Eric Clapton is one of the best guitar players (#2 on Rolling Stones Magazine's list of the best guitarists), and an icon to many. He has had a very eventful life, you can read all about it in his bio.

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Clapton has been an active musician since 1962, so he's got several decades of song writing behind him, shaping contemporary music as we know it. During this time, he's stacked up hundreds of songs, dozens of which have become classic hits. All guitarists should have a few Eric Clapton songs in their repertoire, it is an absolute must.

List of Eric Clapton tutorials at TheGuitarLesson.com

TheGuitarLesson.com has several guitar lessons teaching covers of Eric Clapton songs. Here they are in no particular order.

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"Learning the notes on the guitar is a pain", said every guitar student I've ever met.

Yes, it's not the funnest part of learning guitar, but it's one of those things that you really need to do as you progress as a guitarist. Without learning the notes on the fretboard, you eventually get stuck at a certain level, and your progress will be impeded. This is especially true for people who want to learn improvisation.

While there are a few methods that make learning the notes a bit easier, like these 5 tips, and understanding the tonal relationship between the guitar strings, there are a few products that can help you learn those notes.

Don't Fret Note Map

I found this note map as I was searching for a way to help a student, who was desperate for some assistance in learning soloing. He was having a hard time remembering where each note was.

This is how I came across the Don't Fret Note Map.

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Learning how to play an instrument is one of the greatest things that you can do in life. Research has revealed that musicians tend to be more extroverted, get better results in school, and tend to be more open to the world. The acoustic/electric guitar is a very popular instrument, for this reason lots of people choose to learn to play the guitar, rather than the piano for example.

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Learning to be a guitar player without the help of a live instructor is very possible these days. Back when I learned, we had mainly publications and tapes to learn through. The Internet has actually revolutionized musical instruction, making it easy to learn guitar.

Nowadays, if you decide you want to learn to play electric or acoustic guitar the acoustic or electric guitar (or anything else for that matter), what do you do? Google it! You'll find an overwhelming amount of information, articles, videos and learn guitar products. In actual fact, you will find so much, it can turn out to be a burden, as you may find yourself moving from one resource to another without staying with one system persistently.

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If you've ever contacted me on any guitar related question, you'll know that I answer all of my students' questions personally. I love doing so for people learning from our beginner guitar lessons. There are a lot of typical questions and problems that my online students encounter, so I thought a post on these would be useful for everyone to see.

Guitar Student Q&A

Guitar Student Q&A

Of course, if you have any other questions, get stuck somewhere, or just need a bit of motivation, feel free to contact me any time. But with that said, read through the below list of questions I get asked most often, you'll probably find answers to your problems as well.

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This week's beginner guitar lesson is on a really great, yet not very famous song by Kansas, Dust in the Wind. Why this song isn't on the top of the Rolling Stones top 100 lists eludes me, since I really think that Dust in the Wind is a true masterpiece both musically and lyrics wise.

Our Dust in the Wind guitar lesson will teach you everything you'll need to be able to play, and maybe even sing along to the song. Now this is primarily an acoustic fingerpicking song, but if you have an electric guitar, you'll be able to play it as well, just make sure you turn off your distortion.

Dust in the Wind Guitar Lesson - Kansas

Dust in the Wind Guitar Lesson - Kansas

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Have you been seeing ads for an app called Yousician popping up everywhere?

I have!

The Yousician ads looked pretty interesting. Guitar Hero mixed with a real guitar on your phone.

So being a curious guitar teacher, I wanted to see how Yousician teaches guitar.

Here is what I found.

What is Yousician?

Yousician is an instrument teaching app for your phone or tablet, so you need to download it from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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You can also download a Mac or PC progam to display the app on your computer monitor as well. Read more

I am just looking through the site statistics for the last 3 days, and I thought some of you might be interested in what others are learning as well. Here is the top 10 list of our most played lessons on easy guitar songs:

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Top 10 + 1 Guitar Lessons

  1. Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson (no contest, won by a milestone)
  2. Sweet Child O' Mine guitar lesson (probably because of the intro riff)
  3. No Woman No Cry guitar lesson (one of my favorite)
  4. More Than Words guitar lesson (actually, this had exactly the same number of downloads as No Woman No Cry in the last 3 days)
  5. Classico guitar lesson (surprised me, I didn't think many people were familiar with Tenacious D)
  6. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) guitar lesson (a good beginner song)
  7. Hotel California guitar lesson (very popular amongst our older demographic)
  8. Stand by Me guitar lesson (I'm thrilled that you're learning bar chords with this lesson!!!)
  9. Godfather Theme guitar lesson (cool and easy)
  10. Back in Black guitar lesson (our intro-theme song!)

And coming in at No. 11 is the guitar lesson on Hey There Delilah, which I added since this is one of my favorite acoustic sing-along songs. Remember, the only statistics you should trust and believe are the ones that you forged yourself 😉

So seriously, these are great songs, probably the most famous ones if I think about it, so I guess its natural that these would be the most popular. HOWEVER, don't forget that the other lessons contain many important techniques that you need to practice, so start learning the other songs as well! The more songs you can play, the wider your sphere of guitar knowledge.

GP6 is an awesome piece of tablature editing and playback software, and it is also a very useful tool for beginner guitarists learning to play the guitar, therefore I recommend all my students get it. This Guitar Pro tutorial will NOT cover the tons of features that take quite some time to learn and master, since that would take too long and not be of much use to my online students.

GP6 Tutorial

GP6 Tutorial

This GP6 tutorial WILL however cover the most useful things you'll be using, the things that will help you learn the guitar.You'll be glad to know that just by familiarizing yourself with some basic concepts and tools, you'll be able to use GP6 to help you advance your skills and learn to play all the songs you want.

So sit back, watch the lesson below, and you'll be well on your way to learning how to make the most of GP6.

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If you are into acoustic fingerstyle, you're in for a real treat this week, since you'll get a chance to learn to play Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley.

Now this is probably one of the most famous songs in the world. It was originally released in 1961, and is actually based on a song written in 1780. That's just some info for you to know, but you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

As I mentioned, this is an acoustic fingerpicking song, meaning you will not need a plectrum for this one. If you have an electric guitar, make sure you turn off your distortion as well 😉

Can't Help Falling in Love Guitar Lesson - Elvis Presley

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I was contacted by the author of The Big Serious Guitar Book, Geoff Stockton, asking if I would like to receive a copy and write a review, and since I'm always on the lookout for new guitar material, I said sure.

The big serious guitar book

This self published book sells for around $40 on Lulu. When I first saw the rather steep price, I got curious. Most guitar books sell for $5 to $20. What could this have that would warrant the price?

The first thing I noticed was that The Big Serious Guitar Book is just as it's name says. BIG 🙂 In fact, it's over 500 pages big. Looking through my library of guitar books, I could not find any other book nearly as long.

Secondly, having a quick peek at the contents, it has a wealth of information that you won't really find in one place anywhere else. In essence, this book could easily replace several other books based on the amount of content presented.

So my first impression was basically positive, now let's have a look inside.

The Table of Contents

I don't know about you, but the first thing I like to look at when I'm looking to buy a book is the table of contents. You can pretty much instantly tell whether it's right for you or not.

Here is the index of The Big Serious Guitar Book, bare with me:

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