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Song Lessons – CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ by The Mamas & The Papas (chords & intro riff)

Song Lessons – CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ by The Mamas & The Papas (chords & intro riff)

An excellent 1960s guitar tune from The Mamas & The Papas.  Today we’re learning the classic CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ just in time for summer.

The song has a definitive melodic guitar intro and some good open strumming chords with a repetitive rhythm.

The Capo is on fret 4 if you ‘d like to be in the same key as the recording. Feel free to play this without a capo or find the fret which works with your voice if you’re singing  along too.

Enjoy!

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Song Lessons – QUE SERA, SERA by Doris Day (3 Chords)

Song Lessons – QUE SERA, SERA by Doris Day (3 Chords)

Que Sera, Sera is a fantastic 3 chord song for a bit of fun on the guitar. The wonderful Doris Day performed this in an easy, chirpy and light way that makes this a pleasure to play.

We’re doing this as a simple ‘thumb-fingers’ picking version with a couple of more complex variations if you’re ready…

The song is in 3/4 so we have a lulling, waltz feel.  Each bar is made up of 3 beats.

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Song Lessons – PRETTY WOMAN by Roy Orbison (riff & chords)

Song Lessons – PRETTY WOMAN by Roy Orbison (riff & chords)

Roy Orbison released Oh, Pretty Woman in 1964.  This is a legendary song. Catchy. A perfect tune for your strumming & singing repertoire complete with a an opening riff that is known the world over.

Today we’re going to break down the iconic riff and the chords (and strumming pattern).

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Song Lessons – WHAT’S UP? by 4 Non Blondes (rhythm study)

Song Lessons – WHAT’S UP? by 4 Non Blondes (rhythm study)

Today, we’re diving into the iconic song What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes. This 90s anthem has captured the hearts of many with its powerful lyrics and catchy melody. Lets explore this timeless classic. We’re going to learn how to play 4 Non Blonds – What’s Up? on the guitar. This is often known as a beginner guitar song. It consists of a repeated 3 chords progression throughout the entire song and for this aspect, yes, it’s fairly straight forward.

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Song Lessons – TEENAGE DIRTBAG by Wheatus (chords & riffs)

Song Lessons – TEENAGE DIRTBAG by Wheatus (chords & riffs)

Today we’re looking at Teenage Dirtbag from the year 2000.  What an awesome song by wheatus.

This is a fantastic campfire singalong song. It’s a fairly simple rhythmic song but there are a couple of things they’ve sprinkled in there that really give it it’s personality.

We’re looking  at power chord shapes mostly and how they’ve also created the riff using those shapes.

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