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Greg Harrison Teaches a Steve Vai-Style Sliding Guitar Lick

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM

For this week's Free Lesson Friday, shred guitar ace Greg Harrison teaches a cool Steve Vai-style lick that incorporates his trademark grace-note slides. For more killer licks, check out Licks of the Shred Gods.

 

New G-Plus Song Lesson on The Beatles' "Birthday"

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 27, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Arguably the second-most popular birthday song ever written, the Beatles' "Birthday" is a fun pop take on the venerable 12-bar blues form, with the major pentatonic scale in the starring role.

Interestingly, "Birthday" was written and recorded in a single day at EMI Studio Two (Abbey Road). Paul McCartney arrived early to the studio on September 18, 1968, and began working on a new song at the piano. As the band arrived, they began working on the basic structure of the song, a "12-bar blues in A." By 4:30 in the morning the next day, the song was completed.

In this new G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through each and every riff, lick, chord, and solo. This one's a blast to play!

"Birthday" Beatles G-Plus Song lesson
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Here's footage of Paul McCartney performing "Birthday" with his band.

 

How to Play Tom Petty's "American Girl," "Breakdown," and More

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 25, 2017 at 4:41 PM

As Tom Petty celebrates 40 years of creating timeless works of Americana-styled rock 'n' roll, we're excited to bring you new G-Plus Song lessons for a few of his biggest hits.

In the past month or so, we added lessons for "Free Fallin'," "Breakdown," and "I Won't Back Down." This week we're excited to bring you "American Girl." Each lesson comes with in-depth video instruction, guitar tab, and a play-along track.

Plus, we've just posted 15 of Petty's greatest hits in ukulele chords/lyrics format. Sounds odd, I know, but they're actually a lot of fun to play if you've got a uke lying around. Check them out at the link below.

"American Girl" Tom Petty G-Plus song lesson
"Breakdown" Tom Petty G-Plus song lesson
"I Won't Back Down" Tom Petty G-Plus song lesson
"Free Fallin'" Tom Petty G-Plus song lesson

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Tom Petty ukulele chords/lyrics sheets

 

 

 

Free Lesson on a Fiddle-Inspired Acoustic Bluegrass Lick by Colin O'Brien

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

In this week's Free Lesson Friday, learn a cool fiddle-inspired acoustic bluegrass lick in G from instructor Colin O'Brien. If you dig this one, check out the complete lesson Fiddle-Inspired Acoustic Licks.

 

New Lessons on How to Play Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and "Hey You"

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 20, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Progressive rock icons Pink Floyd have given us some of the most memorable songs in history. Among them are two timeless cuts from the band's monumental 1979 release The Wall: "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb," the latter of which features what is widely recognized as one—well, two really—of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

In these two brand-new lessons, instructor Doug Boduch shows you every one of David Gilmour's soaring licks and phrases from these two tracks.

"Hey You" G-Plus Song Lesson
"Comfortably Numb" G-Plus Song Lesson
David Gilmour Style guitar video lesson
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New Lesson: How to Use a Looper Pedal

Posted by Guitar Instructor on January 18, 2017 at 2:25 PM

It's the new year, and instructor Tom Kolb has an all-new stomp box lesson for you: How to Use a Looper Pedal. As Tom states in his lesson, a basic looper pedal is one of the most useful tools you can have in your arsenal. Equally useful for practice sessions, songwriting, or live performance, a looper will make you a better player.

How to Use a Looper Pedal video master class by Tom Kolb
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Here's a brief excerpt:

 

How to Play Van Halen's "Can't Stop Loving You"

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 18, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Van Halen is such a rock juggernaut that even as their "Van Hagar" years were coming to a less-than-peaceful end, their creative output was still good enough to top the Billboard album charts, with their 1995 release Balance going all the way to #1.

In our newest G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Chris Buono teaches you how to play one of the album's top singles, "Can't Stop Loving You." In just over an hour of video instruction, Chris offers tips on dialing in Eddie's tone, nailing all of his technical nuances, and everything else you need to get this one under the fingers.

"Can't Stop Loving You" Van Halen G-Plus song lesson
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