“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. Want full access to this lesson? Join the Heartwood Guitar family today! Members also get access to… …

New in-depth song lesson: “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty

Here’s a lush, jangly song with a simple 3-chord progression–that’s right, just three chords for the whole song–but some challenging rhythms, and a mysterious blend of acoustic guitars in the studio recording that were a bear to untangle. The version I teach is what Petty played live: Capo 1, using key of E chord shapes. They sound rich, with nice …

Daily Guided Practice Videos

I’ve come up with a new way of practicing that I’ll think you’ll love. They’re 15-minute videos that start with me briefly teaching a principle of effective practice, like slowing down to avoid mistakes or relaxing your body.  Then I start a 10-minute countdown timer, and while you practice a piece of music of your choosing–it can really be anything …

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Check out the new Heartwood Guitar Instruction Facebook page: C’mon over and “like” the page. That way, you’ll be notified through Facebook whenever I add new chord charts or other material to the site. See you on Facebook!