A basic lesson on Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey". This is not a performance or meant to be a note-for-note transcription, but an introduction to how to play the groove of the song. If you struggle with barre chords, skip ahead to 10:25 for a capo version. Part 2 looks at the song's easy electric guitar intro. Download a playalong track here: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Tennessee-Whiskey-backing-track.mp3
Here's a very simple lead guitar lesson, a great introduction to melody playing! The melody can be played with one finger to practice slides (as illustrated here) or with two (to practice hammer-ons). Tab PDF is downloadable here: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Tennessee-Whiskey-intro-lead.pdf Backing track (bass & drums) here: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Tennessee-Whiskey-backing-track.mp3
A lesson on the traditional tune "Wildwood Flower", demonstrating how the melody can be played easily from variations on a simple open position C chord. Download pdf tab: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/WILDWOOD-FLOWER.pdf www.nashvilleguitarguru.com
An easy lesson on Bob Dylan's classic. This is a great beginners' song, with lots of opportunity to develop your strumming skills - including how to use different strum patterns to drive the same groove.
Dave Isaacs demonstrates the sound and feel of a nylon-string parlor guitar. This particular instrument is a 1960's-vintage Harmony. www.NashvilleGuitarGuru.com
This Fleetwood Mac classic is a great way to get started with fingerstyle. The lesson mostly covers the easier verse part. The chorus is included in the tab and touched on briefly in the video, but deserves a lesson of its own which will follow soon. Download tab here: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Landslide-1.pdf
A lesson on strum techniques (and just for fun, the intro lick) for Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues.
An informal strum lesson on the Stones classic "Wild Horses", with some simple fills added for embellishment. Download a chord chart: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Wild-Horses.pdf
This classic by the band America is one of the first songs I might teach a new student as they begin to learn chords and strumming. It's a great song for a beginner because it's easy - a repeating two-chord cycle and a simple shuffle strum pattern. But there are also subtleties that every player should understand how to apply, and the technique a beginner uses to master the chord changes works for everyone at any level.
Next up in the Essential Songs series, a strum lesson on the Grateful Dead's "Ripple" and a look at Jerry Garcia's laid-back folk-bluegrass intro guitar break. Download the tab from: http://daveisaacs.com/wp-content/uploads/Ripple-Jerry-Garcia-intro.pdf