Hot Acoustic Guitar How-Tos

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 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 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: Make a three string guitar out of a cigar box

This video will show viewers how to simply make a 3 string guitar using an empty cigar box, a piece of oak, some string, and a few eyebolts. You start with a 1 by 2 piece of oak which is about 3 feet long. First, you should begin by making some markings along one side of the oak, first at 1/2 an inch and then at 1/4 inch spacing after that. Drawing 3 symmetrical lines where the strings should go, drill holes at the intersections of the lines you have drawn. The holes should be made using a 1/...

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 "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 "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits 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 intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits using standard guitar tuning. 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 the intro to "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits on the guitar....

How To: Play "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall on acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Pink Floyd's "Mother"? 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 "Mother" on your own acoustic guitar, take a look!

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 "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon on the guitar

Want to play "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon? 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 "Use Somebody" 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.

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 "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 Hank, Jr's "A Country Boy Can Survive" on guitar

Grab your acoustic guitar, strap, and your pick and check out this free guitar lesson. This video tutorial will teach you country rock guitarists how to play a Hank Williams, Jr. song. Not just any Hank Williams, Jr. song, but one of his greatest: "A Country Boy Can Survive." And just so you know, here are the lyrics to go along with this instructional guitar lesson, or most of them anyways:

How To: Make a sound hole for a guitar

Check out this instructional guitar video that shows you how to make a sound hole for a guitar. Follow the simple step by step instructions outlined in this guitar tutorial video and make a sound hole for you guitar. A lot of experimentation has been done lately putting the sound holes in different places on the sound board and also in different shapes. The different shapes are sometimes just for visual effect but in addition, sometimes sound holes need to be made in different shapes or put i...

How To: Play "Yellow" by Coldplay on acoustic guitar

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

How To: Play "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne on guitar

Want to play Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On"? 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 "Keep Holding On" on your own guitar, take a look!

How To: Play Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman Blues"

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 Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman Blues." 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 "Kind ...

How To: Play a finger picking pattern on the acoustic guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner and intermediate techniques. You can learn how to play an easy finger picking pattern over the chords C, A minor, D minor and G7 on the acoustic guitar. This pattern is a great way to arpeggiate chords for more variety i...

How To: Play "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits 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 "Sultans of Swing." 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 "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits on the guitar. And who knows, maybe soon you can play lead guit...

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 "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream on the acoustic guitar

Want to play an unplugged version of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love"? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords in tab notation. 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 Cream song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play basic Blues on the acoustic guitar

The blues is where it all began. Before you learn how to play rock or jazz or metal, you should start with the blues. Learning the basic 12 bar form can help you feel out measures and develop your sense of direction in music, and learning how to play the shuffled rhythm will help to increase your proficiency with learning other rhythm patterns. In this fantastic video you will get a basic over view of the Blues on the acoustic guitar and a quick variation on the standard blues shuffle.

How To: Play "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab for Cutie on acoustic guitar

Want to perform an unplugged version of Death Cab for Cutie's "Soul Meets Body"? 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 "Soul Meets Body" on your own acoustic guitar, just take a look!

How To: Play "Through the Glass" by Stonesour on guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Through the Glass" by Stonesour on guitar. You will need to tune your guitar with E flat tuning to play this song correctly. The intro will be the chords: e, B, G, D, A and E, then repeat once more. Once you finish the intro, move onto the verse, which is: e, B, G, D, A, and E. These are the basic chords that you will use throughout the entire song as you play. You will need to change the chords to play higher or lower depending on the part of the song you...