Posts Tagged ‘r.e.m.’

Bedroom Rockstars: REM’s Man on the Moon

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

It has been a little while since we had our Bedroom Rockstar feature at Fretbase and we decided that now is as good a time as any.  To bring new readers up to date, in our “Bedroom Rockstar” feature we highlight five or so guitar players who have posted videos from their bedrooms (or sometimes living rooms, garages or kitchens) to let us know how they do it.

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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