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Eddie Van Halen - Music Biography

How’s this for praise? The authoritative <i>All Music Guide</i> describes Eddie Van Halen as “second only to Jimi Hendrix… undoubtedly one of the most …

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Guitar Noise 2014 Year in Review

Year In Review<p>Let’s kick off the new year by sending out 2014 in style. Here are some of our favorite moments from the past year.<p>January<p>Spirit of the …

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Besides being a beautiful Christmas hymn, I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day is also a great exercise for working on finger dexterity while shifting …

Electric Guitar

El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother)

Some Christmas carols are best described as lullabies. "El Noi de la Mare," or "The Child of the Mother," is one such traditional Catalonian …

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

This chord melody version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing might be slightly challenging for most beginners, but not completely beyond your …

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Sometimes the term “chord melody“ can be a bit misleading. One doesn’t have to use full chords to create harmony. Two notes can imply a full chord, …

Silver Bells

It’s been a while since our last chord melody arrangement, not to mention since our last holiday song, let’s start out the new holiday season with …

Electric Guitar

I Saw Three Ships

Explore open D tuning with this easy arrangement of the traditional English Christmas carol “I Saw Three Ships.”This first appeared on Guitar Noise. …

Electric Guitar

Good King Wenceslas in Open D Tuning

The ringing open strings of a guitar give it one of its many special musical qualities and it’s great to take advantage of that sound when one can. …

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Guitar Tab Lesson

Playing chord melody-style arrangements is easiest when you work with basic chords you know. This simple arrangement of the traditional English carol …

Electric Guitar

I'll Be Home for Christmas

One of the (pardon the pun) cool things about working up arrangements for Christmas songs is that it’s incredibly rare for someone to write in and …

Electric Guitar

Jingle Bells

This simple single-guitar arrangement of "Jingle Bells" features basic open chord shapes and a fun walking bass line.This first appeared on Guitar …

Electric Guitar

The Little Things

(NOTE: To get the full effect of this introduction, you need to imagine that you’re hearing one of those larger-than-life voices. It can be laden …

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A Practical Guide to Shopping for the Guitarists in Your Life

When you think of “guitar” or “guitarist” and “gift” together in the same sentence, you’re probably also thinking about the prospect of spending …

George Harrison - Music Biography

<b>“The farther one travels the less one knows” The Inner Light, The Beatles 1968, music and lyrics by George Harrison</b><p>In 1968 George Harrison traveled …

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Happy Thanksgiving

Fifteen years ago David introduced himself to me by email and we started a friendship that has brought guitar lessons to millions of people …

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett - Easy Song for Beginners

One of the easiest ways to quickly improve your guitar playing is to start thinking of your instrument as being more than just a single guitar. Once …

Pink Floyd - Music Biography

When I was a kid I really wanted to know what Pink Floyd sounded like. Everyone I saw wearing a Pink Floyd shirt was a freaky looking dude with long …

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Man on the Moon by R.E.M. - Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

If you’re planning on performing, whether just playing for friends and family or in front of an audience at a bar or coffee house, it’s good to know …

Neil Young - Music Biography

<b>“I’m listening to Neil Young<br>I gotta turn up the sound</b> <b><br>Someone’s always yelling<br>turn it down” – Bob Dylan, Highlands</b><p>Try googling “guitar” and “noise” …

Spooky Songs for Halloween

It’s crazy how much some people look forward to Halloween. Here's a quick selection of spooky rock songs that are overlooked for the rest of …

Playing Percussively

You can get a lot of different sounds out of your guitar, even when you’re just strumming chords. This is a brief lesson on playing <i>percussive …

Prince – Music Biography

Some of Prince's weird antics over the years challenged even his most ardent fans. In recent years he focused on reclaiming his legacy by doing what …

Welcome to the Equinox

Today is the Autumn Equinox, a day which marks the changing of the seasons. It's also an especially good day for finding your way.This first appeared …

B.B. King - Music Biography

There can only be one “King of the Blues” and for over six decades he went by the name of B.B. King. This Mississippi native wore his crown with …

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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Music Biography

It’s amazing how many great guitarists, and how many great rock guitarists in particular, come out of a love for the blues. You don’t even have to be …

Flashback #12 – Woodstock

The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival was a one-in-a-million cultural event that became the touchstone of an entire era. A look back on the anniversary …

Guitar Noise — It wasn’t just a great year for spacemen, 1969 was...

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