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 …

I’m on Facebook! Are You?

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!