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How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Andy | May 7, 2015 | 4 Comments

Thinking Out Loud by is another massive hit song for singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. This song is great for learning fingerstyle guitar playing with a Latin rhythm with percussive dead notes on beats 2 & 4. This style of playing is used in other songs, including More Than Words by Extreme and Why Georgia by John […]

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How Many Notes Do You Really Need in a Guitar Solo?

How Many Notes Do You Really Need in a Guitar Solo?

Andy | April 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

Playing fast doesn’t mean there is no emotion, and having more ‘feeling’ is not a good excuse to never play fast. I’ve probably ruffled a few feathers with that statement, but I believe it to be true. If your thing is playing slowly, then that’s fine; if you like to play fast then that is […]

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Improvisation On Guitar

Improvisation On Guitar

andy partridge | April 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Improvisation on Guitar. The ability to jam over backing tracks (or even with a live band) probably gives me more satisfaction, guitar-wise, than anything else. Sure it takes some time to master, so that is why I like to encourage my students to start at the very basic level, usually in the E minor pentatonic scale and build up their fretboard knowledge slowly but […]

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Play Hotel California On Guitar

Play Hotel California On Guitar

andy partridge | March 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Play Hotel California On Guitar. Everyone talks about, and in fact teaches or learns, the intro or the lead solo to HotelCalifornia, which is why we’ve decided to bring you something different. The lesser taught, but equally memorable, run-ins and licks that make up the two Hotel  California choruses.     Don Felder originally penned the song in the key of […]

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David Bowie Guitar Riffs Medley

David Bowie Guitar Riffs Medley

Andy | December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Everyone wants to play something recognisable when practicing, so what better way than to learn some great David Bowie guitar riffs. Bowie has employed some exceptional guitarists over the years, notably Mick Ronson and Earl Slick, both of whom have contributed to the great songs he has written, both in the studio and in a […]

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AC/DC Rock ‘n Roll Train

AC/DC Rock ‘n Roll Train

Andy | August 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

This classic AD/DC Rock n Roll Train needs no introduction. Suffice to say if you turn up your amp, add some overdrive or distortion and have the ability to play A, D and G, you will be in rock ‘n roll heaven. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtUFRdThYLU What It Will Do For You. This is what Andy likes to […]

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Guitar Tricks & Funky Grooves

Guitar Tricks & Funky Grooves

Andy | August 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

Chord Tricks & Funky Grooves: How to make chords interesting! There are a variety of tricks we can use to make even the most basic chords interesting; Sometimes, one chord can last for several bars and it needs to be kept alive. In a funky groove there may be only one chord for the duration of […]

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Guitar Practice Sessions. Getting The Best Bang For Your Buck

Guitar Practice Sessions. Getting The Best Bang For Your Buck

Andy | August 5, 2013 | 3 Comments

Guitar Practice Sessions. Part. 1 (Beginner / Intermediate level) by Cliff Bradley We’ve all heard the saying “practice makes perfect”, right? Well, for starters, let’s forget about “perfect”. In music there’s no such thing as perfect, and if there was it would probably sound boring anyway. But… of course, practice is certainly key to learning anything new, expanding […]

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Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson. Waltzing Matilda

Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson. Waltzing Matilda

Andy | July 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

This week’s lesson features my arrangement of the traditional australian folk tune waltzing Matilda. This simple but effective arrangement sounds like theres more going on than there actually is, but it’s pleasing for acoustic guitarists at any level. My arrangement is based on three simple chords and a clear melody line. The more adventurous of […]

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Blues Brothers: Sweet Home Chicago

Blues Brothers: Sweet Home Chicago

Andy | May 21, 2013 | 13 Comments

Written by Robert Johnson and released in August 1937, this song has been recorded by countless artists. The intro to Sweet Home Chicago has also had many versions, but Andy has chosen to teach the one released by The Blues Brothers, with the guitar being played by the great Steve Cropper. The Riff. Its greatness […]

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Improvisation for beginners

Improvisation for beginners

Andy | April 24, 2013

Improvisation for Beginners: The Open E minor pentatonic scale This month, Andy is going to introduce you to the art of improvisation. This particular session introduces you to the E minor pentatonic scale in the open position. This particular session introduces you to the E minor pentatonic scale in the open position i.e. using the […]

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Cocaine: Power Chords

Cocaine: Power Chords

Andy | March 28, 2013

OK let’s have a look at the Power Chords to start off with. Now Power Chords are also known as fifths. A Power Chord is ‘powerful,’ just as it is described. What we are actually doing is playing the lowest three notes of a major chord and making sure we use the root note for […]

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