Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

How To: Play "Fix You" by Coldplay on acoustic guitar

Want to play "Fix You" by Cold Play? 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 "Fix You" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Mad World" by Gary Jules on acoustic guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson is brought to you by Matt from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Mad World" as performed by Gary Jules. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming, picking and chords used in the song, going into detail on how to finger the chords he uses. In this video you will learn the whole song from the intro to the verse, and following up with the outro of the song, as he breaks down each part for you.

How To: Play "Home" by Chris Daughtry on acoustic guitar

This acoustic guitar video lesson is brought to you by Aaron from Free and Easy Guitar, will teach you how to play "Home" by Chris Daughtry. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the strumming and chords used in the song, detailing for you how to finger the chords he uses. To play the song the way he teaches it, you will have to tune your guitar down 1/2 step. In this video you will learn to play the G, Cadd9, Em, and D chords.

How To: Play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Rock and Roll" by Velvet Underground on guitar. The chords to play this on the electric guitar would be bar chords D, C, and G. Play these together slowly at first so you understand the rhythm you are looking for. Once you have these down, you will have the basic sounds down for the entirety of the song. After this, play the first verse of the song, then play the second, chorus, and the rest of the verses. You will need to pay attention to where the pau...

How To: Play "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar lesson that shows you an easy chord progression and great strum pattern using the song "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan. When working on the strumming, just listen and play along. Try not to watch the screen. Music is all about listening. But just like a metronome, you don't want to watch it. Just listen to it. With this lesson and a bit of practice, play "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan and improve your guitar playing skills.

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: Use a Merle Travis-style picking pattern

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 acoustic guitar with a Merle Travis fingerpicking pattern employed in songs like "Landslide," Dust in the Wind," "Helple...

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 "Hotel California" by the Eagles on guitar

Want to play "Hotel California" by the Eagles? 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 "Hotel California" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty

If you want to play "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty on acoustic guitar you should first pay the chords, F, C, Am and G. These same four chords will be played over and over again to complete the song. The strumming pattern is as follows: When playing F strum down up. When playing C strum up up down. When playing Am strum Down up and finally when playing G strum up up down. You'll want to repeat this through the song. First, you should start out slow then increase in speed with practice. For the...

How To: Play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar

Want to learn how to play "Whiskey Lullaby" on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play the intro to "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss 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 "Whiskey Lull...

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 the Beatles' "Blackbird" on your 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 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 a simplified version of "Hallelujah" on guitar

To play a simplified version of 'Hallelujah' on guitar you first should put a capo on the fifth fret. This song only has three parts. The intro is E minor played two times and a G chord played. You will pick the strings of these chords six times in a progressive order from 1 down to the 4th and up to one again. The first part is switching between these two chords. Then you play a C chord, a B, G and then A minor. And this will be the second part of the song. Next, you play G, C, A minor and C...

How To: Play a strum pattern in 6/8 on the acoustic guitar

Check out this instructional acoustic guitar video that shows you how to play a strum pattern in 6/8 with E minor G in C chord used in the chorus of the Trip Fuse song "These Voices of Mine." Improve your guitar playing skills by watching this short tutorial video to learn how to play a strum pattern in 6/8. Practice this exercise by playing "These Voices of Mine" by the band Trip Fuse.

How To: Play "African Queen" by 2face Idibia

Want to learn how to play 2face Idibia on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "African Queen" by 2face Idibia on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how 2face Idibia 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 "African Queen" by 2face Idibia.

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 "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 an easy version of "Hey There Delilah" on guitar

Want to play "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White Ts on your 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 "Hey There Delilah" on your own guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Country Boy Can Survive" on the acoustic guitar

Want to learn how to play Hank Williams Jr. on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Country Boys Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr. on the acoustic guitar. This song is played in dropped D tuning. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how Hank Williams Jr. 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 the guitar ...

How To: Play John Lee Hooker style blues riff on the guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well first you have to learn techniques from the masters. This guitar lesson from Siggi Mertens teaches you how to play a ohn Lee Hooker style blues riff. There are similar blues riffs to this John Lee Hooker riff. "Boom, Boom" or "Suzie Q" by Creedence Clearwater Revival or Tommy Emmanuel´s "Stevie´s Blues" are great examples of this blues style riff. Once you get a hang of these popular guitar chords and tunes, you can start incorporating them into y...