semiquaver figures

Semiquaver Figures Beats can be divided up in all sorts of ways.  Here we are going to look at the ways we can split a beat into 4 parts. So the basic idea is this.  Let’s say we’re using a simple time signature (4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 5/4 etc).  We’re going...

Old Man

Old Man – Neil Young Neil Yound wrote Old Man for Louis Avila who was the caretaker of a ranch he’d bought.  It was released on the great album Harvest.  On the album he had James Taylor on backing vocals. Don’t you just want to know what was written...

Long Train Running

Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers Always a crowd pleaser when you’re in a covers band that will get them up and dancing, Long Train Running is a good tune for honing your strumming skills. There’s a nice two finger hammer on and pull off and...

Jazzy Blues

Jazzy blues A lot of the appeal of the blues can come from its ‘earthy’ feel.  But learning to play a jazzy blues can be a great gateway to understanding some more complex chords and how they fit together. So here’s a nice jazzy blues for you to try...

Phone Booth

Phone Booth – Robert Cray Here’s a great example of a blues song using less common chord shapes and some nice variations on the basic 12 bar blues. If you’re not yet comfortable with the 12 bar blues click here to get up to speed then come back here....

Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 is a great song for learning how to strum freely with the right hand.  It is not an easy strumming pattern because the tempo is high and very syncopated (lots of playing off the beat), but it’s...

Black Magic Woman

Black Magic Woman – Santana (thanks to Peter Green) Another guitar classic Black Magic Woman is a great vehicle for improvisation.  It’s also a good study of blues playing. The lyrics may not win any prizes, but this is a vehicle for instrumental music...

Vincent – Don McLean

Vincent – Don McLean Vincent by Don McLean is a classic song of its time, still gets regular performances around folky settings and seldom leaves an audience dry eyed. It’s a pretty easy one to play in terms of chord shapes, but there’s plenty you...

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits Artist: Dire Straits Release:  1978 Album:  Dire Straits Sultans of Swing was Dire Straits’ first hit – but only when they made their third recording of. The live version is of course the one to learn if you really...

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison Artist: Van Morrison Release:  1967 Album:  Blowin’ Your Mind Brown Eyed Girl has had over 16 million hits just on YouTube!!  Van The Man says he’s never received a penny in royalties – but then have you ever...

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower was of course written by Bob Dylan but Hendrix made the song his own in the minds of most guitarists. This version is not an exact version of the original.  That version contains lots of guitars...

Budapest – George Ezra

Budapest – George Ezra Budapest is a super easy version of this song for beginner guitar.  You’ll see that there is just one chord shape using two fingers that you move around. Budapest is a a great song for helping you to learn how to strum the guitar...

Cream – Prince

Cream – Prince Prince claims to have written Cream while looking in the mirror.  This version of the song is not as he plays it but we use it like this to make things easy to play and also so that you can see how lyrics fit over a simple rhythm.  When you listen...

Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

  Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran is a great, simple song.  It’s great to hear some proper Irish folk music cropping up in the mainstream charts. Here we’ve given you some easy versions of normal chords to make things a bit easier for beginners.  The chord...

Let It Be – The Beatles

Let It Be – The Beatles Let It Be by The Beatles is such a great song for a singalong.  Everybody knows it, though the volume always goes up for the chorus.  It’s quite high for the voice, so don’t be shy with. It was the title track of their last...

Wonderwall – Oasis for easy guitar

Wonderwall – Oasis   The storming hit Wonderwall by Oasis is one of the best songs to learn on guitar.  Firstly because everybody knows it and will sing on.  Secondly because it introduces a clever trick with the left hand. The trick is to just leave your third...