Sometimes the simplest of songs present the biggest of challenges – how do we take a basic song of four or five chords and make it memorable? Well, one way is to use all the dynamic power built into your guitar, working in bass lines along with the chords and playing with the dynamics of a song.
Guitar Strumming Lessons
When you’re just starting out on guitar it can seem like your hands have a mind of their own. Maybe even two minds, since you have two hands. Take heart that beginners aren’t the only ones who sometimes have trouble with strumming patterns. These lessons and podcasts help simplify the question of rhythm patterns.
Check out our arrangement of this Rolling Stones classic for the single acoustic guitar, made possible by the use of open G tuning and a cool driving rhythm.
In today’s lesson, yet another (very) old chestnut from the early seventies, we’ll be seeing practical applications of the chord shapes learned there. For good measure, we’ll toss in a few (very) easy fills and then also look at how we’d play it in Drop D tuning.
This John Lennon song can show us a few interesting things about using guitar chords. We’ll work on the strumming and put together a bassline for solo guitar.
If Not For You by Bob Dylan is a very easy song to learn on guitar. Our simple strumming arrangement of this classic 70s song helps you learn some of the very basics of playing slide guitar.
Feelin’ Alright was written by Dave Mason when he was with the group Traffic. Our take on this song proves that a two chord song doesn’t have to sound boring.
We’re going to use this old Buffalo Springfield classic to learn a new strumming technique and figure out how to get a cool percussive rhythm sound.
Let’s tackle strumming patterns; how to learn them and get them down pat. Here’s an approach that will simplify the whole issue surrounding strumming patterns.