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harvest moon solo guitar arr. - part 3 (prechorus)

In this third video of a series, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play the prechorus section of "Harvest Moon", arranged for solo guitar

Harvest Moon solo guitar arr. - Part 2 (verse)

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play the verse section of "Harvest Moon" for solo guitar. Hope ya'll enjoy! 

"harvest Moon" Intro (arr. for solo guitar)

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play the intro to "Harvest Moon" arranged for solo guitar. 

 

scales over "rolling" Fingerpicking pattern

In this lesson, Chuck Anastasiou from CMA School Of Guitar demonstrates how to begin playing scales and melodies over a "rolling" fingerpicking pattern. Hope you enjoy! 

 
 

"Move It On Over" Triplet Lick

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play a cool triplet lick that Bob McNett plays on the original Hank Williams recording of "Move It On Over" Great for intermediate players, lies under the fingers nicely, and good to learn in all keys! 

 

cool Merle Travis Lick!

Here is a quick video lesson demonstrating a cool Merle Travis lick I learned recently. I love Merle's playing, and really enjoy how he moves around the V chord here. Please leave a comment if you find this video useful, if you have any suggestions for future videos, or how I could improve these in the future.
 

Fingerstyle lesson: scales against steady bass

In this video, I discuss how to practice playing scales and melodies against a steady bass. Great for fingerstyle beginners or intermediate solo guitarists starting to improvise.
 

Basic TRAVIS PICKING LESSON

In this lesson, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates a basic travis picking pattern using common open chords. Particularly good for beginners or intermediate new to fingerstyle technique, these simple and effective exercises will get your right hand going! 

 

BEGINNER RHYTHM LESSON: "BOOM CHICK" PATTERN

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates a basic "boom chick" pattern to enhance your rhythm playing. Utilized in country and folk genres among others, it's simple but useful right hand technique that has loads of variations. Enjoy! 

 

Beginner Melody: "I Walk The Line"

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play the melody to "I Walk The Line" in the key of C. Great tune for beginners! 

 

solo guitar arrangement: "Buckets Of Rain"

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play a solo guitar arrangement based on the Bob Dylan blues "Buckets Of Rain". Great for beginner/intermediate players, this lesson focuses on keeping a steady bass going with the thumb while maintaining a syncopated melody. Plus, it's a really awesome tune.
 

Guitar Riff: "La Bamba" Intro

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates how to play the intro to "La Bamba", a great riff for beginners that are comfortable playing single notes and chords in the first position. It also appears through most of the song as well, so once you've got it, you're 99% of the way there.
 

tremolo picking exercise

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates an exercise to build dexterity and familiarize yourself with the tremolo picking technique popular in surf music.

 

Melody: "Moonshot" (J. Maphis)

In this video, I demonstrate how to play the Joe Maphis blues "Moonshot". Super fun tune off the "Fire On The Strings" record. Enjoy! 

 

solo guitar arrangement: "I Walk The Line"

In this video, I demonstrate how to play a solo guitar arrangement of "I Walk The Line". In drop-D tuning. This is a great song for intermediate players new to fingerstyle to try. Enjoy! 

 

"TiMe Is Tight" Groove (Steve Cropper)

In this video, I demonstrate how to play Steve Cropper's rhythm figure on "Time Is Tight". His playing, along with the rest of the band's, on this tune is a great lesson in creating a hypnotic rhythm part that grooves. Nice syncopation and use of double stops in the lower register here.

 

7 Chet Atkins Style Exercises

In this video, Chuck Anastasiou demonstrates exercises to get comfortable playing melodies with different rhythms over a steady "boom chick" pattern. Enjoy!