Song Lesson Library

Modern pop music is full of guitar. Unlike the in-your-face guitar style of Metal or Rock, Pop guitar can be a bit more subtle or nuanced than other genres. This Pop songs list will show you the in’s and out's of Pop style guitar playing. It will also teach you different songs which can be played on the guitar, even though the recorded song might be more 'produced' than a singular guitar recording. Check out these song lessons from the likes of Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Rihanna, Kings Of Leon and many more!

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There are 3 electric guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 plays the main riffs and rhythms throughout using clean and crunch tones, while Guitar 2 adds a clean riff to the arrangement. Guitar 3 is the lead guitar that adds a tasty solo, slide fills, and single note ornamentations. This song uses barre chords, palm muting, steady strum approaches, slide melodies, dynamics and some tasty licks.

Published: 08/18/2022
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This song features one clean electric guitar playing ornamental fills and licks in a R&B style. In this tutorial we'll flesh out the guitar parts a little more by learning some stereotypical R&B style rhythm guitar moves. This song uses piano voiced chords on the upper strings, chord embellishment licks & fills.

Published: 06/30/2022
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There are 2 guitar parts in this song both playing in a reggae rhythm style with choppy, staccato chord punches, and small voicings of chords. This song is a great opportunity for us to learn about some arranging techniques as well!

Published: 05/26/2022
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Mike will show you the single clean electric guitar playing the rhythm throughout this cover of an old traditional folk classic. This song uses unison lines and diads, chord strumming on open chords.

Published: 04/14/2022
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There is one clean electric guitar strumming the rhythm throughout this cover of an old traditional folk classic. This song uses triads, and a steady strummed approach.

Published: 03/17/2022
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Mike will show you the 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that strums the progressions throughout. Guitar 2 is a clean electric guitar that adds backbeat chord stabs and single note melodies to the tune. This song uses open and barre chords, a steady strum approach, backbeat chord stabs, slide guitar, single note riffing, and dynamics.

Published: 12/16/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 clean electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 drives the arrangement by strumming the chord progressions. Guitar 2 is a heavily effected guitar that adds single note riffs and licks throughout. This song uses a boogie strum rhythm approach, single note riffs and licks, and dynamics.

Published: 12/02/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 guitar parts in this song. The guitar is barely heard in the mix, so we will use 2 guitar parts to play through this song. Guitar 1 will play the chord progression, while Guitar 2 will play the iconic string melody. This song uses open chords, a steady strum approach, and single note riffing.

Published: 11/18/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 clean electric guitar in this song. Guitar 1 strums and arpeggiates the chord progression, while Guitar 2 digs into staccato stabs on the backbeat.

Published: 09/02/2021
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Mike will show you the single clean electric guitar in this song that plays the chord progressions throughout using a swinging strum groove. There’s also another electric guitar that we’ll use to adapt the sax solos to the guitar.

Published: 08/12/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 clean electric guitars featured in this song. Guitar 1 plays the chord progressions throughout using strums and backbeat staccato stabs. Guitar 2 plays a melodic solo, and also adapts the brief piano line in the intro.

Published: 07/29/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 guitar parts used to play through this song arrangement. One guitar will play the iconic harpsichord melody and vocal melodies, while the other will play the chords. Any guitar, acoustic or electric, can be used to play this song.

Published: 06/18/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 electric guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 plays clean arpeggiated riffs and fuzzed out leads. Guitar 2 is a clean guitar that strums chord progression and adds a few textures throughout. This song has double stops and triads, arpeggiation, open and barre chords, dynamics, and aggressive lead guitar approaches.

Published: 12/23/2019
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Mike will show you how to play along with this song in a made easy format with simplified chords and straight forward strumming. If you're up for a challenge, we'll learn a few of the cool synth parts on guitar in a bonus lesson.

Published: 10/25/2019
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Mike will show you the one clean electric guitar layer used throughout the song that uses open chords, double stops and triads, and some funky strumming approaches.

Published: 09/11/2019
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Learn the All of Me chords arranged for the acoustic guitar. All of Me by John Legend is a great tune that only requires a capo on the first fret. The All of Me lyrics are right next to the chords so playing and singing along is super easy.

Published: 08/24/2019
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Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 plays clean arpeggiations and crunchy riffs. Guitar 2 is a crunch guitar that strums chord progressions and riffs throughout.

Published: 06/03/2019
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Mike will show you the 3 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 plays clean arpeggiated riffs and crunch rhythms throughout. Guitar 2 plays additional parts with both clean and crunch tones. Guitar 3 is a clean guitar with a synced delay effect that adds a simple but atmospheric melody in the verse sections.

Published: 04/26/2019
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Mike will show you the 2 acoustic guitar layers in this song digging into slide riffs and chord strums. Any acoustic guitar can be used for this tutorial, but one with a brighter tone will cut through the band mix better. A slide is also needed to play some of the parts in this tune.

Published: 04/01/2019
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Mike will show you how to play this modern R&B pop ballad that we'll learn on acoustic in a made easy style with open and barre chords and a simple strumming pattern.

Published: 08/07/2018
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Mike will show you this modern pop ballad using open and barre chords and a simple strumming pattern. We're also including a bonus lesson that shows a few advanced approaches to make the parts sound more like the original recording.

Published: 08/06/2018
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These Perfect chords and tabs have been modified into a simpler arrangement that use open chords and an easy strumming pattern. You can play this song with any acoustic guitar and we even have the Perfect lyrics for you to sing along with! Learn how to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

Published: 07/31/2018
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In this set of lessons, Hunter Perrin will teach "Why Can't We Be Friends", by War. Hunter will give a brief introduction to the song and a glance at gear and tones before he gets into the details of the first chord progression in the tune. After that, we'll get into the second chord progression; then we'll do a play along performance. We conclude with a "guitar karaoke" jam along where you take center stage.

Published: 08/28/2013
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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
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In this set of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "I Want You", by Kings of Leon. Mike will start with a song overview and a look at the gear and tones, then get into the opening main riff/verse. You'll then learn the guitar 1 chorus, guitar 2 verse, and guitar 3 chorus parts. We'll follow with guitar 2's re-intro, then break down the guitar 4 solo and outro. We'll conclude with a play along performance, then a jam along.

Published: 03/27/2013
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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
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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
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In this series of song lessons, Lee Wanner will be teaching you "Sex On Fire", by Kings of Leon. Lee will set up the song for you and discuss the gear and tones; then he'll dive right into the three interacting guitar parts that make up the verses and some variations. Next you'll learn the two parts in the choruses. We'll conclude with a play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 07/20/2012
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