Archive for March 2008

Coldplay – Don’t Panic Lesson

March 31, 2008

Ok so the guy teaching this lesson reminds me of a child pedophile (is there even such a thing) but he does a great job explaining and breaking down the Coldplay jam “Don’t Panic” off their Parachutes album. Have a go at it and let me know what you think.   



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Blues Blues Blues Lesson

March 31, 2008
So you’ve got the blues. Everyone has had the blues at one time… Now you can sing all about them. Remember though… 
Singing Blues Guide

  • It is easy to write the lyrics for blues if you keep the following things in mind:
    • Blues generally begin with ‘woke up this morning’.
    • If you really cannot avoid it and want to begin the Blues with ‘I got a good woman’, follow it up immediately with something bad such as ‘with biggest belly in town’.
    • Repeat the line twice and then write a third line that ends with almost a rhyming word. Now, it may read like this – ‘I got a good woman with biggest belly in town, I got a good woman with biggest belly in town, She has legs of an elephant and weighs 500 pounds’.
    • You will hardly ever find colors like ‘violet, beige and mauve’ being mentioned in Blues as it is difficult to find rhyming words for them.
  • People devoted to Blues use car like Chevies, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks or may use Greyhound buses and southbound trains. The only other transportation that they use fairly well is ‘Walking’.
  • Blues are sung who are fixing to die, so teenagers normally have nothing to do with it. Singing Blues is the domain for adults.
  • Hard times are called Blues in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City but they are just depression in Vermont, Tucson or North Dakota are just depression.
  • Blues are confined to places where it rains often.
  • Blues can never take place in a well-lit office or a shopping mall with sparkling lights. You need to sit in the parking lot or by the dumpster to have Blues. Other options can be the highway, a jailhouse, an empty bed or even the bottom of a whiskey glass.
  • There are three steps to Build Your Own Blues Singer Name:
    • Choose Name of physical infirmity to precede your name such as Blind, Cripple or Lame.
    • Choose a name of Fruit to be your first name such as Lemon, Lime or Kiwi.
    • Choose Last name of a US president such as Jefferson, Johnson or Fillmore.
    • So now, your Blues Singer name can be Lame Lemon Clinton.
  • Blues singers cannot have computers and for them, the three R’s are not Reading, Writing and Arithmetic but Railroads, Running and Rehab.
  • Name your guitar.

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Fleetwood Mac – Landslide Lesson

March 30, 2008

Have you practiced that Clapton yet?? Don’t worry, I haven’t got it down either, but I know we can get it soon. 🙂 Anyways, here’s a little easier tune from Fleetwood Mac called “Landslide.” Just get the picking pattern down and you are on your way! 

The first picking pattern is 542534. The second picking pattern is squeeze the 5 and 1 strings together (5/1)42514 



Eric Clapton Lesson – Crossroads

March 29, 2008

Here’s a lesson for you to learn how to play Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” from his Cream album.  If you didn’t already know, Clapton was inspired to play guitar by blues legend Robert Johnson, so much so that he covered an entire album of his tunes called “Me and Mr. Johnson.”Clapton has basically carried the torch as far as guitar playing, song writing, and innovation goes for almost 3 decades now. I had the privilege of seeing Mr. Clapton live and it was an experience for sure! Old, young, fat, slow, black, while…. the place was packed. My favorite from the night, “Before You Accuse Me” and “Down and Out.”Who knows, maybe we will get to those lessons later…. 🙂 But for now, turn up the amp, pump out some distortion and get ready to rock!!!   



Riff Master Pro Review

March 26, 2008

Ok so one of my goals is to be able to play a really sick guitar solo.  I remember when I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and was blown away by John’s solo playing and I just knew I wanted to be able to do that. Well, it isn’t as easy as he makes he look!! 🙂 But I’m well on my way and I thought I would share with you a product that really helps if you are trying to learn to solo too. It’s called Riff Master Pro and it basically takes all the badass solos that are ingrained in all our heads (Hendrix, Clapton, Page, etc) and slows them down to where us average folks can really grasp it and learn to play it. It is a super easy program and it saved me a ton of time and money from having to go out and buy all the tab books and sit down and decipher those. Believe me, that makes you want to smash your guitar right there!!  Anyways, here’s a link to it if you want to check it out. Either way, keep playing!!! 🙂 

Riff Master Pro

Sexual Healing Cover and Tabs….

March 26, 2008

Here is my version of Mr. Harper’s sexual healing. What a fantastic song. Everyone knows it, everyone loves it, and you too can play it! 🙂 If any of you want me to post a video lesson on the song just leave a comment and I’ll put one up. Keep playing mates!

Arrangement

  • Intro    Riff A   
  • Riff A   (10 times)
  • Riff A’  
  • Riff B   (4 times)  
  • Riff B’     
  • Riff A   (15 times)
  • Riff A’   
  • Riff B   (3 times)
  • Riff B’  
  • Riff A   (7 times)
  • Silence
  • Riff C   
 
(From swer.net) 

  

Beginner Strumming Lesson

March 25, 2008

Some of my friends that are learning to play the guitar seem to have the hardest time with the strumming of the guitar. They have some chords down but can’t seem to get any rhythm going with the guitar. So I sought to find a lesson for my faithful readers here and low and behold I found a good lesson for everyone. Check it out and I hope you enjoy it! 

You can check out Next Level Guitar (David’s lessons) here