In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play the chord changes using just 2 chords. This is a great technique to use when improvising because it creates a much more melodic sounding lead. This lesson includes the rhythm breakdown as an added bonus.
Part 1 - Free Guitar Lesson
Part 2 - For Premium Members
Bonus - Rhythm Explanation
Slow Walkthrough Lead
Video Tablature Breakdown
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I like your “not-too-shabby” satisfied look on your face Brian as you completed the initial playing example on this nice new A.M. lesson!! Jim C.
San Luis Rey says
Cool change up this week! You keep us on our toes. I love all these lessons you come up with. Thanks Brian!
Geoff W says
Great lesson . Some nice take aways.Thanks Brian!
Billy B says
Wow nice you out did yourself this week brain I love this kind of music
Sounds like a Mariachi Ragtime. I like it!
Agree totally,, First thought Chet Atkins and even train johnny cash in here,,but yes happy Mariachi is a genre of music that originated in the State of Jalisco, in Western Mexico.. Anywhat! I like it also wish to know what mic and recording gear Brian is using lately.. nice mic upgrade for acoustic recordings.. sounds awesome!
Cliff R says
Hey Sunburst! I too was very surprised and impressed with the “Sound” this time! To the point that I asked Brian what kind of strings he’s got on that little Martin, because it just sounds so fat and meaty! Thought maybe they might be flatwounds? Also becuase I didn’t hear any squeaking! Anyway, he hasn’t answered back yet, but now that you mentioned it, I’m wondering if THAT was what I was hearing? Well, whatever it is….it SOUNDS really GOOD!!
Those are 12 gauge roundwounds on the Martin – that new mic is the Shure SM7B – and I’m using it with a Cloudlifter CL-1 – running directly into my laptop via a USB audio interface
Coinindentally , I also bought the m15 and the recommended strings were silk strings .. I am away on vaca..got this a lot tighter but I don’t think I can trasmit here where I recorded it and I will be sure to to do when home again
Cliff I read you and Brian’s answer.. I am in the MTS and only have my Alvarez acoustic LoL but I am practicing this one up here be back home before crazy memorial weekenders lol
Clay, mariachi ragtime is an hilarious but accurate description of this little groove…I’m going to have to use that!
Jim M says
Connecting the dots with this one. Love it!!!
Michael Allen says
This one looks like a lot of fun. Thanks Brian
Simply smashing lesson! I like this very much so many great takeaways thanks Brian!
Raymond P says
Another great lesson Brian. I always enjoy how you go into details to explain these lessons. Lots of take a-ways
Arnold M says
Terrific takeaways as usual Brian, thanks. And a bigger thank you for the accompanying rhythm explanation and tab. Hope you will do more of these 🤞. Helps complete the whole story. Hope to learn the rhythm, put it into my looper and then work the lead to it.
Wow, fantastic lesson! The Bonus Rhythm breakdown is my favorite part, thank you for that, Brian! If I learn just one thing from it, that’s it! Also thank you for including the rhythm (jam track) in the Slow Walkthrough Lead part, that is super helpful 🙂
Also . . . man, that old beat up Martin sounds incredibly satisfying 😋
I think I’m in my 4th year but I still find something new in each lesson. Thanks, Brian.
Johnny get a nice Martin acoustic thank me later😀
Robert Burlin says
Yep, you pulled that off pretty spectacularly! There are popular songs on one chord. Simple is where the fun is! Keep it simple Brian.
David L says
Love this. Great lesson.
San Luis Rey says
Not-to-shabby for shure! After going through part one, my brain is hearing all these different directions this can go. That’s happening with the last jazz and blues lesson too. This is very cool that and old guy can learn new tricks! Part 2 sounds incredible and can’t wait to dig in.
Aussie Rick says
The rhythm explanation is a great addition to the lesson – and a ton of fun. Thanks Brian
What a fantastic lesson! A great composition – created with simple means.
Gary W says
..great bit of finger knitting Brian.
I’m having trouble with the ‘I pulled that one off, not too shabby’ coda look.
Guess that’s gonna take a bit more air guitar time hahaha.
Greetings from Wales UK
Andy T says
Hi greetings everybody. Andy Tan (72yrs) here from Singapore. Still interested in guitar music 5 yrs back esp. blues.. Just joined the membership group a few days ago. Familiar with the Pentatonic scales,5 blue boxes and considerable knowledge of barring, but yet to play a complete piece. Looking forward to improve my guitar journey here. All comments and advice are welcome. Thks.
Aussie Rick says
G’day Andy and welcome to AM. This is a great place to continue your guitar playing journey.
Your post is easily missed here – it is more likely to be seen if you post it on the Forum, under ‘Introduce Yourself’.
David C says
Hi Brian! Amazing lesson!
Little confused though, at the start you say the lead comes in on the & beat. However in the tabs the first rest is a quarter note so wouldn’t that mean the lead starts on a 2 beat? Regardless thanks for the lesson!
Tom D says
You have done it again – another great number. I saw a post above from Aussie Rick; maybe I should have called myself Aussie Tom. I have not learnt the number yet. I am just about to start. I am using a Mexican strat with noisless pickups through a Fender twin reverb amp and I am getting a great sound.
John J says
Love the Jazz the best, but this one is all kinds of awesome too…I love the variety…keep it coming.
David Hunter says
Brian – I do not know how you keep up your creative pace – awesome lesson – we do not deserve you.
Enjoy your trip to Europe and the UK – may be we will have sorted out our “Brexit” mesh by the time to arrive!
excellent lesson..thers a lot of great ideas for me.. i love the 6th to the 9th chord things..I m playing on a resonator and alot of these things sound really good on it – expecially some that sound like a pedal steel
fantastic just come back from a week lay off other interests got the better of me and at one point i thought i’d never pick it up again Phew great one Brian i tried a different approach this time learning a phrase by phrase from the tab trying to work out where what part relates to . Now to watch the walk through.
George C says
Great stuff. Keep up excellent lessons. Your presentation and teaching concepts are very well balanced for a beginner or advanced player to take away some cool concepts.
James W says
Late to the party. . .but this is gold. I got so much out of this lesson!
Lyn C says
This composition is amazing.. just love it, and having the lead and the rhythm makes it that much more interesting.