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Lesson Patreon Link Has Instructional PDF?
#547 "Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens Yes
#545 "Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot Yes
#544 First Steps with Pink Floyd's "Breathe" Yes
#543 Q&A: 8 Tips to Avoid Muting Strings
#542 Lead Guitar & the Formula 1 Theme Song Yes
#541 Blues Shuffle Riffs – Using Just Two Strings
#540 Soulful Lead Guitar with "America the Beautiful" Yes
#539 "Country Honk" by The Rolling Stones
#538 January 2024 Recap - including a sneak peek of my new course!
#537 Strumming with Accented Notes - A Getting Started Guide Yes
#536 Lead Guitar Finger Placement — ft. "La Sitiera" by The Mavericks Yes
#535 Hybrid Fingerstyle - First Steps! Yes
#534 "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell
#533 Silent Night Yes
#532 Joy to the World Yes
#531 Blue Christmas
#530 Melody Deep-Dive: Sweet Caroline Yes
#529 First Steps with Doc Watson's "Deep River Blues" Yes
#528 10 Years of Song Notes... Thanks to You!
#527 Guitar Finger Exercises for Flexibility, Control, Speed, and more Yes
#526 Lead Guitar Improvisation Tips (feat. Wagon Wheel) Yes
#525 Travis Picking Training Wheels (ft. Hayes Carll) Yes
#524 Strumming with Alternating Bass Notes Yes
#523 "Long Black Veil" as covered by Johnny Cash
#522 Fingerstyle Cheat Sheet: Travis Picking Patterns for Every Chord Yes
#521 Soulful Lead Guitar Licks Over "Amazing Grace" - Beginner Tips Included! Yes
#520 Getting Started with Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, and Bends
#519 "Crowded Table" by The Highwomen
#518 Major Key Cheat Sheets! Must-Know Chords, Scales, and Fretboard Diagrams Yes
#517 Memorizing Song Lyrics: 8 Techniques That Work For Me
#516 "Stuff That Works" by Guy Clark
#515 Monday Morning Practice with Triads (Key of A major) Yes
#514 Practice With Me! G Major Arpeggios in Each CAGED Shape Yes
#513 "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison
#511 Creating a Fingstyle Arrangement from Scratch (feat. Graceland by Paul Simon) Yes
#509 A Simple Way to Travis Pick Any Song (Key of C) Yes
#508 "Summertime Blues" by Zach Bryan
#507 How I Use This CAGED Poster to Practice Lead Guitar Yes
#506 Strumming Guide for "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison Yes
#505 Q&A: Recognizing Time Signatures by Ear?
#504 "Amie" by Pure Prairie League
#503 First Steps with "Malagueña" (Spanish Classical Guitar) Yes
#502 Learning the Intro Solo to "Wish You Were Here" Yes
#500 Reading Music for Guitarists - Chord Charts vs. Tabs Yes
#499 Acoustic Blues Riff in G (feat. "Country Honk" by Rolling Stones) Yes
#498 "When the Stars Come Out" by Chris Stapleton
#496 Pentatonic Fun with Billy Strings' "Lonely At The Top" Riff Yes
#494 Learning the "Fast Car" Intro Riff, Step by Step Yes
#493 Strumming with Walking Basslines (feat. Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan) Yes
#492 Major Pentatonic Scales in Open Position Yes
#491 "Uncle John's Band" by The Grateful Dead
#490 How to Strum with a Percussive "Slap" Yes
#489 Tips for Writing Guitar Tabs (on Paper and iPad) Yes
#488 Learning the "Amie" Intro Riff, Step by Step Yes
#487 Easy-Going Fingerstyle Blues: Step-by-Step Guide (Key of E) Yes
#486 Practice Routine Tips! Setting Goals, Choosing Songs, and Warm-Up Exercises
#485 Quick Tips for Strumming in 6/8 Time (feat. No Hard Feelings by The Avett Brothers) Yes
#484 "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan
#483 Q&A: How to Add Depth to a Simple Riff? (feat. Stuff That Works by Guy Clark) Yes
#482 Key of D Fingerstyle, Using Voice Leading! Yes
#480 Beginner Lead Guitar with the Star Spangled Banner Yes
#479 "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
#477 Major Scales in Open Position Yes
#476 "Interstate Love Song" by Stone Temple Pilots
#474 How to Fingerpick in 3/4 Time (feat. Amazing Grace & John Prine) Yes
#472 Alternating Bass Notes in Key of G Yes
#471 "Long Long Time" by Linda Ronstadt
#470 "Return of the Grievous Angel" by Gram Parsons
#469 Vidami YouTube Looper Now Works on SongNotes.net!
#468 "Box #10" by Jim Croce
#467 Q&A: Why Bother Learning Scales?
#466 "I Shall Be Released" by Bob Dylan
#465 Changing the Key to "Blue Christmas" Yes
#464 Chord and Capo Guide for "Last Christmas" by Wham Yes
#463 "King of the Road" by Roger Miller
#462 Must-Know Chord Combination: C Fadd9 G
#461 "Catch the Wind" by Donovan
#460 Travis Picking Fun with Rex's Blues (Townes Van Zandt / Ramblin' Jack Elliott) Yes
#459 Getting Started with "She Talks to Angels" and Open-E Tuning Yes
#458 "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam
#457 Blues Bends: A Getting Started Guide Yes
#456 "Melissa" by Allman Brothers Band
#455 Long Black Veil-inspired Fingerstyle Fun (with Travis Picking) Yes
#454 "Flake" by Jack Johnson
#453 Using Melodic Double-Stops to build a Country Solo Yes
#452 "Girl from the North Country" by Bob Dylan (feat. Johnny Cash)
#451 Licks & Fills in the style of Dave Rawlings Yes
#450 "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers
#449 "Personal Jesus" by Johnny Cash
#448 Alternating Bass Note Fun with Don't Worry, Be Happy Yes
#447 Beginner Blues Groove (Key of A-minor) Yes
#446 "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
#445 "Dublin Blues" by Guy Clark
#443 Adding Melodic Licks & Fills to a Fingerstyle Groove (Key of G) Yes
#442 How to Make Drum Tracks Using GarageBand's Beat Sequencer
#441 "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison
#440 "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
#439 "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie
#438 A Fingerstyle Arrangement of Tom Petty's American Girl Yes
#437 "In Spite of Ourselves" by John Prine (feat. Iris DeMent)
#436 Using Triads & Double-Stops to Punch Up a Melody Yes
#435 Q&A: Learning a Song for a Wedding? (feat. Chris Stapleton) Yes
#433 "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson
#432 "A Pirate Looks at Forty" by Jimmy Buffett
#431 Easier Ways to Play B-minor (No Barring Required) Yes
#430 Using Slides to Connect Pentatonic Scale Shapes Yes
#428 First Steps in Learning "Fire and Rain" Yes
#426 Punching Up a Melody with Slides, Syncopation, and Double-Stops Yes
#424 Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown Chords, Explained Yes
#423 Landslide Chord & Fingerpicking Guide Yes
#422 "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
#417 "Me and Bobby McGee" Strumming Comparison (Kris vs. Janis) Yes
#415 Neil Young-inspired Quick Chord Transition Exercise (G-A-Bm-E) Yes
#413 Chord Guide for Wildflowers and If I Had A Boat Yes
#411 Melody Deep-Dive: You Are My Sunshine Yes
#409 Q&A: How to learn a song played in open tuning? Yes
#408 Strummy Walk-Downs in the Key of A Yes
#407 Key of A-major Cheat Sheet! Notes, Chords, Fretboard, and Misc Tricks Yes
#406 "The Weight" by The Band
#405 Groovy Triad Improv w/ Basic Fills (Key of A Major) Yes
#404 How to Recognize Chord Shapes within Guitar Tabs Yes
#403 Christmas Waltz
#402 "Millionaire" by Chris Stapleton
#401 Strummy Walk-Downs from G7 to C Yes
#399 "Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine
#398 "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis
#397 "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young
#396 "Colors" by Black Pumas
#395 "The Man Who Sold the World" by Nirvana (orig. by David Bowie)
#394 How to Tune Down 1/2 step (E-Flat Tuning) Yes
#393 "Night Moves" by Bob Seger
#392 F Chord, Made Easy: 7 Alternatives to the Barred Version Yes
#390 Beginner Arpeggio Fun! One Shape, 10 Riffs (Amaj7 & Dmaj7) Yes
#389 "Wilder Days" by Morgan Wade
#388 Key of C Cheat Sheet! Notes, Chords, Fretboard, and Misc Tricks Yes
#386 Electric Guitar: 8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting
#385 CAGED Chord Shapes, Explained Yes
#384 Major Scale Positions and CAGED Chord Shapes Yes
#383 Patreon Q&A (August 2021)
#382 "Ripple" by Grateful Dead
#381 One Riff, Played Five Ways (Key of E, Blues Groove) Yes
#380 Key of G Groove (G-Am-C-D)
#379 Essential Strum Technique: Alternating Picking Yes
#378 D Chord Stretches: Ring or Pinky Finger? Yes
#376 "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell
#375 Learn Any Travis Picking Song, Step by Step Yes
#374 "Blackbird" by The Beatles
#372 West Texas Campfire Riff (Key of G) Yes
#371 Bass Note Strumming (Essential Technique) Yes
#370 Meditative Fingerpicking Exercise, Key of E Yes
#366 Beginner-friendly guitar slides (Keys of D and A) Yes
#364 Combining chords with a melody riff (Key of G) Yes
#361 Using flat-thirds and flat-sevenths to add GRIT to your walk-ups and walk-downs Yes
#357 Paul Simon's guitar genius: Kodachrome, Mrs Robinson, Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard, and more
#356 Understanding the 12 notes (Practical Music Theory Ep. 1) Yes
#354 Walk-ups, Walk-downs, and the fretboard Yes
#352 "Starting Over" by Chris Stapleton
#348 Adding pentatonic fills over D-Cadd9-G Yes
#346 "Wellerman" - Traditional Sea Shanty Guitar Lesson (in the style of Nathan Evans) Yes
#345 Blank Guitar Tab Template Yes
#344 Melody Deep-Dive: Can't Help Falling in Love Yes
#342 Guitar walk-ups and walk-downs, quickly explained Yes
#337 "Enough to Leave" by Billy Strings
#336 Groovy Warm-Up Riff in F# Yes
#334 G-chord finger position guide Yes
#328 "Old Man" by Neil Young
#326 How I learned the opening chord to Neil Young's Old Man Yes
#325 Silencing the strings on the 2 count (percussive technique) Yes
#320 "Manhattan Island Serenade" by Vincent Neil Emerson
#314 Riffs with Circular Bass Notes Yes
#313 "Sedona" by Houndmouth
#312 Happy Birthday triad exercise (Key of G) Yes
#311 How to silence the strings with your left hand Yes
#310 "Keep the Wolves Away" by Uncle Lucius
#309 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles
#308 "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
#305 "My Church" by Maren Morris
#304 Backwoods Pull-Off Exercise (Key of C) Yes
#302 Travis Picking vs. "Normal" Fingerstyle Yes
#301 "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Bob Dylan
#297 Country Bass Line Exercise in 6/8 Time Yes
#296 "Under the Milky Way" by The Church
#295 "Hello in There" by John Prine
#291 "Banded Clovis" by Tyler Childers
#290 Walk-down exercise inspired by the Turnpike Troubadours Yes
#289 Enhance Your Strumming with Syncopation and Sus Chords Yes
#279 "Summertime" by Billy Strings
#278 Sierra Ferrell "In Dreams"-inspired riff Yes
#277 "Walk Right In" by The Rooftop Singers
#276 Practicing Walk Ups & Walk Downs in G Yes
#271 2-string blues riffs for beginners (step by step) Yes
#269 "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Full song lesson)
#268 "My Favorite Picture of You" by Guy Clark
#267 12 easy ways to modify the A-major chord Yes
#265 My 4 tips for starting to learn Blackbird Yes
#264 Beautiful Fingerstyle Walkdown Exercise (Key of C) Yes
#261 "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (easy fingerstyle)
#260 How to read & write strumming patterns Yes
#259 D-Cadd9-G riffin' on "Thank You" and "Can't You See" Yes
#258 Meditative fingerpicking practice (Key of D) Yes
#257 Latin bassline groove, with percussive fingerstyle Yes
#256 "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots
#254 "The Wind" by Cat Stevens
#253 Pinky-Powered Blues Groove with E-A-B7 Yes
#252 "Peace of Mind" by Tyler Childers
#251 "Angel Flight" by Radney Foster
#250 Jose Feliciano's Fingerstyle Approach to "California Dreamin'" Yes
#249 2-finger chords in the key of C Yes
#248 "Surf Rider" by The Lively Ones
#247 Creating a Travis Picking arrangement over C-G-Am-F Yes
#245 Barre Chord Strength Exercises! For Left Ring & Index Fingers Yes
#244 F Major Chord with Wrapped Left Thumb (for Fingerstyle & Travis Picking) Yes
#242 "Yesterday" by The Beatles
#241 How to play F#m without barring (for fingerstyle) Yes
#238 Fingerpicking "My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight" Yes
#237 Colter Wall's Sleeping on the Blacktop intro riff Yes
#236 "First Call" (horse racing / military bugle wake-up call) Yes
#235 "Imagine" by John Lennon
#234 "Jenny of Oldstones" from Game of Thrones (Florence and the Machine)
#232 "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty
#231 Breezy strumming on E-Bsus4-Asus2 Yes
#230 Composing an Original Song Using Travis Picking (Fingerstyle) Yes
#229 "If I Had a Boat" by Lyle Lovett
#228 Triad exercises using A, D, & E Yes
#227 Travis Picking with an Anchored Left-Pinky Finger Yes
#226 "Let Him Roll" by Guy Clark
#223 Add easy flourish to C-F-G-Am Yes
#220 "Always Remember Us This Way" by Lady Gaga
#219 Cowboy chords and walking bass lines Yes
#217 Improvising blues in A-minor over a backing track Yes
#216 "St. James Infirmary Blues" Yes
#215 Nirvana-inspired barre chord exercise Yes
#214 Open chords in key of D w/ major & minor triads Yes
#213 "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle
#211 "Guantanamera" by Pete Seeger
#210 "Blue on Black" grooving on D5-Cadd9-G Yes
#209 Adding fills to the Wild Horses intro Yes
#208 "Light On" by Maggie Rogers
#207 Improvised guitar pickin' on "The Gambler" Yes
#206 Open chords in the Key of A Yes
#203 Auld Lang Syne Yes
#202 Open chords in the Key of E Yes
#199 Please Come Home for Christmas
#198 Guitar chords on a ukulele Yes
#197 Slap strumming basics (percussive rhythm technique) Yes
#195 Practicing country blues over a backing track (A-major and B-minor) Yes
#194 Playing A-major with big fingers or a small fretboard Yes
#193 Backyard grooving in E-major ("Posters" by Jack Johnson) Yes
#192 How to play F#m (F sharp minor) Yes
#191 How to spice up a 2-chord song (inspired by Chris Stapleton) Yes
#190 Adding pinky accent notes to a chord progression Yes
#189 A-minor pentatonic walk-down groove Yes
#187 Palm muting basics Yes
#186 "One Horse Town" intro riff Yes
#185 Transitioning between Em7 - D/F# - G Yes
#183 The "Pretty Woman" lick, played 4 different ways Yes
#180 Mudfootball G-D7 Shuffle Yes
#179 Murder ballad groove in A-minor Yes
#177 How to play Fadd9 Yes
#176 Blaze Foley country strumming Yes
#175 "Acid Tongue" by Jenny Lewis
#174 3 string triad magic, in the style of Dire Straits Yes
#173 How I Learned to Travis Pick with "Clay Pigeons" Yes
#172 "Lady May" by Tyler Childers
#171 Easy E Fingerpicking Fun Yes
#170 "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash
#168 "The Chain" and Double-Drop D tuning Yes
#163 Two-finger acoustic blues in Drop-D Tuning Yes
#159 "When the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
#158 "We Are the Champions" by Queen
#157 "My My, Hey Hey" by Neil Young
#156 "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
#155 "All Apologies" by Nirvana (intro & verse riff w/ tab)
#154 "Gone Till November" by Wyclef Jean (intro riff)
#140 "Slow Burn" by Kacey Musgraves
#134 "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
#132 "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" by Tom T. Hall
#129 Simplifying the Spanish Fingerstyle of "Remember Me" Yes
#128 "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman
#118 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
#114 "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin / Kris Kristofferson
#113 "American Girl" by Tom Petty
#112 "Where Rainbows Never Die" by The Steeldrivers
#109 "Whitehouse Road" by Tyler Childers
#106 "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty
#105 "High and Dry" by Radiohead
#104 "About a Girl" by Nirvana
#102 "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" by Nirvana
#101 "LA Freeway" by Guy Clark
#100 "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
#95 "Danny's Song" by Loggins and Messina
#94 "Honky Tonk Heroes" by Waylon Jennings
#87 "Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam
#84 "Game of Thrones" theme song (easy version)
#83 Playing G major chord with only 2 fingers Yes
#79 "Dead Flowers" by Townes Van Zandt
#76 "Issues" by Julia Michaels
#69 "Stairway to Heaven" intro by Led Zeppelin
#55 "Highwayman" by The Highwaymen
#53 "Strangers" by The Kinks
#51 "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel
#49 Walking up & down between the E, A, and B7 (bass note transitions) Yes
#46 How to play A-major with one finger (barred on 2nd fret) Yes
#44 "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen (Play-along cover)
#42 "City of Stars" from La La Land
#38 "Lonesome Town" by Ricky Nelson
#35 Happy Xmas (War is Over)
#33 "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan
#31 "Hotel California" by The Eagles
#30 "Apple Blossom" by The White Stripes
#27 "Say It Ain't So" by Weezer
#22 "7 Years" by Lukas Graham