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Music School Online founder and guitar teacher, Ken Lewis, works as a producer, songwriter, mixer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with a veritable “who’s who” of modern music and has earned a staggering 76 Gold and Platinum records, with 60 #1 Billboard credits. Thirteen of those recordings were Grammy-winning, with a total of 42 Grammy nominations to date. Ken has played guitar on recordings for Kanye West, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, Diana Ross, John Legend, Drake, Ciara, Beastie Boys, and many more. Whether you just want to learn for personal enjoyment or to become a serious musician, Ken’s decades of experience at the very top of the music industry and straightforward, approachable guitar tutorials for MSO will show you the way!
 
 
Back in Black by ACDC
Basic Parts
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande) teaches you how to play the main riff and the hook to this classic song and explains the playing techniques used in the song, including pull offs and palm muting.

 
 
00:12:35
Intermediate
 
Beat It by Michael Jackson
Riffs & Chords
 

Ken Lewis teaches you the main guitar parts played by guitar virtuoso, Eddie Van Halen, and explains the playing techniques used including pull offs, power chords and staccato playing. 

 
 
00:05:57
Intermediate
 
Boom Clap Episode 1 by Charlie XCX
Open Chords
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher), teaches you a simplified version for beginner guitar players using only open chords in this guitar tutorial.

 
 
00:09:05
Beginner
 
Boom Clap Episode 2 by Charlie XCX
Using a Capo
 

Ken Lewis teaches you a more advanced version (indicative of the original recording) using bar chords and a capo. Ken also goes over various strumming patterns. 

 
 
00:08:01
Advanced
 
Choir Roundtable
Choir experience
 

Ken Lewis, Alvin Fields and members of The Blessed Choir discuss what it is like to be in a choir, sharing their experience with you to ease your fears about singing with a group.

 
 
00:24:24
Beginner
 
Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Riffs & Chords
 

Ken Lewis teaches you the main guitar parts to this heavy metal classic and shares exercises designed specifically to get you up to speed so you can play the verse riff comfortably at the song's original speed.

 
 
00:09:32
Beginner
 
Emergency Piano Tuning
Tuning
 

Learn how to tune your piano in an emergency from producer Ken Lewis. This method of piano tuning is for urgent use only. 

 
 
00:21:59
Advanced
 
FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 1, Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Usher) shows you how to play the challenging guitar parts on the verses, pre-chorus & chorus of the song. 

 
 
00:14:40
Advanced
 
FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney Part 2
Basic Parts
 

In Part 2, Ken Lewis teaches you the guitar chords to the bridge of the song, a particularly complicated section with no set tempo. 

 
 
00:08:39
Advanced
 
Harmonizing Part 1 - Learn 3 Part Harmony
Three Part Harmony
 

Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis explain what a three part harmony is, how to sing one, and what variations can be sung depending on the range of the vocalists.

 
 
00:06:06
Intermediate
 
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Open Chords
 

Ken Lewis teaches you this relatively simple song walking you through the open chords needed to play the song and the strumming pattern.

 
 
00:12:15
Beginner
 
Iron Man by Black Sabbath
Classic rock riffs
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you how to play the classic rock guitar riffs from this best-selling record made up of bar chords and power chords. 

 
 
00:13:32
Intermediate
 
Power Chords - Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Power Chords
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Usher) explains what power chords are and teaches you how to play them on one of his favorite songs by one of his favorite bands.

 
 
00:09:53
Beginner
 
Royals by Lorde - Part 1
Open Chords
 

In Part 1, Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you how to play this smash hit on the guitar with three simple open chords.

 
 
00:12:38
Beginner
 
Royals by Lorde - Part 2 Strumming Patterns
Strumming Patterns
 

In Part 2, Ken Lewis focuses on teaching you various strumming patterns that can be used to play this song, but you can experiment using these patterns in other songs as well.

 
 
00:10:28
Beginner
 
Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
Basic Parts
 

Ken Lewis (Ariana Grande) teaches you the main riff, showing you various ways to play it. This will allow you to keep the song interesting by playing the same guitar riff with subtle differences.

 
 
00:03:09
Beginner
 
Singing in Tune
Identifying Pitchy Singing
 

Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis discuss what it means to sing in tune. They identify and provide examples of when a vocalist is pitchy, that is, singing flat or singing sharp. 

 
 
00:04:50
Beginner
 
Take Me to Church by Hozier
Chords and Song Form
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you the guitar chords for all the sections in the songs, and he gives you tips to navigate the song's odd time signatures.

 
 
00:16:33
Advanced
 
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 1, Ken Lewis teaches you the chords to the intro, verses and chorus. He also teaches you a convenient way to play the turnaround section, keeping it simple and musical. 

 
 
00:11:24
Beginner
 
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran Part 2
Playing Like The Record
 

In Part 2, Ken Lewis teaches you the guitar chords to the turnaround section and shows you how to play the little embellishments that Ed Sheeran plays on the recording.

 
 
00:13:43
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | 1 4 5 Chord Progressions
Chord Progressions
 

Ken Lewis teaches you all you need to know to create 1 4 5 progressions anywhere on the guitar, how to identify them on your favorite songs, and how to use them to create your own songs.

 
 
00:08:03
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | 7 Basic Chords
Open Chords
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you how to play the 7 essential open chords on the guitar and offers techniques to create the best tones.

 
 
00:12:55
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Arpeggiated Picking Exercise
Arpeggios
 

Ken Lewis teaches you 2 different challenging arpeggiated picking exercises on the guitar designed to improve your ability to skip strings and to enhance your alternate picking skills. 

 
 
00:07:03
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | Bar Chords
Bar Chords
 

Learn how to create and play basic major and minor bar chords as Ken Lewis teaches you the theory and the technique to forming these bar chords.

 
 
00:11:56
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Basic Guitar Parts
Essentials
 

Learn the basic parts of the guitar including the body, the strings, the frets, and more. Ken Lewis teaches you each piece and explains basic playing techniques for brand new players. 

 
 
00:08:06
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Bends
String Bending
 

Learn how to incorporate the string bending technique into your playing, and how to practice it. Ken Lewis teaches you all you need to know about string bends.

 
 
00:05:19
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
 

Learn how to perform clean sounding hammer-ons and pull-offs. Ken Lewis explains these essential guitar techniques and gives you tips and exercises to incorporate them in your playing. 

 
 
00:05:31
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Harmonics
Harmonics
 

Harmonics are an essential part of the arsenal of every guitarist. Ken Lewis shares his knowledge on harmonics and gives you exercises to practice to get them to sound right.

 
 
00:05:03
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Major Scale Part 1
Major Scale
 

In Part 1, Ken Lewis teaches you how to play the major scale on the guitar. He begins by defining what it is, then explains the spacing between the frets and teaches you playing techniques.

 
 
00:10:43
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Major Scale Part 2 - Exercises
Major Scale Exercises
 

In Part 2, Ken Lewis teaches you a two octave exercise up and down the guitar neck utilizing alternate picking. Then, he demonstrates a more difficult interval exercise that skips some of the notes.

 
 
00:04:45
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Picking Episode 1 - Beginner's Guide
Essentials
 

Ken Lewis gives you a basic lesson on guitar picks, explaining how they are weighted differently and how to hold one. 

 
 
00:08:56
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Picking Episode 2 - Four Fret Exercise
Dexterity Exercises
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you a picking exercise to increase your speed and proficiency playing guitar with a pick.

 
 
00:06:19
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Picking Episode 3 - The Spider
Dexterity Exercises
 

Ken Lewis teaches you how to practice "The Spider" exercise, a challenging picking pattern exercise focused on developing finger dexterity and improving your alternate picking skills. 

 
 
00:08:56
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Suspended 4 Chords
suspended 4 chords
 

Ken Lewis teaches you how to play suspended 4, or sus4, chords on the guitar and gives you some tips to get a clean sound when playing them.

 
 
00:09:30
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | Tuning the Guitar
Essentials
 

Ken Lewis teaches you five different ways to tune the guitar including using a clip-on tuner, tuning by ear, using a tuner app, tuning to a piano, and relative tuning. 

 
 
00:19:05
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Using a Capo
Essentials
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) explains what a capo does and how to use it. He offers practical advice when using a capo. 

 
 
00:08:26
Beginner
 
Walk This Way by Aerosmith
Basic Parts
 

Ken Lewis teaches you the iconic riff of this classic song,  sharing tips about how to practice it and how to make it sound like the record.

 
 
00:03:57
Beginner
 
Wild Thing by the Troggs
Chords and Song Form
 

Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher) teaches you the main guitar parts to the song and provides you two ways to play them, both open chords and power chords. 

 
 
00:10:15
Beginner
 
 
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