I am going to start sharing more about my life here in Ecuador. I am living in the Andes Mountains in Vilcabamba. Here is a photo from my yard!
In this next photo of the same mountain, you can see my house. The white house in the forground is the top floor where my office is. Help me keep the dream alive and become a full-access member to this site or even better, take Skype Lessons with me. The 1st Skype or Hangouts lesson with me is free.
I don't know why I decided to sing this song, I'll try sticking to guitar from now on. Unfortunately for you dear reader, I can't guarantee that I won't sing again, sometimes the spirit just drives me to embarrass myself with my voice. Anyways, I've always enjoyed the chord progression and lyrics for this song that must be from the '80's. I think the song must be from the '80 because of the hair-styles in the Tom Petty video. I know I could google it- but I don't care enough.
In this lesson's exercises I teach you how to play the rhythm using "scratches". I show you how to play the chords in this song's progression and I give you all kinds of tips and tricks. I leave nothing up to chance and show you exactly the skills you will need and I give you all the little tips and tricks that really make this a great lesson. Rock out, buy it! Thanks, Brian
This offer has expired. The video is still free and you can get the tab here.
Last night I was thinking, "what is a very easy song to learn that a new guitarist can play to impress their lady, (or man)"? My Easy Romanza guitar lesson came to mind. I created this lesson by modifying the full version of the first movement of Romanza NOT to include barre chords. The first part of Romanza is very easy. Well, not extremely easy because it can be difficult to master the right-hand technique, but overall the first part is much more accessible to a beginner guitarist because there are no barre chords.
So... Over around a year ago, I created "Easy Romanza" WITHOUT barre chords. However, last night I went to watch the video that I made for "Easy Romanza" on this site. I was very disappointed in what I heard, the volume of my video was way too quite.
I had to fix the problem somehow, so this morning I made a new video for "Easy Romanza". Unlike the first time I made this lesson, this time the whole video is free and in HD quality. You can also download the full HD video for this lesson and the tab for free for a limited time. That way you can practice the whole lessn offline if you choose. I hope you enjoy learning this lesson, and I hope this song brings more romance into your life. Click on the button below to download the tab, you can also download the full video by clicking the link below the video.
If this lesson is too easy for you, try the harder full Romanza 1 lesson, and if you want a real challenge try the second movement of Romanza.
I'm proud to announce that I am the proud father of our second boy, he is due at the end of May. Check out these 2 videos of our handsome man hanging out in mama's uterus.
The video is at the end of the post, to go directly to the lesson page click here.
I took longer than I would have liked to to to finish this lesson. This lesson, "Regrets Release Valve" is an original composition that I am teaching as well. The lesson is for a short song, the performance I give is under one minute. However, if you wanted expand on my composition, you could easily repeat different sections or even add new parts of your own to make it a longer song.
Another benefit of having a shorter lesson is that the tab for this lesson all fits on one page. That makes it easier to practice. The tab for this lesson is detailed and accurate, because like I mention in the lesson's video, I wrote it. It has chord charts with accurate left hand fingering, I have all the right-hand fingering above the tab in PIMAC notation (which I explain in the video).
One huge benefit that I reap from filming these guitar videos for you is that it forces me to brush up on my technique and focus harder because I want my students watching me to see a quality performance of the lesson I am about to teach. Though this is good for me as a player, it does bring out the perfectionist in me, and I tend to maybe film too many takes. I always can find something that could have been better. Maybe my nail may hit the string, a note may not be loud enough, a string buzzes, and on and on... But through that process of filming and watching yourself, you very quickly get better and better. Soon enough, most takes of the song become "pretty dang good", even though you can still find something wrong. I think this performance is dang good, but I intend to expand on the song and film a more professional performance in the future with better audio equipment.
As for the name "Regrets Release Valve", I was talking with my wife about how I used to fantasize about being able to travel back in time to a previous time in my life while still retaining my present knowledge and self-confidence as an adult. It would be pretty fun. However, I was saying to my wife that I don't have that fantasy much anymore because I feel like I don't indulge in my regrets as much as I used to. I released my regrets to a large degree. However, I didn't let regrets from my past just float away from me willy-nilly, like I mention in the lesson video, you have to work through them, and that's what I did. Finding the self-knowledge to work through regrets is hard work.
I would like to endorse one website that has been helping me and my wife find self-knowledge, be better to each other, and be better parents to our son. The website is LenonHonor.com and Lenon has an amazing depth of knowledge and work available for free, and he also has a members access area for $8/mo that we have and the member's content is great too. I am not affiliated at all, I just really love the work of Lenon Honor and think he is making the world a better place and you should check his work out. Without further ado, here is the video. You can also go to this lesson's main page by clicking here.
I am making this blog not only to bring you lesson updates but also to bare my soul. I know I sound mellow-dramatic, but I need to start sharing my journey on the internets. I know it will be cathartic for me. 2014 was a year of momentous change for my family, here are a few things that happened.
As you can see, my life in 2014 had been very exciting to say the least and 2015 is going to be challenging and exciting as well. I moved my family to a new house in South America, we are settling in well and getting ready for our new baby to come in just 4 months. I absolutely have to start making Guitar Lesson Guy a success financially by adding new features, lessons, and tabs.
I need to keep building up my numbers of full-site access premium members. I need at least 100 more paying members. That seems like a daunting task to me right now, but you know what? I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, people like me.
I'd love to hear from you about your journey in 2014, and your resolutions in 2015 whether it relates to guitar or life in general. Please leave a comment below if you like, I will have to approve your first comment, then all additional comments after your first will show up instantly.
My name is Brian and I teach guitar and take pictures and I have an amazing son and wife.