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...

The easiest blues ever!!

The easiest blues EVER!! It’s great playing the blues but usually that requires either playing open first position chords which don’t sound very bluesy, or having to play more difficult chords up the neck a bit. Fear not!  I’ve got the perfect...

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....

The Blues

The Blues The Blues can have all sorts of definitions.  It can have a particular feel or groove and all sorts of ideas abound about the history of the blues.  There are many types of blues – Delta, Texas, Jazz, Chicago blues and of course British Blues. ...

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...

Double arpeggio

Double Arpeggios The double arpeggio is a way of breaking up a chord using the fingers of the right hand.  It is commonly used in flamenco and is one of the first challenges that comes up in early studies with soleares. Practice method The right hand finger pattern...

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...

Chord families

Chord families Chords can be grouped according to their quality, or type of sound. The basic groups Major – 1 3 5 – Happy Minor 1 b3 5 – Sad Weird ones Diminished – 1 b3 b5 Augmented –  1 3 #5 Extended chord families Major 7 – 1 3 5...