When I heard this tune a few weeks back I knew that I had to make a guitar lesson for the song. It’s got a great rock vibe to it. I used my Fender Strat and I ran it into Logic with Guitar Rig. I think I used a basic Marshall or Plexi setting. Below is the lesson. Let me know how it goes!
I recently heard of a band called Måneskin out of Rome. I hadn’t heard any of their songs yet so I went to the interwebs to check them out, and I was not disappointed. There are many things in this life that I don’t know anything about, but Blues and Rock style guitar I know a fair amount. With that being said I think Måneskin does it right. I can’t tell you how glad I was to hear a Blues Rock band playing in that dynamic style of all the greats. And they have success doing it! All the better. Below is my lesson for Zitte E Buoni which I believe roughly translates to “shut up and listen”. It’s a fun track to shut up an listen to and to play. Let me know how the lesson goes for you. If you have a lesson request or you are interested in Virtual Lessons click here.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know a ton about BTS, but I recently did another blog post about them here about their tune “Butter”. They have a fun sound and I can hear the appeal. Rap Monster or RM is the leader of the group and writer of the track Bicycle. The guitar work in the track is great and I thought I would make a lesson for the song. Below is that lesson. Let me know how it goes!
I thought this was a fun guitar lesson. It has a great acoustic intro followed by some interspersed acoustic moments. I went ahead and figured out the chords for you and put it into a nice lesson. If you are looking for virtual lessons visit my lessons page.
BTS burst onto the scene in the early 2010’s. A 7-piece boy band from Korea. Back in my day 4 or 5-piece was enough. Kids these days, I tell ya. Anyway, they have a fun sound and I thought I would teach a lesson on their latest hit “Butter” not to be confused with “Butter Face”. Below is my interpretation and guitar lesson also available on my youtube channel. Check it out and enjoy! If you are looking for some virtual lessons with me please visit the lessons page.
Check out a similar guitar to the one I play in my lessons. I think this one is a bit nicer. vvvvvv
I may be late to the game on this lesson but I always get a kick out of Wilbur Soot songs, so here it is. I think almost every Wilbur Soot song has an alternate tuning. Which is totally cool and gives the song a unique sound, but it makes it tougher on beginners to be detuning their instrument. So here below I have made a lesson for Jubilee Line in Standard Tuning for all you Wilbur fans out there. Let me know how it goes! Also visit my lessons page if you want to take virtual lessons from me. Like my guitar? View my gear list here.
I think I showed up late to the game as far as hearing about Wilbur Soot. I teach guitar lessons online so naturally I got a few requests from subscribers on my channel. Then I decided ok, I’ll do a lesson for his song “Your New Boyfriend“. I checked the song out and thought it was a hilarious take on the challenges of a young man trying to make any sense of the modern dating world. That lesson did well, check it out here. Due to the popularity of the lesson I followed it up with another hit from Wilbur called “I’m in Love with and E Girl“. Still the demand for Wilbur Soot lessons on my channel keep coming in. I just did a lesson for “Internet Ruined Me”. I’ll post the lesson below.
What I love about his songs is the transparency, complete honesty, and of course the humor. I would say that his songs are actually difficult to play for absolute beginners because they do involve some more advanced techniques. Barre chords, alternate tuning, unique non-traditional lines. He’s got a lot going on in these seemingly simple songs. As they say, it takes a lot of work to make it sound that simple.
Below is the guitar I used for this video.
When it comes to playing the guitar I have been around the block. Literally. When I was 13 I used to go across the street and learn guitar from my friend George. His Dad was this insanely good musician from Guatemala, so he would teach George and George me. Then I took my skills down the street and learned a few Nirvana tunes and started a band. Our name was Rubber Chicken. We played at my friend Mike’s all the time and probably drove his mom crazy.
So what kind of guitar did I play? A Fender? No. A Les Paul? No. It was a Yamaha Classical guitar. Of all things I ended up with a Yamaha. And I’m glad I did because even today I still suggest beginners get a Yamaha guitar. Why? Because they just make good quality affordable stuff. The Classical I have is probably over 50 years old at this point and it still plays just fine. Now here’s where you need to make a choice. I happened to have a Classical guitar which has nylon strings. Most people opt for a Steel String guitar. Both Classical and Steel String guitars are considered acoustic guitars. The Classical Guitar is a bit easier to play as a beginner because of the nylon strings and the fact that there is a little more spacing between the strings as well, making it easier to visualize chords and put your fingers where they need to go. Also, with the classical, if you lose all of your picks, which usually happens a lot as a beginner, you can strum with your finger. Here is a Yamaha Classical I would suggest but there are other options too.
A good Beginners Classical (Yamaha CG122MSH Nylon Sting)
Steel String is your more traditional “cowboy style guitar” that you would see many famous artists playing. It’s more associated with Rock n Roll as well. I would go with this model.
A good Beginners Steel String (Yamaha FG 800)
When choosing your guitar you may also want to consider a 3/4 scale guitar if you are under the age of 11. 3/4 scale is available in similar models as you see above. The main thing is to get a relatively good quality instrument, otherwise you may get stuck with something that is extra hard to play and that can be a game over for many beginners. The last thing you want to do is struggle with a crappy guitar. That’s why I suggest getting a Yamaha. They’ve been at it a long time and have good quality control on their instruments. You don’t have to get these exact models I have suggested here but it is a place to start. Honorable mentions for other brands would be Ibanez and Fender. And most of all, have fun playing! Get creative and do the best you can with whatever you have.
This is my second blog post talking about Roddy Ricch. Check my other post here. In my opinion he has the best guitar lines in rap currently. The Woo has a really sick intro guitar line. Guitar is an instrument that goes through phases in music production. One decade it’s everyone’s favorite instrument and the next you’re lucky to hear it on a track. I think as of right now in mainstream pop we are in a phase where guitar is usually a background instrument most of the time. Until you put on a Roddy Ricch track. Then you can hear it plays a more prominent role. Rockstar is a good example of this as well as The Woo. Below is my guitar lesson for The Woo by Pop Smoke ft. 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch. Check it out!
My guitar but a little nicer!
My favorite strings!
On January 8th Olivia Rodrigo released her song “Drivers License”. On January 9th it was already at the top of US iTunes. TikTok fans snatched up this song as it went viral. Listening to the track you can hear why it went viral. It has all the ingredients. Tween appeal, heartbreak, honesty, and great vocals. Below I have two lessons from my YouTube channel. Both guitar and ukulele. Check ’em out!