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ALERT: Some lyrics & videos below may be "PG-13": Too Mature (suggestive, disturbing, etc.) for pre-teens. Hot or not, all are useful for learning new chord progressions, vocal presentation styles, and rhythm variations. There are ample tunes below to fill a 4-hour set.
Since my Band Days (1960s), I have spent countless hours figuring out chords from records, CDs, and music videos. In the .pdf links below I've already done all that work for you, and the chords shown match (to the best of my musical abilities) those actually used in the videos (violins and all).
** Marks my very, very favorite ones!
Many have been played and proven (by me) in front of a live audience. Other of these songs are here because my favorite guitar student wanted to learn them (and I hope you will too). I love them all; they are part of the double helix of my musical DNA.
GUITAR TIPS And... Oh, My Sweet Lord, I Want This Guitar:
Even if you recall a song below, and didn't like it before, play the video link (please). You may have different ears these days.
Enjoy and MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE
|TITLE||ARTIST||LYRICS & CHORDS||VIDEOS||KEY|
|** 21 SUMMER||BROTHERS OSBORNE||
If you were born in the 20th Century you can remember your own 21 Summer. Listen, and recall it now with all your heart.
|** AMBER DREAM --for my son||Seekers Of His Grace||AMBER.TXT
"Gentle beauty filled the air around You.
An amber Glow surrounds Your face.
Ten thousand wing-ed Hosts rode on a moon beam,
And as You softly spoke, I started to dream."
More about SCOTT
|** ANDERTON BLUES||Anderton Music||Anderton_Blues.pdf||tinyurl.com/ajc8ry8 Anderton_Blues.mp3||Em|
An awesome song from a sweet girl gone wrong.
" When I'm scared and you're near me,
I feel like I'm standing with an
Army of men armed with weapons."
|ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM||EVERLY BROTHERS||
C Am F G "the most important chord family you will ever learn"
|ALL TOO WELL||TAYLOR SWIFT||AllTooWell_TaylorSwift.pdf||tinyurl.com/owrp23w||C|
|** BEAUTIFUL WORLD||ELIZA GILKYSON||BeautifulWorld_Am.pdf||tinyurl.com/ah4mxkz||Am|
|BEST DAY||TAYLOR SWIFT||BestDay_Db.pdf||tinyurl.com/qyw397o||Db|
|BITTERSWEET||BIG HEAD TODD||Bittersweet.pdf||tinyurl.com/ath2dkw||G|
|BO JANGLES||CHET ATKINS||
The late Chet Atkins plays Bo Jangles and
afterwards [@ 03:00], gives you a personal
guitar lesson in his own voice and
with his own hands from beyond...
|[When YouTube Attacks]||C|
|BO JANGLES||JOHN DENVER||Bojangles.pdf||tinyurl.com/ath2dkw||Eb|
|BO JANGLES||NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND||Bojangles.pdf||tinyurl.com/ntdp8nj||G|
"And Wang Wei Lin, you remember him
All alone he stood before the tanks"
|CLEANIN' MY GUN||MARK KNOPFLER||
"We're gonna might need bullets should we get stuck
Any which way, we're going to need a little luck"
"...It's all come back too clearly, Yes I loved you dearly
- And if you're offering me diamonds and rust, I've already paid "
"Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing"
[Alternate by Vasquez]
|** EVER ON||DAN FOGELBURG||
May the trail rise up to meet you
May your heart rejoice in song
Nevermore to strike with gun or sword
More flowers, fewer funerals,
and children not at war
Show that love ... can always mute the roar.
|FUNERAL, THE||BAND Of HORSES||The_Funeral.pdf||tinyurl.com/lobxs26||C|
|** GHOST TOWN CHERNOBYL||HUNS & Dr BEEKER||
"Mama where are you? Papa where did you go?
And where are all the children
Who used to play here, Only Heaven Knows."
|** HALF YOUR ANGELS||CROSBY & NASH||
"Send me half your angels,
We're running out of time.
Send me half your angels,
I'll send you half of mine."
|** HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?||DARRYL WORLEY||
"Have you forgotten ? How it felt that day?
Have you forgotten ? When those towers fell ?"
|I NEED YOU NOW||LADY ANTEBELLUM|| I_Need_You_Now.pdf
"...Reaching for the phone
'cause I can't fight it any more.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time."
|I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS||FOREIGNER||whtluvis_E.pdf||tinyurl.com/n77hxj3||"E"|
|IS IT LIKE TODAY||ELIZA GILKYSON||IsItLikeToday.pdf||tinyurl.com/bgvz3j9||G
|JESUS IS KING||Dan Martin (Lyrics)||JESUSKING_G.pdf||a midi file||G|
|JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL||CARRIE UNDERWOOD||JesusTakeWheel_D.pdf||tinyurl.com/lyamo8c||D|
|** KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR||Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler||KnockinOnHeavinsDoor.pdf||tinyurl.com/ho5wzz9||G|
|LAMENT IN E MINOR||Dan Martin||Lament_in_Em.pdf||tinyurl.com/hacfrd9||Em|
|LET IT BE ME||EVERLY BROS||Let_It_Be_Me_G.pdf||tinyurl.com/my23akc||G|
|LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER||CHRIS REA||LookingForSummer.pdf||tinyurl.com/on5a5wf||Bm|
|** LOST YOU IN THE CANYON||MARC COHEN||LostYouInTheCanyon_Gm.pdf||tinyurl.com/23jpstpa||Gm||LOVE STORY||TAYLOR SWIFT||LoveStory.pdf||tinyurl.com/d8jflls||D|
|NEAPOLITAN DREAMS||LISA MITCHELL||NeapolitanDreams.pdf||Video||C
|NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR||JACKSON BROWNE||NextVoiceUHear.pdf||tinyurl.com/npjhaxj||F#m
|** NON-BELIEVER||LONDON GRAMMAR||
"All that we are, all that we need;
They're different things"
|tinyurl.com/2ds6mfm4||Cm||** OLD LANG SYNE||DAN FOGELBERG||
"We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how."
|ONE THAT GOT AWAY||KATY PERRY||OneThatGotAway.pdf||tinyurl.com/pkncdot||E
|[THE] PARTY'S OVER||ELIZA GILKYSON||PartysOver.pdf||tinyurl.com/y6ogjxox||G
|POOR SIDE OF TOWN||JOHNNY RIVERS
ATTN: Resident 0'Bidumb
"It's just your back against the wall
Now do you walk or run?
If we don't do this NOW
Nobody else will ... NOBODY ELSE WILL"
|SEA FEVER||William Topley & Mark Knopfler||
"I must go down to the seas again
To the lonely sea and sky
And all I ask is a tall ship
and a Star to steer her by."
"I want to get close to the flame
I want to feel love course in my veins
Though I reel with the pleasure and pain..."
|** SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD||JOAN BAEZ||
"I loved you like a baby
Like some motherless child
I loved you in a tame way
And I can love you wild."
|** SILENT RUNNING||MIKE & THE MECHANICS||
"Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still!"
|SILVER DAGGER||JOAN BAEZ||SilverDagger.pdf||tinyurl.com/n2qrstv||Db|
|SLOOP JOHN B||BEACH BOYS||Sloop_John_B.pdf||tinyurl.com/nwbgalw||Ab|
|SO INTO YOU||ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION||So_Into_You.pdf||tinyurl.com/hn3bctm||Fm|
|** SOLITAIRE||The Carpenters||Solitaire.pdf||tinyurl.com/3e8uybn5||E|
|** SOUTHERN CROSS||CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH||
"My love is an anchor tied to you with a silver chain.
I have my ship and all her flags are a flyin'
She is all I have left and Music is her name."
|UNCHAINED MELODY||RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS||Unchained_Melody.pdf and in in .html||tinyurl.com/7tpmjd3||C|
|VIA DOLOROSA||SANDI PATTY||Via_Dolorosa.pdf||tinyurl.com/p8vdrd7||G|
| WHO KNOWS...
WHERE THE TIME GOES
|** WHY||LONNIE MACK||WHY.pdf||tinyurl.com/zbz3bsc||Dm|
|WICHITA LINEMAN||GLEN CAMPBELL||
"I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time..."
|WILDEST DREAMS||TAYLOR SWIFT||Wildest_Dreams.pdf||tinyurl.com/nc8bwrx||Ab|
|** WRECKING BALL||MILEY CYRUS||
" I came in like a Wrecking Ball
I never hit so hard in love..."
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Check back for new additions I will add from time to time.
Guitar is an excellent instrument to learn at the same time as keyboard. Their two unique sounds and scales are very much complimentary. What is "practice" and drudgery on one is joy on the other. Every young musician should learn both guitar and piano.
Students will discover the guitar is far more portable around the campfire or in the dorm room. Parents will appreciate the lower price (1/10th) compared to a piano.
Perhaps the easiest lesson, and least revealed secret in learning to play the guitar is this:
KEEP IT OUT !!
Keep the instrument out of its case and on a stand near your bed or where you most often sit.It must always be tuned and near to hand so you can indulge yourself in its intimate touch.
Hide the case in the crawl space or the attic. It is only to be used for travel!
You can find the "secret" to learning the chords to almost any song you hear by reading the Simple Tips that explain the colorful Cycle Of 5ths graphic below right.
Click the image at left. They are the most important chord family you will ever learn. Know them in every key. Know or learn all the chords named in the .pdf files on your guitar or keyboard (preferably both)
- and know how to transpose them to a different key (or capo your guitar) to fit your own vocal range.
C Am F G in the chart above transposes (same family sound, different key) to:
G Em C D and also to:
A F#m D E
"Am" above means A minor. Learn more about chords and how to make their various 'flavors' here.
And then there is the comprehensive, interactive ChordFind.com that will graphically help you discover every type of chord for guitar, piano, banjo, uke, etc.
In fact, I used screen-grabs from it to build the "the most important chord family you will ever learn" that you see at left, above.
Some of the .pdf files above have built-in guitar chord charts.
Some of the .pdf files may show alternate chords and/or capo placement for guitarists. A few have even links to the full .mp3 audio files to the song. Such extra features are random (you'll have to look inside each .pdf file to see them).Two other excellent YouTube guitar trainers are Paul Davids and Rotem Sivan See them bouncing jazz licks off each other in this JAZZ GUITAR ESSENTIALS collaboration video. An excellent followup from Rotem Sivan is his pleasant and informative YT video explaining THE Double Stops on guitar. No matter your skill level you will be mesmerized and enlightened!
For more in-depth study of guitar note-layouts and chords you should click over to Ryan Naylor's tutorial website.
You will also find links to songs and many YouTube guitar lessons from Ryan. Here's just one example: Ain't No Sunshine.
Here is the original tune as originally performed by Bill Withers himself.
And, please, take time to study and marvel at the mind of Rick Beato as he dis-assembles The Most COMPLEX Pop Song of All Time. Cuddle up with your own jazz box and play along! Rick just exudes JOY as he swoons over the beauty and construction of this other, little known, late 90s tune. Share his joy and learn a lot at the same time.
Finally, click the image at left for a Practice Schedule to print and pin to your wall. Keep practicing!
It helps if you like the tune you're playing, but it is what the audience likes (they're paying you) that really counts!
The .pdf files (lyrics & chords) can be downloaded with a right-click. Short YouTube ads often preceed the videos... a necessary annoyance for the otherwise free resource. Please advise me of any broken or misdirected links via email to: dan at dansher dot com
You are welcome to pass the address of this web page along to other musical friends who might enjoy it.
If you are reading a printed version of this web page, the links as printed won't always work. Specifically, the .pdf files shown in the Lyrics & Chords column won't work directly because you do not know the preceeding URL to type into your web browser. For example, the complete URL for Havana.pdf is: https://www.dansher.com/audio/Havana.pdf ... this will be true for all the .pdf files shown in the Lyrics & Chords column. Fortunately, all the "tinyurl" links shown in the Videos column are complete and can be typed directly into your browser address field.
If you have words and chords to a song(s) you like, and have a link to a video that matches those chords and lyrics, just send the information along to me at the email address above and I may post on this page for the benefit of all.
The various links shown all worked when posted but, by now, some videos may have been moved or deleted by YouTube or the person who posted it.
I own no rights to any of the songs presented above; all are used without permission or credit of any kind.
But I give you the right to learn how to play and enjoy them!
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Like friends, one can never have too many guitars!
Dan Martin - "Leader Of The Band"
So what to buy... Acoustic, Electric, Resonator, Classical, Bass, 4,5,6,7,8 strings - there are just so many kinds of guitars! Take 15 minutes to watch and listen to this instructional video by Sir Mark Knopfler, one of the last living Guitar Masters. It is Sir Mark playing lead guitar on the KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR and SEA FEVER tracks, further above. One YouTube Commenter said of him (and I concur):
"Since 1977 I can't get enough of solos by Magic Mark Da Vinci Knopfler! Guitar's Whisperer, Musical Poet's Poet, Innovator and Genius of Unparalleled Musical Sensations..."
As for me, I was a fair renderer of "The Blues" genre of guitar music. My hands are showing the gnarles of arthritis these days and I don't play so well any more. I leave you with this text file with links to a half dozen videos from Mr. Joe Bonamassa. Please audition them and if you're a new player I hope you will choose to follow in our footsteps.
NOTE: If I were buying a new guitar, for me, it would be this one. The beautiful Zeus Acoustic Guitar by Kiesel (pictured at left). Listen to its high-def sonic clarity and sustain in this YouTube Zeus Acoustic video demo (go full-screen and crank it up!). Finally[!], an acoustic with an easily adjustable bridge for perfect intonation (individual string-lengths) and easy playing action (individual string heights). Far as I know, this is a first for steel string acoustic/electric hybrid guitars. Where Can I get One?
Want to know more about tuning and playing an 8-string guitar?
Here's a very thorough two part video that tells all about it: Part 1 and Part 2. About 15 minutes (each) and well worth your time.
But what about the new Fender Acousasonic guitar ($2000)?
Like the Kiesel Zeus Acoustic ($1500), the Fender Acoustasonic is American Made and in addition offers an instantly recognizable - and way more traditional - form.
I have not played either, but the FA seems more "electric" (both piezo and magnetic pickups) than acoustic. The FA will have more tonal possibilities than the ZA (one piezo pickup), but FA will definitely have a steeper learning curve for optimal recording and live-performance.
The biggest disadvantage of FA is that it has a non-adjustable "Pin & Saddle" fixed bridge. That bridge design is traditional pure-accoustic (and allows for an under-saddle piezo ribbon pickup) but that was the one [and only] drawback that made me sell my beautiful and beloved Carvin AE185, third on my left in the picture further above. It had three pickups (2 mag and 1 piezo), plus blend, coil-splitter, and phase controls! To keep from losing it I even tried splitting the one-piece saddle into six mini-saddles in a failed attempt to optimize string action and intonation. No joy.
Of the two, ZA and FA, I will pick the Zeus Acoustic because of its fully-adjustable (height, length) bridge - and save $500 too.
As a parting gift of inspiration, I leave you with this .mp3 tune from the 1960s, played by the
Late and very Great Mr. Glen Campbell:
If This Is Love. It has one of the most melodic guitar solos I have ever heard. I hope one day you will learn to play it to honor his genius.
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