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  1. Gerhard Paula says:

    Hi Alan,
    I came across your website and appreciate it very much.
    Since 3 years I am retired and started to learn/play electric guitar. I took some guitar lessons and like it very much to play Rock & Pop Oldies, my favourite music. Your website is very helpful.
    Only one question: At your website there is a tab โ€žTabsโ€œ but I got no tabs at all. Is this planned for future? I think, for some special songs the tab notation is much more helpful as video. I am aware this kind of work is big effort for you. As far as I am concerned I would pay for each tab version I want to have.
    By the way, I left some donation . Hope, youโ€™ll get it.

    Best regards from Germany

    • alan says:

      Hi Gerhard
      Thank you for your kind and generous donation and lovely message, I really appreciate you supporting my efforts.

      There are tabs available from the tabs section, you have to hover over where it says “Tabs” then move your mouse pointer down to select wherever one is highlighted. I will change this so it works the same way as the song sheets section though in the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚

      All the best with your continued playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Izzy says:

    Hi Alan! I just recently started playing guitar, and I was so excited to try and learn Okie From Muskogee from your video! Your video was so easy to follow along with, and I was able to teach myself a song even though I have never even really picked up a guitar before! Thank you so much for your time, I know you have helped a lot of people, and made many happy with learning to make music ~ one of the worldโ€™s greatest gifts.

    If you are still making videos, maybe you could do a tutorial for Springsteen by Eric Church? This is my all time favorite song, I would be so excited to learn to play it!!

    Thanks again,


  3. Manuel Perea says:

    Hi Alan, I hope all is well. I am your fan and I appreciate your videos. I am trying to discover the notes to the song “Night of ranging storm” by the great Terry Reid but I can’t. Could you do a tutorial on it? Thanks a lot.

  4. Ronan Brady says:

    Hi Alan, recently I was watching your tutorial of “Supersonic” by Oasis, and upon watching it I noticed that certain strums were shown as yellow arrows and I was just wondering what the difference is between the normal red strums and the yellow coloured ones.
    Best Regards.

    • alan says:

      Hi Ronan โ€“ Itโ€™s called a palm mute; you have to place your hand across all the strings on a down strum a fraction of a second before the pick hits. Itโ€™s all about timing and finding the best position for your hand to make contact. It took me a few days of practice (on and off in bursts of about 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a day) but It was worth it. I hope this helps. Best of luck. Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lucas says:

      The yellow arrows is the click sound you hear.

  5. Hello Alan,
    I am 65 years old. I retired a month ago. As a young man I played guitar but unfortunately I stopped playing it for 40 years. I decided to renew my long-lost knowledge and pleasure of playing the guitar as an older man. Not only I am restoring forgotten but I am also learning new songs and that is mostly thanks to your youtube channel. If your channel existed in the 70’s, maybe I would even become a professional musician ๐Ÿ™‚
    I endlessly enjoy watching and practicing your user friendly and perfect tutorials.
    Please continue as much as you can. You give a lot of pleasure to many lovers of good music and especially guitar.
    A small suggestion at the end.
    If you can and legally laugh, it wouldn’t be bad to insert the lyrics of the songs in karakoke format into the video, with the possibility of turning off your singing. All these changes are just for exercise
    If you can’t, it doesn’t matter, it is already extra.
    Thank you for the enjoyment you give us all.
    A small donation follows.
    Dragomir Laki?
    Backa Palanka Serbia

  6. Philipp says:

    Hi Alan!

    I really like your website, itโ€™s very informative and there are so many tutorials – itโ€™s amazing. You helped me a lot to learn new songs, thank you ??

    It would be great if you could make your site responsive (so it works well on all devices) and add an SSL-Encryption (without that, attackers might be able to get your login information and take over your webpage). Please donโ€™t take that as criticism rather than a tip to improve your site.

    Have a great day

  7. Burtybus says:

    Hi Alan love the sight seen you years ago, now trying to get back into guitar.
    I can not get song sheets or tab or chord sheets can you help please. Tried other sights
    but to complicated would love to play songs campfire style. I would happily pay a small monthly subscription. You deserve it for the work you do on your sight.

    • alan says:

      Hi mate, thank you for your message. What song sheets are you looking for? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Burtybus says:

        Hi Alan Thanks for the reply All about you Mcfly and marmalade,
        reflections of my life.
        couple of nice easy ones to start with.mcfly’s came up once looks good but i can not find it now? and your web page links do not work.
        Thanks Burtybus

  8. Catalina says:

    Hi, I’m from Chile and I really admire what you do … I have tried many ways to learn and you have been the most efficient, I really appreciate what you do and hope to continue to appreciate it. Greetings;)

  9. Dave Ledbury says:

    Hi Alan,
    I have a question for you but not related to music, although I do enjoy your chanel. Are you from Cwmbran? I am originally from Cwmbran and think I recognise you, also the name matches.
    Sorry to bother you but have been itching to know for a while, your reply will put me out of my misery.
    Cherry, Dave Ledbury.

  10. Mike says:

    Alan, this is Mike from Guam. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorials. I’ve got a couple of ear worms that I would love to learn: Rivers of Babylon & Pictures of You from the Cure.

  11. ben says:

    Hi alan, loving your vids mate, just started learning guitar recently, been trying to learn all Travis’s songs! Noticed you don’t have a tutorial for the classic ‘Travis – Side” song, any chance you could make one? cheers

  12. Dino says:

    Dear Alan,
    Firstly, congrats for your website and these great tutorials.

    Is there a tutorial for “Hotel California”? I did not find it…

    Thanks in advance
    kind regards

  13. Nik says:

    Are you available for one to one tution via Skype/Xoom/whatever ?

  14. mon ami assisi says:

    Hi Alan,
    My hubby is watching a doco on Apollo 11 and a really cool song came on, “Mother Country” by John Stewart. Again, I love the strum! Wondering if you would do a lesson of this? Chordify seems to think everything is played with G, C and F, lol. Oh, and I see you are gigging with a covers band…what are they called and will you be hitting S. London? Thanks!

  15. Patricia says:

    hi i’m Patricia, i’m french

    thanks for all your lessons, you’re really great

    i’m searching guitar tabs to ELO – Waterfall

    i love this song but i Don’t find tabs on web

    have you ever play this song?

    Can you play it?

    Thank you so much
    see u soon


  16. GreatfulDude says:

    Hello Alan,
    I come here every once in a while to thank you. Now days, every time I hear Corona virus, “The Stand” come to mind, and with that “Don’t fear the ripper.” What follows? You! That is, your fantastic tutorial on that song. As far as I am concerned you’re the best guitar tutor, books closed. Your lessons are a blessing to the world.
    Thank you again and I wish you great health and contentment.

  17. Pierre P. says:

    Hello Alan,

    In this harsh, quarantine time, I thought it was a good idea to pick up playing guitar. I was starting from (almost) nothing, and thanks to you, I have managed to learn a lot of my favorite songs! You are extremely helpful to beginners like me.
    I do have a question : do you think you will do Shape of my Heart, from Sting? I absolutely love this piece and would love to learn it from you.
    Thank you for your help,
    Greetings from Paris,

  18. Sebastian says:

    Hi Alan,

    Keep up the great work!
    Could you make a tutorial of the solo in Angel by Flipsyde?

    Would be much appreciated!


  19. Paul Raine says:

    Thanks Alan.

    Really grateful for your time and the effort you have invested in creating these lessons. Your versions of Mother, Pigs on the Wing 1 and 2 and Wish You Were Here were so helpful (and it is so cool I can now play them!!!).

    In my experience playing guitar it is the strumming that is the most difficult to get right and so the strumming patterns that you include really make your videos stand out from the crowd.

    Thanks again. I am sure I will be checking more out tutorials when time allows.

    All the best


    • alan says:

      Thank you Paul, I appreciate your nice comment. Best wishes and all the best with your guitar playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Zhou says:

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for your video which is very wonderful and helpful.

    And could u kindly share the guitar scores of the song~ You Are My Sunshine.
    My mail is [email protected] or could u tell me where may I find it.

    Many thanks from China.


    • alan says:

      Cheers Zhou you are welcome; I have emailed that for you ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Heinrich says:

        hi Alan, greetings to Wales from berlin…

        I practiced successfully on the nice version of Sailing – and I was looking for the cords for Youยดre My Sunshine… and I found this comment by chance…May I kindly ask you to send that for me as well…
        Thanks a lot in front…

  21. MELLE LAURA LOUF says:

    Hi Alan,
    I wanted to write to thank you for your work and because it’s thanks to you that I managed to learn my favorite song : On the turning away- Pink Floyd ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again

    Laura from France

  22. Kizukazu says:

    Hello Alan,
    I often watch your Youtube videos and practice guitar. Thank you.
    I have a question. Could you tell me the specification of your Takamine guitars?

  23. Rhiannon Swift says:

    Hi Alan,

    I am very grateful for all your great and generous work on here. Thank you. I got great benefit from your Scarborough Fair tutorial and used your adaptation to arrange sheet music to help me play the song on harp. I would love to post this sheet music on my facebook page for others to use if they wish. How would you feel about that?

    Best Regards,


  24. Cole says:

    Hey Alan,
    Not sure if you take requests or not but Iโ€™d love for you to do a tutorial for the song โ€œWheat Kingsโ€ by The Tragically Hip. The Tragically Hip are a very popular band here in Canada though not very well known internationally. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have never heard of them. Give em a listen! Plenty of great songs Id love to see you cover!


  25. Bruno says:

    Hi Alan,
    First of all, i would like to thank you for all your videos, which are such a great support for all beginners (as i am). You have a great skill for teaching, and i always turn back to your playlist first every time i look for a clear lesson.
    My question is : Is there a chance that you post, soon or late, a video about Shakira’s UNDERNEATH YOUR CLOTHES ?
    Once again, thanks for all.
    Bruno from France

  26. Mario Rodrigues says:

    Hello Alan, my name is Mario Rodrigues, from Sao Paulo – Brazil.
    First of all I loved your stuff, your videos are very professional and clean, so I have to say congratulations.
    Well, Alan, I’m trying to make a small online school in Brazil just for beginners.
    I want to know if we can do some business for me to use some of your videos for my students.
    We can think of a pack of some songs for some value where I can use it for a while with my students.
    Please see if my proposal interests you and thank you for your attention.


    Mario Rodrigues

    • alan says:

      Hi Mario
      My videos are available free on YouTube or via this website for everyone so there is no need for any business deal.
      Best wishes – Alan

      • Mario Rodrigues says:

        Alan, can I use it for teach my students ? I now you has spend a long time to make theses videos. I wish to pay for use it.
        This dont look fair for me.

        • Mario Rodrigues says:

          Alan, can I use it for teach my students ? I know you has spend a long time to make theses videos. I wish to pay for use it.
          This dont look fair for me.

          • alan says:

            Hi Mario
            This site is free for everyone to use but they can make a donation to help with its upkeep. I wish you and your students all the best – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Max Andrรฉ says:

    Hello Allan, i talking from Brazil, (i’m Brazilian). You is the best of all time! Thank you so much for share your songs with us. God bless you!

  28. Mery says:

    What guitar do you use? An acoustic guitar with nylon strings or metal strings?


  29. WilliKampf says:

    thanks,thanks,thanks for allthe very good stuff.
    I only miss Yellow River from Christie.

  30. Visu says:

    I have moved a bit forward in guitar playing only because you’ve made it manageable, inspiring and inviting. I am just a the point where I now believe I can indeed play guitar if I follow through a bit and that’s all thanks to you. You play beautifully and have a lovely voice also.
    Thank you eternally.

  31. Frank Rudy says:

    Hello Alan, I just found out about what happened with YouTube. I just want to tell you to be strong in this stormy moment. YouTube has always been cruel with the guitar tutorial channels.
    I hope that soon this problem is solved and your channel can come back, it has not been long and I miss seeing so much teaching quality. Keep going and success, people are with you.

    • alan says:

      Thank you Frank, Google Support has told me that all content should be back within 24 – 48 hours. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Chase says:

        My name is Chase. I was just recently inspired by a friend who is learning to play to start learning myself. I found your YouTube videos very helpful. I was really upset when I found out that YouTube had taken down your account. However, Iโ€™m glad to hear they will be bringing it back up. Thanks for what you do.

  32. Justin says:

    Hey Alan, what happened with youtube? I just looked for the Don’t Look Back In Anger video and your channel has been taken down. I found your Vimeo page but that song isn’t on there. I know you’re probably busy trying to get your channel back, but is there any way I can still see it?
    Besides that, thanks for making all these videos. I just finished learning Wonderwall by watching your video and you’ve got a lot of great songs on Vimeo that I’m hoping to learn. Hope you get your channel back. Regards.

    • alan says:

      Hi Justin. Google Support has told me that all content should be back within 24 – 48 hours. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Bill Young says:

    Hi Alan
    Thanks for your ‘Days’ tutorial – and today’s correspondence via YouTube. I only started playing my son’s guitar after he died suddenly (aged 24) so this song is more than special to me. You said it is not for beginners but what I lack in flexibility, coordination, musical ear, rhythm and much else, I try to compensate in dedication.
    Your tutorials are great. As a beginner, I have to practise the rhythm endlessly at slow speed, so I like to find the rhythm pattern and variations from somewhere else; or spend a lot of time just listening to you to work it out. Another thing that applies to me – and not to anyone with a hint of natural ability – is that I have to play the melody first in order to be able to sing it; so I must find a score from somewhere, like MusicNotes.com; and get that down before I attempt any vocals.

  34. Stephen Hollis says:

    I’m looking for the song sheet for “Vincent “(Stary Night).
    I can’t find it in your song sheet list.
    Can you help?
    Thanks Steve

  35. Gary says:

    Thanks so much for this! Like a breath of fresh air!

    Extremely well explained / easy to follow tutorials. You can go through websites for hours trying to find the correct tabs but with these videos you can see, hear and play along with extreme ease with the knowledge that you are going to get a great sounding version at the end.

    Thumbs up Alan!

  36. Petra says:

    Hi Alan,
    my name is Petra, I’m from Germany and I really love your guitar tutorial. It’s professional and very helpful, I really appreciate your work and say thank you for your effort and all the good songs. Whatching your videos is always great and inspires a lot. Thank you so much for your dedication and keep up your great work.
    All the best, Petra

  37. Ruwaan Arora says:

    Hi Alan Robinson My name is Ruwaan Arora from class 4D and 9 years old. I am from India . So you are from UK? I saw many of your videos. You are a very an excellent guitarists. I am trying to learn guitar watching your videos. I learnt “hundered miles away from home” and other songs. I am so happy to find a way to contact you. Thank you very much.

    • alan says:

      Hello Ruwaan, Thank you for your kind message. All the best with your guitar playing and thank you for using my videos and website. Best wishes from Wales, UK – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Trevor Keogh says:

    Hi Alan,

    Well done on your website and your masterful interpretation of songs from every genre. If you had a moment I’d appreciate a copy of your song sheet for A Town Called Malice. Keep us the great work and thank you for making guitar lessons so accessible.



  39. Andrea Sainz says:

    From Guadalajara, Mรฉxico.
    Alan, i am really so grateful with all this work you do to teach us.
    Just for you to know that you are all around the world helping us.
    Your tutorial videos are just THE BEST.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    • alan says:

      Thank you Andrea, I appreciate your kind words. Best wishes from Wales – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Judit says:

        Dear Alan, I find it so hard to get hold of you- I am really not technical.i have never learned music in my life, and I don’t really have ear for music, but because your videos are good I started faithfully practicing. Please teach Christian songs, I gladly will support you too. My goal now to learn How great is our God.please, thank you

  40. ralph whitehouse says:

    Hi Alan,
    Love your tutorials and the variety of songs you have covered. I too have looked long and hard for good tutorials and as a relative beginner I need ones that are simple to follow and correct! Yours meet both of these requirements for me. Have you considered covering “For your babies” by Simply Red. It’s a great song but I can’t find any good tutorials! Incidentally I live in Wales near Newport.
    Best wishes Ralph

    • alan says:

      Hi Ralph, thanks for your kind message. I will check out your request.
      I live in Cwmbran and play The Potters in Newport quite regularly with my band.
      Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Evgeniy says:

    Dear Alan.
    Thank u very much for your great tutorials!

    Can you tell me pls, which model of Takamine guitar do you use on your videos?:)

    Best regards from Russia,

  42. PEDRO HENRIQUE says:

    Hi Alan, could you teach the brazilian song Anunciaรงรฃo of Alceu Valenรงa? Thanks

  43. Hello Alan,
    Thank you very much for all you do for us fun players – my wife and I are fortunate to spend the winter months in Sarasota, Florida (so you will apreciate my age). A Canadian friend and I started to play together and we staged a couple of sing-al0ngs in our condo development and I found your site simple to follow enabling us to expand our song choice. Now back in the UK, I hope to learn some new songs for next winter season.
    I have made a small donation via Paypal and sincerely trust you will continue the good work.
    Kind regards,
    Ian K

    • alan says:

      Thank you Ian, I really appreciate your support; all the best with your continued guitar playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Roger Huw Jones says:

    I’ve dabbled with guitar on and off for years. I’ve also looked for online tutorials and I really like and appreciate what you do here. Great job and very well set up. I think it is quite excellent that you have left it up to people to donate, and I hope that all of us will contribute according to what we can afford. Arranging the site like this makes it available to everyone that can get online and is a very egalitarian way of organising it, so I will certainly be donating. I hope others will, too, so that you can keep up the good work. Thanks so much. You site has inspired me to pick my old guitar back up and really enjoy playing.

    • alan says:

      Hi Roger, thank you for your kind comment, I really appreciate your support. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Monire says:

    Could you please make a video and teach how to play these songs?

    Dust in the wind
    Cinder and Smoke

    Thank you for your great site.


  46. John says:

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for your videos. I learned to play Scarborough Fair thanks to your video showing fingering.
    I’m trying to fine tune The Wedding Song on my 12 string, but there are a couple of spots I can’t deem to get down. Do you have a video showing how to play that song?
    Thanks for your help.

    Also, I thought I saw a mention of helping with donations to help fund your videos.
    Can you let me know about that too?

  47. Bev says:

    Hi Alan, thank you so much for everything you do. I sent a request awhile ago for a lesson on “Teach your children”, and when I saw it come up, I was so excited !!
    Another request I have, when you have time, is “You can sleep while I drive” by Melissa Etheridge.
    Thank you again ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Mark says:

    Dude you read these.. alright I gotta say thanks, your tutorials kicked me off heavy I went through all of them, picked only the ones I liked but now I’m seriously taking on covers, I’m going for a million legit( getting like 10k is a realistic goal), got about 200 50+ memorized and a list of hundreds to go.
    You’re Awesome! Keep it up!

  49. Ninjabwaz says:

    Hello Alan from Africa!

    I start to watch your videos 2 years ago and they have helped me much. I live in Bouza in Niger. I wanted to say a thank you for all your help; now I can play i just made my first concert to village and went very well; i played many of the things I learn from you; i put picture of you on stage and told all people you my teacher.

    Thank you


    • alan says:

      Hi Ninjabwaz, you are very welcome. I am glad my videos are finding their way to Africa and you find them so useful. All the best with your playing from Alan in Wales UK ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Jan says:

    Hi Alan

    Just stop by to say thank you so much for all your guitar lessons. I have always wanted to play a guitar, but no matter how much I tried, I just couldn’t seem to be able to play it well enough. I came across your channel about a month ago when I started to get into Oasis. I tried to learn couple of Oasis songs from your videos and it worked out great. Since then, I’ve been practicing almost every day and I got better at it. Now I’m happy every time I play it and I want to come home early every day to play my guitar. You are an amazing teacher. You’re my hero! Thank you so much.

    • alan says:

      Thank you Jan, I appreciate your kind words and am glad you find my videos helpful. All the best with your continued playing – I will be posting Talk Tonight by Oasis in the morning. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Daniel Hij says:

    You do amazing work Alan, I’ve already learned Edelweiss, Only Fools Rush In, and My Way. It’s really kept me motivated to keep practicing my guitar when I feel like giving up learning an instrument… not to mention how much I enjoy playing for close friends when they stop by from time to time.

    I was wondering if you do requests, and if so I would love to learn “The Ocean” by The Bravery.

  52. Uwe Ferriรจre says:

    Hay Alan…tonight i find this pages , trying to get a nice interpretation to learn of Tom Petty`swont back down….you`ve well done this internet platform !! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I start learning to play guitar about 2 years ago to my own…i am 52 years old now and its a pitty to me with that strumming or however thatยดs called if you use up up,down down and so on….but i never found my favorit song ever (since i was young) as a teaching site/page…
    It is called EVENING OVER ROOFTOP by EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND…maybe you know ?? It would be very nice of you if you could make an short Clip and put put it in/loud it up into Internet…maybe as well some more Songs of that Band like POPPY or HOTEL ROOM…
    I pleased you to excuse my English ๐Ÿ™‚ my marks have allways been sad at scool …
    cheers , Uwe

  53. Josh Goble says:

    Sir. You are by far the easiest guitar teacher I have came accrossed. The way you make your tutorials. Just great. Anyone who ever played a video game can learn very fast with your videos. Is there anyway you could make a Hotel California tutorials. Thank you.

  54. David says:

    Hi Alan,

    I just recently came across you on youtube channel and i like the way you go about your tutorials. They are most helpful. But i am also wondering if i can request a song. It’s from a tv show from the early 1990’s called California Dreams and the song itself is called “Too Much To Dream”

    link here

    Thanks for reading

  55. Logan says:


    I’m brand new to guitar (at 27, I know it’s late!) and I stumbled across your YouTube videos looking for a tutorial for a song (Grow Old with You) and I absolutely adore the site. You’ve put together the most comprehensive, and easy-to-use, videos and tutorials that I’ve seen.

    And believe me, I’ve looked at several!

    I did have a request I was curious about. Would you be willing to do any of the following…

    Tom Petty – American Girl
    Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Judy
    Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Life Ain’t Easy
    Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Sylvia’s Mother
    Motorhead – Whorehouse Blues
    Tom Waits – Hold On

    I feel that your voice and style would suit those very well. I know that it’s several requests at once, but I feel that one leads into another when it comes to Dr. Hook, and the others I just enjoy and would love to learn to play properly. Thank you! Please do not stop this service!

  56. Aine says:

    Hi I was wondering if you could please do a video for Fionn Regans song be good or be gone?


  57. Nathan says:

    Hi Alan,

    I really appreciate the time, effort and dedication, you put into your tutorials. I think it’s incredible you do them for free and such a generous gesture in order to help people play music.

    I’ve used your videos numerous times to learn songs and they are so easy to follow and use. Your format is simply the best there is. I can’t thank you enough for the pleasure and satisfaction you’ve given in helping me to play.
    I wish you all the very best!

    • alan says:

      Hi Nathan, thanks for your lovely comment, I really appreciate your support. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. MIROCHE says:

    Dear Alan Robinson,

    I discovered your site a few months ago.
    I went back to the guitar and singing to also transmit the taste to my son. I play electro acoustic guitar. My son has a classical guitar.
    I learned the classical guitar younger at the conservatory. I did lyrical singing too. I’m a soprano.
    Your site is an Alibaba cave! You are wonderful !
    Your song suggestions are very motivating and bring a lot of energy and really make you want to play and sing to the guitar! And why not perform on stage in the future!
    Thanks a thousand times for your talent and intelligence.
    Thank you, beautiful concerts! You tell me your dates and I pass but I’m not next door!
    (Boulogne-Billancourt, France)


  59. Antonio says:

    Alan. Thank you your videos are rally good.

  60. David says:

    Alan, Great job on this website. I have been trying to teach myself guitar by watching the videos like yours for two years now. I really appreciate what you are doing here. If you have time here are a couple songs which you might like to put up here that would help me. The no nonsense way of your instruction provides detailed content. Thank you for doing this. You have helped me and based upon the previous comments looks like you have reached thousands of people.

    Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash
    Me and Julio down by the schoolyard – Simon and Garfunkel

  61. Nickolas Voelpel says:

    I had just got an acoustic guitar for Christmas this year, in 2016, and you have already helped me to get more experienced with my guitar.

  62. Ken Trock says:

    Alan, the riffs on The Boys of Summer; I think they’re played up a fret from where the video is indicating. Unless you’re measuring from the capo on fret 1, then it would be correct. I didn’t think we measured on the guitar that way though.

    • alan says:

      Hi Ken
      The rifs are shown in relation to the capo as it was still attached to the guitar when I filmed it. I could have shown it without the capo as you suggested and it would have made no difference to the sound of the rifs (as I am hitting individual strings) but, hey ho ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas – Alan.

      • Ken Trock says:

        Thanks for that, and Merry Christmas.

        The song sounds good; timing seems tougher than it looks. I’ll try to pick it up.

  63. Ludwig says:


    I appreciate very much your work and I added also your videos. It would be possible that you make me a favour when it is possible. There is a very good song from Paul Rodgers – All I want is you, that means me a lot, good memories and its a common love song of me and my wife. I wanted to play this song for her but Im not really able to hear all the chords to play this song. Would you help me please?
    I would thank you very much …

  64. Kieran says:

    I just wanted to tell you that I love your tutorials, website, everything! Kudos to you for taking the time and putting forth the effort to do this. I have to tell you though, I absolutely love the way you sing, your voice is so soothing, all I have to do is listen to you sing Hallelujah, Are you Lonesome Tonight, Man Who Sold the World, Sitting on the Dock, and I’m instantly calm and comforted. I want some kind of CD or something that I can listen to you round the clock! Anyway, cheers from across the pond and keep strumming my friend!

  65. ann says:

    Hey Allan, thaks a lot! Your lesson are the best to follow! You rock on youtube, congrats, please continue with making new videos and songs! Could you play I see fire by ed sheran for example? Id like to learn this song so much! Thanks for your help! As i said, YOU ROCK!

  66. Maxwell Johnson says:

    What does “detuned” mean, and how do you do it?


  67. paul says:

    Alan,can you put up a song sheet for You do something to me please.
    cheers Paul

  68. Ken Trock says:

    Alan, surprised to see that you haven’t covered The Clash London Calling.

    • alan says:

      Hi Ken
      I have not created videos for any of their songs yet; my band does cover I Fought The Law so I will post a tutorial of that soon and will check out London Calling ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Ash Black says:

    Hi Alan! I can honestly say that you have the best most helpful tutorials on the internet. Not only do you show the chords while you play, but you also have the strumming patterns, which is a big help to me because strumming patterns go right over my head and I’ve yet to find any other tutorials that show them like you do. So thank you, and I’ve made a point to recommend your site to every guitarist I meet.

    Also; have you ever heard of a band called The Cog is Dead? They’re fairly new but they’re music is really neat and diverse. I’m just pointing them out because I have not been able to find a single tutorial for any of their songs and you might like them if you’re a fan of the Fallout tunes. Just a thought, and let me know what you think if you check them out.

    Big thanks to you and everyone who’s had a hand in keeping this site up and running, keep on keeping on.

  70. Claudio Camerucci says:

    Hi Alan! Thank you for your tutorials! Very good work! Greetings from Argentina!!!

  71. Ken Trock says:

    Your version of Tainted Love sounds great, but I don’t think it’s an easy song. That Asus2 is making it tough ๐Ÿ™

    • alan says:

      Sorry Ken, that quick change is the toughest part but the chord shape is simple, regular practice will crack it though.
      Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. John Prideaux says:

    You have made many people very happy, thank you thank you thank you!!! Sultans of swing is now a joy to play. Donation provided, lets ensure this kindred soul thrives people.

  73. Maxim says:

    Hello Alan,

    Your site is really greate, thank’s a lot for your job!
    I’am looking for the simple version of song “I’ll see in
    my dreams” by Joe Brown playing with cords.
    May be you may help me?

    Thank’s in advance.

  74. Rick says:

    Hi Alan !

    Would love to see you do these for us !

    Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime”

    Groovie Ghoulies:
    “Are You Passionate” – “Go! Stories” album
    “Valentine” – “Running with Bigfoot” EP
    “Frida – Grand Central” – “99 Lives” album
    “She’s My Vampire Girl” – “Fun in the Dark” album

    Kepi Ghoulie:
    “Come On Brain” – “Hanging Out” album
    “Are You Gonna Love Me” – Li’l Depressed Boy: Songs for Jazz EP
    “Jazmine” – Li’l Depressed Boy: Songs for Jazz EP
    “Don’t Understand” – Li’l Depressed Boy: Songs for Jazz EP
    “I Bleed Rock and Roll” – Album of same name
    “Freaks On Parade” -extended version on “Life Sentence” album

    The Monkees:
    “You Bring the Summer” – “Good Times” album
    “She Makes Me Laugh” – “Good Times album
    “Me and Magdalena” – “Good Times” Album – Both the slower & 2nd upbeat versions on the HD version of album
    “Love to Love” – “Good Times” album
    “She Hangs Out”
    “Look Out! Here Comes Tomorrow”

  75. Tom Miller says:

    Alan, thank you very much for establishing this website. I’ve been playing the guitar for a little over 55 years and I still enjoy learning new songs so this has now become my “go to” source for new material. I’ve made a few donations to the cause and will continue to do so (and I hope others do as well!) to keep the music flowing.

    I do have one request: Since you have so many songs, I would very much like to have a ‘search’ feature so that I can more easily browse by song name or artist name.

    Thanks and I wish you the very best!

    • alan says:

      Hi Tom, thank you for your support mate. On the bottom right hand corner of the viewing window of each video gallery is a small icon of a magnifying glass; by clicking on this you can type a search for an individual song or artist within that gallery. I hope this helps you. If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Tracey Bromham says:

    Hi Allen. I am really finding your site so useful, I have only been playing a couple of years but they have been full on as I have picked up my guitar with loving arms every chance I get every day, after work. It must have taken you a long time to prepare and write up all the information that you have available and may I say thank you very much.
    I lost my husband at very early age of 49 last fortnight and I was really hoping that you could teach a lady, all the way in Australia who would love to play this for her husband when no one is listening. Your guitar teaching style makes complete sense to me so if you could please teach me how to play “Sinnerman by Nina Simone, just a very simple version is all I need to play and sing to him, please and thank you again.

  77. Jeff Paxton says:

    Simply the best! Thank you so much for what you do.

  78. Franek says:

    Hi Alan,
    this is one of the best sites for guitar lessons I found so far. I especially enjoy that there is always a visualization of strumming pattern and chords on the screen.

    Perhaps, a search function added to this site, would make the searching more comfortable, if I am aiming at a special song.

    Thanks a lot.

  79. Alain says:

    Thank’s a lot Bro. I’m a beginner, I think ,you’re the only one who explain so easily musics from different styles.
    Great job.

  80. Ben says:

    hey Alan

    You are defenitely my favourite online guitar teacher. I have already learned 3 songs withh your tutorials. Thanks a lot.
    Now I’m looking for a full tutorial to learn the El Mariachi song by Antonia Banderas. I could find just realy bad tutorials. Can you help me?
    Cheers Ben

  81. Vikrant Deka says:

    Hi Alan sir. I love your channel A LOT. Just because I’m able to play the six strings instrument. I had watched your all videos and learned all of them. Thanks for that sir. its my humble request to you to show some John Mayer songs starting with Your Body Is A Wonderland and I Don’t Trust Myself. Mayer is my ideal. I hope to see you with Mayer’s lessons.
    Thank you sir.

  82. Jess says:

    hi Alan,I just stumbled on to your youtube site while looking for some Glen Campbell chord ,great site I have 3 guitars and more less play by ear, and was looking for the chords for ( gentle on my mind ) wish I could read music. Thanks a lot for the videos.

  83. Josef says:

    Hallo, vielen dank fรผr alles .

  84. Ed Swiatkowski says:

    Hi Alan. I just found your site over the holidays and it is GREAT! Thank you for all the fantastic work you have done. I was going through your list of song sheets and was hoping to find a way to download some of them as text files so I can import them into my LinkeSoft Songbook app. Is this possible from your site?


  85. Igor says:

    Hi, Allan) Happy Christmas) I love your project! Could you tell me how to play Lynyrd Skinyrd – Sweet home Alabama? Have seen on your site this request) Thank you in advance)

  86. Penny Williams says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy News Year Alan

  87. Penny Williams says:

    Hi Alan you are the great guitar teacher.Thank you for your time.

  88. Tony says:

    Love the tutorials, have had a lot of fun learning some great songs!
    Is there any chance of you doing ‘Strange Little Girl’ by the Stranglers?
    Or ‘Lonely in your Nightmare’ by Duran Duran?

  89. Steve Ashley says:

    This is a great site with a lot of very valuable teaching material. I feel like I have stumbled onto a treasure trove of incredible music broken down into simplest form for easy and quick learning. Thank you!

  90. Cliff Kincaid says:

    Thank you so much for this site! Finding this site really has inspired me ever since I found it about a year and a half ago to learn guitar. I went from being discouraged to being able to play fun songs, learn barre chords, and overall have fun with the guitar.

    When I was living in the states, my brother played piano with me and we’d print out your lyrics with chords and he’d improv the piano part while I learned the guitar part using your excellent videos. We’d then jam out together- so much fun!

    I’m actually living in South Korea now, and am teaching English as a foreign language to Korean students. I am still using your website to learn some of the songs with simpler lyrics. I sometimes bring my guitar into my English classroom, and I play the guitar for the kids while we learn and sing English songs. It’s fun for the kids, fun for me, and we all learn English through music. It’s thanks to your site that I’m able to learn these songs. I teach over 700 students a week, so just know that about 700 Korean students are benefiting from your site as well as me!

    Anyway, thanks for all the hard work with making these videos- it’s much appreciated!

    • alan says:

      Hi Cliff
      Thank you for your kind message, I am really glad you find my videos useful and I appreciate you spreading word of my website throughout your travels. All the best to you and your students for the future – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. ANote says:

    Dear Alan,
    You are the antidote to dreary days. In times of utter meaninglessness, I simply put on your tutorials and faith in the world is restored. To me, what you do is beyond music.
    Thank you kind sir

  92. Andrew Brackenbury says:

    Hi Alan,

    Just found your site after looking for some Creedance tutorials and thoughts yours were great so visited your site. I’d like to use your site more, and would be happy to donate, but I can’t find away to search for different artists or song lessons, so I’m not sure how to efficiently navigate my way around your site.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks and hope it’s all going well for you,

    • alan says:

      Hi Andrew, I am investigating a search facility but in the meantime you can view the majority of videos by songs in alphabetical order by clicking the Song Sheets tab in the top right of the menu bar. Best wishes with your playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. jean-christophe ridel says:

    Hi! Alan,
    Say, You’ve certainly create the Best online Guitar tutor we all were looking for!
    Also, I do believe You give us so much more than just music notes and rhythm with befitting humility that really help everybody understanding and learning how to play guitar simply and perfectly.
    You are doing such a fantastic work, and the best of it, ………………..For FREE!

    THANK YOU……………..!

  94. Mayur says:


    Love your tutorial on Boulevard of Broken Dreams…..hope to practice and learn from it. One question on your Scarborough Fair video……are you using your own nails, stuck-on nails or some kind of a nail-pick for the finger-picking?


    • alan says:

      Hi Mayur
      Thank you for your kind comment. I don’t have any nails so I use my finger tips on Scarborough Fair. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. Horto says:

    Hi Alan
    Can you please play and upload “Forever Young”
    Thank You

  96. Craig Johnson says:

    Hi Alan,

    Firstly thank you for all the work you have done, I have learned a lot from your videos.

    I was wondering if you would be able to do A video on Bob Dylans “Forever young”. It is my wife’s ambition to sing this, with me playing the guitar at my daughters wedding. I know if I learned from one of your videos I would have it cracked in no time. All the best Craig and family.

  97. Sebastiรกn says:

    I don’t write english very well. But I just to say Alan that you are a very good guitarrist and singer. I enjoy your videos very much. The first part when you play the song are amazing. And the lessons are very clear and usefull. Thank you very much from Argentina!!


  98. Joe says:

    Hi Alan,

    You seem like a busy man and I dont know if you will see this anytime soon but I have a request. Could you please, please, please upload a version of ‘For the dancing and the dreaming,’ from How to Train Your Dragon 2.

    I have searched and searched and all I can find is a couple of versions being played on ukulele and guitar with no lesson, chords, or finger style. I can say in pretty much good confidence that you will be the first to put the lesson out.

    I am a 30 year old man, from England, but I would like to practice this as I am a teacher and I think being able to play something fairly recent that young kids can sing along with would be great.

    I will also post in Youtube in a bid to get your attention haha! I love your videos, extremely well made, clear, concise, accessible understandable, and just outright great.

    I will be sure to subscribe and support you too, we all need a little help!

    All the best and kindest thanks,


  99. Don Bacon says:

    Just discovered your lessons – I’ve yet to find any other lessons which equal yours for the “casual” guitar player – especially beginners and/or intermediate. Compact Simplicity!
    Not a wasted word; exactly and completely what one needs to know to play the song. Without a scintilla of technical or theory knowledge or boring practice – anyone who learns 5 or 10 of their favorite songs via your method IS a guitar player and will blossom well beyond those lessons on their own. Best method – no question.

  100. Shirley says:

    Hi Alan,

    Congrats on your website! Well done.

    Do you accept song requests? I would love to learn “Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel. I checked out your playlist and didn’t see the song.

    I’m trying to learn “Let Her Go” by Passenger and I have a classical guitar which the neck is too wide for me to wrap my thumb around the low E. . What can I do instead? Bar the fist fret? What do you suggest?


    • alan says:

      Hi Shirley
      Homewood Bound is on my to-do list, barring the first fret is the best way around your problem though a acquiring a cheap steel stringed acoustic would be a better option.
      Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Shirley says:

        Thank you Alan! Steel string acoustic is on my bucket list! Since you are taking requests, can you also please add one more song on your to-do -list? “More Than Words” by Extreme. It’s such a beautiful song!
        Thanks again!!!

  101. FERN says:

    your teaching is the best ! congratulations.
    Could you do the same , for me ,some day, but with a ukulele
    for example : stand by me .
    I have 60 euros for you !
    best regards .

  102. franck says:

    could you please
    you never give me your money
    beatles of course

  103. I very much like this website. It is simple, well laid out and east to use. I certainly will consider returning to it soon. Picked up “Morning has Broken” in no time ! Thanks for the good work Chris. I hope to keep in touch.

  104. Mark martin says:


    Great site can you tell me what software you use for creating your videos.

    • alan says:

      Hi Mark, I create all the images with Adobe Photoshop then add them a frame at a time to the raw footage using Adobe Premiere Elements ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. Derek says:

    Alan I have been trying to down load your cord charts . Major Open chords & Other useful open chords are ok but the second chart loads up then freezes. I then have to reboot is it me or is there a glitch . Cheers mate

  106. Kathie says:

    I cannot get the tutorials as I get a you tube error. Any ideas?

    • alan says:

      Hi Kathie, I am looking into it – in the meantime I suggest you access them through my YouTube channel ๐Ÿ™‚

  107. Anmol says:

    Hi , thnks fr all that you have thought me till date. U r wonderful. I hve a few song requests to make as I wanna learn them. So if u dnt mind do let me knw :). And thnks again. ๐Ÿ™‚
    1. This old guitar and me , by Jason eady
    2. Its ok , by junkyard groove

  108. William Bigelow says:

    Hi Alan,
    Any chance I could get you to play Jackson Browns, ” Doctor my eyes”?

  109. William Bigelow says:

    Thx Alan, You did a good job of ” Early morning rain” I’ll take a lot of “pointers”

  110. Fei Zeng says:

    Sir, I have been studying from your tutorial for months. You play and sing so well!
    Recently listen to Phil Collins’ You’ll be in my heart, thought it may be a good song for you to play. Hope to see more great works in the future! God bless you!

  111. Val Nelson says:


    Just love the ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ video! I’m a teacher in a secondary school and would love to use it – any chance of a ‘clean’ version of the vocals? I would use it all the time if there was!

    Your work is inspirational. I’m going to show it to my students!

    Thank you

  112. Laura LeGrady says:

    I also have a small list of heart songs that I would want you to do,
    things like,,,,,nada one,,,,,treat me well,,,,,back to avalon,, the road home…etc,,,, I can send you a small list when you email me,,,,,,and maybe the battle of evermore an sylvan song on mandolin,,,,if your able,,,,

  113. Hi Alan
    I wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for making a meaningful contribution to increasing the quality of my life. Two years ago I had a stroke which severely impaired the left side of my body i.e. gross + fine motor skills. For example, I cannot hold a cup of coffee in my left hand without spilling the contents etc. The stroke also caused some cognitive impairment, primarily sequential processing. BACKDROP to help you can better understand my gratitude: I first picked up the guitar when I was about 17-years old, circa 1978. At the time, I was a fun-loving rocker w/the heart of Eric Clapton but zero natural talent. Nevertheless, I continued to play because I loved it — no matter how bad I sounded. After graduating from University, I cut my hair and spent the next 25+ years killing myself in pursuit of money and status โ€“ everything I hated. โ€œSuccess,โ€ within this context, is the opiate of the human spirit, whereby one can easily forget the awesome pleasure + peace that even a guitar-hack such as me experiences when playing. Long story short, my guitars spent more time collecting dust than being played. After the stroke, fortunately, I was forced to change my priorities. YUP โ€“ FORTUNATE! Playing guitar is one of the most effective ways to regain / improve fine motor skills. Furthermore, it promotes + accelerates neuroplasticity. OK โ€“ now, I have spent countless hours on YouTube trying to learn from different guitar teachers w/ portfolio of lessons + songs + teaching style etc. Alan โ€“ you are by far the best teacher on the Net. I generally do not have the patience to compose a letter of this nature; however, I felt compelled to share with you how your work touches people in ways that you may never have imagined. On a different note, I love the U.K. Been there more times than can remember. The all-time best concert I attended was The Who, at the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you again.
    Cheers, Chris

    • alan says:

      Hi Chris
      Thanks for taking the time to compose your obviously heartfelt message. I am so glad you have rediscovered the joy of guitar playing and that it is helping you through what must have been a difficult and life changing time for you. I feel privileged to have played a small part in your positive outlook and wish you all the best for the future. I am very Jealous of you attending a Who concert, they are one of my favourite bands (the best concerts I attended were to see Ray Davis and Elvis Costello). Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Sabrina says:

    Hey! I love this website! It’s actually my favorite haha I was wondering if you could bless the internet with a tutorial on how to play Northern Downpour by Panic! at the Disco. If not maybe a Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance song would be incredibly fabulous of you! Thank you for everything you have and will make! You are the only reason I can play guitar irl! <3

  115. Daniel Bilodeau says:

    first time I can see the lyric, the chord and a very clear demonstration of strumming
    wich accompanies the song we can learn.

    Congratulation and keep up good work

    Daniel (Quรฉbec. Canada)

  116. Igor says:

    Hello, Alan! For over a year I watch your site all the time and find your favorite songs that teach guitar. Your lessons are simple and very effective. Special thanks for the analysis of songs CCR) Regards from freezing Siberia (Russia).

  117. Andrew says:

    Hey dude,

    Do Rock Lobster like they did in Family Guy.

    RRRRRRock Lobster da da da da daad da da dad dad daaaaaaaa!

    Rock Lobster? Da Da Da Da Daaaa Da Daaa Da Da.

    Rock Lobster.

  118. Ron VF says:

    I just came across,your site, looks good. I’m looking forward to spending more time here. I am writing to let you know when I click on some of the links my browser (safari) on my Ipad crashes. Beginning songs and the 50’s songs are two that I am sure of, maybe others. Thought you might want to know.

  119. Rob P says:

    Started watching your videos to learn songs.
    I love the strum graphic!
    At my age I need that!

    Great site!
    Thank you!

  120. vikas says:

    Hey Alan..Thanks for all the super videos..they are vry helpful for a beginner like me.
    I wish if you could workout a video for the song “Society” by Eddie Vedder..


  121. Artem.Sh says:

    Hi Alan! Big thanks to you, for easy explanation of “how to play guitar”. Your video’s are really usefull! Keep helping ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve heared one song, but it was played on ukulele(hawaiian small guitar).
    If you’d like this song and will have enough free time – please make a video, with chords for “normal” guitar

    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole(IZ) – Over the Rainbow

  122. Janaka rajiw says:

    I am from srilanka.. I like to your Guitar Tutors.. but i wont ‘Jimmy Cliff – ‘Many Rivers to cross” song Guitar Tutor four your. plese …. good luck..

  123. JBernard says:

    Bonjour , super vos vidรฉos !
    Hey brother est vraiment extra.
    Pouvez vous rรฉaliser une leรงon pour Baker Street de Gerry Rafferty ?
    Merci d’avance

  124. Steffen says:

    Dear Alan, by the present of a new guitar and the wish to be able more than only “schruppen” I have bumped into your side. Many thanks for this miraculous homepage, one can learn here sovieles. Please, do not stop. . . . with the best wishes Steffen from Germany

  125. Shane Domingo says:

    Dude can you make video lessons but bob marey songs?

  126. Eric says:

    Hi. I really like what you do and how you did it. (Sorry for my english)
    I want to litle contribute.
    Now in Russia we have the dollar is expensive, but I want to be helpful in your case.
    How can I send you some $?

  127. dan milard says:

    Hi Alan!!! i’m from Quebec montreal suburn and i’d like to thank u for your site it’s been helping me with my guitar . I specially like ur version of sound of silence simon and garfunkel. I listed to many and your version is right on simple ,good timing and pretty much like the real thing compare to many of them. If u write back i will be ready to ask for a song . thks again and i will click the donate button and send u a little something . Dan.

    • alan says:

      Hi Dan, thanks for your kind words. You can place a request on the “Requests” page of this site where I can assess whether it is suitable for me. Best wishes with your playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Igor says:

    hello, Alan! your site – the best on the Internet! I learned a lot from you, thank you very much! You could not make out the legendary song Boston – Peace of-Mind? thank you)

  129. N. Manfred says:

    Hi Alan, i don`t understand this text:

    click the website link in the
    video description to access
    a songsheed to this video

    Can you explain it to me??

    • alan says:

      Hi Manfred, it means that you can view a songsheet related to that video in the “Song Sheets” section of this website accessible from the right hand drop-down menu or by clicking on the word title – Song Sheets ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Tom Parker says:


    I have just stumbled across this site for the first time and I am a complete novice to playing the guitar. I was fortunate to be given an acoustic as a present at Christmas.

    I am amazed by the amount of information and the content of this site. I have already learned so much in just one day of navigation.

    I know I am going to be a frequent visitor and I cant wait to trawl through the lessons. I am hoping my portfolio and confidence to play will increase quickly.

    Thank you for your time and effort to share this. You are a legend in my eyes.

  131. Andrew says:

    Hey Alan,
    Thanks for making such an amazing site. This is literally the most helpful thing to a beginner guitarist such as myself. I’ve picked the guitar back up for about 4 or 5 months now, having taken a guitar class at school for the entire year, and i feel really confident in my skills with most open chords, so I wanted to start learning barre chords. I don’t know if I’m really impatient, but it seems like it’s taking forever to be able to do one. Do you have any tips or techniques for them, or is it all dependent on my fingers’ strength? Thanks.

    • alan says:

      Hi Andrew
      Barre chords are the first real “wall” that guitarists are faced with when playing. When I learned them I did not have any specific exercise or practise regime that I used they just became more natural and easy over time. Don’t let it put you off because you will crack them if you persevere. Hand strength does play a part and that will improve just by practising them. Don’t get too fixated on them, just spend 5 or 10 minutes a day changing from any open chord to say an F barre chord and back again. On a technical point you could check to ensure the action of your guitar is low enough so you don’t have to press too hard on the strings to cover the fret. Also try using thinner gauge strings as these will require less effort to press down (I use Martin light steel strings). I hope some of this helps and you get over this initial frustration, learning the guitar is well worth the effort for the pleasure you will gain from it throughout your life. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. N. Manfred says:

    Hi Alan,

    Iโ€™m very thrilled to come across your site. The best i ever seen! You do a very good job!! Thank you very much for your work from Germany. I will use it very much and for every song i use, i will give a small donation ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. Emilio says:

    Hi Alan,
    I can’t thank You enough for this site ๐Ÿ™‚
    This is more than I can think of!
    If only this was possible 25 years ago……….
    But they say that is never late for a guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks and keep up with good work
    Best regards

    • alan says:

      Thank you Emilio, the Internet is brilliant for learning new stuff and I believe you are never too old to learn. Best wishes and Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  134. Abbey says:

    Hi Alan,

    I’ve been playing the guitar for about 5 years now and every website I have come across are not as amazing as yours. I’ve found yours soon helpful and really easy to pick up the chords. Your videos are so easy to follow along with and the chords and strumming patterns at the top are so helpful to me. I would love it if you were able to do some more Ed Sheeran songs as I am a big fan of his music. Thank you so much for making this website and I will definitely keep on using it to learn new songs!!!

    P.S. Im only 13!!!!!

  135. donnie says:

    I just want to thank you for your guitarwork best online Video lessons for me so far. Please keep continuing and stay happy + love … By the way very nice Site though.

  136. Pascal Tranchant says:

    Un grand merci pour vos vidรฉos. Elles me permettent d’entrer dans la musique en retrouvant des morceaux de nombreux groupes vus sur scรจne, c’est un rรฉel bonheur. Je progresse doucement mais l’envie de revenir sur vos vidรฉos crรฉe une dynamique pour l’apprentissage de la guitare. Encore mille mercis, joyeuses fรชtes ร  vous et ร  tous ceux qui vous sont chers.

  137. Jo says:

    Merry Christmas Alaaaaannnnnnnn!! terimakasih.. best wishes for You..

  138. bernard says:

    Merry christmas of France for you and family



  139. Cavalier says:

    Bonjour Alan,
    J’รฉcris en franรงais pour te dire que ton site est formidable , fabuleux . J’aimerai bien placer un logo de ton site sur mon site “rcmusique.fr”
    Je te souhaite de bonnes fรชtes de Noรซl et une bonne annรฉe 2015.

  140. Nico says:

    Hey Alan ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I wanted to thank you for your great work ! I really appreciate the fact you share everything for free. Even if you piss me off because you have a better voice and you play better the guitar than me, I’ve made a small donation ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joyeux Noรซl de France !

  141. Shota says:

    Hello. This is my second comment for you.
    I’ve practiced some songs for Christmas with my friends, but I didn’t know
    how to play them without music book. Music stores have some books
    but all of them are too easy for me. Unfortunately I still can’t play songs by ear.
    I’ve played the guitar for just three months so it’s very difficult to listen and play songs
    without music sheets. However, you played some Christmas songs on this website and
    it’s so clear to understand how I should play. Thanks to you, I’m sure I will be able to enjoy playing with my friends. We are gonna play some Christmas songs and our favorite ones for children in the church. Now I’m practicing very hard with your videos. It’s gonna be the best Christmas ever. Thank you very much!

    • alan says:

      Hello Shota
      Thank you for your kind comment, its greatly appreciated. Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to you and your family – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  142. Piul Olip says:

    sir, can I request for a tutorial Bondan Prakoso & Fade2Black song titled Not Whit Me ??
    Please reply ..

  143. bernard says:

    hello i’m French
    To excuse I for my English, I like what you are doing you are excellent I am has the search for a song of Mr CLAPTON “Promise”
    Know you if or I can find her(it)
    Thank you infinitely

    thanks good by

  144. nur hannah says:

    Hi alan – your tutorials are the best on the net.. any chance to do tutorial requests? was wondering if you could a soul track called Charlene by Anthony Hamilton… cannot find this anywhere online! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  145. Igor says:

    Hello Alan) recently found your site and pleasantly surprised so many of your favorite songs! You and your lessons led me to a new level! It’s nice that you have collection of my favorite artists – Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival . Can I ask you to make out the song Lookin ‘Out My Back Door by CCR? I will be very grateful to you) Thanks in advance)

  146. Shota says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you because I could improve my guitar by watching your videos. I just started the guitar two months ago. I watched one film and it made me wanted to begin the guitar. I know about music a little bit already, but never played any instrument. It was good to start it but I could hardly the good videos for the guitar, also I can’t afford going to the music school. I have to practice by myself. However, thanks to you, I’ve really really been enjoying to practice the guitar. Even for me, it’s easier to learn and so much fun. I really appreciate.
    I’m going to work in a diffetent country with playing the guitar. I’m from Japan. Just a couple of weeks ago, I played music with people in Ireland on the street before. It was just a so great experience. I hope to stay there or England forever with music.
    I’m still not good at playing any songs, but I think it’s getting better little by little.
    I’m keeping to watch your play. It really helps me. You’re brilliant!

  147. A.Davison says:

    I just want to say this site is overwhelmingly good, and Suzanne Vega is a grossly underrated and overlooked as a singer song writer (hint).
    Thanks for your efforts, good luck.

  148. Sakate Marcos says:

    Hi..I am located in Japan..I tried to make a small donation through paypal after converting my balance to UK pounds but it does not work..I got this paypal message saying that I can’t make donation from Japan.

  149. Tony says:

    Hello Alan,

    I love your lessons/cover.
    Can I submit a song ? I would like you to play When Will I Be Loved of The Everly Brothers, I love thing song and it will be awesome if you cover it. Great tune, great voice, great song.

    Best regards


  150. Chris says:

    Hi Alan,
    Outrageously well done site, you have unlocked many mysteries in my ability and playing enjoyment. Any chance of something by the late and great John Martyn in standard tuning?

  151. douglas templeton says:

    I’m a little better than an intermediate guitar at rhythm and picking with my thumb. I can play along with most anything but I want to take things to a knew level. While picking my version of ghost riders and fulsome prison blues a fellow said to me ” that’s not how you play that”, I responded with “wrong that’s exactly how I play it, why do I want to sound like somebody else when I can sound like me ? any tips

    • alan says:

      Hi Douglas, to be honest mate that is exactly the answer I would give. All the videos I produce are of my own interpretation of the songs whether they be influenced by the live version or studio version or even by other artists covers. As far as taking your guitar playing to a new level that just involves attempting more technically challenging pieces of music. The more of these you try (with varied styles of play) the more technically proficient and fully rounded as a player you will become. As far as I am concerned as long as what I am playing sounds good to me and I can sing along to it I am happy, improvement will just happen the more you play. The most important thing for me is to enjoy it. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. Elliott says:

    Dear Alan,
    I appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into this tutorial website. I’ve made a small contribution in the past.
    I have however a suggestion to make it even better and easier for beginners like me.
    Here it is: Watch, since at the beginning of the song you show what chords the left hand will be playing, what I suggest is that 1. As you show the strumming pattern across the screen in that box that at the exact point, either on the up or the down strum that the chord changes you show the new chord right above that stroke. So if you start a song with C then when it’s time to change to say Am, then you put Am right over that up or down arrow. And all you’d need is the letters, not the chord box since we’ve already been given them at the start.
    2. It might also be helpful if you broke the strums into bars, so if there are only 4 strums in that measure then that’s all the strums, if there’s 8 strums in a measure then you show 8 strums before the next bar shows up.
    I’m suggesting this based on the difficulty I’ve had trying to get the changes right on an easy song, All I Have To Do Is Dream.
    After all the idea is to make learning these songs as user friendly as possible isn’t it/
    With deep regard and respect,

    Elliott Segal

    • alan says:

      Hi Elliott, thanks for your support and suggestions; I will give them some thought. Unfortunately my time for creating the videos is very limited (they take up to 8 hours to complete), but I will investigate and test their viability. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  153. ann says:

    Hi alan,
    i loved playing guitar with your helpful videos this summer ๐Ÿ™‚
    you have a really beautiful voice of its own kind – hope you will be doing this like forever^^

    greetings from germany

  154. tay says:

    ?????????? alan
    Thank you so much
    For all your videos
    From Thailand

  155. Nigel Tretheway says:

    Hi Alan
    Congrats on a fantastic site and content.
    It is really helpful for us who are learning.
    Is it possible to download the chord sheets in text format for OnSong?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Best Regards
    Nigel Tretheway

    • alan says:

      Hi Nigel
      The song sheets are created as Microsoft Word files, I can send you some in an email attachment (you may be able to copy and paste them or convert them to a suitable format for use in OnSong). Let me know what you want.
      Best wishes and thank you for your kind comment – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  156. Amy says:

    your website is so wonderful. I try to learn strumming for the song
    modern has broken
    From your viedo, it seems that you would change the chord in the last strum, i.e. when the last up strum. Am I correct?

    Thank you

  157. Paul Taylor says:

    Could you post a song sheet for Local boy in the photograph please. I find these a great help .Cheers Paul

  158. linaflor says:

    Good day!

    Thanks for not only sharing your talent but also for your genuine and excellent way of teaching.

    I found you in YouTube and immediately subscribed to your channel. However, it’s only today that I followed the link to your website and realized that your it is exactly what I have been looking for! Kudos, Maestro!

    God bless you and your family!

    -With love and respect from Philippines

  159. Abdullah Alkhamis says:

    Hello Mr.Alan
    Thank you so much for effort in teaching guitar songs .. You have really unique pattern in teaching Sir. I know you receiving many song requests and I know your time sometimes does not permit but I would like to request a song and I will pay for this lesson .. Just tell me if this is ok for you and how much should I pay .. The song is (How am I supposed to live without you by Michael Bolton) .. I am looking for your reply sir ..

    Abdullah Alkhamis
    Saudi Arabia

    • alan says:

      Hi Abdullah, it is a great song and I would have liked to create a video but unfortunately it is out of my vocal range. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  160. thomas says:

    Hi Alan,
    I just came along your site yesterday and couldn’t stop playing till late night. I have plans to start again after many, many years. your videos are really motivating.
    thanks a lot.
    just one question. with some Songs your guitar is tuned in a different way. i already saw the detuning Video.
    how do i know in advance if the guitar has to be detuned 1, 2 or even more frets?

    best regards,

    • alan says:

      Hi Thomas and thanks for your kind comment. If you click the YouTube icon that appears when you run your mouse pointer over the bottom right hand side of the video you can view the video in YouTube which will explain the tuning in the video description. Its a bit clumsy but these vids originate from my YouTube channel so its the easiest way (other than me going through all of them and adding the tuning to the video title which would take ages). Best wishes with your renewed enthusiasm for playing- Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  161. John Tobin says:

    Hi Alan, I was using YouTube to find my favourite songs to play along with to assist with my learning and came across one of your videos and followed the Link to your site. I played along with some of my favourites on your site and really enjoyed the experience. I have been looking for a site that allows me to play along through the complete song and at my own pace and your site is exactly what I have been looking for.
    The structure of your site and your methodology makes the process of learning simple and fun.
    Thank you for taking the time and effort and good luck with your endeavours.
    I hope that my small donation helps you can continue for some time to come.

    Kind Regards

    John Tobin

    • alan says:

      Hi John, thank you for your kind and generous support, its greatly appreciated. I am glad you find my videos useful (I have no plans to stop creating them just yet). Best wishes with your playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  162. Elliott says:

    I the feel so lucky today. I was looking for a video for how to play “Dream” by The Everly Brothers and shazam there you were. I dig your site and deeply appreciate the enormous amount of dedication and work you’ve put into this. I will put my money where my mouth is and that right soon.
    As a beginner the best advice I’ve been given is just have fun and learn to play songs the rest will come. Well I love the way you teach how to play songs so I will be visiting here often.
    One question, I aim to go in the country/folk/blues tradition of Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie and the great finger and travis picking styles. Any advice on how to travel in that direction and or any songs you might have along those lines to get me going?
    Elliott (Atlanta, GA)

    • alan says:

      Hi Elliott

      Thank you for your kind donation and your nice comment, I really appreciate you supporting my efforts. I have not created any travis picking videos as yet but I do intend to (specifically The Beatles – Julia and Dear Prudence and the Kansas song – Dust In The Wind). If you have never fingerpicked before you may find it useful to learn a few easier finger picking songs first (so you don’t get too frustrated). I would suggest Everybody Hurts by REM, Everyday by Buddy Holly, Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger or Help Me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson. ( I have posted others that would also be suitable for a beginner). Even if you don’t particularly like these songs, learning their picking patterns will help your brain gain familiarity with the distance between the strings on your guitar etc.

      I hope this helps. Best wishes with your playing and thank you again for your support. Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  163. Antoine says:

    Hello Alan,

    I watch your video since so many years now but I never really take the time to stop by and just say thank you. So here I am.
    I learned so many song with you, your play and you voice are also so great and sometimes I just sit there and listen to you.

    Thank you so much for all you’re doing.

    Guitar Player From France

    • alan says:

      Hi Antoine, thank you for taking the time to place a nice comment. Best wishes with your playing – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Anna says:

    Hi Alan!
    Thank you very much for your time and expertise. Your lessons are so positive and inspiring that I immediately believe in myself. I wish you further achievements.

  165. John Cmiel says:

    Greetings Alan:
    I just discovered your site and I am most impressed. I tried to create a Fingerstyle Guitar tutorial a couple of years ago in an attempt to give back to the internet community. My meager effort is nowhere close to your wonderful products.
    I reviewed your offering of “Wonderful Tonight”. Very nicely done.
    It appears that one of the tools you may be using is OnSong. If that’s the case, I wonder if you have given consideration to making the songs available for download in OnSong format. I would be most interested in purchasing several if they were available.
    Warmest regards,

    • alan says:

      Hi John, thank you for your kind words. I have never heard of OnSong. I create all the graphics using Adobe Photoshop then add them a frame at a time to the raw footage using Adobe Premier Elements. As far as I know I cannot offer videos for sale due to copyright restrictions (I do not own the rights to any of the songs I cover) but I would be happy to if I could.
      Best wishes with your playing and thank you again for your nice comment – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

      • John Cmiel says:

        Hi Alan
        Thank you for your prompt reply. OnSong can be found in the Apple App Store. It allows users to eliminate their paper music books, primarily a benefit when you’re on a gig. I have been transferring my paper music to my iPad. They provide several ways of importing your music, through iTunes, PDF, Word documents, keyboard etc. I have no affiliation with the developers, but it is a very nice program. I was hoping I could save some typing time by downloading your music PDF, not the video, into their program. It’s tedious work getting them into the format, but once it’s in, it’s in.
        Best Regards,

  166. Ed Asturias says:

    Alan, thank you again for your AWESOME guitar lessons. I’ve been a fan of The Smiths, and Morrissey since I was 18 years old, I’m 44 years old now, and still loving their music. You covered two of my all time favorites.

    Best Regards,


    • alan says:

      Cheers Ed, thank you for your support (its greatly appreciated). I will be posting more Morrissey / Smiths. Best wishes – Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Arthur says:

    Hello Alan!
    Thanks so much for the great teacher job! Your website is very helps for me. Thanks to you for your time and video courses. My best wishes from Russia!

  168. Norman Pollard says:

    I think you are very gifted. I have asked you to do something before and I hate to bug you again, but I really think it would be something you would like too. There is a song that I, as a super beginner, would love to work on. It is really hard for me to see what he (Michael Reno Harrell) is doing so I am asking you to try and figure out this song “Gospel Tent” by Michael Reno Harrell. It is on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afezrkzl128. It is very catchy and something that requires more understanding that I have. If you get a chance to check it out, I am sure you will find it worthy of working on. Thank you again for all your hard work, we do appreciate you.

  169. VietTuan says:

    Hello Mr. Alan,
    I’ve been watching your videos on youtube for a long time and they’re great (both your guitar and your singing). And contents in your webside are awesome and well-arranged, too.
    im enjoy your videos very much and still learning my guitar from them.
    Please keep on doing your great job :-).

  170. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  171. Tom says:

    Thanx a lot…great work !

  172. 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?


    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  173. 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,


  174. Andy Thompson says:


    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)

  175. 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!

  176. Nick says:

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

  177. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  178. 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!


  179. 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.

  180. 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.

  181. 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 โ€“ Alan ๐Ÿ™‚ ”

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  182. Mario Lima says:

    I am from Brasil, congratulations for your lessons ….

  183. 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.

  184. 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

  185. Aloys Vierstraete says:

    Iรกm 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.


  186. david brooks says:

    Alan you make it look so friggin easy , lol

  187. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  188. blake says:

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

  189. Matt says:


    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!

  190. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  191. 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • alan says:

      Hi Jordan, I have not created a tutorial of Wake Me Up but have for Hey Brother. The songsheet is available for that one though ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jordan says:

        OMG!!! I am so sorry! ๐Ÿ™ I confused the names of the 2 songs!!! Sorry to cause you the trouble. Thanks for getting back to me though ๐Ÿ™‚
        LOVE your site and your videos!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  192. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


  193. 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.

  194. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your singing is really good too -I’m so jealous !- and makes the the whole performance a blast !

    I wish you the best ๐Ÿ™‚


    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  195. 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

  196. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  197. Horto says:

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

  198. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  199. 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…..

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  200. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. 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.

  202. 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

  203. 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

  204. 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

  205. 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,

  206. paul says:

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

    ps. what part of wales u from ?

  207. olli says:

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

  208. 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?

  209. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

  212. 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.

  213. Steve Hawley says:

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

  214. Dmitry says:

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

  215. 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.

  216. orgonitewish says:

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

  217. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    You are doing something amazing!

  218. peter collum says:

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

  219. CountryMusicRD says:

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

  220. 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.

  221. 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

  222. mike says:

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

  223. Ralf Voigtlรคnder 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 FleiรŸ 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 fรผr die tollen

  224. 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.

  225. รcaro 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”?

  226. Chris says:


    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.


  227. Brian Anderson says:

    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.

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  228. 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

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  229. 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.

  230. 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… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  231. 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!!!<——

  232. Garsiell Paculba says:

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

  233. 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.

  234. 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

  235. Shaikot wahid says:

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

  236. Jean-Michel TORRES says:

    Vraiment bravo pour ce site, super, enfin un site qui donne envie de jouer.
    Je me suis mรชme rachetรฉ une guitare pour reprendre les basics et vous m’avez redonnรฉ l’envie de jouer aprรจs 30 ans d’arrรชt, vraiment trรจs fort. Surtout n’arrรชtez pas !!!
    A mettre dans tous les favoris
    Un trรจs grand merci

  237. 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.
      Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  238. camilla says:

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

  239. 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…

  240. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  241. 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.

  242. aungkhant says:

    Really thank you for everything I learnt from u.U ARE MY GREAT TEACHER!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  243. 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.

  244. Yerlan says:

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

  245. bid says:

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

  246. 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

  247. 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,

  248. GORETTI CAMPOS says:

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

  249. 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 !

  250. 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 )

  251. 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

  252. 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!

  253. 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!!!

  254. Alwanda Anjar Prabowo says:

    I mean string size. thanka

  255. Patrick Joly says:

    Ton site est vraiement bien, je te connaissais sur youtube ou j’apprรฉcie ton travail, grace ร  toi je peux enfin me faire un rรฉpertoir 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.

  256. RODOLFO MORENO says:

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

  257. Afican Dude says:

    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…

  258. Kenny Z says:

    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.

  259. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  260. 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!

  261. 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.

  262. 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,

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  263. alain says:

    je suis francais ,et grace ร  vous et vos vidรฉos , j’apprend ร  jouer de la guitare !merci beaucoup.

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

    • alan says:

      Hi Alain
      Thank you, I hope my videos help you learn the guitar.
      Best wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bertrand says:

      Hi Alan,

      Thx a lot. Your tutorials are really great. May I suggest you to play a few french songs? From Maxime le Forestier ? or Serge Gainsbourg ? or any other french singer you like ?

  264. 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.

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

  265. 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!
    Hi Alan your work is soo good! It’s a simply and beautiful start for beginner that want to learn news and famous song!

  266. kirby says:

    wow mister your really good and your helping thanks a lot

  267. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Greetz from The Netherlands

  268. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  269. Rolly says:

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

  270. Tom says:

    you’re video are great!! it’s easely to understand and play ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you!!

  271. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  272. Dimi says:

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

  273. 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

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  274. 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 : )

  275. 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?

  276. 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

  277. Jason says:


    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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


  278. 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.

    • alan says:

      Hi Sajid and thank you for your support.
      That Richard Marx song is on my to-do list for next year.
      All the best.
      Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  279. 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!

  280. andrea says:

    sei il migliore!

  281. Francis says:

    Blowin in the wind (picking) please ๐Ÿ™‚

  282. Yana says:

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

  283. 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

  284. 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…

  285. 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?

  286. 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.

  287. Dean says:

    Hi Alan
    You play great guitar! If you simply, can you make a video analysis of the song Ugly Kid Joe โ€“ Cats In The Cradle ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks in advance.
    Dean ๐Ÿ™‚

  288. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  289. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks in advance.
    Dean ๐Ÿ™‚

  290. Vรญctor says:

    Hi, I’m Vรญctor, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  291. Shi-m says:

    Im’ Japanese age 19

    Request: pink floyd wish you were here

    Youโ€™re great.

  292. Francis says:

    “Leader of the band (picking)” please ๐Ÿ™ i want to play this song to my father ๐Ÿ™

  293. 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.
      Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  294. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you

    • alan says:

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  295. 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.

  296. Rachel says:

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just in case you were running dry on songs to do (just kidding with that)

  297. 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.

  298. 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.

  299. 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

  300. 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.

  301. 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,

  302. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • alan says:

      Hi Jen, you are right; it is a passion. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
      All the best, Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  303. yvonne says:

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

  304. 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.


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

  305. yopie wijaya says:

    its good tutorial,

  306. David Johnson says:

    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!


    • alan says:

      Thank you David for your positive feedback, I will check out those songs when I get a spare minute.
      Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  307. Sebastiรกn says:

    excellent !!!

    which guitar you use?

  308. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  309. 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!

  310. 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.

  311. Francia says:

    Slt Alan,
    Je cherche une chanson de James Taylor (You’v got a friend) sur youtube et je me suis tombรฉe sur votre vidรฉo, c’est tellement fantastique, en plus votre faรงons 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’annรฉe) mon frรจre avait une guitare et dans cette รฉpoque lร , 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 dรจs qu’il avait posรฉ son guitare, je le prenais et j’avais essayer de jouer avec (de rรฉpรฉter ce qu’il avait fait avant… lol!).
    Les annรฉes sont passรฉes et on s’est sรฉparรฉ moi et mon frรจre, donc depuis 20ans je ne joue pas de guitare.
    Maintenant, faute du temps et des diffรฉrentes 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 achetรฉ, est ce que je pourrai avoir qqs cours mรชme si juste pour les bases???? la folk (j’adore).
    Je vous remercie bcp et jโ€™apprรฉcie bien votre site.

  312. 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.

  313. 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.

  314. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  315. 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

  316. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  317. Helmer says:

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

  318. 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.

    • alan says:

      Hi Eugene, thank you for your kind words, your appreciation helps motivate me to keep going.
      All the best.
      Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  319. 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

  320. 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.

  321. 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.

  322. 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.

  323. Mark Tovey says:


    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.


  324. Annie says:

    Hi Alan,

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

  325. Richard says:

    Wow!!! itโ€™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!

  326. Francis says:

    Sir Allan, i want to request a song “dust in the wind (plucking)” and Annie’s Song (plucking) if possible ๐Ÿ™‚ i really like all your guitar tutorials its awesome and easy to learn :)thank you! i learned a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  327. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  328. 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!

  329. Ben Shrubshall says:

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

  330. 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!


    • 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.

  331. Anton says:

    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

  332. FRANK says:


  333. 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

  334. 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

  335. 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

  336. 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.

  337. 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” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for what you do

  338. expat2010 says:

    OK – will do.

    Thanks, mate.

  339. 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.

  340. 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?



    • 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.

  341. 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

  342. 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.


    • 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.

  343. 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)

  344. 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!

  345. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy, with your help, i can try to play it too! :)))

  346. 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 :))

    • alan says:

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

  347. 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!

  348. Mar says:

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

  349. Daniel says:

    Great site, very good !.

    Tnkx for sharing !!!

  350. 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

  351. 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


  352. 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.

  353. 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 !

  354. Shaun says:


    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

  355. 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”.

  356. 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.

      • 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!

  357. Anthony says:

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

  358. 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!

  359. 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.

  360. liloucha says:

    Merci beaucoup pour votre site qui est vraiment parfait pour les dรฉbutants!
    Je suis en France, je suis dรฉbutante et je suis heureuse d’avoir trouvรฉ votre site car votre explication est superbe!!!!
    Maintenant comment je dois faire pour avoir la rythmique!!!????? Ca fait que 3 semaines que j’ai dรฉbutรฉ la guitare…..
    Merci pour tout et trรจs bonne continuation…et encore BRAVO. Gaรซlle.

    • 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 ร  changer d’une corde ร  l’autre en douceur, puis de maintenir un rythme solide devient plus facile.
      J’espรจre que cela aide.
      Meilleurs vล“ux.

  361. sandra says:

    Wonderful website for guitar enthusiast like me!

  362. 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.

  363. Pegula says:

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

  364. Josรฉ 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.

  365. 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 ?

  366. 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

  367. Valeri says:

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

  368. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 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.

  369. 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) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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.

  370. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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,
        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…

  371. lertphomuangpan says:

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

  372. Zac Sullivan says:

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


  373. 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.

  374. bob says:

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

    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.

  375. 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

  376. Ivan Droguett says:

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

  377. 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!

  378. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  379. 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…

  380. 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 ^_^

  381. 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.