Some Songs to Play to Help You Play Better

I have always felt that songs and/or riffs can be some of the most effective ways of learning and improving on guitar. Here are a couple I want to share with you. One will be mostly for all of you beginners out there. The other one is for those who want to be challenged a bit more.

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)

I asked this question a few weeks ago: who doesn’t want to rock out to some Zeppelin?

Ok, even if you don’t, how about a cool lick to learn?

Jimmy Page had come up with so many great, memorable licks and songs.

Here is one that I think that even if you are a beginner, you should be able to figure it out.

It could still be a challenge for you. If so, think of it this way, when you overcome this challenge, think about how much better you will be for it!

TIP: always slow down videos that you are learning from so that you can get it right. Do it to this video if it is necessary

Here ya go!

Whole Lotta Love

Here’s the TAB that contains the main parts: Whole Lotta Love TAB

YYZ (Rush)

Yep, here is one that will challenge you if you are up for it!

Slow the video down if you need to. The song isn’t the easiest to play, I know.

But I also know that some of you want a BIG challenge.

Well, here you go

Have fun with it!

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!Have fun!

Rock on until the next time!

Chord Transitions and Strumming: Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Chord Transitions and Strumming: Boulevard of Broken Dreams

“BLAH, BLAH, BLAH..” – Alex Lifeson (Rock n Roll Hall of Fame speech)

“This amp goes to 11…” – Nigel in Spinal Tap

This week here let’s do something for fun!

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day is a GREAT song to work on basic strumming techniques, chord transitions, and how to have fun playing a song!

Pay special attention to technique! Watch how both hands are positioned, how my thumb and wrist are used on each hand.

When strumming, remember that you also use your right wrist. I often think of it this way: the wrist leads the arm, not the other way around.

Use a light (i.e., thinner) pick to help with the strumming. I use a Dunlop .6mm pick. You could also use something like Fender Thin picks. It isn’t paper thin but flexible enough to sweep across the strings while strumming.

While I’m at it, when sweeping the pick across the strings while strumming, slightly twist the pick in a clockwise direction so that the edgeof the pick sweeps across the strings rather than the flat part of the pick. It’s much easier and effective that way.

Get the TAB here: http://sixstringcorner.com/boulevard-of-broken-dreams-tab/

Rock On,

Tony G.

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Best Rush Songs on Guitar: Top 10

Best Rush Songs on Guitar: Top 10

Here are the 10 Best Rush Songs on Guitar that Alex Lifeson did in Rush. At least they are to me.

What do you think?

There are so many to choose from, this is really a hard list to agree on. So this is just for fun. Just like I did with Closer to the Heart by the pool.

FYI: I do play in a Rush Tribute Band in the Chicago Area: Animation A Tribute to Rush.

I understand we might be one of the longest running Rush tributes on the planet. At least, that’s what I hear. The band has been together since it’s first gig back in 1987. It has gone through several different members (none of the originals are in the band now). But the music is still going strong!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to put this one together.

I was also messing around with camera angles with my iPhone X. If I do this again I’ll use my amp sound..nothing like tube amps!

My band website: https://atributetorush.com/