16 song – 128 step by step guitar lessons!

In the intermediate acoustic guitar course, we don’t settle for just the basic open position chords. Instead, we move up the fret board to play what is called barre chords.

We also include bass lines, play vocal melodies, pentatonic scales, extended chords, and even some slash chords in these arrangements.

Learning from these 16 songs will unlock the guitar fret board as we’ll use the CAGED system explore the fret board in the context of each song.

We discover how to use scales in an arrangement and, perhaps most importantly, understand how to write our own guitar parts as you’ll first learn what I play, then build a 2nd guitar part to play along with me and the singer.

Study these song in depth like this will help you understand how music works theoretically and practically, on on the guitar fret board.


1. Hey There Delilah

You can learn how to play Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s!

Step 1 (Introduction to the CAGED system)Step 2 (Verse & Chorus)Step 3 (M8)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (CAGED system in context)Step 6 (2nd guitar part)Step 7 (Another 2nd guitar part)Step 8 (Improvise with the CAGED system).


2. Mad World

You can learn how to play Mad World by Tears For Fears/Gary Jules!

Step 1 (Verse)Step 2 (Chorus)Step 3 (Intro/Instrumental)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (CAGED chorus)Step 6 (CAGED verse)Step 7 (2nd guitar part, capo 2)Step 8 (2nd guitar part, capo 5).


3. Whistle For The Choir

You can learn how to play Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis!

Step 1 (CAGED fretting exercises, C & A shapes)Step 2 (CAGED fretting exercises, G & E shapes)Step 3 (CAGED fretting exercises, D shapes)Step 4 (The I III II V in the key of C)Step 5 (Key of A)Step 6 (Key of G & Complete song)Step 7 (Key of E)Step 8 (Key of D & Complete song).


4. Blowin’ In The Wind

You can learn how to play Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan!

Step 1 (Chromatic and sweeping exercises 16th note cluster)Step 2 (More Chromatic and sweeping exercises 16th note clusters)Step 3 (Chromatic and sweeping exercises using Blowin’ In The Wind’s rhythm)Step 4 (Verse)Step 5 (Chorus & Instrumental)Step 6 (Picked part)Step 7 (2nd guitar part)Step 8 (Finger style).


5. Kiss Me

You can learn how to play Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer!

Step 1 (Chromatic exercise with an accent)Step 2 (Chromatic & Sweeping exercises using the rhythm of Kiss Me)Step 3 (Open position maj7 and dom7 chords)Step 4 (CAGED maj7 and dom7 chords)Step 5 (Intro, instrumental & verse)Step 6 (Chorus)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (2nd guitar part).


6. Babylon

You can learn how to play Babylon by David Grey!

Step 1 (Chromatic exercise, hammer on)Step 2 (Chromatic exercise, pull off)Step 3 (Two notes per string, hammer on exercise)Step 4 (Pull off exercise, one note per string)Step 5 (Verse)Step 6 (Chorus)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (2nd guitar part).


7. Fast Car

You can learn how to play Fast Car by Tracy Chapman!

Step 1 (The two original parts)Step 2 (Develop original parts into a one acoustic guitar part)Step 3 (Strumming patterns)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (CAGED exercises)Step 6 (2nd guitar part)Step 7 (Improvise)Step 8 (2nd guitar part, play along).


8. Angie

You can learn how to play Angie by The Rolling Stones!

Step 1 (Verse & Chorus)Step 2 (M8 & Intro)Step 3 (Complete song)Step 4 (Vocal melody & the minor pentatonic)Step 5 (More vocal melodies & Minor pentatonic shapes)Step 6 (2nd guitar part, verse)Step 7 (2nd guitar part, chorus)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along).


9. American Pie

You can learn how to play American Pie by Don McLean!

Step 1 (Chorus)Step 2 (Verse)Step 3 (Intro & Outro)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (2nd guitar part, chorus)Step 6 (2nd guitar part, verse)Step 7 (2nd guitar part, intro & outro)Step 8 (2nd guitar, complete song).


10. A Change Is Gonna Come

You can learn how to play A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke!

Step 1 (Verse/Chorus)Step 2 (M8)Step 3 (Intro)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (Minor or major pentatonic?)Step 6 (Vocal melody)Step 7 (2nd guitar part)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along).


11. Sunny Afternoon

You can learn how to play Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks!

Step 1 (Triplet feel)Step 2 (Intro/chorus tag)Step 3 (Verse)Step 4 (Chorus)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (2nd guitar part, intro/chorus tag)Step 7 (2nd guitar part, chorus)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along).


12. Dreadlock Holiday

You can learn how to play Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc!

Step 1 (Intro, verse and bridge)Step 2 (Chorus, tag and instrumental)Step 3 (key change)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (2nd guitar, CAGED)Step 6 (2nd guitar, chorus, tag and instrumental)Step 7 (2nd guitar, key change)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along + bonus part).


13. I’m Yours

You can learn how to play I’m Yours by Jason Mraz!

Step 1 (Hit melody writing)Step 2 (6 hits analyzed)Step 3 (Intro/verse/chorus/instrumental)Step 4 (M8)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (2nd guitar part, intro/verse/chorus/instrumental)Step 7 (2nd guitar part, M8)Step 8 (2nd guitar, play along).


14. Red

You can learn how to play Red by Daniel Merriweather!

Step 1 (Verse)Step 2 (Bridge & M8)Step 3 (Chorus)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (Modes)Step 6 (Mixolydian)Step 7 (Lydian)Step 8 (Vocal melody).


15. Starman

You can learn how to play Starman by David Bowie!

Step 1 (Intro & Verse)Step 2 (Chorus & Tag)Step 3 (Complete song)Step 4 (CAGED string 1-3)Step 5 (CAGED string 2-4 & 3-5)Step 6 (Vocal melody)Step 7 (Vocal melody in more CAGED positions)Step 8 (Vocal melody in all CAGED shapes).


16. I Can’t Stand The Rain

You can learn how to play I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles!

Step 1 (Main riff in A)Step 2 (Main riff in D)Step 3 (Honky-tonk)Step 4 (Chorus & Instrumental)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (2nd guitar part)Step 7 (Verse vocal melody)Step 8 (Chorus vocal melody).

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