Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits 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 intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits using standard guitar tuning. 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 the intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits on the guitar....

How To: Play "Stairway to Heaven" on acoustic guitar

Playing your favorite songs by Led Zeppelin on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin 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 "Stairway to Heaven." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepp...

How To: Play "Broken" by Seether on acoustic guitar properly

Want to learn how to play Seether on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Broken" by Seether on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Seether plays it. The tuning for "Broken" is standard tuning tuned down a half step. 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 "Broken" by Seether.

How To: Play "Supersonic" by Oasis on acoustic guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Supersonic" 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 F# minor 11, A sus 2, B 7, E, C# 7, D, and A.

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: 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 "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Pink Floyd's "Mother"? 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 "Mother" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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 "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 "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 "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits 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 "Sultans of Swing." 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 "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can play lead guit...

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 "Lonesome Atlanta Blues" on slide guitar

Bottleneck slide guitar is based on an early one string folk instrument called the Diddley-Bow, and the traditional playing style of Hawaiian Guitar. The early Blues Masters of the 1920s and 30s, would place a bottleneck from a wine bottle, or a short piece of metal pipe on their finger. Using this as a slide, they could move up and down along the strings of a guitar imitating singing or the cries and moans of the human voice. This style uses an early method of tuning the guitar called open t...

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 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 "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 funk riff on the 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 a funk riff on the acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better you'll sound and...

How To: Play a B major chord on an acoustic guitar

In this free video guitar lesson, you'll learn how to play a B major chord. 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. For more information, and to get started playing this chord yourself, watch this guide for guitarists.

How To: Play "Old Man" by Neil Young on acoustic guitar

Learn how to play Neil Young's "Old Man" with this free guitar lesson. This video guide presents a complete, step-by-step breakdown of the pop-folk ballad including chords and picking patterns. For more information, and to get started playing this popular Neil Young tune on your own acoustic guitar, watch this tutorial.

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

Want to know how to play the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" 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 classic John Lennon song on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

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.

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