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Most smart phones (Apple & Android) have the ability to screen-mirror to a smart TV set. This feature allows you to & hear and see the videos in "big screen" right from your mobile device. The ROKU brand of set top boxes and various "smart" TVs that have the ROKU Operating System built in (such as the Hisense brand) make it easy to project (mirror) your phone's little screen and little speaker onto the Biggest Screen and Biggest Sound in your home.
If you have a decent computer and at least some musical knowledge, you can transpose an entire tune (.wav or .mp3 audio file) from one key to another, including the vocal, without altering the song's tempo. A good example of this is below on Taylor Swift's beautiful "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" song which is presented in both the keys of "F#" and "G" (* at the bottom of this page). Guitarists and vocalists alike will appreciate the flexibility and ease with which the free downloadable Audacity software makes this trick possible. The "G" version of Whole Sky is just one example of Audacity's set of remarkable audio abilities.
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:
If there's a song below that you've never heard, please audition the video now. 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
|LYRICS & CHORDS
|** 21 SUMMER
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
"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
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
C Am F G "the most important chord family you will ever learn"
|ALL TOO WELL
"After plaid shirt days and nights
When you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and
I walk home alone"
|** BEAUTIFUL WORLD
|** BIGGER THAN THE WHOLE SKY
"Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
You were bigger than the whole sky ..."
|BIGGER THAN THE WHOLE SKY
|BIG HEAD TODD
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]
Bo Jangles Lessons Here
|NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
|BROTHERS IN ARMS
"There's so many different worlds
So many different suns,
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones."
"And Wang Wei Lin, you remember him
All alone he stood before the tanks"
|CLEANIN' MY GUN
"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
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.
|BAND Of HORSES
|** 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?
"Have you forgotten ? How it felt that day?
Have you forgotten ? When those towers fell ?"
|I Am Sailing
|I Am Sailing Video
|I NEED YOU NOW
"...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
|IS IT LIKE TODAY
|JESUS IS KING
|Dan Martin (Lyrics)
|a midi file
|JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
|** KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
|Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler
|LAMENT IN E MINOR
|LET IT BE ME
|LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER
|** LOST YOU IN THE CANYON
|NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR
"All that we are, all that we need;
They're different things"
|** OLD LANG SYNE
"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
|[THE] PARTY'S OVER
|POOR SIDE OF TOWN
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"
|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
"I loved you like a baby
Like some motherless child
I loved you in a tame way
And I can love you wild."
|** SILENT PARTNER
"Me with my head in the stars, And you in my shadow...
Now that it's started, Nothing else matters"
|** SILENT RUNNING
|MIKE & THE MECHANICS
"Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still!"
|SLOOP JOHN B
|SO INTO YOU
|ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
|** 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."
|** THE ROAD
"How could I see a future then,
Where you would not grow old?
Went looking for the answers
with just three chords and the truth"
|Unbound on YouTube
|Unchained_Melody.pdf and in in .html
| WHO KNOWS...
WHERE THE TIME GOES
"I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time..."
|** WRECKING BALL
" "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. YouTube ads will preceed the videos ...a necessary annoyance for the otherwise free and beneficial 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 Acoustasonic guitar ($2000)?
Like the Kiesel Zeus Acoustic ($1850), 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 a few hundred bucks too.
A secret desire of mine has always been to own and learn to play pedal steel guitar. Only in 2023 did I learn there was a far less expensive - and way less complicated - alternative: The Lap Steel Guitar. I urge you to audition this Steel Guitar Playlist that I have gathered on YouTube. Almost 100 short clips on both Pedal Steel and Lap Steel guitars demonstrate how to tune and play them.
Listen to Neal Young's
"Heart Of Gold" from that Playlist now (sorry for the long and intrusive YouTube ads).
And here is Loretta Cox playing Wicked Game on her Lap Steel guitar.
Lap Steel guitars start at an affordable 200 $USD (on Amazon).
Adding a set of
will give any of the inexpensive Lap Steel guitars an unmistakable "pedal-steel" sound..
I have picked the
Duesenberg "Fairytale" Lap Steel Guitar as my favorite among them all .
A major feature of the "Doozy" is that it comes with the all-important "benders" already installed.
I like the longer 25 1/2" scale
(distance from nut to bridge) and dual pickups too. The budget lap steels generally have a shorter scale length
which in my opinion will make playing in tune a bit more demanding.
More information on the Fairytale Lap Steel, as demonstrated by a professional musician, is
here. Unfortunately, the Fairytale is $2,200 USD.
The Gretsch G5700 Electromatic Lap Steel ($500 USD on Amazon) is a more affordable choice and has room for installing Certano benders at the bridge.
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.
Have a look at my "A TIME FOR ANGELS" Store. If ever there was a time, we need them now !
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* Demonstration of Key Shifting Effect is included in Audacity audio-editing software.