Whiskey and You - Chris Stapleton - Bridge

Here is the Bridge to Chris Stapleton's "Whiskey and You."

Keep the following playing tips in mind.

1.  This song is in drop-D tuning.  Tune your sixth string E down to D.
2.  The song is in 4/4 time.
3.  Right after the D to A chord (Chris S. sings "that's the difference between whiskey and you") there is a D chord lick.
4.  Following the D chord lick, he plays an A chord hammering and pulling off between the 2nd and 3rd frets of the second string (A to Asus4).
5.  Then strum the G chord by sliding up to the fifth fret of strings 6, 5 and 4 (you will need to partially bar these strings with your first finger).
6.  Then back to the main theme of the song.   Check out my post on the verse.

That's some good guitar playin' by Chris Stapleton!

Whiskey and You - Chris Stapleton - Verse

Here is the verse to Chris Stapleton's "Whiskey and You."  Here are a few playing tips.

1.  This song is in drop-D tuning.  Tune your sixth string E down to D.
2.  The song is in 4/4 time.
3.  The first two measures of the verse is also played for the intro, and is used throughout the song.
4.  At 10 seconds into the video a Bm chord shows up.  You will need to lift your 2nd finger to create a Bsus 2.  The second finger will hammer-on back into the Bm chord.  Check out the video it sounds cool!
5.  At 28 seconds into the video there's the Bm chord again, this time remove your first finger from the chord so that you can play the open A string on beat three.  This creates an Bm/A chord.
6.  At 32 seconds into the video Chris Stapleton goes to a G chord at the fifth fret.  Instead of playing the chord, there is simple lick (not a simple fingering, though).  Notice the stretch between the bar chord at the fifth fret and my pinky finger at fret nine.

Have fun!

Perfect Ed Sheeran - Acoustic Solo

Ed Sheeran's song "Perfect" has an acoustic guitar solo that comes in right after the 2nd chorus.  The song is in 6/8 time and I have a metronome click in the background set with the eighth note at 170 bpm (this is a little slower than the actual song).  Here are a few playing tips.

1.  Put a capo at fret one.
2.  The notes are mostly coming from the G major pentatonic scale (relative to the capo at fret one).
3.  Probably the trickiest part of the solo is the phrase that shows up about 8 seconds into the video.  It is a combination of hammer-ons and pull-offs.  Pluck the second fret of the third string, then hammer onto the third fret, pull-off to the second fret, and finally pull-off to the open string.  Whew!


Perfect Ed Sheeran - FingerStyle

Here is a fingerstyle arrangement of Ed Sheeran's song, "Perfect." Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are working on this piece.

1.  I have a capo on the first fret.  This will match the recording.  The song is in A flat.  With the capo at the first fret, you play it like it is in the key of G.
2.  The song is played entirely in the first position - open strings up to the fourth fret.
3.  For the right hand, I am playing strings 4, 5 and 6 with my thumb and strings 3, 2, 1 with fingers i,m, and a respectively.

Pipeline - Acoustic Duet

Here is the main melody to the song "Pipeline" arranged for two acoustic guitars.

Guitar One is playing the melody.  The melody comes in after guitar two plays the main riff four times.

Guitar Two is playing the main riff to the song.

Scarborough Fair Duet

Here is a very simple version to the folk song "Scarborough Fair."  
Guitar One is playing the melody.  Most of the notes are played at the first three frets.  Use finger one, two and three on frets one, two and three respectively.  Use the third finger on the notes played at the fifth fret as well.  Just slide between the third and fifth frets with your third finger.
Guitar Two is strumming the chords.  The chords used for the accompaniment are Am, Em, D and G. the strumming pattern goes like this - Bass - Strum - Strum.  The Bass note is the lowest note for each chord.

Ode to Joy Duet

Here is a simple duet version to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." 
Guitar one is playing the main melody.  It is only using the notes on the first two strings.  In fact, the only notes are C, D, E, F and G.  Notice how the first finger plays the notes on the first fret and the third finger plays the notes on the third fret.
Guitar two is playing the harmony part.  It is a little more involved.  It starts by playing notes very close to the melody and then moves to playing a bass line on the second half of the song.
Have a friend play along!