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New! Learn Songs!
Relient K Be My Escape - chords/lyrics and a Youtube video
Maroon5 Payphone - chords/lyrics and a Youtube video,
Auburn's Perfect Two - Lyrics, chords, instructional video
Reik's Yo Quisiera - Youtube video, chords/lyrics and tutorial
Simple and Clean - Youtube video and chords/lyrics
Guitar Description and History
Metronome: http://www.metronomeonline.com/ Click here for a description of what a metronome is and what it does. To pick a speed for the metronome, click on a speed, for instance 60 beats per minute, on the outside circle. This will give you one beat per second.
On-line Tuner: http://www.guitarforbeginners.com/onlinetuner.html This web page will play the tones for each of the strings so that you can keep your guitar in tune with other people's guitars. Make sure you use 'Standard Tuning' at the top of the list.
How to replace guitar strings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISRrzQzueLg&feature=related
Capo: What is it? How do I use it?
12 Note Scale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgF6bqoOLow This video discusses the 12 notes in a scale. Remember that your guitar has over 12 frets and you will play a different note in the scale at every fret. Here is a diagram of the first 12 frets and the notes you will play on each string at each fret.
Below are Youtube videos covering the topics found in your Level 1 Book 'Let The Music Begin'.
Page 2: Parts of the Guitar Page 3: How to hold the guitar How to hold a guitar pick and pick strings Guitar Strumming
Page 6: String Numbers Page 7: Guitar String Names What are frets? How to use frets to play notes
Page 8: Using the frets to tune your guitar or use the on-line tuner above in General Information.
How to read chord charts
Page 10: G Chord Page 11: C Chord Page 12: D Chord Page 13: A Chord Page 14: E Chord Page 15: F Chord
Another way to play the A Chord
Left Hand Chord Charts
Easy three chord Songs:
Easy rock song using the E, A and D chords.
Easy country song using E, A and B7 chords
Practice, Practice, Practice! Tips on how to practice
Frere Jacques guitar tab and practice video
Dexterity Video: Here is a good video showing how to increase your dexterity. By this we mean the ability to stretch your fingers to cover four frets with your four fingers and then playing individual notes on each fret in a sequence. The exercise will also help you master picking down strokes and upstrokes with your right hand (picking hand). We recommend that you start the exercise with your number 1 finger on the fifth fret to start and gradually work your way down to the first fret.
Rumble by Link Wray - This lesson will help the students learn to play along with a rock instrumental using chords learned in the basic lessons. In addition to playing along with a song or a backing track, the lesson will also introduce the student to the B7 chord, E minor pentatonic scale and how to read tabs.
House of the Rising Sun - This lesson by Justin Sandercoe covers a traditional American folk song that was a hit record made popular by The Animals, an English rock group, back in 1964. Most of the basic chords covered in the Beginner class are used including C, D, E, F, G as well as new chord, the A minor. Here is a link to the lyrics and chords. In addition to using the chords you have learned, this song will challenge you to use your right hand to pick out the bass notes on each chord as well as individual strings. As Justin mentions in his video, take it slow, first strumming the chords along with The Animals YouTube video and then gradually work on picking the individual strings.
Right Hand Exercises:
Picking Exercise: The exercise will help train your right hand to pick individual strings and to use an alternating down and up picking strokes.
Fiddle Strum: This exercise explains how to pick and strum. You will be using the G, C and D chords in this exercise.
Windows Media Player - How to slow down a song in Windows Media Player: In the old days before digital music, people had to listen to records or tapes very closely to figure out what a musician was playing (and singing). Now you can usually find the lyrics and chords via a web search, watch the artist play the music in a video or find a Youtube lesson or cover of the song. Still, as Justin Sandercoe explains in this video, there is still value in listening to songs and trying to figure them out on you own. To help you with this, you can slow down a song using Windows Media Player Speed Settings. Using this feature you could try to play along with a favorite song at a slower speed to start and then gradually increase the speed. You can also use the speed setting feature to discover the notes being played in a guitar lead. Windows Media Play allows you to speed up or slow down a song while at the same time retaining the original sound or tone.
Free Music Sites
Grooveshark.com Playlist.com On these two web sites you can play a wide selection of music for free and save songs as favorites or on a playlist. Don't expect to find new releases here immediately.
MP3.com You can download free mp3 songs at this site. They claim to have over a million free mp3's available. Lots of good music by many genres.
Last.fm Internet Radio site that allows you to select an artist and then listen to their songs as well as similar artists from the same genre.
Rock and Roll History Time Line - A great site that tracks the development of Rock and Roll from 1950's to the 1990's
Rock and Roll History 1950 -1959 An hour long video that highlights the development of Rock and Roll and its early stars. R
History of the Blues: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Rock and Roll was an outgrowth of the Blues.
History of Rock-N-Roll: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 A five part video tracking the development of Rock and Roll
Rhythm and Blues Review (movie) Live from the Apollo Theatre in (Harlem) New York City. Features many performers whose music influenced the development of Rock and Roll.
Forrest Gump Soundtrack This movie featured many popular songs from the 1960's and 1970's. This page has links to many of the groups performing their songs.
Monterey Pop Festival (1967) - The first major rock festival that was filmed for a movie.
While the vast majority of rockers and bluesmen have been, well, men, there have still been number of women who have help shape the face of rock and blues. Below are links to some of these women doing what they do best, playing the guitar.
Sister Rosetta Tharp: She was one of the first women to embrace the new solid body electric guitar in the late 1950's and early 1960's and had an influence on the rock and blues that came out of England in the 1960's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls53x9nybec&feature=related
Bonnie Raitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_FcAg4ObRQ
Debbie Davies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjIX0IIl_qs&feature=related
Ann Wilson, Heart: 1977 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V44HiAX91Hs Now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZoWWHuRCdw&feature=related
Sue Foley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyHZer2i2UQ
Texas Guitar Women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIDURgsRLmg
Susan Tedeschi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5yVkoLhByw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9I6lQNK6Ok
Ana Popovic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfPko_tgWrM&feature=related
Orianthi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=BoxXpmTOEO0&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSb8FEu52A0&feature=related
Samantha Fish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCM8bWLL_tU