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Queen's Brian May Teaches You to Play His Hit Songs
Brian May, guitarist for Queen and astrophysicist, shows his guitar chops.... READ ON
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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... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 11
Today we're starting you off with some basic finger picking, using the R.E.M. song, "Everybody Hurts." 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. 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 &... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 10
[Lesson No. 10 was originally posted last week. But because of the holidays, we're re-running it today. Tune in next week for a brand new lesson.] Today we're going to learn how to play power chords. We touched on a simpler version in an earlier lesson, but now it's time to learn the real deal. We'll also learn "Louie Louie" to help you practice your power chords. As always, you can hit our YouTube page for "high quality" video or just watch the normal quality here. If you missed our... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 9
We're getting into the holiday spirit today with a little "Jingle Bells." In order to master it, you'll also be learning a new chord category, the 7th chord, starting today with D7. 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. 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.... READ ON
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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.... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 7
Anyone Can Play Guitar is back with a whole new look, a new guitar teacher, and 6 new lessons—one each Monday until the middle of January. Today we'll learn the names of the notes on the fretboard, and review some chord transitions. Plus, you'll learn the chorus from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones. Other lessons we've got coming your way this time around: bar chords, 12-bar blues, and, of course, new songs, including "Jingle... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 6
Welcome back. Today we'll be learning how to read chord charts and TAB (guitar tablature). As always, you can hit the video on our site, or, if you prefer better quality, click on "watch in high quality" under the player on our YouTube page. If you missed Lesson No. 1, you can always check that out over here. Lesson No. 2 can be found right here, Lesson No. 3, here, Lesson No. 4 can be found here and finally, last week's lesson, No. 5, right here. We'll be taking a short break from the lessons, but will... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 5
Welcome back. Today we'll be learning how to play the chorus to "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" by The Rolling Stones. As always, you can hit the video on our site, or, if you prefer better quality, click on "watch in high quality" under the player on our YouTube page. If you missed Lesson No. 1, you can always check that out over here. Lesson No. 2 can be found right here, Lesson No. 3, here, and last week's Lesson No. 4 can be found... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 4
Welcome back. Today we'll be learning how to play the verse to "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" by The Rolling Stones. As always, you can hit the video on our site, or, if you prefer better quality, click on "watch in high quality" under the player on our YouTube page. If you missed Lesson No. 1, you can always check that out over here. Lesson No. 2 can be found right here, and Lesson No. 3,... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 3
Welcome back. Today we'll be learning the G Major chord and how to switch between chords. As always, you can hit the video on our site, or, if you prefer better quality, click on "watch in high quality" under the player on our YouTube page. If you missed Lesson No. 1, you can always check that out over here. Lesson No. 2 can be found right... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 2
Welcome back. Today we'll really get down to business and start you off on your first chord, E Major, as well as some guitar basics. Hit the video on our site, or, if you prefer better quality, you can always click on "watch in high quality" under the player on our YouTube page. If you missed Lesson No. 1, you can always check that out right over... READ ON
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Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 1
Welcome to the first in a weekly series of mental_floss guitar lessons. We're starting at the very beginning and presume that an air guitar is the only guitar you've ever strummed. Tune in every Monday and we'll see how far we can take these. In Lesson No. 1, you'll get a taste of what to look for when picking out your first guitar. Special thanks to Dave, the manager at West L.A. Music, for taking time out of his day to drop a pantload of 6-string knowledge. You can... READ ON

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