Lesson #4: Kåre and The Cavemen – Filadelfia

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Filadelfia was released on the Kåre and The Cavemen album Long Day’s Flight ’till Tomorrow (1999).

The guitar techniques Hammer-ons and Pull-offs are used in the main riff in this song.  The terms hammer-on and pull-off were invented and popularized by Pete Seeger in his book How to Play the 5-String Banjo.

Pull-offs: Bar the strings on the 7th fret with your 1st finger on your left hand and hold down the 3rd string on the 9th fret with your 3rd finger on your left hand, and pick the note as usual with your thumb on your right hand.  Then pluck the 3rd string with the 3rd finger on your left hand at 9th fret on the fretboard, so the 3rd string now vibrates on the 7th fret.  Repeat this pattern on the 4th string twice.

Hammer-ons: Bar the strings on the 7th fret with your 1st finger on your left hand and then pick the note as usual with your thumb on your right hand.  Then bring down your 2nd finger on your left hand on the 8th fret on the 3rd string, the quite opposite of the pull-off.

Chorus: The first 4 strumming chords are played on the 7th fret: B, (bar 7), Ama9/B and (bar 7). The next 4 strumming chords in the chorus are played on the 5th fret: A, (bar 5), Gma9/A and (bar 5).

TAB: Filadelfia

Contact Gary Gramolini at garyguitar.us if you are interested in learning this song.

Lesson #3: Band of Horses – The Funeral

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The Funeral on Band of Horses’ debut album Everything All the Time was released in 2006 and was named the 67th-greatest song of the 2000s by Pitchfork in 2009.

The song is divided into three parts: intro, verses and bridge.

The 1st bar in the intro is in time signature 4/4 with a melody that starts with Ab on the 11th fret and repeats with Eb on the 6th fret. In the 2nd bar the time signature changes to 6/4 where the melody is played as Bb on the 1st fret and then repeated twice in Cm on the 3rd fret.

The strumming chords in the verses are Ab, Eb, Bb and Cm as in the intro, but the time signatures are switched to 6/4 in the 1st bar and then 4/4 in the 2nd bar. The second time the verses is repeated, the melody is played in the 2nd bar on the 5th string.

In the bridge the time signature is 6/4 and the chords are Bb, Eb and Ab.

TAB: The Funeral

Contact Gary Gramolini at garyguitar.us if you are interested in learning this song.

Lesson #2: The Surfaris – Wipe Out

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The surf rock hit Wipe Out by The Surfaris is quite easy to master on the guitar. The song was written by Bob BerryhillPat ConnollyJim Fuller and Ron Wilson and recorded by The Surfaris in 1963.

The melody starts on the 9th fret on the 5th string, then on the 7th, 8th and 9th fret on the 4th string and this repeats three times. Then the same melody line is repeated on the 4th and 3rd string four times, before it goes up two frets to the 11th fret and is alternated. Then there is a bridge with B, E, B, F#, E, B, F#, and the melody starts all over again.

TAB: Wipeout

Contact Gary Gramolini at garyguitar.us if you are interested in learning this song.

I found a video for the song with a compilation of scenes from some 60’s beach movies. The opening of the video includes Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

Lesson #1: Weezer – Island in the Sun

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Island in the Sun by Weezer was the first song I learnt from my guitar teacher Gary Gramolini.

It is a good song for beginners since the riff consists of only 4 different chords: Em, Am, D and G.

There is a bridge that consists of D, G, D, G, C, Am, D and D, and then a guitar solo.

TAB: Island In The Sun

Contact Gary Gramolini at garyguitar.us if you are interested in learning this song.

The music video to the song is by Spike Jonze and is epic.