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First Lessons for Guitar

Guitar Songs and Styles

Blues, bluegrass, and country: build up your guitar repertoire of styles and tunes as you learn songs made famous by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash

Guitar Songs and Styles™ features:

  • 60+ full-screen practice videos with adjustable speed
  • Audio backing tracks featuring a full band
  • Recording capability to track your progress and listen to yourself playing with the band

 

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Guitar Songs and Styles
 
Guitar Songs and Styles
 
Guitar Songs and Styles
 
Guitar Songs and Styles
 
Guitar Songs and Styles
 
Guitar Songs and Styles
St James Infirmary Blues
St James Infirmary Blues was originally a traditional song called The Gamblers Blues which dates back to the 19th century. It has been performed and recorded by such great artists as Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and The White Stripes.

This flatpicked arrangement shows how to use guitar techniques such as hammer-ons, slides, pull-offs, trills and vibrato to turn a simple tune into a stylish lead line.

Worried Man Blues
Worried Man Blues is an American folksong standard. It has been recorded and performed by a number of artists over the years but the enduring recordings are probably those by the Carter Family in 1930 and Woody Guthrie in the early 1940s. It’s very representative of early country music. This picking in this piece is quite tricky and involves moving across the strings at speed.
Wildwood Flower
Wildwood Flower is an old Appalachian song that was handed down through generations until it was recorded by the Carter Family in 1928. Since then it has been recorded by many great artists including Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Joan Baez.

The fact that this tune has been popular for at least 150 years shows that it must be pretty good. Beware, it is very catchy!

The Cliffs of Dooneen
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a traditional Irish tune that has been widely performed and recorded over the years. In this arrangement the tune is played twice: the first time straight and the second time embellished.

When you embellish a tune you play the basic notes of the tune but add some more notes of your own, either to re-enforce the style or simply to make it more interesting. The embellishments involve techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs.

The Streets of Laredo
The Streets of Laredo has been widely recorded, most notably by one of America’s greatest – Johnny Cash