Bad Company Song Lesson Playlist

In the world of music, every once in a while, previously acclaimed musicians get together to write and perform music. When they form a band, we call this a supergroup. One of the best examples of a supergroup in the 1970s was the English rock band, Bad Company. The band formed when Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (formerly of the band, Free) converged with King Krimson’s bassist, Boz Burrell and former Mott the Hoople guitar player, Mick Ralphs. This juggernaut of a band achieved high levels of commercial success though the 1970s, with their first three studio albums breaching the top five in the US and UK. Though the lineup of members switched at various points over the band’s career, together they crafted some of rock’s most recognizable tunes.

Here at JamPlay, you can learn some of Bad Company’s biggest hits from real professional guitar players. Let’s take a look at some Bad Company guitar lessons!

“Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Boasting a single release and a debut on Bad Company’s second studio album, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” was a smash hit from the start. This song peaked in the Top 20 in the US, UK, Canada, and New Zealand. Plus it was successfully covered by other notable performers including Pauline Henry, Kid Rock, and South Park creator, Trey Parker.

In this guitar lesson, pro guitar player, Chris Buono shows you how to play all of the guitar parts for “Feel Like Makin’ Love” in its entirety. The song includes a couple acoustic gutiar parts, an electric guitar part, and a harmonized guitar solo. Get the breakdown of the song in Chris’ full lesson on JamPlay!

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy” by Bad Company – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy” is Bad Company’s best-selling single ever, and has been certified Gold (500,000 sales by US standards). It peaked at No. 13 on the Us Billboard Hot 100, and remains a recognizable staple in classic rock radio formats.

The song features two electric guitar parts, some straight-ahead rock rhythms, some exciting trills, and other early-intermediate-level guitar techniques. For the breakdown of the whole song, check out pro guitarist, DJ Phillips’ full lesson on JamPlay!

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Elvis Presley Song Lesson Playlist

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It would be tough to talk about popular music, notably rock ‘n’ roll, without mentioning one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century: Elvis Presley. Dubbed the “King of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Elvis wrote, recorded, and covered popular music from 1953 to 1977. His stardom was a global phenomenon and was the target of both laud and ire. Despite any controversy Elvis was subject to, his musical achievements were astronomical; he is regarded as the best-selling (in terms of claimed sales) solo musical artist ever. Elvis won three GRAMMY Awards, holds the record for most albums that charted on Billboard’s Hot 200, and is an inductee into pretty much every hall of fame related to the music he made. There’s no denying Elvis made some great hits.

If you’re eager to learn some of Elvis’ best songs, you’ve come to the right place! With some of JamPlay’s top educators, you can learn songs by Elvis note-for-note at a pace that’s right for you. Let’s take a look at some Elvis Presley song lessons!

“That’s All Right Mama” by Elvis Presley – Song Lesson – JamPlay

The song, “That’s All Right” was originally written and performed by blues performer, Arther Crudup in 1949. But, as the story goes, Elvis recorded his version of it on a whim while paying for studio time at Memphis Recording Service in 1953. A few days after it was recorded, a popular Memphis DJ, Dewey Phillips spun Elvis’ version for the first time, which resulted in calls flooding into the radio station. “That’s All Right” became Elvis and his trio’s debut single.

In this lesson, John Auker shows you how to play “That’s All Right” on guitar. For the full breakdown with tab & notation, check out John’s lesson on JamPlay!

“Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Elvis has started his recording career with Memphis-based label, Sun Records. But in order to gain recognition on a national level, he needed partners that had the means to get him there. He signed with RCA Victor in 1955, and released his first breakthrough single, “Heartbreak Hotel” in January of 1956. Upon its debut, this smash hit spent seven weeks at the top of Billboard’s US Hot 100. Over its lifetime, “Heartbreak Hotel” earned its place in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, made its way into Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and has gone double platinum in the US.

In this guitar lesson, Chris Liepe shows you how to play “Heartbreak Hotel” in its entirety. For the full breakdown, check out his in-depth lesson on JamPlay!

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Blues Legend Keb’ Mo’ Announces His First-Ever Interactive Video Masterclass Series with TrueFire Studios

Blues Legend Keb’ Mo’ Announces His First-Ever Interactive Video Masterclass Series with TrueFire Studios

The Five-Time GRAMMY Award Winner Shares His Musical Perspectives, Songwriting Approaches, and Signature Guitar Techniques with the World of Online Music Education

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NASHVILLE, NOVEMBER 30th, 2022 — Five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ today announced the upcoming release of his first-ever Interactive Video Masterclass Series produced in partnership with TrueFire Studios.

The extensive and immersive masterclass examines all aspects of Keb’s innovative, genre-bending songwriting and guitar artistry. The series will be presented in various interactive formats, including streaming and downloads for all desktop and mobile devices.

Using his extensive discography as the framework for the masterclass, Keb’ will perform and then share insights about his creative songwriting approaches and his signature acoustic and electric guitar techniques.

“I am beyond excited to share the inner workings of my craft with other singer-songwriters and students of guitar. I perform and share insights about many of my fan’s favorite songs, from early recordings to my present-day albums. I share many of the performance and guitar techniques that I use all of the time, on stage and in the studio.

You’ll have TrueFire Studios’ interactive learning tools at your fingertips, so you can play and practice along with me. The tab and notation are synced to the video with looping and slo-mo controls so you can learn at your own pace.” said Keb’ Mo’.

The Keb’ Mo’ Masterclass series is scheduled for an early 2023 release and will be available only at KebMo.com and TrueFire Studios’ family of online music education brands, including ArtistWorks.com, TrueFire.com, and JamPlay.com.

Pre-orders are available now at: https://truefire.com/live/keb-mo

ABOUT KEB’ MO’

Legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keb’ Mo’ is an American blues musician and five-time Grammy Award, winner. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop, and country.

Keb’ has also appeared as himself in Martin Scorcese’s The Blues, Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, and a wide variety of projects portraying Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary Can’t You Hear The Wind Howl, Howlin’ Wolf on CMT’s Sun Records, and the ghostly bluesman, Possum in John Sayles’ 2007 film Honeydripper. Keb’ has also performed on Letterman, Leno, Conan, Colbert, and Austin City Limits, in addition to appearing on nationally televised broadcasts from The Kennedy Center, The Ryman Auditorium, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival.

A passionate philanthropist and outspoken activist, Keb’ has devoted countless hours and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of social, environmental, and racial justice throughout his career.

For everything Keb’ Mo’, visit his website at https://kebmo.com/

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Over 3 million music students, pro musicians, and fans from virtually every country in the world, “Practice smart and play hard” with TrueFire Studios’ massive library of interactive video music lessons, patented learning systems, and all-star faculty of artists and educators. TrueFire Studios’ family of brands, websites, and social networks include TrueFire, ArtistWorks, JamPlay, and FaderPro.

“TrueFire Studios is a masterpiece of user experience with a multinational online community of over 3 million guitarists and a social media footprint that is double that of its biggest competitor,“ says Adweek journalist Brad Brinegar in his “Most Interesting Disruptors We Must Keep Watching in 2021” article.

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Different Types of Electric Guitar Pickups

Different Types of Electric Guitar Pickups

It’s fairly obvious that the key difference between acoustic guitars and electric guitars is in the name. Electric guitars rely on electromagnetic guitar pickups to produce sound, while acoustic guitars rely on physical acoustic projection to amplify their strings. But, how exactly do guitar pickups work? And why do different ones sound different?

For starters, let’s answer that first question. Put as simply as possible, guitar pickups are electromagnetic sensors that translate the vibrations from magnetic strings into a signal that can be amplified and played through a speaker. But when translating signals into sound, there are some undesirable artifacts that can emerge. The most notable of these artifacts are humming noises that come from electromagnetic interference. So, over the years, pickup makers invented some clever workarounds that resulted in some new tonal signatures (some of which we’re all quite fond)! So, let’s take a look at the different types of pickups and what they’re good for!

As with guitar tonewoods, it’s important to note that there is not one best type of guitar pickup. It’s all about preference and what tones you are trying to achieve. There are many different variations of guitar pickups. But today, we’ll be looking at the three most basic types.

Single Coil Guitar Pickups1. Single Coil Pickups

Derived from the original “horseshoe” pickup first invented in the mid 1930s, the single-coil guitar pickup is the most basic of the standard guitar pickups. Its construction consists of permanent magnetic poles (one for each string) that are fixed between bobbin plates. The poles are then wound with copper wire, and is referred to as the “coil.” The magnetic poles generate a magnetic field. Then when a guitar’s strings vibrate, they disrupt the magnetic field. The coil then translates these magnetic disruptions into an electrical current, which travels through an instrument cable to an amplifier, which boosts the sound before it plays through a speaker.

Of the pickups we’re covering here, single coil pickups generally sound the brightest, and handle clean boosting quite well. Conversely, they tend to do a little less well with high levels of distortion. These pickups are famously included in most Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters, and are popularly associated with surf and country music. In fact, you can see a single coil pickup in a Stratocaster in the image at the top of this article (it’s the pickup at the top of the image). One of the big drawbacks of single coil pickups, however, is that they are VERY good at picking up ambient signals like radio waves, fields from household electrical appliances, and 60-cycle hum from your power source. This issue was largely solved by the inventor of the next pickup on our list. Let’s check it out!

 

Humbucking Pickups2. Humbucker Pickups

In the 1950s, we saw the emergence of humbucking pickups in electric guitars. These ingenious additions essentially consist of two coils with opposite polarity that sit parallel to each other, and are wound in opposite directions. The result is that interference that causes hum is greatly reduced, and you have less noisy signal. But that’s not all. Humbuckers have a unique tone unto themselves.

Popularized by Gibson and their Les Paul model, humbuckers carry a lot more mid range than single coils. They also lack the high end that’s present in a single coil tone. So, these pickups handle high levels of distortion with ease, and are often preferred by guitarists playing rock and metal music. On the other hand, they can lean toward sounding muddy when played with a clean signal. One exception to this, however, is their use in jazz guitar music, where they are generally preferred for their fidelity and mellow tone.

P-90 Pickups3. P-90 Pickups

If you are wondering to yourself, “why isn’t there a pickup that perfectly strikes the balance between single coil and humbucking pickups?” then let us introduce the P-90 pickup! Though they are technically still a “single coil” pickup, the coils are wound onto a wider bobbin that keep the wire further from the magnetic poles. Thus, this pickup retains some of the brightness of a single coil, but also shares some warmth with humbuckers. P-90s can also withstand more distortion than single coils, but still sound great when running through a clean channel.

P-90s were developed by Gibson as an alternative to their Charlie Christian pickup (that was popularly associated with their ES-150). These pickups are not just for jazz, however. Because of their tonal balance, they are extremely versatile and are often used in rock, blues, and country amongst other styles.

 

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The Runaways Song Lesson Playlist

There’s no denying that the 1970s were all about rock ‘n’ roll. Though the genre was largely dominated by male musicians, there were a few brightly shining exceptions to the rule. The Runaways, an all-female band from Los Angeles, became a much-hyped rock group after their 1975 debut. Over the years, the band notably consisted of members, Joan Jett (rhythm guitar), Sandy West (drums), Cherie Currie (singer), Lita Ford (lead guitar) and Jackie Fox (bass). Though the band never quite amassed a fervent following in the U.S., they did find incredible success over seas. Japan, in particular, had a soft spot for The Runaways, and lent to the band’s only chart-topping hit.

Here to teach you how to play some of their biggest hits is The Runaways’ lead guitarist, herself, Lita Ford! Let’s start jamming!

“Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways – Song Lesson – JamPlay

We mentioned The Runaways had a No. 1 hit, right? According to Cherie Currie, “Cherry Bomb” was written hastily in order to audition her to be the singer of the group. Little did they know this would be their most notable hit as a band. Though it almost broke into Billboard’s U.S. Hot 100, the song peaked at the top of the charts in Japan in 1976.

In this lesson, former The Runaways’ guitarist, Lita Ford shows you how to play “Cherry Bomb” the way she played it on stages across the world. Check out the whole song’s breakdown here on JamPlay!

“Waitin’ For The Night” by The Runaways – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Waitin’ For The Night” was the title track from The Runaways’ 1977 album, which featured the band as a quartet after the departure of singer, Cherie Currie. The song largely consists of an open chord riff and some perfect fifth rock rhythms. You may have to get your hybrid picking hand ready for this one!

In this lesson, Lita Ford shows you how she played this track with The Runaways during her time with the band. Check out the full breakdown on JamPlay!

 

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Cool Guitar Gadgets & Guitar Stocking Stuffers

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It’s that time of year again… where we show the guitar players in our lives just how much they mean to us. But what kind of gifts do you get for a guitarist? We know, it can feel a little tricky. Luckily, JamPlay is here to help! We’ve put together a list of go-to gifts and gadgets that are perfect for your beloved axe-playing aficionado. Let’s check them out:

Amps… On The Go!

The way you amplify your electric guitar has a huge influence on your tone. Here are a few tiny ways to bring your favorite tones along with you!

Learning Tools. Start Playing Today!

No matter what stage of the guitar learning journey you are in there’s always room for improvement! Here’s what we think can take you to the next level:

The good stuff.

These gifts are no stocking stuffers. These are the real deal. We can speak for many (if not all) guitar players: the holy grail of gifts is a new instrument. So, if you’re looking for a big finale when giving gifts this year, consider one of these prizes!

Accessories & Essentials.

Headphones, cables, slides, picks, tuners, capos, et al. All things we need and all things that are also constantly improving and becoming EVEN COOLER! Flat patch cables that are just as sturdy? Done. Guitar slides that are near indestructible and fit like a glove. We’ve got those too. Bags for any occasion and picks that roll off the thumb (not literally)? Also, consider it accomplished. The sky’s the limit for an always-better-working accessory.

That’s All Folks!

From all of us at Jamplay, make sure above all to have a happy and safe holiday season. Get some practice in and we hope to see you taking advantage of some of the great gear and guitar learning opportunities out there. Jam on!


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Creedence Clearwater Revival Song Lesson Playlist

Creedence Clearwater Revival, or “CCR,” was a California-born rock band that found its peak success between 1969 and 1971. Because of their popularity, a handful of the band’s songs achieved high accolades, such as being inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and landing in Rolling Stones’ list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Despite the band’s falling out in 1972, their biggest hits remain staples on Classic Rock Radio playlists to this day. John Fogerty, the band’s singer and primary songwriter, also continues to perform these hits as a solo act.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of CCR’s biggest hits that YOU can learn on guitar using JamPlay’s incredible song-learning system!

“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Song Lesson – JamPlay

The leading single from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album, Green River, “Bad Moon Rising” was the band’s second certified Gold song. It hovered at No. 1 on the UK’s Singles charts for three straight weeks, and was one of five CCR tracks to peak at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. John Fogerty reportedly found inspiration to write the song after watching a scene in the movie, The Devil and Daniel Webster.

The instrumentation of “Bad Moon Rising” features an acoustic guitar part, and two electric guitars that are both tuned down a whole step. For the breakdown of this classic hit, check out Mark Brennan‘s full song lesson on JamPlay!

“Down On The Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Song Lesson – JamPlay

A B-Side of CCR’s other hit single “Fortunate Son,” the song, “Down On The Corner” became an international success upon its release in 1969. While peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, it also peaked at No. 4, 5, and 2 in Canada, New Zealand, and Germany respectively.

This rock classic features a recognizable electric guitar riff that’s mirrored in the bass. Learn all the guitar parts with Mark Brennan in his full JamPlay song lesson!

“Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Song Lesson – JamPlay

The first of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s tunes to peak at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, “Proud Mary” was another 1969 gold single. Two years later, in 1971, Ike & Tina Turner released a cover of the song that peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100, and won them a GRAMMY Award.

The song is comprised of two main electric guitar parts: one rhythm and one lead. There’s also a classic John Fogerty style solo. For a breakdown of all the parts, follow along with Mark Brennan in his full song lesson on JamPlay!

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JamPlay and blues-rock guitarist, Seth Rosenbloom have teamed up to give away the best new addition to your pedalboard: Surfy Industries’ SurfyTrem Tremolo Guitar Pedal. This glorious piece of gear puts the sweet tremolo effects found in 1960s Fender Showman and Blackface amplifiers into a compact stomp box. The SurfyTrem is a go-to pedal for Seth Rosenbloom when switching up sonic textures – whether he’s rockin’ the rhythm or soaring on a blues guitar solo. Enter for your chance to WIN!

 

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Eric Clapton Song Lesson Playlist

To round off our rock-themed October, we’re going to highlight one of the most influential guitar players to have every lived. Though also classified as a blues artist, Eric Clapton is, without a doubt, one of the most revered rock guitar players in history. Hailing from Surrey, England, Eric Clapton was a founding member of the legendary groups, The Yardbirds, and Cream before embarking on his full-fledged solo career. He is ranked second in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and is the recipient of 18 GRAMMY Awards (among many other awards). Eric Clapton was also made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1994 and 2004 respectively. This makes him one high honor away from entering British Knighthood!

Eric Clapton’s widespread influence on the guitar community was proliferated, in part, by his enthralling songwriting. Let’s take a look at some of his hits that you can learn on guitar at JamPlay!

“I’ve Got A Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart” by Eric Clapton – Song Lesson – JamPlay

A single from Eric Clapton’s 1983 album, Money and Cigarettes, “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ roll Heart” had two instances of rising to popularity. First, upon its release, the song peaked at No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts. Then, in 2010, the song regained popularity in the from of digital downloads after being used in a T-Mobile ad in which Eric, himself, made an appearance.

The song itself is comprised of a couple different rhythm guitar parts, and a notable lead guitar line. You can get the breakdown of all of these guitar parts in Mark Brennan‘s full song lesson on JamPlay!

“Lay Down Sally” by Eric Clapton – Song Lesson – JamPlay

First released as a single featuring J. J. Cale’s “Cocaine” as a B-side, “Lay Down Sally” was released in 1977 and garnered critical acclaim. Eric Clapton credits his band members, as well as J. J. Cale as inspiration for the country rock style in which the song was written and performed. The song would go on to peak at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Lay Down Sally” featured a couple interlocking guitar parts that lay the harmonic and rhythmic textures for the song. Learn these parts note-for-note with Callum Bair‘s full song lesson on JamPlay!

“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Wonderful Tonight,” like “Lay Down Sally,” was included on Eric Clapton’s 1977 hit album, Slowhand. According to Clapton, he wrote the song about his then-wife, Pattie Boyd as she got ready for Linda and Paul McCartney’s 1976 Buddy Holly Party. The song peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and is certified Platinum in the UK.

Featuring some of the prettiest guitar parts Eric Clapton has ever written and recored, “Wonderful Tonight” is a timeless blues ballad. Learn all of the guitar parts as they were recorded with Christian Davis‘ full song lesson on JamPlay!

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Jethro Tull Song Lessons Featured

Jethro Tull Song Lesson Playlist

If a rock band stands the test of time, it’s only natural that their sound evolves between albums. Most, however, can’t quite compete with the amount of stylistic shifts made by British rock group, Jethro Tull. One of the main reasons for the band’s ever-evolving nature is that members have always come and gone. The one exception to this is the band’s lead singer, flautist, and acoustic guitarist, Ian Anderson, who has been the band’s only constant member.

Over their career, Jethro Tull’s albums have gone platinum five times, and gold 11 times; the band has sold 60 million records globally. Their 1969 album, Stand Up peaked at No. 1 in the UK. 18 years later, their 1987 album, Crest of a Knave won the band a controversial GRAMMY Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental.

In this blog, we’ll be highlighting some of Jethro Tull’s hits by featuring a few comprehensive song lessons from JamPlay’s top educators. Let’s dive right in!

“Aqualung” by Jethro Tull – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Although singer and writer, Ian Anderson says that Jethro Tull’s album, Aqualung isn’t a concept album, critics and fans widely regard it as one. The album’s central themes revolve around the division of God and religion. The “Aqualung” character, who is the subject of the album’s title track, is said to have been inspired by a homeless person who Ian Anderson’s wife photographed. This song is one of Jethro Tull’s most played tracks during live performances, and is currently their No 1. song on Spotify.

In this lesson, JamPlay educator, Mark Brennan demonstrates the different guitar parts on “Aqualung” note-for-note. For the breakdown of all the parts, check out Mark Brennan’s full Jethro Tull song lesson on JamPlay.

“Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull – Song Lesson – JamPlay

The only song that Jethro Tull plays live arguably more than “Aqualung” is the song, “Locomotive Breath” from the same album. According to lea singer, Ian Anderson, the song’s rhythm is meant to mimic the chugging of a train. The lyrical content of the song is meant to serve as a social commentary about the world’s overpopulation and capitalism.

In this guitar lesson from Dennis Hodges, you’ll learn not only the guitar parts for “Locomotive Breath,” but the transcribed flute solo as well. For the breakdown of this iconic rock song, check out Dennis’ full song lesson on JamPlay.

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