Another song lesson video: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen / Jeff Buckley

Here's my latest free song lesson video: A beginner lesson on Leonard Cohen's amazing "Hallelujah." My arrangement is inspired by the gorgeous Jeff Buckley cover. If you enjoy it, please subscribe to my new YouTube channel. Here's the chord chart. It's been so fun releasing these free song lesson videos over the past couple weeks. I remember the excitement my ...

Free Christmas Caroling Songbook

This past Saturday I attended SMooCH, a fantastic fundraiser concert for Seattle Children's Hospital. Macklemore headlined. Free drinks and food. It was a religious experience. Well, religious except that I was freeloading. The ticket was a gift from a student, I took advantage of the open bar, and I didn't give a dime. We're on a tight budget this year, ...

Looking for an Awesome Practice System

Musicians and teachers, I need your help. Have you used a system for tracking guitar practice that really motivated you or your students to stick with it? I’m hoping to integrate a proven tracking system into the online guitar course I’m creating. Plus, it’d be awesome to use something like this with my private students. I know how to teach …

We Have A Winner

Congratulations to Wesley for winning the 2013 Summer Cover Competition. Wesley won a $100 gift certificate to Musician’s Friend. Here’s his incendiary performance of Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone” that earned him first place. You can see the full results and the other competitors (who were also excellent) on the Summer Cover Competition page.

Kid Joins Green Day Onstage

So many guitarists just learn their favorite parts to songs. I’ll bet this kid was glad he learned “Jesus of Suburbia” all the way through. Fortune favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

Website Under Maintenance

Hi Guitarists, It’s been a long time coming. Heartwood Guitar is finally moving to a new server today, which will bring you lightning-fast browsing. Over the next few days, you may see some funkiness while we make the transition. For example, subscribers to the strum pattern videos currently have no way to cancel via the My Accounts page. If you …

Good Vibrations

What an amazing video: Anyone who’s played a harmonic on the guitar knows that string vibration is a magical, mysterious phenomenon. I’ve heard it compared to a moving passenger train. As the countryside flies by, your teacup is rattling on your saucer: That’s one kind of vibration. But the whole traincar is vibrating too: A second vibration. The traincar is …

New Features: Hot Songs and Cool Buttons

I’ve been in mad-scientist mode this past weekend, making some changes to the site design. What day is it? Where did all these dirty dishes come from? Let me know if you think the work was worth it. What’s Hot There’s now a list of the most popular songs, both on the web and on this website, in the sidebar …

Q &#8800 Quiet

“Q” was not for “Quiet” on April 30th, when we descended on the Q Cafe for the 2011 Spring Coffee Shop Jam. The show featured my guitar students, and the students of my friends Brady and Mark, who teach bass and drums. The Coffee Shop Jam is always incredible, and this was no exception: Moments of epic grandeur, quiet beauty, …

Another Happy Strummer

I love getting fan mail from musicians using my strum pattern videos. it’s me again, Rob, but really i have to tell you that your videos have changed my guitar playing life…after 45 years of playing the same old DDUUDU (nice enough in its way), i really have all sorts of new rhythm options thanks to your videos…it all just …