Electric Guitars and Why They Are Special

Hello and welcome to all of you. For today’s blog you may not need a guitar in your hands. No need to look at the fretboard,  to check out which fingers to use ect. Nice, as you can give those sore fingers a rest. Today I will look at some of the unique features of the electric guitar, what you can do to improve the sound of your guitar, how to keep your inspiration alive and how to find out what you like about electric guitar.

                            —Brief History of the Electric Guitar—

The electric guitar as we know it today is a relatively new “invention” It was developed out of purely practical reasons: Guitar Players playing in Big Bands during the Swing Period in the 1930s wanted more volume for their instruments in order to compete with the much louder horns [Mainly Saxophones and Trumpets] Guitar Players wanted to play solos, and the sound of the single string was just to weak to be heard above the sound of those Saxohones and Trumpets. Guitar Players started to experiment with pick-ups to increase their volume. The early electric guitars were merely acoustic instruments with a pick-up attached to the body. The body of those typical early electric guitars was hollow. Turning up the volume on the ampilifier  also increased the sound to come back, this “problem” was called Feedback. To cut down on feedback guitarbuilders started to experiment with solid-body guitar shapes. We fast forward in time to stop at the late 40s and early 1950s to meet guitar player Les Paul, and radio-repairman Leo Fender. Both of them revolutionised two electric guitar types which are still the main staple of today’s music: The Les Paul and the Stratocaster

                           —Les Paul and Leo Fender—

Les Paul was a guitar player himself, apart from experimenting with  the shape of the body of the guitar he also pioneered four-track recording and discoverd how you could change the sound of music by overdubbing and adding echo and other sorts of electronic effects to the music, this all to enhance the perception of recorded music.
Les Paul’s guitar was unique in the sense that the bodyshape of his guitar was fairly small compared to the bigger acoustic models of the time. For the pick-ups he had chosen the humbuck model: A type of pick-up which creates a dark, thick sound. He created the hum-buck by sticking two single coil pick-ups together. The pick-up he created also was less noisy compared to the single coil pick-up.

At the time Les Paul came out with him guitarmodel there was another guy on the scene who was working on something similar but different, his name was Leo Fender. His vision was to create a guitarmodel which was entirely different from what was known before as a guitar. He felt that the guitar had to stand for something bigger, it had to embrace the new feel of the 1950s: A time of progress and new inventions, new standards and a new life-style for the masses. Popular Culture as we know it today started developing in the late 40s and 50s. Cars in America became cheaper and more accessible to the average person in the street. One special feature of those cars was the large wings at the back. The two Cutaways on the Stratocaster guitar were a way of saying to people how Leo Fender was inspired by the new look of those cars. The two Cutaways are of course not only a visual gimmick, they are also  a very practical devise to improve access to the higher registers of the fretboard.
Leo Fender created two guitarmodels in the early 50s, one was the Telecaster, which was fist known as the Broadcaster, his second model was the more revolutionairy Stratocaster with its two Cutaways, [also know as horns at the time] three single coil pick-ups for very bright and clear sounds and a Tremolo arm,which enabled the guitarist to mimick the bends of a pedal-steel guitar.

All in all, both the Les Paul and the Stratocaster proved to be very successful amoung guitarplayers for several reasons: Both guitars looked very different and distintive at the time, both guitars had their own sound which proved to be very usuable in all kinds of music. The Strat was a hit straight away, the Les Paul was somewhat of a success, then became less populair but came back with a vegenance during the mid 1960s and never went since then.

During the 1950 and 1960s most of the guitars produced came out of America and Europe. Some of the European models were copying the American models, some had their own take on the designs from America. From the mid 1970s onwards the Japanese started copying American guitarmodels and were very successful at it. The Stratocaster and the Les Paul were amoung the most copied guitarmodels at the time. This is still the case today.

The Les Paul and the Strat are not the only guitarmodels but they are the most popular models. In the 1960 both Fender and Gibson experimented with guitarshapes. They could do this because the shape of the guitar no longer had an impact on the sound, since the sound came from the pick-ups mainly. Some of the less conventional guitarshapes which were created at the time were the Flying V and the Explorer. Both models were designed by Gibson. Later in the 1970s BC Rich took this idea a bit futher, and Ibanez in the 1980s added some more spice to the well-known guitarmodels of the time. All in all, those guitarshapes may look very different, their sounds were still based on what Gibson [read the Les Paul] and Fender guitars had to offer.

                                 —Electic Guitar Today—

Okay so far most of you who have been reading this may not have read anything new, since most of  what I mentioned before is part of the modern history of the electric guitar. Now why is electric guitar so unique, why does it feel so good?, What does it do to music in general? [read Rock, and Pop Music] Basically the way an electric guitar functions has not changed since its invention. In a world dominated by computar- and digital technology, the electric guitar today is pretty much how it was in the early 1950s.  Yes, new models have been designed, models to improve what the older guitars had on offer. Better pick-ups have been made. Today [and this has been for quite some time now!] you can customise your stock guitar with pick-ups of your own choise, you can put different necks on your guitar to change the overal feel ect. But all of this does not really change how the guitar works: The guitar still interacts through its pick-ups with the amplifier and the pedals you will put it through.  What may be new today is the modeling guitars [one guitar which can mimick the sound of different types of guitars through the use of digital equipment] This idea is also found on guitaramplifiers, however all of this does not really change the basic idea of how and electric guitar works: Strings, magnets, speaker and electronics all interacting with each other to create a sound we know as electric guitar.

Some of you reading this here may be interested in the how and why the electric guitar works the way it does. Then there are the people who respond to how the electric guitar sounds: It can sound very gentle [Think Hank Marvin and the Shadows, Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits] On the other hand the guitar can also sound very agressive [but sweet at the same time!] Think of Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, the Clash and countless other Punk Bands. Then there is Metallica and host of other Metal bands who use a guitarsound which is based on a more agressive sound.

                        —You and Your Guitar: How You Use It and Your Taste—

Now we have come to the more interesting part of this blog, the part why you started reading this blog in the first place. Yes I needed all that information mentioned before to get to this point: What do you like in music and what would you like to do? How do you get there?
I meet a lot of students in my work, some of them have a clear vision of what they like soundwise and what they would like to learn, but most of them simply want to get better at playing the guitar and do not have a strong vision of what they like.

                        ~~Electric or Acoustic?~~

Most people get either one or the other, for the ones who simply play acoustic I would suggest: Try an electric guitar, play it for a little while, whack it, experiment with the amplifier. Change the controls on the amp and listen to how the sound changes. Try playing just with the sound, turn the controls on your guitar up and down and listen to what happens. Listen to the artists you like, ask yourself what guitars they play, what kind of sounds do they make? Do they use a clean sound or mainly a distorted sound?. Familize yourself with the main brands and makes of electric guitars. Get to know what these guitars sound like. Educate yourself through the use of internet and numerous guitarmagazines on offer, about electric guitars and related equipment. Read interviews which feature your favourite guitar players, see what they have to say about their guitars, amplifiers and guitarpedals.

Once you have made your choise on what electric guitar is for you, you need to become curious, curious in what you do not own and curious in what you hear on the albums you listen to. If you are an absolute beginner I would suggest you need to play simple musical things to get yourself going. Experiment with what you can do and keep on playing. The goal is to become familiar with what you know, to get to know the fretboard, your guitar, music and your amplifier. Keep on checking out the music you like, find out how you need to play that kind of music, but do not stop there: It is better to learn a whole lot more than what you really need!!

If you have been playing guitar for a long time, but only own One Amp and One Guitar, aks yourself why this is? “Are you really into guitar?”  Having different guitars around  [and amps] can add a huge inspiration factor. You do not need a whole lot of equipment to keep yourself interested in the guitar for the rest of your life. It does help if you have a few guitars and a few bits and bobs. Cannot afford to buy anything yet? You probably do know a few friends who play guitar,  borrow their equipment, see how different their instruments feel and sound compared to you own guitars. Go to your local music shop, check out the gear, even if you do not intend on buying. You will still educate yourself on what is available, and you get and idea of the variety of musical gear what is on offer.

                       —Keep Changing—

Have been using the  same type of guitar and amp for years? See if you can change them, keep the one you have and get another one! What about your strings? Have been using same string gauge for years? Change it, go up in gauge, see what it does to your tone. Have a look at your taste and the ideas of what you like. I meet people who say they do not like Blues. Their idea is based on thinking that playing Blues is about a format to play twelve bars with three chords using a particular rhythm. I cannot blame them, I used to be the same, thinking a lot of Blues music does sound the same. How wrong I was!!  To get over this attitude it helps to check out a particular genre of music, to check out how it is made, what kind of people play that type of music and what their attitude is towards playing and life in general. Sounds like a lot of work? Yes it is, but all this work will reward you with a deeper understanding of the music, and  it may want to you to play it and get deeper into that style of music.

Over the years of experimenting I have discovered that small amps, combined with the right choise of pedals can create very powerful sounds. Most of the sounds I hear on albums I can duplicate with just the use of those amps. It is partly about wanting to be creative with sound and a curiosity about how each amp reacts with particular guitars and pedals.


I cannot help feeling that you need to fall in love with guitar, it is the one thing you need to do to get further into the musical landscape, the bands you listen to and the things you want to do musicwise. I do love guitar as much as I was introduced to it in the beginning, I am still as much surprised by the sound the electric guitar can make as I was when I was starting out. Yes, today I understand, before I even plug into a particular guitar, pedal or whatever it is, its sound, but still the feeling of amazement and being overwhelmed remains.

For next time a special about Small Guitar Amplifiers and Pedals.
Next to the lessons you are already used to reading here, I also plan to create specials about bands such as AC/DC, Steppen Wolf, Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler. The blogs will be like a listening session to particular songs where I will analyse the sounds and the song. It will be more a talking session rather than a guitar playing session where I will take you through the solos and chords. Knowing what you hear is as important as being able to play what you hear. We listen all the time to music and during our listening we learn a lot, but you need to know how to listen.

Hope you enjoyed this blog and hope to see you around next time.
Happy Playing



Guitar Lessons Leeds: Rhythm Guitar Lesson—Down and Up Strums and Triplets—

Hello all of you, today we will be looking at playing chords by using Down and Up Strums. For most beginners the Down strum is easy, it is like gravity: Your strumming hand will naturally fall down across the strings. The Up-Strum, on the other hand, is usually the one that needs a bit of work. For this lesson we will be looking at the triplet which is played by using Down and Up strums.

Here are the fingerings for the Chords for the following Chordprogression:

           C       F      

   E   —0—–1—-3—–

   B  —-1—–1—-0—–

   G  —-0—–2—-0—–

   D  —-2—–3—-0—–

   A  —-3———–2—–

   E  —————–3—-

    Play the chords in following order:     F     C     G    :]


Strum EACH Chord as follows: Down  Down  DownUpDown  Down

Counting for each bar is:            1           2          3   e   h          4

N.B: Observe that you play 3 strums on Beat 3. This kind of rhythm is called a Triplet: You create three sounds [Strums in this case] over One Beat

 You can play Beat Three on its own by just playing the Triplet-feel. For more experienced players I would suggest playing the triplet-feel by Mutting the strings, this will create a percussive effect in the middle of the harmonic sequence.

Feel free to use different Chord Fingerings, as many as you like really, and experiment.

   Playing Ideas:

# Record the sequence and use it for improvising, use the C major Scale and the Am Pentatonic to create your own melodic ideas.

# Transpose the sequence to different keys like D major, F major and A major.

# Play the sequence by only using PowerChords [ A chord which only has a Root Note and a 5th ] play sequence with a different feel.


Easy Guitar Tabs: “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd—Bass Riff and Chords—

The album “The Wall” from Pink Floyd produced some of those classic songs that any guitarplayer seem to like. For this lesson I will mainly concentrate on the first part of the song. I have adapted the song a little bit: Added a bassriff which makes the chordprogression flow beatifully. I have done it in the style of Pink Floyd, so do not worry as I have not killed one of your favourite songs.

Pink Floyd’s music is very simple in nature. It strikes me that a lot of you seem to think it is very complex. The simplicity of the music makes it  possible to create those huge soundscapes with the solos and soundeffects. Pink Floyd is best listened to with headphones on, while listening to the album from start to finish, in that way you will get transposed to the scenery the band creates for you. I used to listen often to Pink Floyd’s music while watching TV with the sound down and the stereo playing the music of the band. The music often suited the film I was watching at the time, it worked almost like the songs were made to suit the scenery of the film.

Have a listen to the song now:

  Here are the Chords and the Bassline For the First Part:

          Bm                                                 G              Em           Bm
          /                          /                             /               /              /

        D  ————-0–    —————–0—    ———————-   ——————0–
                      H                            H                                                             H
        A  ——0–2——   ———–0–2——    ———————–  ————0–2—–     Repeat part !!

        E  —————–   ———————-    ——-2————–   ———————-

Count 123     4   e   h                                      12     and  3

   H= Hammer-On

   Again, like in the previous lesson, I suggest you playing the Bm as a barrechord:

      E  –2—-

      B  –3—-

      G  –4—-      This chord is based on a Am-shape barrechord with the
                          the Root of the Chord on the Second Fret of the A-String
      D  –4—-

      A  –2—-

      E  ——–

  Please obseve the countingOne strum which rings for 3 beats and then a almost Triplet feel for the bassriff:  You get Three clicks in the space of One Beat. Bar Three is different: 2 beats for the G, on the AND of the Second beat you play a Bassnote before progressing to the Em chord which you hold, again, for Two Beats.

This is only the first part of the song, next section does contain another chordseqence. I only wanted to introduce you to the first part for now.

What about the Solos you may wonder? Good Question, most of them are played in Bm Pentatonic. Just get one phrase and play around with it. Get a big sound from your amp. and play. How to create that huge sound is a lesson in itself. The main thing is to get a distortion sound which is fairly clean with some compression and a little delay. I will create some future blogs on the subject of sound and effects but for now will mainly concentrate on playing songs and different playing techniques.

Enjoy for now and hope to see you soon again!!

Advanced Picking For Beginning Guitar Players

Hello, today we are going to have a look at a piece which uses double-time picking. Sounds complex? Do not worry as is fairly easy but sounds great in the meantime.

        Here is the picking pattern explained by only using open strings:

  E   ————0—————–0——————

  B  ——–0——————0—–0—————

  G   —0——————0————-0———–

  D  -0—————–0———————0——-

  A  —————————————————

  E  —————————————————

                                                                             Count this pattern as follows:

      1  and  2  and   3   and  e  4 iee an  de

  Notice, as you count,  that from the end of beat 3 the pace starts to pick up, it is actually played with double timing. The counting I put here will help you to keep track where you are in the bar.

        Here are the actual chordshapes for the piece, use the picking pattern as suggested.  Play it only once  through as each chord is only played for one bar.  

         Cmaj.7     Cmaj7b      Am9     E5

   E  —–0———-0———-0——0——

   B  —–0———-0———-0——0——

   G  —–9———-9———-5——4——

   D  —-10———9———–7——2——

   A  ——————————————–

   E  ——————————————–

  N.B: Observe the second chord is a Slashchord, the C Root has changed for a B in the Bass.

  ~  The first chord is based on a E-shape Barrechord.

  ~  Third chord is the top part of your Em-shape barrechord.

  ~  The E chord is neither Major or Minor since is it a powerchord ( A chord which only has a Root and Fifth )

 Try to get  the picking a fluid as you can, first slowly then gradually speeding up the pace.

   Playing Tips:

# Develop the piece into a larger piece of music.

# Record the piece and add Basslines to the idea. Alternatively, create a melody for the piece.

# Create another harmonic picking pattern which weaves its way through the piece, in other words: Create a second harmonic guitar-part which works with the one I have given you here.

  Have Fun and let me know what you think of some of the ideas that you will find here.


Welcome Visitors !!

Hello to all of you, you may be new to this site or you may be a regular visitor. You may happen to know me from the past, we may have met before, you may be here for guitarrelated information. You may be here just to see how I am doing.

You get can it touch, did you know? I have a contact page and I do not mind you mailing me, it may be with regards to lessons or it may be just to have a chat to see how things are.

For all of you who do visit this blog regularly for lessons and tips, you can ask me requests to work out any of favourite songs. All the songs you will find here are songs which have been chosen by any of my pupils. There are still a lot of songs to be put up on the site. Apart from songs I  want to put up more theory-related ideas, also ideas with regards to songwriting, using pedals and amps and articles related to guitars. 

The blog is still under development, within two months it should get a different look and feel and it may be easier to search its content.

Stay Tuned!!


Guitar Lesson: “The Guitar Man” by Bread for Beginners

Today we will have a look at “The Guitar Man” by Bread. It is one of those typical late 60s, early 70s songs, very similar in feel to “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. We will concentrate mainly on the chords of the song, not the Slide part and the Wah Wah part as used for the Solos. The Solos are all done in E minor Pentatonic. If you understand the guitar and you can play, the solos should not give you any problem as there are fairly simple.
I have arranged the song for the purpose of this lesson, the strumpattern you will find here is not necessarily how the song is played, however, by following my guidelines you will get a good idea of how the song sounds. Once you can play my arrangement I would suggest trying to play along with the actual recording and try the strumming of the chords as it is done on the recording.

Let us first have a listen to the song:

                                  Here is the Intro, play this twice. First play the bassnotes then one strum for
                                  each chord. Listen to the song to hear the feel, then play as suggested.

                 G                    C                                        D       Dsus4       D       Dsus2     D
                 /                     /                                         /
E  ——————————–       ———————————-3———2——–0——-2———-

B  ——————————–      ———————————–3———3——–3——-3———-

G  ——————————–      ———————————–2———2——–2——-2———–

D  ——————————–      —————-0–0————–0———0——–0——-0———–

A  ———————3–3——-      —————————————————————————

E  —3–3————————-       —————————————————————————



                          Verse (and main Chorus)

     Play again the intro as it is also the first two bars of the verse.
     The rest of the verse reads like:

                 Em           Em               C                C                 Em         Em            A                A
                  /               /                /                 /                   /            /              /                 /      
  E  ————————   ————————–   ———————–    ————————-

  B  ————————   ————————–   ———————–    ————————-

  G  ————————   ————————–   ———————–    ————————-

  D  ————————   ————————–   ———————–    ————————–

  A  ————————-  –3–3———3–3——   ———————–   –0–0———0–0——

  E  –0–0——-0–0——   —————————   –0–0——-0–0—-   —————————

                 C                          Bm           Bm                    Am           Am         D
                 /              /                /              /                        /              /           /

  E  ———————–    ——–2———–2—–   ————————     ————————–

  B  ———————–    ——–3———–3—–    ———————–     ————————–

  G  ———————–    ——–4———–4—–   ————————     ————————–

  D  ———————–    ——–4———–4—–   ————————-    ————————–

  A  –3–3—–3-3—–      –2–2–2—-2–2–2—–   —0–0——-0–0—–       ———————–

  E  ————————   —————————    ————————-   ————————-

                   Breakidea  ( you will hear this after the D chord, my version is a bit different!!)

                     Play the break idea in between end of verse and the beginning of the Bridge

                    E  —7–5–3–5—–
                    B —8–7–5–7—–

Counting:           1 and  2   34

      Here is the Bridge part, it uses Slashchords, which mean you keep the same chord but change the bass.
Slashchords are a method to change the pace of the harmony while the main harmony (Chord) remains the same.

                 C           Cb                 Am       D                             Gb                     Em            E

  E  ———0———0—-    ——–0——-2—-  ———3———-3—–    ———-0————0———

  B  ———1———1—-    ——–1——-3—-   ——–0———-0—–     ———0————0———-

  G  ———0———0—-    ——–2——-2—-   ——–0———-0—–      ——–0————1———-

  D  ———2———2—-    ——–2—-0–0—-   ——–0———-0—–     ———2————2———-

  A  –3——3—-2—2—–    –0—-0————-   ——–2———-2——    ———2————2———-

  E  ————————–    ———————-   —3—3——2———-     –0—–0——-0—-0———-

                 Am         Am                  Am        D            E            Esus4        C                    

                   /            /                     /           /            /  /          /     /        /

  E  ————————–   ———————–       ————–0—0–

 B  ————————–    ————————     ————–0—0–     repeat bridgepart!

 G  ————————–   ————————-     ————–2–2–

 D  ————————–   ————–0–0——    —————2–2–

 A  –0–0——0–0———   —0–0—————–    —————2–2–

 E  —————————   ————————-    ———————-

     Here is the Endpart:

                   C                                                        E   
                   /                  /                      /                    /
  E  ————————-    —————————-

  B  ————————-    —————————-

  G  ————————-    —————————-

  D  ————————-    —————————-

  A  –3–3——–3–3—–    —————————–

  E  ————————–   —0–0———0–0——-



       Intro  2x
       Verse 1
       Verse 2
       Verse 3—-played from the Em onwards

    Playing Ideas:

~ Play along with the recording, first using suggested playing method, then change strums according to the song.
~  Play a sus4 chord on the A of the Verse
~ Play my suggested breakpart in between verse and bridge, try to become free with your playing.

~ Listen to “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, the end of this song sounds like Bowie’s song, again Bowie’s song is from the late 60s. Songs from same period tend to use similar ideas and sounds.

~ Try playing “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. I may put it up here at some stage when I get time. See if you think this song has a similar feel to the one I introduced you to here.

Okay have a great time and hope to catch ya soon.


Learn To Play “Happy Birthday” for Guitar







Hello everyone, today we will have a look a the party cracker called “Happy Birthday”. Some day, someone will ask you to entertain the crowd at the party next door, this tune may be a welcome start to get you going at that party. I have included the words and chords for this occassion.   The / indicate strums. Enjoy, Eddie

                   C             G7
                    /    /    /    /
       Happy birthday to you

                  G7            C
                   /    /   /     /
      Happy birthday to you

                 C                 F
                  /     /     /     /     /
      Happy birthday dear Sandra

                  C         G7  C               
                   /     /    /   /
       Happy birthday to you

A Lesson For All Beginners and Struggling Guitar Players: Barrechords and Two Minor Chordshapes You Should Know






Today I will introduce you to two OPEN MINORCHORDS most of you will already know.
Here are the two chords:

             Am     Em

      E  —0——-0——————

      B  —1——-0——————

      G  —2——-0——————

      D  —2——-2——————

      A  —0——-2——————-

      E  ————0——————-

Okay, now what you can do with these chordshapes is to create different chords with the same shape. You can do this by barring your first finger across all the strings.
Before we will try any new chords, play the given chordshapes with the following fingers:

         Am : finger 2 (middle finger) for fret 1 on Bstring, finger 3 (ring finger) for fret 2 on Gstring and finger 4 (pinky) for fret 2 on the Dstring.  When you use this fingering you will notice this fingering is different from what most people tend to use. Notice that your first finger ( index finger) is not used at all. Great!! We will use this finger for the barring. Keep using this fingering anytime when you need to play minor chords which use the Am-shape.

       For Em use this fingering: finger 2 (middle finger) for fret 2 on the Astring, finger 3 (ring finger) for fret 2 on the Dstring. Again observe this fingering is different from what you usually use. Finger 1 is free, free to do all the barring you will need to create different minorchords along the fretboard.

Just another observation before we will create different chords: The Rootnote for the Em chordshape is the open low Estring, the Rootnote for the Am chordshape is the open A string. When you will move your first finger across the fretboard to create barre chords the place where the rootnote is will not change, what will change is the pitch (= the name) of the chord.


What is Barring?

   Good question. It is the act of placing your FIRST finger across the fretboard to play all six strings. Try this, just use only your FIRST finger, place it anywhere on the fretboard: fret 5, fret 2, fret 7, fret 10 ect. Try to create a sequence of numbers which sound good to your ears instead of just playing any random numbers, also try to play with a particular rhythm, so you are actually making music.
This type of excersise will make your first finger stronger, it will be more used to playing barrechords when you get to actually playing real barrechordshapes.

      Let us now use the Am shape, and only the Am shape to play the following chordsequence. I have put the fretnumbers underneath the chords, they indicate where you put your first finger, and also tell you where the Rootnote is on the A-string.


          Bm       Dm     C#m     Em    :]      Play four strums for each chord, all using Am shape
          (2)        (5)      (4)        (7)

      Now play this chordsequence, again using only Am chordshape, while barring your first finger on the frets indicated underneath:


        Fm        Cm       Ebm      Bbm     :]
        (8)         (3)       (6)        (1)

   Okay, getting used to it? Right let us now use the Em shape, and only Em shape for the following sequences:

      Am      F#m        Gm      C       :]
      (5)       (2)          (3)       (8)                             Again, the fretnumbers indicate where 
                                                                             to place your first finger 
                                                                             and it also indicates where the 
                                                                             Rootnote of the chord is.

       Abm    Fm        Bbm      Am      :]
       (4)      (1)         (6)        (5)


         Playing Ideas:

    @  Change the rhythm of the strumming, create a rhythm you like, copy the rhythm of a song you like ect.
This in order to make your strumming less mechanical.

    @  Play songs you already know which use open minor chordshapes with the Am and Em shape, play those songs now with the new barrechordshapes, it will make the chords sound different, as you play the shapes higher on the fretboard.

    @   Start experimenting with mixing different minor chordshapes, play songs where you will be using both the Em and Am shape as barrechords.


    Overal Observation: 

   Try to apply, whatever it is you have learned, for songs and ideas you already play. By doing this will learn so much. You yourself are your own best teacher, as noone really knows what you like best. Music is an individual artform, yes you can learn from others, but you need to experiment with whatever you have been shown and create things yourself. It does take time, sometimes it seems to take forever, but just carry on and do not give up!

Hope you enjoyed some of these ideas, and hope to see you again some time soon!



“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac for Beginner and Intermediate Guitar Players






Hello welcome to the first blog of 2011. Hope all of you had a great start into the New Year. Today we will start things off with this Fleetwood Mac song. It comes from the “Rumours” album. The song is probably one of their best known songs.
Fleetwood Mac started out as a bluesband in the 60s, the band went through a lot of changes and line-ups. The album where this songs comes from [around 1975] was the more successful period for the band.

Here is the song for all of you who do not know what I am talking about:

For this lesson I will just concentrate on the chords of the song. We will also be using a Capo, but later more about that.


   Here are the chords for the verse:

    F       F    C

   Bb   Bb  Bb          Play this whole part 2x

   Here are the chords for the chorus:

   Dm     Bb    C     C      Play this part 3x

   Structure:    Verse 1


                     Verse 2


                    Solo over Verse

                      Chorus + outro Solos

 When you listen to the song you will hear that the acoustic guitar does have a high sound, you can get near that sound by using a Capo on the 5th fret.

Play now the song by using the following OPEN chordshapes

    Verse:    C         C     G

                     F     F     C      

  Chorus:   Am    F     G     G

That’s it for now, enjoy and see you around next time


Ziggy Stardust [David Bowie] For Intermediate Guitar Players







Hello everyone, today it is time to have a look at this all time favourite song. It contains a great riff, simple but effective, nice chordsequence to play around with and a great chorus containing powerchords to finish the song off with. What more would you like to enjoy yourself with on a Cold Winters Day??!

Okay for those not familiar with the song, here it is:

Here is the intro:

                  Gadd5                                                C

  E  ————3————————–      ————-0——————————————

  B  ————3————————–       ————1——————————————

  G  ————0————————–       ————0——————0———————–
                                   P O    P O 
  D  ————0——4–5–4–5–4–0–       ———– 2——–0—2—————————–

  A  ————2————————–         ——-3—3—-2————————————–

  E   ——3—-3————————–         ———————————————————


Just listen to the orginal song from the video to get the rhythm of the into. Now the way I put the intro is not how Bowie plays it, however it is a great way to get that full sound of the intro. I believe it is near impossible to get the sound of the recording on one acoustic guitar. I will include two other videos from Youtube from another guitartutor who will show you how to play the intro in a different way. I would suggest you to check it out after you can play the way I put the intro here.

Gosh do I need many words to put all this information accross here eh?

Alright, now it is time for the verse.
Here the chords for the verse:

   G     Bm     C      D

   G     Em     A      C   :]

  Play Bm as a Am-shape barre chord

Here are the chords for the chorus:

  A5      G5    F5    G5   

  D       E

   For those powerchords I play something like this:

      A5      G5     F5

 A –7——5—–3—–

 E –5——3—–1—–        Notice when playing F5 play after the chord an open E on your low E string, so you

                                        go 1st fret low E then open E then back to the 1st fret ect. Listen to that part

                                        over and over again if you are not sure!

    Structure of the Song:

        Intro: 4x

       Verse: 2x

     Chorus: 3x

        Intro: 2x

       Verse: Only Once!!

     Chorus: 3x

Final Intro:


As for strumming patterns chords ect. Please listen to the recording since it is my believe that this song is clear enough for most people to hear by ear what is going on strummingwise. It really does not matter if it does sound a little different from the recorded version you hear in the video, as long as you get the flow and feel of the song.

Okay, now two videos of this good old chap here [No, this it not me, my accent sounds much sweeter!!Laughing]
I have chosen this video since he is very clear in his explanation, and what he mentions about the strumming ect. is similar as my own beliefs and attitude:

P.S: Notice his different intro compared to my version. Try it to see which one you like better!!

P.S.  Notice the difference in some of his chords, and the chorus: No Powerchords but Barrechords.
Try both ways to see whichever way you like it. Playing electric ,you may prefer powerchords with a little
bit of distortion on your amp. Anyway  just see what works for you.

Okay folks that is it for today, hope you enjoy your new song and would like to meet you all again in the New Year.