Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

How To: Learn about swing versus straight eighth notes

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar video that provides a short lesson looking at quarter notes, straight eighth notes, swing eighth notes and eighth note triplets. Play quarter notes with the metronome. Metronomes are good for helping to play in time, learning to listen, and plotting your progress to keep track of speed. The power of the metronome is undervalued, but start with this exercise to practice. Improve your guitar playing skills by watching this short tutorial video to lea...

How To: Play "Rockstar" by Nickelback on the guitar

Want to learn how to play Nickleback on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Rockstar" by Nickleback on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Nickleback play 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 "Rockstar" by Nickleback.

How To: Play the guitar chords to "Handle with Care" by the Traveling Wilburys

Today is the anniversary of George Harrison's death nine years ago in 2001, and we thought a commemorative music lesson was in order. And instead of the usual Beatles fare, we thought we'd show you something a little less known, but just as good— "Handle with Care" by the Traveling Wilburys. Many still aren't familiar with the Traveling Wilburys, despite the superstar musicians involved, but that doesn't change the fact that these guys were awesome!

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 B.o.B and Haley Williams hit song "Airplanes"

The song "Airplanes" by the megastar collaboration of B.o.B, Hayley Williams, and Eminem is a immense hit (second year in a row we've had a summer hit about planes...) and people around the world are figuring out how to play it on all sorts of instruments. This video will show you how to play a simple version of the song on acoustic guitar. The songs melancholy really comes through on acoustic, so practice these chords and start playing!

How To: Play "Undone (The Sweater Song)" by Weezer on guitar

Interested in performing an unplugged version of "Undone" by Weeezer? 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 "Undone (The Sweater Song)" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play lead guitar licks like Angus Young from AC/DC

Angus Young of AC/DC is one of the true icons of rock guitar, both for his style on stage and for his amazingly simple but awesome-sounding blues rock licks. This video teaches you how to play six very cool such licks on electric guitar (did you think you were going to play Angus on acoustic? Come on.) quickly and easily. It breaks the licks down at low speed so that you can practice, practice, practice them until, even as a novice guitar player, you end up shredding just like the legend hims...

How To: Play "Tell Me Why" by Neil Young on acoustic guitar

If you want to play 'Tell Me Why' by Neil Young on acoustic guitar you should first tune your guitar down a whole step for every string. First, the chords are in a Key of G. The chords you will play with are G, D, C, Am7, Gmaj7 and a Bm. Also on certain parts of the song you should lift up your index finger on the C. The verse will be C, D, Am7 and G. This is a boom-chucka rhythm which means you play the root note and go down up on the chord. You can throw in licks by lifting up your index fi...

How To: Play Beatles "I Should Have Known Better" on guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from TboneWilson1978. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "I Should Have Known Better" by The Beatles. He begins by showing you 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. With the help of this video you will be playing this song in no time at all.

How To: Play "Breathe" by Taylor Swift on acoustic guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by Ways Linn, she teaches you how to play the song "Breathe" by Taylor Swift. She begins by showing you the chords you need to know to play the song, breaking them down and demonstrating their fingering on the fretboard. She also breaks down and shows you the strum pattern she uses to play the song to help keep you in time. This easy to follow tutorial will have even a beginner ready to play this song in no time at all.

How To: Play "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles on guitar

This video is an acoustic guitar lesson from yourguitarsage. In this video, he teaches you how to play the song "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles. He begins by playing the song for more advanced players to watch and learn from. Then he follows up by showing you which chords you need to know to get started on learning the song, and demonstrates them for users who may be still learning. He then moves on to the progression of the chords through the song.

How To: Play "Hey Jude" by The Beatles on guitar

This video shows us how to play "Hey Jude" by the Beatles on a guitar in a very simple way. First you need to know the sequence of the chords which are needed to play the song in the same way as it goes. First the chord which you will be using is B, then B7, E, A and then E, again B7 and E. Then pluck the threads in the rhythmic manner to maintain the composition of the song in the same manner. Then after E, release the third finger and place your first finger on the third thread by holding t...

How To: Play "Never Say Never" by The Fray on guitar

In this acoustic guitar lesson, brought to you by Ways Linn, she teaches you how to play the song "Never Say Never" by The Fray. You will need a capo to play this song, so be forewarned. Ways Linn, teaches you the chords you will need to know, as well as their fingering, and the strum pattern you will need to play this song. This video is easy to follow, and so will be great for any beginning guitarist looking for a new lesson, as well as well as for experienced players who are fans of this s...

How To: Play "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC 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 AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" 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 AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" on your acoustic guitar with this video tutorial.

How To: Play "When You Look Me in the Eyes" on acoustic guitar

Want to learn how to play the Jonas Brothers on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "When You Look Me in the Eyes" by Jonas Brothers on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how the Jonas Brothers 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 "When You Look Me in the Eye...

How To: Play "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly 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 intro from "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly. 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 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly on the guitar. The next time you are with your friends you can impress them by whipping...

How To: Play "From the Beginning" and "Don't Fear the Reaper"

In this acoustic guitar tutorial, you'll learn how to play the introductions to two popular songs, "From the Beginning" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer and "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate and advanced guitarists, players of all skill levels can play along. Watch this lesson to get started playing "From the Beginning" (from the beginning) and "Don't Fear the Reaper" on your guitar!

How To: Turn your guitar into a Tumbi

Learn how you can use your guitar as a tumbi to play Punjabi music with this tutorial. The tumbi is a traditional North Indian, high pitched, single string plucking instrument from the Punjab region. This instrument is associated with folk music of Punjab and presently very popular in Bhangra Music. Watch this how to video and you will be able to turn your guitar into a Tumbi.

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 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 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 beguine and tango rhythms 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 beguine and tango rhythms on acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better y...

How To: Play "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling

Ways Linn introduces another in her series of acoustic guitar lessons, teaching users how to play "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling. Before you get started you will need a capo to play this song. Ways Linn starts out by teaching you the chords you need to know to play the song and demonstrating the finger positions for each. She really takes the time to break down the picking sequence so that even a beginner won't have trouble getting it down, then again in French. She finishes up with a ...

How To: Play "Tik Tok" by Kesha on an acoustic guitar

Want to perform an unplugged version of "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha on your 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 "TiK ToK" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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.