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New Lesson Shows You How to Play "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" by Megadeth
The lead track from Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace—the band's first with guitarist Marty Friedman—"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is one of the greatest guitar tracks in metal history. In our brand-new epic song lesson on this masterpiece, instructor Chris Buono gives over 1-1/2 hours of expert instruction on how to play every riff, chord, and lick by Friedman and Dave Mustaine. This is not one to be missed!
"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" G-Plus Song Lesson
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New Blues Guitar Lessons by Dave Rubin
We've just posted eight new blues guitar video lessons from instructor and renowned blues guitar educator Dave Rubin. Topics include the history and variations on the famous "Catfish Blues" and "Mannish Boy" guitar riffs, various Delta blues guitar rhythms and approaches, the New Orleans sound, and the jazzy changes to "Stormy Monday."
Delta Blues 1: Classic Boogie Patterns
Delta Blues 2: Major to Dominant Chords
Delta Blues 3: Dominant to Diminished Chords
Delta Blues 4: Variations on Dust My Broom
Catfish Blues Riff
Mannish Boy Riffs
New Orleans Blues
Stormy Monday Changes
Paul McCartney Met John Lennon 60 Years Ago Today
Sixty years ago today, a 15-year-old Paul McCartney met 16-year-old John Lennon, at the Woolton Church Parish festival, where Lennon's band the Quarrymen were playing. In an effort to impress Lennon, McCartney borrowed a guitar, retuned it (Lennon used an open-G tuning at the time), and played Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" and Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula." McCartney's initiative would lead to the pair joining forces a month later, but no one could have predicted that they would eventually become, along with guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr, the greatest pop act in music history.
It should come as no surprise, then, that we have more Beatles song lessons, guitar tabs, video lessons, and play-alongs—over 1,250 in all—than for any other artist in our catalog. So pick a few of your favorites and learn them this weekend.
Jazz Up a 12-Bar Blues with a I-VI-ii-V Turnaround
In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, instructor Wolf Marshall shows you how to jazz up the 12-bar blues form using a I-VI-ii-V turnaround. For more ways to "jazz your blues," check out his complete lesson Jazz Blues Progressions.
New Guitar Tab for Two REO Speedwagon Smash Hits
The 1980 album, Hi Infidelity, was the ninth release from Champaign, Illinois, rockers REO Speedwagon, but it was by far their biggest—selling nearly 10 million copies since its release. It was also their first #1 album and contained their first #1 hit, "Keep on Loving You," which along with the album's second-biggest hit, "Take It on the Run," remain classic rock favorites to this day. Singer Kevin Cronin's velvety voice may have occupied the spotlight, but it was guitarist Gary Richrath's soaring solos that have turned these tracks timeless for fans and players of classic rock guitar.
We've just posted newly transcribed, note-for-note guitar tab for both of these smash hits.
New Beginner Lesson Series: How to Strum Chords on a Guitar
One of the most satisfying achievements for beginner guitarists is being able to strum chords well enough to start playing songs. In a new 7-lesson series, guitar instructor and prolific Hal Leonard author Chad Johnson shows you just how to do that. Beginning with chords on just the top three strings and expanding out to full six-string chords, various rhythms, and essential strumming patterns, beginner guitarists will be well on their way to playing their favorite songs after completing these lessons.
New Lesson! "Born in Chicago" by Paul Butterfield Blues Band Featuring the Great Mike Bloomfield
The 1964 lineup of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was absolutely a blues supergroup, featuring Butterfield on harmonica and vocals, the Howlin' Wolf rhythm section of Jerome Arnold (bass) and Sam Lay (drums), and the great Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield on guitars. The lead track from their 1965 debut album, "Born in Chicago" has become a blues standard and is presented here in our newest G-Plus Song lesson with step-by-step video instruction, guitar tab, and a play-along backing track.
"Born in Chicago" Paul Butterfield Blues Band ft. Mike Bloomfield
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