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Here is a beautiful Spanish-Style Classical piece that is not too difficult.  It is made up of three parts, so I would work on the individual parts before playing through the entire piece.  It is, or course, played in the classical style, so be aware of the melody and bring it out.  Also alternate your fingers when playing parts that are more scale like (alternating i and m will do most of the time).  If you have any questions, just post them in the comments and I'll post my answers.

Nobody Knows INTRO - The Lumineers

Here's the intro to "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers.  Here are few tips that might help you learn this great intro. You can't see it in the video, but I have my capo at the 2nd fret.I start with a slide on the third string, second fret, with my second finger. Slide to the fourth fret.I am using my thumb on strings 3, 4, 5 and 6.  My index is playing strings 1 and 2. Happy to answer any questions, just post your comments and questions. 

Save Me San Francisco by Train - Intro and Strumming Pattern

The intro to Save Me San Francisco is sort of a shuffle groove with an old time rock-n-roll feel.  Here are a few playing tips.

Start with a D chord, and strum D to Dsus to D back to Dsus.  You can play this with all downstrokes, but it doesn't really matter.The next chord is the power chord version of a G.  First finger string 6 on the third fret.  Third finger string five on the fifth fret.  Get ready to stretch, though.  You will need to reach your pinky over to fret seven of string five.  I play with only down strokes.Next chord is an A power chord.  Fifth string is open and first finger on fourth string second fret.  Continue with the shuffle groove by reaching to fret four on the fourth string.  I use my third fingerFinish up by returning to the D and Dsus chords.

Strumming Pattern
I like to use a basic "campfire" style strum for the rest of the song.  My pattern goes like this:
D      D      D   U   Hit  U  
D= Down stroke U= Up Stroke
Notice that the G, A, and fina…

Mantra Naya

Here is a great finger style Bollywood song.  Keep the following in mind as you practice this song:
1.  Place a capo on fret two. 2.  The intro and first four measures of the verse are on a D chord.  Notice that there is a hammer-on and pull-off on the first string.  Pluck the first string open, then hammer your second finger on the second fret followed by a pull-off.   You will also want to make sure that your third finger is not interfering with the first string, keep it out of the way. 3.  I am playing all the bass notes (strings 4, 5 and 6) with my thumb.  String one is played with the ring finger (a), string two with the middle finger (m), and string three with the index finger (i). 4.  Listen closely to the rhythm, it swings!
Feel free to post questions or comments.

He's a Pirate

This song is from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean."  Below is a video of just the main theme.  I am playing it slowly so that you can pick up on the rhythm and perhaps you will play along.  I am playing the melody in the fifth position.  This means, my first finger is at the fifth fret, second at the sixth fret, and so on.


I really love this classical guitar piece by Napoleon Coste.  A barcarolle is a folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers.  Enjoy!

Chicago Blues

This piece is found in the additional music section in the guitar method book, "I've Always Wanted
To Play Guitar."

This first line is the intro.Lines 2, 3 and 4 make up what is called a 12 bar blues (12 measure blues).  This section would normally be repeated throughout an entire blues song.At the end of the video there is a variation to the intro.  This will be given as a handout in class.