Category: Video Lessons

How to Play the Guitar Solo in “The Wind Cries Mary”

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Guitar Solo Lesson: The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix |

In this video lesson I break down Jimi’s solo in his song The Wind Cries Mary. This is probably my favorite Hendrix solo. I find it’s pretty easy to teach because each phrase is short and melodically memorable. It’s also a great example of Hendrix’s unique soloing style, which as you’ll see uses chord shapes as the basis behind many of the melodic ideas.

As far as Hendrix’s solos go, this is probably one of the easiest ones. So even if you’re a beginner, don’t be too shy to try and tackle this one. If you’re an intermediate player, you may not find playing the notes themselves all that challenging, but playing them with good tone, vibrato and timing will be.

You can practice soloing over this backing track that I found, available for free: Backing Track

How to Play the Guitar Solo in “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers

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Here you go, by popular demand, a lesson video for you on the guitar solo in China Grove by the Doobie Brothers.

I originally posted a video of this solo on YouTube about 2 years ago for my adult students at School of Rock. It was part of a series of videos I made on the song and I had just ran though the solo quickly knowing I could give my students a TAB later. Anyway, I left the video public and to my surprise it got roughly 4,000 views. Not bad for hardly trying, eh?

But the video did leave some people wanting more. Since the demonstration was so brief, I got some comments from people asking for a more in depth lesson. Well it took me two years but I finally got around to recording a new lesson video. Enjoy.

How to play the lead guitar part in “Taxman”

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This is a video lesson I recorded a few summers ago for my Adult students at the School of Rock in Long Valley, NJ. We were studying some Beatles music and “Taxman” was one of the songs. I put it up on YouTube for my students but kept it public to see what happened. To my surprise it got a lot of hits! I guess it was a popular solo to search for.

Since it was so popular I figured I’d post it up on this blog. I re-uploaded it to my new YouTube account so you won’t see the all the hits. The original video is up there if you search for it. Enjoy.

“Taxman” by The Beatles – Guitar Solo