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Song Lessons

  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic song lessons.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) (Just Like) Starting Over (Made Easy) Mike will show you to use an acoustic guitar to strum along with the band in a "made easy" format, using open chords and barre chords to play the chord progressions with a simple strumming pattern.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) (What A) Wonderful World Caren will show you how to play along with this classic crooner love song. You'll use a capo and an acoustic guitar to play a simple chord progression. A bonus lesson shows you how to approach the song without the capo.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Alice's Restaurant In this tutorial Caren Armstrong will show you the Travis picking acoustic guitar part that gets repeated throughout "Alice's Restaurant" as made famous by Arlo Guthrie
    •       (Caren Armstrong) All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach the holiday song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth". Caren will introduce the song and talk about gear and tone, then teach the song intro. The verse part is next, then we're on to the bridge; we'll learn the bass run after that. Caren will show the strumming and song form before walking you through it all slowly, then we'll do a play along performance.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Angel From Montgomery "Angel from Montgomery" is a modern country blues standard. There are countless covers of this song which is a strong indicator of the universal quality that a truly classic song holds. It has the type of lyric that could fit any singer of any age, and it has a harmonic structure that is simple yet distinctive, and like many standards, can be interpreted in countless ways by countless artists.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) At Seventeen This tutorial takes you step-by-step through the skills and understanding needed to learn to play this acoustic gem, "At Seventeen" as made famous by Janis Ian. Fingerpickers will enjoy this jazzy challenge, and strummers can substitute an easy-going strum to enjoy this artistic arrangement of chord changes and powerful lyrics. We'll pick apart the intro riff, the verses and choruses, and put it all together in a play along with the "band"!
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Baby, I Love Your Way In this series of lessons, Lisa McCormick will take you through everything you need to know to play "Baby, I Love Your Way" as made famous by Peter Frampton. She'll start with the central riff first, then use the riff to teach you how to build the intro and verse. Then Lisa will delve into the pre-chorus and chorus, followed by a slow-mo playalong, and two final playalongs: one with Lisa, and one with just the band.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Bad Moon Rising (Made Easy) Caren will show you how to use just a few easy chords and some signature rhythm, to play this classic song in a made easy arrangement to play an acoustic guitar part along with the band. We'll learn the chord progression and it's accompanying shuffled strum. We'll consider the skills necessary to play this song up to tempo.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Ballad of Easy Rider Caren will show you all the parts to both interweaving finger picked acoustic guitar parts in this song. Travis picking will be used!
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Black Horse & The Cherry Tree "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.
    •       (Tom Finch) Black Water In this set of songs lessons, Tom Finch will teach you "Black Water", by The Doobie Brothers. Tom will introduce the song and talk about the gear and tones, then talk about the tuning and break down the intro and verse part. Next is the chorus section, followed by the post-chorus; then you'll learn the sweet solo. We'll end with a play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Blackbird In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach "Blackbird", as made famous by The Beatles. Caren will talk about the song and the acoustic tone before detailing the song intro; then she'll get into the 1st verse and turnaround. Next up is verse 2, then the bridge; then the solo verse. We'll learn the breakdown section and the 2nd turnaround, then the last verse and the ending before we end with a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Henrik Linde) California Dreamin' In these ten lessons, Henrik Linde will teach an acoustic strumming version of "California Dreamin'", by The Mamas and the Papas. After an overview and talking about the tones, Henrik will teach the song intro chords and counter melody. Next up are the verse and chorus chords and strumming, and the 12 string licks. To follow, we'll look at the part played under the flute solo, and then the outro "tag". Last up are the play along and jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Cat's In The Cradle 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.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Catch The Wind Mike will show you all the elements of this folk classic. Great acoustic guitar work, a beautiful melody using single notes and harmonized diads, steady 'bass, strum, strum' rhythm guitar.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Change the World 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.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Christmas Classics for Beginners: 13 Easy Songs! Play 13 classic holiday songs with just three chords. Single-note melody solos are also included. Use of a capo is recommended to adjust the pitch of each song to best suit your singing voice, and suggested capo settings are included.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Closer to Fine In this song tutorial, Lisa McCormick walks you through all the skills and information needed to play "Closer to Fine", as made famous by the Indigo Girls. Lisa will teach you opening acoustic guitar riff that hooks you into the song and continues through the verses, the chorus, and all the other musical details in the tune. Besides the guitar parts, we also look at the dynamics, vocal harmony, lyrical composition, and song structure.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Colours 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.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Come Monday In this set of seven lessons, Henrik Linde will teach you "Come Monday", as made famous by Jimmy Buffet. This is an acoustic strumming song, and Henrik will show you the chords and voicings, then take you through the sections of the song: the song intro, then the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge chord progressions. The you'll play through the song in a full performance play along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Coming Into Los Angeles Caren will show you how to fit the acoustic guitar sound fitting in beautifully with a big rock and roll production. With it's walking bass and big, fat guitar tone it really carries the song even while surrounded with bass, drums, and electric guitars.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Cupid Caren will show you how to strum an acoustic guitar part along with this classic pop tune.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Dog & Butterfly 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Don't Cross The River Caren will show you the acoustic guitar part in this song that uses open chords as well as barre chords with an upbeat, shuffled strumming pattern.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Don't Know Why 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Drive South (Made Easy) Caren will show you how to use an acoustic guitar to play along with the band in this made easy version of a classic song.
    •       (Michael Elsner) Drops of Jupiter In this tutorial, Michael Elsner will guide you through the parts of the song "Drops of Jupiter", as made famous by Train in the early 2000's. You'll learn the chords to the song, the acoustic strumming, the electric guitar parts, and - because this is largely a piano-driven song - how to play the piano parts on guitar. As always, we'll finish of the tutorial with a play through to our custom backing track. Along with a soy latte, of course!
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Dust in the Wind 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Elderly Woman Behind The Counter (Made Easy) Caren will show you a made easy arrangement of the acoustic guitar part in this tune. She starts with a simplified strumming pattern, then gradually adds to the pattern to help beginners build skill while learning to play a fun song at the same time.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town In this tutorial Mike Olekshy will teach you to play "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town" as made famous by Pearl Jam. This is a folky sounding tune that features some driving acoustic guitar and clean electric guitar fills. The song also features some carefully planned and well-executed dynamics, due to the volume rising and falling to match the story arc the vocalist is singing.
    •       (Sharon Aguilar) Fancy In this tutorial Sharon Aguilar will teach "Fancy", by Bobbie Gentry. Sharon will talk about the song as a whole, then tune you into the acoustic tones. After that, it's time to learn the intro and verse strumming parts, then the pre-choruses. We'll break down the chorus next, then move on to the bridge and coda section. We'll do a full performance play along and finish off with a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Father And Son 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!
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Fields of Gold In this tutorial Anders Mouridsen will teach you an instrumental solo acoustic guitar arrangement of the song Fields Of Gold as made famous by Sting. You'll learn to play the melody, the bass, the groove and the harmony all at once, which requires some hard work and concentration! We'll look at all the techniques necessary to play the verses, choruses, and interludes; we'll take it slowly, note by note. We'll finish it off with a play along where you'll be able to play the full arrangement of this beautiful song.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Five Hundred Miles In this set of acoustic lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Five Hundred Miles" by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Henrik will give a song overview and talk about the acoustic tones, then teach the intro, verse, and chorus parts in a strumming version. Following that we'll break down a more challenging finger picked approach to all the sections. We'll conclude with play along performances and jam along for both the strumming and finger picking.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Follow 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Foolish Games In this song tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach "Foolish Games", as made famous by Jewel. We'll start with a song introduction and the gear and tone, then break down the chords and finger picking in the intro for you. Then we're on to the verse and the pre-chorus, leading us to the chorus parts. We'll learn the transition to the outro and the outro before we do a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Dave Celentano) Fragile Dave will show you the classical guitar part that consists of sophisticated jazz chords in a sparing way, single notes lines and 6th interval diad lines. There's also an elegant guitar solo and some triads by an overdubbed second guitar.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Frosty The Snowman In this set of holiday song lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach "Frosty the Snowman", as made famous by Gene Autry. Caren will talk about the song and the gear & tone; then define the song form and teach the boom-chick strumming. We'll learn the song intro before we look at the verse and bridge parts, then learn the outro. We'll break down the walk-up bass run, then do a play along performance.
    •       (Tom Finch) Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt Tom will show you the single acoustic guitar part in this piece. It is similar in feel to a ragtime piece, with constant alternating bass and lots of syncopation and rhythmic variation.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen This tutorial presents an acoustic fingerstyle versions of this classic Christmas carol. This version features chords and a picking pattern to accompany the singing part, and a melody riff to serve as an intro, and a spacer between verses.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Greatest Love Of All Mike will show you how to play along with this classic pop ballad with an acoustic guitar part that features: chromatic motion within chords to add dramatic ornamental voice motion, descending bass lines, extended harmony chords and cycle 5 motion.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Hammer and a Nail In this tutorial, Lisa McCormick will teach you the acoustic song "Hammer and a Nail" as made famous by the Indigo Girls. Lisa will first tune you in to the big picture, then start by teaching you the chorus of the song which is central to everything. Then you'll build the verse, and the intro to the song, followed by the pre-chorus and the outro. To cap it all off, Lisa takes you through three play alongs.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Handy Man 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Hang Me, Oh Hang Me Caren will show you this classic singer-songwriter tune with a great fingerpicking pattern & an easy chord progression. This is bare bones, old school folk music; vocals & fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Very simple, mournful & world weary.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Happy Birthday to You In this tutorial we'll take a look at a wide variety of ways to play the classic party song "Happy Birthday", from very basic to rocked-out reggae. This is the the most recognizable song in the English language! Choose the style, skill level, and key that is the best fit for your guitar skills and vocal range.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Happy Xmas (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to play this song on an acoustic guitar to strum along with the band in a made easy format. We'll use simple open chords and the occasional barre chord with a very simple strumming pattern to play this song.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Caren will show you all the acoustic guitar strumming parts that make this song a fun one to play! In this tutorial you'll be learning the main, strummed acoustic guitar.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Have A Little Faith In Me 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.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Here Comes The Sun Mike will show you how to play the lone capo'd acoustic guitar strumming melodies and chords throughout the arrangement. There's straight ahead verse and chorus sections that features a specific picking pattern that make them uniquely identifiable. There's also a bridge that builds the dynamic with a contrasting time signature and arpeggiated feel.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Here We Come, Wassail & Auld Lang Syne Lisa will show you each of these wonderful Winter Carols as a simple strumming version of the song that is perfect for singing along with; either by yourself, or with your friends, family, and community gatherings. And then, she'll also show you how to play a single-note melody version of each song. The single-note melody versions work beautifully as a solo instrumental, or to be played along with a friend who is playing the accompanying chords.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Hey There Delilah 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!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) His Hand in Mine In this tutorial Mike Olekshy will teach you the gospel song "His Hand in Mine", as recorded by Elvis Presley. Mike will start off by giving an overview of the lessons, then he'll break down the simple chords and strumming in the A section of the song. The B section chords and strumming come next, then we'll learn the outro/ending of the song. We'll do a play along performance, then top it all off with a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Michael Elsner) Hole Hearted In this seven lesson tutorial, Michael Elsner with teach you the song "Hole Hearted", as made famous by Extreme in the 90's. This song is played on acoustic guitar; in the original it's a twelve string but Michael will use a six string for the teaching. He'll take you through the chords and tuning, the intro and verses, the pre-chorus and chorus, then show you the slide guitar part and end it with a full play-through performance.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to play a made easy version of this classic rock song. He also includes a bonus lesson that expands upon the open chords to include some suspended chord extensions that is a hallmark of the Stones sound.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) I Got a Name Lisa McCormick teaches you two complete versions of this song in this tutorial; one of these is played in an acoustic-rock strumming style, and the other is a fairly advanced fingerstyle version. At the end of the tutorial, there is a full-band playthrough, with no guitar in the mix. Why? That's your job! Learn the strumming version, or the fingerstyle version, or make up your own hybrid version and rock out with the band.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) I Will Follow You Into the Dark 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.
    •       (Michael Elsner) I'll Be This is a nine lesson song tutorial, where you'll learn "I'll Be" as made famous by Edwin McCain. We'll examine the chords and tones, the acoustic progression, the chorus and bridge, the clean electric parts, the distorted part plus an eBow part. After all that, we'll play the song all the way through.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) If Caren will show you the delicate guitar part to this beautiful ballad. There are many great acoustic fingerpicking tricks and techniques to be learned: descending basslines, inversions, ritardando, accompaniment playing.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) If I Had $1000000 In this acoustic song tutorial, Mike Olekshy will be teaching you "If I Had $1000000", by Barenaked Ladies. Mike will be teaching a basic "campfire" version; first digging into using a capo, then showing the chords and strumming for the verse, intro, and chorus. Next will be some extra embellishments, then a version without the capo. Last but not least is the play-along performance and the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Imagine Caren will show you an acoustic guitar part arranged to play along with this classic tune. She'll show you the basic chord progressions, the finger picking pattern and a bonus lesson on how to mimic the famous piano motif.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Imagine (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to use an acoustic guitar to strum along with the band in a made easy format. He'll cover open chords and barre chords, a simple strumming pattern, and dynamics.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) John Barleycorn This traditional ballad is a lot of fun to learn to play, with a great little acoustic melody solo and upbeat strumming technique. The story is great too. They really had it out for this poor guy, John Barleycorn. Have fun with this one!
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Joy to the World (Christmas) This tutorial presents two acoustic fingerstyle versions of this classic Christmas carol. One version can be used to accompany singing the song. The other version is an instrumental melody solo. You may prefer one version over the other, or you may wish to learn both. They go together perfectly.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Joy To The World, Hark! Herald Angels & Wenceslas Lisa will show you each of these wonderful Christmas Carols as a simple strumming version of the song that is perfect for singing along with; either by yourself, or with your friends, family, and community gatherings. And then, she'll also show you how to play a single-note melody version of each song. The single-note melody versions work beautifully as a solo instrumental, or to be played along with a friend who is playing the accompanying chords.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Just The Way You Are In this series of lessons, Doug Showalter will teach "Just the Way You Are", by Billy Joel. After an overview of the song and a peek at the acoustic tones, we'll break down the main motif of the tune. The A section is up next - done in two different rhythm styles - followed by the B section, which is also presented in two styles. We'll detail the C section, then the outro, before we do a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Keep On Truckin' In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Keep on Truckin'", as made famous by Hot Tuna. We'll introduce the song and talk a bit about gear and tone, then look at the chord progression. Travis picking is up next, then we'll combine the two. After that we'll take a look at some variations, then learn the song ending. You'll learn a bonus riff before we do a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Kiss From A Rose In this tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach "Kiss From A Rose", as made famous by Seal. Caren will introduce the song, then go over the "big picture" fundamentals you should know: the key, the chords, the strum, the finger picking, and the song form. Then it's on to the verses and the variations in each. You'll learn the chorus next, then the transition, the bridge, and the song ending. We'll end with a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Kiss From A Rose (Made Easy) In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach a made easy version of "Kiss From A Rose", by Seal. Caren will introduce the song and talk a bit about the gear and tone, then talk about the chords used, the strumming rhythm, and the song form. Following that is the intro and the various verses with variations; then the chorus. We'll learn the transition and bridge before we look at the ending. A play along is next, then you'll do a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Let It Be (Made Easy) Caren will show you the chords to the two progressions that repeat throughout this song, and for starters using the simplest right hand possible. This will allow us to focus on our left hand and making good chord changes. We'll guide you towards more challenging left hand styles as you are ready for the challenge!
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Levitate This tutorial takes you step-by-step through how to play the original acoustic strumming song "Levitate", by Lisa McCormick. This includes the chords and strumming, tips and tricks, songwriting and composition comments, and a chance for you to play it along with Lisa's band, featuring YOU on the guitar.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Little Martha In this set of thirteen guitar lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you "Little Martha", by The Allman Brothers. Anders will introduce the song, then talk about the acoustic tone, and the open E tuning. This is a 2 guitar song, and the following lessons will look at each guitar's role in the A, B, and C sections. Next is the song ending for both guitars, a full play along performance, and jam along's for each guitar.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Love Is On The Way 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.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Love Me Tender In this song tutorial, Henrik Linde will teach you "Love Me Tender", as made famous by Elvis Presley. Henrik will talk about the song a bit then the acoustic tone, after which he'll go right into breaking down the verse part. Next up is the chorus section, and the appraoch to the ending of the song. Lastly you'll play along through the song with Henrik, then follow the vocals in the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Mad World Caren will show you how to play the guitar parts in this arrangement that uses a capo at the 1st fret. Atmospheric and slow, this is a fine example of how the vibe of a song can be completely changed by the arrangement.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Me & Bobby McGee Get your love beads on and learn to play this fun and easy classic. We opted for a simple approach to this song, so we'll be delving into a solo guitar version by Janis Joplin. We'll look at the chords, strumming patterns, and guitar work...and we'll also look at the overall song structure, and what it is that makes this "cinematic" country song "tick".
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Merry Christmas, Baby In this series of holiday lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach the holiday standard "Merry Christmas, Baby". After a song introduction and a peek at gear and tone, Caren will look at the big picture with the timing, the chords, and the song form. Then we'll look at the song sections; the intro, the verses, the solo, the bridge, then the outro. We'll finish with a play along performance.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Moonshadow 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.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) More Than Words "More Than Words" was made famous by Extreme in the early 1990s. 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) My Sweet Lord (Made Easy) Caren will show you a made easy version of this classic pop tune. The acoustic guitar part starts solo and then serves as the only accompaniment to the vocal for the first part of the song. This is a made easy version to help beginner guitarists play along with the band on a great classic tune.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) New York, New York Mike will show you both guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that strums throughout the tune laying a steady foundation. Guitar 2 is a slightly overdriven electric guitar that adds some punch and power to the chord progression of the main riff, as well as adding a simple melody in the chorus.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Nobody Told Me (Made Easy) Mike will teach this tune in a made easy format with some simplified chord shapes and straight forward strumming pattern on an acoustic guitar. He'll cover open chords and barre chords, and a simple strum pattern.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Norwegian Wood This Beatles song in triple time is a beautiful example of the use of simplicity and repetition. It has several interesting features, including a 6/8 time signature, a signature, iconic bass/riff line, and a parallel minor key change.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) O Come All Ye Faithful This tutorial presents two acoustic fingerstyle versions of this classic Christmas carol. One version can be used to accompany singing the song. The other version is an instrumental melody solo. You may prefer one version over the other, or you may wish to learn both. They go together perfectly.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) O Little Town of Bethlehem This tutorial presents four versions of the song. For beginners, a basic strum-and-sing version is included, as well as a single-note melody solo. For intermediates, we combine the chords and the melody to create an instrumental version, both flatpick style, and fingerstyle.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Oh Danny Boy In this tutorial, we'll take a note-for-note look at how to play the beautiful traditional tune, "Oh Danny Boy". We'll look at all the various elements of the song and how to play it fingerstyle on acoustic guitar, and do two play alongs: one in slo-mo and one at tempo. Plus, we'll discuss the underlying principles of practice that will make learning to play this tune much much easier!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Over My Head (Made Easy) Mike will show you this tune in a made easy format with some simplified chord shapes and an easy strumming pattern.
    •       (Barrett Tagliarino) Pencil Thin Moustache In these nine song lessons, Barrett Tagliarino will teach "Pencil Thin Moustache", by Jimmy Buffett. You'll get an overview of the lessons, then gear; then we'll get into the intro of the song and the vocal verses. After that we'll talk about the main song form, then look at the bridge of the song and the outro. We'll end with a play along performance, then a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Piano Man In this song tutorial, Mike Olekshy will teach you a campfire-style acoustic guitar adaptation of "Piano Man", by Billy Joel. Mike will give an overview of the lessons, then break down the strumming and main progression in the intro, verses, and choruses. Following up in succession are the parts for the interlude, the bridge, and under the piano solo. We'll cap it off with a play along performance, then a jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Please Come to Boston 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Please Mr. Postman Caren will show you how to play along with the classic repertoire builder. It's been covered by everyone from the local band at the corner coffee shop, to The Beatles. This song is easy to learn and fun to play. You'll have everyone dancing and singing along in no time!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Polly In this short, easy song tutorial, Mike Olekshy is going to guide you through the acoustic grunge song "Polly", as made famous by Nirvana. Mike will first talk about the grungy acoustic tone. Next up is the break-down of the verse section with just four easy power chords, and the chorus section with just four easy power chords too. Then we'll do a full song performance so you can play along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Proud Mary (Made Easy) Caren will show you how Creedence Clearwater Revival created a sound that blurs the lines of genre and a song that appeals to virtually every music lover. This essence of this song is 3 easy chords and a shuffled strum. It also includes one barre chord, B minor, just to keep things harmonically interesting. If you're new to barre chords, here's your chance to get started! We'll also be taking a look at the signature intro riff, which features a few more chords and some fun rhythmic challenges.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Runaway Train 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.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Runaway Train (Made Easy) In this made easy song tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Runaway Train", by Soul Asylum. She'll introduce the song to you, then show you the chords and rhythm. Then you'll learn each section of the song: the intro, the verse, the pre-chorus, and the chorus; then the solo form and the breakdown. You'll do a play along with Caren, and we'll conclude with a jam along where you take over.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Running Blind In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will be examining the acoustic rocker "Running Blind", by Godsmack. Mike will talk about the tuning first, then get into the main riff and the verse elements. Next up will be the chorus part, and the solo; then Mike will play the whole song through for you to play along with. Lastly we have a jam track without any guitars, so you are main player!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Seven Bridges Road (Made Easy) Mike will show you the single acoustic guitar layer that accompanies the 5-part harmony vocals. We'll learn this song in a Made Easy format, breaking down the progression to open chord shapes and a simple strumming pattern.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) She Talks To Angels In this song tutorial I'll teach you how to play the song She Talks To Angels as made famous by The Black Crowes. This song is played in an open E tuning and is a great song to play on acoustic guitar. We're gonna break down every note that is played on this recording - everything from the classic intro to the verses and choruses, and the form of the song - so that next time you pick up an acoustic guitar you'll be able to play this beautiful, soulful tune.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Silent Night This tutorial presents two acoustic fingerstyle versions of this classic Christmas carol. One version can be used to accompany singing the song. The other version is an instrumental melody solo. You may prefer one version over the other, or you may wish to learn both. They go together perfectly.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Silent Night, The First Noel & Away In A Manger Lisa will show you how to play a simple strumming version of each song that is perfect for singing along with; either by yourself, or with your friends, family, and community gatherings. She'll also teach how to play a single-note melody version of each song. The single-note melody versions work beautifully as a solo instrumental, or to be played along with a friend who is playing the accompanying chords.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Society 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.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Songbird In this series of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Songbird", by Fleetwood Mac. Mike will teach an acoustic campfire version here, and will talk about the song a bit and the use of a capo. First up in the playing lessons is the intro and outro of the tune, followed by the verse. After the verse is the chorus, then we'll finish off with a play along performance and the jam along.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) St. James Infirmary In this tutorial, we'll learn and apply a basic 4-step fingerpicking pattern to the bluesy American traditional classic, "St. James Infirmary". We'll also learn a more advanced melody solo in two parts that you can use as an intro or interlude within the song. We'll finish it all off with a full play through so you can put it all together. Have fun!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Sunshine (Go Away Today) Mike will show you this classic acoustic guitar song with an energetic strum approach, open chords, the use of a capo, and dynamics.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Sweet Home Alabama (Made Easy) In these five lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Sweet Home Alabama" as made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Caren will introduce the song, then get into the chords you need to know to play the song. Then we'll move on to the rhythm and right hand strumming pattern. Next is the easy song form, then we'll do a play along for the entire song.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) The Motorcycle Song Caren will show you the Travis picking used throughout this acoustic song. We will be playing in "Drop D" tuning for this song.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down In these lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", as made famous by Joan Baez. Caren will talk about the song, the gear and tone, and the strumming pattern. After that we'll head to the song intro, then how to play the verses. The chorus part comes up next, then a peek at the re-intro; then the song ending. A capo lesson is up before we do a play along, then you'll take center stage in the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) The Way You Do The Things You Do Caren will show you how to play this Motown sing along classic song with a few simple chords and an easy swinging strumming groove.
    •       (Tom Finch) The Yellow Princess Tom will show you all parts to this folk guitar classic. It’s all one solo acoustic guitar with multiple sections: the intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and the ending. The song is in the key of E and G and is cut time with a quarter note of approximately 100 BPM, making it effectively 200 BPM.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Tin Man Caren will show you lovely song that has some some fun challenges for acoustic guitar strumming.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Tracks of My Tears Caren will show you how to play this great song on acoustic guitar using simple chords with a cool groove and great lyrics.
    •       (Tom Finch) Ventura Highway In this tutorial, Tom Finch will teach "Ventura Highway", by America. Tom will introduce the song and talk about the acoustic tone, then break down the iconic melody and chords in the intro. We'll break down the verse chords and melody next before heading to the chorus. You'll learn the post-chorus next, then the outro; then we'll do full and single guitar performances and end with a jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Walking In Memphis 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.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Watching The Wheels (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to use an acoustic guitar to strum along with the band in a made easy format, using open and barre chords with a simple strumming pattern. We are also including a bonus lesson that shows how to mimic the piano riff on guitar.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) We Three Kings In this tutorial, the classic Christmas carol, "We Three Kings" is taught in four different versions. The strum and sing version is perfect for beginners. The easy melody solo creates an opportunity for an easy duet. And the chord/melody versions taught both flatpick-style and fingerstyle are a fun challenge for intermediate players.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) What Child is This This tutorial presents two acoustic fingerstyle versions of this classic Christmas carol. One version can be used to accompany singing the song. The other version is an instrumental melody solo. You may prefer one version over the other, or you may wish to learn both. They go together perfectly.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) When Will I Be Loved (Made Easy) Caren will show you an easy arrangement on the acoustic guitar that we can play throughout the song! Using mostly open chords and an easy swinging strumming rhythm you can play along with the band on this classic tune.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Who Will Save Your Soul In this tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach "Who Will Save Your Soul', as made famous by Jewel. After a song introduction and a brief look at the acoustic tone, Caren will go over the chords used in the song. Next up is the right hand picking, and the song form. We'll learn the song intro part next, then the verse and chorus sections; the "breakdown" follows that, then the ending. We conclude with a play along performance then a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Who Will Save Your Soul (Made Easy) In this series of song lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach "Who Will Save Your Soul", by Jewel. Caren will talk about the song and the gear and tone, then go over the chords used, the strum pattern, and the song form before she details the intro, verse, chorus, the breakdown, and the ending. You'll do a play along performance with Caren, then play the song by yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Wild Horses (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to play a made easy version of this tune using simple strumming patterns, open chords and barre chords, and dynamics.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Wild World Lisa McCormick gives you a complete tour of this classic 70s hit by Cat Stevens, guiding you through the song form and chord structure, strumming rhythms, signature riffs, and the songwriting sensibilities. You get a full play-along at the end of the tutorial, plus a bonus lesson at the very end!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Without You In this acoustic song tutorial, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Without You", as made famous by Harry Nilsson. We're taking a different approach here; this song has just verse and chorus progressions, so Mike will be teaching two versions: one is a simple campfire approach, and the other is a more detailed intermediate approach. You'll learn the verse and chorus for both, then we have play alongs and jam alongs for both versions.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Woman (Made Easy) Mike will show you how to play a made easy version of this song using a capo, open and barre chord shapes, suspended chords, and chord arpeggiation.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Yesterday In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach "Yesterday," as made famous by The Beatles. After a song overview and a peek at the gear and tone, Caren will lay out the song intro. Following that, she'll detail the verse chords and strumming, then go over the bridge. The song's ending comes next, and then we'll look at the song's form and do a play along. We'll cap it off with a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) You Are My Sunshine Caren will show you how to take three chords and a capo and play this tune. There will be a very easy strumming version, then she takes it up a notch to learn to weave the melody in while keeping the rhythmic pulse going at the same time.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) You Can Do Magic Mike will who you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that lays a steady foundation throughout. Guitar 2 is an overdriven electric guitar that plays killer fills and some delay-soaked ear candy.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) You Send Me Caren will show you an acoustic guitar accompaniment to the soulful pop classic, "You Send Me" originally made famous by the legendary Sam Cooke. A dreamy love song with a simple chord progression, a swinging beat & catchy lyrics. This song uses basic guitar chords, is easy strum along with, and fun to sing.
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