: Hold an acoustic guitar with correct playing posture

In this tutorial, we learn how to hold an acoustic guitar for the right posture while playing. The guitar should fall naturally onto your lap and your right hand should fall across the top. You may want to hold the guitar while hunched over, but you need to sit up with the arm bent so the circulation to your arm doesn't get cut off. You want the arms and body to flow and be natural so you don't tense up and you play beautiful music. The more you play the guitar, the more comfortable you will ...

How To: Use a melodic-percussive strumming style on guitar

In this free video guitar lesson, you'll learn how to play guitar with a melodic/percussive strumming style reminiscent of old Neil Young. Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one.

How To: Play "Trouble" by Never Shout Never on acoustic guitar

Want to play Never Shout Never's (or NeverShoutNever's) "Trouble" on acoustic guitar? 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 this NSN song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out" on guitar

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 Delta Blues-inflected version of "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out" on guitar. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the ...

How To: Play Eric Clapton's "Alberta" on acoustic guitar

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 Eric Clapton's "Alberta" in a Delta blues-inflected style. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started ...

How To: Play "The First Cut Is The Deepest" on the guitar

Want to learn how to play Sheryl Crow on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Sheryl Crow on the acoustic guitar. The chords in "The First Cut Is The Deepest" are G, D, C, D or D(Dsus4),A, and G. This lesson is geared towards beginner to intermediate guitarists but it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play along to "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Sheryl Crow.

How To: Play a G blues shuffle 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 a G blues shuffle on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better you'll so...

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 Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game" on guitar

This six-part guitar lesson series blow-by-blow account of how to get a nice sound when playing (the Bert Jansch veresion of) Jackson C Frank's folk classic, "Blues Run the Game." While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even beginners will find much to take away. To get started playing Frank's "Blues Run the Game" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look! Play Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game" on guitar - Part 1 of 6.

How To: Play the chords to "Jingle Bells" on the guitar

In this how-to video, you will learn how to play the song "Jingle Bells" on the guitar. You will need a guitar, acoustic or electric, and basic knowledge of chords in order to do this. The song consists of the chords C major, F major, G major, and back to the C. This makes the intro of the song. The next consists of C, F, C, D, and G. Repeat this for the chorus of the song. With these two chord progressions in mind, you will now be able to play the song "Jingle Bells" on the guitar. This vide...

How To: Play John Lee Hooker-style blues guitar

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 John Lee Hooker-style Delta blues guitar. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started playing like John...

How To: Play John Lee Hooker style blues riff on the guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson from Siggi Mertens teaches you how to play a ohn Lee Hooker style blues riff. There are similar blues riffs to this John Lee Hooker riff. "Boom, Boom" or "Suzie Q" by Creedence Clearwater Revival or Tommy Emmanuel´s "Stevie´s Blues" are great examples of this blues style riff. Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into y...

How To: Play "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" on guitar

If you want to learn how to play Beck on the guitar then this how to video is the place to start. In this guitar tutorial you will learn how to play "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" on the guitar. "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" is originally written by Korgis and covered by Beck on the "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" soundtrack. With this lesson you will be able to play guitar and sing "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" by Korgis and covered by Beck.

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 "Guitar Boogie" byTommy Emmanuel 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 his version of the main riff of the song "Guitar Boogie" by Tommy Emmanuel. While this video tutorial is geared towards beginners, it assumes at least some prior knowledge of guitar playing and its jargon. ...

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