This new lessons package includes songs from the 1990's
Lesson 1: More Than Words - Guitar Lesson
More Than Words, by Extreme features an interesting but difficult technique for the right hand. It is a percussive style of playing that requires a constant rhythm similar to a strumming pattern. The song was written by Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone and first appeared on the second Extreme album Pornografitti, in 1990.
Lesson 2: Karma Police - Radiohead
Karma Police by Radiohead, from their 3rd album OK Computer, is a nice, simple strumming tune, although this haunting melody might be a bit melancholy for a sing-along. An easy strumming pattern and a few barre chords are all it takes.
Lesson 3: Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson - Metallica
One of my students wanted to work on an intermediate arrangement of John Lennon’s Imagine. We worked out a nice little version that I thought many of you would like to play. The lesson includes much of the usual stuff but particularly some commentary on passages that are a bit deceiving and confusing.
Lesson 4: Come As You Are Guitar Lesson - Nirvana
Nirvana came onto the scene in the early 1990s and was a major part of the grunge movement that started in the Pacific Northwest, partially inspired by some of Neil Young's songs and styles. Kurt Cobain wrote and sang some very basic songs, most of which are interesting chord progressions along with some cool riffs. Come As You Are is a great example of this as it starts with a simple riff that is followed with a set of 2-finger barre chords. It is important to play the riff with the alternating picking technique, and the barre chords could even be reduced to power chords, making this song even a little easier to play.
Lesson 5: Better Man Guitar Lesson
Pearl Jam is another band that came of age in the 1990s and their 1994 album Vitalogy included *Better Man*, a song Eddie Vedder wrote when he was still a teenager. It features a simple picking pattern over a few chords that slide up the neck, as well as the standard major chords in the key of D- D, G and A.
Lesson 6: Wonderwall
One of the biggest hits by Britpop band Oasis, Wonderwall is a simple strumming song featuring easy chord changes. This TARGET Short gives you everything you need to strum along with the band, as long as you have a capo at the second fret. The lesson is done without the capo.
Lesson 7: Hallelujah Guitar Lesson - Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah is one of many Cohen songs that got more recognition by other artists, this one in particular by Jeff Buckley. His compelling recording a few years before his untimely death moved anyone who heard it. Hallelujah is considered by many to be one of the greatest songs of all time. This lesson looks at few different renditions, including Jeff Buckley’s and Kate Voegele’s
Lesson 8: Silent Lucidity Guitar Lesson - Queensryche
Silent Lucidity uses a modified arpeggio accompaniment pattern, occasionally with measures in an odd time signature, over relatively simple chords that include some open strings. We take a look at the picking in the verses, strumming and a picking pattern in the chorus, the accompaniment to the solo, and even the solo itself.
Lesson 9: Losing My Religion Guitar Lesson - REM
This lesson on Losing My Religion presents the basic rhythm and strumming, as well as some ways to incorporate a bit of the mandolin parts into the intro and bridge.
Lesson 10: Crash Into Me - Guitar Lesson
*Crash Into Me*by Dave Matthews is an example of a song that uses a droning chord with a slightly moving bass line to create an interesting accompaniment. The droning chord is just an E5 (power chord) and the bass notes change with a syncopated rhythm. As in many of DaveтАЩs songs, the chord fingering is a bit stretchy but the lesson focuses on counting carefully to get the bass notes in the right places.