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Guitar Tablature: "Kumbaya"

The first measure "Kumbaya" (the ultimate campfire song) is known as a pickup measure, which is incomplete; it starts the song with one or more beats missing — in this case, the first two. During the pickup [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by Wallis Willis

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" starts with a one-beat pickup, and the guitar rests for that beat. Notice that beat 2 of measures 2, 4, and 6 has two strums instead of one. Strum those beats down and then up [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Auld Lang Syne"

Learning how to play "Auld Lang Syne" on guitar will give you a chance to practice a variety of different chords and chord progressions. Measure 8 of "Auld Lang Syne [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore"

Learning how to play "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" on guitar will give you a chance to try out a syncopated strumming pattern. The strum that normally occurs on beat 3 is [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The First Noël"

“The First Noël” is a Christmas carol that you probably know, so you can use your familiarity with it to help ensure that you’re playing the song correctly on guitar — hitting the right pitches and in [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Minuet in G" by J.S. Bach

Learning to play Bach's "Minuet in G" on guitar will give you a chance to use all your scale practicing in a real song. J.S. Bach, a composer who lived and wrote during the Baroque era [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers"

Playing "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" on guitar gives you a chance to practice a variety of scale patterns and sequences. When you look at the beginning of the music for “Oh, Dem Golden Slippers,” notice the [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

Despite the fact that “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” is in a minor key, it’s quite a spirited and uplifting Christmas tune. When you look at the guitar tablature below, you'll see that the key signature [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Allegro" by G.F. Handel

If you know how to play your melodic minor scales, you won't have any problem learning to play Handel's "Allegro" on guitar. The opening statement in this piece is just an ascending scale, although it [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Three Ravens"

If you’re old enough, you may recognize “The Three Ravens” from the Peter, Paul, and Mary version of this folk song. Playing "The Three Ravens" on guitar gives you a chance to practice your harmonic minor [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "To Work upon the Railroad"

Learning to play "To Work upon the Railroad" on guitar gives you a chance to put those natural minor scales to work. The song “To Work upon the Railroad” is also known by its Gaelic title, “Filimiooriooriay [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Full Little Jug"

Here is a renamed Gaelic song whose original title, “The Cruiskeen Lawn,” roughly translates to “The Full Little Jug.” Play this song on guitar using harmonic minor scale pattern [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "To the Colors"

To play "To the Colors" on guitar, you use major arpeggio patterns #1 and #2. “To the Colors” is played to honor the nation, as in a salute to the “colors,” or flag. This tune is given the same respect [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Retreat"

Playing "Retreat" on guitar is a great way to practice your major arpeggio patterns. “Retreat,” in this case, doesn’t mean “let’s get the heck out of here.” Instead, it’s used to signal the end of the [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Blues Riff in B"

The form of “Blues Riff in B” is the classic 12-bar blues, but it’s played the rock ’n’ roll way, which is in a straight-eighth feel (not a shuffle or swing). In the guitar tablature below, you’ll notice [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Doo-Wop Groove in A"

“Doo-Wop Groove in A” for guitar features a slow, relaxed feel. This song, which is shown in the following figure, uses major arpeggio patterns 1, 2, 3, and 4. These patterns should be played in a flowing [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Wolfgang’s Whistle"

“Wolfgang’s Whistle” was adapted from a Mozart piano sonata. Learning to play "Wolfgang's Whistle" on guitar gives you a great chance for practicing minor arpeggios; it contains major arpeggios, too. Actual [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Amadeus’s Air"

“Amadeus’s Air” is a guitar exercise taken from a Mozart composition (a piano concerto). It's based on ascending arpeggios (using patterns #1, #2, and [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Mozart’s Motif"

"Mozart's Motif" is an arpeggio exercise that's drawn from his Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major. What’s interesting here is that when you play "Mozart's Motif [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Wild Horseman" by Schumann

Robert Schumann was a brilliant but troubled composer from the Romantic era. His wife, Clara, was a famous pianist who performed many of her husband’s works. Schumann felt that his small hands limited [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Ave Maria" by Schubert

There are two famous versions of “Ave Maria” — one by Bach and Gounod and one by Schubert. Playing the Schubert piece on guitar will give you a chance to see how a dominant seventh chord arpeggio goes [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Pavane" by Gabriel Fauré

Learning to play Fauré’s “Pavane” on guitar gives you a chance to practice your arpeggio patterns. In fact, the song uses 14 of them, including various forms of the three types of seventh chords — dominant [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Liebestraum" by Franz Liszt

"Liebestraum," which means “dream of love,” is one of Franz Liszt’s slower pieces. Playing this slow-moving, static melody on guitar helps highlight the interesting, flavorful chords Liszt places behind [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Ave Maria”" by Bach and Gounod

"Ave Maria" is a beautiful piece of music composed entirely of arpeggios. This makes it the perfect choice for practicing your guitar chords and arpeggio patterns. One of Bach’s most famous compositions [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Danny Boy”

The lovely Irish ballad “Danny Boy” is actually based on an old traditional melody called “Londonderry Air.” And if you’ve ever checked out the derrieres [more…]

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