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If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot, tabHere is a new version of If You Could Read My Mi...

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Here is the guitar lesson for House of the Rising Sun.
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https://youtu.be/A-QqxUgiDes
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American Pie, Don McLean Cover
The beginning is piano, the middle is guitar, and ending has piano and guitar together. 
You're support is much appreciated because I'm sharing revenue on this cover version as I do on all the covers that I make.
It took me awhile to figure out a couple of things, like how I was going to sing the melody because I'm not Don McLean, so I made a few changes. I could probably do it eventually with practice but part of me says, "That's good enough let's just get it out!"
I may go back and put bass in the recording too but not right now. I've got to move on and get to other things. So here's an example of how to play American Pie.
The guitar lesson video has no piano in it. It's all guitar.
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/1wNHvchIG-8
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While listening to Alip Ba Ta play this song I realized that the chord progressions are interesting and not boring like many songs released today. No wonder I've liked this song since High School!
I've made this Alip Ba Ta reaction video because it's easy to make, hardly any edits in it, and there are thousands of Indonesians that love Alip Ba Ta.
The key change that he does on the last chorus is interesting and the run that he plays to get there is fun to listen to.
I will use this song as an example in my live stream tomorrow when we talk about Bare Bones.
I'll be teaching this song soon in a video format along with tabbing out the melody. It is now in the latest version of my book too. I'll release that next week.
You can get the lead sheet now in the description of the video.
Hal
https://youtu.be/rSZaF2lj0-o
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Here is the lesson for Southern Cross.
Hal
https://youtu.be/rr2K_mhGbHI
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Southern Cross Crosby Stills Nash Cover
This song is fun to play, fun to sing, and just plain fun! Especially if you love boats. 
"Southern Cross" is based on the song "Seven League Boots" by Rick and Michael Curtis. Stills explains, "The Curtis Brothers brought a wonderful song called 'Seven League Boots,' but it drifted around too much. I rewrote a new set of words and added a different chorus, a story about a long boat trip I took after my divorce. It's about using the power of the universe to heal your wounds. Once again, I was given somebody's gem and cut and polished it."
I love the lines
   Got out of town on a boat goin' to Southern islands
   Sailing a reach before a followin' sea
   She was makin' for the trades on the outside
   And the downhill run to Papeete

   Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
   We got eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way
If you've been around sailing very much you will understand that these lines sit well with sailors. "Sailing a reach before a following sea" makes perfect sense. And also, "nicely making way" is comfortable sailing. Whoever crafted these lines knows that this is perfect weather sailing. It sounds like a great day on the water!
The line, "But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away" let's us know that the writer was alone on watch, at night, with lots of time to think. This revelation came during that quite time. It was probably a beautiful evening with maybe even a moon silvering the water as the boat moved along quietly with only the sound of the water on the sides of the hull.
Those are times never to be forgotten. 
I'm thinking about adding the harmonies but they take time. So here you are with just my voice on the melody for the time being. The lesson is coming.
Hal Steads
https://youtu.be/TCduhMNzuLg
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Here is the Under The Bridge guitar lesson.
Thank you for the support everyone!
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/Dunuo_G5ObQ
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Under The Bridge cover song
Under The Bridge hasn't been posted here yet so here it is!
I'll post the guitar lesson next.  Hope you like it.
Thank you for your support!
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/b6WVhMXOsB4
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One by U2Hi everyone, For this song the chords are the same in both the U2 version and the Johnny...

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One U2 cover
One surprise I had just last week is when one of my students who normally just loves country music asked for "One" by U2.  I thought "OK, this is different." Then he surprised me and asked for the Johnny Cash version. I was surprised to find out that Johnny Cash covered this song. He sings it an octave lower than U2.
Here are some of the top comments from that video:
Donald -  "The first time I heard this version I was riveted. All the optimism of the U2 version gone, replaced by tragic longing. It is amazing the level of emotion that this man can summon."
Gary - "If Johnny cash covers one of your songs, it's no longer yours"
Nyarlath - "Can a cover be better than the original? Now we have the answer."
It just goes to show you that everyone has their own taste in music. Whether you like the U2 version, or the Johnny Cash version, or any other version, it's OK. I'll be coming out with the lesson in a couple of days.
Well, I got my computer up and running and it rendered this video in 58 seconds instead of 20 minutes like my old computer. I'm excited. Now if I could just get fast internet that would make everything amazing. It's not a matter of cost, it's a mater of availability. Someday...
Thanks for all your support everyone.
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/p6RB-obbCuI
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Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Brothers guitar lesson
This song has been a long time favorite of mine. It's all about love and the question, "Where would we be without it?"

I've tried explaining how the strum works in this video and I'm not sure that I've actually succeeded. There is an aspect to the main strum that I didn't explain when recording this video. It became apparent when I was editing. This aspect is how and when I hit the low E string and then mute it while playing the Em7 chord during the Intro and the first two lines of each verse. I may do a different video just on that strum. I've found that students generally have a hard time playing it.

We still have my son and his small family here until Sunday so I'll get back to finishing the cover next week.

Thank you for all of your support! 
Sincerely,
Hal

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Long Train Runnin' - Doobie BrothersBob sent me a message requesting another Doobie Brothers song...

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Mary Jane's Last Dance guitar lesson
Tom Petty wrote this song in 1993. If you look at the original video is a bit of a bizarre journey. Tom plays a morgue's assistant and takes a corpse who is played by Kim Basinger. He dresses her up, makes dinner for her, they watch TV together, they dance, and all the time she is dead. At the end she opens her eyes.
The words seem to have drug overtones but Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell said, “...when it gets to the chorus he had the presence of mind to give it a deeper meaning. My take on it is it can be whatever you want it to be. A lot of people think it's a drug reference, and if that's what you want to think, it very well could be, but it could also just be a goodbye love song."
I love songs that have no clear message and the listener can imagine whatever they want the song to be.
The chords are simple. Am, G, D, Em, A - all open position chords. But then we can use half barre chords up the neck all the way to the 12th fret in some parts.
The use of hammer-on chords are tricky and so this song is a good exercise in  working with those on the open G and D chords.
In the lead section there is a signature double stop riff that just can't be left out but most of the intricate guitar work in the original recording I skipped over making my own arrangement instead. This song has many layers as a band arrangement but you have to simplify when playing solo. 
I did use a looper during the solo section so that you can hear the main chord progression in the background while the double stop riff and lead is playing. 
There is also a backing track starting at 17:31 until 19:05 just in case you want to practice the lead section yourself.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Hal
https://youtu.be/hv9GP57Zdpc
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Here is the guitar lesson for Wonderful Tonight.
"Wonderful Tonight" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton, and released in 1977.
I once had a friend ask me if I could play Wonderful Tonight. I had to answer "no" at the time. She was very disappointed. It was the next song that I learned.

https://youtu.be/_G27Jfznloc
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Wonderful Tonight guitar cover
One of my online students is working on Wonderful Tonight. Last week I realized that I never made a song example video so I made one the other day for Rick to help him out. Hope you like it too.
Hal
https://youtu.be/3PIlGlVTTpA
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Double stops in South City Midnight Lady
A few weeks ago one of my supporters asked about double stops in a Zoom hangout. I didn't feel that I talked very intelligently about that subject at the time.
https://youtu.be/nfLQ2NNf4Sk?t=115
As I was reviewing South City Midnight Lady today I realized that we play double stops in this song. When you click on the video it will take you right to the part where I'm talking about double stops and showing how to use them, although I didn't really describe them in that way in this video.
By the way this is an open G tuning. Watch the video from the beginning if you don't know how to tune that way.
Hal
See the video below.
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Snow - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Cover
Some songs take longer than others. 
I've spent hours recording this song and I threw out many of the recordings because they just weren't up to snuff. 
For your information:
  • There is only one guitar in this recording. You are seeing me play this song live.
  • The voice has one overdub all the way through.
This is my cover of "Snow" as a song example as I play it solo.
Thanks for watching and the support.
Take care,
Hal
https://youtu.be/I8M7ehEadlo
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