This week's new guitar tutorial is on an evergreen classic by Eric Clapton and Cream, Crossroads. Crossroads was originally recorded live in 1968, and is actuallya cover of a Robert Johnson song. While the Eric Clapton version is much different than Johnson's, it is one of the most popular guitar songs of all time.

Crossroads holds several prestigious titles, for example it is #10 on Guitar World magazines greatest guitar solos of all time. It is one you'll love playing, as it's actually considered to be one of the easier guitar songs.

Learn to play Crossroads by Eric Clapton

Learn to play Crossroads by Eric Clapton

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One of the biggest challenges a beginner guitarist will face is learning how to play barre chords (bar chords). In all honesty, being able to play and use barre chords is guitar songs is not the easiest thing in the world. It takes practice and patience, but the good news is that it can be learned perfectly.

Barre chords

The secret ingredient to being able to play bar chords is practice and using the correct technique. If you haven't done so yet, have a look at our video guitar lesson on bar chords, than come back and read the rest of this article.

And now that you are back and have practiced bar chords a bit, let me give you some useful tips on how to hold down bar chords. You'll need to make sure you start learning them after you know the correct technique, otherwise you may need to relearn them altogether.

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We are happy to announce that the new Guitar Pro tabs part of TheGuitarLesson.com is now live. The database features almost 50,000 song files from over 6,000 artists and groups, which pretty much guarantees that you'll find whatever song your searching for.

  • The database has Guitar Pro song files from international artists as well.
  • Using the database, and downloading whichever song you want is completely free, doesn't even require registration.

We hope all of our past, present and future members will make good use of this new feature.

Tom Fontana
TheGuitarLesson.com

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Let me ask you a question.

If you had to choose between playing repetitive exercises on the guitar OR playing awesome guitar riffs taken from real songs, which would you chose?

Probably the guitar riffs.

You want to learn how to play songs, that's why you started learning the guitar in the first place. During my years teaching the guitar, I've found that this is the exact way to motivate students and get them practicing more: teaching them songs. It's intuitive, yet overlooked by so many guitar teachers.

Here are 55 songs that have easy guitar riffs for beginner guitar players. Well, most are easy, some are a bit harder. Learn each riff, practice diligently, and play everything you learn to your family and friends. Read more

The online acoustic guitar lessons at TheGuitarLesson.com offer an effective way of learning to play the acoustic guitar. Our method of teaching focuses not on showing you some acoustic guitar chords and scales, since strumming some chords and playing scales all day will get boring, since it's not very musical.

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Our method of teaching you to play the acoustic guitar focuses on teaching you acoustic guitar songs. Learning to play songs once you're comfortable with basic guitar techniques is great, since it will keep your practice sessions fun and motivating. There's nothing like being able to play one of your favorite songs for the first time, and our beginner guitar lessons will have you playing loads of beginner guitar songs in a relatively short amount of time. All of our video acoustic guitar lessons have animated tablature and chord charts right on the screen as you watch the tutorial, which makes learning those chords and riffs much easier.

Here are 3 of the most popular acoustic guitar songs from our website:
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Once you make the decision to buy your first guitar, there are a few extra things you'll want to buy. These accessories will make your life a bit easier, help you out, or even save you money in the long run.

What a beginner guitarist needs

Here are my recommendations on what you need to get, and why. As you know, I've been teaching guitar for many years now, and these items are what I deem to be important for a beginner guitarist. Of course, you can go wild, and spend an extra $1000 on things you don't really need, but why would you.

All you need is the following. And your guitar of course.
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This week's new lesson is on a great classical guitar piece called Romanza. It goes by many other names as well, such as Romance, Spanish Romance, etc, but you can check them all out on our Romanza guitar lesson page.

This song is a great beginner fingerpicking song, which helps you develop your knowledge of scales and chords as well. The song consists of 2 parts, the first one being easy, and the second one being much harder.

Romanza Guitar Lesson

Click above to go to the Romanza guitar tutorial

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Steve Krenz of the Learn and Master Guitar DVD course is professional guitarist and instructor with a wealth of knowledge about playing, and teaching the guitar. His courses Learn and Master Guitar, and the new Learn and Master Spotlight Series: Blues Guitar convey nothing but pure professionalism, and a love for teaching.

Steve Krenz

Steve Krenz at his best

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The best part of Steve Krenz's teaching style is that he doesn't take things for granted, and explains every concept in a detailed, step-by-step understandable manner, which is one of the most important elements of being a good guitar teacher. Many teacher fail to recognize the fact that things that may seem evident to them, will not be understandable to the student.

This is especially important with a DVD guitar course, where the student can't ask questions freely. And this is why Steve's guitar course is invaluable to you if you want to teach yourself guitar.

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Having a website that provides beginner guitar lessons means that I get a ton of mail from students telling me what they find most challenging and asking for advice on different aspects of learning the guitar.

I get letters from beginner students from every part of the globe and from all demographic groups, so I think it's safe to say that these problems will be universal among beginner guitar players.

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School of Rock

There are many similarities found in the letters since most beginners run into the same problems, so I decided to do a quick post about the most common ones, as basically every novice guitar student will find something useful and relevant among them.

Here are the most asked questions and problems my online guitar students have, and what to do about them.

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