“Brown Eyed Girl” song lesson preview

Impossible to forget the words to the chorus! Just four simple chords, though the phrasing of the singing can be challenging. I teach the classic intro note-for-note (modified to make playing on an acoustic guitar possible), and offer easier and harder strumming options.

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How to alternate bass

The first time I heard a guitarist alternating bass, I thought it was two separate instruments. Such a great sound! Essential if you want to play country music, but used in lots of rock, folk, and blues music.

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Huge Chord Chart Update

I uploaded 63 new charts over the past few months. Have at ’em!

Alice in Chains – Got Me Wrong
Alice in Chains – Them Bones
Allman Brothers – Blue Sky
Audioslave – Like a Stone
Basement – Aquasun
Berry, Chuck – Johnny B. Goode
Black Crowes, The – She Talks to Angels
Black Crowes – Twice as Hard
Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper
Bowie, David – Five Years
Bridges, Leon – River
Cars, The – Just What I Needed
Day, Andra – Rise Up
Deftones – Be Quiet and Drive
Deftones – Cherry Waves
Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
Dire Straits – Hand in Hand
Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
Dropkick Murphys – The Seasons Upon Us
Dylan, Bob – Mr Tambourine Man
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Foo Fighters – February Stars
Foo Fighters – Miracle
Foo Fighters – My Poor Brain
Foo Fighters – The Deepest Blues are Black
Foo Fighters – Up in Arms
Foo Fighters – What Did I Do – God As My Witness
Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
from A Star is Born – Shallow
from Come from Away – Me and the Sky Capo 6 Version
from The Greatest Showman – A Million Dreams
Frozen – All is Found
Garcia, Jerry and David Grisman – Shady Grove
Gauthier, Mary – Mercy Now
Go-Gos, The – Our Lips are Sealed
Hendrix, Jimi – Purple Haze Chords
Hoodoo Gurus, The – 1000 Miles Away
Illenium – Good Things Fall Apart
Joel, Billy – You’re My Home
Keys, Alicia – Girl on Fire
Keys, Alicia – If I Aint Got You
Kings of Leon – The Bucket
Lauper, Cyndi – All Through the Night
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man
Malone, Post and Swae Lee – Sunflower
Mitchell, Joni – The Circle Game
OneRepublic – Apologize
Orleans – Dance with Me
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Pearl Jam – Soon Forget
Petty, Tom and the Heartbreakers – Mary Janes Last Dance
Raffi – Baby Beluga
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
REM – Superman
Rilo Kiley – With Arms Outstretched
Rolling Stones, The – Dead Flowers
Springsteen, Bruce – Hitch Hikin
Springsteen, Bruce – My Hometown
Springsteen, Bruce – The River
Stone, Willamette – Heart Like Yours
Supertramp – Give a Little Bit
Swift, Taylor – Safe and Sound
Yoakam, Dwight – Guitars Cadillacs

How to sing and strum two different rhythms

If you struggle with strumming and singing, you’ve probably noticed that the rhythm of your singing tends to lock into the rhythm of your strumming… and not in a good way.

I’ve found a way to cure this problem by singing Nirvana’s “Come as You Are.” It turns out this song is the perfect training exercise for learning one of the most common rhythm challenges you’ll find in melodies.

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How to hear chord changes when playing with others

Many guitarsts struggle with staying locked-in with fellow musicians or recordings. Do you ever find yourself

  • Drifting off the beat?
  • Losing track of where you are in a chord progression?
  • Not hearing when you’re supposed to make a chord change?

If so, don’t worry–you’re probably not as rhythmically hopeless as you feel.

I’ve taught many, many adult beginners who didn’t play music or dance much when they were kids, and so never learned the deceptively difficult skills of counting and feeling beats.

In this video, I’ll teach you how to train yourself to keep track of the structure of the song you’re playing by counting beats and feeling them with your body.

Training yourself to do this is so, so worth it. Go for it! And remember, there’s nothing wrong with you!

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How to use a capo

Here’s another lesson from my course Strum & Sing in 60 Days, teaching the basics of using the capo.

My favorite chromatic tuning app (necessary for tuning a guitar with a capo on) is GuitarToolkit.

Here are the notes you’ll tune your strings to for all capo positions. I’ve given all accidentals sharp names:

Capo 0: 6E 5A 4D 3G 2B 1E
Capo 1: 6F 5A# 4D# 3G# 2C 1F
Capo 2: 6F# 5B 4E 3A 2C# 1F#
Capo 3: 6G 5C 4F 3A# 2D 1G
Capo 4: 6G# 5C# 4F# 3B 2D# 1G#
Capo 5: 6A 5D 4G 3C 2E 1A
Capo 6: 6A# 5D# 4G# 3C# 2F 1A#
Capo 7: 6B 5E 4A 3D 2F# 1B
Capo 8: 6C 5F 4A# 3D# 2G 1C
Capo 9: 6C# 5F# 4B 3E 2G# 1C#
Capo 10: 6D 5G 4C 3F 2A 1D

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Learn the names of the notes in this three-minute video

Do you ever knock your guitar way out of tune and, as you struggle to understand what your tuner is trying to tell you (what in the heck is a Bb or G#?), find yourself wishing you paid more attention in your childhood piano lessons?

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! In this 3-minute excerpt from my fun, innovative course, Strum & Sing in 60 Days, I teach you how the musical notes are named and what order they’re in.

See? You were right all along. You really didn’t have to pay attention in those piano lessons.

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The key to accurate picking

Picking the right string is the hardest thing about playing guitar.

How do good guitarists pick accurately? They touch their guitar lightly with their picking hand as they play. I call it BRUSHING.

This is a skill that all good guitarists use, but I’ve never seen it taught outside of my studio.

Learn this skill and you’ll get rid of your sloppy picking forever!

(I shot this lesson five years ago, soon after my twin boys were born. Man, time flies!)

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