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New Iron Maiden Song Lessons with Video, Tab, and Backing Tracks
Since breaking through as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Iron Maiden has become one of the most popular and influential heavy metal bands of all time. We've just completed new G-Plus song lessons for three of the band's biggest hits, complete with tab, backing track, and step-by-step video instruction by Doug Boduch, who shows you each and every riff, lick, and solo from the legendary tandem of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray.
Learn This Blazing Shred Lick in C Lydian
In this week's Free Lesson Friday feature, rock and metal instructor Greg Harrison teaches you his "Lydian Surprise" lick in C, taken from his full-length lesson Lydian Shred Licks. This one might melt your fretboard!
Learn An Essential Acoustic Delta Blues Guitar Riff
Hey, it's Free Lesson Friday again. This week, you can add this classic Delta blues acoustic guitar groove to your arsenal of essential riffs and licks, culled from our Delta Blues Acoustic Licks lesson by instructor Peter Roller.
How to Play Guns N' Roses "Paradise City"
"Welcome to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" may be Guns N' Roses' most talked about tracks in the greater pop culture, but it was the band's third single from their game-changing 1987 debut Appetite For Destruction, "Paradise City," that takes your rock guitar chops up to 11.
From the chiming open chords of the intro to the tasty E minor pentatonic hook Slash lays down on top of it to the chugging freight train feel of the main riff, "Paradise City" is a six-string tour de force. And that outro solo? It's beyond words, and Slash actually still plays it note for note—and now, so can you.
In our newest G-Plus Song Lesson, instructor Doug Boduch takes you step by step through every chord, lick, riff, and insane run in a 38-minute video lesson with accompanying tab and play-along backing track. When you think you've got it under your fingers, switch over to the "Show Tab" view, turn off the guitar track, and play the guitar part yourself. Good luck!
"Paradise City" G-Plus Song Lesson
How to Get Classic Phaser Pedal Guitar Tones
In his newest effects pedal lesson, Tom Kolb shows you how to dial in a variety of classic guitar sounds using a phaser pedal, from lush chords and single-note reggae riffs to imitating the synth sound on The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" (our favorite example) and Eddie Van Halen's "brown sound" and more.
How To Use Phaser Pedals guitar video lesson
How to Add a Jazzy Touch to Your Blues Lines
It's Free Lesson Friday again. This week, the inimitable Greg Koch shows you how to add a jazzy flair to your blues lines, in the style of jazz-blues guitar legend Kenny Burrell. To get more of Greg's unique approach to jazzin' the blues in the styles of not only Burrell but also Grant Green, Charlie Christian, and Wes Montgomery, check out the full lesson, Jazzy Lines for the Blues Pig.
Learn How to Play Van Halen's Mean Street
Although "Eruption" is widely regarded as his magnum opus, guitarist Eddie Van Halen pulled off an even crazier flying fretboard trapeze act with the tapped harmonic intro to "Mean Street," from the band's gritty 1983 release, Fair Warning. In this new G-Plus Song Lesson, featuring tab, backing track, and a video lesson, instructor Doug Boduch breaks down every tap, slap, and wow moment. If you want to learn to play this challenging piece correctly, this is the lesson that will get you there!
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