A fun guitar song for the beginner-intermediate player, learn how to play “The Death of Queen Jane”, a traditional 18th century English folksong shown here in the style of Oscar Isaac, which he performed in the recent Cohen Bros film Inside Llewyn Davis.
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Hey everyone, thanks for checking out my post! I finally got around to teaching one of my all time favorite tunes, “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young! In this lesson I break down each chord progression and riff section by section and even attempt to play a little harmonica while doing it! Hope you all find this tutorial to be helpful and entertaining! Thanks for watching. -Rob
Since posting a lesson on Dave Van Ronk’s “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” last week, I’ve received a number of request for this tune, “Fare Thee Well”, which is also featured on the Inside Llewin Davis sound track. In the FREE video guitar lesson below, I’ll teach you how to play Fare Thee Well on guitar. We will review the basic 184.108.40.206 folk chord progression, and the overall structure of the tune. Lets get started!
Learn the Dave Van Ronk Classic “Hang Me, Oh, Hang Me” on Guitar. Recently featured on the Inside Llewin Davis sound track, “Hang Me, Oh, Hang Me” is a beautiful composition featuring innovative, yet simple chord changes, along with melodic finger picking patterns. In this video I’ll take you through the each chord shape, the song structure and right hand ‘travis picking’ technique. This version is compromise between the traditional Dave Van Ronk version and Oscar Isaacs rendition from the film.
One of the most common questions I receive from beginner guitar players is “how do I get better at singing and playing the guitar at the same time?” Here is the response I had for one of my youtube students this morning:
I would be happy to do a video lesson on that subject, however I will tell you that it takes fifteen hundred repetitions before a technique is muscle memory. Before you can really sing with confidence, you’ve got to have the progression, chord changes, and rhythm solid. Once you have that, practice singing along with the track and determine where the chords are changing in relation to the lyrics, most chord sheets have already done this for you. You can begin by simplifying the strumming pattern to whole-notes (single strums per measure) while singing along, before gradually adding in the additional strums. Keep an eye out for that video and many others, good luck with your practice!
Here in Philadelphia we have the benefit of an active music scene that is dynamic and incredibly diverse. As a local musician and educator, I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of talented people, like miss Chelsea Mitchell, a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter. In this video, Chelsea performs one of her newest compositions entitled “Ain’t Got No Blues”. Thanks Cheslea for this wonderful song and the experience of recording you.
If there was ever a tune that has stood the test of time, it is truly “Georgia on my Mind”! This 1930′s classic by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorell was made famous by Ray Charles, before becoming the official state song of Georgia. This tutorial is intended for guitarist looking to expand their knowledge of chords, perhaps breaking into advanced bar chords for the first time. Because this tune carries several chord changes, take your time mastering each one individually before drilling the transitions. This lesson also features techniques that more advanced players may enjoy including chord alternatives, walking basslines and jazzy leads. Feel free to post any questions you may have. Thanks so much, and good luck!
The best guitar soloist are those that understand the connections between chords and the melodies they are creating. They premeditate the transitions within the progression, welcoming each new chord with thoughtful and sensitive phrasing. In the video below, I demonstrate how just a single phrase or “Lick” can be adjusted to accommodate each chord in a basic blues progression. The skills shown in this tutorial will shed light on how you can follow a chord progression by resting on the root note of each chord with in your progression, lets get started!
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With the summertime hustle and bustle finally beginning to slow down, I have decided to relaunch my “lick of the day” video series! For my intermediate-advanced guitar students, give this major blues lick a try; It utilizes the very dynamic element that is hybrid picking, while mixing notes from the Blues, and Major Scales. Lets get started!