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ep114 - acoustic blues guitar lesson

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson in The Key of G – No Accompaniment – EP114

Back with another “no accompaniment” style guitar lesson (because they’re so popular).  This 12 bar blues is played in the key of G and contains both a rhythm and lead part, so it will be up to you to play them both, alternating back and forth between them.  These lessons are so popular because they’re […]

Funk Guitar Lesson - EP113

Funk – Lead Guitar Lesson Created By ActiveMelody Community – EP113

This lesson is a follow-up to EP112 Funk Rhythm Guitar Lesson. In the previous lesson (EP112), I asked ActiveMelody community members to submit audio or videos of themselves playing a lead over the funk rhythm jam track. Several people responded by posting their submissions on the forum (you can find them by searching EP112). I […]

EP112 Funk Blues Guitar Lesson

Minor Key, Funk Blues Rhythm in A – EP112

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play an up-tempo bluesy sounding rhythm in the key of A. This is a great lesson for practicing strumming and timing, complete with up-strokes, down-strokes and muted strums. This lesson works on acoustic or electric guitar, no effects are needed. There are 2 versions of the MP3 […]

EP111 - Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson – No Accompaniment – EP111

This is an acoustic blues guitar lesson that shows how to play an up-tempo blues in the key of E with no accompaniment. No jam tracks or other musicians are required to play this, all you need is a guitar and a pick. This works on acoustic or electric guitar.

Mark Knopfler guitar lesson

Mark Knopfler Rhythm and Lead Guitar Lesson – EP110

I’ve done a few Mark Knopfler style lessons in the past, but I wanted to create one that shows his very unique way of playing fingerstyle (using 3 fingers). This lesson has a repeating rhythm and every other time a 1 bar lead is introduced (playing within the A minor pentatonic scale). The Part 1 […]

Jimmie Vaughan Guitar Lesson

Jimmie Vaughan Style Lead Guitar Lesson – EP109

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a Jimmie Vaughan style lead using a hybrid picking technique. Although Jimmie primarily plays with only his fingers, this style allows you to use both the pick and fingers to get a similar tone. This lesson also includes 2 versions of the MP3 jam track, one […]

star spangled banner guitar lesson

Star Spangled Banner Guitar Lesson – EP108

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the Star Spangled Banner on the guitar? For some reason, I’ve had lots of requests for this one through the years (I’m assuming because of the famous Jimi Hendrix version). So feeling patriotic as the 4th of July weekend approaches here in the U.S., I thought […]

ep107 Dick Dale Style Lead

Surf Guitar Lesson (Dick Dale meets The Ventures) – EP107

In this guitar lesson, learn how to play a simple surf style lead and rhythm. This lesson has some licks from the great Dick Dale and some licks from The Ventures. This lesson is also a great exercise for those that are interested in improving your picking technique and speed with your right hand. I’ve […]

Keith Richards Guitar Lesson

Keith Richards Style Rhythm and Lead Guitar Lesson – EP106

This guitar lesson is split into 2 parts. In the first part, you’ll learn how to play a Keith Richard’s inspired rhythm (this rhythm works on either electric or acoustic guitar). Part 2 takes that same rhythm that you learned in the first half and introduces a Keith Richard’s style lead on top of it. […]

david gilmour guitar lesson

David Gilmour Guitar Lesson (Pink Floyd) – EP105

David Gilmour (guitar player and vocalist for Pink Floyd) is one of my all-time favorite guitar players and I’m actually surprised it’s taken me this long to put together a lesson showcasing his style. One of the reasons it’s taken me so long is because he has SO much depth, it’s actually overwhelming to try […]

ep104 - Acoustic blues with no accompaniment

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson in G – No Accompaniment (With a pick) – EP104

In this blues guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a solo blues arrangement in the key of G (played with no accompaniment). I’m also playing this with a pick (so no fingerstyle required for this one). I do use a hybrid picking technique in a few spots, but they’re fairly straight-forward and should be […]

ep103 j.j. cale guitar lesson

J.J. Cale Style Simple Blues Guitar Lesson – EP103

J.J. Cale was probably best known as being a great singer / songwriter, but his unique approach to playing lead and rhythm (without a pick) has influenced thousands of guitarists. His style was simple and elegant, and always seemed to perfectly compliment the music. This guitar lesson showcases some of J.J. Cale’s style of lead […]

102-b- bb king guitar lesson

B.B. King Style Lead (Bonus For Premium Members) – EP102 – B

In honor of B.B. King’s passing last week, I wanted to create a lesson showcasing some classic B.B. King style licks. This is a bonus lesson that’s only available to Premium Members this week. This lesson uses the same MP3 jam track as EP102-A the T-Bone Walker style lead and rhythm guitar lesson

ep102-a t-bone walker blues guitar lesson

T-Bone Walker Style Lead and Rhythm Guitar Lesson – EP102 – A

In this blues guitar lesson you’ll learn how to play a T-Bone Walker style lead and rhythm. This can be played on either electric or acoustic guitar (although some of the lead parts might be challenging on acoustic guitar). T-Bone Walker was a huge influence on B.B. King, and so in honor of his passing […]

albert king guitar lesson

Albert King Style Blues Guitar Lesson – EP101

Learn how to play an Albert King style lead in this slow electric blues guitar lesson (in the key of G). I try to make most of these lessons in a way that they can work on electric or acoustic, but when you’re dealing with some of the Chicago blues guys (like Albert King), a […]

ep100 - blues guitar lesson

Part 2 of 2: How to Improvise (Jam) on Guitar When Playing Lead – EP100

This lesson is a follow-up to EP099 How To Jam (Improvise) On The Guitar (Part 1), so be sure to watch that if you haven’t already. This lesson provides you with an additional 8 bars worth of licks so you can now combine these 2 lessons together (EP099 and EP100) and have a decent jam […]


Part 1 of 2: How to Jam (Improvise) on Guitar When Playing Lead – EP099

One of the most common emails I get from folks that are learning to play the guitar is, “Ok, so I know my chords and scales… now what?” There seems to be a mental ceiling that we all hit at some point and knowing how to improvise is a big one. In this lesson, I’ll […]

spacey lead guitar

Easy, Spacey Sounding Lead Guitar in E – EP098

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play over a simple Em, C, A chord progression. This style of lead is similar to something you might hear T-Bone Burnett or Bill Frisell play and takes advantage of the tremolo (whammy bar) on your guitar. If you don’t have a tremolo, you can still play […]


Jimmy Rogers Style – Chicago Blues Guitar Lesson – EP097

In this guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to play a classic Chicago blues style rhythm and lead in the style of the great Jimmy Rogers. Jimmy played in the Muddy Waters band during the 1950s and went on to develop a solo career, recording on Chess records with classics like, “That’s Alright” and “Walking […]

EP096 Ragtime Guitar Lesson

Ragtime Blues Guitar Lesson on Acoustic – EP096

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a ragtime blues on the acoustic guitar (although you could also play this on electric if you wanted to). This lesson has several licks that contain open strings, which gives more of a ragtime / bluegrass feel. I’ll show you how to transpose these licks into […]

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