How to play “Take Me to Church” By Hozier on Guitar – Full Lesson with Chords, and Lyrics

Greetings and salutations my fellow guitar addicts,
today I am super excited to share with you my latest instructional video on Hozier’s epic “Take Me to Church” from his self-titled album “Hozier” (Available on mp3, CD, and Vinyl). This minor jam is a fantastic choice for beginner guitarist, as each basic chord can be treated to single strums. For more advanced players, try building the energy with my recommended strumming patterns! Chords, lyrics and diagrams are provided in video. My chord and lyric cheat sheets are available at Let’s get started!

“Love Me Tender” Ukulele Lesson with Chords, Lyrics and Tabs

The perfect tune for a rainy spring day. In this new instructional video, I break down Elvis Presley’s 1956 hit “Love Me Tender”. This take was performed on my uke of choice, the 20TM-CE from our friends at Cordoba Guitars (available at

I’ll take you through the basic chord progressions, & strumming patterns before guiding you through a beautiful instrumental section. Let’s get started!

Fleet Foxes Guitar Lesson – How to Play “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”, chords, tabs and lyrics

Hey everyone and welcome back to Swiftlessons,

This week I am super excited to share with you a fantastic tune from one of my favorite bands, the Seattle Washington based Fleet Foxes. In this free HD guitar lesson, I break down the spooky acoustic ballad entitled “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” from their 2008 debut, self-titled album, this LP is available on vinyl at a great price here:

Chords, lyrics and tabs are included throughout this instructional video, let’s get started!

Guitar Lesson – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Bob Dylan, The Byrds

Hello friends,

Today I am super excited to share, what in my opinion, is the perfect beginner guitar song, Bob Dylan’s 1967 classic “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”. I have a lot of fond memories of this tune, as I grew up hearing my dad strum it on his 1973 Guild acoustic, the very same guitar I’m playing in this instructional video! Just three chords are needed for this super easy, beginner friendly song. Chord diagrams, lyrics and strumming guides are included within this tutorial. Let’s get started!

Eric Clapton Style Guitar Lick Lesson – Happy 70th Birthday to the Guitar Legend!

Happy 70th birthday to blues/rock guitar legend Eric Clapton, who is undeniably one of the most influential guitarist of the last century. Eric’s “slowhand” approach to guitar soloing has captivated audiences for over 50 years. It’s not speed and athleticism, but rather haunting melodicism and impeccable timing that have elevated Clapton to ‘cream’ of the crop status. From the Swiftlessons archives, here is a guitar lick lifted straight from Clapton’s repertoire. A bluesy turn around phrase, perfect for setting up your favorite turnaround. This guitar lesson was performed on my Guild GAD Series guitar: Let’s get started!

How to REALLY play Barre Chords – A Beginner Guitar Lesson

Good morning friends!
Today we’re getting back to the basics. For all the beginner guitar players, a proper introduction to barre chords. In this new instructional video, we’ll take a close look at the origins of bar chords, and examine the ideal technique. Approach this lesson with calm and confidence. Mastering bar chords will take time, and plenty of repetition. Feel free to post questions or request additional resources in the comments. Thanks and have a great day of progress!

Lead Guitar Lesson – Gritty, Bad-ass Blues Lick!

I use to dream of playing these types of guitar licks, and once I learned to slow things down, building my repertoire became really easy! My system of learning complicated lines is simple; never bite off more than you can chew! In this lesson I break down a gritty, extended blues phrase built from our blues scale rooted off of the A string. I’ve taken the liberty to divide this lick into three separate phrases for easier learning. I suggest tackling each of these sections ONE note at a time, gradually building up to the full monty! Let’s get started!

For You Blue – Beatles Guitar Lesson – Beginner Friendly, Easy Guitar Songs

My latest instructional video on George Harrison‘s 1970 Beatles classic “For You Blue“. Originally released as the B-side to Paul’s “The Long and Winding Road”, “For you Blue” is bouncy 12 bar blues in the key of D with tons of room for rhythmic and melodic variation. In this lesson I’ll break down the catchy intro riff, chord structure, strumming pattern, and lead guitar options. Let’s get started!

P.S. You can support my work simply by treating yourself to The Beatles Let it Be on Vinyl:

Pure Prairie League “Amie” Guitar Lesson – Intro Guitar Solo Breakdown!

Hello guitar enthusiast, today we sharpen up our lead guitar chops with the intro guitar solo to Pure Prairie Leagues 1973 classic “Amie”! In this lesson, I break down two common positions of the major pentatonic scale, before bringing them to life with the sensation bluegrass licks performed by Craig Fuller on the original recording!
Dedicated to Stephanie N. and Jo Anne R. Thanks for the epic request!

How to Make a Bottleneck Slide – Cutting Wine bottles – Safe and Easy!

Here’s a fun project for anyone interested in bottleneck slide guitar. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to successfully make a bottleneck, blues guitar slide out of an ordinary wine bottle! Let’s get started!

For best results, use:
Adjustable Glass Cutter:

For a professional touch:
Electric Dremel:
Grinding Bits for Shaping Your Finished Slides: