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Learn To Play The Acoustic Guitar with 10 Iconic Songs!

Megan Jeffery

Learn To Play The Acoustic Guitar with 10 Iconic Songs!

Megan Jeffery

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12 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:49
    • 2. 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root

      9:31
    • 3. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Theme

      4:21
    • 4. 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd

      4:18
    • 5. 'Wonderwall' by Oasis

      4:38
    • 6. 'Layla' by Eric Clapton

      4:09
    • 7. 'Free Fallin' by Tom Petty

      2:50
    • 8. 'Here Comes My Girl' by Tom Petty

      3:22
    • 9. 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' by Green Day

      3:14
    • 10. 'Africa' by Toto

      2:50
    • 11. 'Come As You Are' by Nirvana

      2:30
    • 12. Conclusion & Going Forward

      0:55
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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. Welcome to today's Scotia costs, which teaches you how to play guitar through ten easy, iconic songs. All of the songs that you'll find in today's class or from popular culture. And I've tried to include a range of songs from pop and rock and just things you'll know so there's no surprises. So the ten songs are sendmail my way by rest route, friends theme. Wish you here by Pink Floyd, Wonderwall by Oasis, Layla by Eric Clapton, free-falling by Tom Petty. Here comes my girl by Tom Petty, wake me up when September ends by Green Day Africa, by Toto and comments you are by nirvana. These are all extremely easy. I'm iconic songs to play. All you need is watching guitar and an eagerness to learn. Whenever you are ready, please click on Lesson one. If you wanna go and begin the course, I wish you the best of luck and a fantastic day. 2. 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root: Welcome to lesson one. We're going to be looking at some real my way by rested root case. You don't know the zonular insulin when you hear it. It's a beautiful acoustic guitar with now the beauty of the songs that has been in so many films, Ice Age, Matilda, you name it. And to be honest, it's a classic and it's a favorite wherever you're playing, everyone will note and everyone will want to sing along, joined along, whatever there'll be very impressed. So I'm first going to play the song for you and then I'll break it down, note for note, string myString. So this song uses two very easy courts, the C chord and the variation of the F7 chord. Now in case this is all jargons, you let me break it down. So to play this href, we need to get the shape of the cord, right? And the first one is a C chord. We start by placing our ring finger on the third fret of the a string, which is the second string down from the top. Next, you're gonna put your middle finger on the string under it, which is the D string, the third string down from the top. And so on the second fret, so there and there. And then you're gonna put your index finger on the first fret of the B string, which is the fifth string dot and second one up from the high index 012345. And on this string we're going to put it on the first round, the first lined bar thing here. If you're not used to what a fat borders and you're just starting out, which is fine. So one more time we have this note, third for the string. This note second fret of the D string. And that note the first fret of the B string. Now we're not gonna strum it. The way we're gonna do this is we can play two notes at the same time. We're going to play the a string, second string down with our thumb. And this FET string down 12345, which is this one. We're going to play these together and you're gonna use your index finger. So again, one more time, just to zoom in here. And then you're gonna play the string just above that one, which is the G string, which is the fourth string now so 123. So I'll more time we play the a string and the B strings together. And then we play the G string ones. And it should sound like this. It's pretty straightforward. And you're keeping the C major chord shape here. Now, this is where things get a little bit more tricky. While keeping that shape there. We're just going to put up pinky. On the third fret of the highest string, the high E string, the sixth string down, 123456. We put our pinky, which heat that shapes. And, you know, you should have your pinky free here. If you don't, I think you've gotten the shape wrong. So make sure your pinky is in the right place, unreached. Underneath. So after you've paid, you can play the a string coupled with the high string. So we have the a and the high string. With your pinky on the third fret underneath. There. You can see you when I say men. So we have now this is another tricky, but you're then going to move your pinky up on strings, the base string. And you wouldn't pay on its own. So we have, and so what the pinky is doing essentially, after you have that C chord shape, you played that third from the high string twice with the a note, sorry, the a string, which is a C notes. And then you move up one string, c. And if we just look at the pinky without the C chord, we have this kind of thing. Now that takes practice, but all in all you should have. And then you repeat. And then we have. Now, let me break that second bit down. So, so far to recap, we have now we're going to have the F variety cortical at that because it's not quite enough seven, it's a variety of enough Southern. The way we achieve this is we take that C chord. Now you're gonna keep your index finger where it ends, which is snuggling cosy on the first fret. We're gonna take our ring finger and our middle finger. And all we're gonna do is moving down one string. It's a neat little trick because you have underscored this court and all you've done is changed your fretting. So instead of the third from the stream with our ring and the second strand on the second fret, sorry, of the D string with our middle finger. We're going to move them down. So we have this D string, third fret with our ring finger, and its g string second fret with our middle finger. But this index finger is staying on that BCE during the Fed string down from this low note. So 12345. So we had this and then we have this. And the great thing is we're going to use similar idea. But what we're gonna do is with this F shape, we're going to play the D string, the third string down with the B string. And we're going to go, again. We play that G string once after having gone. Okay, so we have from the top. And now we're gonna do that pinky thing again, where I pinky on the third fret of the high E string plays. So we have, and we play it with this d strings. So thus little section from the top goes. And then we're going to move the pinky up one again like we did in the previous one and play it. So we have and we finished by going D-string, B string, and then the G string, and then playing that high third fret. Now it sounds very complicated. So let's start that little section from the top, we have this F shape, which one more time is the second from the G string. Third fret of the D string. And we keep our index there on the front of that. Playing the De Shu and the B string. I'm playing that g string in between. And then we play the district with the highest string when we move our pinky of'd 35 and a move up one. So altogether we have in case you're confused and this is little bit more difficult. I do urge you to go back to the original stages or wherever you are having difficulty in this tutorial, please read, watch, and listen to the way I play it. I'm going to slow it down one more time for you. Very sodium aspects together. And that is sun me on my way by rested roots. I wish you the best in playing this song. It is one of the more difficult ones in this series. So please don't give up and go to the other lessons and find a song that you do like if you're having difficulty with us, but believe in yourself, keep at it. When I first started playing the guitar, I wasn't very good. We, none of us are until you actually sit down, practice, really work on things don't give up. Because just when you're about to give up, that's when things get easier because you've gone through the hard beds and even if you're struggling along the way, that's okay. That's fine. We all have a hero, rough days and rough times when we're trying to land songs. But the sooner you throw yourself into deepened and the sooner you realize that it's okay. And you know, we all were beginners once. You can really crack it by really giving it your best go to rewatch this tutorial plane up for now, and I wish you the best of luck. Let's move on to some number two. 3. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Theme: Welcome to lesson number two. And this lesson is the friends theme song by the Rembrandt's. Now, this song shells nineties and it shouts the show friends, we all love it. We all not. Everyone wants to hear it. If you have a guitar on you, it's your obligation to learn the song and to play for people to be a crowd pleaser. Now I'm gonna play this song for you and then I'm going to teach it to you. That goes like this. Okay, so that riff sounds complicated. It's really not, there are some tips and tricks that you can learn to really put off. It's really easy and that's the great thing about this song. It sounds complicated. It gets people moving and doing them, bet in-between the intro. So let me teach it's here. This song is in the key of a, and as such, we're gonna start by playing this open a strength that iconic. Now here at the beginning. So the string is the second string down from the low notes, which is so you start with that. Now the href is gonna take place on the G string, the fourth string down, so 1234. Now we're going to start by sliding to the sick friend. If you don't have to slide, this is what you do. You're gonna take your ring finger. Now you're gonna put on the second fret, but you're not going to play that second fret where you're gonna, you're gonna play. But as you hit it, you wanna slide. You want to practice this motion. So what you're gonna do is you're gonna get from the second fret to the sixth fret of the G string. So we have 1234 for frets to cover. And happens quickly. You don't have to do this. This is all fashion and anti, you know, kind of additional stuff that you can do if not, just stop on the sorry, start on the SEC frat. So we have, if you really want, but if you want to sound flashy and authentic culture, you want to slide from the second Friday for the sick friend. So and they gotta pay again. And then you're going to play the fourth fret with our index finger. Second frame. So only. And then the open string twice. Second fret, second fret, and fourth fret, second. So let me play it slowly. So quickly it goes. Now, that might be quite a challenge. If it is, skip the sliding bet if that's distracting you, sometimes we undershoot, sometimes you overshoot with the notes we're going for and we actually missed the SEC fret. If that's a burden, forget it. Start at the SEC threatened. Make it sound like this. Let me break it down. Even SLR. Now, I love songs like this. The reason being that all played on one string for getting this opening note, it's all on the Jewish string. And I adore that. And you should too, because hey, there aren't many songs on guitar that sound professional, that can just be played on one string. You have to worry about the baffle and the bustle of moving around on the strings. You can just play on that one string. That's fantastic. I hope you found this one useful. Let's get parsers go to the next lesson because quite simply, it's easy. Best of luck. 4. 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd: Okay, so welcome to lesson three, and we're going to be looking at wish you were here by Pink Floyd, one of my favorite songs of all time. It's so deep and emotional and it gets a bit weird. But the opening ref is beautiful over the radio noise. If you haven't heard it, please check it out. If not, let me play it for you right now. You can just get lost and not emotion. I absolutely adore this song and enough set that a million times. So that further do. I'll shut up and host, teach other play this song. So the great thing about this is if you know how to play an E minor chord, an a G chord, you're pretty much set. If not, don't worry, I've got you covered. So this song starts on the a string, the second string down from the top one. You're gonna play it open. But you're going to play the second fret with your index finger. But it's a hammer on. The difference being with a normal note, you'd play it with this hand. And then you'd play again. You don't you play the note and you, and again, all you're doing is hammering that finger onto the frets. So we go though, we'd play the D string open under the second fret. So we have, and then we're gonna play a variation of the E minor chord. The way you do this is we start with our index finger on the second fret of the a string, the second stream down our middle finger just underneath on the D string of the second fret. Now this is where it gets a little bit more complicated as we move our ring fingers to the third fret of the B string, the fifth string down. And our Pinkie goes underneath it. On the high string. Second fret, a, second fret, d, second fret, third fret, be third fret E. And we play that up. So we have from the top very slowly. Okay, now we're gonna play in the same shape. The D-string. Them play open. And again. Now, after going, you're going to play the G major chord, which is the third fret of the low E string. Second fret of the a string. And again, our fourth finger goes on third fret of the B on Pinkie goes on the third flip the height eight. Now, it's a little bit complicated because you're not just gonna strum it, the pots and goes. And then you're going to play the third fret first. So we have from the top. Sorry. I'm so sorry, let me start again. And that is the basics of the song. Wish you I hear. It's a little opening roof, which is a little bit tricky to teach. I've never actually told it before, but I've been playing it for years. I thought I'd third and I'm sorry if that was a little bit of a kerfuffle with regards to how to play it. Let me start again from the top to really show you real slow. Best of luck. 5. 'Wonderwall' by Oasis: Now we move on to wonder wall by Oasis, One of the most iconic pop rock songs of all time, Manchester, OK, fantastic, north of England. Let me play it for you. You all know how it sounds and let's get to it. Now in case she watched the last lesson, this sum will be very easy for you because it covers exactly the same scope of difficulty and the same chord shapes. If not, I'm going to start from scratch as well. So don't worry, let me teach us planet. There are some quotes you need to learn. This one, this one, unless 14 chords which center around these two fingers, which is the third fret of the B string and the third fret of the high E string with your pinky. Start by pressing those down. Because they're going to stay there, throw this whole song. That's what's amazing about this tune. If you learn how to play the guitar for the first time, that's two less fingers you have to worry about for this song. So notice we start with the E minor chord. We're going to play the second fret of the a string, so constrained down with our index finger. And the second, the second fret of the D string with a middle finger like that. Strong knot. And now we're going to play the G, the G chord, sorry. In order to do this, we press the third fret of the low E string with our middle finger. On the second fret of the a string with our index finger. So we have to remember these two. Stay put on the third fret. We just have to worry about going from this. So that's next. What you're gonna do is you're going to take those off the next chord. All you're gonna do is place your index finger on the G string with the second fret of the fourth string down, 1234. So we have, and now we're gonna move our index finger To the second fret of the D string and a middle finger to the second fret, G string. So altogether we have this chord, G chord, the S1 and S1. So one more time, I'm going to zoom in on my fingers here to show you the core shapes. We have this E minor that looks like that. Then you're gonna bring your middle finger up on the G chord like that. Then the index finger goes to the second fret of the G string. And then you're gonna play the index finger on the second fret of the D string and your middle finger on the second fret of the G string. And then you start again. Now, the thing about this chord progression is the strumming. While it's really hard to pinpoint exactly, I'll destroy it because I've seen a million different guitar players by a million different ways. The patchiness, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun that you strum. So imagine to be like the good could serve. Picked to come down to get that. And you confirm the rest with normal strumming. Doubt. And that's basically wonder, Well, I know that the does not very musical, but it's the easiest way to phonetically and automatic, clearly state how this song is strummed. I hope you enjoyed it. Go back over the courts if you're uncertain. And I'll see you in the next one. 6. 'Layla' by Eric Clapton: So now we have a beautiful song by Eric Clapton, which is called Layla, and it goes like this. So that song is pretty challenging for beginners. The reason I want to include as, even though it's challenging, I know you can do it surprisingly enough. It was one of the first songs I learned top-down guitar. I challenge myself to do at my did. And the reason being is when you really understand the principles of how this href is played, it actually comes up in your head the weight that you mathematically process the notation pattern. Because ultimately most guitarists follow a pattern and when you look flat Patna and understand it, it becomes easier to play. So let me break this rift down slowly. The first part goes. We start by playing the open a string. Then you play the index finger on the third fret of the a string. Then you pay the open D string, the third string DOM. Third from the district. Open. Back to the third for the a string on a play that D-string eye-opener. Let me zoom in 0303030. And now we play the second part of the reef. And this is three easy power chords. A power chord is a shortened version of a full chord, which sound like this. So for example, we took a G major chord, a GBA sparked a G major open chord, or turned into power code that just uses the root note and the fifth. So for these power chords which are made, we're going to start with our indexing on the fifth fret of the a string. And I'm pinky or ring finger. If you can stretch on the seventh fret of the D string, which is the next string down. And we're just going to play these two strings. Then you move up shaped onto the third frenzy of the third from the a on the fifth fret of the G. Then we moved on to the first fret of the a and the third fret of the third fret again. That's so we're fed first weights. So the rest slowly, slowly, slowly sounds like this altogether. And that is how you play, laid out by art tops. And let's move on to the next one. 7. 'Free Fallin' by Tom Petty: Okay, so now we're going to learn how to play free-falling by Tom Petty. We all know the song, it's whole grade. Let's me show you how to play it and then I will teach it to you. This song essentially uses three chords which are turned into four chords by adding an extra node to the D chord. That's on the picture brush. I'm gonna show you the way we play the song as we start with G-Major chord. Nice uneasy way we play this chord, if you knew, is we start here on the G string of the second fret with our index finger, the G string, of course, the fourth string nouns we have 01234. Then we're gonna put our ring finger on the third fret of the B string underneath it. And then our middle finger goes on the second fret of the high E string. And we strongly. Now you really just want to strum down from the D string, the third string down to 33 short ones. And then we're just gonna put my pinky here underneath on the third from the high E string. That's one Strom again. So from the top, then we're going to play a G major chord. An, a major chord. If you're new to both these courts, let me teach from the top. We have the third fret of the low E string with our middle finger of the second fret of the a string with our index finger. The third fret of the B stream with our ring finger. And the third for the high E string with art pinky. One strum again, so from the top. And then we're going to play the, a major chord, which is with, I mean, some people play it like this. I pit like this. It's really up to you. But in essence, the notes on the D string, third street down, 123 of the second fret, of the second fret of the G string and the second fret of the B string. So from the top. And that is the rift or free-falling. I think it's the simplest one. We have emissaries. And whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next lesson. 8. 'Here Comes My Girl' by Tom Petty: So in this lesson we're going to look at here comes my girl again by Tom Petty and the heartbreak curves. Now, in case you don't know, this isn't one of his best-known songs, but it is a head and was one of the ones that really proved Tom Petty was an incredible guitarist. The reef itself is easy and it sounds beautiful, melodic. You can pay on either an electric or an acoustic no matter what you play and you can get away with it. I'm going to play you the refers and I'm going to teach it to you. So we have three components to this href. We have this chord, this chord, and this chord and it between those three chords we have an old run-down. So let me teach you each one now in the last lesson where I taught you free-falling by Tom Petty, I showed you the a major chord in case you weren't there. And recap, we're gonna play the D string. Second fret. Let's use that. Let's use our index finger for this. And then we're gonna place the middle finger on the G string, second fret, and our ring finger on the B string, the second front. So we have this, and that's the first chord. Now, all we're gonna do, we're gonna take that exact court shaped and we're going to move up two frets to the fourth fret. And you just strum that beautiful, beautiful variety of A-B-C chord. So we have, now what we're gonna do is we're going to play, we're gonna play with our index finger, the fourth fret of the B string. Fifth fret of the B stream with our middle finger. The seventh fret of the B stream with our Pinky. So, so far we have. And now we're going to play this chord. It's a very unusual chord. And I have this court's taught in my class, which is unusual and bizarre courts. So please go check that out if you're instead more cores like it is variation of an A7. And the way we play it is we start on the suburb fret of the D string, which is the third string down 123 are gonna play that with MR. ring finger, seventh thread, which is where the third dot should be 123. And we could do certain naught 23. Next we're gonna put our middle finger on the sixth fret of the G string, which is the string just below it. And art, and it goes on the fifth fret of the B string, and we stop that. And to finish this whole ref, I'm gonna go back to that shapes the rift goes like this. Let me start down one more time so you can really see what's going on. And that is Here comes my girl. By Tom Petty. 9. 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' by Green Day: So in this lesson, we're gonna learn one of the most demanded songs on acoustic guitar. Every guitar teacher has, had students who are desperate to play this one on its wake me at one September Ns by Green Day from the iconic 2004 American idiots. So it goes like this. So in order to play this, we start on the D string, the third string down of the fifth fret with our ring finger. And then we're gonna put our index finger on the B string, third fret. So we have this shape, it's just this one and this one. Now the way we do it is we're going to play the D string, the G string, and the string. So in that order, D, G, B, D, G, Like that. And and you repeat four times. Okay? And now what we're gonna do is O3 play that. We're going to move down one front. So we go from the, sorry, the fifth fret of the D string to the fourth fret with our middle finger. And we play that same notch and again twice. Next we're gonna put our index finger on the district or the second front. And we're going to put our ring finger on the third fret of the B string and play the same concert twice. I'm again. So from the top. And then we're gonna play the open D. I'll play the same pattern. And next we're going to be minor chord and that same patch. And the way you do this as u bar, the second fret, you put your ring finger on the fourth fret of the D string. Your pinky on the fourth fret of the G string, and your middle finger on the B string. And the third friends, I let you get back to the top. And that is Whitney at one September Ns by Green Day. 10. 'Africa' by Toto: So welcome to Lesson Nine, the penultimate lesson in this series. Let's make it a good one. This is Africa by Toto. If you've watched this area so far, you don't need me to tell you that I'm going to play it and then teach it to you. Now in order to play this song, it's actually quite easy. Most of the trudging up bit comes from plays a strumming pattern, but it's really simple. So we're gonna start with a G major chord. Okay, the third fret of the low E string, with our middle finger, we play the index finger on the second fret of the a. We play the ring finger on the third fret of the B and a pinky on the third fret of the high ie. And we play it like this. And then on the six, we go down. So we go from here. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna take these two fingers off. And you're just going to play the second fret of the low eighth for one node. So 123456123456. It's an intermission nodes. It's going to lead us to the b minor chord, which I'll show you in a minute. Now, B minor is a BAD quarter to understand this fairly difficult for beginners. But don't worry, I'll guide you through. We're going to play the second fret of the a string with our index finger. The fourth fret of the D string of our ring finger. Fourth fret of the G with our Pinky. And the third fret of the B with our middle finger. So we go. And having difficulties with the b minor chord, that is a cheap way. You can just play the second fret of the a string. So it sounds like this. It doesn't sound AS full, but it still sounds good. And it's in 2D. So and that is Africa by Toyota and iconic sum. Let's move on to our final lesson. 11. 'Come As You Are' by Nirvana: And so we come on to the final lesson in this series and in this class, come as you are by nirvana from the iconic album, Nevermind. It goes like this. So in order to play it, we start with two strings that we play. The first fret with the index finger and then third, the second fret, sorry, with our middle finger. So then we play the open a string. Second fret of the string. So then the open again, twice on the low, eat. First fret, open, set. Then we're going to play with our middle finger, the a string, the second front. And then twice in the lottery. So altogether so far. And then we play the second front again, and then the lottery twice. And then first fret, second fret, and repeat. So, so far we have, let me break it down even slower. Watch my fingers as I play this song. And that is the basics to the song come as you are by Nirvana, I wouldn't go too much Institutes or with the songs because it does get quite complicated. And the aim of this lesson and of this class altogether was to show you some basic refs. Three, help you get going on the guitar if you knew. So, yeah, that's pretty much come into R by nirvana. 12. Conclusion & Going Forward: And so we come to the end of this class. I really hope you found it to be an invaluable resource. Now, I set you a task for this class, which is to choose five songs of the ten that we've learned to end today's class. For you to upload. Show me what you've learnt. Show me your take on some of these songs, five of your favorites, that's half c. I think you can choose from a range that other than that, I really hippy check out my other lessons. I've been complete course on how to play the acoustic guitar, health plan, usual cords, how to even pay the imperial march from Star Wars. So do check out the range of lessons I have in my profile. I will be making many more videos on teaching outweigh the acoustic guitar. I wish you all the best to get back of the lessons. If you're struggling a little bit with some of the songs from the intricacies. And rewatch, watch how I play. Take note of the notes that I'm teaching you, and I wish you the very best going forward and all of your guitar journey. Thank you very much for watching. I'm Meghan.