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Learn How to Play Two Doobie Brothers Classic Hits

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 25, 2016 at 2:46 PM

In the realm of 1970s classic rock, the Doobie Brothers are a criminally overlooked juggernaut of hit songs. Following a lukewarm reception to their 1971 self-titled debut album, the band made both personnel and stylistic changes. The resulting effort, 1972's Toulouse Street, featured the hits "Listen to the Music," "Rockin' Down the Highway," and "Jesus Is Just Alright."

The hits kept comin' with the Doobies' 1973 release The Captain and Me, which spawned the classic rock staples "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

With our newest G-Plus Song lessons, you'll learn how to play two of these timeless cuts: "Long Train Runnin'" and "Listen to the Music." Each lesson features an in-depth video lesson with Doug Boduch, guitar tab, and a full-band backing track with the ability to mute the guitar part, isolate the guitar part, add a click track, loop sections for practice, and slow down the tempo while maintaining pitch.

Learn to play "Long Train Runnin'" by the Doobie Brothers 
Learn to play "Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers 

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12 Essential Jazz Chord Melody Voicings

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 21, 2016 at 5:05 PM

In this week's Free Lesson Friday, instructor Jack Grassel teaches 12 essential jazz chord melody voicings on the top four strings, in major 7th, minor 7th, and dominant 7th tonalities, and how to add scale tones to these shapes. For more on this topic, check out the full-length lesson Jazz Chord Connection.

 

Learn How to Play "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 21, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Guitarist Eric Clapton has played on some of the greatest rock tracks of all time. Sitting near the top of that esteemed list is "Layla," by Derek & the Dominos. A timeless epic, the song was named for a character created by 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. But the real "Layla" that Clapton was singing about was Pattie Boyd, wife of his friend and Beatles guitarist George Harrison, and object of his then-unrequited love.

In our newest G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through every riff, chord progression, and solo, including Duane Allman's legendary slide guitar extravaganza during the outro piano coda.

"Layla" G-Plus Song lesson
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Learn a Classic Cadenza Outro Lick in A

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 14, 2016 at 4:42 PM

In this week's installment of Free Lesson Friday, we're offering a classic cadenza lick in A from instructor Matthew Schroeder's Climbing Rock Licks lesson.

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Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 2016

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Legendary songwriter and musician Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize organization lauded Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Dylan has long been recognized as one of the greatest songwriters in music history, with songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" imbued with world-changing mystique. Indeed, these and other Dylan compositions stand as anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements of the late 1960s.

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Dylan is the first songwriter to win the prestigious award, a surprising turn of history, as it has typically gone to authors and poets. He is also the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison, in 1993.

The Nobel Prize is named for Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, who in 1895 signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Peace, Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine. The prize is presented by the Swedish Academy and comes with an award of approximately $900,000.

 

 

Learn Two R.E.M. Classics In Our Newest Song Lessons

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 12, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Hard to believe that the seminal alternative rock quartet R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe," 35 years ago in 1981. After a decade of touring the college circuit with its jangly, folk-rock sound, the Athens, Georgia, quartet shot to superstardom with its two most successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), and smash MTV hits like "Losing My Religion" and "Everybody Hurts."

We've just added brand-new G-Plus Song lessons, featuring guitar tab, backing track, and a step-by-step video lesson, for those two classic R.E.M. tracks.

"Losing My Religion" song lesson 
"Everybody Hurts" song lesson 
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Newly Transcribed Jerry Reed Guitar Tab for "The Claw" and "Guitar Man" Now Available

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Legendary guitarist Jerry Reed once said, "I got my first guitar at age of 7 and never laid it down. Mama taught me G, C, and D, and I was off to the races, son!"

Off to the races, indeed. Reed was one of the finest pickers and entertainers of our lifetime. And now, two of his most famous songs—"The Claw" and "Guitar Man"—have been newly transcribed and edited for total accuracy and made available here at GuitarInstructor.com.

"The Claw" Jerry Reed guitar tab 
"Guitar Man" Jerry Reed guitar tab 
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Get 'em while they're hot, son!

 

 

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