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The Fishpie Sky says
Thank you for being so responsive and updating your tab/songsheet for “Kiteflyers Hill” to ensure Mark Nevin is credited as the songwriter.
Here’s to all the great songwriters for their songs and all the great tutors for teaching others how to play them well.
I’m sorry but I have an issue with a composing credit that I think you might want to correct. I’ve recently paid for and downloaded your tuition package for the song Kiteflyer’s Hill. The tutorial itself is very good. I am learning one of my all-time favourite songs thanks to you. However, I’d like to think that I have bought from a tutor who is doing the right thing by the songwriters whose material he is using to derive tuition income from. I’m sure you are such a man. You name this specific tuition as “Eddi Reader’s Kiteflyer’s Hill”. The song, as you know, is actually written by the brilliant Mark Nevin, a songwriter I know you claim to admire. And yet you do not name him or credit him as the writer of this song anywhere in your materials. When Eddi sings this song, she herself acknowledge’s it as Mark’s song. https://youtu.be/ZrSvWuqLui8 So why don’t you? To not name the originator of the song is, to me, disrespectful and unfair. I am a songwriter myself (albeit and regrettably not professional) but to have one of your best songs being sold without credit being rightfully given is a real bummer. In one of my songs, ‘The Song’s the Thing”, the lyric reads in relation to songwriters, ” ‘Cos with none of these guys, there’d be nothing to sing”. In your case Jerry, there’d be nothing to teach or derive income from. So Jerry please, do the right thing, set the record straight, correct the materials. Thank you.
As it happens I have sent a copy of this tab to Mark Nevin.
My feeling is that it was somewhat disingenuous of you to contact me by email discussing Mark Nevin without mentioning your concern, and then post this criticism in public.
That is a fair point Jerry. I probably should have been more direct. I regret that. I like your site. I plan to use it more. There’s a few Paul Simon songs and Joni songs and Ralph McTell ones too.
It’s great you are making contact with Mark. You’re tuition of his song does it real justice.
I look forward to seeing the songwriting credit change. Well done that man.
Jerry, love your stuff. Would you consider doing some Little Feat? Wilin, Missing you, and Roll um easy are great acoustic tunes. Thanks.
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?
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.
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?
Hi Dave. It’s on the list but the list is long.
John Luke says
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 ” ?
They’re on the to-do list John but it’s a long list (and getting longer).
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
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.
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!
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
Can you please provide a lesson Joni Mitchell’s “For Free”, my favourite Joni Mitchell song…would love a guitar version from you :)
That one’s on the list for the Joni collections Paul.
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
We’re all so lucky to have the BEST guitar instructor in the WORLD!
Yes, I said it. IN THE WORLD!
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.
That one’s on the to-do list Michael, along with a couple more from that first solo album.
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 :)
Cannonball and Volcano are somewhere on the huge to-do list Paul. Maybe I’ll get to some Graham Nash in the future too.
Is “The Seller of Stars” by Donovan available for purchase or are you still working on that?
Love your precision and clarity in tutoring.
I’m working chronologically through DOnovan so the HMS songs will be a little bit in the future.
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!
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
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
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!
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?
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.
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.
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…)
No excuses Jerry… :)
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!
Davie Mackay Ballard says
Jerry, this is just an absolutely fantastic site. I’ve always loved Steve Stills’ music and guitar work (among many other artists you have featured here) and have wanted for years to be able to play Suite: judy Blue Eyes, but have struggled constantly with figuring out the tuning for it. it really is a dream come true to stumble upon a place like this. I’m sure there are plenty of more accomplished guitarists out there who may roll their eyes at these words, but for someone like me who has been stuck in “Intermediateland’ for what seems an eternity, lessons like these are manna from Heaven. Many, many thanks!
Thanks Davie! Several more Stephen Stills to come in the future.
Bob Cervera says
Definitely would love to see some lessons for Stephen Stills,…,. I do love his alternate tunings,
Marguerite Farrell says
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
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!
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
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!
Thanks Jessica. Sounds like we started playig for the same reasons. They’re two of my all-time favourites too :)
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!
Thanks Rob :)
First, let me thank you: these videos are absolutely brilliant! I discovered them on youtube, trying out the free ones. They were so accurate and insightful that, even though I’m a poor college student, I had to buy the artist bundles. I got the Jim Croce bundle and a month later bought the James Taylor one. It is astonishing how much my abilities are improving because of them. They have totally structured my guitar practice sessions- I aim to learn one or two songs a week. The best part is that the more you teach me to play these artists songs as they do, the more I find my own guitar voice starts to sound like theirs.
Second, I’m very excited for the Don Mclean artist collection that you have on the horizon. Before completing it, I beg you to check out this largely unknown live album of his from 1976 called, “Don Mclean– Live Solo”. http://www.amazon.com/Don-Mclean-Solo/dp/B0000011OI
We have a very similar taste in guitar music it seems- that 60’s/70’s folk, fingerpicking and poetic singing that sounds great live. This album is without a doubt, the greatest live show I have ever heard any single folk player perform. Only a few songs from it have ever been posted on youtube unfortunately. Here is one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVfmnMNgO98. If you check out the album, or have already listened to it, I would love to hear what you think about it. Hopefully the Don Mclean Collection will be done soon!! I will be the first to purchase it!
Third, I have some questions: I see you use a thumb pick in most of your videos. I have never used one. Is there a certain kind you would recommend I buy? And how difficult is it to start using one? I only use my fingers normally. Also, I’d love to see you do a video of “Anji”- either as performed by Paul Simon or Bert Jansch.
Again, thank you so much Jerry! I am happy to consider myself a student of yours. I wish you all the best from Chicago!
I’m very familiar with Solo – one of the great live albums as you say. I’ll do a number of songs from that album and others from the studio versions. For example And I Love You So will be from Solo but Castles In The Air and Three Flights Up will be the studio versions (mainly because of the way he delays some of the vocal lines in the live versions of those songs).
Anyway it’ll be a meaty collection with a lot of songs.
Bruce Williamson says
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
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
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.
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.
Give me a song or two that would be most appropriate from each of them and I’ll add them to the list.
Very nice guitar arrangement of Elton John’s “Your Song.”
Thanks Patrick :)
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
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.
Thanks George. For Emily is a favorite ;-) of mine. A little slice of Paul SImon genius.
marc henham says
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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 . . . .
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
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.
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…
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
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
Before considering purchasing an instruction video, I’d like to know if Tab of the music is included?
Hi Walt. Tab is included with all lessons on Jerry’s Guitar Bar.
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.
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
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. :)
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.
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
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
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.
Thanks Keith. That brought a smile to my face this morning :)
I couldn’t have said it better!
Jerry is a true gift for us struggling!!
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!
Yes all lessons whether free or paid are in the same format.
Gerry O'Reilly says
Jerry, what brand of thumb pick are you using? Thank you.
Hi Gerry. I use Fred Kelly Speed Picks.
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…?
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.
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
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.
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.
Thanks Bryant. Great to have you aboard!
Kayley Cooper says
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.
Thanks Kayley and welcome aboard. Love JT’s version of that song!
All the best
Whit Porter says
Just a huge thank you (specifically for Jackson Browne’s “Something Fine”) for your exquisite teaching technique. The combination of the video lessons, play-thoughs and superlative tabs just cannot be beaten. Your explanations, pace and enthusiastic (but never cloying) tone are appreciated beyond measure here.
As someone who has played entirely by ear all of his 67 years – the lack of technical theory and pedantic jargon is also especially welcome.
Would love to see you tackle David Wilcox.
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!.
Hi Geoff. The Stones should be next up after Dylan and Led Zep.
Fred Smith says
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
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.
I’m happy to hear you’re enjoing the JT and S&G sets.
I haven’t tried this application myself but it looks like this might do what you’re looking for:
yiiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!! . . . just bought 3 from the james taylor set … absolutely marvellous!!!
CARLOS M. PACHECO says
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?)
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
Thanks for all your support Danny. The cheque’s in the post ;-)
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.
I hope you took her out for a nice meal first :)
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.
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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,
I just want to say thanks for the hard work you have put into this site and all the lessons,
Kevin McCarthy says
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,
I am still working on the only lesson I have looked into by you, These Days by Jackson Browne. I want to thank you for such a good lesson. It has already made me a better guitar player! Thank you for your good work.
Leonardo Cruz says
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!
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
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.
Glad you like it!! and most of all, glad you’re enjoying the lessons!! :)
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.
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.
I’ll have to hold you responsible for not looking after my family anymore Jerry; Way too much time playing here after discovering your lessons! Thanks anyway (…)
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
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
Dennis. That is the perfect list. I totally agree.
Grant Page says
Awesome site. Would love to see a lesson on Claptons acoustic version of Lay Down Sally.
That would be a good one. I’ll try and get to it when I re-visit EC.
Have you considered doing Dave Loggins “Please Come to Boston”? Nice fingerstyle song.
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 :-)
Yep I’ll get to Shine on Kazz. Including the great third solo :)
Steve Goss says
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?
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
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.
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
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!
OK David. When I get back to some more Beatles stuff I’ll make sure to do Yesterday.
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
Hi Tom. I do plan to do The Wind as well as Where Do The Children Play at some point.
how about Furry sings the blues? Joni Mitchell
Mike McNulty says
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
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.
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 ?
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.
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
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.
I absolutely understand and will be patient. Thanks again for all your good work. Eric
Mike T. says
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!
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.
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 :)
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”
I would like to see some van morrison tunes. good luck with the site.
I Dalton. I’ll be doing some Van Morrison – hopefully later this year.
jerry where are your chord patterns for KISS ME sixpence none the richer???? love it
I have tabs and a chords/lyrics sheet for that song. Email me if you want a copy. jerrysguitarbar at gmail dot com
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
Great Lessons Jerry – keep up the good work.. Any chance of doing the classic Anji by Davey Graham?
Thanks Nigel. Yes, that one’s on my list.
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
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
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
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.
Well, that brought a smile to my face Jeff :) Yep, more Donovan in the future without doubt.
Chris Dayton says
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
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
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 :)
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.
Thanks! Looking forward to browsing!
Mike Ryan says
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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!
I’ll add that one to the list for any future volume two of LC. Thanks for the suggestion.
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. :)
I’m humbled Arman. You’re very kind.
michael cheek says
jackson browne – too many angels
excellent lesson that works for any learning style
Thanks Michael :)
stu beresford says
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
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?
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.
Philip Glaser says
Congratulations on your website, Jerry – your style of teaching is what we all need – and many thanks for giving the link to my website – for learning the notes on the guitar fretboard.
I’m not a singer – just ask my wife, or anybody I know – and I’m really interested in playing instrumental arrangements of classical pieces and popular songs, and easier ragtime-type music, mostly.
I hope your website will be a GREAT success.
Thanks Philip. Your flash cards for learning the guitar fretboard are a great tool for students. And there will be instrumentals on this site. I plan a whole fingerstyle section. Just haven’t had the time yet!
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.
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.
Thanks Jerry.Could I get tabs for Suzanne?
Can’t wait for so more of that country stuff.
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
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
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).
Stephen Stills is a possibility in the future, but Crosby Stills and Nash will definitely happen/
i love leonard cohens suzanne could you send me the tab please
Hope you see this message. You can download the videos and tab for Suzanne here:
Nicolas Fesselet says
I just tried the link, put my name and email address but didn’t receive any mail. Did I do something wrong ?
I’m enjoying your Foo Fighters lesson on YouTube. Any plans to make more Foo Fighters?
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.
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 ?
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
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
Thanks for those kind words Shelly. Life does get in the way sometimes, but music always calls us back eventually. x
Nice one Jerry mate, all you need now if for me to do your SEO and get you a good ranking! Well done matey, a positive step forward.
Cathy Martin says
Hey! How cool is this? What a fantastic way to start playing the guitar.
Thanks Cathy! There’ll soon be some advanced stuff for players such as yourself ;-)
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