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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 8

Today we're going to get into bar chords, quite a big step for you beginners. We'll learn the song "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan, and show you how to play the three bar chords that make up the entire song: Am, GMaj, and FMaj.

Be sure to tune back next Monday for "Jingle Bells." That'll give you two full weeks to practice before Christmas.

As always, you can hit our YouTube page for "high quality" video (look for the link under the screen) or just watch the normal quality here. If you missed our older lessons, check them out below. And don't forget to drop a comment if you've got an idea of other things you want us to cover in future lessons.

Lesson No. 1 - Buying your first guitar
Lesson No. 2 - How to hold the guitar & playing your first chord
Lesson No. 3 - New chords and chord transitions
Lesson No. 4 - "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" verse
Lesson No. 5 - "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" chorus
Lesson No. 6 - How to read TAB and chord charts
Lesson No. 7 - Notes on the fretboard

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YouTube / Prometheus Freddie Mercury
Queen's Brian May Teaches You to Play His Hit Songs
YouTube / Prometheus Freddie Mercury
YouTube / Prometheus Freddie Mercury

Here's one for the guitar geeks—a 1984 video featuring Brian May, the guitarist from Queen. May starts out introducing "Red Special," the guitar he built himself (and still plays), then dives into 40 minutes of technical detail on how he plays various licks and solos from Queen songs.

This is pretty geeky, but invaluable for guitarists, and fun to see May's quiet demeanor and intelligence (incidentally, he's also an astrophysicist in addition to a guitarist).

If you don't want to watch the whole 40 minutes, check out 33:33, when he plays the "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" lick. Awesome.

For a look at his modern touring setup, here's another long, detailed look at his gear and how it's used onstage:

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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 12

Today we're getting into some real basic 12 Bar Blues. We might repeat this lesson next monday, but after that, the lessons will be on hiatus for a while. Stay tuned for updates in the near future. We hope you've enjoyed the first 12 in the series.

As always, you can hit our YouTube page for "high quality" video or just watch the normal quality here. If you missed our older lessons, check them out below.

Lesson No. 1 - Buying your first guitar
Lesson No. 2 - How to hold the guitar & playing your first chord
Lesson No. 3 - New chords and chord transitions
Lesson No. 4 - "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" verse
Lesson No. 5 - "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" chorus
Lesson No. 6 - How to read TAB and chord charts
Lesson No. 7 - Notes on the fretboard
Lesson No. 8 - Bar chords
Lesson No. 9 - "Jingle Bells"
Lesson No. 10 - Power chords
Lesson No. 11 - Finger picking

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