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How to Navigate a Blues Using Just Guide Tones with Dean Brown
In this week's free lesson Friday, instructor Dean Brown shows you how to navigate a blues using guide tones—the 3rd and 7th chord tones. For more on this topic and more, check out his complete Two Note Chord Voicings video lesson.
Canadian Singer and Songwriter Leonard Cohen Dead at 82
Leonard Cohen, the highly influential songwriter and singer best known as the composer of "Hallelujah," died Monday at the age of 82.
"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," read a statement from Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."
Cohen, whose dark and evocative songs ran the emotional and spiritual gamut, were nothing short of musical poetry, and among the most covered tracks in music history. His most popular composition, "Hallelujah," has been covered by over 300 artists and in several languages, with Jeff Buckley's 1994 version being the standard bearer for near musical perfection.
Browse our Leonard Cohen guitar tabs and chords/lyrics sheets
Two New Allman Brothers Band Song Lessons: "Blue Sky" and "Ramblin' Man"
Last week, we posted our song lesson on the Allman Brothers Band's iconic instrumental "Jessica." This week, we've got two more classic ABB song lessons in "Ramblin' Man" and "Blue Sky." The former, written by Dickey Betts, is one of the Southern rock act's most beloved tunes, replete with an ear-catching opening lick, melodic vocal hooks, and trademark harmony guitar solos and Betts's smooth pentatonic phrasing. The latter, also penned by Betts, captures one of guitarist Duane Allman's final performances with the band.
In these lessons, instructor Doug Boduch takes you through just about every note, including step-by-step breakdowns of the timeless guitar lines. Note that the backing track for "Ramblin' Man" was recorded with the guitar tuned up a half step, just like on the Brothers and Sisters album. If you want to play along, it's probably easiest to slap a capo on the first fret and play all the chords and notes one fret higher than indicated in the tab.
"Blue Sky" Allman Brothers Band G-Plus Song lesson
"Ramblin' Man" Allman Brothers Band G-Plus Song lesson
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Learn a Blues Rhythm Fills Groove in C by Johnny Moeller
In this installment of Free Lesson Friday, Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Johnny Moeller shows you a funky blues groove in C, where he combines blues rhythm and lead guitar. This lick is taken from Moeller's full lesson Rhythm Guitar Blues Licks.
Sacred Hymns Arranged for Solo Jazz Guitar
Popular YouTube guitarist Walter Rodrigues, Jr., recently published his first songbook, Hymns for Solo Jazz Guitar (Hal Leonard), which includes 10 sacred favorites like "Amazing Grace," "Blessed Assurance," and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
Categorized as Video Signature Licks on this site, these new song products include a video performance (no instruction) of each hymn, with a downloadable guitar sheet (standard notation and tab) included with the video. You can also think of these as "enhanced" guitar tabs, where you get a video song demo along with the sheet.
If you're a fan of sacred music and jazz guitar, we're sure you'll thoroughly enjoy learning and playing these terrific arrangements.
Be sure to check out Walter's YouTube channel to see and hear more of his amazing work.
10 hymns for solo jazz guitar
Learn How to Play "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band's "Jessica" ranks as one of the greatest guitar instrumentals of all time. From the signature hook to Dickey Betts's hypnotic D major pentatonic soloing, the track is a timeless classic.
In our newest G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch takes you through the epic instrumental in step by step fashion. Once you've got it down, use the scrolling tab and play-along function to jam on the song. This one is so much fun to play that you might not be able to step away from your computer for a while.
"Jessica" G-Plus guitar song lesson by Allman Brothers Band
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Classic Mr. Big Guitar Tabs Featuring Paul Gilbert Now Available
In the late 1980s, guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan formed the core of a supergroup that combined otherworldly chops with pop-focused songwriting unlike any other "hair band" on the scene. Along with drummer Pat Torpey and singer Eric Martin, Mr. Big crafted several memorable hits, including "Green Tinted Sixties Mind," "Addicted to That Rush," and "To Be With You."
For the first time, the officially licensed scores—comprising guitar tab, bass tab, drums, and vocals—for 10 of the band's best tracks is available online here at GuitarInstructor.com.
Mr. Big guitar tab scores