This week I’m so glad to have had extra time to produce an extra By Request Song Tutorial. In this new video lesson, I’ll break down how to play Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” I’ll take you through the changes for the intro, verse and chorus sections, while revealing how to finger pick the piano lines heard in the original track. I recently saw the very talented Haley Reinhardt perform her version of this track at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and decided to include a few of her chord embellishments. This demonstration was recorded using the SL600 Studio USB Microphone by Editors Keys. Let’s get started!
Things are heating up here in Philadelphia, and I’m happy to report that I’ve had a busy spring! As many of you have probably noticed, I’ve tripled my output, posting new tutorials every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The recent activity has jump-started the Swiftlessons YouTube channel, as I’ve finally earned my 100,000th subscriber! Reaching this milestone has me more motivated than ever, so expect a ton of new tutorials, backing tracks and books in the coming days!
To kick off this week of practice, I’ve posted my latest “Lick of the Week,” a fast and funky blues guitar lick in the key of A. I’ll begin by showing you the scale this phrase was built from, before breaking it down note by note. Let’s get started!
Now that you’ve learned about how to jam over a blues in the key of A, let’s head over to JamTracks365 to practice improvising:
Today I’m very happy to bring you my latest instructional video breaking down Bob Dylan’s 1973 classic “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” This song is the ideal practice piece for beginner guitar players looking to improve their knowledge of basic chords and strumming patterns. In this free video lesson, I’ll reveal the music theory behind the composition, each of the basic chords, and various rhythm techniques that you can use in thousands of well-known songs! Click here to access the patreon page where supporters of the channel (just a dollar a month) can download free tabs, chord sheets, and more. Do you have a song in mind for my next lesson? Be sure to submit your request at:http://swiftlessons.com/Request_a_Song
Hello guitar enthusiast!
Today is a big day in the evolution of the Swiftlessons YouTube channel, as I will now be negotiating exclusive discounts on quality gear and accessories. In the latest addition to my solo blues guitar lessons series, I will break down routine #6, which features some SRV, Eric Clapton and Lightnin’ Hopkins inspired techniques including licks, shuffles and turnarounds. Because the main focus of these lessons is to develop our sense of rhythm and timing, I’ll be introducing you to the Tempi, which is one of Amazon’s top rated mechanical metronomes. To Buy the Tempi Metronome with the exclusive Swiftlessons discount, visit:http://tinyurl.com/swiftlessons-tempi. Let’s get started!
TABS FOR THIS LESSON AT: https://www.patreon.com/posts/early-release-6-5184083
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This Monday I departed from my usual schedule to pay respects to Prince, who passed away suddenly on April 21st. The loss of this great artist is a huge blow to the music community, especially to the international guitar community. Prince’s contribution to the instrument is astronomical, and so I’d like to take time this week to celebrate his music by playing his songs and studying his techniques.
In this lesson, I’ll break down how to play “Purple Rain” on guitar. I’ll take you through the chord progressions for the verse and chorus, and teach you a strumming pattern that will work throughout. I hope that you all will enjoy playing this song, and do so in celebration of a great artist life. Let’s get started!
As a professional guitar instructor in Philadelphia, I’ve come to know that many beginners feel very nervous about doing basic maintenance on their guitars. I’m here to tell you that common task like changing your strings and cleaning your guitar is actually quite easy! In video #1, I’ll take you through the process of removing your old strings, cleaning, and restringing an acoustic guitar. In video #2, I’ll break down the same process on a Gibson Les Paul style electric guitar. Let’s get started!
This clip on tuner by Kliq has become widely popular for players who want to quick tune their guitar during practice, or make room on their pedal boards for convenient tuning while on stage. The Ubertuner by Kliq is my tuner of choice, perfect for musicians of all calibers!
Since moving to my new digs in Northwest Philadelphia, I’ve been able to stay on track with my filming schedule. Now that I have more time and a dedicated space to film these guitar lessons, I’ve decided to devote my Tuesdays to shooting tutorials on songs requested by my viewers. In my latest addition to this “By Request” series, I break down an original interpretation of Harry Nilsson‘s 1968 classic “Everybody’s Talkin.” We will begin this fingerstyle acoustic guitar lesson by learning the chords, before tackling a very melodic finger picking technique. Click Here if you would like to request a YouTube guitar lesson of your own. Now, let’s get started!
This week I’m very happy to bring you a new lesson on Ray Charles‘ 1959 classic “What’d I Say.”This tune follows a common 1.4.5 blues formula (Click Here if that made no sense), and when converted from keys to the guitar, introduces many valuable techniques.
This lesson is the second installment of my “By Request” video series. Each Tuesday I’ll be dropping a new tutorial on a song requested by members of my audience. http://swiftlessons.com/Request_a_Song.
I’ll begin this blues guitar lesson by taking you through Ray’s intro riffs, a fender roads inspired strumming pattern, and some bluesy licks and turnarounds to get you performance ready. Let’s get started!
I apologies for my silence these past several days, I’ve been hard at work developing new guitar lessons and practice resources for my channel and Patreon feed. Tonight I’d like to introduce you to my latest song tutorial on Roy Orbison‘s 1962 classic “Crying.” This is the first installment of my “By Request” video series, which will deliver a new tutorial on a song requested by members of my audience!
Today I’m very excited to share with you a long overdue lesson on how to play slide guitar. In this video, I’ll show you how to produce a clear and pitch-perfect note, how to perform a major chord, and how to produce melodies using the C major scale. Need a slide? I recommend a Derek Trucks signature slide by Dunlop:http://amzn.to/1ShJt4V.
There are alternatives to store bought guitar slides; my personal favorite is the traditional “bottleneck slide,” as seen in the video above. You can create this type of slide at home using a glass scorer, a pot of boiling water, and another full of cold, ice water. Check out the video below for a full tutorial!
Thanks so much for watching these tutorials! Check back in the coming days for additional lessons on how to play blues, bottleneck slide guitar. Be well and enjoy your practice! -Rob