In Episode 4 of Sunday Strum, I focus on strumming power chords four different ways. Utilizing these four variations while keeping the rhythm the same will yield different vibes each time. While the changes are simple, they may get you out of a creative rut or even help you to learn a song more accurately. The rhythm I chose to demonstrate this is just a measure of eighth notes in 4/4 time.
Got a little time this Sunday? Learn this pattern that shows you how to do some easy raking. A rake is just striking the strings with the right hand normally, but muting them with the left hand to get a percussive sound. By replacing just one hit with a rake, I’m able to carve out a new vibe to an existing progression or song.
As the interval between the fifth scale degree and the octave, the fourth is basic to the structure of most chords. When used melodically, however, fourths are not nearly as versatile as thirds and sixths. As you’ll see, though, fourths have found a home within, of all places, R&B, soul, and funk. Check out this lesson with audio and tab...
Each week we’re bringing you a new, easy acoustic guitar strum pattern to learn. It’s a perfect activity for a lazy Sunday, or for any time you have a minute to try something new. In this week’s episode, I focus on creating a country/western or rockabilly vibe.
There’s no better way to learn a song than straight from its source, so that’s why we’ve created Acoustic Nation’s Play It Now series! This time, we have former American Idol contestant James Durbin on deck to teach us his latest single, “Parachute.” Featured on his upcoming disc Celebrate, the record contains a sound that is far different from Durbin’s hard-rock roots.
In this lesson brought to you by our friends at Alfred Music, you'll learn the main riff and rhythm guitar parts for the classic Grateful Dead song, "Friend of the Devil." Dig in and then at the end of the lesson, you can play along with a recording of the song.
Here's a very cool lesson from our friends at Alfred Music. This one teaches you how to play multiple guitar parts from The Rolling Stones classic "Paint It, Black." Originally released by The Stones on May 13, 1966 as the first single from the US version of their fourth album Aftermath, the song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Here’s a cool, easy lesson brought to you by Alfred Music. It’s a tutorial of how to play John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” The lesson gives you a bit of background and then breaks down what you need to know to strum the verse and chorus, with plenty of explanation of any fingering variations and anomalies.