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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Neele Neele Ambar Par - Bollywood

The intro to this song is so cool!  Be sure to tune your sixth string down to D.  The opening riff starts with a slide down from the 12th fret.  From there it's some pretty fast sixteenth notes.

Jeena Jeena - Bollywood

Here are a couple of videos demonstarting various parts to the popular Bollywood song Jeena Jeena.

First up, the intro.  My strumming pattern goes down - up - hit - down - hit.  The hits are down strums on beats two and four.  Notice the chord change after the first hit.

I liked the flute solo so much that I thought I would arrange it for the guitar.  I hope I'm playing it slow enough for everyone to follow along.

Finally, the guitar solo.  Short and sweet!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finger Style Exercise ONE

Here is what I hope will be a fairly simple exercise that you can play, finger style.  The melody is in the bass and should be played with the thumb.  Follow the thumb with index, middle and ring fingers playing strings three, two and one respectively.  Be sure to emphasize the melody!