Hey, Soul Sister Chords by Train

This week we are going to look at the chords and lyrics for Train’s Hey, Soul Sister from their “Save Me, San Francisco” album. It’s likely that you’ve heard this song on the radio, as it’s been at the top of the charts for quite awhile now. It uses the most basic guitar chords and is in a 4/4 time signature.

The most challenging part about this song will probably be the rhythm. While we don’t have time to go into the strumming pattern of the song, one thing that can help is to simply listen through the song before trying to play it. Listen to what’s happening with the rhythm and listen to the chord changes. Try to internalize the song in your mind and hear it. If you can hear it in your mind, you will most likely be able to play it.

If you want more songs to learn and play, check out the chords and lyrics for some other beginner guitar songs.

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Guitar Strumming Lesson: 6/8 Strumming Patterns

We’ve looked before at beginner guitar strumming patterns in the 4/4 time signature or in a count of four. We haven’t looked yet at 6/8 strumming patterns where you count in six.

Here is a video guitar lesson that I just did this morning that will allow you to learn some 6/8 strumming patterns. We’ll even apply what we learn to playing Paramore’s song The Only Exception.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: Bb Major Scale Positions

Right now, we’re on a journey towards mastering the guitar fretboard. The goal is to learn all twelve major keys in all five scale positions across the fretboard. So far, we’ve covered C major, F major, and G major.

Each of these guitar scale lessons build on the previous week, so if you haven’t checked those out then you want to start with learning your C major scales.

This week we’re going to look at Bb major.

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The Importance of Embracing Critique

Here’s the scenario. You are a lead guitar player in a band. You just performed for a group of people. Overall, you feel like it went well and really poured everything you had into playing your parts and improvising that solo section. Most people tell you they were impressed with the performance. You feel good about it.

However, one friend, who also happens to play guitar, says to you, “Yeah, dude, you played your parts well, but the solo section seemed way too long and lacked interest in the melody.”

Some of you might not pay much attention to the comment, but for others, this could be devastating, especially for newer guitar players who don’t have a lot of experience or confidence.

In general, I think at a gut level we believe that critique directed towards us is somehow a bad thing. Maybe in our minds we would say it’s a good thing, but when it comes towards us, our initial reaction might be to write it off rather than consider it, and in some cases, we might be even afraid of it, or discouraged from ever playing music again.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: G Major Scale Positions

The past couple weeks we learned our C major scale in all five scale positions up and down the fretboard. This enabled us to also learn the F major scale in all five scale positions, because all we had to do was change the “B” notes in the C major scale to “Bb” notes for […]

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The Only Exception Chords by Paramore

As a guitar player, the ultimate goal is to be able to play songs. However, if you are first starting out it can be hard to find easy guitars songs to play that aren’t too hard. The good thing is that some of the best songs ever written are the most simple ones.

Here are the chords and lyrics for Paramore’s The Only Exception from their “Brand New Eyes” album. It uses the most basic guitar chords and has a swung 6/8 rhythm. If you are new to strumming, you might want to check out our guitar lessons for creating and understanding strumming patterns.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: F Major Scale Positions

For the next several weeks, we will be learning our major scales up and down the fretboard in all five positions and in all twelve major keys. Seem like an impossible task? Don’t worry. It’s not so bad, but in case you missed it, you will most definitely want to take a look at the introduction to the major guitar scales method we’re using to do this, and you might want to read up on the music theory for major scales.

The beauty about learning our major guitar scales with this method is that it not only teaches us the scale patterns but it inevitably teaches us the theory behind each major scale and the individual notes of each scales and how they interact and relate to one another. If we know how the notes interact with one another on the fretboard, we can begin to start crafting some interesting melodies and solos.

This week we are going to learn the F major scale.

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Guitar Scales Lesson for Beginners: Major Guitar Scales

When I studied guitar at university, I learned one of the most foundational methods for learning the guitar fretboard and learning a variety of guitar scales up and down the fretboard. You can learn this too. You’ll just need some time and a bit of dedication.

Before we get started, I want to draw attention to our recent post on music theory for major guitar scales, which will be essential for understanding this lesson. Once you’ve read that, come back and continue.

Introduction to the Guitar Scales Method

In the previous mentioned lesson on music theory for major scales, we learned that a C major scale has no sharps or flats, and we learned how to construct major scales in other keys by modifying the C major scale. Knowing this basic theory is crucial, and we can use it to learn any scale on the guitar fretboard by starting with the C major scale.

Because of this, we are going to learn the C major scale in all positions over the fretboard to provide a basis for learning every other guitar scale out there. Again, I learned this method my first semester of taking guitar in university and attribute it to giving me a comfortable grasp of the entire fretboard.

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The Ultimate Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Not all acoustic guitars are the same. There are a lot of differences and characteristics that set each and every guitar apart from the other. Some of these characteristics are really obvious, but some are more nuanced and require a bit more attention.

When you make a serious financial investment, such as buying a guitar, it’s important to make an educated buying decision.

The purpose of this guide is to give you a comprehensive overview of the things you should consider when buying an acoustic guitar or determining the quality of one.

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Music Theory for Guitar: Major Scales

I’ve talked before about the music theory behind guitar scales some, but for this guitar lesson, I want to back up just a bit.

In that lesson, we learned that a scale is simply a group of notes (pitches) arranged in ascending and descending order. There are different types of scales: major, pentatonic, melodic minor, harmonic minor, whole tone, etc. We’re not going to get into the differences between each one in this lesson, but we are going to look explicitly at the major scale. Most of the music we hear on the radio is based on the major scale, so if we know the major scale, this will give us a huge foundation from which we’ll learn other things in the future.

Before we talk more about the major scale, we need to know about half steps and whole steps. All of the pitches (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) are separated by whole steps except that E to F and B to C are separated by half steps.

If you start on the 1st fret of the low E string, which is an F note, and move up one fret to the 2nd fret of the low E string, which is an F#, you’ve moved up one half step. If you were to move up two frets, you would have moved up a whole step. A whole step equals two half steps. […]

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