Douglas Showalter's Guitar Lessons

Douglas Showalter

Douglas Showalter is a professional guitarist/songwriter/producer based in Nashville. He took to the guitar at an early age and studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he was mentored by many great guitarists like Dean Brown (Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham), Jean Marc-Belkadi and Takeshi Akimoto (Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Kimmel Show) among others.

Douglas is well versed in the languages of jazz, rock, R&B, funk, and down- tempo electronica. His versatility lends itself to teaching a wide variety of songs, as well as Artist Studies, soloing, chords and rhythm, and new age guitar.

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Across 110th Street Bobby Womack

Douglas will show you a single guitar approach teaching you many of the melodies and licks played in a funky style, along with some chords that you can play during the chorus.

Published: 01/12/2015 Upgrade
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A Heart Like Mine Dwight Yoakam

In this song tutorial, Doug Showalter will be teaching "A Heart Like Mine", by Dwight Yoakam. Doug will talk about the song and the gear and tones before diving in to the intro part. The verse comes next followed by the chorus - then we'll break down the guitar solo. We'll look the the second guitar's rhythm in the last verse before moving to the full performance play along; then we'll so a single guitar performance and end with a jam along.

Published: 08/07/2013 Upgrade
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All You Wanted Michelle Branch

In these eleven lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you the parts to "All You Wanted", by Michelle Branch. Douglas will be using a capo at the first fret, and will start with the electric clean picking parts and lead licks in the three verses and the overdriven parts in the chorus section. Then we'll break down the bridge, a lead melody, and the ending of the song. Then it's time to play along with Douglas through the song, and finally take center stage and play it yourself with the "band".

Published: 08/15/2012 Upgrade
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An Honest Mistake The Bravery

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "An Honest Mistake", by The Bravery. This one is a driving dance tune, and Doug will introduce the song, talk about gear and tones, then plunge into the song intro. Following that we'll break down the verse lines, the pre-chorus call-and-response, and the chorus chords, then the lo-fi bridge; then the solo and outro. We'll do full and single guitar performances, then end with a jam along.

Published: 06/12/2013 Upgrade
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Backwater Meat Puppets

This song tutorial is about the song "Backwater", by The Meat Puppets. This mid-90s alt rock/grunge hit is easy to play, yet has some interesting twists. We'll examine the form of the song, the different chords (major, minor, sus2, power), the energy and vibe of the song, the solos, and then you can play along with me, then take over in our jam along.

Published: 09/22/2010 Upgrade
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Bang the Drum All Day Todd Rundgren

In this set of song lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Bang the Drum All Day", by Todd Rundgren. Doug will start off with a song introduction, then discuss gear and tone a bit; then he'll break down the main motif. After that we'll look at the verse "ska" rhythm parts, followed by the octave part during the bass solo. We'll end with a play along performance, then a jam along.

Published: 05/15/2013 Upgrade
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Be Like That 3 Doors Down

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will be teaching you "Be Like That", by 3 Doors Down. After a synopsis and gear and tones, Douglas will break down the acoustic intro and the verse; then the first 2 choruses. To follow, we'll check out the bridge and the variations in verse 2 and the 3rd chorus. Lessons nine and ten examine the double chorus and the song outro, then it's time to play through the song. Last up is the jam along, where you take over.

Published: 05/09/2012 Upgrade
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Big Empty Stone Temple Pilots

- This song features tons of cool guitar parts, tones and techniques. These include some cool uses of 7th chords with a clean tone, some slide guitar melodies, a wall of heavy rhythm guitar, along with several additional colors using some effects. I'm going to break down how to play all these different parts and techniques, and at the end we will put it all together with a backing track. After we have heard the song as a full play-a-long, I will then do another pass of the song just using Guitar #1 for a single guitar performance.

Published: 02/19/2015 Upgrade
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Black Horse & The Cherry Tree KT Tunstall

"Black Horse and The Cherry Tree" is a hit from the mid 2000s, made famous by KT Tunstall. This high energy but simple track features some really cool rhythm guitar techniques and percussive tricks you can do on the acoustic. The verses are just 2 chords that use a Bo Diddley type of N'awlins "second line" groove along with the percussive techniques to drive the song, while the choruses are just three simple, familiar chords played in a typical strumming pattern. I'll show you how to play the percussive techniques that really propel the song in the verses, the chords and strumming, and finish with a play along.

Published: 08/04/2010 Upgrade
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Breaking the Law Judas Priest

In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play the metal tune "Breaking the Law" by Judas Priest. This song includes some great rhythm guitar techniques along with cool effects that are equally heavy and easy to play. We will break down how to play all the parts of the song, as well as how to capture some of the cool production techniques that you hear. At the end we'll play along with the backing track, then you'll jam along on your own!

Published: 04/19/2010 Upgrade
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Bring It On Home to Me The Animals

Douglas will show you how to play the piano intro on guitar, the guitar parts from the record while employing some barre chord shapes, and the 12 string guitar solo. He'll also show you an easy chord version!

Published: 10/29/2015 Upgrade
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Cat's In The Cradle Harry Chapin

In this set of eight lessons, Douglas Showalter will take you through the acoustic folk classic "Cat's in the Cradle", recorded by Harry Chapin. Douglas will how you how to play the main riff with a capo at the 8th fret, and rest at the first fret. He'll take you through the signature riff, then the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus parts. Then you'll learn the bridge of the song, and the ending; then we'll play through the entire song.

Published: 11/30/2011 Upgrade
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Change the World Eric Clapton

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Change the World", performed by Eric Clapton. After an introduction and a look at the gear and tones, we're off to the acoustic motif; then the choruses. Then we'll learn the solo of the song, the outro, then the ambient electric parts. We'll do a full performance play along, a single guitar performance, then end with a jam along.

Published: 02/06/2013 Upgrade
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Click Click Boom Saliva

In this set of metal lessons, Douglas Showalter is going to teach "Click Click Boom", by Saliva. After a song introduction and a look at gear and tone, we'll dive right into the main riff; the the 2 guitars in the verses. We'll follow that up with the chorus parts, then learn the cool bridge of the song. We'll break down the outro before we do play along performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 09/04/2013 Upgrade
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Closer Kings of Leon

In this series of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Closer", by Kings of Leon. First we'll take a glance at the song as a whole, then look at the gear, tone, and effects. Douglas will teach the pitch-shift bass part on guitar, then how to emulate the "pickup yells" on guitar. Following that you'll learn the barre chords, the single string melody, then the arpeggiated chord melody. We'll conclude with a play along and a jam along.

Published: 09/05/2012 Upgrade
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Colours Donovan

Douglas will show the jangly guitar sound created by using an open tuning, a capo and only three chords. As an added bonus there is also a quick way to play the song in standard tuning.

Published: 12/01/2015 Upgrade
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Come As You Are (2011) Nirvana

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach you the ins and outs of the classic grunge song "Come As You Are", as made famous by Nirvana. You'll learn the great, instantly recognizable main riff; the pre-chorus and chorus; the melody-based guitar solo; and the outro of the song. Then as always, we'll play it all through to a backing track.

Published: 08/31/2011 Upgrade
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Crawl Kings of Leon

In these lessons Douglas Showalter will teach you "Crawl", by Kings of Leon. After a song introduction and talking about the gear and tones, you'll learn the intro effects that open the song. Next up is the main riff motif; then we'll break down the A and B section parts. Then we're on to the wild solo, and we'll conclude with a full and single guitar performance and a "guitar karaoke" jam along.

Published: 04/10/2013 Upgrade
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Creep Stone Temple Pilots

Learn the Creep chords taught by Douglas Showalter. Included are the Stone Temple Pilots Creep lyrics as well as lessons on how to play the intro, the verse, the pre-chorus and the chorus. You'll learn all the guitar parts, but if you want to learn how to play Stone Temple Pilots song with just a single guitar, we have a lesson on that too!

Published: 08/01/2013 Upgrade
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Daydream Believer The Monkees

Douglas will show you this classic tune featuring all those unforgettable melodies and hooks that have made this song a long lasting hit, and guiding it along is a single guitar part that is both fun and easy to play. There are some harmonics, some cool arpeggios, along with some moving chords during the choruses.

Published: 04/23/2015 Upgrade
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Dirt Road Anthem Jason Aldean

Douglas will show you how to play the single acoustic guitar approached for this modern country anthem.

Published: 09/10/2015 Upgrade
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Dog & Butterfly Heart

In this song tutorial, Doug Showalter will teach you "Dog & Butterfly", by Heart. Starting with a synopsis of the lessons and a look at the acoustic tone, we'll then learn the motif and verses of the song, then dig into the pre-chorus part. That leads us to the chorus and its variations, then we'll learn the bridge section. You'll do a play along performance next, then end with the jam along.

Published: 03/06/2013 Upgrade
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Don't Know Why Norah Jones

In this song tutorial we're going to lay back and relax, and learn the parts of the soft jazz pop song "Don't Know Why" as made famous by Norah Jones. We'll be using a capo on the 6th fret, and learning the jazz chords in the verses and choruses, with the resolutions and turnarounds. At the end you can play along with a backing track, with vocals that mark the track for you.

Published: 09/22/2010 Upgrade
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Dust in the Wind Kansas

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Dust in the Wind" as made famous by Kansas. We'll focus on the musical elements that have made this song a long standing classic, by way of teaching you the acclaimed acoustic guitar parts and violin solo. We will break down the tutorial into 5 video lessons.

Published: 11/02/2009 Upgrade
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Everything Lifehouse

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Everything", by Lifehouse. After a song introduction and a look at the tones and effects, you'll learn the song intro and the three varying verses, along with the interlude. You'll also learn the three differing choruses in the tune, plus the high-dynamic bridge, and the acoustic ending. We'll conclude with a play along, then a "guitar karaoke" jam along.

Published: 11/28/2012 Upgrade
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Face Down The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

In these eleven lessons, Douglas Showalter will present you with all the elements to "Face Down", as made famous by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. There's quite few sections to this song, and Douglas will go through the intro guitars, the first verse, the chorus, and the short interlude. Then he'll delve into the second verse, and the bridge in two parts. After that, he'll break down the double chorus, and the outro. Finally, we'll do a play along performance then a jam along.

Published: 04/21/2011 Upgrade
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Falling Away From Me Korn

In this set of metal lessons, Doug Showalter will teach "Falling Away From Me", by Korn. After a song introduction and the gear and tones, we'll look at the main melody, then the main riff. The verse and chorus parts are up next, then the break down of the bridge. We'll do a full performance play along and a single guitar performance, then conclude with a jam along.

Published: 08/16/2013 Upgrade
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Falls On Me Fuel

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Falls On Me", by Fuel. First off is an overview of the song, then a look at gear and tones. Douglas will then get into the arpeggiated song intro, then teach the choruses and the post-chorus interlude. We'll then step into the 2nd verse and the bridge section, followed by the 4th chorus variation and the outro. Last we'll learn the song ending, then do a play along and a jam along.

Published: 08/29/2012 Upgrade
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Far Away Nickelback

Douglas will show you all the guitar parts of this song from the arpeggiated chords, to the powerful hook, to the electric guitar parts.

Published: 07/16/2015 Upgrade
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Father And Son Cat Stevens

In this song tutorial you'll learn "Father and Son" as made famous by Cat Stevens. This is a great acoustic song that is writeen as a conversation between - you guessed it - a father and his son. Douglas Showalter will lead you through this musical conversation, showing you the strumming techniques, the chords and rhythms for both the "father" and "son" sections plus the embellishments and dynamics that pick up through the song. You'll also learn the lead fills and main solo, and the put it all together in a performance play-through!

Published: 02/18/2011 Upgrade
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Fly Sugar Ray

In this tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach "Fly", by Sugar Ray. Douglas will give an overview of the song then talk about the gear and tone. We'll take on the main melody before we learn the verse, then we'll dig into the chorus. The post-chorus hook is next, then we'll learn the bridge and the interlude before we learn the song outro. We'll end with full and single guitar performances, then you'll play the song by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 10/09/2013 Upgrade
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Follow Richie Havens

This lesson is about the techniques and chords used in "Follow" as made famous by Richie Havens. Played in open D tuning, this great singer/songwriter track is played fairly loose and with lots of feeling. We'll look at the rhythmic strumming approaches here on acoustic, the electric guitar melody, and the use of harmonics and embellishments. We'll end with a full song performance.

Published: 07/19/2010 Upgrade
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Four Rusted Horses Marilyn Manson

In this tutorial Douglas Showalter will teach "Four Rusted Horses", as made famous by Marilyn Manson. After starting with a song introduction and the gear and tone, we'll break down the main acoustic riff for you. We'll follow that with the acoustic pre-chorus - then the chorus - before we learn the single note electric line in the chorus. We'll tie it all up with full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 10/02/2014 Upgrade
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Funny How Time Slips Away Willie Nelson

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Funny How Time Slips Away" as performed by Willie Nelson. This classic song features a simple chord progression. using two guitars, that has stood the test of time as a songwriting staple.

Published: 11/17/2014 Upgrade
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Georgia On My Mind Willie Nelson

Douglas will show you Willie Nelson's version of this jazz standard as it's played in a slow 12/8 swing feel, on an acoustic guitar. It also features a harmonica solo you'll learn on electric guitar, and lots of cool licks at the end of the song.

Published: 09/10/2015 Upgrade
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Gives You Hell The All-American Rejects

In this series of lessons, Douglas Showalter will be taking you through the song "Gives You Hell", by The All-American Rejects. Douglas will be teaching you the keyboard parts on guitar here, as well as the guitar parts for the verses, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge. You'll play along through the entire song in the performance lesson, then be the lone guitar player jamming along with the backing track.

Published: 01/18/2012 Upgrade
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Guantanamera The Sandpipers

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Guantanamera" as performed by The Sandpipers. This patriotic Cuban song has a great groove and features a simple chord progression, using two guitars, that goes a long way. While in the recording, there are lots of layers of different types of guitars we will be using one acoustic guitar and one nylon string. Guitar #1, our acoustic, will play all the melodies you hear all throughout the song. Guitar #2, our nylon string in Dropped D tuning, plays open string chords and guides the flow of the song.

Published: 06/30/2014 Upgrade
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Handy Man James Taylor

Douglas will show you how to play this beautiful acoustic track with a great groove, and an easy chord progression that is fun to play and features Taylor's signature finger picking.

Published: 10/06/2015 Upgrade
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Hanging by a Moment Lifehouse

In these 12 videos, Douglas Showalter will be breaking down the parts to "Hanging by a Moment", by Lifehouse. After the tones and tuning, we'll get right into the signature riff that occurs throughout the song, then 1st chorus. Next up is the harmonics followed by chorus 2, and the bridge in two parts. We'll break down the interlude and verse 3 after that, then the song ending. You'll play along with Douglas, then take over in the jam along.

Published: 07/26/2012 Upgrade
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Have A Little Faith In Me John Hiatt

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach "Have a Little Faith in Me", by John Hiatt. Doug will introduce the song and talk a bit about gear and tone, then break down the verse part for you, adapted from the piano. Next up is the descending chord progression in the chorus followed by the modulation towards the end as the song rides out; then the song's ending. We'll conclude with a play along, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 10/09/2013 Upgrade
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Headstrong Trapt

In this series of lessons, you'll learn the parts to the searing metal song "Headstrong" by Trapt. Douglas Showalter takes you through the signature guitar hook, the verses, the elements of the chorus, the bridge, and then plays through the whole song. We also look at Drop C tuning, as this song was originally played on a 7-string guitar and since most people don't have a 7-string, we'll teach it to you on a regular 6-string.

Published: 11/01/2010 Upgrade
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Here In Your Bedroom Goldfinger

Here's a super fun uptempo song: "Here In Your Bedroom", by Goldfinger. Douglas Showalter will teach you this one; the song intro with its ensemble licks, the ska rhythms, the distorted power chord parts in the pre-choruses and choruses, and the song outro and ending. To finish things off we'll do a full performance play-along, then you jam along with the backing track.

Published: 01/04/2012 Upgrade
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Hey There Delilah Plain White T`s

You may not recognize the song title, but no doubt you've heard this song many times on the radio in the last few years and are familiar with it! This is a great song for learning your acoustic fingerpicking technique. We'll take a look at the verse and chorus, the bridge, and play through the whole song at the end in a play a long with some vocals marking the tune. Have fun!

Published: 09/06/2010 Upgrade
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I Don't Care Fall Out Boy

In this series of nine lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you the song "I Don't Care", as made famous by Fall Out Boy. Douglas will guide you through the main riff; the verses, choruses, and bridge; the solo; and the groove. He'll give everything a final polish with a full performance play-along so you can put it all together, the it's time to play the song on your own to the jam track.

Published: 05/10/2011 Upgrade
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I Fought the Law The Clash

In this set of lessons, Doug Showalter will teach "I Fought the Law", as made famous by The Clash. We'll introduce the song and talk about gear and tone, then break down the main motif. We'll then detail the A section and B section of the song before we look at the bridge rhythm and lead parts. We'll take a quick peek at the song ending, then do full and single guitar performances and a jam along.

Published: 07/20/2014 Upgrade
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I Ran Flock Of Seagulls

Got your big seagull-wave hairdo all sculpted? Okay then, it's time to learn the 80s new wave classic "I Ran", by Flock of Seagulls. We'll take you through the delay settings, the simple yet effective verse lick, the chords for the verse and choruses, the solos, and play it all through to a backing track.

Published: 11/14/2010 Upgrade
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I Walk Alone Oleander

This series of song lessons examines the 90s alt rock tune "I Walk Alone" by Oleander. We'll break down the chords and form, rhythms, pentatonic bends and swells, and get our groove on by jamming with the full backing track at the end. To cap it all off, you'll jam along by yourself!

Published: 09/23/2010 Upgrade
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I Wanna Testify Parliament

In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play "Testify" as made famous by Parliament. This track features some great funk licks and in this video, I will show you how to play some of the clavinet parts as well. Let's check it out!

Published: 05/18/2010 Upgrade
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I Will Buy You A New Life Everclear

In this set of twelve lessons, Douglas Showalter will lay out all the parts to "I Will Buy You A New Life", as made famous by Everclear. This one has multiple guitars, and you'll learn what each one plays in the A, B, and C sections of the song. The we'll look at the song ending, followed by a play-along performance.

Published: 09/29/2011 Upgrade
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I Will Follow You Into the Dark Death Cab for Cutie

In this set of nine lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach "I Will Follow You Into the Dark', as made famous by Death Cab for Cutie. After a song introduction and a bit about the acoustic tone, we'll look into the song intro and strumming. Following that we'll break down the first verse and chorus parts, then the last verse and chorus. To conclude we'll do a play along, then a jam along.

Published: 08/07/2013 Upgrade
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It's Time Imagine Dragons

In this tutorial, Doug Showalter will teach "It's Time", by Imagine Dragons. We'll introduce the tune then talk about gear and tone, then learn the intro melody adapted to guitar. Next is guitar 2 in the 1st verse and chorus, then the interlude/second verse before we learn the bridge parts. We'll return to the choruses for a couple of parts, then learn the outro. We'll conclude with full and single guitar performances, then a jam along.

Published: 09/30/2013 Upgrade
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It's Your Thing The Isley Brothers

In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play the late 60's funk classic "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers. We'll to teach you both guitar parts, and we are also going to take a look at how the guitar fits into the whole arrangement by soloing it against each instrument. Remember it's not about how much you play, but how tight your groove is and how you fit into the big picture. Let's groove!

Published: 04/18/2010 Upgrade
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Keep On The Sunny Side Carter Family

Douglas will show you how to play this country song with some easy open chords with a single acoustic guitar, and how to play the main melody of the song on a second acoustic guitar.

Published: 08/01/2016 Upgrade
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Let's Go The Cars

In these lessons Douglas Showalter will teach you the new wave hit "Let's Go", by The Cars. Douglas will introduce the song and discuss gear and tone, then dig right in to the intro section. We'll then break down the verse parts, and the pre-chorus, before we take on the chorus. Next is the post-chorus melody, then the song's outro. We'll finish with full and single guitar performances, then a jam along.

Published: 07/25/2013 Upgrade
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Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous Good Charlotte

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach you the parts to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", as made famous by Good Charlotte in the early 2000's. You'll learn the verses and the variations thereof, the pre-chorus and main chorus, the second pre-chorus, the bridge, the final chorus, and the crescendo ending. Then we'll do a performance play along, then a jam along.

Published: 08/10/2011 Upgrade
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Living After Midnight Judas Priest

"Living After Midnight" is a metal classic from the early 80's that is considered, along with many tracks off of the same record, to be the beginning of heavy metal. In this tutorial, we are going to break down how to play this metal classic into a series of video lessons including the rhythms and power chords, the progressions, and the guitar solo.

Published: 11/25/2009 Upgrade
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Love Is On The Way Saigon Kick

In this set of song lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Love Is On The Way", by Saigon Kick. Doug will introduce the song and talk about the acoustic nylon string tones, the break down the main motif that occurs throughout the song. After that, we'll look at the chorus and bridge parts and the arpeggiated picking; then it's on to the solo. We'll conclude with full and single guitar performances, then a jam along where you take over.

Published: 04/03/2013 Upgrade
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Low Cracker

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Low", by Cracker. Doug will talk about what you'll learn in the lessons then a bit about gear and tone before laying out the chords and acoustic strumming. The electric motif is next followed by the verse leads, then we'll learn the chorus. The solo comes next, then we'll do a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.

Published: 05/29/2013 Upgrade
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Low Rider War

In this set of song lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach "Low Rider", by War. Douglas will introduce the song and talk a bit about gear and tones for you, then dig in to the main funk guitar line that occurs throughout the song. Next we'll break down the signature melody that is so much a part of this song, then teach you the bass groove as a bonus, for more funk. We'll end with full and single guitar performances, and a jam along.

Published: 06/26/2013 Upgrade
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No Reflection Marilyn Manson

This song features lots of really cool and heavy guitar parts that are easy to play. There are two guitar parts to learn with some cool riffing and crazy noises with your pick scraping the strings, some very industrial sounding distortion using single notes and power chords being doubled by both guitars, some really cool filter/synth type tones on guitar, along with an ending guitar solo that is equal parts simple and eerie.

Published: 10/05/2015 Upgrade
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Moonshadow Cat Stevens

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Moonshadow", as made famous by Cat Stevens. Doug will give an overview of the song then talk about the acoustic tone and picking; then he'll leap into the intro part and the A-section. Next up is the B-section of the song, followed by the half-time feel of the C-section. After learning the outro, you'll do a play along performance, then play by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 02/27/2013 Upgrade
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More Than Words Extreme

More Than Words chords in this guitar lesson are taught by Douglas Showalter. This is a beautiful tune, done as a duo with acoustic guitar and great vocal harmonies. We'll look at the form and chords, the percussive right hand technique that lays down a backbeat, the harmonies, and play it all through in a jam along performance at the end.

Published: 07/12/2010 Upgrade
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No Rain Blind Melon

Blind Melon's "No Rain" is an early 90's hit that has one of the most memorable guitar hooks in rock-n-roll. While the hook itself is an essential part of the song, there are also other guitar parts within the track that are equally as exciting to learn. In this tutorial, we will give you a step by step look at how to play the melodies, acoustic guitar parts, and guitar solos within this famous song.

Published: 07/28/2009 Upgrade
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Mayberry Rascal Flatts

Douglas will show you all the chords and sections to this song that features a lot of dynamic changes to follow the lyric story line.

Published: 12/08/2015 Upgrade
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Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) Billy Joel

In these lessons, Doug Showalter will teach "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", by Billy Joel. We'll start with a song overview and the gear and tone, then it's time to learn the dropped D riff followed by the ska-ish chords and rhythm. We'll break down the pre-chorus parts next, which will lead us to the chorus. We'll learn the harmonized guitars in the outro before we do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 06/15/2015 Upgrade
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On Call Kings of Leon

In this series of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "On Call", by Kings of Leon. We'll start with the usual overview and gear and tones, then look at the guitar intro. Next up are the 3 choruses in one lesson, followed by the second verse. The solo is next, taught in two parts; then we'll do a full performance, and single guitar performance, and finish with a jam along.

Published: 03/13/2013 Upgrade
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Peggy Sue Got Married Buddy Holly

Douglas will show you how to play a version of this song which features a single guitar playing rhythm guitar throughout, along with a second guitar playing the guitar solo.

Published: 06/20/2016 Upgrade
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Please Come to Boston David Loggins

Douglas will show you how to play this song using a single, acoustic guitar approach. This makes it so you can easily play along with the tutorial, and with the original recording. There are two acoustics in the song, and I have taken the main parts from both and combined them into one for us to learn. We have some electric guitars in the backing track to make it more like the original as well.

Published: 06/02/2016 Upgrade
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Runaway Train Soul Asylum

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will be teaching you "Runaway Train", by Soul Asylum. First off is an overview, then a look at the gear and tones. Then we'll break down the intro and the first couple of verses; the pre-chorus; the chorus; and the bridge. Next, Douglas will get into the final verse, and the outro of the song. For the finale we'll do a full performance play-along, then mute the guitars so you can play by yourself with the backing track.

Published: 02/08/2012 Upgrade
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Saved by Zero The Fixx

Douglas will show you this new wave classic featuring lots of cool guitar parts and textures that give you a great representation of some of the guitar sounds heard in the early 80's. These include some funky, minor pentatonic licks, textured guitars with lots and lots of reverb, some cool guitar counterpoint, as well some ringing harmonics with a whammy bar and some effects.

Published: 01/28/2015 Upgrade
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So Lonely The Police

In these lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach "So Lonely", as made famous by The Police. Doug will introduce the song and talk about gear and tone, then teach the first verse rhythms and licks, then the 1st chorus. We'll move on to verse and chorus 2, then learn the rhythm under the solo. The solo is next in two parts; then we'll look at the outro choruses and the bridge. We'll end with full and single guitar performances, and a jam along.

Published: 10/16/2013 Upgrade
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Society Eddie Vedder

In this tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach "Society", as made famous by Eddie Vedder. After introducing the song and a quick look at the acoustic tone, Doug will teach the intro. This will lead us into the verse strumming and chords, then to the chorus part; we'll then break down the rhythm under the solo and the solo itself. We'll learn the outro before we do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 02/24/2014 Upgrade
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Sold Me Down The River The Alarm

In this tutorial Douglas Showalter will show you how to play "Sold Me Down The River" as performed by The Alarm. This song features a single electric guitar in drop D tuning, using a biting tone with plenty of overdrive, compression and reverb. This guitar carries the song, playing a mixture of strong melodies, call and response licks, along with a really cool solo.

Published: 08/11/2014 Upgrade
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Soul Meets Body Death Cab for Cutie

In this group of lessons, Doug Showalter will teach you "Soul Meets Body", as made famous by Death Cab for Cutie. After a song overview and the gear and tones, we'll look at the intro part. Next up are the verse and chorus parts (with a bonus electric part), followed by the bridge. You'll learn the song's ending, then move on to a full performance play along, a single guitar performance, and a "guitar karoake" jam along.

Published: 08/28/2013 Upgrade
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Speed of the Sound of Loneliness John Prine

In these song lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", by John Prine. After a song overview and the gear and tones, you'll learn the song intro. Following that is the acoustic verses, then the verse electric fills; then the chorus acoustic and electric fills. Next is the electric solo, then we're on to the full performance. We'll end with a single guitar performance, then mute the guitars for a jam along.

Published: 04/25/2013 Upgrade
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Stellar Incubus

"Stellar" is a seriously cool song made famous by Incubus, with lots of intriguing tones, colors, and rhythmic movement. Douglas Showalter will teach you everything here, talking about the tones and use of effects as he moves through the lessons. You'll learn the bending and sliding in the verse, setting up the vibe of the song; the the simple four bar pre-chorus with distortion; the powerful progressive rock choruses using an octave pedal; the interlude with reverb and phaser; the bridge; and the ending with a bang! As always, we'll perform the whole song through with the "band".

Published: 02/07/2011 Upgrade
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Still In Hollywood Concrete Blonde

This set of lessons takes a look at the song Still in Hollywood, as made famous by Concrete Blonde. This is a fairly simple song, but it seriously rocks and has loads of punk energy. You'll learn the form, the power chords and punk vibe, the hooks, the use of the whammy bar, a play along, and a jam track to cap it off.

Published: 07/12/2010 Upgrade
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Sugar We're Goin' Down Fall Out Boy

Sugar We're Goin' Down is a pop-punk anthem made famous by Fall Out Boy in 2005. This tune is raw and hard-hitting yet melodic. You'll learn the verses and choruses, pre-choruses, change-ups in the song, what the two guitars are doing, and cap it off with a jam to the backing track. We're goin' down!

Published: 08/04/2010 Upgrade
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Surrender Cheap Trick

In this tutorial we're going to show you how to play the song "Surrender" as made famous by Cheap Trick in the late 1970's. Both a live and studio recording success for the band, "Surrender" continues it's success today by it's extensive use in TV shows, movies, and video games. Douglas Showalter is going to cover how to play all the rhythm guitar tracks as well as giving you a chance to work through each section before playing the full play-along at the end.

Published: 01/21/2010 Upgrade
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Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Suspicious Minds" as performed by Elvis Presley. This classic track features an up tempo feel that changes halfway through, and then comes back up for a huge outro that fades out the track. At the center of the song, guiding the whole track, is a telecaster electric guitar using a variety of cool techniques with a simple clean tone. These include some hybrid picking, some steady rhythm playing during the choruses, and strong, rhythm guitar playing on the back beat in 6/8 time along with arpeggios during the bridge.

Published: 07/13/2015 Upgrade
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Sweet Thing Chaka Khan

"Sweet Thing" is a signature soul classic, made famous by Chaka Khan and Rufus. This song features some very cool guitar parts that are heard all over in R&B and funk music. There are also some really cool moments where two guitars are played together to play rhythms that always seem to fit right into the groove. You'll learn the signature lick that is stated throughout the song, the guitar parts in the verses, the chorus with its chord licks and rhythm changes,and the fade out ending. Keep it funky!

Published: 08/16/2010 Upgrade
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Swing, Swing The All-American Rejects

In these song lessons we'll investigate "Swing, Swing" as made famous by The All-American Rejects. Douglas Showalter will swing you through the parts to this pop-rock song, showing you the chords, the intro in two parts, the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus. Then he'll go into the solo, the bridge, and the harmonized guitars, and do a full performance play along for the finale.

Published: 08/15/2011 Upgrade
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Tattoos on this Town Jason Aldean

Douglas will show you all the great and varied guitar parts in this song and how to get those tones, plus a way you can play through the whole song with an acoustic guitar.

Published: 05/14/2015 Upgrade
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The Anthem Good Charlotte

In this tutorial we're going to learn the pop-punk rock song "The Anthem", as made famous by Good Charlotte. Douglas Showalter will take you through the intro and interlude sections, the verses, the pre-chorus and chorus, the bridge of the tune, and the ending. He'll also teach you the effected guitar part in the song, and cap it all off with a play along performance.

Published: 11/19/2010 Upgrade
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The Gambler Kenny Rogers

This country classic features an easy chord progression, some cool hybrid picking, as well as some modulating chords that create a nice build in the song. The two guitars playing throughout the recording can be combined into one easy part with using a capo!

Published: 10/16/2014 Upgrade
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Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran

Douglas will show you how to play this classic I-IV-V blues progression in a rockabilly style. There are several breaks to emphasize the story of the lyrics and a single guitar part that outlines the moving bass, along with some other chords and a rockin' solo.

Published: 01/19/2015 Upgrade
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Unholy Confessions Avenged Sevenfold

In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play "Unholy Confessions" as made famous by Avenged Sevenfold. This modern metal song features a ton of great rhythm guitar playing along with lots of cool stuff you can play with another guitar player. We'll look at the chord movement, the great rhythm playing and breaks, the use of octaves, and the riffing and licks. The track is a little tricky to play so make sure you are plenty warmed up before you get going, and pay special close attention to some of the cool guitar harmonies that take place.

Published: 04/13/2010 Upgrade
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Unwell Matchbox Twenty

In this set of lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Unwell", as made famous by Matchbox Twenty. After a song overview and a look at the gear and tones, we'll get into the intro and outro of the song. Next up is the 1st pre-chorus followed by the chorus; then on to the second verse and pre-chorus. Douglas will teach the bridge before moving on to the full performance. We'll do a single guitar performance, then it's time for the jam along.

Published: 02/04/2013 Upgrade
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Walking Disaster Sum 41

In these 13 guitar lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Walking Disaster", as made famous by Sum 41. After giving you a song over view and a look at the gear and tones, we'll get into the slower tempo A and B sections. Next up are the fast-tempo parts: the lead-in, the verses, the pre-chorus, and the chorus. After that you'll learn the bridge and the interlude before we do a play along performance. Then you'll take over in the jam along, and perform the song by yourself.

Published: 12/05/2012 Upgrade
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Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn

Douglas will show you the power of a simple chord progression mixed with great story telling. This tutorial takes the original song parts played on piano and applies it to guitar so you can play along with the original recording, the backing track in this tutorial, or on your own solo as a single guitar performance.

Published: 02/09/2015 Upgrade
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Welcome To My Life Simple Plan

In this song tutorial Douglas Showalter will take a look at all the parts in the pop rock song "Welcome To My Life", recorded by Simple Plan. Douglas will talk about the gear and tone, and teach you the opening acoustic and electric parts followed by the first verse. Then he'll delve into the pre-chorus and chorus, along with the second verse and pre-chorus. There's no solo i this one, so you'll next learn the bridge, the final double chorus, and the ending to the song. We'll put it all together in a final play-along performance.

Published: 06/13/2011 Upgrade
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What It's Like Everlast

In these lessons, Doug Showalter will take you through the acoustic hip hop song "What It's Like", recorded and performed by Everlast. This centers around an easy chord progression on acoustic guitar, and Doug will teach you the intro and bridge approaches, the verse and chorus changes, a sliding chord riff during a brief breakdown, and the outro chords and the electric guitar solo that goes over them, taking the song out. Then we'll play the song through in a play along, and then you'll jam to the backing track.

Published: 11/09/2011 Upgrade
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What's My Age Again? Blink-182

In these lessons we'll be learning the power-pop punk song "What's My Age Again?" as made famous by Blink-182. Douglas Showalter will take you through the main arpeggiated guitar riff in the verse, the second verse, the elements of the choruses and how they change up, the instrumental bridge section, the outro variation and ending, plus a full play along to get you putting it all together and performing the song.

Published: 12/11/2010 Upgrade
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Wide Open Spaces The Dixie Chicks

In these lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Wide Open Spaces", by The Dixie Chicks. Douglas will introduce the song and talk about the gear and tones, then break down the song intro. Verses 1 and 2 are next up, then the chorus parts; then we'll look at verse 3. Lesson seven breaks down the solo section, after which we'll examine the final verse and the outro. We'll conclude with a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.

Published: 02/11/2013 Upgrade
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With Me Sum 41

In this tutorial we are going to check out how to lay down the modern day pop-punk song "With Me" as made famous by Sum 41. This song is a great example of modern production techniques with layers of different guitars and sounds. Let's check out how everything fits together.

Published: 05/05/2010 Upgrade
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Word Up Korn

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showlater will be teachng all the parts to "Word Up", as made famous in a cover version by Korn. Douglas will take you through the song intro, the verse guitars, the chorus guitars, and the bridge guitars too, then show you the simple solo. We'll end with a play along, then mute the guitar so you can jam along by yourself.

Published: 04/14/2011 Upgrade
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You Are a Tourist Death Cab for Cutie

In this song tutorial, Douglas Showalter will teach you "You Are a Tourist", as made famous by Death Cab for Cutie. First off is a song introduction then a look at gear and tones; then you'll learn the main melody followed by guitar 2's octave melody line. Next we're into the chord arpeggio picking parts for both guitars in the A section, then the B section. We'll break down the countermelody line, then move on to the full and single guitar performances, and finish with a jam along.

Published: 06/19/2013 Upgrade
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You May Be Right Billy Joel

In these ten guitar lessons, Doug Showalter will teach "You May Be Right", by Billy Joel. After a song overview and a peek at the gear and tone, Doug will guide you through the main motif of the song. We'll learn verses 1 and 2 next, then the chorus with its stop rhythms and licks. Next up is the guitar solo, then we'll do a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.

Published: 11/14/2013 Upgrade

Chord Concepts

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Chord Alternatives

In the world of rock rhythm guitar, there exists a wide variety of alternatives to your every day major and minor chords. While these chords certainly serve their purpose, it is essential to also seek out the wide array of chord alternatives available to rock guitarists. Putting variation on barre chords, power chords, and open string chords; the examples below will introduce you to this never ending world of exploration on your instrument. We will also look at how adding distortion to your already existing bar chords can also bring these shapes to new heights. Seeking sounds from Lenny Kravitz, The Police, System of a Down and more, this chapter will broaden your expectations of what your already existing chords can become.

Published: 01/20/2009 Upgrade
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Chord Embellishment

In rock rhythm guitar, simple chords can often be played with slight variation to create what is called chord embellishment. The idea behind chord embellishment is taking any chord in your vocabulary and adding a slight variation to one or two of the notes you are playing to create a strong rhythm. With this idea, you also develop a strong melody on top of the chords you are playing. This technique is used by everyone from Chuck Berry to Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots to The Killers and just about any contributor to the rock guitar world. The following examples showcase ideas and concepts that introduce you to this idea. Each example touches on a different style and era of rock guitar, allowing you to see how simple chords can develop strong movement with just a small amount of variation.

Published: 01/20/2009 Upgrade

Scales, Intervals, and Soloing

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Chord Tone Soloing

In this tutorial I am going to give you an introduction to the world of "Chord Tone Soloing." In short, "Chord Tone Soloing" means that when soloing you are only using notes of the chords by which you are playing over. If you are playing over a G chord, you solo only using the notes G, B, D, etc. This doesn't sound like an exciting idea in the beginning, but having the discipline to work with this idea will do wonders for your soloing and phrasing. I have provided a handful of progressions and examples along with backing tracks that you can explore and than take it into your own musical universe. Work through each example slowly and really grasp the concept of using chord tones. You will be glad you did.

Published: 04/19/2010 Upgrade
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Major Scale Intervals

As just an added bonus to our already strong Lead Guitar Elements section, we are going to conclude this tutorial by looking at the use of intervals in the major and minor scales. We have taken an in depth look at many different ways to explore each of these scales. An important factor to realize is that within each scale resides a series of intervals that can be played together within a rock guitar solo. Each interval has a completely different sound and while some may sound harmonic and pleasing, others may resonate at odd frequencies and sound dissonant. Our focus in this chapter are the more melodic intervals in the major scale; those being thirds, fourths, fifths, and sixths. Our goal today is to give an introduction to the sound of these intervals and give you some unique examples in the styles of artists you know to get you started with this concept. We are going to demonstrate how to play the intervals in each example using scale patterns we learned in previous chapters.

Published: 03/19/2009 Upgrade
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The Major Scale

The Major Scale is the foundation for nearly all of what we know as Western Harmony. It's construction allows us to understand how nearly all rock music goes together, and our understanding of it's workings is an essential part of everyone's musical education. The construction of the major scale follows the same formula every time. Focusing on it's use in a rock guitar context, we are going to look at a few different ways to play this scale. We are than going to take each of these different approaches and play them in the styles of some rock guitarists that you already know. Our understanding of how to play this scale in these different ways sets a strong foundation for us to expand on this never ending concept. Make sure before practicing any of these examples that you refresh your knowledge of the notes on the guitar neck, as this is crucial to moving through this chapter effectively.

Published: 02/19/2009 Upgrade
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The Major Pentatonic Scale

While the notes in a major scale sound great when played in a specific way, there are certain notes that have to be carefully placed to work within the harmony. The Major Pentatonic Scale works to remedy this situation by eliminating two of the notes from the major, enabling every note to sound harmonically "in the right place." While stylistically this may or may not sound particularly innovative, the fact remains that these 5 notes sit almost perfectly inside their major key and create a foundation to work from when exploring rock soloing. "Penta" meaning five, and "tonic," meaning note; come together to name this scale. Here is a breakdown of the scale stemming from our previous graph.

Published: 02/19/2009 Upgrade

Rhythm Guitar

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Rhythm, Time, and Feel

In our final installment of Rock Guitar Level 2: Chords and Rhythm, we are going to look at the idea of Rhythm, Time and Feel. Rhythm is the basic foundation for the all music we know and love. It is what all instruments unite within to work together to produce musical ideas. We have the ability to count rhythm by applying the concept of time signatures. This firms our foundation by allowing us to have a set repetition of numbers to play our music within. And lastly, how we go about playing such rhythms in their respected time signatures is dictated by the feel we are going for. The feel is the overall feeling we put into our rhythm guitar parts, applying either a straight, shuffle, or swing feel. These three feels cover the majority of rock music that we have grown to know and love. In our lessons today, we are going to look at a few different time signatures and how to count them, along with examining different feels we can apply to our rock rhythm guitar. It is essential to play all of these examples with your metronome, whether that be the one provided by Guitar Tricks or your own personal one.

Published: 01/20/2009 Upgrade

Artist Studies

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The Jack Johnson Style

In this tutorial we'll be covering topics ranging from moving chord shapes, to hammer-ons, to right hand strumming techniques. Each lesson will help showcase a different aspect of Jack Johnson's style, and will help you learn how using the acoustic guitar primarily as a songwriting tool can serve to better any player's approach to the instrument.

Published: 11/11/2008 Upgrade
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The John Mayer Style

Focusing on Mayer's style on acoustic guitar, this tutorial provides 10 examples, all of which showcase a different element of his style on guitar.  By the end of these lessons, you should have a greater insight into using percussive techniques, dropped tunings, and interesting chord voicings - and be able to see how you can introduce these elements into your own playing.  

Published: 10/24/2008 Upgrade

Triads and Inversions

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Major Triads & Inversions

In this section of Rock Guitar Level 2, we will focus on the concept of Major Triads and their inversions. A triad is a chord using 3 notes to create one overall sound. In many of the major chords you have previously learned from Guitar Tricks, their already exists triads in your musical vocabulary. Each chord we reference will have three major triads, and each of these triads is called an inversion. While each example in the lessons will have different shapes, each of them still remains the same chord. We will use the triads you already know, demonstrating their inversions from a D major chord, an A major chord, and an E major chord. We will take each lesson using string groups of three, and will follow each explanation with an example of those triads use in the rock guitar world.

Published: 01/20/2009 Upgrade
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Minor Triads & Inversions

We are going to shift our attention to the concept of minor chords and their inversions. Again, a triad is a chord using 3 notes to create one overall sound. Now matter what the shape, these chords all include the same notes and will create the same quality of sound. Shifting from major to minor, the only difference between minor triads and the major triads we learned in Chapter 1 is the lowering of one note, a half step (or one fret down the neck of the guitar.) We will again use triads you are already playing in the chords D minor, A minor, and E minor, also using the string grouping concept. Following each demonstration will be more examples of triads used in a rock guitar style.

Published: 01/20/2009 Upgrade
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Triads, Inversions, Arpeggios, and Extensions

In this tutorial, I'm going to introduce you to the world of triads, inversions, arpeggios, and chord extensions. We'll take a very thorough, step-by-step approach working with all these concepts- breaking down how they relate to one another. Having an understanding of all these musical ideas is fundamental to the instrument and can work to make you a better lead and rhythm player. These lessons are in-depth, so work through them slowly and see how you can work them into your own musical world. Enjoy!

Published: 03/19/2010 Upgrade

New Age Guitar

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New Age Guitar

"New Age" playing is used to describe acoustic guitar playing in its solo form that demonstrates a mixture of technical prowess and song-writing. Soloists such as Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, and others demonstrate exceptional playing on the instrument, all the while writing meaningful songs and great melodies. Artists such as Kaki King and the late Michael Hedges have taken such ideas a step further, employing the style alongside other instrumentation (i.e. drums, bass, vocals, samples, etc.) The "New Age" style can both be used as a solo technique, as well as a great addition to a live band set-up. This tutorial works to showcase a variety of rhythmic, harmonic, and compositional ideas to bring out the "New Age" acoustic style in every guitar player. The acoustic guitar, like the players of the genre have worked to do, is taken into new territory and allows for students to see how the "New Age" style of playing has opened the doors for the instruments possibilities. All 10 examples showcase a different way that guitarists can take this new approach to their instrument.

Published: 09/16/2008 Upgrade
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Advanced Dropped D Concepts

There are many times during the process of learning the guitar that players at any level hit a wall. You are stuck playing the same chords, the same riffs; literally running circles within the same idea. While it is always important to study the instrument from it's standard tuning, altering the instruments tuning is always a great way to explore new territory. All of a sudden those same shapes sound different, and a wealth of new riffs and songs evolve from a simple altering of one string.

Published: 09/25/2009 Upgrade

Blues

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12 Bar Blues: More Minor Blues

A look at the 12 bar minor blues in 4 keys, with slight variations.

Published: 06/25/2009 Upgrade