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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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18 New Beginner Classical Guitar Lessons Just Added

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 3, 2017 at 5:06 PM

We've just posted Lessons 16-33 in our Beginners Classical Guitar course. You'll learn the rest stroke, slurs, various rhythms, and your first pieces, including "Malaguena," "Minuet," "Ode to Joy," and "Andante." Each lesson features standard notation, audio demos, and a video lesson.

Classical Guitar Beginner Lessons

New Lesson on How to Play Soundgarden's "Outshined"

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 3, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Seattle rockers Soundgarden were one of the primary architects of the grunge sound that took hold in the early 1990s. Though it was their third album, 1991's Badmotorfinger was the band's commercial breakthrough, fueled by the MTV hit "Outshined." Led by a lumbering drop-D guitar riff that mimicked singer extraordinaire Chris Cornell's vocal line, the tune is a killer guitar track. In this new G-Plus song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through each and every stellar riff.

"Outshined" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Turn Your Major Pentatonic Licks into Mixolydian Phrases

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2017 at 3:31 PM

In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, instructor Tom Kolb shows you an easy way to begin exploring the Mixolydian mode, by making small adjustments to your stock major pentatonic licks. For more on the topic, see Tom's complete lesson Rocking Up Mixolydian.


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