Pavoh.org, a new online resource for teenage musicians

I recently found a new website to help aspiring young musicians showcase their talents, find other musicians, and even win cash prizes in one of their contests.  It’s called Pavoh.org, and you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Part of the website “Learn” is dedicated to helping students learn about different genres of music including …

Easy Beatles Songs

Looking for easy Beatles songs to play on the guitar? The other day I did a search on Google for “Easy Beatles Songs” to see what would come up; the top 5 entries that I looked at had pretty bad information about this subject.  One post on a chat room recommended Yesterday and I Feel Fine, and another one listed …

Easy AC/DC Songs

One band that a lot of beginning acoustic guitar players overlook is AC/DC.  Bon Scott-era AC/DC has a surprising amount of songs that are primarily based on open chords like A, D, and G.  This weeks blog post covers their album, “Let There Be Rock.” I’ve listed the songs in their order on the cd, and noted what song group …

Tips on Buying Your First Acoustic Guitar

A lot of people start on acoustic because the start-up costs are lower.  You just buy the guitar, case, and a few extras and you’re done.  If you buy an electric guitar, you’ll have to also get an amp, or some sort of device so you can listen to it through headphones like a Line 6 Pod.  Your decision to …

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Mozart Symphony 40 Guitar Tab

Mozart’s 40th Symphony Arranged for Lead Guitar Classical music can most definitely rock. This is one of my favorite pieces to teach students who are taking private guitar lessons and are working on improving their lead guitar playing abilities.  The melodies aren’t too difficult, and the tempo of this is just fast enough to be challenging but not so fast …

Fingerstyle Blues Songbooks

Want to learn how to play acoustic blues? There are two really good books for learning fingerstyle blues written by recording artist Steve James: Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar Book and Fingerstyle Blues Songbook.  Steve James is a well known roots and blues guitarist based out of Austin, Texas, who has recorded 6 cds and produced 3 instructional DVD’s in …

Free Blues Backing Tracks

For those of you working on your blues improvisation . . . One thing that can really help beginning improvisers is an extensive library of backing tracks that sound good and are fun to play over.  This sort of thing didn’t exist when I was a young guitar player back in the dark ages prior to the invention of the …

How To Play The F Chord On Guitar

Help with the F major chord on guitar . . . I remember when I was in high school, a friend of my parents saw me playing the guitar and commented on the fact that he quit playing the guitar because he could never master the F chord. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of students get to the …

New website is finally done!

I finally finished the new website using WordPress and a WooThemes template, and made some other changes that will hopefully allow me to make more frequent updates to the content of the site.  It definitely seems like it will be a lot easier to make changes to the main structure of the site if I want to add or delete …