Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 country rhythm guitar patterns

In this video, we learn how to play country rhythm guitar patterns. The sound will have a little bit of a bass pickup when you play it to get a country sound. First, hold down an open G chord and on beat one pick the first string. Continue to move the pick down the strings and move back up. As you go, you will move slowly and keep the same noise of the strings as you go around. This will take a little bit of practice, but is a great exercise to get the right country sound for the guitar pattern.

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 "The Cuckoo's Nest" on acoustic guitar

"The Cuckoo's Nest" is an old song from the 14th century, according to some sources. There are many variations on "The Cuckoo's Nest". Learn how to play "The Cuckoo's Nest on the guitar with this tutorial. This is a traditional version of "The Cuckoo's Nest" played in folk dance style. This song is normally played in D, but this version is voiced in G and capo'ed on the 2nd to give it a lighter sound, so it is actually played in A. With this how to video you will be able to play the tradition...

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 Eric Clapton's "Malted Milk" 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 Eric Clapton's "Malted Milk." While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get st...

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

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Starman" by David Bowie. He begins by showing you which chords you need to know to play the song, and demonstrates how to finger them on the fretboard. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song, and the strum pattern he uses to play it. With the help of this video, even a beginner can learn to play this song like a pro.

How To: Play "Orange Crush" by R.E.M. on acoustic guitar

To learn to play REM’s “Orange Crush” on the guitar you’ll want to learn the song in two parts. In this video you’ll learn the intro and then the chorus. All you need to know are some basic chords and with a natural strumming pattern you’ll be playing the song in no time. It helps to sing along. You’ll get some hints and tips to get an even better sound.

How To: Play "Sad Song" by Oasis on guitar

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the song "Sad Song" by Oasis on the acoustic guitar. For this song, viewers are recommended to tune down a semitone. This video reveals all the string movements and the order that the notes are needed to be played, in order to execute the song. This video provides step-by-step narration and a visual demonstration for viewers to easily understand and follow along. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing guitar and want to learn ...

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 a Chicago Blues style twelve bar blues on the guitar with finger picking

It's extremely important as a musician to learn how to play the 12 bar blues. Understanding how to feel your way through all 12 bars without getting lost and staying in time is crucial to you succeeding in other styles of music. If you're looking to spice up your 12 bar blues with something a little more melodic, check out this great video lesson! You will learn how to play an Elmore James, Chicago Blues style 12 bar blues riff over the chord progression using finger picking.

How To: Play "Jezebel" by Iron & Wine on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Jezebel" by Iron & Wine on guitar. Start off in B minor with capo on the second fret. Use the A minor, then use the chords C, G, and F. After you learn these simple chords, start to put them together to learn the main riff of the song. Continue playing until you reach the chorus, which will sound close to the same as the verses do in the song. This is a quiet song, so keep it in A minor chord as you continue to play. When finished, play the chords separate...

How To: Play an unplugged version of "Creep" by Radiohead

Want to play "Creep" by Radiohead? 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 "Creep" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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 Passenger" by Iggy Pop on an acoustic guitar

Want to know how to play "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop 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 Iggy Pop's "The Passenger" on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play Taylor Swift's "White Horse" on acoustic guitar

If you love Taylor Swift, her simple but pretty compositions can be a great gateway to learning to play the guitar. This tutorial teaches us how to play a cover version of her song "White Horse" on acoustic. It may not be exactly how the original song is played, but it is a good facsimile and will allow you to perform the song for your friends and mirrors . Handy graphics illustrate the chords and the strumming pattern. Some of the instruction is in French, but non-speakers should still be ab...

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 "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, Scotties, teaches you how to play the song "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. He begins the lesson by breaking down the picking pattern for you so that you can follow along, using some useful tablature overlaid on the video for you. Once you have got this down, he moves on to teaching you the chords you need to know to play the song. You will need to have a capo to play this song the way he performs it.

How To: Use Delta blues-style rhythm 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 the basics of Delta-style rhythm playing. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started using Delta Blues-style rhyth...

How To: Play Delta blues-style embellishments on guitar in 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 blues boogie riffs and embellishments 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 "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 "38 Years Old" by Tragically Hip 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 acoustic guitar lesson teaches you how to play "38 Years Old" by Tragically Hip. 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 "38 Years Old" by Tragically Hip on the acoustic guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can play l...

How To: Play "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams on acoustic 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, you'll learn how to play "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams. 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 "Summer of '69"!

How To: Play a C/B slash chord on an acoustic or electric guitar

In this guitar lesson, learn how to play a C/B (or "C over B") chord on a guitar in standard tuning (EADGBE). 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 C chord on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven on acoustic guitar

Led Zeppelin's famous song "Stairway to Heaven" is totally worth learning. Whatever the social function there's bound to be a group of folks who get down on jamming with those familiar chords. This video tutorial demonstrates how to play "Stairway to Heaven" on an acoustic guitar in a clear and simple manner, so grab your six-string and head striaght up those stairs to acoustic heaven.

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: 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...

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