9 tunes | 72 step-by-step Guitar Lessons
In this beginner acoustic guitar course, you’ll learn how to play nine complete songs using in-depth video lessons, full TAB, and loops to practice along with.
We discuss chord progressions, key signatures, and specific techniques like Hammer-On and Pull-Off.
Most importantly, we develop 2nd guitar parts so you can play with me and the singer, and more deeply understand each song.
Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing, but studying them in-depth like we do in this course, holds the key to understanding how music works.
By deeply studying songs, you can start the journey of understanding music and learning how to play the guitar.
Even though you as a member have unlimited access to all these lessons, I recommend you experience them in the order displayed below and practice all material in the 8 step-by-step lessons per tune.
#1 – Talking About A Revolution
In this first series of lessons, we start by getting to terms with strumming the 4 open-position chords that are used in Talking About A Revolution.
We’ll also practice the chromatic exercise before we learn to play the song on one guitar. Finally, we’ll develop a 2nd guitar part and play the song together.
#2 – Redemption Song
To learn how to play Redemption Song by Bob Marley, we first study the individual parts using play-along loops, including how to play the intro note for note.
Once you’ve learned how to play the complete song, we develop a 2nd and even a 3rd part and play Redemption Song together.
#3 – Robin Hood
When you learn how to play Robin Hood by Ocean Colour Scene you’ll also learn how to pick and strum using accuracy as you practice along with loops.
We’ll also practice more chromatic exercises, and build a 2nd guitar part to play the song with the singer, like a little band.
#4 – One More Cup Of Coffee
Before we get our teeth into playing One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan, we must practice our chromatic exercises some more.
This is followed by practicing each section of the song to loops before we put it all together, play the complete song, and finally, build a 2nd guitar part.
#5 – The Drugs Don’t Work
Playing The Drugs Don’t Work just like Richard did is not easy, there is so much variation in the strumming. To get it right, we first work on reading rhythms.
Following this, we study each section in depth using play-along loops before we play the complete song. Finally, we learn the beautiful 2nd guitar as well.
#6 – Time Of Your Life
The biggest hurdle to overcome playing Time Of Your Life is to pick fast in a sweeping motion. To improve, we’ll practice a sweeping exercise first.
Once you can play the complete song, the final challenge lies in playing a 2nd guitar part, including a note-for-note version of the violin solo.
#7 – Wonderwall
As Wonderwall is played using fast strumming, we must engage in some strumming exercises before we can play the complete song well.
Each section is studied in depth, mainly focusing on dividing up the strumming. The final step is to develop a 2nd guitar part.
#8 – Rewind
Rewind by Paolo Nutini may not be fast but the intricate 16th-note strumming pattern will require you to continue working on some strumming exercises.
After we’ve gone through each section using individual practice loops, we develop the song by writing not just one, but two 2nd guitar parts.
#9 – Ain’t No Sunshine
The final song in the beginner course is played fingerstyle, this means you first have to work your way through three practice songs.
Once you can play them, Ain’t No Sunshine‘s fingerstyle arrangement will be easy. Finally, we develop a 2nd guitar part and play the song together, like a band.
Beginner Acoustic Course | More tunes with TAB
A Horse With No Name
In this lesson, the chords may seem simple and repetitive but you’ll need TAB to make A Horse With No Name work on just one acoustic guitar.
| Em | D6add9/F# |
On the first part of the journey…
Another Lonely Day
In this lesson, you’ll find two simple TAB examples which is all you need to play Another Lonely Day on your own.
| C /B | Am | Em | G /A |
Yes, indeed I’m, alone again…
Bad Moon Rising
In this lesson, you get TAB and a chord progression analysis so you can play Bad Moon Rising on your own, or in a band.
| D | A G | D6 riff | D | A G | D6 riff |
I see the bad moon a-risin’, I see trouble on the way…
Because I Got High
In this guitar lesson, you’ll get TAB for playing Because I Got High using open-position power chords.
| G5 | C5 |
I was gonna clean my room, until I got high…
Bird on the Wire
In this lesson, there are three pieces of TAB which is all you need to play Bird on the Wire on your own using one acoustic guitar.
| A | E |
Like a bird on the wire…
Brown Eyed Girl
In this lesson, we use TAB for how to incorporate Brown Eyed Girl‘s intro riff and breakdown bass into one acoustic guitar part. We also work out all the strumming.
| G | C | G | D |
Hey, where did we go? Days when the rains came…
Come Away With Me
In this lesson, you get TAB for the verse and bridge of Come Away With Me which will guide you to a place where you can improvise your acoustic guitar part.
| C | Am7 | C | Am7 |
Come away with me in the night…
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In this lesson, you just need to learn 4 pieces of TAB and you’ll be able to play Don’t Look Back In Anger in a band or on just one acoustic guitar.
| C G | Am E | F G | C A5 G5 |
Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find…
Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
In this lesson, we use TAB to investigate how to incorporate Don’t Look Back Into The Sun‘s intro melody with strumming. There’s also a great CAGED exercise hidden in this tune.
| G | D | Em | D |
Don’t look back into the sun, now you know that the time is come…
In this lesson, you’ll find how Everybody Hurts has a clever key change and modal interchange. To play it, all you need to do is learn the three bits of TAB provided.
| D | D | G5 | G5 |
When your day is long…
In this lesson, you’ll get a master class in writing two guitar parts for a perfect pop song, Free Fallin’. TAB is a must to see how Tom and Mike play Free Fallin’.
| E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 |
She’s a good girl, loves her mama…
In this lesson, you get the TAB for both the Jeff Buckley version as well as a simple beginner version based on how Cohen played Hallelujah.
| G5 | Em7 |
I heard there was a secret chord…
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
In this lesson we look at how to combine the bass and guitar into just one acoustic guitar part for Have You Ever Seen The Rain, using TAB of course.
| C | C | C | C |
Someone told me long ago, there’s a calm before the storm…
Heart Of Gold
In this lesson, you find TAB for Heart Of Gold‘s intro, verse, and chorus, adapted to work on just one acoustic guitar.
| Em C | D5 G |
I want to live, I want to give…
In this lesson, you’ll discover how if it wasn’t for the lyrics, Hurt would be perfect for a young beginner guitarist, the TAB is super easy.
| C Dsus2 | Am |
I hurt myself today…
I Won’t Back Down
In this lesson, you’ll find out how I Won’t Back Down is arranged using power chords and triads. There’s also TAB for how to play the chorus on one guitar in a band.
| E5 D5 | G5 |
Well I, won’t back down…
I’m a Believer
In this lesson, you get TAB for how to play I’m a Believer on just one acoustic guitar. We also investigate how to play the intro in the right, and the wrong way.
| G | D | G | G |
I thought love was only true in fairy tales…
I’m Gonna Be (500) Miles
In this lesson, you get a full arrangement analysis of why I’m Gonna Be (500) Miles became a hit, complete with TAB for playing this as the only guitarist in a band.
| E | E |
When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be…
Knocking On Heaven’s Door
In this lesson, you learn how to strum Knocking On Heaven’s Door on the acoustic like Dylan, but reworked for just one guitar. There’s also TAB for playing it like Clapton, reggae style.
| G D/F# | Am Am7 |
Mama take this badge off of me…
Learning To Fly
In this lesson, you get a full analysis and TAB of how Tom and Mike arranged Learning To Fly for three layered guitars.
| Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) | Fadd9 C | Am7 G (Gsus4) |
Well, I started out, down a dirty road…
Like A Hurricane
In this lesson, you’ll find a chord analysis and TAB for Like A Hurricane‘s verse melody, looking at the intervals to see why this was a hit.
| Am | Am | G | G |
Once I thought I saw you in a crowded hazy bar…
Man On The Moon
In this lesson, you’ll find a chord analysis and TAB for how to play the main chord riff of Man On The Moon.
| C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C |
Mott the Hoople and the Game of Life. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah…
Me and Bobby McGee
In this lesson, you get loads of TAB as we have to play all sections of Me and Bobby McGee in both the keys of G and A.
| G | G |
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train…
No Woman, No Cry
In this lesson, you’ll find notation and TAB for how to play No Woman, No Cry in a band on the electric guitar as well as on your own using an acoustic.
| C G/B | Am7 Fadd9 | C Fsus2 C/E Gsus4/D C | C (G A B G) |
No, woman, no cry. No, woman, no cry…
Now And Then
In this lesson, you get a chord analysis and TAB for how to play the piano riff of Now And Then, adapted for one acoustic guitar.
| Am (Asus4) | G6 | Am (Asus4) | G6 |
I know it’s true. It’s all because of you.
In this lesson, you’ll find a full chord analysis with TAB of how to play all sections of Patience on just one guitar.
| C Cadd9 Cmaj7 | G Gadd4 Gadd9 |
Shed a tear ’cause I’m missin’ you, I’m still alright to smile.
In this guitar lesson, you get the TAB for playing all sections of Riptide with a capo on both frets 1 and 6. It is much more difficult than expected.
| Am G | C |
I was scared of dentists and the dark…
In this lesson, we look at three TAB examples that can be used to build dynamics for a one-guitar arrangement of Save Tonight.
| Am F | C G5 | Am F | C G5 |
Go on and close, the curtains, ’cause all we need, is candlelight…
Stuck In The Middle With You
In this lesson, you get TAB for playing all sections of Stuck In The Middle With You. The parts incorporate several elements of the original recording into one acoustic guitar part.
| D/A | D/A |
Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight…
Take Me Home, Country Roads
In this lesson, you get TAB examples with different strumming patterns for each section of Take Me Home, Country Roads. Practice these exactly as written before you start to mix them up.
| G | Em |
Almost heaven, West Virginia…
In this lesson, you get a chord analysis and TAB for That’s Entertainment, a great beginner song with some fast strumming.
| G | Em |
A police car and a screaming siren…
Three Little Birds
In this lesson, you find TAB that incorporates a bass line with the chords so you can play Three Little Birds on just one acoustic guitar.
| A | A | D | A |
Don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright…
Under The Boardwalk
In this lesson, you’ll find TAB for all sections of Under The Boardwalk, It’s played with a rhythm similar to that of the percussion instrument Güiro often makes.
| G | G | D | D |
Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof…
In this lesson, you find a chord progression analysis and TAB for the strumming of Wagon Wheel.
| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
So, rock me, mama, like a wagon wheel, rock me, mama, anyway you feel…
Waiting On An Angel
In this lesson, you find super simple TAB for Waiting On An Angel, a perfect beginner song.
| C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 |
Waiting on an angel…