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Our online guitar lessons are designed to teach you about your instrument, provide practical advice to learn and improve your playing technique and guide you step by step to play some of your favorite songs in pop, country, urban, rock, and more. more...

You will learn to play guitar directly from instructors who have played for Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Diana Ross, Eminem, Usher, David Byrne, Arrested Development and John Legend to name a few.

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Ain't it Fun by Paramore
Riffs & Chords
 

In this guitar video tutorial, JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) teaches you how to play the riffs and chords to the song.

 
 
00:11:23
Intermediate
 
American Kids - Lead Guitar Part
Pentatonic Scales
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem), teaches you how to play the lead guitar part of this song - the lead lines, filler riffs, and the solo - utilizing the minor pentatonic scale.

 
 
00:08:38
Advanced
 
Am I Wrong by Nico and Vinz
Arpeggios
 

JJ Boogie teaches you how to play the song which has the same arpeggiated chords playing throughout. To be able to play this song, you will need to know how to play bar chords first.

 
 
00:06:36
Intermediate
 
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
 
Bartender by Lady Antebellum Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the rhythm guitar part  featuring chords in a minor key in the verses, but chords in a relative major key in the chorus. 

 
 
00:08:30
Intermediate
 
Bartender by Lady Antebellum Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic shows you how to play the guitar solo using the B minor scale and teaches you the chords and provides you with playing techniques.

 
 
00:10:19
Advanced
 
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
 
Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
Open G Tuning
 

Jon Skibic shows you how to play this song in an alternate tuning, called Open G,  throwing in some specific performance tips to help you sound like Keith Richards and the original record.

 
 
00:17:09
Beginner
 
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) shows you how to play the main rhythm parts of the song using open and bar chords.

 
 
00:12:01
Beginner
 
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the guitar solos in the song and shares some tips to help you better achieve the distinct style and sound of David Gilmour.

 
 
00:10:52
Advanced
 
Counting Stars by OneRepublic
Finger Picking
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) shows you how to play this song explaining the interesting finger picking techniques featured in it. 

 
 
00:06:31
Intermediate
 
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
 
Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys
Minor Scale
 

JJ Boogie teaches you how to play this rock tune taking you though the riff in sections and explaining the techniques needed to play it effectively including staccato, hammer on, vibrato, and more. 

 
 
00:06:09
Intermediate
 
Domino by Jessie J
Chords and Song Form
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development), teaches you this fun, funky guitar line to this catchy pop tune. This particular song relies on playing partial chords to get the right tones.

 
 
00:08:11
Advanced
 
Don't by Ed Sheeran
Power Chords
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) teaches you how to play this song using partial chords and offers alternative playing techniques. 

 
 
00:07:42
Intermediate
 
Drink In My Hand by Eric Church
Open G Tuning
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) teaches you to play this very "Stones-y" tune with very similar open G tuning which Jon demonstrates how to achieve. 

 
 
00:10:41
Intermediate
 
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
 
Girl Crush by Little Big Town
Arpeggios
 

Jon Skibic shows you how to play this song and explains how to approach the techniques used including arpeggios and palm muting. It's also a great opportunity to practice playing in 6/8 time.

 
 
00:10:38
Beginner
 
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
 
Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker Part 1
Suspended Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you to play the guitar riff with the delay effect, the suspended chords in the chorus, and a cool guitar riff in the verse that switches octaves.

 
 
00:11:09
Advanced
 
Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you the guitar solo to this country smash and provides you with playing techniques, including string bending, to master these guitar licks.

 
 
00:06:52
Advanced
 
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
 
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
Riffs & Chords
 

Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the song in true Johnny Ramone style, showing playing techniques like palm muting and consistent downpicking to help you sound just like the record. 

 
 
00:11:32
Beginner
 
Kerosene by Miranda Lambert
Riffs & Chords
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) shows you how to play this song using open string riffs and fast downstrokes. 

 
 
00:10:20
Beginner
 
Let it Be by The Beatles
Chords and Song Form
 

JJ Boogie teaches you this song at a beginner level since it only requires a few basic chords offering suggestions for playing the guitar to keep your hands from tiring easily.

 
 
00:07:36
Beginner
 
Neon Light by Blake Shelton
Pentatonic Scales
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) demonstrates how to play the guitar riffs which feature double stops and bends in a major pentatonic scale.

 
 
00:17:06
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 1
Basic Parts
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the intro which features hammer-ons, pull-offs, and movable shapes and gives advice on how to perform the different strumming patterns used in this section. 

 
 
00:18:02
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 2
Riffs & Chords
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the acoustic rhythm part, sharing useful tips on how to approach the ghost notes, dampening, and syncopation featured throughout the song.

 
 
00:12:19
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 3
Additional Parts
 

In Part 3, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the electric rhythm guitar parts, explaining the featured playing techniques, such as power chords, harmony parts, and hammer-ons.

 
 
00:15:39
Intermediate
 
Pinball Wizard by The Who Episode 1
Chords and Song Form
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) demonstrates how to play the acoustic guitar part and explains the pedal notes and modulations used throughout the song. 

 
 
00:17:07
Intermediate
 
Pinball Wizard by The Who Part 2
Using Dynamics
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to combine the acoustic and electric guitar parts, and how to use dynamics and the volume knob to give more dimension to your performance.

 
 
00:06:23
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
 
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
Open Chords
 

JJ Boogie (Eminem) teaches you how to play this beginner level lesson with some basic guitar chords and some  playing techniques like hammer ons.

 
 
00:09:55
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
 
Somebody Like You by Keith Urban Part 1
Suspended Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you the main parts of the song, including the banjo part, and about playing with open strings and suspended chords, which are heavily featured throughout the song. 

 
 
00:11:47
Intermediate
 
Somebody Like You by Keith Urban Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you the guitar solos and explains and demonstrates the techniques featured in these solos, including bends, use of the whammy bar, pedal notes and much more.

 
 
00:15:52
Advanced
 
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 | 12-Bar Blues
Blues
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) teaches you how to play 12 bar blues, otherwise known as the 145 blues or blues progression.

 
 
00:09:15
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Amplifiers
Essentials
 

This is a MUST for anyone who plays the electric guitar. JJ Boogie guides you through the basic functions of the guitar amplifier, using volume and effects and offers practical advice.

 
 
00:16:45
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 | Arpeggio Exercise
Arpeggios
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) shows you an arpeggio exercise to build finger dexterity, unlock melodic ideas, and develop coordination between the left and right hands.

 
 
00:05:56
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 | Diatonic Thirds
Dexterity Exercises
 

Learn how to create and play diatonic thirds, or triads, using the C Major scale. JJ Boogie teaches you this technique to improve the speed of your guitar chord changes to help you create melodic runs.

 
 
00:04:54
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | Four Note Run
Arpeggios
 

JJ Boogie demonstrates a four note run guitar exercise that helps open your ears to different melodies, improves finger dexterity on your left hand and increases your speed on your right hand.

 
 
00:04:36
Intermediate
 
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 | Intro to Guitar Part 1 - Playing Your First Notes
Basics
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) shows you how to play some basic notes and rhythmic patterns to allow you to play basic melodies. 

 
 
00:15:53
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Intro to Guitar Part 2 - Playing Your First Chords
Basic Chords
 

Learn to play your first chords on the guitar. JJ Boogie continues your introduction to the guitar by teaching you how to play basic guitar chords and offers playing techniques.

 
 
00:18:31
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Major 7th Chords
Major 7th Chords
 

Learn to play major 7th chords on the guitar as JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) teaches you the formation of these versatile chords and offers suggestions for playing them.

 
 
00:09:23
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Major Pentatonic Scale
Pentatonic
 

JJ Boogie teaches you how to play the familiar sound of the major pentatonic scale on guitar, the most prominent in southern rock, classic rock, country, and jazz.

 
 
00:08:18
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Major Scale
Major Scale
 

JJ Boogie (Arrested Development, Eminem) teaches you finger placement and picking for playing the major scale. 

 
 
00:07:56
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 | Minor 7th Chords
Minor 7th chords
 

JJ Boogie (Eminem) teaches you how to play minor 7th chords on the guitar and provides you with various playing techniques. 

 
 
00:07:38
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Minor Pentatonic Scale
Pentatonic
 

JJ Boogie shows you how to play the minor pentatonic scale on guitar, a five note scale, which is often the first scale guitar players learn as it is used in all genres of music. 

 
 
00:08:18
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Minor Scale
Minor Scales
 

JJ Boogie shows you how to play the minor scale, which has a darker, more mysterious, exotic sound, teaching you the pattern and finger placement for playing it.

 
 
00:07:30
Beginner
 
Toolkit | Pedals & Pedal Boards
Essentials
 

JJ Boogie discusses the uses and types of guitar special effects and pedal boards, showing you his pedal board and explaining which pedal effects he uses and why.

 
 
00:19:24
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 | The Centipede
Dexterity Exercises
 

JJ Boogie teaches you how to practice the centipede exercise, an exercise focused on developing finger dexterity and strength and getting you familiar with the feel of the guitar neck. 

 
 
00:05:18
Intermediate
 
Toolkit | Triplet Exercise
Dexterity Exercises
 

JJ Boogie demonstrates a triplet exercise, based on the minor pentatonic scale, designed to improve your guitar solo skills by focusing on developing rhythmic changes when playing.

 
 
00:05:06
Beginner
 
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
 
Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker - Lead Guitar Part
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 1, JJ Boogie teaches you how to play the lead guitar part with a focus on showing you how to play the solo and the main chorus riffs. 

 
 
00:10:45
Intermediate
 
Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker - Rhythm Guitar Part
Using a Capo
 

In Part 2, JJ Boogie shows you how to play the rhythm guitar part, which basically loops throughout the song. He uses a capo, but demonstrates how to play without one.

 
 
00:08:28
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 Horses by The Rolling Stones Part 1
Bar Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play this classic song which features bar chords. You can play it on a 12 string or 6 string guitar.

 
 
00:10:26
Beginner
 
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones Part 2
Playing Like The Record
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the embellishments in this song, so you can sound like Keith Richards when you play it.

 
 
00:08:28
Intermediate
 
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
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 1
Basic Parts
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the intro to this classic song and gives tips on how to play the hammer-ons and pull-offs used in this section.

 
 
00:10:07
Beginner
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 2
Lead Part
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the lead guitar part on the intro and gives tips on how to play the hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and double stops used in this section.

 
 
00:09:40
Intermediate
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 3
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 3, Jon Skibic shows you how to play the verses and choruses and shares tips on how to practice the strumming patterns and chord switching to achieve a comfortable, clean sound. 

 
 
00:07:30
Beginner
 
You Really Got Me by The Kinks
Rock Rhythms and Melody
 

Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the rhythm guitar part and the melody from the classic song which features power chords and a slick melody line.

 
 
00:08:12
Beginner
 
 
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