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  • Funk: Directory of Funk style lessons.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz style lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal style lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock style lessons.
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Song Lessons

  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic song lessons.
  • Bluegrass: Directory of Bluegrass song lessons.
  • Blues: Directory of Blues song lessons.
  • Classical: Directory of Classical song lessons.
  • Country: Directory of Country song lessons.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk song lessons.
    •       (Lee Wanner) (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay In these lessons Lee Wanner will teach you "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", by Otis Redding. Lee will introduce the song and talk about gear and tone, then teach the intro and outro. This song has both acoustic and electric guitar, and Lee will break down the verse, chorus, and bridge parts on both instruments. For fun, we'll learn the famous whistling melody, then we'll do full and single guitar performances. We'll end with a jam along.
    •       (Sharon Aguilar) ABC In this set of lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "ABC", as made famous by The Jackson 5. Sharon will introduce the song and go over the gear and tones, then break down the details for the intro and verse, the chorus, and the bridge for guitar 1. Next we'll look at the same sections for guitars 2 and 3, and a bridge part for an additional guitar. We'll then do full and single guitar performances, and end with a jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Across 110th Street 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.
    •       (Sharon Aguilar) At Last In these ten lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "At Last", as made famous by Etta James. After a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, we'll break down the intro and outro parts. Next up are the chords and rhythms for A sections 1 and 2, followed by the B section. We'll look at A section 3 before we learn the string melody on guitar, then do play a long performances and a jam along.
    •       (Andy Gurley) Brick House Step along the dance floor, learning the moves that guys envy and ladies adore. We'll walk you step by through funk picking and timing, the various chords used in the sections of the song, even how to double the bass line. In short, how to get your groove on!
    •       (Joel Van Dijk) Cisco Kid In this series of lessons, Joel Van Dijk will teach "The Cisco Kid", as made famous by War. Joel will give a song overview and talk about the funk tone before he digs into the opening lick. Then it's on to the main wah-based part and the chorus; we'll follow up with some bonus lessons on the theme licks in the tune. We'll cap it all off with a play along performance, then a jam along.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Cissy Strut In this tutorial Anders Mouridsen will teach you how to play the classic New Orleans funk jam song "Cissy Strut" as made famous by The Meters. You're gonna learn everything you need to know about this song; how to play the melody or the "head", how to play the B section ensemble line, how to "comp" when someone else is soloing and how to take a solo yourself. After this tutorial you'll be able to jam out with the record or go play Cissy Strut live at a jam-session.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Cool Jerk Mike will show you the guitar part in this song that's all about the groove, supporting the singer, and getting people on the dance floor! He'll show you the triads, single note riffs, the backbeat and how the guitar is used in a support role in the arrangement.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Have You Seen Her In this series of lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Have You Seen Her", by The Chi-Lites. After the usual song introduction and gear and tones, Henrik will launch into the fuzz guitar melody and rhythm in the intro. The A section progression is next, then the B section; we'll look at the outro rhythm before we head to a play along performance and a jam along.
    •       (Sharon Aguilar) I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) In this set of lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", as made famous by The Four Tops. After a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, Sharon will break down the rhythm guitar and chord voicings in the song. Then she'll teach you the bass line as a bonus, before doing play along performances; you'll take over in the "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) I Second That Emotion Douglas will show you how to cover this song using two guitar parts by combining rhythm guitar parts and lead lines into one guitar, as well as all the backbeat hits with another. Both of these guitars give you the necessary tools to play along with this awesome song, combined with a way that works great just for two guitars.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) I Wanna Testify 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!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) I'll Take You There Mike will show you the clean electric guitar playing a mix of rhythm and lead throughout. The tune opens with a funky horn like melody that's played with palm muting. Next, the groove kicks in and doesn't let up for the whole tune! It's all about funky R&B rhythm and lead guitar approaches.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) It's Your Thing 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!
    •       (Tom Finch) Knock on Wood In this series of lessons, Tom Finch will teach you "Knock on Wood", by Eddie Floyd. Tom will talk about what you'll be learning, then look at the gear and tone. The first playing lesson is on the intro and chorus parts; following that we'll dig into the verse and pre-chorus. Next up is the bridge, then the outro. We conclude with a performance play along, then you play the song by yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Low Rider 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.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) My Girl When you hear the opening bass line and guitar hook, you instantly know know it's My Girl. In this series of lessons on the classic 60s R&B/soul song, made famous by The Temptations, we'll show you that great hook, the rhythm parts, and much more.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Ooo Baby Baby Mike will show you the parts to the single clean electric guitar playing chord strums and stabs in a strictly supportive role throughout with a gentle swinging 12/8 groove, extended barre chords, backbeat stabs, and double stops.
    •       (Kenny Echizen) Shining Star Shining Star was a top 40 hit in the mid 70's, bringing a raw, street funk energy to mainstream radio. We laid down the groove for the song in a backing track, and show you how to play the funky rhythm guitars and shredding guitar solo over the top.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Shotgun This song is all about making people dance, and everything that happens in the band is supporting this. The whole song is based on a one-chord jam, and the part we'll be playing uses a combination of funky 16th note strumming and a lower pentatonic single note lick that locks in with the bass.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Skin Trade In this tutorial, Mike Olekshy will be teaching you "Skin Trade", by Duran Duran. Mike will talk about the role of guitar in funk, and the gear and tones; then it's right into the pocket with the verse part. Next up are the clean and crunch parts for the pre-choruses and the choruses, then we'll break down the bridge. Lesson 9 looks at the final variations, then we'll do a play along performance followed by a jam along where you take center stage.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Son of a Preacher Man In this set of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "Son of a Preacher Man", performed by Dusty Springfield. Mike will introduce the song and talk a bit about gear and tone before getting into the intro riff. We'll look at the verse part, followed by the chorus; then check out the bridge. We'll learn the 3rd verse and outro before we do a play along performance, and a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Andy Gurley) Superfreak In this tutorial you'll learn the main parts to this classic funk/dance song. There are surprisingly few; it's based on some simple yet effective repeating licks. You'll also learn the proper body glitter to body ratio for stage personae. It's about the pocket so we'll put it all in a groove to top it off.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Sweet Thing "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!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Take Me To The River In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Take Me to the River", by Al Green. After setting up the song lessons in an introduction and talking about the gear and tones, Mike will detail the main riff in the intro of the tune. Then we're into a break down of the verse riff, which elaborates on the intro riff. Next up are the chords in the chorus, followed by the change-up in the bridge. We'll end with a play along, and a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) That's the Way I Like It In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "That's the Way I Like It", as made famous by KC & the Sunshine Band. After introducing the song and dialing in the gear and tone, Mike will teach the verse of the tune. Next up is the chorus guitar part; then we'll adapt the horn melody to guitar just for fun. We'll do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Henrik Linde) This Love This tutorial presents lessons on the smash hit "This Love", as made famous by Maroon 5. This was the bands first hit, which broke them in the US. It's a funky little tune with some interesting quirks. We'll teach you the chords, rhythms, and lines in the verse, the chorus, and the bridge...then we'll play it through in a performance at the end.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz song lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal song lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock song lessons.
  • Rockabilly: Directory of Rockabilly song lessons.
  • Surf: Directory of Surf song lessons.
  • World Music: Directory of World Music song lessons.

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  • Anders Mouridsen Anders has been playing guitar since he was 11. A native from Denmark, he grew up studying and...
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