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New John Mayer Song Lessons

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 15, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Despite his rep as a singer-songwriter type and bona fide "ladies' man," John Mayer is also one of the tastiest blues and R&B-style pop guitarists on the scene today. Drawing inspiration from players like Curtis Mayfield, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix, Mayer is capable of both fire on the strings and sublime melodic hooks, and he always seems to serve them up in just the right proportion.

In our newest set of G-Plus Song Lessons, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through all the delectable riffs, licks, and solos from "Gravity," "Who Did You Think I Was" (what a riff!), "Waiting on the World to Change," and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room." Each lesson features tab, backing track, and video instruction.

"Who Did You Think I Was" 
"Waiting on the World to Change" 
"Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" 

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Online Metronome and Guitar Tuner Now Available!

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 12, 2016 at 4:13 PM

There are two cardinal rules (well, probably more) to becoming a great guitar player: you've got to 1) play in tune, and 2) play in time. We've just launched our brand-new online guitar tuner and metronome pages, to help ensure you achieve both of those essential goals.

Our online metronome can be set to virtually any tempo using the arrow keys or by clicking on the tempo number and typing the desired tempo. It also contains pulses for seven popular time signatures. Just click on the time signature to scroll through the options.

Our new guitar tuner page actually features two tuners. The first is a meter-style unit that can "hear" your guitar's strings when you grant access to your computer's built-in microphone. The second shows the six strings of the guitar, and clicking on a string produces the string's proper pitch so you can tune your guitar by ear. This latter tuner has a menu of 10 popular guitar tunings, from standard to drop-D to DADGAD and more.

Go to online guitar tuner

Go to online metronome

Learn How to Mix Scales and Modes Over a One-Chord Vamp

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 8, 2016 at 4:04 PM

You may know that you can use an E major scale to solo over an E major chord, or the E Mixolydian mode over an E7 chord, or the E Dorian mode over an Em7 chord, but did you know that you can also "break the rules" and mix and match these scales and modes? This approach is how masters like Robben Ford and Larry Carlton create their sophisticated phrases even when soloing over basic chord progressions.

In this week's free lesson, instructor Doug Boduch shows you three ways to mix various scales and modes over a one-chord E7 vamp. For more on this crafty approach, check out Doug's complete lesson Mixing Scales and Modes.


Learn How to Play "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 7, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Ever had a crush on a friend's significant other? Rick Springfield did, and he wrote a song about it—a very famous song.

In our new G-Plus Song Lesson, instructor Doug Boduch breaks down each part of "Jessie's Girl," including the short-but-sweet guitar solo, which was recorded by Neil Giraldo (Pat Benatar). In fact, Giraldo recorded all of the guitars and the bass parts for this enduring hit.

"[Producer] Keith Olsen was working with Rick at the time and he wanted me to co-produce and arrange the record with him," Giraldo said in an interview with Guitar World magazine. "Rick had a demo for 'Jessie’s Girl,' and it was a very good demo, but he had some strange kind of instrumental bridge that was awkward to the song. So I said, 'When we get to that section, why don’t we just give it 16 measures and I’ll put a solo in?' We actually cut the drums and rhythm guitars first, and then I put on the bass and the lead guitar. Then Rick sang it, and that was it. And it’s the only #1 record I’ve ever had!"

"Jessie's Girl" G-Plus Song Lesson
"Jessie's Girl" guitar tab, chords/lyrics, and more


Learn How to Play Justin Bieber's Smash Hit "Love Yourself"

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Justin Bieber's latest hit, "Love Yourself" has over half a billion views on YouTube -- yes, half a BILLION. The plucky, percussive guitar part has co-writer Ed Sheeran's "fretboard footprint" all over it. The track is lesson in elegant pop simplicity, so it's not too surprising that the song has topped the Billboard charts.

Trivia: With this #1 song, Ed Sheeran joins the elite company of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, and Bruce Springsteen as writers who have had #1 hits performed by other artists but never achieved a #1 hit as the artist.

"Love Yourself" Song Lesson
"Love Yourself" guitar tab


Learn How to Play Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Cry, Cry, Cry"

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

This week we're excited to bring you two Johnny Cash G-Plus Song Lessons, each with guitar tab, play-along track, and video lesson. Released in the summer of 1955, "Cry, Cry, Cry" was Cash's first hit and the song that kicked off his storied career. "Folsom Prison Blues" was first released just six months later, in December 1955. But it was the 1968 live version of the tune performed at Folsom State Prison that went to #1 and has since become the signature hit for the country music legend.

"Folsom Prison Blues" Song Lesson
"Cry, Cry, Cry" Song Lesson

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Daniel Donato Teaches One of His Favorite Redd Volkaert Country Guitar Soloing Concepts

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 1, 2016 at 3:54 PM

This weekend, we're going to give your Telecaster chops a little workout. Nashville country guitar phenom Daniel Donato teaches the concept of "pedaling the 5th" in the style of Redd Volkaert in this edition of Free Lesson Friday. To see Donato teach country guitar soloing ideas from J.D. Simo, Danny Gatton, Roy Nichols, Hank Garland, and more, check out his lesson Analyzing Different Styles.



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