Learning To Play The Guitar

  • Learning To Play The Guitar

    Breaking The Bar Chord Barrier

    Are you a guitarist who is comfortable playing open string chords but when it comes to bar chords they are a barrier to playing certain songs? The key to breaking the bar chord barrier on guitar is building hand strength and placing your hand in the correct position on the guitar neck. In comparison to…

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  • More Than Words – Extreme

    More Than Words – Extreme Almost all of my students want to learn how to play this one. Playing fingerstyle guitarist Nuno Bettencort uses a percussive effect on beats 2 & 4 by slapping the strings on the frets of the guitar to create a back beat.

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  • Yesterday – The Beatles

    Yesterday – The Beatles Written by Paul McCartney after he heard it in a dream Yesterday is a great introduction to fingerpicking technique on guitar. The chord shapes are all based on open string chords with some only requiring one finger. The thumb plucks the bass note while fingers 1 2 & 3 pluck the…

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  • Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

    Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi The best part of this Bon Jovi song is the descending intro riff which is a great arpeggio exercise. Use fingers 1 & 2 for the first chord in the run and fingers 2 & 3 for the next chord. You then simply alternate between these 2 shapes…

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  • Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson p1

    Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson A great Jack Johnson song about taking it easy that includes riffs and syncopated bar chord strumming. The challenge with this song is putting all the parts together. Practice each part separately until you’re comfortable with them before connecting the parts.

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  • 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 1

    If you’ve been playing acoustic guitar for a while and are comfortable with strumming open string chords (A D E G and C etc) challenge yourself by learning some intermediate level songs. These songs should include more challenging guitar techniques such as bar chords, arpeggios, riffs, syncopated rhythms and fingerpicking. Here are 11 of the…

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  • Dust In The Wind – Kansas p2

    Dust In The Wind – Kansas This 70s tune is also another great song to practice your fingerpicking arpeggios. Most of the chord shapes are standard open string chords however some are a bit different especially in the bridge section but the shapes aren’t too hard to play. The challenge here is the fingerpicking speed…

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  • Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin p2

    Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin This song in the key of A minor with the descending bass line is great fingerpicking practice plus you can rock out in the heavy section of the song too. This is what Jimmy Page was on about with “light and shade” in Led Zeppelin songs.

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  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen p2

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen Most of the acoustic rhythm guitar in this rockabilly styled song is fairly straightforward with the intro based around the D and Dsus4 chords. There are a few bar chords to watch for including F and Bb. The more challenging part is the break down section with the…

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  • Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton p2

    Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton This ballad from Clapton’s unplugged album has some very nice fingerstyle playing. In this song you have to be able to play a hammer-on / pull-off lick and a bass line rhythm with your thumb that is independent from the chord rhythm.

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