Songwriting Lessons In London

Interested in learning how to write songs? Ready to take your songwriting to the next level?

I teach beginning to advanced songwriting to students–guitar skills are a plus but aren’t required!

Whether you’re looking to become a serious songwriter or just want to get into songwriting for fun, songwriting lessons can help you get your songs together quickly.

In songwriting lessons, we’ll look at popular song structures and various song forms, how to put a melody together, setting words to music and how to paint great pictures with your lyrics.

 London Songwriting Study, you will examine your favourite  songs, learn to play them on guitar, understand the theory behind their construction, and (if you choose) learn to apply those concepts to your own songs.

  • Create memorable verses, prechoruses, choruses, and bridges
  • Choose the most effective song form for every song you write
  • Understand the structures behind the hits
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    Songwriting Lessons in London

If you dream of taking your music beyond the shower, you’ll want to do it right. In our courses, you will learn how to structure songs, create “hooks,” craft lyrics, manipulate melody, rhythm and harmony, merge words with music, and write toward genre. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you favor pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, country, music, lyrics, or both, we’ll show you how to write songs that soar.Contact me today if you’re ready to get those songs out of your head and out into the world!

Our teachers are professional musicians who are well respected in the music industry. We employ only the very best teachers who have many achievements collectively and individually, from touring all over the world to graduating from outstanding music programs, and all whom have a love for teaching their instrument.

London Songwriting Lessons @ London Guitar Academy the home of Music in London.




Testimonials and Lesson Reviews √

James is amazing teacher. I can’t speak highly enough of him. I’ve learned so much from James. He has vast knowledge of music and an ability to teach that is invaluable. I always marveled at how James could just name of all the notes on the string from memory like it was nothing and recite music theory like second nature. James is a true musician and if you’re looking to just start out on guitar or hone your craft look no further. I’d also personally recommend checking out James’s awesome guitar solo’s if you want to hear some truly wonderful playing. I look forward to every lesson and learning something new. Sign up for classes now; you won’t be disappointed. √
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“James is friendly, enthusiastic, and professional. He also is a great guitar player. You couldn’t ask for a better combination in a teacher! I started five weeks ago with very little experience playing guitar. James was able to help me build on my prior music background to get me playing real songs and rhythm right away – he tailored the lessons to my ability level and started working with me form the beginning to establish good habits. This has helped me improve rapidly. However, I never felt overwhelmed. He also keeps in touch with me via email and social media over the week, which motivates me to practice! I am really enjoying “feeling” myself get better each week. Thanks James ” Tilly SW3 √
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Great lessons! Definitely recommended! Experienced, full of knowledge & enthusiasm!
Shane Brighton √
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“I have seen James every week for almost three years.  During that time I have learned a tremendous amount about playing the guitar and writing and recording music.  When I first visited James I was a moderately competent guitarist who could play others’ basic songs.  I now play in a band and have written over 20 songs that I have recorded with James.  James teaches in a hands-on, practical way and tailors lessons to students’ aptitude and musical tastes.  He is also an excellent producer who offers insightful ideas and guidance on all aspects of song structure, mix and sound.  He is very energetic and positive and my time in the studio is usually the highlight of my week.”


I’ve learnt so much so quickly. James’s lessons are great fun covering all the music i like and more. Plus the guitars at the studio are the best and so good to play!


Everything just clicked. All of a sudden the guitar became easy


There are guitar teachers, and there there’s James. James makes learning the guitar a total musical experience.


I first studied with James Stratton in 2007. Under his expert guidance I started writing my own songs and am currently working on my third CD.  James is an inspiring and charismatic teacher with a deep-founded musicality and a full understanding of all different styles of music. He is great fun to work with and sensitive and adaptable to an individual’s needs. I highly recommend him to guitarists of any level who want to improve their skills or to beginners looking to fall in love with this beautiful instrument.  James works out of his own recording studio and is also a talented producer experienced in Logic.  To hear some of the songs we’ve recorded together go to


I’ve had lessons with James for years and my guitar playing as improved considerably, both technically and creatively. He’s been extremely knowledgeable, helpful in improving my weaknesses, and is a great guy to learn from! Lessons are always fun, and i’d definitely recommend him if you want to learn guitar.

Charlie Weaver – Lonsdale Boys Club

Guitar is the universal language which James speaks fluently! James teaches guitar in a digestible, exciting way. He focuses on both theory and technique that culture you as not just a guitarist but a well rounded musician. His song writing and production expertise make for a unique and unrivalled learning experience. I owe an awful lot to James as a guitarist, musician, performer and songwriter – I hope this doesn’t sound over the top but he couldn’t come more highly recommended by me.”


Without question, James is the best teacher I have ever met.



There is a little rock and roll lurking inside all of us; James specialises in teasing it out, sharpening it up and making it sound great! I play to relax and to entertain friends and family. James understands my level of commitment and tunes our lessons accordingly. My guitar skills have improved, but it’s also been loads of fun. He Keeps me rocking man!


Lessons with James have taken me Beyond my wildest dreams: I was one of those people who would say I have no musical abilities when asked if I play an instrument. When I first met james I could not play a chord, I didn’t even know what a chord was, 4 months later I played my first gig. I now play in 2 bands and have performed at cafe de Paris, the underbelly, barfly, bush hall and the troubadour. James’ wonderful teaching style, incredible knowledge of all musical genre’s and nurturing character has literally changed my life and he can change yours. Jon ford, lead singer, songwriter: Hijakkt and the rocky bay band


Having lessons with James for over 5 years has given me the opportunity to develop my guitar playing skills and technique as well as creativity. Lessons are always fun with James as he is so enthusiastic and willing to help in what ever way he can. He teaches with passion and genuinely wants to see each of his pupils develop and improve as a guitarist and a musician. I can not recommend James highly enough, without him I would not be close to the guitarist I am now!

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Best Guitar Teacher in London. Passion, dedication, and pure fun – this is the London Guitar Academy. I am a beginner student on my third teacher in the last year, and James is the best by far. We have a group of three of my friends who are all on different levels, and he does a great job of challenging the advanced students and keeping the beginner on pace. He teaches you how to play entire songs with whatever chords that you know, instead of just learning certain parts of songs, which makes practicing much more interesting. His focus on quality technique over learning a lot of new things will benefit me in the long run. His talent as a guitar player inspires students to continue to learn.James’s is simply the best music class that I have ever participated in! 2 Thumbs up Paul  √
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Guitar lessons with James are fantastic. Great studio atmosphere and would recommend him to anyone. I learned more in the first few lessons than I did in my entire life learning on my own. The best teacher I’ve ever had!!  Simon Notting Hill√
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“Coming into a guitar lesson with James I  didn’t know what to expect. I was stuck in a rut. Now every week I have a something new to learn! It’s exciting to know that a teacher was once in your shoes and teaches at an exceptionally well pace. I’m never too overwhelmed and I always have something to do. I’m getting taught things i’ve always wanted to know!” — Ali SW7 √

“I have been taking guitar lessons for the last 9 months, and I already feel like I have accomplished so much! James not only has the proven experience but he also has GREAT teaching skills that have helped me reach my goals at a quicker pace.Guitar Lessons Kensington really are great! It’s a very collaborative learning environment and it’s exciting to know that I can pick a song and be able to work on it and not have to wait years to try it!” — Keith W8.

“After playing on my own for some time, I had gotten into all kinds of bad habits. I was very glad to start taking lessons with James because he has a great way of teaching guitar in an engaging, motivating way. Soon I was working out of my odd habits and learning how to play some amazing music, from Blackbird to AC/DC. James is excellent at bringing together playing style, technique, and music fundamentals in an efficient way that accelerates learning and makes it fun.”Chris SW1X  √

BB King Guitar Great

The Mighty Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an African-American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list),[1] and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.[2] According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.”[3] King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, because of this he is often nicknamed ‘The King of Blues’.BB also has an powerful soulful singing voice that has proved a powerful foil for his beautiful guitar playing.

BB King Lucille
Perhaps no other musical partnership has a history as long as that of the blues legend B.B. King and his beloved guitar named “Lucille.” Today the Gibson B.B. King Lucille model is a gorgeous ebony queen with gold hardware bearing King’s name on its headstock. But over the years there have been many Lucilles, including an actual woman whose name King took for his guitar.In the winter of 1949, King played at a dance hall in Twist, Arkansas. In order to heat the hall, a barrel half-filled with kerosene was lit, a fairly common practice at the time. During a performance, two men began to fight, knocking over the burning barrel and sending burning fuel across the floor. The hall burst into flames, which triggered an evacuation. Once outside, King realized that he had left his guitar inside the burning building. He entered the blaze to retrieve his beloved $30 Gibson guitar. Two people died in the fire. The next day, King learned that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. King named that first guitar Lucille, as well as every one he owned since that near-fatal experience, as a reminder never again to do something as stupid as run into a burning building or fight over women.[1][2]

B.B. King wrote a song called “Lucille” where he talks about his guitar and how it got that name. The song was first released as part of Lucille and it is included on the B. B. King Anthology 1962–1998 album.

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Lucille Blues Guitar Great

“It seems that it loves to be petted and played with. There’s also a certain way you hold it, the certain noises it makes, the way it excites me … and Lucille don’t want to play anything but the blues … Lucille is real, when I play her it’s almost like hearing words, and of course, naturally I hear cries.” — B.B. King, liner notes from the album, Lucille, 1968


Love music play guitar @ London Guitar Academy the natural home os Guitar Lessons in London.“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.” BB KING

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Our studio is located at 21 LONSDALE ROAD, QUEENS PARK, LONDON NW6 6RA. For any questions, please call us at 07957 230 354 “Unique and unrivalled learning experience”


Guitar Songs to LOVE & Learn!

During my guitar lessons at the London Guitar Academy,pupils often ask me what kind of music I play… when the is so much great guitar music out there is tricky to give a definitive  answer!Becouse the truth is i love great songs and great songwriters….like we all do Below  are some of the songs that I have learned myself or taught to my pupils.Book a guitar lesson with me today and I can also teach some of them to you….Here’s some great chord charts from Heartwood Guitar…enjoy!WE LOVE MUSIC WE PLAY GUITAR.LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY THE HOME OF GUITAR LESSONS IN LONDON!


Adams, Ryan – Nuclear
Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like a Lady
Aguilera, Christina – Beautiful S
All-American Rejects, The – Dirty Little Secret
All-American Rejects, The – It Ends Tonight S
All-American Rejects, The – Swing, Swing S
Allman Brothers, The – Melissa S
Allman Brothers, The – Ramblin Man S
Aly and AJ – Greatest Time of Year
America – Horse With No Name S
America – Ventura Highway
Arbo, Rani and Daisy Mayhem – Roses S
Armstrong, Louis – Makin’ Whoopie
Arrogant Worms, The – Happy Birthday
Ataris, The – The Saddest Song
Avett Brothers – Paranoia in B Major S
Avett Brothers – Shame S
Avett Brothers – Slight Figure of Speech S
Avett Brothers, The – All My Mistakes S



Backstreet Boys, The – As Long As You Love Me S
Badly Drawn Boy – A Minor Incident
Band Perry, The – If I Die Young S
Band, The – The Weight S
Band, The – Up on Cripple Creek
Barenaked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars
Beatles, The – Drive My Car S
Beatles, The – Eleanor Rigby S
Beatles, The – Here There And Everywhere S
Beatles, The – Hey Jude S
Beatles, The – Let it Be S
Beatles, The – Revolution
Beatles, The – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Beatles, The – With a Little Help From My Friends S
Beatles, The – Yellow Submarine
Beck – Girl S
Beck – The Golden Age S
Belle and Sebastian – Judy and the Dream of Horses S
Black Keys, The – Lonely Boy S
Blink 182 – First Date
Blink 182 – I Miss You
Blunt, James – You’re Beautiful S
Bowie, David – Ziggy Stardust S
Bowling for Soup – 1985 S
Bragg, Billy and Wilco – California Stars S
Bragg, Billy and Wilco – One By One S
Branch, Michelle – All You Wanted
Branch, Michelle – Second Chances
Bruni, Carla – You Belong to Me S
Buble, Michael – Everything S
Buckley, Jeff – Hallelujah S
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth S
Buffett, Jimmy – Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
Buffett, Jimmy – Cheeseburger in Paradise
Buffett, Jimmy – Margaritaville S
Buffett, Jimmy – Why Don’t We Get Drunk
Bush – Glycerine S



Caillat, Colbie – Bubbly S
Cake – Love You Madly
Card, Hank, Kristen Nelson Card, and Conrad Deisler – The Other Shore
Carlile, Brandi – Fall Apart Again
Carlile, Brandi – Hard Way Home S
Carlile, Brandi – What Can I Say S
Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken S
Carter Family – You’ve Been a Friend to Me
Cary Brothers – Blue Eyes S
Cash, Johnny – Delia’s Gone
Cash, Johnny – Folsom Prison Blues S
Cash, Johnny – Hurt S
Cash, Johnny – Ring of Fire S
Cassidy, Eva – Songbird S
Chandler, Len – Father’s Grave
Chapman, Tracy – Fast Car S
Charlatans, The – How High
Cheap Trick – Surrender
Citizen Cope – D’artagnan’s Theme S
Citizen Cope – Son’s Gonna Rise S
Clark, Guy – The Cape S
Clarkson, Kelly – Walk Away S
Clash, The – Should I Stay or Should I Go S
Clash, The – Train in Vain
Cockburn, Bruce – Pacing the Cage
Coe, David Allan – Would You Lay With Me by Tanya Tucker
Coldplay – Clocks S
Coldplay – Clocks Bass Tab
Coldplay – Don’t Panic
Coldplay – Fix You S
Coldplay – Warning Sign S
Coldplay – Yellow
Collins, Judy – Someday Soon S
Colvin, Shawn – I Don’t Know Why S
Colvin, Shawn – Sunny Came Home S
Colvin, Shawn – The Heart of Saturday Night
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
Costello, Elvis – What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding S
Counting Crows – A Long December S
Cranberries, The – Linger
Cranberries, The – The Rebels
Cranberries, The – Zombie
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) – Long As I Can See the Light S
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) – Susie Q
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi S
Cross Canadian Ragweed – Flowers
Crow, Sheryl – All I Wanna Do
Crow, Sheryl – Oh Marie S
Crow, Sheryl – Riverwide S
Crow, Sheryl – Soak up the Sun S
Crow, Sheryl – The First Cut is the Deepest S
Cruz, Taio – Dynamite



Daughtry – It’s Not Over
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Davis, Jimmie – You Are My Sunshine
Death Cab for Cutie – 405
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie – Crooked Teeth
Death Cab for Cutie – I Was a Kaleidoscope
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark S
Death Cab for Cutie – Marching Bands of Manhattan S
Death Cab for Cutie – Underneath the Sycamore
Death Cab for Cutie – Your New Twin Sized Bed
Decemberists, The – 16 Military Wives
Decemberists, The – Calamity Song S
Decemberists, The – Down by the Water S
Decemberists, The – Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right
Decemberists, The – The Sporting Life S
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water S
Denver, John – Annie’s Song S
Denver, John – Leaving on a Jet Plane S
Denver, John – Take Me Home, Country Roads S
Diehl, Bruce and Kevin McCue – Borders S
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet in C
Dire Straits – When It Comes to You
Dispatch – Two Coins
Dixie Chicks – Cowboy Take Me Away
Dixie Chicks – Travelin’ Soldier S
Downtown Fiction, The – I Just Wanna Run
Drake, Nick – Pink Moon S
Drive-By Truckers – Pulaski S
Duff, Hilary – Where Did I Go Right?
Duff, Hilary – Why Not?
Dylan, Bob – Blowin’ in the Wind S
Dylan, Bob – Buckets of Rain
Dylan, Bob – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Dylan, Bob – I Shall Be Released S
Dylan, Bob – If You See Her, Say Hello S
Dylan, Bob – Knockin on Heavens Door S
Dylan, Bob – Simple Twist of Fate S
Dylan, Bob – Tangled Up in Blue
Dylan, Bob – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go



Eagles, The – Already Gone (in A) S
Eagles, The – Desperado
Eagles, The – Heartache Tonight
Eagles, The – Peaceful Easy Feeling
Earle, Steve – Ft Worth Blues
Earle, Steve – Goodbye
Earle, Steve – Pilgrim on this Road S
Edwards, Jonathan – Sunshine (Go Away Today) S
Evanescence – Imaginary



Fisher, William Arms – Going Home
Flaming Lips – Free Radicals
Flaming Lips, The – She Don’t Use Jelly
Flaming Lips, The – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1
Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains S
Fleetwood Mac – Second Hand News S
Flogging Molly – What’s Left of the Flag
Fogerty, John – Rhubarb Pie S
Folds, Ben – The Luckiest
Foo Fighters – Times Like These S
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks S
Fountains of Wayne – Baby I’ve Changed
Fountains of Wayne – I Know You Well S
Fountains of Wayne – Peace and Love
Fountains of Wayne – Valley Winter Song
Fray, The – Over My Head (Cable Car) S



Gibbard, Ben – You Remind Me of Home S
Gladys Knight and the Pips – I Heard it Through the Grapevine S
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy S
Gomez – Whippin’ Piccadilly S
Goo Goo Dolls – Acoustic no 3
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris S
Good Charlotte – Complicated
Gorka, John – Branching Out S
Graham Colton Band – Killing Me
Grand Funk Railroad – We’re an American Band
Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil S
Grateful Dead – Ripple S
Gray, David – Babylon S
Gray, David – Sail Away S
Great Big Sea – Lukey S
Green Day – Basket Case
Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams S
Green Day – Give me Novacaine
Green Day – Good Riddance S
Green Day – Holiday S
Green Day – Shes a Rebel S
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends S
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise S
Griffin, Patty – A Mad Mission S
Griffin, Patty – Forgiveness
Griffin, Patty – Ten Million Miles
Griffith, Nanci – Gulf Coast Highway S
Griffith, Nanci – Love at the Five and Dime
Guns N’ Roses – Patience S
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine S
Guster – Amsterdam S
Guthrie, Arlo – St James Infirmary Blues
Guthrie, Arlo – Streets of Laredo
Guy, Buddy – Hard Time Killing Floor by Skip James



Harper, Ben – Another Lonely Day
Harper, Ben – Not Fire, Not Ice
Harvey, PJ – Send His Love to Me
Hay, Colin – Overkill
Head and the Heart, The – Lost in My Mind S
Helio Sequence – Lately S
Hendrix, Jimi – Hey Joe S
Hendrix, Jimi – Little Wing
Hendrix, Jimi – Purple Haze
Hiatt, John – Feels Like Rain S
Hiatt, John – Have a Little Faith in Me
High School Musical – What I’ve Been Looking For S
Holly, Buddy – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore



Incubus – Drive
Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine S
Indigo Girls – Hey Jesus
Indigo Girls – Last Tears
Indigo Girls – Least Complicated
Indigo Girls – Romeo and Juliet S
Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights by The Postal Service
Islands – Creeper S
Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) – Somewhere Over the Rainbow S



Jackson, Alan – Remember When S
Jackson, Joe – Is She Really Going Out With Him? S
Jackson, Michael – Beat It S
James – Sometimes S
Jem – Just a Ride
Jennings, Mason – Lemon Grove Avenue S
Jennings, Mason – Southern Cross
Jennings, Mason – The Light (Part II)
Jennings, Waylon – Slow Rollin’ Low
Jessie J – Price Tag S
Jet – Move On S
Jet – Rollover DJ
Jet – Shes a Genius
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me S
Jimmy Eat World – The Middle S
Joel, Billy – Only the Good Die Young
Joel, Billy – Piano Man
Johnson, Jack – Wasting Time S
Jones, Diana – A Hold on Me S
Jones, Diana – My Remembrance of You S
Jones, Norah – Be Here to Love Me by Townes Van Zandt
Jones, Norah – Come Away With Me
Jones, Norah – Don’t Know Why S
Jones, Norah – Lonestar
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing S



Kaplansky, Lucy – End of the Day S
Kaplansky, Lucy – Ten Year Night S
Keating, Ronan – When You Say Nothing At All S
Killers, The – Somebody Told Me
King, B B – Sweet Little Angel
Kings of Mongrel Folk, The – Neighbor of the Beast S
Kooks, The – She Moves in Her Own Way S
Krauss, Alison – You Asked Me To by Waylon Jennings
Kristofferson, Kris – Loving Arms



Lady Gaga – Paparazzi S
Lavigne, Avril – Sk8er Boi (Skater Boy)
Lee, Ben – Gamble Everything for Love
Lehrer, Tom – Be Prepared S
Lennon, John – Happy Xmas (War is Over) S
Lennon, John – Imagine S
Lewis, Jerry Lee – Great Balls of Fire
Lightfoot, Gordon – Early Morning Rain S
Lohan, Lindsay – Drama Queen (That Girl)
Long Winters, The – Shapes
Lovett, Lyle – Christmas Morning
Lovett, Lyle – If I Had a Boat
Lovett, Lyle – If I Needed You by Townes Van Zandt
Lovett, Lyle – If You Were to Wake Up S
Lovett, Lyle – Sonja
Lovett, Lyle – The Waltzing Fool
Lyons, Dana – Cows With Guns



Magnetic Fields, The – I Don’t Believe You S
Mann, Aimee and Michael Penn – Reason to Believe by Bruce Springsteen S
Marley, Bob – Redemption Song S
Marley, Bob – Three Little Birds S
Mars, Bruno – The Lazy Song S
Matchbox 20 – Mad Season
Mayer, John – Daughters S
Mayfield, Curtis – People Get Ready
McCartney, Paul – Maybe I’m Amazed
McCutcheon, John – Christmas in the Trenches
McLachlan, Sarah – Adia
McLachlan, Sarah – Angel S
McLachlan, Sarah – Building a Mystery
McLachlan, Sarah – I Will Remember You S
McLean, Don – American Pie S
Mellencamp, John – Between a Laugh and a Tear
Mellencamp, John – Cherry Bomb S
Mellencamp, John – Hurt So Good
Mellencamp, John – Pink Houses
Melua, Katie – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
Memphis – Memphis Lives in Me (in E) S
MGMT – Kids S
MGMT – Time to Pretend S
Michaelson, Ingrid – Maybe S
Michaelson, Ingrid – The Way I Am S
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning S
Mitchell, Joni – A Case of You S
Mitchell, Joni – Big Yellow Taxi
Mitchell, Joni – Conversation
Mitchell, Joni – River
Modest Mouse – Blame it on the Tetons
Morissette, Alanis – Hand in My Pocket
Morissette, Alanis – Head Over Feet
Morissette, Alanis – Wake Up
Morrison, Van – And It Stoned Me S
Morrison, Van – Brown Eyed Girl S
Morrison, Van – Crazy Love
Morrison, Van – Into the Mystic S
Mountain Goats, The – Sax Rohmer 1 S
Murdoch, Alexi – Orange Sky



Nada Surf – Always Love S
Nada Surf – Blizzard of ’77 S
Nelson, Willie – Bird on the Wire
Nelson, Willie – Bird on the Wire in G
Nelson, Willie – Seven Spanish Angels S
Nelson, Willie and Emmylou Harris – ‘Til I Gain Control Again S
Newman, Randy – Louisiana 1927
Nickel Creek – Out of the Woods
Nickelback – How You Remind Me
Nickelback – Savin’ Me S
Nirvana – All Apologies
Nirvana – Come As You Are
Nirvana – Come As You Are in Em S
Nirvana – Come As You Are Riff in F-sharp-minor
Nirvana – Lithium
Nirvana – Polly
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Norman, Monty – James Bond Theme



O’Connor, Sinead – Black Boys on Mopeds S
Oasis – Wonderwall S
Ochs, Phil – Changes
Offspring, The – You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid S
Old Crow Medicine Show – I Hear Them All S
Osborne, Joan – Lumina S
Outkast – Hey Ya! S
Owl City – Fireflies S



Paisley, Brad – Little Moments
Paramore – Misery Business S
Paxton, Tom – What If, No Matter S
Payne, Jim – Wave Over Wave S
Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Pearl Jam – Nothingman S
Pearl Jam – Yellow Leadbetter Solo
Pedro the Lion – Arizona S
Pedro the Lion – I Am Always the One Who Calls S
Perri, Christina – Bluebird S
Perry, Katy – Firework S
Perry, Katy – Hot N Cold S
Peter, Paul, and Mary – If I Had A Hammer
Peter, Paul, and Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon S
Petty, Tom – Free Falling S
Petty, Tom – Listen to Her Heart S
Petty, Tom – Wildflowers
Phantom Planet – California
Pilate – Alright S
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb S
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb in Am
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Pixies – Where Is My Mind
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah S
Plant, Robert and Alison Krauss – Killing the Blues S
Play – Girl’s Mind S
Police, The – Every Breath You Take S
Postal Service, The – Such Great Heights
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Naked and Famous S
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Some Postman S
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Video Killed the Radio Star
Presley, Elvis – Hound Dog
Pretty Reckless, The – My Medicine
Prine, John – Angel From Montgomery S
Prine, John – Donald and Lydia S
Prine, John – That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round S
Purdy, Joe – Brand New Set of Wings S



Raconteurs, The – Steady As She Goes S
Radiohead – Creep (Acoustic Version) S
Radiohead – How To Disappear Completely S
Radiohead – Karma Police S
Radiohead – Talk Show Host
Radiohead – Videotape S
Raitt, Bonnie – Love Has No Pride S
Raitt, Bonnie – Love Me Like a Man
Raitt, Bonnie – Wild for You Baby S
Ramones, The – Blitzkrieg Bop
Rancid – Journey to the End of the East Bay S
Recess Monkey – Rainbow Road S
Recess Monkey – SL-Double-EPover
Recess Monkey – The Littlest Monkey S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Storm in a Teacup S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge S
Redding, Otis – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay S
REM – (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville S
REM – Find the River S
REM – It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) S
Rice, Damien – Cannonball
Rihanna – Disturbia S
Rise Against – Swing Life Away (Acoustic Version) S
Roberts, Emma – Dummy
Rogers, Stan – Mary Ellen Carter
Rolling Stones, The – Honky Tonk Women S
Rolling Stones, The – Love in Vain
Rolling Stones, The – Paint it Black
Rolling Stones, The – Satisfaction
Rolling Stones, The – Shine A Light S
Rolling Stones, The – Sweet Virginia S
Rolling Stones, The – Wild Horses
Rudolf, Kevin – Let it Rock S



Seger, Bob – Old Time Rock and Roll
Semisonic – Closing Time
Seyfried, Amanda – Lil Red Riding Hood S
Shins, The – Caring is Creepy
Shins, The – Kissing the Lipless S
Shins, The – New Slang S
Shins, The – Young Pilgrims
Shocked, Michelle – Memories of East Texas S
Simon and Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York S
Simon and Garfunkle – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkle – Homeward Bound
Simon, Carly – You’re So Vain
Simon, Paul – America
Simon, Paul – Me and Julio
Simon, Paul – The Boxer
Simpson, Ashlee – Pieces of Me S
Smash Mouth – All Star S
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Smith, Elliott – Miss Misery
Smith, Elliott – Say Yes S
Smith, Elliott – Waltz No 2 (XO) S
Smith, Mindy – Come To Jesus S
Son Volt – Windfall S
Springsteen, Bruce – Glory Days
Springsteen, Bruce – Highway Patrolman
Springsteen, Bruce – I’m on Fire
Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska
Springsteen, Bruce – Thunder Road S
Springsteen, Bruce – Two for the Road S
Staind – Outside
Staines, Bill – Roseville Fair
Steppenwolf – Born to Be Wild
Steve Miller Band – The Joker S
Stevens, Cat – Father and Son S
Stevens, Sufjan – The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades S
Stewart, Rod – Drift Away S
Stewart, Rod – Maggie May S
Sting – Fields of Gold S
Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
Sum 41 – Hell Song
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Swift, Taylor – Change
Swift, Taylor – Love Story S
Swift, Taylor – Speak Now S
Swift, Taylor – Teardrops on My Guitar S
Swift, Taylor – You Belong With Me S



Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Taylor, James – Sweet Baby James
Taylor, James – You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King
There Ain’t No Bugs On Me S
They Might Be Giants – Dr Worm
They Might Be Giants – Roy G Biv S
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
Throwing Muses – Devils Roof
Tindley, Charles Albert – We Shall Overcome
Traditional – Buffalo Gals
Traditional – Found a Peanut
Traditional – Irish Washerwoman
Traditional – Kumbaya S
Traditional – Little Rosewood Casket
Traditional – Loch Lomond
Traditional – The Hokey Pokey
Train – I Am S
Troggs, The – Wild Thing
Tunstall, KT – Other Side of the World S
Turin Brakes – Stone Thrown S
Turtles, The – Happy Together S



U2 – All I Want Is You
U2 – Desire S
U2 – Love Rescue Me S
U2 – One S
U2 – Red Hill Mining Town S
U2 – Walk On
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
Uncle Tupelo – Screen Door S
Uncle Tupelo – Steal the Crumbs S
Uncle Tupelo – Still Be Around S



Van Zandt, Townes – Pancho and Lefty
Vaughan, Stevie Ray – Tightrope
Vedder, Eddie – Society S
Votolato, Rocky – White Daisy Passing S



Wainwright, Loudon III – Dead Skunk
Waits, Tom – Downtown Train S
Waits, Tom – Grapefruit Moon
Waits, Tom – Martha
Waits, Tom – San Diego Serenade S
Walker, T-Bone – Stormy Monday
Weezer – Beverly Hills S
Weezer – Island in the Sun S
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
Weezer – The World Has Turned and Left Me Here
Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song) S
Welch, Gillian – I Dream a Highway
Welch, Gillian – Look at Miss Ohio S
Welch, Gillian – Orphan Girl S
Welch, Gillian – Paper Wings
Welch, Gillian – Revelator
Welch, Gillian – Wayside | Back in Time S
White Stripes, The – Same Boy You’ve Always Known S
Who, The – Pinball Wizard
Who, The – Substitute
Wicked (The Musical) – Defying Gravity
Wilco – I’m Always in Love S
Wilco – Im the Man Who Loves You S
Wilco – Jesus Etc S
Wilco – Kamera
Williams, John – Star Wars Theme
Williams, John – The Imperial March from Star Wars
Williams, Lucinda – 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten S
Williams, Lucinda – Blue S
Williams, Lucinda – Can’t Let Go
Williams, Lucinda – I Asked Him For Water (He Gave Me Gasoline)
Wolfstone – All Our Dreams
Woods, Harry – Side by Side



Yorn, Pete – Crystal Village S
Young, Neil – Harvest Moon S
Young, Neil – Heart of Gold S
Young, Neil – Old Man S
Young, Neil – Out on the Weekend S
Young, Neil – Powderfinger S
Young, Neil – Sugar Mountain S
Young, Neil – Thrasher S



Zanes, Dan – On the Sunny Side of the Street
Zombies, The – Shes Not There S


 20 Classic Rock Songs


More Than a Feeling
They should play this song 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the toll booths surrounding the city of Boston.
Boston Boston
Sweet Emotion
This song’s use in ‘Dazed and Confused‘ could be one of the best film opening scenes ever.
Aerosmith Toys In The Attic
House of the Rising Sun
The earliest recording of this folk song is from 1933, but historians think it might date back to the 1600s.
The Animals House Of The Rising Sun
For What It’s Worth
In concert, Neil Young just plays that single chiming note over and over, which must be kinda boring for him.
Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield
Paint It Black
You should, in fact, paint any red doors you have black, because studies have shown red makes people angry.
The Rolling Stones Aftermath
Simple Man
Skynryd once again engages in lyrical kung-fu. Call them simple? They agree, and suddenly, it’s a strength.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Prounounced
Repeatedly in interviews, Robert Plant has stated that this is one of his favorite Zeppelin songs. Why argue?
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
The lyrics state “desperation is the English way.” Also: apologizing for everything, and driving on the left.
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon
Ramble On
J.R.R. Tolkien fans proudly count Robert Plant, author of these “Rings”-inspired lyrics, as one of their own.
Led Zeppelin II
Wish You Were Here
Do they actually wish their former leader Syd was there? Would three cooks really have fit into that kitchen?
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Let It Be
Most fans agree this comes from the “worst” Beatles album, but that’s quite a relative measure, isn’t it?
The Beatles Let It Be
Gimme Shelter
Was Mary Clayton more: a) excited to sing on a Stones song, or b) freaked out by the lyrics they gave her?
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2
Even Pink Floyd wasn’t immune to disco beats back in the seventies, but to their credit, they kept it rockin’.
Pink Floyd the Wall
Free Bird
Five song jukebox domination plan: ‘Free Bird,’ ‘Life’s Been Good,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘Stairway,’ and ‘Stranglehold.’
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced
Comfortably Numb
If you have not seen their brief reunion set at Live 8, which ended with this song, you’re cheating yourself.
Pink Floyd The Wall
Black Dog
Floyd and Zep are trading spots up here like the Clintons and Bushes used to do with the White House.
Led Zeppelin IV
Sweet Home Alabama
That’s two songs in the top 10 for Skynyrd, and zero forNeil Young. So NOW who won that pseudo-feud, huh?
Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping
Dream On
Remember in the Blues Brothers when Jake sees the light? The same thing can happen with this song.
Aerosmith Aerosmith
Hotel California
Glenn Frey tells listeners to treat this song like a ‘Twilight Zone’ story instead of seeking exact meanings.
The Eagles Hotel California
Stairway to Heaven
If Jimmy Page had a nickel for each time this topped a song list, he’d be, well… poorer than he really is!
Led Zeppelin IV

Blues Bangers!

1. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
2. All Your Love – Magic Sam
3. Give Me Back My Wig – Hound Dog Taylor
4. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson
5. Worried Life Blues – Sleepy John Estes
6. If Trouble Was Money – Albert Collins
7. I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon
8. Sweet Black Angel – Robert Nighthawk
9. I Know What You’re Putting Down – Louis Jordan
10. Black Snake Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson
11. Ball and Chain – Big Mama Thornton
12. Further On Up The Road – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
13. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush
14. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
15 Born In Chicago – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
16. Let The Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan
17. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
18. Pony Blues – Charley Patton
19. The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James
20. Catfish Blues – Robert Petway
21. Highway 49 – Big Joe Williams
22. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – Blind Lemon Jefferson
23. Blues Before Sunrise – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
24. Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
25. Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie
26. I’m Ready – Muddy Waters
27. It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James
28. Stop Breakin’ Down – Robert Johnson920. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
20. I’m In The Mood – John Lee Hooker
21. Me and The Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
22. The Walkin’ Blues – Taj Mahal
23. ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do – Bessie Smith
24. It’s Tight Like That – Tampa Red
25. Love In Vain – Robert Johnson
26. Evil – Willie Dixon
27. Baby Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo
28. Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor
29. On The Road Again – Canned Heat
30. Rock Me Mama – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup

Foot Tappers

You Dropped a Bomb on Me — The Gap Band

Getup Offa That Thing — James Brown

Fantastic Voyage — Lakeside

Boogie on Reggae Woman — Stevie Wonder

Thank you (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) — Sly & The Family Stone

Express Yourself — Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll — Funkadelic

Give The People What They Want — The O’Jays

Genius of Love — Tom Tom Club

Life During Wartime — Talking Heads

Fug — Cymande

Better Change Your Mind — William Onyeabor

(Somebody Got ) Soul, Soul, Soul — The Wild Magnolias

Housequake — Prince

Fire on the Bayou — The Meters

Yes We Can Can — The Pointer Sisters

Groove Line — Earth, Wind & Fire

Blues Classics

Baby What You Want Me to Do — Jimmy Reed

Got My Mojo Workin’ — Muddy Waters

Sweet Home Chicago — Robert Johnson

Let the Good Times Roll — Louis Jordan

Hoochie Coochie Man — Muddy Waters

Boom Boom — John Lee Hooker

That’s Allright — Jimmy Rogers

Walking by Myself — Jimmy Rogers

I’m Tore Down — Freddy King (by way of Eric Clapton)

Before You Accuse Me — Bo Diddley (by way of Eric Clapton)

Statesboro Blues — Blind Willie McTell (by way of Allman Brothers)

One Way Out — Sonny Boy Williamson (by way of Allman Brothers)

… And the fearful and ubiquitous:

Red House — Jimi Hendrix

Give Me One Reason — Tracy Chapman

Love Me Like a Man — Chris Smither (by way of Bonnie Raitt)

Indie Classics

Sweet Jane — Velvet Underground

I Wanna Be Your Dog — The Stooges

September Gurls — Big Star

Blitzkrieg Bop — The Ramones

Radio Free Europe — R.E.M.

Take the Skinheads Bowling — Camper Van Beethoven

Bastards of Young — The Replacements

Touch Me I’m Sick — Mudhoney

The Long Cut — Uncle Tupelo

Cut Your Hair — Pavement

Teenage Kicks — The Undertones

Chinese Rocks — Johnny Thunders

Starry Eyes — The Records

Left in the Dark — The Vertebrats

Girl Of My Dreams — Bram Tchaikovsky

Baby What’s Wrong — The Cynics

Fisherman’s Blues — The Waterboys

Judas Kiss — The Del Lords

Sooner Or Later — The Feelies

Skip Steps 1 & 3 — Superchunk

She’s gonna love this…
Cee Lo green – Forget You
Katy Perry – California Gurls
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
The Saturdays – Just Can’t Get Enough
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Kelly Rowlands – When Love Takes Over
Katy Perry – Firework
Girls Aloud – Jump
Kesha – Tik Tok
Amy Whinehouse – Valerie
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Girls Aloud – Love Machine
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

He’s gonna love this…
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Arctic Monkeys – Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
Supergrass – Alright
The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
Reef – Place Your Hands
Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer
Guns N Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine

Everyone’s gonna love this when they’re drunk… Trust us!
Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N Roll
Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Take That – Shine

Don’t worry… we haven’t forgotten about the oldies…
Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Patti Labelle/Christina Aguilera – Lady Marmalade
Madonna – Material Girl
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Madonna – Vogue

First Dance Ideas…
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Take That – Greatest Day
Take That – Rule The World
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Lonsestar – Amazed
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Train – Drops Of Jupiter
Bryan Adams – Everything I Do

1950s to 1970s Soul / Funk / Motown

Dancing In The Street (Martha & The Vandellas)
Do I Do (Stevie Wonder)
Hold On I’m Coming (Sam & Dave)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd)
Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
Reach Out, I’ll Be There (The Four Tops)
Respect (Aretha Franklin)
Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Shake Your Tail Feather (Ray Charles)
Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield)
Soul Man (Sam & Dave)
Soul With A Capital S (Tower Of Power)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Take Me To The River (Al Green)
What Is Hip? (Tower Of Power)
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)

1960s / rock ‘n’ roll

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
I’m A Believer (The Monkees)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
Twist And Shout (The Beatles)

1970s / Disco

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (McFadden & Whitehead)
As (Stevie Wonder)
Bad Girls (Donna Summer)
Best Of My Love (The Emotions)
Blame It On The Boogie (The Jacksons)
Brick House (The Commodores)
Burn This Disco Out (Michael Jackson)
Can You Feel It (The Jacksons)
Car Wash (Rose Royce)
Celebration (Kool & The Gang)
Disco Inferno (The Trampps)
Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang)
Good Times (Chic)
I Want You Back (Jackson 5)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan)
Lady Marmalade (La Belle)
Le Freak (Chic)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
Shake Your Body Down (The Jacksons)
Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynryd Skynyrd)
Thinking Of You (Sister Sledge)
Upside Down (Diana Ross)
We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
Working Day & Night (Michael Jackson)
You To Me Are Everything (The Real Thing)
Young Hearts Run Free (Candi Staton)

1980s Pop / Soul

Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)
All Night Long (Lionel Ritchie)
Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Club Tropicana (Wham)
Crazy little thing called love (Queen)
Dancing On The Ceiling (Lionel Richie)
Do I Do (Stevie Wonder)
Don’t stop me now (Queen)
Easy Lover (Phil Collins)
Fame (Irene Cara)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
Hip To Be Square (Huey Lewis & The News)
I Found Lovin’ (The Fatback Band)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
I’ve Had The Time Of My Life (Medley & Warnes)
Jump (Van Halen)
Let’s Dance (David Bowie)
Message in a bottle (The Police)
Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
Rio (Duran Duran)
Somebody Else’s Guy (Jocelyn Brown)
Street Life (Randy Crawford)
Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)

1990s and 2000s Pop / Rock / Indie

Always There (Incognito)
Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
Canned Heat (Jamiroquai)
Cosmic Girl (Jamiroquai)
Groove Is In The Heart (Dee-Lite)
I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry)
Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)
Mama Told Me Not To Come (Tom Jones & Stereophonics)
Mercy (Duffy)
Relight My Fire (Take That & Lulu)
Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)

Slow Dances

A Groovy Kind Of Love (Phil Collins)
Call Off The Search (Katie Melua)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
Dream A Little Dream (The Mamas & The Papas)
Everything (Michael Buble)
Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)
Feeling Good (Nina Simone)
Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder)
Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr)
Kiss Of Life (Sade)
Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
Nightingale (Norah Jones)
Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Sunshine (Gabrielle)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody (Dean Martin)
You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King)
Your Song (Elton John)

What type of guitar pick?

Guitar Lessons London Plectrum

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No matter which type of music you play, all guitarists want picks that feel good in their hands, don’t slip, and are durable.A guitar pick is a plectrum used for guitars. A pick is generally made of one uniform material; examples include plasticnylonrubberfelt,tortoiseshellwoodmetalglass, and stone. They are often shaped in an acute isosceles triangle with the two equal corners rounded and the third corner rounded to a lesser extent.Thin picks will give you a thinner sound and produce a nice strum effect.  Medium gauge picks sound better for electric.  The medium gauge picks also work well when using acoustic guitars.  I find the thin picks sound good on Acoustic guitars as well, but not so much for electrics.

Thick picks (my preferred choice) work when you really want to dig in on an electric guitar, especially for power chords and rock soloing.  Using thick picks on acoustic guitars will give you a big duller sound, which may sound good depending on what you’re going for.

Exercise 1:




Try using your 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers on the frets and use alternate picking with my right hand. Then I suggest is that you run up and down this a few times until you can play it without any mistakes. I would advise on using a metronome to improve your timing aswell, play a note each click and then try 2 notes per click then 4 and so on. Increase the BPM and this will help improve accuracy and speed.

Exercise 2: 




Guitar Lessons London pupil James Norbury



Power Chords

When playing rock guitar… power chords are a useful too to help create a tough authentic had rock sound.Check out the Kinks you really got Me for an excellent example of early power chord use.Guitarists can use power chords In some styles of music, particularly in rock and roll,punk & heavy metal, it’s not always necessary to play a big, full sounding chord some times it’s very cool to keep it tough sounding. Often, especially on an electric guitar, it sounds best to play two-or-three note chords. This is when power chords come in handy. Built on the lowest notes of a regular open-position or barre chord in rock music to create a low sound.Power Chords are taught in our London guitar lessons and used in most styles of music but are particularly useful for rock guitar.Power chords sound sweet on the  acoustic guitar and on the bass guitar. Power chords are easier to play than are their full-version counterparts and don’t contain a major or minor quality to them, so they can stand in for either type of chord. Plus, they’re loads of fun to play!

Although a power chord consists of only two different notes that are always five steps apart, such as A–E or C–G, the actual chord that you play may involve more than two strings, because you may be doubling each of the notes that make up the power chord.Use your 1st, 3rd and 4th fingers to play CHUNKY POWER CHORDS & ROCK!

At the London Guitar Academy we do are fare share of Power Chords so if you feet like joining us for guitar lessons in London the feel free to contact us today.Dig in below & have FUN!

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Major Scale "the Foundation of all things GOOD"

Guitar Lessons London:
Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The major scale is the foundation from which all other scales are formed. A C major scale begins with a C and ends with a C. The same rule applies with the rest of the keys where a D Major Scale begins and ends with a D and so on. The notes on a major scale is numbered from 1 to 8, this signifies the intervals
  • The major scale is the first of the diatonic scales
  • Another name for the major scale: the Ionian Mode
  • A major scale has 7 notes
  •  For the scale to be major, all that is necessary is that the whole step (W), (W), Half (H), (W), (W), (W), (H) pattern be followed.

The first and simplest major scale is the C major scale:

C Major Scale

  • The C major scale is the only major scale that doesn’t have sharps (#) or flats (b). We’ll see a bit further what this means.
  • If you play the C major scale on the piano
  • , only white notes are used (all the white notes) .
  • In solfege, the notes of the major scale are named like this: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti (or Si)
  • Another notation that is used is the following: C    D    E    F    G    A    B  C
  • For every note of the major scale you can make a chord…..
  • guitar chords in key of c major in grids

    Numbers in the dots are suggested fingerings. Empty strings are muted or not played [most likely muted!].Bob Dylan like all GREAT songwriters definitely  knows whats the major scale is!


AC/DC - Live At River Plate 2011

AC/DC – Live At River Plate is the ultimate live rock performance…real balls to the wall rock ‘n’ roll performend by battle hardened rockers with a fantastic cartoonesque  image.These boys are such great songwriters they’ll have you on your feet from go to woah! Just listen to the partisan crowed sing back every riff perfectly….this is great stuff it just makes every guitar player want to plug in and get on the stage with then.Hit after hit this is maximum guitar rock at its very best! The AC/DC – Live At River Plate 2011 is below!

Everyone wants to play rock guitar like Malcolm Young with his beautiful Gibson SG.Rock guitar at its very roots’y best.Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll! Particularly dirty rock guitar!

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members.Wikipedia


Back in Black 1980 Back in Black
Thunderstruck 1990 The Razor’s Edge
Highway to Hell 1977 Let There Be Rock
T.N.T. 1975 TNT
You Shook Me All Night Long 1980 Back in Black
Shoot to Thrill 1980 Back in Black
If You Want Blood 1979 Highway to Hell
Hells Bells 1980 Back in Black
It’s a Long Way to the Top 1975 TNT
Rock N Roll Train 2008 Black Ice
Let There Be Rock 1977 Let There Be Rock
Live 2003 AC/DC Vinyl Box
Rock ‘n’ Roll Train
Who Made Who 1986 Who Made Who
War Machine 2008 Black Ice

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London Guitar Academy: A Minor Pentatonic

The minor pentatonic guitar scale is a five note scale used often in rock lead guitar riffs and soloing, and is usually played over chord progressions that start with a minor chord.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale uses the 1, 3b, 4, 5, and 7b notes from the major scale.

There are 5 Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns spread over the length of the guitar neck.

The A minor pentatonic scale is probably the most-used, most-heard, most-seen, and most-demonstrated scale in the rock guitar world. Video teachers use it constantly as the launching point for demonstrating all kinds of pentatonic scale ideas. A minor is a common key, and everyone’s favorite position for playing it sits nicely between frets 5 and 8.

As guitarists we tend to regard scales as patterns that can be moved up and down the neck depending on what key we’re playing in.We refer to these movable patterns as boxes or box positions.As an example, below is the minor pentatonic box, with the root on the 6th string.I use the minor pentatonic as an example because it is the first scale/box that most guitarists seem to learn.

A Minor Pentatonic Scale

Minor pentatonic scales show up everywhere in rock music. Top classic songs from bands like Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters feature minor pentatonic scales again and again.

A Minor Pentatonic Guitar Tabs

a minor pentatonic

Johnny Marr Guitar Great

The thing that always gets me about Jonny Marr is he left the Smiths when he was Twenty One! Jonny’s  got some seriously musically inflammable fuel in his tank! I’ve always been a big fan of his since i heard the early Rough Trade releases.My younger brother was a little bit ahead of his time and he was bang on the Smiths from day one.I clearly remember buying Hatful of Hollow in Probe Records Liverpool off this weird dude with bones around his neck & dreadlocks (Pete Burns) the Dead or Alive Frontman.Johnny’s sound was pretty unique for the time when he came along and along with The Edge,Will Sergeant (Echo and The Bunnymen ) & Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera Fame he was a shining light of the guitar in the 80’s. At London Guitar Academy we love Johnny for his melody,chord use & most of all the great songs he’s contributed to! Plus he drove Noel Gallagher from a flegling Oasis to by a guitar from Musicground in Doncaster the same place i drove to from Cheshire to buy my first Les Paul.So nice one Johnny & THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION & JANGLE.

Sixteen clumsy & shy i went to London & i…….. bought a Guild Twelve string & got the best job in the WORLD! I sit in a huge Loft Space on LONSDALE ROAD  all day play my guitar with the best people in London.Every guitar student i see wants to be there….So life is GOOD!! It’s true GUITAR LESSONS LONDON @ London’s HOME OF GUITAR TUITION… the LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY!

Johnny Marr London Guitar Lessons GUITAR GREAT !
Johnny Marr is an English musician and songwriter. Marr rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, with whom he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morrissey. Marr has been a member of Electronic, The The, and Modest Mouse. Wikipedia
Born: October 31, 1963 (age 49), Manchester
Height: 1.73 m
SpouseAngie Marr (m. 1986)


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