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Learn How to Play the Ukulele with Jake Shimabukuro

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 17, 2017 at 2:49 PM

The ukulele is the fastest-growing musical instrument in the world, with everyone from elementary school aged children to senior citizens picking up this fun folk instrument and learning how to play their favorite songs. If you've been thinking about learning how to play, you're in the right place.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro—widely considered the best in the world—has said he wants everyone to experience the joy of making music, so a few years ago, he set about creating an easy, fun method for learning how to play the uke. The result is his brand-new book/video Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons (Hal Leonard), and we've got all 13 video lessons from the book right here at

Jake Shimabukuro beginner ukulele lessons

In this series of beginner lessons, Jake shows you everything from how to hold the uke and essential chord shapes and how to strum them to popular chord progressions and fun techniques like tremolo picking.

Once you've learned all these basic ukulele techniques from Jake, you'll be ready to browse the more than 3,500 ukulele chords and lyrics sheets available here at GuitarInstructor.

Who knows, maybe one day you'll be able to play like this ...


Free Lesson! Chord-Tone Based Blues Turnaround Lick by Bill Stone

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM

There are certain "stock" turnaround licks that most blues guitarists know and use often. Here, instructor Bill Stone teaches one, based on chord tones, that's a little bit different yet easy to learn. Taken from his Melodic Blues Licks video lesson.


New Song Lesson For "Can't Stop" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 11, 2017 at 1:15 PM

From their 2002 album, By the Way, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit "Can't Stop" perfectly describes how we feel about playing the tune's funky main riff. In this lesson, instructor Doug Boduch shows you how to tackle the highly syncopated rhythms and intriguing chord voicings of guitarist John Frusciante.

"Can't Stop" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Learn How to Play "Spoonman" by Soundgarden

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Released in 1994, Soundgarden's fourth album, Superunknown, was both a commercial and critical success on the strength of five huge singles. One of them was "Spoonman," a guitarist's delight featuring a high-octane drop-D riff in 7/4 time—indeed one of the best riffs of the 1990s.

In this new G-Plus Song lesson, you'll learn that explosive riff, the rolling chorus riff, guitarist Kim Thayil's frenzied guitar solo, and more.

"Spoonman" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Solo Guitar Tab for Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High the Moon"

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 9, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Guitarist Les Paul is, of course, best known as the inventor of the sollidbody electric guitar (among many other guitar and recording devices), but he was also a virtuoso guitarist and top-notch entertainer. Working with his wife Mary Ford, the duo had 16 Top 10 hits from 1950-1954, selling millions of records in the process.

Arguably their biggest hit, "How High the Moon" was actually written by Morgan Lewis (music) and Nancy Hamilton (lyrics). This new solo jazz guitar arrangement takes the original melody and presents it in a form accessible to intermediate fingerstyle and/or jazz guitarists.

"How High the Moon" solo jazz guitar tab

And for your listening pleasure, here's Les Paul and Mary Ford's version of this timeless standard.


Free Lesson! Joshua Ray Gooch Teaches a Cool "Pivot" Lick Useful in Rock, Blues, and Country Settings

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 4, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Shania Twain guitarist Joshua Ray Gooch teaches a finger-twisting yet highly effective "pivot lick" useful in rock, blues, and country guitar settings. For more variations on this lick, see his complete Lead Lick 12 lesson.


How to Play "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes in New Song Lesson

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 4, 2017 at 4:03 PM

The first single from their 2003 album Elephant, the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," simple as it is, has become one of the most popular songs of the past 15 years. The tune is fueled by guitarist Jack White's austere bass riff (actually a guitar transposed down an octave via a Whammy pedal) and also features full-on sonorous slide guitar chords to bring it all home.

In this lesson, Doug Boduch shows you how to best navigate all of it, including tips on playing the song in standard tuning and without a slide, if that's your preference.

"Seven Nation Army" G-Plus Song Lesson
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