Today I’d like to wish the godfather of grunge, and folk-rock legend Neil Young a very happy birthday! Neil’s work has had a profound impact on my life, and has always been a healthy part of my musical diet. There is a chaotic beauty that forms within his recipe of poetic lyricism, masterful chord construction, and gritty production value. Neil has never been afraid to take risk, and stand up for his values through his art, and for that, he is a true icon. From the Swiftlessons archive, enjoy this tutorial breaking down his 1972 classic “Heart of Gold.” For extra guidance, download my official “cheat-sheet” by Clicking here. Let’s get started!
Today I’m very happy to share with you the final installment on my “Going to California” guitar lessons series. In lesson 3-3, we will review the finger-style techniques used in our intro, verse, and instrumental sections, before breaking down the minor picking heard in the bridge. Real quick, I want to thank you all for your support over the last couple years. The YouTube channel just received it’s 8 millionth visitor and 70,000th subscriber! I’m so grateful for all your encouragement and guidance.
Are you ready for a finger-picking breakthrough?
Over my many years of teaching I have found that fingerpicking, also know as fingerstyleguitar, can be a very intimidating technique for beginners. I’m happy to tell you that even the most complexed of patterns can be mastered in just a few easy steps! In this new video lesson, I break down three common patterns, and reveal “Travis style” techniques that can be used to play thousands of well-known songs. Let’s get started!
So excited to share this new guitar lesson on Joni Mitchell’s “California.” This tune was originally featured on her classic 1971 album Blue, a must have for any vinyl collection http://amzn.to/1MlbXoK. Big thanks goes out to Caroline Kane for lending her golden vocal chords on the introduction! Prepare to hone your rhythm and lead skills as we perform a wide variety of techniques inspired by Joni’s dulcimer playing. Let’s get started!
Today I’m very happy to share with you my new video lessons on Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “Going to California.” In this HD guitar tutorial, you will discover how to play the finger picking patterns with proper “Travis style” technique. The arrangement is an adaptation to the original work, intended to combine the mandolin and guitar parts for independent performance. This Led Zeppelin classic was originally released on the bands 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, available on vinyl at: http://amzn.to/1MHB9ux. For easy learning, I’ve included my tabs for lessons 1-2. Let’s get started!
Hello guitar enthusiast!
Today is a very important day in the world of guitar, as we honor the birthday of late blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s impossible to measure SRV‘s lasting influence on modern guitar, as his work continues to inspire new generations of players 25 years after his passing. I personally owe a great debt to Stevie, as I am one of the millions of musicians who obsessively studied his stellar technique to arrive at my own style. From the Swiftlessons archive, here is a complete lesson on one of SRV’s few acoustic numbers, “Life By the Drop.” Let’s get started!
For many musicians, the scariest phrase in the English language is “music theory.” Understanding the mechanics behind the things we play on the guitar can seem hopelessly confusing, especially when teachers attempt to push too much information at once. In this new instructional video, I’ll break down what you REALLY need to know in four easy steps. As an added resource, I’ll include my handy music theory cheat sheet. Have any other theory related questions? Lay them on me!
Happy belated birthday to songwriting extraordinaire Leonard Cohen, who turned 81 years young yesterday! From the Swiftlessons archive, here is a lesson on one of his most famous, and most covered compositions, “Hallelujah.” This masterpiece was originally released on his 1984 LP Various Positions (http://amzn.to/1gJVamv). I often use this tune to explain how chord progressions are built from the major scale, a process that Leonard mentions in his lyrics; “it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift.” Let’s see if we can take our understanding of music theory to the next level, and pickup one of pop music’s most iconic masterpieces in the process. Let’s get started!
For extra help understanding this process known as “chord-notation”, download my student cheat sheet!
Understanding music theory: The major scale and how chord progressions are developed.
This week we will be focusing on elevating our finger picking chops using folk or “Travis style” patterns. In this lesson, I break down Chris Stapleton’s debut single and title track off his new album “Traveller.” Chords, Lyric and tablatures for each pattern are included throughout this free HD guitar lesson.
In other news:
For those of you in the San Fransisco area, I’ll be flying into town the week of Oct 4th, and plan to offer lessons at the Haight Ashbury Music Center. Message me at Swiftlessons.com to schedule your lesson. More details about my visit will be added within the week. Thanks!
Good morning fellow pickers,
All week we’ve been dedicating our practice hours toward mastering the pentatonic rock scale. Now that we’ve ventured into uncharted territories using our CAGED concept, let’s head back to position one and learn 10 powerful and easy to use licks! This is a free video lesson, exclusively for my newsletter recipients, so get signed up and start receiving my top-secret tips and tricks! https://goo.gl/gh0RuC
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