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:

Late Bradley Nowell Turns 47 – Guitar Lesson “What I Got” by Sublime

Happy belated 47th birthday to the late great Bradley Nowell, February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996. A master songwriter, who’s soulful approach to rock, ska, and reggae music catapulted Sublime​ to super-stardom in the 1990’s. The key to Bradley’s unique guitar playing is an emphasis on simplicity, melody, and versatility; borrowing licks from the likes of Jimi Hendrix​, Carlos Santana​, and of course Peter Tosh​.

A song within a song, Brad’s solos on tunes like Santeria and What I Got serve as memorable hooks. Aspiring soloist take note, these examples were often inspired by the vocal melody before branching off into their own musical territory, truly a powerful concept. In this free guitar lesson I break down the first solo I ever learned on the guitar, along with the chord progressions and cross-picking technique heard in “What I Got”. Let’s get started!

Guitar Lesson “La Vie en Rose” By Edith Piaf

Hello and good evening guitar enthusiast,

Tonight I am very excited to share with you my latest instructional guitar video on the 1947 classic “La Vie en Rose” by legendary singer-songwriter Edith Piaf. One of the most beautiful love songs of the last century, La Vie en Rose has been performed by many notable acts including Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, and Celine Deon. In this lesson, I’ll be breaking down my own arrangement in Dmaj, as we learn to perform the signature melody line in a chord-melody style. Lyrics, chords and tabs are included throughout this free HD quality lesson. Let’s get started!

Group Guitar Lessons in Philadelphia – South Street Sounds Exclusive Discount!

Group Guitar Class Discount at South Street Sounds Music StoreSo excited to be working with my good friends at South Street Sounds on this great deal for Feb-March. Mention this promo and receive 10% off any guitar in the store, and with that purchase, a $50 coupon toward my next Intro to Guitar Class in Philadelphia (3/19)! Learning the guitar can be fun, easy and affordable!


Simple Lead Guitar Lesson – Soloing with Arpeggios, and Easy to Learn Scales

My latest instructional video has arrived! In this lead guitar tutorial, I’ll shed some light on the mindset of a professional soloist, as we learn navigate through a basic 1.4.5 progression, and respond to each change.

“Every great lead guitarist uses two points of reference to navigate across the fretboard; scale patterns and chord shapes.” Knowing the different positions or “voicings” of your go-to chords and the scales that connect to them will expand your comfort-zone, and reveal useful territories for you to explore. Tabs and diagrams are provided in this free HD quality lead guitar lesson. Let’s get started!

Guitar Lesson “Uncle John’s Band” – A Rhythm Study

Hello and welcome back!

Today I am happy to introduce my newest instructional video. In this free HD guitar lesson I break down the dynamic changes, chord progressions and strumming patterns heard in the Grateful Dead classic Uncle John’s Band, from their 1970 release Workingman’s Dead (click to buy on Vinyl). We’ll analyze each section of the tune, as we expand our skills as rhythm guitar players. Annotations providing the chords, patterns and lyrics are included. Let’s get started!

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Marley – 1945-1981 – Redemption Song Guitar Lesson

Remembering legendary songwriter Bob Marley, who would have turned 70 years old today. His music is still fresh as the day it was recorded, a true testament to his talented and incredible passion for the craft. In this easy beginner friendly guitar lesson, I break down one of Bob’s most well-known compositions entitled “Redemption Song”. A unique take on a standard progression, “Redemption Song” is an ideal addition to the repertoire of any beginner or intermediate level player. I’ll guide you through the intro riff and basic chord changes, as we expand are rhythmic horizons. Let’s get started! 

How to Play “Wild World” By Cat Stevens – Beginner Friendly Guitar Lesson

My latest instructional guitar video has arrived! Today I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorites in the Cat Stevens classic “Wild World“. This tune was originally released on the 1970 LP “Tea for Tillerman” (available on MP3, CD, and Vinyl at: In this lesson I will begin by demonstrating the chords and strumming patterns, before breaking down the chorus licks and riffs (tabs included). Let’s get started!

How to Play Sublime “What I Got” on Guitar – Free Beginner Friendly Guitar Lesson with Chords & Tabs

Hello and good morning guitar enthusiast,

apologies for my silence over this last week. I’ve been quite busy, creating a long list of free YouTube guitar lessons and I will try my best to get you all caught up. I started this week by revisiting one of the first tunes I had learned on the guitar, “What I Got” from Sublime‘s 1996, self-titled album available on MP3, CD, & vinyl at: This easy beginner guitar song is comprised of just two chords; Dmaj and Gmaj. In the context of this simple progression, late guitarist Bradley Nowell uses a cross picking technique to form a catchy, melodic element as he transitions back and forth. Once we’ve mastered the basic chords and picking technique, we’ll move on to Brad’s iconic solo, which utilizes notes found in our D major, and minor pentatonic scales. Guitar chords, tabs and lyrics for Sublime “What I Got” are included in this HD video guitar tutorial. Let’s get started!

Feb 8th Intro to Guitar Class – Beginner Lessons in Philadelphia

With our successful January guitar class in full swing, we are already planning a follow up program starting February 8th in Center City Philadelphia! This class is already filling up, but it’s not too late to get in on the action!

Register today and save with our “phillyrocks” promocode, unless you are a WHYY member or Recyclebank rewards user, in which case you are entitled to some deep discounts on enrollment! More details available at: