Instructional

Using a Capo

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Hey again, 2 videos from me this weekend. Sorry about that! 🙂 Anyway, I thought I’d post a video on some of the ways I use a capo. I’ve used one for almost as long as I’ve been playing guitar, and I find that it makes some things easier, some things more interesting, and some things just more fun. So have a look and enjoy!

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Two Minute Tutorial: Dion’s “Runaround Sue”

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An acoustic cover and a new assignment sub-category in one. Allow me to introduce the Two Minute Tutorial, featuring Dion's "Runaround Sue." 

Here is a tab to play along with (ironically enough tabbed by a gent for Ultimate-Guitar named Josh Ritter: 

D
Here's my story, it's sad but true
Bm
It's about a girl that I once knew
G
She took my love, then ran around
A
With every single guy in town

D
Hey, hey, um-da-da-da-di-di       
Bm                            
Hey, hey, um-da-da-da-di-di  
G                            
Hey, hey, um-da-da-da-di-di   
A                             
Hey, hey, oooooooooohhhhh

D
I guess I should have known it from the very start
Bm
This girl would leave me with a broken heart
G
Now listen people what I'm telling you
A
"I keep away from Runaround Sue"

D
Her amazing lips and the smile from her face
Bm
The touch of her hand and this girl's warm embrace
G
So if you don't want to cry like I do
A
Keep away from Runaround Sue.

G
She like to travel around
D
She'll love you, then she'll put you down
G
Now, people let me put you wise
A
She goes out with other guys

D
And the moral of the story from the guy who knows
Bm
I've been in love and my love still grows
G
Ask any fool that she ever knew
A
they'll say: Keep away from Runaround Sue

Pictures of Chords – Alex

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Em7

Em7

 Em

Em

Cadd9

Cadd9

A7

A7

Tutorial to The Scientist – John

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[youtube=http://youtu.be/aQ4tzFXmYZs]

learn from this song

One more time with this thing

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So here I am again babbling on about Van Morrison’s Wild Night one more time. That riff that goes on throughout the song is built out of the G major pentatonic scale, which is a good thing to know. Here’s a picture of one fingering pattern for it.

G-Major-pentatonic-scale

I borrowed it from Guitar Nick. I hope he doesn’t mind. He has a bunch of other fingering patterns for the same scale.

Sorry about the fret board being barely on screen. I should fire my cameraman.

Tunings and Timing

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Hey there, here’s a video that covers a Billy Bragg song, No One Knows Nothing Anymore, which is off of his latest CD. As mentioned in the video, I played it with my guitar tuned down a full step which is instead of standard tuning of EADGBE, it was tuned down to DGCFAD.  It’s not an open tuning like the previous post by Pete, but rather a variation on standard tuning. There is also a time signature jump in the tune where he goes from 4/4 time to 3/4 time. I’m not sure I have it nailed yet, but hopefully you get the idea!

Alternate Tunings

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Here’s a short intro to the possibilities of open g tuning

Pete