Posts Tagged ‘Lessons’

Getting More Out of Pentatonic Scales

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Ed Note: The following article is a guest post by Roger Panella of Village Guitar Studio based in Chicago, Illinois.  Roger is an accomplished teacher and a professional jazz guitarist that graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston.  In this article Roger discusses how we can get more out of the major and minor pentatonic scales.


Play The Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire”

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

For now, we’ll put aside the question about whether the people in the picture on the left look anything like The Rolling Stones.  But Mick, Keith and the gang can’t really be blamed for looking different.  They recorded the song “Play With Fire” roughly 44 years ago.  That’s right.  That song was recorded before many of our current guitar greats like Dave Matthews or John Mayer were even born.  But “Play With Fire” remains an awfully nice song to play on guitar.  Fortunately for all of us, Guitar Noise has published one of their wonderful walk-thrus of Play With Fire.  Whole Story…


Great (Free) Easy Song Lessons

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

When I started playing the guitar, I regularly combed the Web looking for good easy songs to play.  Sometimes, I could tell the song wasn’t that hard and I could find good tabs but the tabs alone wouldn’t do it.  (I wasn’t so good at this at first.)  I needed some help with a good strumming pattern.  Sometimes, I couldn’t even tell what the time signature was (in fact, I just had to ask Brian what to term is for “time siganture” – maybe I haven’t come that far).

That experience made me pretty excited to come across the website Guitar Noise.  David Hodge, the Lead Editor and Senior Columnist and also a guitar teacher, has created *very detailed* lessons for roughly 40 great “easy” songs on guitar – all with detailed instruction on how to play those songs and very accurate tabs.  Most of the songs also have embedded soundclips so you can hear what you are trying to play.

What is wonderful about these lessons is that Hodge picks great songs to try to play (primarily on acoustic guitar).  Songs run the gamut from REM’s Man on the Moon (which we wrote about a couple of weeks ago) to Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

Once you knock down the first 40 (and are older than the strummer in the photo), there are great intermediate songs as well.

Thank you, Guitar Noise.  And we’re ready for a good John Prine tune when you’re ready.

Easy Songs for Beginners (Guitar Noise)

Photo Credit: lisatozzi via Creative Commons License

Guitar Center Sessions

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I just recently noticed that Guitar Center holds an event called Guitar Center Sessions, where they invite some heavy weight guitar heroes, like Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and even hip-hop DJs to local Guitar Centers to provide a panel discussion and hands-on tutorials to fans.

I haven’t been to one yet, but I’d be interested in checking it out.  Some of the upcoming artists include Slash and Joe Bonamassa, either of which would be cool to hear.  One drawback seems to be these are mainly held at Guitar Centers around the Los Angeles area and we’re a little north of there.

Even if you can’t make it, Guitar Center posts videos from previous sessions on their website.  Check out the Dave Mustaine interview…how about that “God of Rock” chair he gets on stage!