Today I’m bringing you a lesson using the strat. I go over the short, yet sweet solo to this John Mayer track. Lots of bending and sliding creating a very good workout for the left hand, and can add a few licks to the arsenal.
A student recently wanted to learn this song so I looked it up. It’s a surprisingly simple song, yet the fingerpicking method used (it’s sort of like a “claw” with the right hand) can take a while to get down if you’re not used to playing that kind of thing.
Norwegian Wood is a great song to learn if you want to go beyond just simple strumming and add some other notes. I also show you how to embellish the song a bit with a few extra hammer-ons and pull-offs, which help strengthen the left hand.
Here is an awesome song off the album Rubber Soul. This song sounds great at a fast pace, or slow pace. It uses the basic open chord shapes and playing this song is an enjoyable way to get better at those chord shapes, strengthen you hand, etc.
Here is a two part lesson/tutorial on how to play the acoustic version of Tears Don’t Fall by the band Bullet For My Valentine. This is an excellent intermediate level song to learn on guitar. It involves strumming, single note lines, solos, and arpeggios. It’s also a very beautiful song, and I find it very enjoyable. I’ve played this song a number of times live, and have been singing the lyrics as well, though singing is not my forte yet (but I’m working on it!).
I hope you enjoy the videos. This is the most complete tutorial for this song that I’ve seen.
Part 1: (I show the chords and basic structure of the song):
Part 2: (I break down the solo note for note, as well as the other lead parts, and the ending.)