If you are a beginning guitarist and still hearing odd sounds when you play, the problem is most likely not the notes that you are playing—but rather, the problem comes from the notes that you AREN’T playing. Unwanted string noise is a problem that affects all beginners at some time or another—and is always the result of improper technique. However, even if you are an accomplished guitarist, according to professional guitarist Dyce Kimura who provides Fort Lauderdale guitar lessons, developing the proper muting technique will take your playing to the next […] Read more
For our next lesson we are going to cover the song “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz. We’re advancing past the basic concepts we covered earlier and we’re moving into the realm of four chords per song. The rhythm is more complex and exciting as well so get ready to dig in!
The chords are: | A C | G D | Each chord is played 5 times each in a fast rhythm. We will play the A chord as a barre chord which means you will lay your entire finger down on strings 4-3-2-1 (and slightly mute the 1<sup>st</sup> string by […] Read more
For our next lesson we will learn to play “Hang on Snoopy,” by the McCoys. The song is basically | G C | D C | and you will play each chord 2 times each. Please refer to the video for the chord charts.
To begin to play the song simply strum each chord with down strokes 2 times each. Start by strumming slowly and playing by yourself until you can switch records comfortably. Then start playing with this drum machine beat at 65 BPMs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ACh9uGNcu0
Ultimately you want to get a place where you can play with the song. If you […] Read more
For this week’s lesson I’m excited to teach you the song “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley. This is another beginner lesson and we will be using the chords A, D, and E for this simple song.
Let’s start by getting familiar with the chords A, D and E as best you can and practice switching back and forth between them. Keep in mind that we are doing a beginner version of the song “Stir It Up.” This lesson will allow you to play along with Bob Marley but not necessarily do exactly what he does in the recording.
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Today we are learning to play a simplified version of the classic song “Sweet home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, using the chords D, C, and G. I have gone to great lengths to find songs like this that can be simplified because it allows the beginner student to participate in playing a famous song that they know and love. In this beginner lesson we are focused strumming the chords along with the song.
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For today’s lesson we are going to cover how to play the C and A minor chords together. This is a great beginner lesson because C and A minor are practically the same chord. Both only use only five strings and only require a change in only one finger to switch chords. Please follow the charts and the verbal and visual description in the video to learn the chords.
1)First get comfortable with the chords, and try switching back and forth.
2)Try to play each chord four times each and switch back and forth at your own pace.
3)Then try to play both […] Read more
This is a lesson on Pink Floyd’s “Time”. It is definitely one of David Gilmore’s finest masterpieces. While taking the time to learn this song, I must say I was blown away by Gilmore’s soaring melodic structures and his ability to convey subtle inflections in his soloing. I was equally amazed by the sheer power of the solo and the fact that he played it without playing fast. This shows true mastery in my opinion. Playing fast instantly gains the performer the “wow” factor, but few guitarist can play slowly and deliberately while still maintaining a captive performance level. Also, […] Read more