What can make a great movie even better? A great soundtrack of course!

Iris was written by the Goo Goo Dolls specifically to be part of the soundtrack for the movie City of Angels, and well, needless to say it turned out pretty well... 3 Grammy nominations, longest running #1 chart position (18 weeks). That's what Iris achieved.

Iris Guitar Lesson - Goo Goo Dolls

Learn to play Iris from the City of Angels OST

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Learning how to play barre (bar) chords is always going to be one of the most difficult techniques beginner guitarists will face. The good news is that they CAN be learned, it just takes a fair amount of practice and dedication. Good things don't come easy, but with enough time, you'll be laughing when you think back to not being able to play them, I promise.

You'll get it soon!

You'll get it soon!

The key to playing bar chords is getting used to the correct technique, than practicing it over and over again every day, for as long as you need to. Getting it right might take a few weeks or a few months, it really depends on how well you learn the basic technique of how to bar chords, and how much you practice them. Here are a couple of tips on the correct method of barring chords.

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What do you need to do to learn blues guitar? Not much actually! In my honest opinion, I think it's one of the easiest styles to play on the guitar, which is great news for beginner-intermediate players. If you are already somewhat familiar with basic lead guitar techniques, you could be playing the blues very soon.

You just need to learn the tricks of the trade, combine it with a hint of music theory, and you could be improvising to blues backing tracks very quickly.

And no, that's not a typo. You'll be IMPROVISING and making up your own music on the fly. Now how cool would that be? 🙂

I found many blues guitar courses available on the net, bought 4 which seemed worth the money, and narrowed the list of best blues guitar DVD courses down to 1 final contender, Blues Guitar Spotlight.

I wish I could offer more variety, but there aren't any other all-encompasing DVD courses worth noting.

Here are the details:
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How much is you guitar worth? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'll bet you'll be amazed once you see the price tags on these babies! Check out the video on the 10 most expensive guitar in the world, and start saving up...

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Learning to play the guitar involves learning to play chords on the guitar. How many chords should you learn? As much as you need to achieve your goals. Usually, the more you play, the more you'll want to learn. I usually recommend you start out with the beginner guitar chords, and work your way up from there.

Learn those chords!

Learn those chords!

Once you start playing songs, you'll need to learn a whole bunch of chords anyways, it's all part of the learning process. This is why we created our free guitar chords library, containing the chord chart and fingering to over 1,000 chords. Now will you need to memorize all of those chords? No way! But the chord library provides a great reference for you, when you don't know the fingering to a chord, looking for the intervals of a chord, or the you need to play to arpeggiate it.

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If you're reading this post, you probably don't need an introduction to Maroon 5. They were formed in 1994 in Los Angeles as a high school band called Kara's Flowers, led by Adam Levine.

It was in 2001, when they added guitarist James Valentine, renamed themselves Maroon 5, and started pursuing a new musical direction, that the band took off. They've released 5 albums to date, and have become world famous thanks to their funk-pop-rock style, and Adam Levine's voice.

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You can learn a lot of cool guitar riffs and really improve your rhythm guitar skills from playing Maroon 5 songs, that's why we have several Maroon 5 guitar lessons.

The songs we presently have from the band are:

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This week's lesson is all about speed and lead guitar. You'll be learning how to play Beautiful Disaster by 311, which is a song you may not necessarily be familiar with, but trust me, you'll love it once you hear it, and you'll enjoy playing it even more.

The song itself is fairly straight forward, perhaps the only difficult thing about it is really, the speed. They play it pretty fast, and that should be your mid-term aim as well. Start out slow of course, but don't be shy to speed up gradually.

Beautiful Disaster Guitar Lesson - 311

Click the image to learn Beautiful Disaster by 311

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If you are into classical music, than you're in for a real treat this week, since our new beginner guitar lesson will cover the first section of Beethoven's most popular piano solo, Für Elise.

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and best of all, it sounds great on guitar as well.

The reason we're only covering the first section in our guitar lesson on Für Elise, is because the 2nd and 3rd are lightyears harder, but don't worry, the first section is great to play on it's own, and it's not that difficult.

Learn to Play Für Elise on Guitar

Learn to Play Für Elise on Guitar

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