Jerry's Guitar Bar
Play Like Your Favourite Artist
Scott Jones says
December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm
Just came across this gem. Is there any possibility of something like this showing up on your site? I don’t know that I could ever come close to mastering it, but I would love to make the attempt. Or, to some version that us mere mortals may be capable of learning”
August 2, 2016 at 3:55 am
Jerry, love your stuff. Would you consider doing some Little Feat? Wilin, Missing you, and Roll um easy are great acoustic tunes. Thanks.
July 31, 2016 at 5:57 am
Hey Jerry —
First, thanks again for all the awesome videos. My playing progresses noticeably almost daily thanks to you!
I’ve been digging around your site in hopes of finding something (anything) on nail care, especially on your picking hand. I can’t get a good view of that hand and how you pluck the strings. Are you using your nails, and if so, how do you care for them, and what is the technique? Just using my fingers, and I can’t get the sound to carry very well. I did notice your nails look somewhat sharper than mine, but I can’t tell if they are natural nails, some type of prosthetic “pick”, or if you are picking with them or the flesh. Can you help me out with this?
July 31, 2016 at 8:57 am
My natural nails won’t give me the fullness of tone that I want. Even if I file them with great care I find they’re uneven. For example the index finger tone isn’t too bad but the ring finger is thin and reedy. Additionally, my middle finger nail has a ridge running front to back that makes getting a smooth round edge impossible.
So now I use false nails glued to the tip of my real nail. I leave most of the natural nail bed exposed and attach the falsie to the tip and file to shape.
July 31, 2016 at 12:57 am
I have searched high and low for tabs of John Prine’s version of Blaze Foley’s Clay Pigeons. Is there any chance you could include this in your John Prine collection?
July 31, 2016 at 8:58 am
Hi Dave. It’s on the list but the list is long.
September 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm
Sorry can’t figure out how to post a comment Directly so I’m using reply. Do you happen to have man of constant sorrow on the list from the Cohen bris film ?
September 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm
I do. It should be a year or so away. Hopefully a bit sooner.
January 16, 2021 at 11:03 pm
I noticed that “Suicide Is Painless” is on the Coming Up list. It is my fervent hope that this will be a fingerstyle instrumental version.
January 17, 2021 at 8:15 am
It won’t I’m afraid Stan.
John Luke says
July 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm
Thanks for the great work you do. Any chance you will consider doing two of my favorite G. Lightfoot songs — ” Softly ” and ” The Last Time I Saw Her ” ?
July 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm
They’re on the to-do list John but it’s a long list (and getting longer).
July 23, 2016 at 4:24 am
For a long time I’ve been very interested in learning how to play ‘Raspberry Beret’ and ‘Cream’ by Prince and since you are one of the best guitar teachers out on the net I was wondering if you could possible teach those tunes?
Bill Ronalter says
July 19, 2016 at 12:48 am
Jerry, I’ve been playing the guitar on and off for 50 years, and although I’m not great at it, I have gotten much better thanks to your video lessons. When I play your guitar version of “Blue”, people ask how I ever figured that one out. I just smile. Anyway, with age and arthritis setting in, I would love to see an acoustic version of the Stones “Gimme Shelter” so I can nail my favorite song before time “nails” me. Keep up the good work, and thanks for unlocking the mysteries of songs I have tried to play all my life.
July 6, 2016 at 1:48 am
Just a pat on the back to you, your talent for teaching guitar and the quality of your product. I, too, started with you and Mike Herberts and have been able to play steady through the years loving guitar so much I take it on the road when work calls me away.
One of my all time favorite bands from the 90’s is Little River Band and two of my favorites are “Cool Change” and “Man in the Mirror”. Could you possibly teach them some day?
Also, I would love to learn how to play along with songs you’ll likely never get to teach due to their lack of popularity with your subscribers. My interest would be two-fold…1. learn how to detect the appropriate strum patterns and 2. learn which chords are in the song. I have learned some theory, but have found the chords I choose don’t always sound right or I cannot figure if they are capo’d or not.
I would purchase the entire course if you should ever produce one. Years ago I purchased your jazz course, I believe, when you were with Mike.
Thanks for your continued wonderful manner of teaching guitar!
July 6, 2016 at 8:15 am
Thanks for the kind words. I’ll add some Little River Band to the long to-do list.
I have thought about making a Music Theory for Guitarists video course but up to now the sheer quantity of song lessons hasn’t allowed time. Maybe in the future I can get to it (along with the electric blues course that I actually started but which got side-lined)
All the best.
Paul Fitzgerald says
July 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm
Can you please provide a lesson Joni Mitchell’s “For Free”, my favourite Joni Mitchell song…would love a guitar version from you :)
July 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm
That one’s on the list for the Joni collections Paul.
June 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm
Jerry’s lessons are the undisputed best out there.
David Crosby’s Lee Shore lesson was detailed and structured.
A beautiful song taught so well by Jerry.
Just started working on Stephen Stills 4 + 20 and Jerry has done it again….brilliant!
Keep up the good work :)
Kelly Clark says
July 6, 2016 at 2:12 am
We’re all so lucky to have the BEST guitar instructor in the WORLD!
Yes, I said it. IN THE WORLD!
July 6, 2016 at 8:16 am
June 22, 2016 at 2:17 am
Hey Jerry, thanks for the great lessons. Could you add Paul Simon’s Peace Like a River? It’s such a great song and you’re one of the best teachers I’ve seen. Keep up the good work.
June 22, 2016 at 9:10 am
That one’s on the to-do list Michael, along with a couple more from that first solo album.
June 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm
Can you please consider adding Damien Rice to your lesson list, a great start would be “I Remember” from his album “O” please.
Keep up the good work and more lessons from David Crosby and Graham Nash solo work would be cool :)
June 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Cannonball and Volcano are somewhere on the huge to-do list Paul. Maybe I’ll get to some Graham Nash in the future too.
June 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Is “The Seller of Stars” by Donovan available for purchase or are you still working on that?
Love your precision and clarity in tutoring.
June 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm
I’m working chronologically through DOnovan so the HMS songs will be a little bit in the future.
May 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm
I have been combing through youtube videos to find accurate guitar lessons to classic folk and country songs from the 60’s and 70’s. I found some really great renditions out there, but they all seem to show you how to play “their” version of the song that sounds close to how the artist played it but not quite – or they provide cheats on how to play it the easy way.
Jerry doesn’t do that. He shows you how to play it like CSNY and JT played it and he does it in a way that is approachable for all skill levels by breaking down intros, versus, choruses and solos. Jerry provides accurate tabs to everything he plays, a full play-through video of the song, as well as video lessons. Its the whole package for those who grew up on Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.
Thanks Jerry and keep up the great work!
May 31, 2016 at 2:05 am
looking forward to what’s coming, like Tom Paxton. I’d really like to see My Favorite Spring, can’t find it anywhere. Probably not much chance of the best baseball song ever lesson coming out of the U.K. Buckets of Rain would really complete the Bob Dylan package.
James Consiglio says
May 3, 2016 at 7:32 pm
Jerry does a fantastic job. The lessons are perfect; accurate and well taught. The lesson materials are first rate.
The latest song I downloaded was “Castles in the Air”. I’ve always wanted to learn that beautiful song and with Jerry’s teaching I had it down in no time!
Really quality stuff here. Well worth the price
May 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm
I just purchased Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game” and like the other lessons I have purchased; Jackson Browne’s “These Days”, James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and Neil Young’s “Long May You Run” it is excellent! Thank you Jerry for developing this system of buying individual songs that are accurate and exceptionally well taught!
April 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm
I just wanted to say you’re one of the best guitar teachers on the net!! and I want to thank you because you have helped me improve on the guitar immensely through your easy to understand lessons.
I was wondering will you ever teach Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’, Tom Petty ‘I’m learning to fly’ or any Hank Williams Sr’s songs in the near distant future?
April 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm
Thanks Jules :) Learning to Fly and a few other Petty songs are on the to-do list. The others not yet but if I can get to them I will.
April 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm
This is the kind of site I’ve been looking for. The lesson format is great and the tab along with the song sheet is very helpful. I like nearly all the free songs you offer and have purchased six to start off with. I have a list I’ll be working on as well. Thanks. Surprised not to see anything by The Band, with all the Bob Dylan, don’t know how their material would translate to a single guitar though.
April 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm
Welcome aboard Mike. I’m sure I’ll get some in by The Band down the line. It’s just a matter of time. The site’s just over 3 years old and there’s only me making lessons :) (Sob story over…)
May 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm
No excuses Jerry… :)
April 14, 2016 at 1:18 am
Dear Fellow Guitar Player: If you are visiting this site and “on the fence” about ordering a video – do yourself a favor and dive right in. Each video is meticulously done. I’ve learned more from Jerry than any other teacher. The only person happier than me is my wife – because now I am playing something that resembles real music. I’ve never met Jerry, but feel as if I have because I’ve listened to his voice over each video I have so far. My guitar life started the day I googled “If You Could Read My Mind, Love” and found this site. Thanks Jerry!
Marguerite Farrell says
March 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot imagine how much work you put into all of these lessons! Thanks for your quick responses and help. I am going to be able to take my playing up to the next level, and I am very excited!
Steven Goss says
March 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Just purchased “The Beatles Acoustic Set”! What a great idea and what a great savings. Individually I think the entire set would cost me around $500, but instead I’m paying a mere fraction of that. That is a great deal. Thanks for all your efforts!
March 21, 2016 at 10:25 am
Jerry I really appreciate the fact that your Lessons are close to the way the original Artist played them., Thankyou so much!
The Beatles songs especially , even if some are not able to sing that high! ha ha , Luckily I can.
Simpified, or àdapted versions any bloke can come up with. Please keep it that way, Jerry your a great teacher, and Highly recommended!
Jessica Shaham says
March 8, 2016 at 1:05 am
I stumbled upon your site quite by accident when your your “Sweet Baby James” lesson came up in a YouTube search, and now my guitar practice has gone from half-hearted repetitions of three simple songs to an hour or two a day voraciously learning licks and strums patterns from James Taylor and Paul Simon. Taylor and SImon are kind of the whole reason I wanted to pick up the guitar in the first place, and finding such clear lessons has been a joy. Thanks for your hard work producing these!
March 8, 2016 at 6:45 am
Thanks Jessica. Sounds like we started playig for the same reasons. They’re two of my all-time favourites too :)
March 3, 2016 at 12:13 am
Jerry, What an incredible site. Wonderful library of songs! I love the fact that you also have free lessons available. The videos are clear and easy to understand. Getting the tabs and a performance video as part of the package makes it an exceptional value. Having the Artist Collections is also a brilliant idea. I’m a huge fan and now a loyal customer. Thanks for all your hard work!
March 3, 2016 at 9:12 am
Thanks Rob :)
Bruce Williamson says
February 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm
I just discovered the web site and am knocked out by the library of songs and the method of instruction. I have recently picked up the guitar again, after more than 50 years of not touching it. This is going to help me get back up to scratch and beyond where I once was. If you ever get a chance to do Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton and maybe Need Your Love So Bad and Man of the World by Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) it would really be appreciated.
JB FISHER says
February 1, 2016 at 1:20 am
Excellent job on “Angel From Montgomery” Great adaptation of us beginners. I see you have some Everly Brothers lessons. Ever think about doing a lesson on “Blues Stay Away From Me”? It’s an old Delmore Brothers song from the 1940’s that the Everly Brothers did on their first or second album. One is playing rythem guitar and the other is flatpicking melodic notes. Great song covered by about everybody. Thanks again for Angel From Montgomery.
lewis akins (Baron) says
January 29, 2016 at 12:19 am
Great site. I have been ordering some fingerpicking songs, and I am probably, at 75, the oldest customer you have. Started off playing bluegrass as a young man. I have a Martin D 35 from the early 60’s. Bought it new.
Anyhow, there is a guy named Tony Rice, who is now in bad health, but was at one time considered the best flatpicker in the galaxy. He did a version of Streets of London, which was actually very good. Might be on Youtube.
Welcome from the sunny south- north Florida to be precise. Coming to the Pyrenees next summer for hiking, etc.
January 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm
Not really a request, because I don’t know how much demand there would be from other users on the site, but I just wanted to suggest for yourself that you check out some of John Cale’s work after the Velvet Underground, if you haven’t heard it before. I think you might especially like the album Paris 1919, from 1973. There are some acoustic gems on other albums as well.
Would love to see some Warren Zevon and, though I don’t know how well known he is outside of the States, James McMurtry, who is great songwriter with a unique guitar style, if you haven’t heard of him.
January 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm
Give me a song or two that would be most appropriate from each of them and I’ll add them to the list.
January 26, 2016 at 8:20 am
Very nice guitar arrangement of Elton John’s “Your Song.”
January 26, 2016 at 9:15 am
Thanks Patrick :)
January 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm
I have to thank you a lot for your effort on breaking down songs into detail and providing very helpful tabs.
In some cases (especially James Taylor) this has been extremely helpful for me and has given me a deeper understanding of James Taylors approach and his way of creating music. I spent a lot of time on practising his style in the way you explained it and it turned out really well. You really do understand a lot about what and how he is playing things and you have a very kind way of explaining this.
On the other hand, I have to mention your video on “Before you accuse me”. Once again, you have tabbed it down extremely well and absolutely correct. Thanks a lot for this. But, excuse me for saying this, the way you play it – no blues player would do it this way. Never ever. You can’t catch the sound you want to have by playing it this way.
Of course you don’t pluck the bass with your thumb and index finger – you brush the strings down with your thumb and hit two strings at at time. I am sure that you know this and constantly wondering why you teach it this way.
Please excuse me, I don’t want to be rude: but it’s being played all wrong.
That will not keep me away from your side and certainly not from taking a pick on the songs I like.
Maybe you can explain your approach to this and why you chose to teach a blues song this way.
All the best
January 17, 2016 at 1:59 am
Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA. Jerry, thank you for “To Emily….” by Simon and Garfunkel. The instructional video is fantastic, and I very much appreciate your attention to detail, and your ability to step through the song in such a way that the student gains confidence.
I have several more favourites* on your site, for which I will return. You have made me so anxious for each day’s practice time.
PS: I spell “favourites” here in honor of our friends in the UK…America’ best friend.
January 17, 2016 at 7:06 am
Thanks George. For Emily is a favorite ;-) of mine. A little slice of Paul SImon genius.
marc henham says
January 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Really looking forward to seventies Donovan,
and to the superb Question by the Moodies.
Hope you’ll be explaining exactly how to emulate the
lightening fast Justin strumming action Smile
January 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Hey Marc. You can count on getting an explanation of that strum pattern. Of course, explaining is one thing and doing is another ;-)
Alvaro Inchausti says
December 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm
Great stuff! I’ve yet to see better tutorials than yours!
One song that comes to mind that you could do real justice to is Greg Allman’s acoustic version of Come and Go Blues. Please, do bear it in mind!
Cheers and regards
December 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Purchased 3 songs so far (you can close your eyes, carolina in my mind, fields of gold) brilliant. Just brilliant. Tab is 100% accurate but equally important are the nuances in the instructional video so you don’t have to spend hours (for a hobbying guitarist) figuring out the best fingering/rythym etc.
Can’t wait to try Eric Clapton’s “Rambling” next….
The best few £’s I’ve ever spent on my guitar!
Great stuff – with thanks indeed.
December 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm
Really good stuff on your site. I keep coming back for more. How about THE BAND? Maybe The Weight would be a good place to start. Thanks for making me a better player.
December 1, 2015 at 1:29 am
Jerry is great! Had trouble downloading the beginner package, my own fault not the sites, sent Jerry a e-mail about it and he resent the whole thing again. Had no trouble this time. Love the video’s, easy to follow. Thanks again Jerry!
November 26, 2015 at 7:19 am
Jerry, Can you add one more Jackson Browne song? Somebody’s Baby. I think a lot of guitar players would like to add that song to their song list. You are the guy to get us there . . . .
November 26, 2015 at 8:40 am
I’m working on In The Shape of a Heart right now and I’ll add more JB in the future. I’m sure I can get to that one.
Dave R. says
November 9, 2015 at 11:34 am
Have enjoyed and purchased several of your songs. Now that you are starting with Mark Knopfler, I would appreciate it if you would consider doing a lesson on his songs: Baloney Again and Are we in trouble now. Two of my absolute favorites.
The guitar solos in both are just wonderful.
Thanks for all your efforts.
November 7, 2015 at 6:02 am
I purchased the Janis Ian song, “At Seventeen”, and was somewhat surprised that it was not exactly as I first heard back in the ’70s’. So I looked up her performance in her latter years and found the one she performed live with Richard Bona. That made quite a difference! Such a beautiful bass accompaniment! I am going to enjoy learning this one. Thanks…
November 5, 2015 at 10:43 am
Hi Jerry, trust al is well, Thanks for the recent email and bundles, Can’t say I am a Donovan fan, but purchased the Fleetwood Mac “Never going back again” good one for finger picking lesson. Would assume you recall Dr Hook with
Dennis Locorriere & Co, they have a couple of songs I’d love to learn, Only sixteen and one kind of Australian although orgins of song is Irish I beleiave, Wild Colonial Boy” Maybe one day you could add them to your lessons. Anyway thanks again, keep on picking or strumming as they say. Phil
November 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm
Thank you for the hard work you have put into your lessons and the site. Its awesome to find advanced lessons like yours online and very reasonably priced.
Its very much appreciated
October 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm
Before considering purchasing an instruction video, I’d like to know if Tab of the music is included?
October 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm
Hi Walt. Tab is included with all lessons on Jerry’s Guitar Bar.
September 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm
I love your video’s and instruction… very helpful. I also love the wide selection of music you have… right up my alley. I do have one criticism however, and that is the quality of the audio on your recordings. It sounds very “tinty”. The videos are great and I love the split screen between the left hand and right hand, very helpful.
September 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm
September 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm
Hi Jerry you keep coming up with great songs ,A lot of the guys you have featured on you teaching site such as Donovan, Dylan,, James Taylor, Neil Young, and of course my all time favorite Cat Stevens are all true legends ,and quiet frankly some of the most talent people to ever walk this planet.if you could one day do George Harrison Run Of The Mill I would really appreciate it, George was a very talented person,and that particular song has great meaning to me. Danny
September 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm
Btw… I don’t think I’ve thanked you yet Jerry.
So… THANK YOU, SIR!
Your teaching method is truly the only one of the literally countless ones I’ve tried. Even in-person lessons.
Nothing was working, and I’ve been struggling for 3 years!
I can’t possibly describe how grateful I am.
You have a student for life with me!
I’d buy you dinner and drinks if I was across the pond. :)
September 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm
Jerry, do you have your picking nails done ala James Taylor?
I’m going to give that a shot, since I’m still so green, I want to develop good habits from the start.
September 13, 2015 at 3:38 am
I keep my nails fairly short but just protruding over the end of the finger so that I get a combination of flesh and nail with each pick. That means taking regular care of the nail and filing the side that contacts the string. Too long is as bad as too short (for me).
Jerry C. says
September 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm
I ditto all the praises of your web site and teaching method and from reading comments I see you have a big back log of requests but I want to add one as well and that is “Softly” , the 12 string version, by Gordon Lightfoot . Thanks
August 23, 2015 at 2:48 am
If you’ve stumbled onto this site by accident , then trust me , the gods have smiled on you. Jerry is one of the best teachers I’ve ever seen., patient and thorough, almost to a fault. He makes sure that you understand every section of each melody. I’ve only been playing for about a year, but none of my circle believes that. Skeptical ? Try some of the freebies and you’ll see what I mean. I love this guy, he’s helping so many people out there achieve our goals and I want others to know . Thanks Jerry.
August 23, 2015 at 8:37 am
Thanks Keith. That brought a smile to my face this morning :)
September 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm
I couldn’t have said it better!
Jerry is a true gift for us struggling!!
August 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm
I just got through with the “Fire and Rain” lesson on James Taylor and was wondering if all your lessons are formatted the same? Thank You!
August 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm
Yes all lessons whether free or paid are in the same format.
Gerry O'Reilly says
August 12, 2015 at 4:35 am
Jerry, what brand of thumb pick are you using? Thank you.
August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am
Hi Gerry. I use Fred Kelly Speed Picks.
August 12, 2015 at 3:31 am
Thank you so much for your great lessons. Your teaching style is so clear and approachable, I just wish you were doing this 20 years ago!
I wondered if you had any plans to compile some Bert Jansch tunes such as Blackwater Side, A woman Like You, Rosemary Lane etc…?
August 12, 2015 at 6:58 am
He’s on the list but it’s a long list and I’m not sure how long it will be before I can get to him. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.
August 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm
I’ve been playing for a couple of years, and I have a long list of songs I’d like to learn. I really love the way you teach – I appreciate how close you stick to the original performances. I’ve been working very hard on the “Universal Soldier” and then I want to go through the entire Simon and Garfunkel set, and then maybe Joni?
While I have the chance, could I get in a request for “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow”, which is my favorite song from that album ( I know, could be a decade…)
Thanks, I’m a fan
August 5, 2015 at 8:01 am
I’m going to revisit Joni at some point. She’s not the most popular on the site but I’m pretty sure that’s because we’re a boy-heavy group here. When I get back to her I’ll do a whole heap of songs – incuding Don’t Interrupt – up to Don Juan’s.
July 21, 2015 at 4:47 am
I just started back playing guitar again after 10 years. Your site has been a great help. I really like the way you teach and explain things.
July 21, 2015 at 7:57 am
Thanks Bryant. Great to have you aboard!
Kayley Cooper says
July 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm
I just purchased “With a Little Help from My Friends” by James Taylor and I’m very pleased with my purchase. I was blown away by the reasonable price of $5.97. It’s great to be able to pay that rather than a $30 for a 30 minute lesson. I will be purchasing more songs in the future! Just wanted to comment and let you know you’ve got a great thing going on.
July 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm
Thanks Kayley and welcome aboard. Love JT’s version of that song!
All the best
June 8, 2015 at 8:23 am
Greetings from Brisbane Australia. I am a late starter to the guitar journey and am finding lots of inspiration from the great songs of the 60s and 70s that we grew up with. Your teaching method and song choices are ideal and I look forward to learning many more through your site in the future. At some point it would be great to have a collection of Stones acoustic songs- Angie, As Tears Go By, Wild Horses, etc. Thanks for making it all look simple!.
June 8, 2015 at 8:36 am
Hi Geoff. The Stones should be next up after Dylan and Led Zep.
Fred Smith says
June 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm
You are a great teacher. I would love to see you do a tutorial for “More Than Words” by Extreme. A great acoustic guitar song…
Geoff Willis says
June 27, 2015 at 1:11 am
I purchased a James Taylor and S&G set and couldn’t be happier. The videos are so helpful in flushing out fingering positions that would be difficult to put into the tab. One request though, I often use a phrase trainer to loop sections of a song (Often slowed down without changing pitch). Would it be possible for you to include an MP3 of the lessons as well for that purpose? The looping really helps me build muscle memory, and to learn difficult passages. Either way, thanks for all your good work and I expect to make another purchase soon.
June 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm
yiiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!! . . . just bought 3 from the james taylor set … absolutely marvellous!!!
CARLOS M. PACHECO says
June 5, 2015 at 10:26 pm
Hi Jerry, I bought some of your tutorials and I just have to thank you for your dedication, work and teatching skills. Cristal clear lessons that even I can understand and go through them… that’s to say how gifted you are… I will go on looking at your website and purchase the tutorials I like most. Leonard Cohen’s The Partisan and The Isaac Story, are they on your will do list?
Keep up the good work going as many of us are eagerly following you.
Good tan in Spain (by the way what about some Paco Ibañez songs?)
May 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm
Jerry is to be applauded for his total dedication and commitment to bringing such high quality guitar lessons to us all. I have found his approach to teaching guitar totally professional in all aspects.This website is by far the best guitar tuition site, that I have come across on the internet.as I am learning new things from it daily, thanks jerry
May 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Thanks for all your support Danny. The cheque’s in the post ;-)
April 29, 2015 at 2:47 am
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My estranged 3/4 Martin & I are enjoying a torrid affair again thanks to you! We’ll be visiting you often.
April 29, 2015 at 7:55 am
I hope you took her out for a nice meal first :)
April 25, 2015 at 12:14 am
Just got your free Dream a Little Dream of me lesson. A couple of minor differences in the way I have been playing it and I have to admit, it has made all the difference. Easy to follow…good video…excellent.
I got a couple more of the free ones but can assure you that I will be purchasing from you in the future. A good teaching site that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is a hard thing to find…thanks for making one available.
April 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm
Navigation of website doesn’t work. Only the text [wp_eStore_fancy9 id=330] etc is seen without the links.
April 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm
It’s OK now
February 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm
Ive had lessons for a few years playing flamenco but now Ive brought a steel string for a complete change of direction. Ive just purchased your “you can close your eyes” lesson and also downloaded “river man” by Nick Drake. I was worried Id never find accurate and clear lessons on the internet but your lessons have proved me wrong and Im sure to be working through your collections well in the future!
Please consider doing a lesson for “the woman in you” by Ben Harper.
Thank you for these excellent lessons,
April 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm
I just want to say thanks for the hard work you have put into this site and all the lessons,
Kevin McCarthy says
February 21, 2015 at 3:45 am
Jerry, as I’ve said before, and I’ll shout it from the rooftops, you are one HELL of a gifted teacher!
I just grabbed a few more tunes (Desperado and Hotel California (acoustic)), and once again I am simply left blown away at how accurate your renditions of each and every song I’ve obtained from you. I’ve been playing some of these songs for better than 20 years….happily…to applause…yet I grab YOUR rendition and I learn I’ve been doing it wrong. Your consistent ability to not only play these songs with perfection, but to then teach it so wonderfully, is truly a blessing.
I learn something new, not only musically, but also technique-wise, with every lesson as well. For instance, in Desperado, the gorgeous forward rolls (spreading out the chord) in intro. Subtle but so important and something I’ve rarely used, so now I’m working on my forward rolls with the song as well (not to mention your transposition of the piano part is simply masterful).
I also want to tell anyone on the fence who’s considering Jerry’s lessons, don’t hesitate. This guy has a rare gift in teaching, and if anyone can teach a guitar lesson, it’s Jerry. Want to know how to REALLY play that song? Jerry will teach you.
Eternal thanks for your continued efforts my friend, I absolutely adore your style and am very grateful for your services out here. The prices are incredibly reasonable considering how accurate the renditions are, the consistency and quality of the lessons, and the proof is that each and every time I purchase a song, I walk away playing it like a pro and grinning from ear to ear.
All the best to you and yours Jerry,
Leonardo Cruz says
January 12, 2015 at 6:41 am
I like a lot of songs here in your site and I am sure I will be learning many of them.
Just there’s 1 song I also like to learn which is not available in your James Taylor collection. Is there any chance you can introduce the lesson for “Wandering”?
Thanks a lot and if ever you will, i’ll be very happy to begin learning it.
more power to you!
January 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm
Thanks so much I appreciate the way in which you have put together the tutorials. Songs that seemed beyond my ability have all of a sudden become easy. I’m going to check out the rest of your songs list and purchase my favorite songs. Thank you Peter
December 18, 2014 at 2:01 am
Hey I like the changes you guys have made to the website. Looks good!!
I working through the beginner series and am enjoying every song. Brings back some fond memories. Thanks.
December 18, 2014 at 10:49 am
Glad you like it!! and most of all, glad you’re enjoying the lessons!! :)
December 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm
Great Lessons Jerry. I tried a few of the free lessons to see what they were like. Brilliant. It is easy to get lost in the technicalities of each section of the song, so to have the song played as is, is really useful. The additional pdf’s just make the whole experience complete.
Other sites, lessons and tabs are usually in-accurate to say the least. Really glad I found your site.
I have just bought the Neil Young collection along with some Ralph McTell and George Harrison and look forward to playing these songs correctly for the first time.
I’ll be back for more.
December 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Love the lessons.
Just a suggestion but if it’s going to be the eagles next could we have some versions as played by the song writers themselves
e.g. Jack Tempchun’s version of Peaceful easy feeling
and JD Southers Doolin’ Daltons (the version he did on the Old Grey Whistle Test was fantastic)
It’s not that I don’t like the Eagles but I find these versions far better for solo acoustic guitar than eagles versions.
November 2, 2014 at 1:50 am
Jerry, You have helped me immensely to become a better guitar player. Your videos and tabs are very easy to follow. I enjoy learning from you as the pieces are clearly taught. I see and hear improvement in my playing everyday. Thank you, Sergina
Dennis Levasseur says
October 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Hi Jerry, It looks like Gordon Lightfoot might be up soon for a collection of songs. Thats Great! I would just like to leave my request of the songs that I think would be a great addition to the songs you alread have transcribed of Gordon.
3. Don Quixote
4. Minstrel of the dawn
5. Song for a winter’s night
6. Leaves of grass
These are all great songs that there are not many good transcriptions of out there if any. I hope you consider these songs.
Thanks for all the great work you do on all songs. You are Godsend!
Jim Redman says
February 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm
Dennis. That is the perfect list. I totally agree.
Grant Page says
September 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Awesome site. Would love to see a lesson on Claptons acoustic version of Lay Down Sally.
September 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm
That would be a good one. I’ll try and get to it when I re-visit EC.
August 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm
Have you considered doing Dave Loggins “Please Come to Boston”? Nice fingerstyle song.
July 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm
How about PF – Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Jerry, I’ll buy that, especially if you teach the album version which includes that forgotten third solo :-)
July 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm
Yep I’ll get to Shine on Kazz. Including the great third solo :)
Steve Goss says
July 5, 2014 at 3:02 am
I recently came across your site and purchased a couple of songs. Soon after I purchased a few more. I then downloaded a number of the freebie songs. While browsing your site I saw you reference another site where I purchased a collection of Dylan songs that you had for sale. I am just knocked out at how accurate your tabs are and your wonderful approach to teaching a song. Thank you so much for your efforts and the affordability of your lessons.
Just wondering if you have ever considered teaching any Moody Blues songs. I always loved their music and so much of their early songs were acoustically oriented?
July 5, 2014 at 7:58 am
Thanks Steven. Yes I have the Moodies on my list. Not sure when I’ll get to them but it will happen some time.
Julien Huard says
June 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm
thanks for the great teaching, especially the Cat Stevens songs. Very motivating and inspiring. I’m gonna have my hands full just trying to learn the 7 already posted but there’s no harm in hoping for more. I Got a Thing About Seeing my Grandson Grow Old is a gem I think. What about you, do you have one you’d like to do next? Thanks again.
June 10, 2014 at 7:43 am
As far as Cat Stevens goes the next two on my list are The Wind and Where Do The Children Play. Hopefully I can cover more.
David Wright says
May 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm
I’m loving your lessons — crystal clear, easy to follow, paced just right.
I’d really like for you to put up a lesson plan for the Beatles’ “Yesterday”, one of my all-time favourites.
Thanks again — you’ve got me paying again after a 20 year hiatus!
May 22, 2014 at 10:51 am
OK David. When I get back to some more Beatles stuff I’ll make sure to do Yesterday.
May 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Was wondering if at some point you could do a lesson on Cat Stevens-The Wind. Or if you have done that over on 6 string Vid.
I know it is a simple tune but real hard for me to get the sound right. The Never,Never part trips me up. As in, I’m Never going to get this right. ;-)
Thanks for the great lessons
May 22, 2014 at 10:50 am
Hi Tom. I do plan to do The Wind as well as Where Do The Children Play at some point.
May 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm
how about Furry sings the blues? Joni Mitchell
Mike McNulty says
May 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm
Jerry, I’m delighted to be able to play Neil Young’s “The Needle & the Damage Done” thanks to your lessons. Your internet lessons are an exquisite value. Gotta go shopping for some more James taylor lessons.. Mike
May 19, 2014 at 7:29 am
Great to hear that Mike. Needle and the Damagae Done is an all-time classic isn’t it? And not too tough to play once you get the feel down.
April 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Just want to thank you once again for the great lessons.I get great deal of pleasure in learning these songs.
But I’d also like to ask you if you have ever came up against a song that you would love to play…BUT found that even with no end of practise you just couldn’t master it ?
April 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm
For sure. My achilles heel is speed. I can’t play the blazing solos of guys like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. And the great modern fingerstyle players who incorporate all those percussive effects into their playing would probably be beyond me as well. Guys like Pepino d’Agostino. Just incredible players.
I’m fortunate that the majority of artists are roughly on a par technically, and if my ear can figure it out, my hands can probably play it.
April 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm
Hi Jerry. I love your lessons and music selection and I’m hoping you put out the fingerstyle course very soon as well as a few additional Jackson Browne solo (vols 1 and 2) acoustics. Maybe Zeppelin too – Babe I’m Gonna Leave you, Going to California, The Rain Song …. Regards, Eric
April 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm
Glad you’re enjoying the lessons. So many songs, so few hours in the day :) Everything you mention is on my list, but so is a bunch of other stuff. Hope you can be patient.
April 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm
I absolutely understand and will be patient. Thanks again for all your good work. Eric
Mike T. says
March 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm
Thanks for your work, here and at 6-strings, and there is another purchase coming in the near future. Going to work my way through As Time Goes By before I hit the rest of the finger style pieces.
Let me throw in for any Jim Croce, including any of Maury Muehleisen’s great lead and fill work.
Again, thanks so much!
February 11, 2014 at 11:18 am
Thanks for the great lessons. I have a couple of suggestions for future lessons. Fleetwood mac’s never going back again is one of them. There are lessons available on the net, but nobody teaches like you do. Also songs by David Gates/Bread would make great lessons. Thanks Jerry.
February 11, 2014 at 11:24 am
They’re both on the list. A Fleetwood Mac set would include NGBA as well a few others like Big Love for example. And Bread is on my list too. A lot of those songs are ideal for acoustic guitar.
So many songs, so little time :)
February 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Seconded on any David Gates solo stuff but particularly would like to know how to play “Playin’ On My Guitar” and “Greener Days” from his 2nd album “Never Let Her Go” and “Do You Believe He’s Comin'” from his 1st album called “First”
February 1, 2014 at 3:41 am
I would like to see some van morrison tunes. good luck with the site.
February 1, 2014 at 9:39 am
I Dalton. I’ll be doing some Van Morrison – hopefully later this year.
January 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm
jerry where are your chord patterns for KISS ME sixpence none the richer???? love it
January 27, 2014 at 1:04 am
I have tabs and a chords/lyrics sheet for that song. Email me if you want a copy. jerrysguitarbar at gmail dot com
January 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm
hi jerry, I ran across you on you tube and watched your lesson for mr. bojangles. enjoyed it immensely! I,m an old crooner living in the northeast kingdom of Vermont…near jay peak. I play a taylor guitar and look forward to seeing you again in cyber space. Anyway, just a hello and glad to meet you. regards, dan-o
December 30, 2013 at 1:23 am
Great Lessons Jerry – keep up the good work.. Any chance of doing the classic Anji by Davey Graham?
December 30, 2013 at 9:34 am
Thanks Nigel. Yes, that one’s on my list.
December 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Hi Jerry, you have a persona that gives a warmth to your students. We thank you much. I use a I-pad for my viewing of the net. Any suggestions as to which software will download your videos for an Apple product. Safari (as you know I’m sure) will not allow your vid to download. Merry Christmas my friend. Macon
December 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm
Hi Macon. It’s weird. Safari works for some folks but not others. IE, Firefox and Chrome should all download it with no problem. Then you can tarnsfer to your IPad from there.
Cheers & Merry Christmas
December 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm
Jerry, you are so right. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope you don’t mind if I say Christmas instead of Xmas. God bless. Macon
Jeff C. says
December 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Jerry, it’s all you fault! I hadn’t picked up the guitar in years until I came across the Donovan collection you did awhile back. I now have 3 guitars and even keep one in the car at all times for practicing at lunch,(crazy hugh?)Your method of teaching is superior to anyone else out there.
“If you can’t learn to play by watching Jerry, you never will”
…and no, I’m not related to him.
December 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Well, that brought a smile to my face Jeff :) Yep, more Donovan in the future without doubt.
Chris Dayton says
December 12, 2013 at 9:56 am
How can i make a donation for all the freebies you have given me, all your time and effort that goes into making these free lessons needs support, plus my request for CAT IN THE CRADEL by Harry Chapin in the new year,I have also purchased alot of songs, it is just great there is such a brilliant tutor on the net such as you. thank you for all the great years teaching me to become a better acoustic guitar player
cheers for a great new year
December 12, 2013 at 10:02 am
No need to donate Chris, although I do appreciate the offer. I’m glad you can enjoy the free ones and guys like you and other customers buying a few things now and again keeps me able to keep producing the vids :)
All the best
Chris Smolder says
November 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm
Hello. I have been downloading some of your free lessons and just had a look at the others. Would it be possible for you to include information about level with these too, or would you say they are all for advanced learners? I suppose I am somewhere around intermediate (with plenty of gaps). Thanks for the free lessons :)
December 1, 2013 at 9:02 am
That’s a great idea and I’m in the process of revising the individual songs page to give more info about each lesson. I’ll be sure to include the difficulty level.
December 2, 2013 at 10:28 am
Thanks! Looking forward to browsing!
Mike Ryan says
September 21, 2013 at 2:00 am
August 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm
Someone else has mentioned Townes van Zandt. As a Brit he’s one of the names I know but haven’t explored. Is he an artist that lots of US acoustic guys are into?
Yes he is an artist that is very well known in the U.S. Unfortunately died too soon.
Many songs and covers on Youtube.
Jim Gooch says
September 19, 2013 at 12:27 am
Love your site, finding it was a joy, love your music and your teaching style.
I have a tricky one for you, do you remember a South American duo that were popular in the 60 s called los indios tabajaras and their number one hit Maria elana, if you do I would like to ask you if you would consider a lesson on it, although maybe it maybe not too well known today, but I would be interested to know if you are familiar with it as in my humble opinion it is one of the most beautiful acoustic guitar tunes ever. Jerry I love your work and I am constantly looking for new tutorials and get excited when one pops up. Please keep up the great work
Johnnie Johnson says
August 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm
Jerry, I think you are a fantastic teacher. I left a couple of comments on YouTube also to the effect of what a pleasure it is to hear English without the accent. My mother – may God rest her soul- was English from East Anglia and pointed out to me early on that English people do not have English accents. Imagine the arrogance of going to France and telling native French speaking people that you love their accent when they speak French! We are so fortunate to have you teaching guitar and I find your voice very soothing. I hope to support you financially as soon as possible. Your American friend, Johnnie
August 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Thanks for the kind words Johnnie. I did hear a theory once that at the time the pilgims left for America we all had what we’d recognise today as American accents. You guys kept it and we lost it. I have no idea if it’s true but these things are interesting tidbits…
Great to hear you’re enjoying the lessons. Speak soon
Dave Peak says
August 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Just learning to play and heard a song the other day that I’d really like to learn. It’s “Going Whichever Way The Wind Blows” by Pete Droge. I’ve seen some tabs, but wanted to learn it by knowing the chords and correct fingering. Also, is the song best played in an alternate tuning?
Really love your videos and teaching style!
August 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Hi Dave. I’m not familiar with that one. I’ll check it out and see if I can’t add it to the list.
August 21, 2013 at 12:35 am
I enjoyed your lessons in the past and glad to see all the new stuff coming our way. How about some good Townes van Zandt stuff?
August 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm
Someone else has mentioned Townes van Zandt. As a Brit he’s one of the names I know but haven’t explored. Is he an artist that lots of US acoustic guys are into?
Tim Smith says
August 20, 2013 at 3:32 am
Jerry. Thanks for the video of the Entertainer. Great tips re fingering and a nice version. Have some music only tab of a similar thing but it is better (for me) to play along with the video. Love the fingersyle stuff that Mike was doing and great to see to you are going this way. The fingerstyle stuff keeps me coming back. Keep on going and hope to see many more. Cheers.
August 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm
Thanks for the freebies! I am anxiously awaiting your JT package. I purchased a few songs from Mike a while back but am looking forward to learning a few more of JT’s tunes.
Btw, thanks for Ramblin Man! I know that must have been exhausting work. But, you play it marvelously and I only hope to learn it as well. I find it difficult to play on my cut a way acoustic so it gives me good reason to dust off my electric.
I appreciate your work!
Phil Smith says
August 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Just downloaded Paul Simon Slip sliding Away. Awesome. Love the teaching style Jerry so please don’t change anything as it works just fine for me.
July 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm
I am enjoying the Leonard Cohen section of the site. I would love to see a lesson on Cohen’s “If it Be Your Will” as done on the 1994 “Leonard Cohen Live in Concert” recording. The guitar on that recording has a beautiful haunting quality. I would love to learn to play it. Thanks. Your lessons are very well done. Keep up the fine work!
July 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm
I’ll add that one to the list for any future volume two of LC. Thanks for the suggestion.
April 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm
Probably my favorite teacher on youtube!! Learned some of my first fingerpicking songs freom Jerry. I’ll hopefully upload myself playing eventually when I’m brave enough (as thanks).
This guy’s really a natural when it comes to tutorials. Excited to learn Jackson Browns ‘these days’ which I’d fallen in love with ever since I heard nicos version. I youtubed some cover versions to see if I wanted to tackle it a few weeks ago and decided it was too hard. With time and Jerrys help I know I’ll have it down by the end of the week with enough practice.
Can’t thank you enough mate. :)
April 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm
I’m humbled Arman. You’re very kind.
michael cheek says
April 10, 2013 at 3:26 am
jackson browne – too many angels
excellent lesson that works for any learning style
April 10, 2013 at 8:43 am
Thanks Michael :)
stu beresford says
February 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm
Hi Jerry. congratulations on your new site,i have purchased most of your vidios via Mike’s site,im sure you will be very successful.
I particularly like it when you sing during the play through so it gives a pure unpluged acoustic version.
you can count on my support.
Steven Humphreys says
February 14, 2013 at 4:14 am
Hi, Jerry. I’ve learned about a half dozen songs from you. I love your personable and economical style of teaching. Just bought the CSN&Y set and can’t wait to get cracking with it.
I went through your earlier James Taylor group (Fire and Rain, Carolina in My Mind, etc.) and am dying for more. Have you done any other JT songs, like especially You Can Close Your Eyes?
February 14, 2013 at 10:30 am
Hi Steve. Hope you enjoy the new CSN set.
I will be doing a volume 2 of James Taylor and these are the songs I’m currently planning to include on it:
Sweet Baby James
You Can Close Your Eyes
Shower The People
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Her Town Too
Long Ago and Far Away
Hopefully it will see the light of day in 2013.
February 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm
February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm
Love your work Jerry. Keep up the good work.
I still have a hard time with “Joelene” Fingerpicking pattern
from your “Country Songs “collection.
Warm regards from Britsh Columbia,Canada.
February 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm
That’s a tough one right there Ben. Very fast, right?
Thanks for the kind words. There’ll be more country stuff here over time. I have Emmylou Harris and Johnny cash – oh and John Denver and John Prine – on my to do list.
February 23, 2013 at 2:08 am
Thanks Jerry.Could I get tabs for Suzanne?
Can’t wait for so more of that country stuff.
February 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm
hi jerry . congrats on new site , just saw now for first time and i will for sure buy and support , i loved all your videos done at 6 string videos , may i ask if you no longer work there ? im sure many of your online students are curious
February 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm
Great to see you over here. Yes I still work with Mike and we’re still great friends, but he’s moving 6-String more towards beginners’ stuff and chordaoke and I really enjoy making the more intermediate / advanced stuff so I set up this site as an outlet for that. But we still work together and I’m pretty sure we always will :)
All the best
January 7, 2013 at 9:46 am
I know you probably get this all the time (people asking about their favorite artists) but any chance you could do a similar offering of Stephen Stills guitar style (love him).
January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am
Stephen Stills is a possibility in the future, but Crosby Stills and Nash will definitely happen/
December 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm
i love leonard cohens suzanne could you send me the tab please
December 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Hope you see this message. You can download the videos and tab for Suzanne here:
Nicolas Fesselet says
August 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm
I just tried the link, put my name and email address but didn’t receive any mail. Did I do something wrong ?
October 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm
I’m enjoying your Foo Fighters lesson on YouTube. Any plans to make more Foo Fighters?
October 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Hi Danny. Well not right now, but never say never. If enough people would like to see a collection for them I’ll do it for sure.
October 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm
very impressed – love your slow patient way of teaching and explanations – Im trying Leonard Cohens song Suzanne and you are very clear and interesting – are there tabs ?
October 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Thanks Jeff. You’ll have realised that the site is still very new. Only one collection of videos available at the moment, but I’ll be adding new stuff all the time – including a collection of several of Leonard Cohen’s greatest hits. In the meantime I’m glad you’re enjoying Suzanne. I’ll email over the tabs for it.
Shelly Bell says
October 20, 2012 at 4:11 am
I love what you’ve done here Jerry. I started learning with Mike Herberts and haven’t done much for a couple years. I bought a couple of lessons and don’t think I’ve even attempted them due to life calling the shots, but now I really feel inclined to give it another try. I love both yours and Mike’s way of teaching! Keep up the great work. Hugs from Australia
October 20, 2012 at 9:57 am
Thanks for those kind words Shelly. Life does get in the way sometimes, but music always calls us back eventually. x
Cathy Martin says
October 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Hey! How cool is this? What a fantastic way to start playing the guitar.
October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Thanks Cathy! There’ll soon be some advanced stuff for players such as yourself ;-)
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