A couple of weeks ago I got an interesting email from a man called Guillaume.
I knew it was a man because I've known a 'Guillaume' before in my life and he was a man too. I think it's a French version of William but I may be wrong. I often am.
Anyway, he mentioned that he and his mates had set up a new website selling 'how to play' lessons for particular songs. you know like 'How to play 7 Nation Army' etc. It's called GuitarLessonLounge
I kind of like this idea and at under $9 a pop, you can learn your favourite song from a dude or dudess with a guitar and some fancy split screen camera work.
I did ask Guillaume how they do all that stuff and he said it requires long nights in the editing suite (probably some bloke's MacBook in the Uni library)
Of course this isn't the first website out there selling individual song lessons. SongPond does a similar thing but I think they charge a monthly fee. There's also a British bloke called - umm his name escapes me at the moment but maybe someone can remind me. Sorry, quite rude of me.
There are probably a ton more that I've overlooked so please let me know about them and I'll compile a list for everyone.
Anyway, head on over to GuitarLessonLounge now and you can get 3 free video song lessons:
- A Reggae version of 7 Nation Army
- Knockin on Heavens Door by Guns n Roses
- Superstision by Stevie Wonder
I always tell beginners to invest in a proper guitar learning system or a real live teacher if possible, rather than searching for free lessons from YouTube. There is some logic behind this:
Mainly, it's a lot more conducive to learning to have a system to follow. With paid lessons such as Jamorama and JamPlay you get a structure to follow which helps you see your progress and encourages you not to give up.
Compare that to randomly surfing round YouTube and getting distracted with ""related videos". The key to mastering guitar is focus and a well laid out course will help you do just that.
My partners over at JamPlay have kindly supplied some free lessons to showcase their teaching course. I'd highly recommend checking out JamPlay if you want to learn guitar songs - it's one of the best guitar learning systems out there.
Here's a list of the free lessons of songs that I hope you'll like:
- Lesson 1: Iron Maiden's The Trooper Guitar Lesson
- Lesson 2: ACDC's Back In Black Tutorial
- Lesson 3: Learn The Black Crowes' She Talks to Angels on Guitar
- Lesson 4: How To Play The Star Spangled Banner on Guitar
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America.
Made popular by guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani, you too can learn it and hold your head patirotically high! Enjoy the long sustaining notes and savour the elegance of the melody.
Here's a free lesson on how to play The Star-Spangled Banner generously provided by our partners at JamPlay
Here's an acoustic version of "She Talks to Angels", a song by The Black Crowes from their 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
Extremely popular song back in the 90s, the song appears to be about a woman who lost a child (one of the "angels" of the title) and who now copes with her pain through the use of illegal drugs.
This is a great song to add to your bag of tricks because a lot of people are going to know it and be able to sing along.
AC/DC's Back In Black appears as the first song on the B side of the album, also entitled Back In Black and released in 1980.
Famous for the opening guitar riff played by Angus Young, the song is in fact a tribute to their ex-singer and friend Bon Scott.
Scott's replacement Brian Johnson who wrote the lyrics, was interviewed for Mojo magazine and said, “they said, ‘it can’t be morbid-it has to be for Bon and it has to be a celebration.’” He added: “I thought, ‘Well nae pressure there, then‘ (laughs). I just wrote what came into my head, which at the time seemed like mumbo, jumbo. ‘Nine lives. Cats eyes. Abusing every one of them and running wild.’ The boys got it though. They saw Bon’s life in that lyric.”
It's generally considered by Maiden fans as one of their best songs and when they perform it live lead singer Bruce Dickinson often wields a giant Union flag and replica army jacket.
Based on a poem by Tennyson, Dickinson would read out parts of the poem as an introduction to the song. In their subsequent 2003 album Dance of Death, Iron Maiden reference the poem again in the song Pachendale.
The Trooper is also one of Maiden's few songs which was played a lot on commercial radio giving it the publicity need to reach no.28 in the US rock charts.
Get your axe out and enjoy The Trooper guitar lesson.
Do you already know how to strum a few major chords on the guitar?
If you know G, C and D you are ready to make music, some of the top songwriters of the last 40 years have built their entire careers around transitioning between those three chords.
Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry are among the performers who only used a few chords but still produced a string of chart topping hits. Even the Beatles started out with simple three chord arrangements; ever heard of Love, love me do? Learn the 7th chords of A, E and B and you can play it. Don't believe it? Click here
There is nothing like learning a song to build a young guitarists confidence. New students are often given the chord progressions to “A Horse with No Name” because many consider it to be the single easiest song to play on guitar.
The song consists of two simple chords an E minor and a unique variation on a D. It is played in 4/4 time which means there are four beats per measure with a chord change after each measure.
The two chords involve holding down two strings inside the second fret, the Em has your fingers on the fourth and fifth strings while the D derivative has the fingers on the sixth and third strings. Strum the strings down on each beat and change chord every fourth beat and you have mastered the song that was a big hit for the group America.
There are a number of very well known songs that are composed of simple chords just like A Horse with No Name. Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay can be picked up in a short period of time. Pink Floyds Comfortably Numb is also a tune listed in most easy play guitar books; it is composed of five simple chords.
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes is another song that can be learned on the guitar in a short period of time. If you know your root chords (CAGED) you are home free. Another popular song that you can learn with ease is Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's; a few simple chord progressions and you are home free.