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The 70’s

The 70’s had some great tunes. I’m gonna show you some songs and chord changes made easy. Once you know some of the basic chords, they can be applied to these songs.  More to be added soon!

Kenny Rodgers – The Gambler
Capo on 6th fret
Intro        A/D/A/D
Verses     A/D/A/A/E/A/D/A/D/A/E/A
Chorus    A/D/A/D/A/A/E

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Capo on the 2nd fret
Verse                  A/D/A/E
Pre-Chorus           A/A6/E/D/E
Chorus                A/D/E (outrow E/D/C#m/Bm)

Badfinger – Day after day
Verse         E/Dsus2/A
Chorus       B/F#/A5/Amaj7/F#m7/E

Bob Seger – Turn The Page
Verse  Em/D/A/D
Chorus  D/Em/D/Em/D/A/C/D/Em

YouTube site for lesson –

C.C.R. – Who’ll stop the rain
Intro   G/Em
Verse   G/C/G/Em/C/G
Pre-Chorus  C/G/C/G/C/D
Chorus  EM
2nd verse   G/C/G/Bm/C/G
Bridge   C/G/D/Am/C/Em
Outrow   G/Em

YouTube site for lesson –


January 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The difference between chords and melody.

There’s a special marriage between chords and the melody of the song. At times people get mixed up on the purpose of both. The chord serves as a backbone that lays behind the melody.
Think of a cake if you will. There are certain ingredients that make up a cake. No matter the type of cake, you will need the components that make it up. Think of the melody as the topping of the cake. There are multiple ways you can decorate it, just as there are multiple melodies you can put behind chords. For practice take the chords G/D/C and keep the strumming patterns the same. Now put a melody behind each one as if it were a separate song. You could have three great melodies, creating 3 different songs, but still using the same chords. Enough about cake…let’s write some songs!!

January 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sus Chords = Suspended Chords

Anything you see with a sus after the chord is considered a (sus chord), which simply means suspended. No, they’re not hanging upside down, even though the word has a funny connotation. It’s function is to  give color to the chord.One of the traits of this chord is an unresolved sound. Here’s a couple examples of sus chords…
Quick Tip !!

A sus2 chord is where a 3rd is replaced with a second.
A sus4 chord is where a 3rd is replaced with a fourth.

How to play a Dsus4 on guitar – Here’s the YouTube video –

How to play a Dsus2 on guitar – Here’s the YouTube video –

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You Tube & Guitar Tutorials

You Tube

You Tube has a whole slew of videos you can benefit from. Below are some that I would recommend you watch to get a more in depth view of scales, modes, etc. This is just the begining..more will be added!!!


Blues Scale Minor Pentatonic and the Extended Scale – Just the Fingering

Blues guitar scale lesson involving leads – Marty Schwartz–LRL_XoQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Mixolydian charts and tab –  Jason Ochsner

Aeolian charts and tab – Jason Ochsner


Major Scale How & Why? – Justin Guitar

Guitar Licks

Playing over a Major Chord using certain licks – Theodore Ziras

Cool  educational guitar sites

January 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Beatles

One of the most influential groups of all times…The Beatles!! There’s no question, the talent in the songwriting is like no other. Without a doubt, even if George Harrison didn’t have much of a voice in that group, he brought something huge to the table. The Beatles created a cohesive sound that had the ability to change with the times. Here’s some Beatles songs with chords..enjoy!

The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Capo on the 7th fret
Verse   D/G/A7
Chorus D/G/Em/D

Hard Days Night
Intro              Dm
Verses           G/C/G/F/G
Pre-Chorus     C/D/G/C/G
Bridge           Bm/Em/Bm/G/Em/C/D

Hey Jude
Capo on 1st fret
Verse           D/A/A7/D/G/D/A7/D repeat add D7 on end
Chorus        G/ G/F# /Em7/A7/D/D7 before the nahs end on A7
Outrow       D/C/G/D

Eight Days A Week
Verse              D/E/G/D
Pre-Chorus    Bm/G/Bm/E
Chorus           D/E/G/D
Bridge            A/Bm/E/G/A

Verses    F/Em7/A7/Dm/Dm7/Bb/C7/F/Em/Dm/G7/Bb/F
Chorus   Em7/A7/Dm/Am7/Bb/Gm6/C7/F repeat

Let It Be
Verses     C/G/Am/Am7/F/C/G/F/C
Chorus    Am/G/F/C/C/G/F/C

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Verse      G/D/F/G/C/C/F/C
Chorus    G/C/D


January 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The 80’s

80’s music was fun, totally rad, & awesome!! There were many one hit wonders. Many of the songs still stand the test of time. I’ve compiled a list of songs that were hits back then with basic chord structures.

U2 – With or without you
Verses  D/A/Bm/G
Chorus  D/A/Bm/G
YouTube video here of how to play this song

Men At Work – Down Under
Verses     Am/G/Am/F/G
Chorus    C/G/Am/F/G

Bryan Adams
Verses           D/G/C(add2)
Pre-Chorus    A/Bm/C(add2)/G
Chorus           D/G/C(add2)

Hall & Oates – Maneater
Intro      Bm/A/G/A
Verse     D/A/C/B/Em/A/Bm
Chorus  Bm/A/G/F#/Bm/A/Em/G/A

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’ (Capo on 3rd fret)
Verses    D/D(sus4)/A
Chorus   D/D(sus4)/A

Tears For Fears – Mad World
Verse           Am/C/G/D
Chorus         Am/D
Chorus end   Am/C/D

Melt With You – Modern English
Verse     C/F
Bridge    Em/Am

Bad English – When I see you smile
Verses          G/C/Am/D
Pre-Chorus    C/G/Am/D/C/Am/D/D7
Chorus          G/D/C toward end Am/D/G

Bad English – The price of love
Intro     Bm/A/G/Bm/D/G    D/Bm/D/Bm
Verse    A/Em/Bm/D      A/Em/Bm/G
Pre-Chorus      A-Bm/G/D     A-Bm/G/Em   A/B
Chorus     E/A/C#m/A/B/E/F#m/A/B/C#m/F#m/A/B/C#/B/A
Intro before 2nd verse    E/C#m/D/G
Guitar solo  B/F#m/C#m/E     B/F#m/C#m/A

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t worry be happy
Capo on 4th fret
Intro      G/Am/C/G  2x’s
Verse     G/Am/C/G
Chorus   C/G

Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
Intro                E/A/B/A/B
Verse               E/A/E/A/E
Pre-Chorus      E/B/E/A
Chorus             E/B/A/B – E/A/B/A/B

George Harrison – I got my mind set on you
Chorus         C#m/Ab/C#m/E/B/E
Verse           E/A/B….end phrase E/A continuous ending on E
Bridge          E/A..then ending on B

January 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cartoons, Theme Songs, & Jingles


Spongebob Squarepants, a cartoon icon, and a sponge that really soaks it up in the water. Though he’s never had a top 40 hit, the songs are written well, and quite catchy. Let’s look at some of those cool numbers…

The Campfire Song Song
Capo On the 3rd fret

The chords are – G/Am7/A7/D

The Fun Song


Best Day Ever
Capo on 2nd fret



Theme Songs 

Pink Panther


Green Acres



When I think of jingles, I think of short and sweet. It's always straight and to the point. 
Here's a few jingles to curve your appetite.

McDonalds - I'm Loving It

YouTube lesson video here -

Coke - I'd like to teach the world Chords: G A7 D C G

January 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How To Play Songs From Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Jason Mraz, & Travie Mccoy

World renown folk artists Bob Dylan,Gordon Lightfoot, &  John Denver had many hits, and established themselves as a powerhouse with many hits. Here are the chord changes to some of his songs, while showing you other modern day folk sounding songs.

Bob Dylan – Blowin In The Wind
Capo on the 7th fret
Verses     G/C/G/G/C/G/G/C/G/G/C/D
Chorus     C/D/G/C/C/D/G

Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
Intro                C/C(sus4)
Verse               C/Dm/Em/F/G
Pre-Chorus       F/G(1 more x)/F/Em/Dm/C(1 more x)F/C/G
Chorus             C/F/G


Gordon Lightfoot – Carefree Highway
Capo on 3rd fret
Intro        D/C/G/Asus4/A
Verse       D/A/F#m/Bm/A/G/D/Asus4/A
Chorus    D/C/G/A/D/C/G/A
                   Bm/A/G/ D/F# /Esus4/E


John Denver – Today
Capo on 1st fret

Intro           F/Dm/Gm/C  (repeat 2 x’s) then follow with Bb/C/F/C
Verses        F/Dm/Gm/C
Chorus       F/F7/Bb/Bbm/F/Dm/Gm/C

John Denver – Annie’s Song

Verse & Chorus


Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Capo on the 4th fret

Verse     G/D/Em/C
Chorus    G/D/Em/C
Bridge     G/D/Em/D/C/C#dim


Travie Mccoy – Billionaire
Capo on the 2nd fret

Verse       G/B7/Em/D
Chorus     C/D/Em/C/D/Em/C/D/G/Em/C/B7
Instrumental Break  Em/Am/Em/Am

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Modes & Usage

There are a total of 7 modes. What are modes you might say? They are degrees that make up a major scale.

Take  a C scale for instance. A C scale is made up of C D E F G A B C. Each one of these is a degree of the scale, that not only changes the tonality but the scale pattern itself will also change. Sound confusing. Let’s take a look at all 7 modes.
So if you play the in the key of C and your focus is a Dm, then the dorian mode is perfect because it is the 2nd degree of the C scale.

1. Ionion Mode              W-W-H-W-W-W-H
2. Dorion Mode             W-H-W-W-W-H-W
3. Phrygian Mode           H-W-W-W-H-W-W
4. Lydian Mode             W-W-W-H-W-W-H
5. Mixolydian Mode       W-W-H-W-W-H-W
6. Aeolian Mode            W-H-W-W-H-W-W
7. Locrian Mode           H-W-W-H-W-W-W

A great way to see the shape of a mode is to look at it from a perspective of doing it on one string. For instance if you take a G major scale, which is considered an Ionion and the 1st of degrees, play it in the pattern it’s been given W W  H W W W H, to see it’s true movement in degrees.

Ionion Mode

The Ionian mode is a mode corresponding to the modern major diatonic scale, also considered the first mode of the major key. Here is the shaping of the ionian scale. Keep in mind it covers two octaves.

ionian mode

Dorion Mode

Dorian mode is an interesting mode used in a lot of jazz, blues, and rock.
It may not make much sense on paper, even if you visually see the pattern for this mode, but give your ear a chance to listen to artists that use it, to understand it in it’s full context. Santana for example likes to use Dorian in his soloing. Below the pattern for the Dorian mode is a lick from Santana utilizing it.

dorian mode
Dorian Licks: Carlos Santana – Evil Ways
dorian santana solo 
Phrygian Mode
The Phrygian is the 3rd mode of the modal scales. It can have a very exotic sound when played over certain chords, not to mention a very spanish music.
phrygian mode
Lydian Mode
This mode is the 4th degree of the scale and is known for  a more happy sound, used in rock & jazz. 
lydian mode
Mixolydian Mode
This mode has a very bluesy sound, used in rock, jazz, & blues music. This is the 5th degree of the scale.
mixolydian mode
Aeolian Mode
This mode is the 6th degree of the scale.
aeolian mode
Locrian Mode
This mode is the 7th degree of the scale. This mode is a more rarely used scale, mostly because of it’s strange sound.
locrian mode
Cool YouTube Video on modes!

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Arpeggios are a group of notes that make up an individual chord. You can either go up or down when playing these. The notes all belong to the chord, but played in a broken up manner.

An arpeggiated chord just means a chord which is spred out.

Here’s an example of some forms of an arpeggio.

Figure 1: Open Major Arpeggios

    Emaj      Amaj      Dmaj      Gmaj

   0 3 1 1        0 3  1  1      0 3 1  2       0  2  1  1

G Arpeggio

Am Arpeggio

January 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment