New lesson: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

This week’s new guitar lesson is on a song that is truly historic, and has been requested by loads of my students, Brown Eyed Girl.

The Van Morrison classic is often referred to as “THE” original pop song, with good reason. It’s pleasant, happy nature will fly you back to the ‘60s, to the field where Van Morrison wrote the song.

 

Brown Eyed Girl Guitar Lesson - Van Morrison

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Learn Guitar by Learning Easy Songs

As a guitar instructor, a lot of people are extremely surprised after they discover how I learned to play the guitar. I am a living example and proof of the fact that it is possible to learn to play the guitar, without needing a private guitar teacher. If I could do it, anybody can, all it takes is dedication and work, and you'll be playing easy guitar songs in no time at all.

Learning Guitar

Learning Guitar

I have been playing the guitar for roughly 15 years now, and true, I did possess a musical background already, because I already played the piano as well as the trumpet. Even so, the guitar is completely unique, so even though I already knew how to read music, I had to train myself the guitar essentially from scratch. Plus it was not as easy back than, as it is today.

The Internet offers an overwhelming quantity of info on any topic, as well as guitar lessons. Lots of newbie guitar players type the phrase guitar instruction into Bing or Yahoo, and don't know how to proceed with the 10 million results the search engines provide them with. This is really a negative part of learning guitar on the internet, since beginners will usually go from one web page to the next, without actually learning anything.

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New Guitar Lesson: Rumble by Link Wray

Rumble is a real oldie-but-goodie! It was actually one of the first songs to experiment with distortion, which would sort of make it a history shaping song I guess...

Our guitar lesson on Rumble will teach you how to play this awesome song, just like Link plays it with His Wray Men. It is very easy, thereby perfectly suitable for beginners.

Rumble Guitar Lesson - Link Wray

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New lesson: Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

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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New lesson: Hysteria by Muse

Are you into the electric guitar?

If yes, than you'll love this week's lesson. If not, than sorry, but this song isn't for you 🙁

We'll be learning to play Hysteria by the English alternative rock Muse, and it's a rocker, I guarantee it. This song has got it all, and will probably pose a bit of a challenge for most of you, but don't fret (get the intentional misspelling? 😉 ), you'll be advancing your lead guitar skills big-time.

Hyteria Guitar Lesson - Muse

Hyteria Guitar Lesson - Muse

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New lesson: About a Girl by Nirvana

Learning to play Nirvana songs is pretty much compulsory for anyone fiddling around with the guitar. They are fun to play, easy, very popular even today, and always have such a cool vibe to them. I think that's one of the main reasons Curt Cobain's band made it big time, it's because of the general vibe their songs sent out, not really the complicated lyrics or the super difficult guitar solos.

In fact, Nirvana songs are considered very easy to play, which goes the same for About a Girl, the subject of this week's new lesson.

About a Girl Guitar Lesson - Nirvana

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New lesson: Beautiful Disaster by 311

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

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New lesson: Für Elise by Beethoven

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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New lesson: Acoustic 12 Bar Blues Solo in E

I love playing the blues, it was one of my primary aims when I started learning, and as I've been communicating with you guys, lots of you have said that you want to learn more blues songs.

This week's new guitar lesson goes out to all you blues fanatics out there 🙂

Check out our new guitar lesson on an acoustic 12 bar blues solo in the key of E, I'm sure you'll love playing this song after learning it. It was actually one of the first blues songs I learned as well!

12 Bar Blues Guitar Lesson - Key of E

12 Bar Blues Guitar Lesson - Key of E

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The Importance of Learning Guitar Songs as a Beginner

Learning the guitar is a never ending journey. I've been playing for many years, and I still learn new things on a daily basis, including new techniques that I can use while playing, or making up new guitar songs. Starting out on this journey is undoubtedly the hardest part of it all, since you basically have to teach your fingers and mind a brand new skill, sort of like learning to walk.

Playing songs = motivation

Playing songs = motivation

The initial stages of teaching yourself to play guitar can be very demotivating, since in the beginning, each new chord, chord change, barre chord, etc. will be a struggle. This is why over 60% of newbie guitarists quit withing a very short amount of time. And this is why it is very important to keep yourself motivated during the early stages of your career as a guitarist.

I've found that the best way to keep new players motivated is to have them playing songs on their guitar right from the beginning. Through learning easy guitar songs for beginners, you will practice while making real music, which is what motivates you to practice even more. There are many guitar courses that have you doing rigorous exercises, and that just does not work. Why?

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