Ramblin Man by Allman Brothers
Ramblin' Man by Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers Band appeared on the album Brothers And Sisters in 1973. This Free Lesson is really a Campfire look at the chord progression with a bit of attention paid to the opening guitar lick.
With A Little Help From My Friends by Beatles
With A Little Help From My Friends is a song Neil has been teaching to his beginning students for many years. This arrangement would be
considered a Campfire Version as it is in a different key from the original with a slightly simplified strumming pattern. This Free Lesson
just requires strumming through mostly open chords and singing along.
Birthday by Beatles
Birthday is a classic example of taking a simple riff, dropping it into a 12-bar blues format, adding some catchy vocals over a short chord progression,
throwing in a little drum break and lead guitar fill, and creating great rock and roll in a matter of just a couple of days. Paul came up with the main
riff and had most of the song done by the time the rest of the band was back in the studio. This free lesson includes the Campfire Version, the way I
like to have beginners learn the basics of the song. We also have a "One-Man Band Version" available in the Target Program where the rhythm guitar and
bass parts are combined into something a bit more challenging. In that lesson the lead section includes some techniques more commonly done on an electric
guitar; bends, slides, and quick hammer-on pull-off combinations.
I've Just Seen A Face by Beatles
This addition to our Free Lesson library is from the Beatles album Rubber Soul- I've Just Seen A Face. This arrangement uses a bluegrass style accompaniment with the addition
of hammer ons in the bass, as well as some passing bass notes connecting the chords.
Let It Be by The Beatles
Let It Be is a great strumming and singing tune with a chord progression that is a lot of fun to practice playing leads using the Major Pentatonic scale. This 4-Part TARGET lesson covers the rhythm guitar part and some of the piano fills, as well as a discussion on lead playing in general.
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
Ain't No Sunshine This is a Campfire Version of Bill Withers' classic Ain't No Sunshine. It is a slightly simplified arrangement of the way Bill played it that uses just a couple open chords and our trusty ballad strumming pattern.
Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan
Many Bob Dylan songs have fairly simple chord progression and strumming patterns. Lay Lady Lay is a great example of this as it uses just a few barre chords in a repetitive fashion. This Free Campfire Lesson goes a bit into barre chord theory and the basic way to strum through the song.
For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield
Today we bring out a classic by the Buffalo Springfield, For What It's Worth; a song we are happy to put in the Free Lesson section for all to enjoy. This is another great example of how a few simple chords, with minimal decorations, can be the foundation of a song for the ages. We also take a look at combining Neil Young's harmonics with the strumming.
Lodi by Creedence Clearwater Revival
This lesson goes over the riff and and strumming pattern to a great beginner's song. Chords are C, G, and F, which can be played as a full bar or in its shortened form.
Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
Neil gives us a few different ways of playing one of the greatest riff tunes of all time- the caveman classic Smoke On The Water. Grab your guitar and play along, even if you have never played a single note!
Black Water by Doobie Brothers
As part of our Free Lesson Series we take a look at Black Water, by the Doobie Brothers. This is a somewhat complicated fingerstyle song done in Double Dropped D Tuning, and this version uses the same chord progression but uses a strumming accompaniment, almost in the Campfire world.
China Grove by Doobie Brothers
We are also bringing out a Complete Free Lesson. Today it is China Grove by the Doobie Brothers. This lesson features a basic version of the rhythm guitar part. Some of the other parts can be found in the China Grove lesson in the TARGET Program.
Bell Bottom Blues by Eric Clapton
Bell Bottom Blues is a heavily requested song here at TG, especially after we came out with a block of Eric Clapton songs and it didn't make the final cut. It is another one of the great tunes from the only studio album Eric made as Derek And The Dominoes, which also featured Duane Allman. This Free Lesson goes over the chord progression and simple arpeggio picking pattern.
Hocus Pocus (Opening Riff) by Focus
This short lesson goes over the opening riff to this quirky piece by Focus, guitarist Jan Akkerman and keyboards & flute by Thijs Van Leer.
Military Madness by Graham Nash
This lesson on Military Madness by Graham Nash is part of the series of complete lessons we call The Campfire Versions. Learn the chords, learn the strumming pattern (or make up your own), and get some friends to sing along!
Throw Your Arms Around Me by Hunters and Collectors
A band and song brought to our attention by Matt, Throw Your Arms Around Me by Hunters And Collectors is a great example of a simple Campfire song; 3 open chords and a basic strumming pattern. This is a song Eddie Vedder performs quite often in concert.
A Pirate Looks At 40 by Jack Johnson
When Neil started working on Jimmy Buffett's A Pirate Looks At 40, he was surprised to find a cover by Jack Johnson, and a video with Dave Matthews no less. Jack's simplified version seemed perfectly suited to a basic lesson that we are happy to bring out for everybody here at TotallyGuitars. Jack's arrangements even omits the only barre chord Jimmy's needed making this very playable by beginning guitar players.
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song by Jim Croce
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song by Jim Croce has been part of our Target Program for quite a while in a very detailed and somewhat challenging lesson. As part of our expanding Free Lesson series we have a short Campfire Version that uses all the real chords but with a simplified accompaniment.
Waterloo Sunset by Kinks
Waterloo Sunset, by the Kinks, began in Ray Davies head as Liverpool Sunset, partially owing to his fondness for the Merseybeat sounds of bands coming out of Liverpool at the time. The song featured a strumming acoustic guitar with a short lead using a tape-delay echo effect, a sound that had been popular a decade before but then forgotten. Our TG Complete Free lesson goes over the basic rhythm accompaniment, which is really the way Ray plays it solo even today.
Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
This lesson goes over the strumming pattern and chords to the rhythm guitar part of Free Bird. A good lesson for beginners, especially if you are starting to get the bar F chord.
Overkill by Men At Work
Overkill by Men At Work. A look at an acoustic version similar to the one seen on the Scrubbs TV episode.
Helpless by Neil Young
We are bringing out a free version of Neil Young's Helpless, originally released on the CSNY album Deja Vu in 1970. This is a great song for the almost complete beginner as it uses 3 open chords and a very slow strumming pattern.
Ohio by Neil Young
Neil teaches an acoustic version of this classic Neil Young tune. It is done in Double Dropped D tuning. Check these links for Fly On The Wall videos of Ohio.
Southern Man by Neil Young
Neil shows the chord progression and plays a rhythm track. You are invited to practice your lead playing in the key of D minor. Use the minor pentatonic pattern at the 10th fret as your starting point.
Roxanne by Police
Roxanne is a great bar chord exercise as the strumming pattern requires 'squeezing' the chord to mute it between strums. This is one exercise that is highly recommended as bar chord practice anyway.
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Baby Beluga is a popular tune by children's entertainer Raffi. It is a simple 3-chord song done in the key of D.
59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel
Paul Simon is the author of dozens of great songs ranging from complicated masterpieces to simple campfire songs. This lesson falls into the latter category and is definitely one of his easiest- The 59th Street Bridge Song, also known as 'Feelin' Groovy'. It is a 2 measure progression using only 3 chords, with a repetitive fingerpicking pattern. We are happy to put this in as an addition to our Free Lessons section.
Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
We have had a Target lesson on Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson for some time now. Neil also put together a Campfire Version that we are putting out as part of our Free Lessons. It is slightly simplified but a great strumming and singing tune.
Feelin' Alright by Traffic
Dave Mason was one of the founders of the original incarnation of Traffic. He wrote a lot of their early songs and Feelin' Alright has stuck around through the ages. It is a great example of taking a 2-chord progression and turning it into a Campfire Classic, as well as a Jamming Classic like For What Its Worth, Down By The River, and many more. The song can be played in any key, strummed in almost any way and learned in just a few minutes- perfect ingredients for a Campfire Classic.
Happy Together by Turtles
In the Free Lesson department we take a basic look at a song we added to the TARGET Program recently, Happy Together by the Turtles. This version goes over the chord progression using a simple strumming pattern.
Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
Chicken Fried is a 2008 release from the country-flavored Zac Brown Band. This Free Lesson covers the Campfire Version, going over the chord progression and basic strumming pattern. There is a much more detailed lesson in the Target Program at TotallyGuitars.com that covers all the intricate picking.
She's Not There by Zombies
The Zombies were a young group of teenagers when they hit it big with*She's Not There* in 1964. Rod Argent's keyboards and Colin Blunstone's vocals created a unique blend of styles and sounds. This Free Lesson is really a Campfire arrangement of the tune covering the chord progression and simple strumming pattern. The chords change quickly, making it a challenge for beginning guitar students.
O Christmas Tree
This is a relatively basic arrangement of the traditional carol, O Christmas Tree. The melody dates back to the 17th century and is simply a sixteen measure progression following the A-A-B-A form. It is in 3/4 time and played with a swing feel.