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 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 "Don't Look Back Into the Sun" by The Libertines

In this video, viewers learn how to play the song "Don't Look Back into the Sun" by the Libertines on the acoustic guitar. Viewers learn which order to play the notes, in order to play the song. The video has step-by-step instructions and a slow pace that allows viewers to easily follow along. It also has a visual demonstration to give viewers an example of how the piece should sound. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing guitar and want to learn how to play a new song.

How To: Play David Bowie "Man Who Sold the World" on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz, will teach you how to play "Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie, based on the Nirvana version. To begin, you will need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step. As you follow along with him, he teaches you the progression of the chords used in the song, breaking down each part of the song, teaching you the chords and explaining the strum pattern and picking of the guitar riffs.

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 "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 an easy version of Big Star's "Thirteen"

Want to know how to play a simplified version of Big Star's "Thirteen" on your acoustic guitar? While this free video lesson is best suited for intermediate players, guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little time effort. For more information, and to get started playing this Alex Chilton classic on your own guitar–a song famously covered by Elliott Smith—, watch this how-to!

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 "Paradise City" by Guns n Roses on guitar

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Paradise City" by Guns N Roses 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 "Paradise City." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Paradise City" by Guns n Roses.

How To: Play "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie 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 two part acoustic guitar lesson teaches you how to play the David Bowie song "Life on Mars?" Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this how to video and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can...

How To: Play the "Frosty the Snowman" Christmas song on guitar

Want to play "Frosty the Snowman" on your guitar this holiday season? Learn how with this video tab from Mahalo, which presents a detailed breakdown of the song's component chords and strumming patterns. While this guitar lesson is suited to those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, beginners should be able to follow along also given a little sticktoitiveness. Watch to get started playing the "Frosty the Snowman" Xmas song on your own electric or acoustic guitar.

How To: Play "Roxanne" by the Police on acoustic 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 acoustic guitar lesson teaches you how to play the Police song "Roxanne." Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into your own songs. With this how to video and a bit of practice you will be able to play "Roxanne" by the Police on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can play lead guitar in a roc...

How To: Play "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus on guitar

Want to play "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus? 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 "Party in the USA" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Your Guardian Angel" on acoustic guitar

Want to learn how to play Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Your Guardian Angel" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 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 along to "Your Guardian Angel" by Red Jum...

How To: Play the Beatles' "Let it Be" on acoustic guitar

The Beatles revolutionized the music industry and brought us songs that can never be forgotten, that could never be overstated. With John Lennon at the front of the "Fab Four" they couldn't be stopped... wouldn't be stopped. But let's not forget it wouldn't be the "Fab Four" without George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. In your head you constantly hear the Beatles' tunes, so why not bring them outside, why not bring that joy to everyone around you? With this video tutorial, you'll...

How To: Play "Steady Rolling Man" 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 a Delta blues-inflected version of Eric Clapton's "Steady Rolling Man" on acoustic guitar. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all...

How To: Play "Paper Tiger" by Spoon on guitar

Want to learn how to play guitar like Brit Daniel from Spoon? In this how to video you can learn how to play "Paper Tiger" by Spoon on the guitar. "Paper Tiger" uses the capo in the 5th fret in standard tuning and the chords are Am, Em, F, C. This lesson is geared towards intermediate to advanced guitarists because it assumes some prior knowledge of guitar playing. With this how to video you will be able to sing and play "Paper Tiger" by Spoon on the guitar.

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 "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 "Home"by Michael Buble & Blake Shelton on guitar

Want to learn how to play "Home" on the guitar? With this two part tutorial you can learn how to play "Home" by Michael Buble and Blake Shelton on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Michael Buble and Blake Shelton play it. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Watch this two part how to video and you will be able to sing and play the guitar along to "Home" by Michael...

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