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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…]

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…]

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