Standard Tuning Part II: Tuning Using Relative String Pitch

Here’s my second “how to tune a guitar” video filmed a couple years ago. It’s a short tutorial on how to tune a guitar when you don’t have a tuner, applying the knowledge of how each string should sound relative to the other adjacent...

“Three Chord Guitar Songs” Published as Amazon Kindle Book

Hi, everyone, Just a quick update today.  My new short booklet “Three Chord Guitar Songs: 10 Easy Songs You Can Fake with Three Chords” has just been published as a kindle book. Check it out and let me know what you think by adding a comment below! Peace! ...

Fake Any Song Lesson 3: I, IV and V, Three Chords You Need to Know

Here’s the final installment of how to fake any song in 3 lessons.  Craig shows how to find the root (I Chord), and then identify the IV and V chords of any song, enabling you to fake your way through thousands of country, rock and roll and other popular songs....

5 Steps to Curing Writer’s Block

Here’s a re-post of an article I wrote a few years back on Overcoming Writer’s Block.  I was going through some of my notes, and found this helpful in getting past the blank page.  Hope you find it helpful, too! – Craig Songs just don’t materialize out of thin...

Fake any Song – Lesson 2: How to Strum a Guitar

Howdy from scenic Ponder, TX, and welcome back to 5minuteguitarlessons.com.  Today’s post is the 2nd lesson in our series on how to fake any song in 3 lessons.  It deals with the basics of strumming, and gives a few patterns to use when faking songs in 4/4 and...

Standard Tuning Part I: Using an Electronic Tuner

Thanks for the feedback on the Open D tuning video.  Since viewing the post last week,  a few of you have emailed to ask for tips on tuning the guitar to standard tuning.  There are several ways to do this.  The most common is to use an electronic guitar tuner....

Fake Any Song – Lesson 1: Open D Tuning

I’ve been working on a series of videos aimed at taking a complete newbie through faking almost any straightforward pop/rock/country song in 3 lessons. This is the test of my “get good enough fast enough, and you’ll stick with it longer”...