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Guitar Tablature: “Swing Thing”

"Swing Thing" employs some typical jazz moves in both the rhythm and lead. You will find a wide range of jazz techniques: extended chords, altered chords, inside and outside chords, chord substitutions [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Romanza”

“Romanza” is a simple, arpeggiated, piece of guitar sheet music in the classical style that gives you an opportunity to accentuate the melody notes with rest strokes [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Freight Train"

"Freight Train" is a short folk guitar piece that employs a technique known as a bass run. This technique is a single-note line — played by the thumb — that leads to the next chord and serves to break [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "House of the Rising Sun"

"The House of the Rising Sun" is traditional American folk song that tells the tale of a wasted life in New Orleans. The most famous version was recorded in 1964 by the English rock group The Animals. [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Cruel War Is Raging"

"The Cruel War is Raging" is an American folk song about a soldier during the Civil War. To play “The Cruel War Is Raging” on guitar, you need to know how to play the “lullaby” pattern; how to finger basic [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Gospel Ship"

Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bass runs are an important part of the Carter style of gutiar playing, as you see in this arrangement, loosely based on the traditional song “Gospel Ship.” To play “Gospel Ship” [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "All My Trials"

The song "All My Trials" was a social protest folk song during 1950s and 1960s. To play “All My Trials” on guitar, you need to know how to play a Travis-style accompaniment; how to play hammer-ons; and [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Chicago Shuffle"

B.B. King once said, “I have a right to sing the blues,” and if you’re ready to try playing a couple of authentic blues songs, you have that right too! As you first attempt to play the [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Mississippi Mud"

"Mississippi Mud" is an old blues song that was first recorded by Bing Crosby back in 1927. This song features many acoustic blues concepts: E pentatonic minor scale in open position, steady bass notes [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Southern Hospitality"

"Southern Hospitality" incorporates the easy-sounding twang of the country- and Southern-rock movements of the ’70s. To play “Southern Hospitality” in guitar, you need to know how to play the pentatonic [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Chuck's Duck"

Learning how to play "Chuck's Duck" on guitar will give you a chance to practice the deliberate-sounding, classic rock ’n’ roll of the late ’50s. To play “Chuck’s Duck,” you need to know how to play licks [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Articulate Blues"

“The Articulate Blues” is a short guitar solo, in the form of a 12-bar blues, that employs all the forms of articulation. Learning how to play "The Articulate Blues [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Power Play"

Learning how to play "Power Play" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate a four-bar rock progression using only power chords. Countless rock songs use this progression, including [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

The song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" dates all the way back to the 16th century, but it is just as timeless as ever. Learning how to play "We Wish You a Merry Christmas [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Streets of Laredo"

When playing "The Streets of Laredo" on guitar, you'll play double-stops across the strings, near the bottom of the neck. The double-stops give the song a sweet, pretty sound — just the thing for a tête-à-tête [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Aura Lee" by Fosdick and Poulton

The song “Aura Lee” was made famous by Elvis Presley as “Love Me Tender.” Learning how to play this guitar arrangement of "Aura Lee" will give you a chance to practice playing exclusively on the first [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Turkey in the Straw"

Learning how to play "Turkey in the Straw" on guitar will give you a chance to practice playing in position. To play "Turkey in the Straw," you need to know how to play in seventh position and what saying [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Home on the Range"

Learning the traditional western song "Home on the Range" on guitar gives you a chance to practice the dominant 7th chords. In the music, you see the words “ [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "All Through the Night"

"All Through the Night" is a traditional Welsh lullaby. Learning how to play "All Through the Night" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate the E7 and A7 chords, which are often played [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Lydia Maria Child

Learning how to play "Over the River and Through the Woods" on guitar will give you a chance to practice your 7th chords. The 6/8 time signature in this song has a lilting feel to it — sort of as though [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Oh Susanna" by Stephen Foster

Learning to play “Oh, Susanna” on guitar gives you the chance to practice three types of 7th chords: dominant 7ths (D7 and G7), minor 7ths (Dm7, Em7, and Am7), and major 7ths [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "It's Raining, It's Pouring"

Learning how to play "It's Raining, It's Pouring" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate your major 7th chords. This song is a jazzed-up version of the old nursery rhyme “It’s Raining [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Swanee River" by Stephen Foster

This old tune of the South has four beats per measure, as its 4/4 time signature indicates. When you know how to play "Swanee River" on the guitar, you'll be able to demonstrate playing in an open position [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "On Top of Old Smoky"

This old favorite has three beats per measure, as the time signature (3/4) indicates. Learning how to play "On Top of Old Smoky" on guitar will give you a chance to practice playing in open position — [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Little Brown Jug" by Joseph Winner

"Little Brown Jug" has only two beats per measure (not four). The time signature (2/4) tells you this fact. Learning how to play "Little Brown Jug" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate [more…]

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