Welcome


Welcome to Guitar Tutor Man’s Official Website! I have recently started gigging with a covers band, please check out our Facebook page by clicking the image below to view a few live performances and give it a Like, I would really appreciate your support :)

Here are three of my latest videos:


Hate Street Dialogue – Sixto Rodriguez

Oh My Love – John Lennon

I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield / The Tourists


As you know, the internet is massive so trying to find good resources can be a real pain. As a teacher and keen guitarist I have spent hours scouring YouTube etc. for good quality guitar tutorials only to find that many are simply not up to the task. That’s why I decided to create this site. All the videos here are ones that I have created or would use myself. If you are studying Rockschool or Trinity Guildhall guitar grades then checkout the videos under those headings, they may be helpful to you.

Please check out my Music Shop (an extension of Amazon) where anything you buy provides me with a small commission to aid in the expansion of this site.

If you have found this site useful please consider making a small donation toward its continued upkeep.

Thanks for your support (Alan Robinson – Site Author).

421 Responses to Welcome

  1. P-W. says:

    Hey Allan,
    Your web site also looks really great and a great collection of videos.
    For sure I will be using this a lot!!!
    Thank you so much for all your dedication and work, it is very much appreciated!

    P-W.

  2. Alyn says:

    Hi …..

    I was just browsing your site. It’s really cool.
    I’m helping to put a guitar website together and was wondering if I could get a link from your site?
    It’s a pretty new site and we’re working hard to put some good content on there. I was hoping you could help us out by linking to us.
    the website is http://www.onlineguitarbooks.com
    If not, that’s cool!
    We can put a link back to your site too.
    Keep up the good work.

    Alyn

    • alan says:

      Hi there

      I checked out your site and what you are doing looks really positive.
      The explanations of chord theory etc. are well pitched for beginners and the site layout looks professional.
      My site is also new (I created it in October this year) so I could also do with a bit of help marketing it.
      Consequently I would be more than happy to link to you and would appreciate a link in return.
      All the best with your efforts.
      Cheers
      Alan

  3. simon says:

    I just want to say, your web site is really great and I will continue to use it :)

  4. Veronica Pitchford says:

    There’s a dead video link on the beginner’s page. It’s the last video about “making barre cords”.

    I’m loving what I’ve seen on the site so far! You’ve done a great job putting these resources together.

    I was looking for the strum pattern for my favorite song as the first song I wanted to learn to play and found your video! Your’s is by far the best tutorial I’ve stumbled upon.

    As a beginner, I appreciate your time and effort and wanted to say thank you!
    Veronica

    • alan says:

      Hi there Veronica!
      Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it, and thanks for pointing out the dead link, I will add a new Barre chord tutorial in its place.
      Best wishes with you playing.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

  5. Martin says:

    Yah man, you are my hero!
    Thank you very much for your work.

    Cheers

    Martin

  6. This is my first visit to this website; boy, was I impressed with the tutoring.
    Can I make requests?

    Bernice Valerio

    • alan says:

      Hi there!
      Yes I do accept requests, though I cannot promise to fulfill them (it depends if I a: like the song and B: can sing it. Each video takes about 6 hours to produce so I have to be engaged with the material.
      Thanks for your interest.
      Best wishes.
      Alan.

  7. c0n says:

    hi Alan

    very nice and wonderful website

    truly its very helpful for beginners

    i’m glad that i visit here

    have a lovely time always

    cheeeers ^_^

  8. tony browne says:

    hi Alan, haveing played the guitar in all its forms, i have to say that you have a great website, and have used some of your chords and chord changes in a lot of music i play,
    great site, all the best, Tony…

  9. Nathan says:

    Hi Alan, just wanted to say thanks for your time and effort in making these video’s. If you looking for other sources to add to your site you might want to have a look at http://www.youtube.com/user/JustinSandercoeSongs and http://www.youtube.com/user/mastertheguitar i thnk these two guys make some great tutorial videos.

    thanks and keep up the good work :-)

  10. 19arjay says:

    Hi Allan! you’ve got the best guitar tutorial in Youtube. I’m not good in guitar but your video inspire me to learn more. I wonder if you could play and post the video of the song “It’s about time” by Elton John, it would be great. Keep it up bro! Thanks and more power to you!

  11. Ivan Droguett says:

    Thanks so much for this, I have spend hours trying to find a good tutorial website.

  12. Shaun says:

    Hi Alan would it be possible for a tutorial on 10cc’s. Dreadlock holiday.””. Struggling with the rhythm also Noel gallaghers latest solo stuff…what alive etc. Top site top tutorials. Cheers. Shaun

  13. bob says:

    Just to say many thanks for the help this site has given me and helped me get back in playing the guitar.

    bob
    ps. What martial art do you teach

    • alan says:

      Hi Bob.
      Thanks for your support, I am glad my site is helping you. I have been teaching Shotokai Karate for about 24 years but focus on mostly teaching youngsters now.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

  14. Yvon Lapointe says:

    Hi Alan …I think you are the best guitar teacher on the web it’s so easy to learn with your way of teaching.
    For sure I will encourage you.
    Thank you very much

    • alan says:

      Hi there Yvon!
      Thank you for your very positive comment, I really do appreciate your support.
      Best wishes with your playing.
      Alan.

  15. Zac Sullivan says:

    Are you on Twitter? If not you should join. Enjoyed your Hallelujah vid.

    Zac
    @FretZeroMusic
    @XakSullivan

  16. lertphomuangpan says:

    Hi Alan …I’m bookmarks your website thank for tutorial
    cheers

  17. Gabriel Rodriguez says:

    Hi Alan! I have a question: is it possible to play that “Time” Pink Floyd song in a Classic Guitar? I want to learn how to play it, but I wanted to know first if I can play it on a Classic, cuz I don’t have an Acoustic. Thanks!
    Gabriel

    • alan says:

      Hi there!
      In my opinion, if you can play it on a normal acoustic then you can play it on a classical, it will just have a different feel to it.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

      • Gabriel Rodriguez says:

        Thanks a lot Alan! I practiced it a lot thanks to that video you posted on how to play Time, I can now play it well. Thanks very much to you, and I know it’s a little late for me to say this, but Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
        Blessings and Cheers,
        Gabriel
        PS: I was wondering could make a tutorial video for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (The Beatles)? I’m having a hard time trying to find videos for that song, and your videos have so far been the best tutorials in YouTube, and I’m sure many people including me would be grateful if you could make one…

  18. steve says:

    Thanks for these guitar lessons Alan, simple and straight forward and easy to follow which makes a change…they are great.
    One drawback though, are you going to learn us how to sing too because i cant carry a tune to save my life…. ( I wish) :-)

    • alan says:

      Hi Steve.
      Thanks for your support, Much appreciated. I’m of the opinion that if you enjoy singing it doesn’t matter what you sound like.
      Merry Christmas.
      Alan.

  19. Mariam says:

    Hey Alan
    Thank you so much for this nice page. I am new on the guitar. So I was wondering if it is possible to use the same tabs etc. on classical guitar if the tutorial is meant to be on a acoustic? And if it is possible to put some tutorials for some songs to 30 Seconds to Mars… Thanks :D
    Mariam

    • alan says:

      Hi Mariam.
      Yes all tabs for standard acoustic can be used with classical, you will just get a different feel (sound and mood) from your guitar.
      I will look into your request.
      Merry Christmas.
      Alan.

  20. Valeri says:

    I can not find acoustic guitar lesson Smokie Needles and Pins please help

  21. Olivier says:

    Hello Alan,
    I’m french (sorry for my english) i’m soon feefteen years old and I’m learning English and guitar together since two years, so your site is a tresor for me.
    My favorite group is Pink Floyd, so I’m very happy to find a lot of songs from them.
    Thank you for your work and I wish you a Happy New Year

  22. Pegula says:

    Hallo from Kovin, Serbia. Happy New Year Alan. You are so great guitar teacher.One of my favourite guitarist is Eric Clapton. The accoustic version of Can’t find my way home, is one of my favoutite songs. Are you open to teach us that stuff in some time ?

  23. José Carlos says:

    Congratulations. I’m from Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. I think your lessons very clear and simple to learn. You make it to be very easy.
    Thanks,

  24. Pegula says:

    Hello Alan, once again. Can you maybe do, We can work it out by The Beatles, that is great tune too, please?

  25. laplante says:

    hello, super the site much of variety and also very well done.
    I wondered whether you had steamroller blues version Elvis Presley because I adore this song. thank you.

  26. sandra says:

    Wonderful website for guitar enthusiast like me!

  27. liloucha says:

    Merci beaucoup pour votre site qui est vraiment parfait pour les débutants!
    Je suis en France, je suis débutante et je suis heureuse d’avoir trouvé votre site car votre explication est superbe!!!!
    Maintenant comment je dois faire pour avoir la rythmique!!!????? Ca fait que 3 semaines que j’ai débuté la guitare…..
    Merci pour tout et très bonne continuation…et encore BRAVO. Gaëlle.

    • alan says:

      Salut Gaelle.
      Merci pour votre gentil commentaire.
      Lors de l’apprentissage au rythme d’une chanson, toujours la pratique lentement et graduellement la vitesse. En outre, apprendre à changer d’une corde à l’autre en douceur, puis de maintenir un rythme solide devient plus facile.
      J’espère que cela aide.
      Meilleurs vœux.
      Alan.

  28. James B says:

    Hi Alan,

    Great website, I have recommended it to quite a few people I know that are trying to learn guitar. Any chance of anything by I am Kloot?

    Thanks for all the great videos.

  29. Dave Perrott says:

    Hiya Alan,.. Just wanted to say,ive been playing guitar for a fair few years now and have used the net for tabs and video lessons for around 5 years now. In that time ive found some things fairly useful, and others not so! I stumbled on2 your site last night..(late..) and found myself transfixed with wot can only be described as perfectly formed lessons … Loads of them! In such a great format. Clear and concise and perfectly executed … With the vocals too! It was so pleasing that sum1 had taken the time to deliver a service that ticks all the right boxes! All i can really add is a big THANK YOU! really. You have now become my virtual jam buddy;) I will be subscribing,and try to support you the best i can. I just lost my job so cannot donate just yet,but wen i can i will. Looks like im pretty much outta space, so thanks again.. You’ve done something long overdue but was definately worth the wait. With your help i can now hone my busking skills to a higher level. Good job man!

  30. Anthony says:

    What a Valuable resource! Keep up the good work and I know how long this took you! Good show!

  31. Joe says:

    Great site, and you are a good guitar player, and the singing isn’t that bad! Better than me. What is the software that creates the chords and strumming patterns? Something of your own??
    Keep up the good work for us beginners.

    • alan says:

      Hi there.
      Cheers for your kind words.
      All the graphics are created with Adobe Photoshop and are added to the video frame by frame using Adobe Premiere Elements.
      All the best.
      Alan.

      • Geoffrey says:

        wholly crap! wow Alan, this stuff must take HOURS to do!
        I want to extend a thank you and keep on rocking, from Ontario Canada!
        I now have no use for other sites. And its great to jam along with you too!

  32. Valeri says:

    Greetings Alan I from Russia your lessons very fine help me if it is possible from Robert Plant “29 palms” trees or “I Believe thanks”.

  33. Shaun says:

    Hi,

    I have been trying to do an acoustic version of relax. Frankie goes to Hollywood . There are a couple of versions on utube but can’t work out what they are doing. So, I thought I would ask you if you could do a version? Cheeky, I know, but if you don’t ask bla bla bla. Anyway hope you can help as I think it would be great to do acoustic version of a classic song . Anyhow, thanks for all your hard work and great vids, yum already a star in my book. Cheers, Shaun

  34. Pegula says:

    Hey Allan,
    I am listening these days unplugged Clapton’s album from ’92. Tears in heaven, Layla, Signs etc. are great songs, but I’m focus on Lonely stranger, great tune, and I’ll be proud if someday learn it. Are you maybe interesting to teach us in the future ? I know you like Eric and I’m sure that you like Lonely stranger.Thank you in front and cheers !

  35. Harvey says:

    Thanks for all your lessons Alan.I am 88 years of age and have just started playing of not touching a guitar for 67 years WOW.I played during WW 2when I was in the Canadian Air force.I have forgotten nearly everything I knew in those days you sure are a great guy for doing this.

    • alan says:

      Hi Harvey.
      Thank you for your lovely comment. You are an inspiration to all frustrated players out there.
      All the best with your playing.
      Alan.

  36. cec says:

    Hi Alan,

    I just would like to say thank you so so much from frenchie girl trying to play guitare!!! With your help now i can

    xxx
    cec

  37. daryl charles says:

    don’t know if you can do it put i really want to learn islands in the streem by dolly parton.if you could do a film clip on it i’d be really gratefull,thanks

  38. Daniel says:

    Great site, very good !.

    Tnkx for sharing !!!

  39. Mar says:

    Muy buena la pagina, mucho agradecimiento por los aportes.
    He aprendido mucho gracias a su tutorial.

  40. dzung says:

    Hi Alen,

    I got here from Your lesson for Make You Feel My Love on YouTube! Thank you for your lesson I really like it!

  41. Yuri says:

    Hi Alan!

    My name is Yuri, I’m from Russia. I live in the Krasnodar region.
    I hope you understand my English :)))
    I want to say:
    I really like your lessons, it is very clear and accessible!
    I wish you success and happiness! You are really cool to play the guitar!
    I especially liked the lesson, “Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen – Jeff Buckley – Guitar Lesson” – great!

    So you know, your lessons are popular in Russia :))
    Bye!

    • alan says:

      Hi Yuri.
      Your English is very good.
      Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them.
      Best wishes with your playing.
      Alan.

  42. Krystyna says:

    Hi Allan!

    A big THANKYOU for such great guitar lessons, with such a variety of songs; love your voice when singing songs of Oasis, and “Halleluja”- wonderfull :) I am so happy, with your help, i can try to play it too! :)))
    Krystyna

  43. Tadej says:

    What can i say, amazing site. You really are collecting good videos and yours are good too. What is good is that you also have strumming patterns and of course chord diagrams. Nice! I am regular visitor now and i will for sure donate too!

  44. Daddo says:

    Great site, Alan and absolutely sterling job on the variety of music.
    The biggest kick I got was that my guitar was tuned to the same tone level ?? So it makes for great singalong (if that makes any sense)
    Cheers

  45. Tj says:

    I gotta tell you that I just stumbled upon your website when I was looking for some help with Pink Floyd’s Time. I REALLY like your site’s style and construction. You’ve done a fabulous job here!

    I truly appreciate this site and will recommend it to many of my friends.

    I like how you pop up the chord changes in the video and really like the song sheets you provide that go with your clips.

    Very thorough, very consistent, very clean, very VERY good.

    Thanks!

    • alan says:

      Thank you for your positive feedback, I really appreciate it and would be gratefull if you could spread the word about this site.
      All the best.
      Alan.

  46. Aaron Chang says:

    Hi Alan,
    I’m a beginner in Taiwan. Just want to say thank you so much for all your awesome videos!!! Your website is definitely the best tutorial website on earth!!!
    Best wishes
    Aaron

  47. expat2010 says:

    Hi Alan,

    A question for you, if you don’t mind. I am struggling using fingers 1,2,3 for the open A chord – not enough room to get all of them close enough to the fret. If I switch to 2,3,4 am I going to regret it later?

    Thanks,

    Peter

    • alan says:

      Hi Peter.
      I think you should persevere with the 123 position so it leaves your little finger free to easily create the Asus4 and A7 chords from that position.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

  48. Alan, just stumbled onto your You Tube video and then your website. My friend, you have a fine voice. I truly enjoyed listening to you sing “Stand By Me”. I think I will be giving your site a try and see if I can pick a few things up. I will be starting with “Stand By Me” and then see what else we can learn from you.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put this all together.

  49. expat2010 says:

    OK – will do.

    Thanks, mate.

  50. Justin says:

    Hey Alan

    Just wanted to say “Thank You!” for all the awesome tutorials you’ve put up, I’ve only been playing for about 7 months now and your videos have helped elevate my playing ability immeasurably. Keep doing what your doing my man.

    If I could make a tutorial request for you to consider, i would love to see “little black submarines” by “The Black Keys” :)

    Thanks again for what you do
    Justin

  51. kenny says:

    Hi Alan great site just found you via youtube , i been learning bad moon rising going well , your a good teacher like the slow lesson at the end most helpful.
    I may know you from years ago in London are you a friend of Keith the coach driver if you are let me know we did meet a few times. Kenny

    • alan says:

      Hi Kenny, thanks for your support. No I do not know a Keith, I must just have one of those faces.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

  52. beth olog says:

    alan can you do also the song through the barricades by spandau ballet pls.coz i love to learn it from you,i seen a lot of this song but not as easy and clear as yours.you are a great guitar tutor alan keep it up.thanks

  53. Simon says:

    Top site Alan. Thanks a lot. loads of good tunes and no bull sh…
    Attacked Pink Floyd and Bessie Smith at the weekend back tomorrow (bank holiday Tuesday in France) for more top tunes. Its cool that you put stuff like the Bessie Smith lesson on your site. Its not so clear and easy to follow, as I am a beginer, but it’s cool. And as it’s linked to you tube. I got distracted and disapear off to watch Claptons version . I have loved that song for ages and never knew who it was by. And tears in heaven makes me want to cry. So much music so little time. I feel motivated, good work. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  54. ron lefever says:

    Alan, give this one a spin.
    Hard to explain but very helpful when trying to piece chords together that you just can’t find. Snoop around – there’s a few different loooks to it. I left Still The Same as a link but you can navigate from there
    http://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/bob-seger-still-the-same-guitar-tab-s18359t0

  55. FRANK says:

    WOW A WEB SITE THAT IS GREAT !

  56. Anton says:

    Alan,
    You are a wonderful person Mate… Thanks a lot.
    Nobody has ever done this type stuff assisting people on the net. … Cannot thank you enough…We are so greatful…

    Best Regards Anton

  57. Elizabeth Sintzel says:

    I don’t even know where to begin. I’m so happy that I found a website that’s going to be extremely helpful. Most the songs that I would to learn are all ready up here or on youtube. I was wondering if you do song suggestions? If not, no worries. Thank you so much for awesome quality videos, clear sounds, and supporting graphics to teaches you to learn how to play the song the way it was meant to be played. Again, thank you so much! Please keep up the amazing work!

    B

    • alan says:

      Hi there.
      Thank you for your kind words, I do appreciate your support.
      I do accept song suggestions, I can’t promise to create a video but I will look into any request you make.
      Cheers.
      Alan.

  58. Ben Shrubshall says:

    Great tutorials mate, thought I’d put in a request for Bill Withers – Lean on me, thanks again.

  59. paula says:

    Hey! You are incredible! greetings from Poland

    maybe you could help me with “Don’t you worry” by Lucy Rose ?
    I would be very grateful.
    Take care!
    Paula

  60. Alex James says:

    do u have beginner courses?..ive been playing 8 months do u have any advice on how to improve

    • alan says:

      Hi, I have a beginners songs section but no specific courses. The best advice I can give you is to practice a little every day and try and make it varied; don’t stick to one song until you get frustrated, work on a few at a time in rotation and spend a few minutes a day changing from one chord to another at different speeds, it worked for me.
      Best wishes.
      Alan :)

  61. Francis says:

    Sir Allan, i want to request a song “dust in the wind (plucking)” and Annie’s Song (plucking) if possible :) i really like all your guitar tutorials its awesome and easy to learn :)thank you! i learned a lot :)

  62. Richard says:

    Wow!!! it’s great. very helpful. it helps me a lot playing guitar. I thought its hard to learn but when i saw your tutorial I was amazed.. I can play guitar.Please keep up the amazing work!

  63. Annie says:

    Hi Alan,

    I wanna request “Let it be me”..by Everly brothers…plucking..its a lovely song..
    Cheers..

  64. Mark Tovey says:

    Alan

    I cannot thank you enough for your videos, easy to follow and understand even for a novice like me! Been looking for “If I had a Hammer” on the net its a old favourite showing my age a bit i know, but its hard to find a good tutorial for this. I know its a bit low brow for you but if you ever had a few moments i am sure you would make a lot of people very happy.

    keep it up great stuff.

    mark

  65. kediliterzi says:

    Hi Alan,
    I’am a begginer and your site is very helpful. Can you add your site if there are songs as easy as ‘Songbird’ and -I know it’s not easy- ‘Well Respected Man’ (Kinks). Thanks for your help.

  66. Hai Noon says:

    So, some friends and I get together and jam. We usually have a couple of ringers in the group, guys who can really play; they help us amateurs out by playing the fat chords and harmonies to make us sound good.

    Anyway, we have a game that we play; it goes like this: Pick a song title, an artist, and a genre. Say, Penny Lane, Frank Sinatra, and reggae. The object is to play Penny Lane like Frank Sinatra would sing it in a reggae style. Someone will get hot and nail it. He can then change any one of the three choices. Say change the title to Canon in D. It passes to the next person who pegs the jam. A boatload of fun.

    I can dig this site because of its real time help for us musical simpletons. Thanks man. Stay cool.

  67. Colin Bell says:

    Hi Allan
    Terrific website! Would there be any chance of you showing us some Michael Nesmith stuff (I’m a huge fan of his) especially songs from the ‘Pretty MuchYour Standard Ranch Stash’ Album. ‘Winonah’ in particular and ‘Release’ (I’ve been struggling to work out the chords for them for years) Thanks Allan, good luck with the website.

  68. rohit bajwa says:

    hi alan,my name is rohit,i like ur lessons its great,u are a great guitarist.i wish you success and happiness in your life.thanks a lot:-D

  69. Eugene Dowden says:

    Hi Alan,
    Your website has made it very easy for me to play songs which I have not been able to play on my own. I love the idea of actually seeing the notes being displayed as you play; this ideas has greatly assisted me in not only learning new chords but also playing new songs as well. I am now enthusiastic about playing my guitar again. Thank you so much, Alan for your great tutorials.
    Eugene

    • alan says:

      Hi Eugene, thank you for your kind words, your appreciation helps motivate me to keep going.
      All the best.
      Alan :)

  70. Helmer says:

    Alan lo felicito por tu tu página web , de verdad hace ver el aprendizaje fácil y motiva para seguir adelante. soy una persona de 64 años, soy de Bogota Colombia y mi mayor deseo es aprender a interpretar la guitarra. Por mi edad te podrás imaginar el tipo de música que me gusta, gracias por tus clases amigo.

  71. Helmer says:

    I congratulate Alan for your your website, really makes it look easy learning and motivation to keep going. I am a 64 year old, I’m from Bogota Colombia and my greatest desire is to learn to play guitar. For my age you can imagine the kind of music I like, thanks for your school friend.

    • alan says:

      Thank you for your very nice comment, I appreciate your kind words and am very glad that you are finding my website useful. Best wishes with your playing.
      Alan :)

  72. luca says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorial,
    I would like to learn to play Through the barricades, may you help me please?
    Tks Luca

  73. Nirav says:

    thank you so much…
    I just found this website from your youtube lesson of wonderful tonight. I am from India and I am interested in blues. I like Eric Clapton and Jonh Mayer. I am just looking through your website. I want to learn playing finger style. Hope this site will be helpful to me..
    thnx again .. <3

    • alan says:

      Hi, I do not play much fingerstyle guitar (I play to sing) but I have a few suitable such as “I Don’t Want To Put A Hold On You” and “Tears In Heaven”; more to come.
      Thanks for using my site :)

  74. Edwin says:

    Hi Alan,
    This is Edwin from Africa(Uganda), am a 24 yr old beginner guitar player. I bumped into your video on You tube while searching for Annie’s song tutorial then followed you here. I feel drawn to your videos because of their simplicity and this site will be helpful to me . Am so grateful for the effort you put in trying to help scores of folks over the world.Your song tutorial videos have given me more confidence in playing and I love those old classics(70′s, 80′s, 90′s ); I know you receive numerous requests but may you please look into for once in my life by Stevie Wonder or any other Stevie classic, if you could.I just wanna wish you all the best in what ever you do and may God pour his lavish favour in your life.

  75. Karen says:

    Hi Alan – I am relearning guitar after many years of not playing. I am learning I Can See Clearly Now for a memorial service – and I came across your version which I like better than the original because I can’t sing in the key of D which is what the original song calls for. However, at the tail end of the bridge I guess, there there are some chords missing – the word “Skies” is dragged out really long – in the original key the chord sequence is, after “skies” C#m G C#m G Bm A In your version you don’t include that part. I’m wondering if you might be able to provide the transposition for that part as I’m stuck and can’t figure it out? I would be so appreciative – I am not sure how you transposed it into the key you did – I’m very rusty with my skills. Thanks if you are able to help.

  76. Francia says:

    Slt Alan,
    Je cherche une chanson de James Taylor (You’v got a friend) sur youtube et je me suis tombée sur votre vidéo, c’est tellement fantastique, en plus votre façons de le faire est simple et efficace.
    Je viens d’acheter une guitare, j’ai pas de professeur mais avant (disons qd jt encore dans la vingtaine d’année) mon frère avait une guitare et dans cette époque là, lorsque je le voyais jouer son guitare, je me suis assise juste devant lui et ne faisais que regarder ses mains, la gauche et puis la droite, et dès qu’il avait posé son guitare, je le prenais et j’avais essayer de jouer avec (de répéter ce qu’il avait fait avant… lol!).
    Les années sont passées et on s’est séparé moi et mon frère, donc depuis 20ans je ne joue pas de guitare.
    Maintenant, faute du temps et des différentes occupations, je ne peux pas y aller faire des cours chez un prof alors que j’aime bien la guitare c’est pour ca que je l’ai acheté, est ce que je pourrai avoir qqs cours même si juste pour les bases???? la folk (j’adore).
    Je vous remercie bcp et j’apprécie bien votre site.

  77. Mari says:

    Hi Alan,
    I am sure you are tired of hearing this by now but, GREAT SITE!!! I took classes as a kid, it never really took, but always wanted to play and so I started up again in Dec, I have been struggelling ever since. About a month after I found your site I can now play 3 songs all ready! I can not thank you enough!! I have told friends also trying to learn about your site and they also think it’s GREAT.
    THANK YOU!!!!
    PS. if possible can you please do ‘The Gambler’ I just love that song.
    Thanks again.

  78. Ettore Napoli says:

    Hi Allan, can you play Lego House by Ed Sheeran?
    Thanks! You’re amazing, your website helps me a lot!
    Thank you for your great tutorial!
    Ettore

  79. salma says:

    i love so much your way to tech the guitar it’s very useful, i’m a beginners and you help me with your awesome videos <3

    can we be friends??i want if you want to :)

  80. Sebastián says:

    excellent !!!

    which guitar you use?

  81. David Johnson says:

    Alan,
    I was fortunate enough to come across your Youtube tutorial for ” Sing ” by Travis last week. I am truly amazed at how well your teaching method works for me. I have played for years but never mastered playing complete songs. Your tutorials have given me a eureka moment and new life. Thank you for the gift of music. You will hear from me again in some positive way… I have three request if they work for you musically. If you do not know the bands then you can broaden your horizons. 1. Crimson and Clover – Tommy James 2. Amanda – Boston 3. Fell in Love without You (Acoustic Version) – Motion City Soundtrack All the best to you!

    David

    • alan says:

      Thank you David for your positive feedback, I will check out those songs when I get a spare minute.
      Cheers.
      Alan :)

  82. yopie wijaya says:

    its good tutorial,

  83. Tumtak says:

    Hi Alan,

    I guess that you get plenty of tutorial requests.
    I would like to add another brick in that wall :
    “Say it ain’t so, joe” from Murray Head. (1975)
    I already gather chords and tabs for this song. (if needed…)
    It sounds to me an interresting peace of music for Guitar.

    Whishing you a nice and musical summer.

    Regards
    Tumtak

    Thank you for everything you’ve already done, it’s huge man!

  84. yvonne says:

    Thank you for your unusually clear interpretation and demonstration, it has inspired me to play again!
    Yvon

  85. Jen says:

    Thanks a million for all your guitar tutorials! You have no idea how much I appreciate them (well, maybe you do – I can see I’m not the only one who finds your videos and website amazing ). I love the way you teach and your guitar tutorials are really helpful. Because of them I am becoming better at the guitar. I can tell you have a real passion for playing and just wanted to say how much you’re helping me play and develop the same passion.
    Again, thank you. :)

  86. Randall says:

    Excellent work, I really enjoy your site and appreciate the start it gives to us beginners. Could you do Harvest Moon, a Neil Yound song? Fairly straight forward and I think it would be great for us newbies.

    Thank you,

  87. Howard says:

    Another song that I think would be great for beginners is “Play me” by Neil Diamond. Please consider it. Thanks Alan your site is fantastic.

  88. Gabriel says:

    Hi , Mr Guitar tutor man

    I like your tutorial , I was think if u can you make a tutor of i want one but i can’t have-the smiths

    grateful, Gabriel =DDD

  89. Joy says:

    Thank you so much for your videos, they are awesome. I have tried so many other sites and can’t get the picking part because they don’t really show you they just play it. Your videos are very helpful and I will keep using them. You should do more Gospel songs for us Christians Please. Keep up the good work, your videos are so easy to follow and I have almost got Amazing Grace down, again Thank you so much and God bless.

  90. Joy says:

    OK I just left you a message but forgot to tell ya something. I love your guitar, I’m using just a cheap guitar right now but I’m hoping to get my old guitar restored so I can play on it. I have a 1935 Royal Crest F hole Acoustic.

  91. Rachel says:

    Alan,
    Would you consider doing either All Kinds of Roses or Roadsinger by Yusuf Islam /Cat Stevens ? I really like your interpretation of the songs you do and I’d love to have a tutorial by you for either of those songs. :) Just in case you were running dry on songs to do (just kidding with that)
    Thanks
    Rachel

  92. aditya says:

    and one more thing…. please gimme a few tips on how to sing and play the guitar at same time…… i am having great difficulty in it….. also how do we know which strumming pattern should be used for a particular song…..??

    • alan says:

      Hi there.
      In order to sing and play fluidly at the same time you must be very familiar with the song ( lyrics, rhythm and chords).
      Make sure your chord changes within the song are second nature so you can concentrate more on the vocal.
      Practice singing along to the original, then playing along to the original and finally both.
      Don’t try and play and sing full speed at the start, slow it down and build up the speed to that of the original (or whatever speed you want to play it at).

      To decide what strum pattern is best for a particular somg, listen to other peoples covers of that song and pick one that suits you; there are no hard and fast rules unless the strumming pattern is the whole hook of the song e.g. Wonderwall by Oasis. The complexity of the pattern for most songs depends on your personal taste and your own capability.

      I hope some of this has helps you.
      Best wishes.
      Alan.

  93. Sunil says:

    HI bro,
    I’m very thrilled to come across your site. And I am grateful to god to find a person like you!!
    Well can u plz help wid my critical question-
    I’ve been playin guitar for 7 years now. Now I feel i need theory coz i’m very much interested in music composing. In another 5 years i would want to see myself as a music directer ;p. Well my choice of music is soft rock, rock, alternative/ progressive with some indian classical.
    Now i want to learn guitar on a professional level. Is doing rock school guitar a cool idea? (now i hear ppl say it is way easier n if u want a sound theory u need to do trinity guide hall).

    Can you please suggest me something cool n nice :)
    thank you

    • alan says:

      Hi
      My son teaches Trinity and Rockschool and his preference is Rockschool due to the scales being present in the books. The new Trinity is good in that it utilises real songs; however if you are teaching yourself via the books and videos etc. you might want to try both :)

  94. alex says:

    How do I get the clapping noise that you have in this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qAGRM1si8pw

    • alan says:

      Hi alex.
      The clapping sound is achieved by palm muting the strings. On some of the downstrokes I cover all six strings with the edge or palm of my hand a fraction of a second before I run the pick across them. I find it easier if I completely open the rest of my hand (other than where I am holding the pick) this gives the best chance of covering all the strings. The trick is in the timing; it takes a little practise – it took me about three weeks of 10 mins a day to get it clear and chrisp so don’t be put off.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers.
      Alan :)

  95. Francis says:

    “Leader of the band (picking)” please :( i want to play this song to my father :(

  96. Shi-m says:

    hi
    Im’ Japanese age 19

    Request: pink floyd wish you were here

    You’re great.

  97. Víctor says:

    Hi, I’m Víctor, I have 22 years old and I am from Punta Arenas, southest city of Chile, southest country of South America. I learned too much with your tutorials, so thank you very much for your work. Best wishes for you :)

  98. Dean says:

    Hi Alan
    You play great guitar! If you simply, can you make a video analysis of the song Ugly Kid Joe – Cats In The Cradle :)
    Thanks in advance.
    Dean :)

  99. Pete Graham says:

    Hello Alan,
    I’ve just discovered your website and made a small donation via PayPal . You are
    Greatly appreciated by me. Thanks so much for your time.
    I’m having trouble subscribing to your site on my iPad 3. Any suggestions ?
    Love the Pink Floyd lessons by the way.

    • alan says:

      Hi Pete and thank you for your kind donation, much appreciated. I am sorry but I have never used an iPad (do you mean subscription to my YouTube channel?). More Pink Floyd on the way; one of my all time favourite bands :)

  100. Dean says:

    Hi Alan
    You play great guitar! If you simply, can you make a video analysis of the song Ugly Kid Joe – Cats In The Cradle :)
    Thanks in advance.
    Dean :)

  101. Khan says:

    Hey Alan,

    Just to let you know your website is amazing specially for an amateur guitarist who just started playing guitar. I love how you played “Is there anybody out there” and other Pink Floyd songs. I was wondering if you can do a lesson of HIGH HOPES.
    Thanks.

  102. alex says:

    I didnt see a email addy, but I was wondering if you could help me with the finger picking of this song. Someone made a video, but his finger picking confuses me and I cant pick up on it like how I pick up on your videos…any chance you could cover this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PaZj8hxEWA8

  103. Kayla says:

    Heeeyyy! This website is awesome and your tutorials are very helpful! I was wondering if you would make a tutorial and song sheets for “The Scientist” by Coldplay? It is an amazing song but I cant find any good tutorials for it…

  104. shukri says:

    hi dear
    you are the best for me .. can i say thanks a lot for you and for your way of teaching how to play the songs with a guitar chords .. and i hope you help me all the times i need you for all the songs i want . please cause you aer the best for me . and no one after you can teach like your way . best regards and have a nice day and life
    shukri

  105. Yana says:

    Dear Alan,
    Would you consider teaching a Bruce Springsteen song?
    Thanks and greetings from Israel.

  106. Francis says:

    Blowin in the wind (picking) please :)

  107. andrea says:

    sei il migliore!

  108. Dave says:

    I really appreciate your approach!
    I was able to follow along, and learned the basics fairly quickly.
    My speed is hampered by my ability, not your lesson!
    But, I am making slow progress!
    Keep up the great work!

  109. Sajid says:

    Dear Alen,

    Greetings from Bangladesh. Thank you for making such wonderful tutorials, and even more thanks for making them publicly available for free! I luckily stumbled upon your channel by search for “Rain Drops Keep Falling” tutorial. It was brilliant.

    I am sure you are flooded with different song requests every day. I would just like to request you to take a look at the Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting” song (acoustic version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8gIQ41wgA). I am trying to figure out the strumming pattern. Will be great help if you can make a tutorial at some time near future.

    Once again thanks for all the hard work.

  110. Jason says:

    Alan,

    A truely fantastic site!

    I’ve been a member of Next Level Guitar and followed sites such as Justinguitar.com, Your Guitar Sage, guitaronline.ca, etc… and I wanted to say your site surpasses them in terms of easy to find and follow content, excellent instructional videos and links to a wealth of information.

    Your efforts are greatly appreciated and keep up the good work :)

    Perhaps a request link might help and if you’re going to take tutorial or lesson requests, how about “Crazy little thing called love” -queen, or “wheat Kings” – Tragically Hip, or one I’d really like to learn “Smoke a little Smoke” – Eric Church

    Thanks!

  111. Claudio says:

    Hi Alan,
    I’m an amatorial guitarist and i found a lot of hints to improve my skills.
    A great job for a wonderfull site, thank you very much from Italy

  112. Micah says:

    Hey Alan…Just discovered your site and absolutely love it! I was wondering what model Takamine guitar you are playing on in your videos. Also…still trying to find a descent video/tutorial of Cat Steven’s “The Wind”…maybe a future lesson request?

  113. Jonas says:

    Great job on the tutorials and on the website, too.

    I just needed to thank u for doing all this stuff, for free.

    It’s just great to learn songs with your videos, u’ve got all the different aspects covered. Great to watch and to learn, everything in the right place ( did i mention it’s great to learn ; ) ).

    U set a standard with those videos of yours, u really do.

    All the best from Germany : )

  114. Randi says:

    Hi Alan
    Just wanted to thank you,like everybody else,your lessons are great and a big help,
    I really get a lot from them.It’s so often hard to figure out how to strum a song…or even how to play it right,but your Videos are easy to follow and straight forward.
    I also like the fact,that you make them your own version,and not trying to make them like the original one.
    The whole pleasure of listen to a cover of a song,is the different way people interpret the song,and not trying to let it sound just like the “original” one.
    Do you do request…and if so..do I put them here?
    Many Thanks
    Randi

    • alan says:

      Hi Randi, thank you for your kind words. You can make a request in the new ***SONG REQUESTS*** section of this site.
      All the best.
      Alan :)

  115. Dimi says:

    Your website is of great help and assistant and inspiration.
    Great job
    Dim Athens-Greece

  116. Arnaud says:

    Hello Alan,

    thank you so much for your site and your work.

    Simple, effcicient, user friendly and free… just great…

    Thank you again for helping me, a poor guitar beginner ;-)

  117. Tom says:

    you’re video are great!! it’s easely to understand and play ! :)
    thank you!!

  118. Rolly says:

    Just to say once again,thanks for creating the Everly Brothers video and great to see it done an a 12 string.

  119. Jerry Spangler says:

    Hi Alan. I love the idea of actually seeing the notes being displayed as you play; this ideas will greatly assist any sudent not only learning new chords but also playing new songs as well. Also the Strumming patterns displayed in sink is very nice. I will recommend your site to all my friends and realitives. Thanks so much for your great tutorials.
    I have about 30 nephews that would like to learn Electric Rock Guitar. Do you know of any sites with these visual aids (strum patterns displayed in time and chord diagrams displayed as the chords change)?
    I would make my nephews a few Electric Rock videos if I new what software program is used to accomplish this. Thanks again. Jerry

    • alan says:

      Hi Jerry, thanks for your feedback.
      I create the graphics for the videos in Adobe Photoshop then add them a frame at a time to the raw footage using Adobe Premiere Elements 7. A foreign channel called Cifra Club are the only YouTube channel I know who present their videos in a similar way to mine and provide electric guitar tutorials, however; they don’t speak english so their videos can be a little confusing though their visuals can prove useful :)

  120. Delia says:

    Hi Alan,

    I must say that this is the best guitar site i ever seen, especially for an beginner like me.
    Because of you i`ve learend 2 songs now (not perfect though :-)), but i can play them.
    Everything is putting up together perfectly….showing the strumming and using the chords it`s perfect, i want to thank you for sharing it, to all guitar players.
    I hope your site will exist for a very long time, its very helpfull to me.

    I like to ask voor an request song, i hope you will do it, if not…its not a problem, i like your site anyway and your a great singer and guitar player.
    My song request is:
    Canned Heat – Going up country
    CCR: Midnight special.
    So Alan keep up the good work, your amazing teacher :-)

    Greetz from The Netherlands
    Delia

  121. kirby says:

    wow mister your really good and your helping thanks a lot

  122. Renato says:

    Ciao Alan complimenti davvero per il tuo lavoro!!! e’ una base molto bella per chi si vuole avvicinare a brani che vorrebbe imparare a suonare!
    ciao
    Renato
    Hi Alan your work is soo good! It’s a simply and beautiful start for beginner that want to learn news and famous song!
    Regards
    Renato

  123. Claudio P\ says:

    hi Alan,
    my name is Claudio, from Rome, Italy. I like the way how you teach guitar. I’ve learnt a lot from you. it’s a pleasure visiting your web site.
    I’m not a very goog guitar player, but I’m improving…thanks to you.
    claudio

    PS,,,,Alan, I’d like to ask you a couple of songs : “tequila sunrise”, eagles and
    “for everyman”, Jackson browne

  124. alain says:

    bonjour,
    je suis francais ,et grace à vous et vos vidéos , j’apprend à jouer de la guitare !merci beaucoup.

    hi,
    i’m french and with your help and yours videos, i try to learn to play guitar.
    thanks a lot.

  125. calvin says:

    Hi Alan,

    I have been watching your videos for about a month now, and I just wanted to say thank you for all your efforts. In fact, I will be sending you a donation shortly.

    I also had a question regarding your videos. What software do you use to get your effects, especially the strokes and lead notes. I am looking at making jazz chants for my English students here in Japan, and I wanted to do something like a karaoke effect, but more like the guitar strokes you have, rather than a slow moving color covering the lyrics as the song goes along.

    Thanks again,
    Calvin

    • alan says:

      Hi Calvin and thank you for your positive feedback. I do not use any special software to create the videos. I create the graphics – arrows, chords etc. in Adobe Photoshop and then bring them together with the raw footage (sometimes a frame at a time) using Adobe Premiere Elements 7. Its a labourious process but very accurate.
      Thanks again for your support.
      Alan :)

  126. Vladimir says:

    Hello Alan,
    Wonderful tonight is very useful for me.
    Now I can accompany my wife’s voice as a professional!
    Sounds good. Thank you.
    Vladimir

  127. David says:

    Hi Alan
    I have used many guitar sites on the web, especially on You Tube… I find your by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Keep up the good work!
    Do you like James Taylor? I would love to see some of his songs on your site. The intro to “Fire & Rain” would be great!

  128. Ed says:

    Hello Alan

    Just stumbled onto your Guitar site and checked out a few Vids. Great job from what I have seen so far. Been playing since I been 20 and now I am 61 and I do not come anywhere close to how you play. My problem is that I have no rhythm. What I mean by that is that I don’t hear anything in my head like others do. I have to learn note for note. Even to play a simple song I have to listen to it before I can play it and it never sounds the same. And I could never get anyone to help me over the years. So I have to learn everything one string at a time. And all I know is basic chords. I would like to say a lot more but it would take up to much time. But I would like to make a request seeing that you said that you would consider doing certain songs. There is a song that I can’t get anyone to play as it is originally done. There are those who made a stab at it and never get it right and that is Catch The Wind By Donovan. Once person came close but still not right. The strumming with the picking is absolutely awesome. He also has other great songs which I know that you will enjoy and maybe even do more. I know that you are swamped with requests , but this one could be a little changeling. With your great voice you would sound absolutely great doing Donovan’s songs. So check him out and see what you think. And thanks for all the effort you have already put in. You are a great teacher. Ed

    • alan says:

      Hi Ed
      Thank you for your kind words and your support. Catch The Wind is a great track and I will check it out for suitability in the future. Best wishes with your playing.
      Alan :)

  129. Kenny Z says:

    Alan,
    I just had to say Thanks. Out of all the websites I’ve looked at your’s is the most concise, helpful and easy to follow by far. You have many great songs that will keep me busy for a long time. You’re generosity makes the world a better place, I’ll put some links to your website on my personal website.

  130. Afican Dude says:

    Hallelujah!!
    Hi Al, I just hope you do more fingerstyle guitar, am not so good at fingerstyle and hope to supplement my practice with fingerstyle….I Loved the Jeff Buckley cover………Have a lovely day…

  131. RODOLFO MORENO says:

    Alan, thank you very much, you are A great teacher
    I am writing to you from Mexico City, thanks again.

  132. Patrick Joly says:

    Ton site est vraiement bien, je te connaissais sur youtube ou j’apprécie ton travail, grace à toi je peux enfin me faire un répertoir des chansons que j’aime. Merci de nous faire profiter de ton talent.

    With google translet.

    Your site is vraiement Well, I knew you on youtube or I appreciate your work, thanks to you I can finally make a set of songs that I like. Thank you for giving us the benefit of your talent.

  133. Alwanda Anjar Prabowo says:

    I mean string size. thanka

  134. dwight says:

    thankyou,thankyou,thank you,thank you,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU !!! this webiste is AWESOME ! your lessons are AWESOME , and YOU ROCK! Thank you soooo much!!!

  135. Ciro Cuomo says:

    Hi Alan,
    my name’s Ciro, and I’m Italian, from Naples. Your video are really helping me to learn a lot of songs I like, mostly those one by Paul Welle, who I like very much.
    I’ve seen that you have produced lots of videos, that I’m going through, finding out that there are plenty of my favourite songs.
    I want to thank you for your playing competence and your help,
    Keep on this way!
    Ciro

  136. christian boiser says:

    Hi Im christian …..phew I m really thankful with your video guitar lessons because of those video i can now get rid of my favorite songs that is used to be pluck

  137. Helga says:

    Good evening Alan,

    I spent a lot of time on your web-site yesterday; I`ve been there for the first time and have been surprised about your phantastic work, you`ve done for us all. Thank you very much therefore.

    I downloaded several of your tutorials in order to use them off-line on my calculator as well as the corresponding song-sheets for my daily guitar-exercise. Unfortunately there haven`t been such a song-sheet for the song Daydream of the Band Lovin`Spoonful. Will you uploaad this shortly ?

    As a beginner in playing guitar I was very lucky to find one of my favorite songs A horse with no name by the Band America and the fact, that this song can be played with only two chord. My next song will be John Lennons Working class hero, which has only three chord and after that Daydream by Lovin`Spoonful which consists of only four chords. And in order to play this wonderful song, I need a song-sheet, you know ?!

    Kind regard from Germany

    Helga ( f )

  138. Helga says:

    Du bist ein Schatz, Alan ! which means in your language: You are an angel, Alan !

    Thank you very much for your immediate reaction.

    By the way; the song-sheet for that fantastic song Nights in white satin by the Moody Blues is missing as well. I`ve seen them live in Frankfurt am Main back in 1978. It was a great concert with many bonus songs. It`s my aim to play this wonderful music by myself on my own guitar one day. I`m working on it !

  139. GORETTI CAMPOS says:

    Hello,congratulations for the site, is too good,I loved it,I am a beginner on the gutiar.
    thanks.

  140. Marc Goudreau says:

    Hi Alan,
    I was looking through YouTube for a good chord rendition of “in my life” by the Beatles and came upon your lesson… Your tab overlays on the video really help with the chord sequencing so thanks for that. I recently started back into guitar after a long hiatus of 2 decades but, like riding a bicycle, you never really forget how…or the joy it brings. This is a great web site BTW so I’m sure I’ll be wandering around it now and again for your tips and tricks… thanks again,
    Marc

  141. chanheang says:

    Hey Alan..

    This is my first time being on your site. I’m beginner to learn Guitar. and i watched your Video on YouTube. It’s amazing. Thanks for providing this tutorials.

    Nice day ..

    Chanheang / Cambodia

  142. bid says:

    Without doubt, the best site that teaches you how to play great guitar songs that I’ve found. Thank you!

  143. Yerlan says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing tabs!, Can you please help me to play John Frusciante’s song – Going inside

  144. SteveA says:

    You have the best guitar lessons on YouTube. The chord diagrams really help when trying to play along. Heck, you even have a few tunes by Travis, my new favorite band. Keep up the good work and look forward to any new videos.

  145. aungkhant says:

    Really thank you for everything I learnt from u.U ARE MY GREAT TEACHER!! :)

  146. ricky says:

    Im hppy to see somebody who is willing to share his talent to other’s benefit.

    Keep up the good work.

    Thank you.

  147. Leonard says:

    Hay Allan ,I’ve been watching your vidios I’m inpresed ,I like the way you play the hole song in the beginning and slow at the end ,I think folks can learn a lot from that.I was wondering if you can play more country songs to ,Till next time stay safe

    • alan says:

      Hi Leonard, thanks for your support; Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kris Kristofferson)coming soon :)

  148. David says:

    Hey Allan! I just started playing guitar 2 months ago (after my divorce…) and your tutorials are a massive help for me!!! Thanx a lot!!! My first complete song to learn was “Wounderful tonight” …:-) I would be extremly happy if I would find “Let her go” from the Passengers soon…;-) I have to learn this song…

  149. camilla says:

    Hello!!! My name is Camila, I from Brazil.
    I ‘d like to play the song “Breathe” by “Fath Hill”.
    Thanks!

  150. Brian Jamieson says:

    Hi Alan, love your YouTube channel, fantastic selection of songs. I was wondering if you might share how you strum, from the videos it looks as though you just use your index finger! Really hate using a plectrum but not sure of best way to do it using fingers. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • alan says:

      Hi Brian, I use a pick for most of my strumming, I hold it mostly in between my thumb, index and middle fingers but this does change to just my thumb and index finger occasionally for a few songs. It really depends on what you feel comfortable with. The Doors – People Are Strange video I created is the only one I strum without a pick, because it combined finger picking.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers.
      Alan :)

  151. Jean-Michel TORRES says:

    Bonjour
    Vraiment bravo pour ce site, super, enfin un site qui donne envie de jouer.
    Je me suis même racheté une guitare pour reprendre les basics et vous m’avez redonné l’envie de jouer après 30 ans d’arrêt, vraiment très fort. Surtout n’arrêtez pas !!!
    A mettre dans tous les favoris
    Un très grand merci

  152. Shaikot wahid says:

    can you please upload the acoustic lesson of dont let me down by
    the Beatles on you tube

  153. jamie says:

    You are the best I found online so far . The way your video’s shows chords and strumming patterns. I know chords couldn’t figure out strumming.
    Thank you Alan

  154. Mari says:

    Hi, GREAT site!!! Please Please could you do “my wish” by Rascal Flatts. I dedicated this song to my sisters baby girl, born on the 4th of June 2013, and would LOVE to be able to play it. Please.

  155. Garsiell Paculba says:

    You are so amazing..you game me the season to play guitar,..

  156. SFC York Nate says:

    This website is the BEST!!! I have learned so much from you THANK YOU!!!! Even this —>Drummer can play guitar now!!!<——

  157. Manish Bhatt says:

    u r amazing … i m Indian.. me and some of my friends r very benefited with your works we generally sit as a group, watch ur video nd learn d whole song nd play together… great things come out.. thanks…alllaaannn u r hero… :)

    • alan says:

      Thank you Manish, that sound like a lot of fun; I wish I could join you. Best wishes and thank you for using my videos – Alan :)

  158. Kenneth Brown says:

    Thank you so much for this. If others appreciate it as much as I do, you are greatly to be thanked.

    Scottish accent in there?
    I’m from Greenock now in Oz.

  159. Dave Ball says:

    Hi Alan,
    Im very impressed with your singing and playing.
    I notice youve just started gigging with a covers band. I would like to do this as well. Have you any advice how to got about it as I dont know where to start.
    Thanks for your time
    Dave

    • alan says:

      Hi Dave, for me I was asked by my Son if I wanted to join but I do know that people advertise to be in or to set up a band :)

  160. Brian Anderson says:

    Alan,
    I want to make a donation but im not sure if I’m entering US dollars in the amount to donate field. Could you clear this up for me.
    Brian.

    • alan says:

      Hi Brian, thanks for your support mate – as far as I know the currency is defaulted to the country you make the donation from – I hope this helps. Best wishes – Alan :)

  161. Chris says:

    Hey,

    New-ish guitar player here. Just discovered your guitar tutorials on your YouTube channel. It’s super useful and and I feel like I’ve hit the mother lode.

    You’ve probably gotten this suggestion already, but one thing that would be helpful in your tutorial is to have some sort of visual marker, like a line, for when a chord change occurs in the strumming pattern. I’d make following along that little bit easier, since sometimes it’s hard to see what stroke the chord change falls on.

    Thanks,

  162. Ícaro says:

    Hey Alan man! You play very good and i love your website, helped me a lot, could you put a video teaching “here comes your man” from “pixies”?

  163. mauro says:

    A message to Alan Robinson.
    My name is Mauro and I follow your guitar lessons on youtube.
    You’re great.
    I would love to know how to play “Right between the eyes” by CSN&Y.
    Thank you.

  164. Ralf Voigtländer says:

    Hallo !
    sorry mein englisch ist so sehr schlecht!
    Also schreibe ich in deutsch, ich wollte nur wissen wo Mann eine
    lern DVD von dir kaufen kann.
    Ich denke das ein solcher Fleiß muss auch honoriert werden!
    Deine Videos sind echt super ich Arbeite in Schichtendiens und kann
    deshalb nur online lernen und ich muss mich bei dir bedanken für die tollen
    Videos.

  165. mike says:

    could you add The Fortunes “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again”?
    Love your tutorials!

  166. Ed says:

    Dear Alan,

    I tried to make a donation through your website, however, I was unable to complete the credit card transaction because the form didn’t have an option to input United States addresses, specifically, state and zip/postal code. Please advise how to resolve this issue. I’m very great-full for all your hard work and dedication, and I want to contribute in kindness to your future success.

    I also sent you an email, but I’m not sure if you respond back from a regular email, so I finally got to the bottom of this page to leave a message. Wow! you have lots of fans. LOL

    Best Regards,
    Ed Asturias

  167. betobitle says:

    thanks a lot for your work your time and your love for music. the most important thing in this life is not to know, it is to show !!!!! thanks for exist. greetings from cholula puebla mexico.

  168. CountryMusicRD says:

    Really impressed step by step videos..Would luv to see more country music.. Like Terri Clark http://www.terriclark.com

  169. peter collum says:

    cheers Alan alot of hard work has been done by you for our enjoyment thank you again from Donegal Ireland

  170. J says:

    Thank you for your channel! You helped me to move on with learning, and believe – it wasn’t easy. My guitar was waiting about seven years for me to start playing. I have never had anyone to show me how to do it. Thanks to you I see progress and I want more :)
    You are doing something amazing!

  171. orgonitewish says:

    I’ve watched a bunch of you tube guitar teachers this morning and you are by far the best <3 Thankyou. <3

  172. Rob W says:

    Alan, I have spent hours researching your teachings and learning the songs that suit me, provided by yourself also reading all the positive emails from above. Great work and you give me inspiration to learn the songs and new chord shapes. Fantastic work and effort.

  173. Dmitry says:

    hello Alan!
    if you will have free time could you make tutorials of songs: Layla – Eric Clapton and Zucchero – Occhi (Flying away)??

  174. Steve Hawley says:

    most of the time I have no intention of learning Alan’s songs, I just come here for the music.

  175. hu..allan merry cristmas in advance can i request a song with guitar lesson from you? allan thank you for a good lesson to our future you are a nice person i’ve like to know u more and im great that u have good talent and im greatful you are a honest man to make a lesson please sir allan send me my request i want this song to play with your own hands title was i will allways love you by michael jhonson thank you verry much and happy new year i wish u can reply me soon.

  176. Jim Greene says:

    Hi~ What I see here looks good. I was looking for a song sheet for You’ve got a friend by JT. I’ve watched your tutorial but you don’t have a song sheet posted of it. ??
    I’ll still sub tho. Thanks for the help. Best wishes for 2014.

  177. nala says:

    Just found you via youtube. I picked up my guitar today after a long hiatus, and found your video for The Kinks’ “Days.” Very clear with the superimposed strumming and chord charts. Tough song for me with the frequent chord changes and chords I am not fluent with (B flat, the particular F chord you used, and the D minor). The slow version was especially helpful. I must make a google account to subscribe. I will try to remember your music shop as well.

  178. Edwin says:

    Hello Alan…That Yesterday song by the Beatles….did you use standard tuning?…some lessons people say you have to use a different tuning yet i don’t really like taking my guitar out of standard tuning…And Even though it wasn’t standard can I still play it normally ?..I just watched Yr Lesson on youtube but haven’t practiced the song yet…..I love watching Your Lessons and Am always ready for anything new you unleash….and am eagerly waiting for a stevie wonder lesson…Thanks for Teaching…

    • alan says:

      Hi Edwin, the song is detuned by 2 frets (1 step) as is the original. Thank you for your kind words – If I find a Stevie Wonder song I can sing then I will post a video of it :)

  179. Norman Pollard says:

    First let me compliment you on this enormous body of work. I hope to be able to donate a small sum in the future. This is the best guitar site on many levels that I have seen. Now for my question, I saw the Johnny Cash version of “Hurt”, but no sheet music. You put a lot of effort into to each one of your endeavors and I hate to make a request, but could you do one on that song please?

  180. olli says:

    Hi, very helpful lessons, thanks a lot! Olli from Germany

  181. paul says:

    Hi Alan, by far the best tutorial site I have found. well done
    paul, Swansea

    ps. what part of wales u from ?

  182. Terry says:

    Hi Alan,
    Brilliant site!

    I’ve been playing for years. I specialise (let’s call it that) in good acoustic guitar interpretations, and am always looking for “new” songs to play.

    Perhaps you could have a section on: “Try these” Or “These are fun”. (Have a look at Antje Duvekot, playing “Pearls” as an example.(She capos on two, but not the bottom E string, so you get a really nice bass run.)

    Love the video format of the tuts. Must take you ages.

    I really appreciate your work (Now a bookmark I visit every week)
    All the best,
    Terry

  183. Remko says:

    Hi Alan,

    Found your website true a YouTube video of Elvis – Can’t help falling in love. It was a great help and i will discover the other songs ons your site.

    Greetings from the Netherlands
    Remko

  184. Tommy Allan says:

    Hi Alan
    might have already asked this but been trying to work out smokey robinson and miracles going to a go go. If you could post a vid that wud be great

  185. Alex says:

    Hi Alan,
    A BIG THANK YOU for a great site and tutorials. My guitar playing has improved a lot since I discovered your site.

    Greetings from sunny Cape Town, South Africa
    God Bless
    Alex

  186. Janine says:

    Hi Alan, and thanks for the great site! I’m a huge Squeeze fan, so I went looking on Youtube for a tutorial on a Squeeze song. *Any* Squeeze song. Gravitated first to yours on “Up The Junction” and was so impressed by the simplicity of your teaching method. You’re the only one I’ve found who actually doesn’t say anything. You show it and you sing it (fantastically), and then I can take it from there, as many times as I need. So cool. I will now go check out your Facebook with your cover band, and I’m sure I will like it, and you know, “like” it. ~ Janine. Keep up the amazing work.

  187. Gary Osborne says:

    G’Day Alan,
    As an old fart trying to learn to play guitar, I have found your site to be just brilliant in that not only do you show all the chords but most importantly to me, is that you show the strum pattern as well. It really is the best tuition site of all I have looked at by a long way.
    I was just wondering if you have a place on your site where the chords and lyrics could be printed out so that I know where the chord changes are in relation to the lyrics. This would enable me to practice away from the computer.
    Please keep this amazing site going and let me know where I can contribute to it.
    Regards, Gary.

    • alan says:

      Hi Gary.
      I am glad you find my site useful. Unfortunately, due to the nature of WordPress and copyright issues I cannot add songsheets in a downloadable form but I can email you some as an attachment for you to print out at your leisure. Drop me an email and let me know what you want. Contributions to the administration of this site can be made through the Donate button or section of this site. all the best with your playing – Alan :)

  188. Trip says:

    Alan….this is the most efficient platform for guitar lessons I have ever seen……(is this produced with a software that translates each stroke/note to graphics or is this all done manually?)….. this format is absolutely crystal clear without needing any narration to interrupt the flow of music……and of course none of this would be possible without your excellent technique…..(and well laid out song sheets are a big bonus!)
    I have been toying around with arranging a few of your posted lesson/songs on the mandolin….makes it easy when I can see your hands, hear the notes and see the actual Chord prog…..better than in person, because I can make you repeat the same passage 100 times in a row if needed…..

    thanks a ton for the unseen hours & hours of work that goes into this……..
    we will be advertising/donating…….and using your amazon site…..

    keep up the high level of your craft…..

    Trip
    ps….your dedication to Pink Floyd & Beatles covers is appreciated….

    • alan says:

      Hi Trip
      Thanks for your kind words of support – they are greatly appreciated. All the graphics are added to the recorded footage a frame at a time using Adobe Premiere Elements so it is pretty time consuming but the most accurate method I could come up with. All the best with your endeavours – Alan :)

  189. Adrian Edwards says:

    Just brilliant tutorial for Baby Can I Hold You. Will look at some others. I would make a small donation, but have been having major problems with making payments with Paypal, nightmare logging in, not easy to contact them for help, have given up on them really. Have done a like on FB, and will try to use the music shop. Thank you.

    • alan says:

      Thank you Adrian, I appreciate your support :)

      • Horto says:

        Hi Adrian
        If ccr song Have you ever seen the rain is played starting with C chord, chords needed are C G Eminor Aminor and F. What if we start with G or D. What chord are needed? Can u plain both?
        Thank u

        • alan says:

          If you start in D the sequence is : Verse – D A D A D Chorus – G A D F#m Bm G A D F#m Bm G A D.

          If you start in G the sequence is : Verse – G D G D G Chorus – C D G Bm Em C D G Bm Em C D G.

          I hope this helps, Cheers Alan :)

  190. Horto says:

    Hi Alan
    Can you please post ccr song bad moon arising on YouTube?

  191. richard b says:

    hi Alan, I’ve been watching your videos since you first started. I want to thank you personally for helping me become a happy guitarist. playing many songs I enjoy myself and being bale to play them eventually gives me great satisfaction.
    could I make a request too for a fantastic song that many have struggled to get tabs for on the whole internet, yet it has a fantastic acoustic guitar tune I would love to learn. such a great happy good feeling song, if you have time could you please try it out, look for it and let me know what you think. would be amazing for many to learn this 80s unique song. its “First picture of you” by The Lotus Eaters.
    Thanks Alan and have a great day :)

  192. Bibi says:

    hey Allan your lessons are so clear, you have taken so much time and effort into each lesson! Good on ya! I am learning a lot from your tutorials. Thank you for sharing and GOD Bless You

  193. Yann says:

    Hi Alan,

    Thank you so much for the effort you put into your website and youtube account.
    Your tutorials are truely well done and became the primary ressource for me to work on new songs.
    One big asset your videos have for me is to show the strumming pattern which should be used (although I sometimes have a hard time trying to see when to skip some strumming to match what you do). Along with the chords, we have all what’s needed to work :)
    Your singing is really good too -I’m so jealous !- and makes the the whole performance a blast !

    I wish you the best :)

    Yann

    • alan says:

      Hi Yann, Thank you for your positive feedback. I am glad you find my videos useful and wish you all the best with your playing :)

  194. Claudio Santos says:

    Hi Alan. I’m from Brazil and I am very interested in learning to play the guitar – especially Pink Floyd’s songs – so I searched the internet and I found your lessons on youtube.com recently … I liked a lot because they are easy to understand and now I’m starting practicing … it’s hard to sync the movements of the hands, but I keep trying … thanks for your help! Claudio.

  195. Kevin says:

    Just brilliant,
    I was beginning to loose interest as id learnt a few chords and sung along ( to myself ) but wasn’t really getting anywhere, the strumming patterns and the work you have put in to making your videos is amazing, thank you so much for you time and effort,

    My Tanglewood Tomkat is now in use again and not stuck in its case.

    thanks again :)

    Kev

  196. Jordan says:

    Hi Alan,
    I just recently discovered your tutorials and have really enjoyed them so far. Probably the best tutorials I have seen on the Internet.
    Right now, I am working through your Wake Me Up by Avicii tutorial. It is a song I have always wanted to learn, and your tutorial looks like one I could master.
    I for one find it a little easier to learn songs with a song sheet, and I know that you post songsheets on your site for the videos you create.
    However, I cannot find the songsheet for Wake Me Up, and was wondering if I am just looking in the wrong place or there isn’t one up on your site yet, or maybe there isn’t one at all.
    If possible, could you please reply and tell me if it is possible to access a songsheet for your tutorial for Wake Me Up
    Thanks!!! :)

  197. phillip faulkner says:

    hi mate 49 year old just picked up guitar for the first time watched your video for hey brother would love to learn how to play it any easy tips apart from that’s on the video cause I think I do suck just wanna learn something maybe to old lol thanks love the site .phill

    • alan says:

      Hi Phill
      Patience is the key to learning the guitar, try working on a few songs at a time for about 10 – 15 minutes each to reduce initial frustration. Try to keep a positive outlook and don’t expect great strides in progress too soon. Trust me, you are never too old to start to learn playing and, in my experience, us older students tend to be more dedicated in the long run. Best of luck with it – Alan :)

  198. Matt says:

    Alan,

    Thanks to your videos I learned to play the guitar over the past year. Thank you for putting so much work into these so you can share them with the world!

  199. blake says:

    Hey Alan. Hopefully one of these days we could see Cross-Tie Walker by CCR? Thanks. And rock on!!!!!

  200. Robert says:

    Hi Alan. Current try to learn acoustic guitar from your videos and I must admit am realized struggling with the chord change I cant seen to place all my fingers on the fret at once I can only do it one at a time. Any tips to help me with this? Cheers.

    • alan says:

      Hi Robert, when learning new chord changes I follow an exercise where I spend a couple of minutes at a time changing from one to the another at different speeds (say D to G), slowing down and speeding up until the action is smooth. It sounds a bit boring but a few minutes a day of repetition will yield results, you just have to be disciplined about it. I hope this helps. Best wishes – Alan :)

  201. david brooks says:

    Alan you make it look so friggin easy , lol

  202. Aloys Vierstraete says:

    Hello,
    Iám Aloys from the Netherlands and I can learn very much off your lessons on this site, Thanks! I hope you understand what i’am written. My English is not so good.

    Mvg,
    Aloys

  203. Tony de says:

    Hi Alan
    Have just picked up the guitar again, tried to play it 20 years ago but gave up!
    Could do the basic chords, but never understood the strumming side – could not quite work it out. I love the fact that your tutorials explain the way a song should be strummed!
    I have suddenly got my enthusiasm back and thanks to your videos, feel like maybe I can actually play a whole song and start to improve.
    Thanks for taking the time to care about the newbies out there.
    All the best
    Tony

  204. David says:

    Hi Alan, thank you so much for your wonderful job on Mary Hopkin’s “Those were the days”. It doesn’t seem so hard to master by a newcomer (I’ve been learning the guitar since three months…). I’ll try it right away.

    By the way, could you note somewhere the beat (3/4 or 4/4 etc) and tempo of each song? The only rather difficult part for me is to get the good rythm. Stroking is still very confusing for the beginner I am. Thanks for some more help.

  205. Mario Lima says:

    I am from Brasil, congratulations for your lessons ….

  206. peter dean says:

    Hi Alan,

    How are you doing?
    Just looked through the responses – it felt good not to be alone, in that there are other folk who also struggle with learning their chosen instrument. Two strategies that I have adopted ( maybe it may help one of your students) are:-
    1# enjoy the struggle – not too sure just how that is possible.
    2# Always finish a practice on something that you really enjoy doing.

    It takes me 150 goes – to get a recognisable similarity to a piece I am trying to replicate. But as for breaking the ice in a finger picking riff, I have passed the 1000 goes mark, on the one piece I have chosen. (For me – fingerpicking is just like dragging your nails down a black board – gives me that reaction). I break it down into units of five complete goes. Then draw a circle on the page and put a tick in it – 5 goes done.

    I do not know what motivates a great teacher, but from the feedbacks you certainly have the gift. Even your responses contain sensible advice – “Hi Robert, when learning new chord changes I follow an exercise where I spend a couple of minutes at a time changing from one to the another at different speeds (say D to G), slowing down and speeding up until the action is smooth. It sounds a bit boring but a few minutes a day of repetition will yield results, you just have to be disciplined about it. I hope this helps. Best wishes – Alan :)

    Thank you.

    Bye for the now.

    Cheers from Peter.

    • alan says:

      Hi Peter
      Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts. I think many people give up the guitar at an early stage because they don’t realise how steep the initial learning curve is (it actually hurts your fingers). But the pain and frustration is well worth it and a focussed, systematic approach will yield results (nothing worthwhile is ever easy). Best wishes with your playing.
      Alan :)

  207. Trung Phung Duc says:

    Hi Mr. Alan,
    Nice to meet you, i am from Vietnam, i love to see your video and thank you for all you have done. I learned so much from your video.
    I want to buy Addario string to support for your website, but i cannot find the way to buy it, or can you ship it to my country ?
    How can i talk to you ? to know the way to buy stuff ?
    If you are interested in me, you can contact me via email or talk via skype: trungphungduc.
    Love to talk to you.
    Wish you all the best.

  208. Amine says:

    Hey Alan,
    I wanna thank you for all the time and all the energy you spend to make those tutos, and then share them freely with us. it’s very kind from you.
    Thank you for contributing in making this world beautiful.
    Cheers from Morocco.

  209. Shirley says:

    Hi Alan,

    I would love if you can show me how to play “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg. Your tutorials are awesome! Don’t stop, ever!

    Have a great day!

    Shirley

  210. michael says:

    Alan I made a small donation to help with your site,,I’m trying to learn how to fingerpick and I hope that it will help me with my bucketlist which this is #1 priority,I’m in my late 70′s and things are much tougher to grasp than they were in high school days. thanks for the great site.

    • alan says:

      Thank you Michael your support is greatly appreciated, you are living proof that you are never too old to learn. I wish I was as dedicated as you are now when I was younger. Best wishes – Alan :)

  211. Nick says:

    Thnxs so much, awesome site. Helps me a lot. Greatz from Holland

  212. Peto says:

    Alan, great work! Thanks so much. Can you show us how to play “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo. One of the greatest Canadian Bands!

  213. Andy Thompson says:

    Hi

    The version of When you say nothing at all is spot on, briliant.

    How about Far from any road, from the tv series True Detective?

    This sounds simple, chords are simple, but there is a degree of subtelty in there I am missing but is right up your street

    Andy t (am now in danger of sussing the F barre chord)

  214. Karel says:

    Hi Alan,

    You hear this probably a lot, but i like to repeat it: it is a great website and a great initiative.
    I’m glad that i could support it with a small donation.

    I have a little question to ask: I was wondering what the reason is why I can’t find ‘tears in heaven’ any more on your website at the ‘song sheets’?

    Further I would like to share some possible songs you might want to tutor?
    You already did a lot of great work with Bob Dylan, and I’m a great fan, so what do think of: ‘girl from the north country’ (the one with Johnny Cash), ‘Lay, lady, lay’, ‘I want you’, ‘all along the watchtower’ and ‘chimes of freedom’?
    And I was also really happy to see that you already made a lesson of Sixto Rodriquez, what do you think of his song ‘I’ll slip away’?

    They are just some possible ideas I would like to share. I still have not learned a lot of great songs which you already made a lesson for, so for the time being I have a lot of work to do ;-).

    Thank you for this webiste, and please keep on doing this :-).

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    Karel

  215. Karel says:

    Hi Alan,

    a small addition to my last Reply:
    I’ve already found ‘Tears in heaven’ on your webiste at ’1990s tutorials’.
    But I’m almost absolutely sure that I also could find that song earlier under ‘song sheets’ with a song sheet?

    Karel

    • alan says:

      Hi Karel, thank you again for your kind support. Unfortunately, because I did not use one to learn it I have never created a song sheet for Tears In Heaven. I will check out your song suggestions and will be posting more Sixto Rodriguez soon including – Crucify Your Mind, Sugar Man, Hate Street Dialogue and Like Janis.
      Best wishes – Alan :)

  216. Tom says:

    Thanx a lot…great work !

  217. Corinna says:

    Hello Alan, I just wanted to join the club of enthusiastic replies and thank you a lot for your guitar lessons! They helped me so much. Last year I was seriously ill and picked up guitar playing after many years again and it helped me through the treatments and this year I am fine again. I wanted to let you know how much energy and joy come from your videos. Cheers from Germany – Corinna

    • alan says:

      Hi Corinna, thank you for your very kind comment and your kind donation. I am glad you are feeling better; music can be a really positive force; best wishes – Alan :)

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