Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus on acoustic guitar

Want to perform an unplugged version of "The Climb" 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 this song from the Hannah Montanna movie on your own acoustic guitar, just take a l...

How To: Play "That's Entertainment" by The Jam on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "That's Entertainment" by The Jam on guitar. Start with a B flat for the intro, then go down to a G minor, followed by a C minor, and A flat. An easier way to play this is with a capo on the third fret. With this, replace the chords with a G, E minor 7, A7, and F major 7. As you play this, you will feel the melody that will be the same through the rest of the song. The sounds will go up and sown as you play, just add in the words and feel the song to get th...

How To: Play "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend. The intro will start out with G, D, C, repeated until you start D, G, D. After this, you will start to add in the words to the song with G, D, C for the different words in the first sentence. These are the main chords in the song, making it pretty easy for a beginner to learn how to do. Practice learning how to do these few chords, then you will be able fit the lyrics in and get the right strum pattern in th...

How To: Play "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters on acoustic guitar

Want to play "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters? 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 "Everlong" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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: Play "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz on acoustic guitar

Want to play "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz? 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 "I'm Yours" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Collide" by Howie Day on acoustic guitar

Want to play "Collide" by Howie Day? 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 song on your own guitar, take a look!

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 "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: 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 "Patience" by Guns N' Roses on guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson is brought to you by Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Patience" by Guns 'n' Roses. Before you begin you will need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step to play this song the way he performs it. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming and chords used in the song, going into detail on how to finger the chords he uses. You'll learn the C, G, A, D chords, as well as some other Dsus chords.

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 "About a Girl" by Nirvana on guitar

Learning how to play Nirvana's "About a Girl" does not have to be difficult. Tbone Wilson shows what chords and at what intervals to strike them at to be able to play the guitar part of the song. Use the e power chord and the g chord. The chorus, which requires a few more chords than the introduction, is also taught in this video tutorial. You don't have to know how to read music to learn how to play "About a Girl" on the acoustic guitar.

How To: Play Keith Urban "Only You Can Love Me This Way"

This video is from Aaron Gallagher from Free and Easy Guitar. He teaches us how to play Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way." He tells us from the outset that Keith Urban plays it in dropped D so you play the G note on the 5th fret of the Low E instead of 3rd fret where you normally play it. He then teaches us how to play the song. And goes very slowly for us at times so we can really learn at a good pace. He goes into great detail for each part of the song: The intro, verse, chorus....

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 "Let it Be" by The Beatles on guitar (beginners)

This video will teach you how to play one of the Beatles absolute classics "Let it Be" on the guitar. Did you know that you only need to have four chords to play this song? That is one of the first secrets Marty Schwartz shares in this video. This breaks it down into very easy pieces even for absolute beginners. Marty begins to play "Let it Be" and goes through the song chord by chord, part by part. He uses repetition to help everyone learn even those just starting out who might be unfamiliar...

How To: Play "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse on guitar

In this video acoustic guitar lesson, brought to you by http://www.Free and Easy Guitar host Aaron will teach you how to play "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse. To begin, you will have to tune your guitar down a half step in Drop D, which he demonstrates for you. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the picking of the intro, then moves on to the strumming and chords used in the song. He breaks down each part of the song, calling out the chords and explaining the strum pattern he uses...

How To: Play "Wish You Were Here" (Pink Floyd) on guitar

In this acoustic guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz, will teach you how to play "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. 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. This tutorial focuses mostly on just the beginning of the song, and does not cover the entire song.

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: Get the "32-20 Blues" blues sound 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 achieve that Robert Johnson "32-20 Blues" sound on your own guitar. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Play lik...

How To: Play "Key to the Highway" 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 the how to play blues standard "Key to the Highway." 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 "Key to th...

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 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on acoustic guitar

Playing your favorite songs by Nirvana on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana 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 "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nir...

How To: Play "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"on acoustic guitar

Playing your favorite songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by Jack Johnson on the acoustic guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Marty Schwartz covers the strumming pattern as well as the chord structure for "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by ...

How To: Play "You and Me" by Lifehouse on the guitar

If you want to learn how to play Lifehouse on the guitar then this how to video is the place to start. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "You and Me" by Lifehouse on the acoustic guitar. "You and Me" uses the chords G9, Cadd9, G/F#, G/B, Em7, D, Dsus4, G, and A7sus4. 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 guitar to "You and Me" by Lifehouse.

How To: Play "Every Me, Every You" by Placebo on guitar

If you want to learn how to play Placebo on the guitar then this how to video is the place to start. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Every Me, Every You" by Placebo on the acoustic guitar. "Every Me, Every You" uses the chords D5, Bb(=A#), C5, F5, A5. 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 "Every Me, Every You" by Placebo.

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.