Tom Finch's Guitar Lessons

Tom Finch

Tom picked up the guitar when he was 12 and never put it down. In addition to his roots in classic rock, he has studied classical guitar and jazz, and is influenced by funk and latin. He has toured all over the world and performed alongside artists like Joan Baez, Norton Buffalo, Randy Vincent, Mel Graves, Steve Smith, and Kai Eckhardt.

Tom's formal training includes over ten years of study in music theory, performance, and education at Mills College, Sonoma State University, and College of Marin. He has taught music for over two decades and is our go-to guy when it's time to shoot classic rock songs.

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Ain't Too Proud To Beg The Rolling Stones

Tom will show you this classic R&B tune played in a rock n roll style. There's a rhythm guitar plays a driving and funky groove and a lead guitar that adds a tasty lead.

Published: 10/21/2014 Upgrade
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All Your Love Otis Rush

Tom will show you all the parts to this song from the blistering solo, to the call and response between the guitars and vocals. The tune begins and ends with a Latin/Cuban feel and breaks into a swing feel and a major key in the middle.

Published: 08/25/2016 Upgrade
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Amie Pure Prairie League

In these ten videos, Tom Finch will teach you "Amie", by Pure Prairie League. After an overview of the song and and a look at gear and tones, Tom will break down the intro and verse acoustic parts. The verse electric fills are next, then it's on to the chorus acoustic part and the chorus electric fills. Tom will then teach you the acoustic solo, and the outro/ending of the tune. For the finale we'll do a play along, the you'll jam alone with the band.

Published: 02/29/2012 Upgrade
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Aqualung Jethro Tull

Tom will show you all the guitar parts in this epic rocker: chorus, verse 1, the bridge, verse 2, the solo, solo accompaniment and the outro. The song is in the key of G minor and is 4/4 time with a quarter note of 120 BPM for the normal sections & 178 BPM for the uptempo sections.

Published: 05/25/2017 Upgrade
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Bad Reputation Thin Lizzy

In this set of lessons, Tom Finch will teach "Bad Reputation", by Thin Lizzy. Tom will start by introducing the song and the gear and tones, then get into the verse riff. The progressive chorus is next with its 5/4 bar, then the rhythm during the drum solo. After that you'll learn the bridge melody and the solo rhythm before we look at the solo in 2 parts. Full and single guitar play alongs are next, then we end with a jam along.

Published: 08/21/2013 Upgrade
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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

In this set of songs lessons, Tom Finch will teach you "Black Water", by The Doobie Brothers. Tom will introduce the song and talk about the gear and tones, then talk about the tuning and break down the intro and verse part. Next is the chorus section, followed by the post-chorus; then you'll learn the sweet solo. We'll end with a play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 05/08/2013 Upgrade
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Born to be Wild Steppenwolf

In these eight song lessons, Tom Finch will break down all the elements in the classic rocker "Born To Be Wild", as made famous by Steppenwolf. Tom will examine the gear and tone, then get into the instantly recognizable opening riff. Then we're on to the verse, chorus, and pre-chorus parts, and the rhythm behind the organ solo. Tom will then show you the psychedelic soloing; we'll end the trip with a full performance play-along and a jam along.

Published: 09/29/2011 Upgrade
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Breezin' Bobby Womack

Tom will show you both beautiful guitar parts to this instrumental, from the smooth chord comping to the melodic soloing.

Published: 09/17/2015 Upgrade
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Bring It On Home Sonny Boy Williamson

In this tutorial Tom will show you the guitar parts to this iconic blues tune. You'll learn the swinging groove that forms the verses and the outro. The song is in the key of E and is 4/4 time with a quarter note of 110BPM.

Published: 07/26/2016 Upgrade
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Cocaine Eric Clapton

Tom will show you the three guitar parts in the intro, the verses, the solo and the outro. There is an easy rhythm guitar to play along with and two lead guitar that play some classic bluesy licks and fills.

Published: 03/29/2016 Upgrade
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Crawlin' King Snake John Lee Hooker

Tom will show you the guitar part in this blues classic. The guitar is a mixture of basic blues riffs that suggest a 12 bar blues form but never makes it to the V (five) chord and doesn't conform to a regular length form. This is clearly at the root of the blues style and tradition.

Published: 04/15/2019 Upgrade
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Crimson and Clover Joan Jett

In this song tutorial we take a look at Crimson and Clover, as made famous by Joan Jett in the 80s cover version. We all know that Joan Jett seriously rocks, and these lessons cover the guitar tone, how to approach the verses and choruses, the 2 against 3 rhythmic accents, the punky solo, and the multi-guitar outro.

Published: 03/15/2010 Upgrade
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Crossroads Eric Clapton with Cream

Tom will show you all the licks and riffs to "Crossroads" as recorded live by Cream in 1967 for the Wheels of Fire album. This song is effectively a rocked out 12 bar blues full of timeless Clapton riffs and licks. The guitar alternates between rhythm playing, melodic playing and full on soloing. This is a great example of how one guitar and a rhythm section can create a full and rocking sound. Behold, the power trio!

Published: 09/04/2014 Upgrade
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Deep River Blues Doc Watson

Tom will show you all the great moves in this iconic acoustic, bluegrass tune by a legend in the genre. He covers the swingy blues rhythm and licks along with a fast double-time feel and some very fancy Travis-style finger picking.

Published: 09/10/2015 Upgrade
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Do It Again Steely Dan

In this song tutorial, we'll take a look at the classic 70s tune, "Do It Again" by Steely Dan. This song was a huge radio hit! We'll talk about the gear and tone, and learn the verse and chorus comping pattern plus some tasty octave and jazz lines for the intro. Then we'll tackle the electric sitar solo - which is no small feat - but don't worry, the electric sitar is tuned just like a standard guitar, so you don't need a specialty instrument to play it. We'll learn a few more lines and improvise for the fade out. At the end we'll put it all together and play along with the backing track!

Published: 11/29/2010 Upgrade
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Don't Fear the Reaper Blue Oyster Cult

In this nine lesson tutorial, Tom Finch will guide you through the various parts of the classic rock hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper" as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult. We'll examine the gear and tone, the classic hook, the pre-chorus and chorus chords and structure, tasty fills in the chorus, the intriguing form in the song and solo, the final chorus, and a play along at the end. Get out your cowbell!

Published: 10/20/2010 Upgrade
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Evil Ways Santana

Tom Finch will show you all the guitar parts that make this song an iconic classic from legend Carlos Santana. From the chord comping to the percussive soloing, it's all here!

Published: 02/24/2015 Upgrade
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Foggy Moutain Breakdown Flatt and Scruggs

Tom will show you all the parts to this iconic bluegrass standard: the banjo intro, the rhythm guitar, the slide solo, and the outro.

Published: 09/10/2015 Upgrade
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Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt John Fahey

Tom will show you the single acoustic guitar part in this piece. It is similar in feel to a ragtime piece, with constant alternating bass and lots of syncopation and rhythmic variation.

Published: 08/14/2017 Upgrade
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Going To A Go-Go The Rolling Stones

Tom Finch will show you the funky, rock and blues cover of a classic R&B tune!The rhythm guitar plays a driving and funky groove while the rhythm section lays it down. There is very little harmonic movement but plenty of soul!

Published: 09/15/2014 Upgrade
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Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix

In this tutorial Tom will show you how to get the classic tone in this song. He'll show you the intro, the verses, the fills, the solo, and the classic ascending bass line. The song is in the key of E major and in 4/4 time with a quarter note of 84 BPM.

Published: 11/21/2017 Upgrade
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Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody

In this song tutorial, Tom Finch will teach you "Hot Rod Lincoln", recorded by Commander Cody. Tom will give you an overview of the song, then talk a bit about gear and tone. Then we'll look at the intro riff that also occurs between the verses throughout the song. There's no choruses here, and Tom will get into the details and nuances that make each verse different. We'll end the race with a full performance play-along.

Published: 09/21/2011 Upgrade
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I Can't Quit You Baby Led Zeppelin

Tom will show you how the guitar weaves super tasty lines and occasional chords between and around the vocals to create an exciting and dynamic arrangement of a simple form!

Published: 05/05/2015 Upgrade
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I Got The Blues T-Bone Walker

In this tutorial Tom will show you the guitar parts to this iconic blues tune. You'll learn the tasty call and response guitar parts for the intro, verse 1, verse 2, & verse 3. The song is in the key of A-flat and is in 12/8 with a quarter note of 75BPM. Let's get started!

Published: 08/15/2016 Upgrade
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I Just Want to Celebrate Rare Earth

"I Just Want to Celebrate" was made famous by Rare Earth in 1971. We'll learn the signature guitar hook which is also the chorus, the verse riff and power chords, we'll learn the B chorus, a short solo, and four rocking guitar fills. At the end we'll get pyschedelic with some feed back and delay loops before we do our play-along.

Published: 02/22/2010 Upgrade
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I Just Want To Make Love To You Foghat

Tom will show you the killer riffs and solo to this classic rock cover of a blues tune. There are lots of call and response lines, lots of tight riffing and some great sounding harmonized lines.

Published: 04/02/2015 Upgrade
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I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick

In this tutorial we'll visit the live classic made famous by Cheap Trick in 1979, "I Want You To Want Me". Tom Finch will talk a bit about the gear and tone, then teach you the intro, the hook, the verses, pre-chorus, and chorus; the two solos; and the outro. Then we'll play it along with the full backing track.

Published: 08/16/2010 Upgrade
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Killing Floor Howlin' Wolf

Tom will show you both guitars in this iconic blues tune, including the verses and the solo.

Published: 08/08/2016 Upgrade
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Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd

In this series of lessons, Tom Finch will teach you "Knock on Wood", by Eddie Floyd. Tom will talk about what you'll be learning, then look at the gear and tone. The first playing lesson is on the intro and chorus parts; following that we'll dig into the verse and pre-chorus. Next up is the bridge, then the outro. We conclude with a performance play along, then you play the song by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 05/29/2013 Upgrade
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Listen to the Music The Doobie Brothers

In this eight lesson tutorial, Tom Finch will teach you the classic rocker "Listen to the Music", as made famous by The Doobie Brothers. Tom will go over the gear and tone, then dive right into the infectious opening riff that's such a powerful hook. Tom will then break down all the details for the verse, the chorus, and the soft floating bridge. He'll end with showing you the lead fills that occur in the outro, and then do a full play-along performance.

Published: 10/03/2011 Upgrade
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Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull

Tom will show you all the guitar parts to this iconic 70s rocker: the intro, the verse rhythm, verse lead, and the outro. The song is in the key of E minor and is in 4/4 time with a tempo of 124 BPM.

Published: 06/01/2017 Upgrade
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Long Train Runnin' The Doobie Brothers

In this song tutorial we're going to learn to play the classic rock hit "Long Train Runnin'" as made famous by the Doobie Brothers in 1973. Written by Tom Johnston, this tune features one of the most signature rhythm guitar parts of its time. This is a great example of a high energy funk-rock song propelled by stereo electric guitars and spiced up with cool and colorful acoustic guitar counterpoints. We'll check out the gear & tone, we'll learn the signature rhythm guitar part, the acoustic guitar counter parts, the 12 bar chord progression, some rhythmic variations, and the four guitar outro. Finally we'll put it all together and jam with the backing track!

Published: 07/22/2010 Upgrade
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Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf

In this set of lessons, Tom Finch will join you on a psychedelic journey and show you how to play "Magic Carpet Ride", as made famous by Steppenwolf. Tom will get into the gear and tone, then show you how to play the intro noises; then he'll break down the classic rhythm riff in the verses and choruses. Next up is the moody post-chorus section, which leads us into the jam section and the call-and-response leads. We'll end our magic carpet ride with a play-along.

Published: 09/02/2011 Upgrade
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Mockingbird James Taylor and Carly Simon

In this tutorial, Tom Finch will teach "Mockingbird", as made famous by James Taylor and Carly Simon. Tom will start with an introduction and a look at the gear and tones, then detail all the parts for guitar 1: the intro, verses 1 and 2, the solo rhythm, the key change, then verses 3 and 4 and the outro. After that Tom will do the same for all the sections for guitar 2, then we'll conclude with play alongs and a "guitar karaoke" jam along.

Published: 04/28/2014 Upgrade
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Oye Como Va Santana

In this tutorial Tom Finch will teach you to play "Oye Como Va", as made famous by Santana. We'll take a look at the signature lead lines and soloing, the classic ensemble rhythmic breaks, we'll learn the chords and comping styles, the rhythmic hooks, the chromatic descending line, and finally we'll play through the tune from top to bottom. Enjoy!

Published: 11/30/2009 Upgrade
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Pretending Eric Clapton

Tom will show you the guitar part verses, the choruses, the solo and the outro. The song is in the key of E and is 4/4 time with a quarter note of approximately 100 BPM.

Published: 02/14/2017 Upgrade
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Reelin' in the Years Steely Dan

In this song tutorial, Tom Finch will detail all the elements in "Reelin' In The Years", as made famous by Steely Dan. We'll talk about gear and getting the right tones, we'll learn three (yes, three) guitar solos, a slew of tasty guitar fills, the rhythm guitar parts, as well as the melodic hook and harmony line. After all that, we'll wrap it up and rock with the backing track, featuring Tom's vocals.

Published: 10/12/2010 Upgrade
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Riding With The King Eric Clapton & BB King

Tom will show you the 2 guitar parts in this blues tune. He covers all the sections: the intro riffing, the verses, the choruses, the bridge and the outro. And, of course, he covers the iconic bluesy solo licks of the two blues masters!

Published: 11/16/2016 Upgrade
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Right Next Door Robert Cray

Tom will show you all the parts to this great blues tune from the understated rhythm guitar parts of the verses and choruses to the soulful solos.

Published: 08/14/2015 Upgrade
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Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer

In this set of song lessons, Tom Finch will teach you the song "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo", as made famous by Rick Derringer. Tom will talk about the gear and tones, then start in on the famous intro riff. He'll break down the verse and choruse section, the rhythm part that's played under the solo, the rippin' solo, then the outro to the song. As always, there's a playalong performance of the whole song at the end.

Published: 10/03/2011 Upgrade
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Rollin' Stone (Catfish Blues) Muddy Waters

Tome will show you all the parts to this great study in solo-blues playing where the thumb keeps a quarter note pulse while the higher strings play fills & riffs around the vocals.

Published: 06/09/2016 Upgrade
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Sinner's Prayer B.B. King

Tom will show you all the tasty licks and fills that BB King plays in this slow burn blues tune.

Published: 08/06/2015 Upgrade
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Sister Golden Hair America

In the lessons in this song tutorial, Tom Finch will be teaching you "Sister Golden Hair", by America. Tom will first look at the gear and tones, then he'll launch into the intro of the song. Then it's straight through the rest of the form, examining the role of each guitar in the verse, the chorus, and outro. Tom will lead you through a play along, then you take over and jam by yourself with the backing track.

Published: 02/29/2012 Upgrade
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Slow Ride Foghat

In this set of lessons, Tom Finch will be teaching you the song "Slow Ride", by Foghat. Tom will give you an overview of the tune and talk about the gear and tones, then dig right into the classic main riff. Next up is the chorus, followed by a look at the verse and pre-chorus sections. The last three lessons will break down the post-chorus, the melody, and the outro, then we'll finish with a play along.

Published: 02/29/2012 Upgrade
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Soul Sacrifice Santana

Tom will show you the melodies and motifs that make up a great solo. He's also cover the tasty comping during the organ solo comp and the outro.

Published: 11/03/2015 Upgrade
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Standing Around Crying Muddy Waters

Tom will show you both guitar parts in this old school, down & dirty grinding blues with a mixture of slide & basic blues riffs played by one of the iconic masters.

Published: 06/30/2016 Upgrade
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Steady Rollin' Man Robert Johnson

Tom will show you all the great acoustic blues parts in this song: the intro, verse 1, verse 2, verse 3 and the outro.

Published: 04/11/2016 Upgrade
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Stop Breakin' Down Robert Johnson

Tom will show you all the parts to this great solo acoustic blues song: the intro, verse 1, variations on measures 11 & 12 and the ending.

Published: 04/19/2016 Upgrade
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Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson

Tom will show you the basic rhythm guitar parts as well as short solos in the style of three great players: BB King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Published: 04/02/2015 Upgrade
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Takin' Care Of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive

In this group of lessons we'll be learning the classic party hit "Takin' Care Of Business", by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. We'll look at the main riff which is such a classic guitar hook, the gear and tone, the rhythm guitar parts, the song form, the solos, the breakdowns, and the jam outro. Then we'll take of business and play it all through with our custom backing track.

Published: 06/06/2011 Upgrade
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T­-Bone Shuffle T-Bone Walker

Tom will show you all the parts to this classic blues tune: the intro, the melody, the sax solo comping and the verse comping.

Published: 10/26/2015 Upgrade
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Telephone Blues Eric Clapton & John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

Tom will show you the intro, verses, solo and outro to this classic blues tune. This is an excellent study in blues soloing and call and response phrasing with the vocals.

Published: 04/08/2016 Upgrade
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That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd

In this tutorial Tom Finch will teach "That Smell", by Lynyrd Skynyrd. After a song synopsis and the gear and tone, Tom will start off with the intro rhythm and solo. That leads to the verse and chorus; from there we'll start learning rhythms under the solos, plus the bridge. There's several solos following that as well as the interlude. We'll look at the final solo and do the outro before we do full and single guitar play alongs, then the jam along.

Published: 02/24/2014 Upgrade
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The Letter The Box Tops

Tom will show you the simple, but steady and powerful strumming rhythm that drives this pop classic with a hand full of chords.

Published: 07/27/2015 Upgrade
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The Yellow Princess John Fahey

Tom will show you all parts to this folk guitar classic. It's all one solo acoustic guitar with multiple sections: the intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and the ending. The song is in the key of E and G and is cut time with a quarter note of approximately 100 BPM, making it effectively 200 BPM.

Published: 11/03/2017 Upgrade
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Trouble No More Muddy Waters

Tom will show you the great blues guitar parts in this classic song: the intro, the verses, the harp solo accompaniment, and the ending.

Published: 05/02/2016 Upgrade
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Ventura Highway America

In this tutorial, Tom Finch will teach "Ventura Highway", by America. Tom will introduce the song and talk about the acoustic tone, then break down the iconic melody and chords in the intro. We'll break down the verse chords and melody next before heading to the chorus. You'll learn the post-chorus next, then the outro; then we'll do full and single guitar performances and end with a jam along.

Published: 12/04/2013 Upgrade
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What's Your Name? Lynyrd Skynyrd

In this series of nine lessons, Tom Finch will teach you the southern rock song "What's Your Name" as performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tom will talk about the gear and tone for the song, then teach you the opening intro riff which is also central to the choruses. You'll learn the verse riffs, the intricacies in the choruses, and both the solo and the rhythm pattern underneath. Tom will finish off with the song ending, and a full play-along.

Published: 10/07/2011 Upgrade
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Wild One Thin Lizzy

In this set of 12 lessons, Tom Finch will teach "Wild One", by Thin Lizzy. Tom will start with a song introduction then talk about gear and tone before he lays out the intro/chorus rhythm and leads. The verse parts are up next, then we'll look at the solo rhythm and the main solo. The outro rhythm follows, then the outro leads; then we'll do full and single guitar performances and end with a jam along.

Published: 09/11/2013 Upgrade
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You Shook Me Led Zeppelin

Tom will show you the 2 electric guitar parts that are played in this tune. There is lyrical slide work playing call and response with the vocals, low grinding rhythm work and a scorching lead solo! This is post-psychedelic blues rock at its best!

Published: 05/21/2019 Upgrade

Artist Studies

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Buddy Guy Artist Study

Tome will show you essential aspects of Guy's playing style and music across many decades has inspired players to learn about the blues of the past, bring those traditions to the present and expand on them into the future! Through his playing and showmanship, he directly influenced the early rock legends of the 60s. Clapton, Page, Beck & Hendrix all took a cue & a few licks from Buddy Guy!

Published: 03/15/2017 Upgrade
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Eric Clapton Artist Study

Tom will show you the essential ingredients of Eric Clapton's style ranging from his early fiery Blues with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, to Cream, to pop rock to acoustic blues work.

Published: 01/13/2017 Upgrade

Improvisation

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5 Ways to Improvise on One Chord

Whether it's in a jam situation or a "simple" composition, it's not uncommon to find yourself playing over a single chord or tonal center at some time or another. In this tutorial we'll take a look at different ways to use chords, rhythms, and scales to help make your experience of playing over a single chord more interesting and exciting.

Published: 11/30/2009 Upgrade