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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Guitar Lesson - How to play Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (Rocky Movies)

I was getting such good response from the earlier guitar lesson about how to read guitar tabs that I thought I would teach you a simple song on the guitar. If you have read the earlier guitar lesson [Guitar Lesson - Guitar Tabs For Beginners - The Entertainer] and understood what I was trying to teach, then this one should be easy.


Now the song I would like you to learn is the famous song from the Rocky movies called Eye of the Tiger. It is a good starter song for beginners. You can find the song on albums from Survivor but also on a album called Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky from 2006. Like I said the group that made this song is called Survivor. Now if you have heard this song, you might think that this song is hard to play on the guitar. But actually it's a very easy song to play on the guitar. The song is played on two guitars by the Survivor band, but you can play it on one guitar also.


And if you are only going to play along with the song, this would not be a problem for you. I'm going to split this song up into segments also, just like I did with the "The Entertainer" song in the earlier guitar lesson. One more thing, I saw that there are many people teaching this song. And I found that some of them are actually wrong. Well wrong might not be the right word to use. There are a couple of ways to play this song, some use power chords. But if you want to keep it simple, and be able to play along with the song you should follow what I say here. We are only going to use two fingers most of the time to keep it simple. And then in the lyrics I show how to play the piano part.


Here is a video of Survivor doing Eye of the Tiger Live In Nagoya Japan 1987 Now the first part is pretty simple, the intro of the song.
E|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

You see that we press down on the third fret on the fretbord and on the second string looking down on the guitar. Then with you're guitar pick start to pick the string to get the beat going. Try and learn to pick the string on the up and down stroke. This will help you in the future to become a better and faster guitar player. To get the right sound here you need to mute the string. So place you're right hand palm over the strings at the same time you pick. This will take that extra vibration from the string and give you that muted sound we want.

Then we get to the part you want to learn.
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|--5---------------5--3--5------| Sounds: Naa, Na, Na, Naa
A|--3---------------3--1--3------|
E|---------------------------------|

Now you have picked the third fret, and already pressing down the right string. All you need to do is with you're pinky finger. Press down the fifth fret on the third string. Play both strings. And then just slide up with the same finger placement so that you press down the first and third fret. To get that Naa, Na, Na, Naa.

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|--5------------------------------|
A|--3-x-5-x-6~------------------| Sounds: Na Naa NAAAA
E|-----x-3-x-4~-----------------|

Look close at this guitar tab. You have you're finger the exact same way like you began with before. Now you just move up so you're playing the top strings. To get that ending of the Naa, Na, Na, Naa... Na Naa NAAAA (lousy attempt how it sounds)

Piano Parts (if you want to play that on guitar) You only add one finger..
So it's almost the same finger placement as you play in the beginning of the song. And it’s the same for all the lyrics of the song.

  (C5)  (G5)  (Ab5) (Bb5)
E|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|--5------------------3-----|
D|--5-----5-----6-----3-----|
A|--3-----5-----6-----1-----|
E|--------3-----4------------|

(C5)         (Ab5)                (Bb5)
...Risin' up, back on the street
                    (C5) 
did my time took my chances
(C5)                          (Ab5)
...went the distance, now i'm back on my feet
        (Bb5)                  (C5)
just a man and and his will to survive
(C5)                 (Ab5)              (Bb5)
...so many times, it happens too fast
                             (C5)
you trade your passion for glory
(C5)                           (Ab5)
...don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
         (Bb5)                     (C5)
you must fight just to keep them alive
(Bb5)(C5)
It's The...

And here comes the guitar in again.

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-------------8~---7~-----------|
D|--3~-------x-----x--------------|
A|--3~----xx-6~---5~----------|
E|--1~----------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|--3~--------5~-3~------------|
A|--3~----xx-3~-1~------------|
E|--1~-----------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-------------8~---7~-----------|
D|--3~-------x-----x-------------|
A|--3~----xx-6~---5~----------|
E|--1~----------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|--3-2-3-5-3-5-6~---6-------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

Piano part

(C5)          (Ab5)               (Bb5)
...risin up, straight to the top
                      (C5)
had the guts, got the glory
(C5)               
...went the distance
       (Ab5)
now i'm not gonna stop
      (Bb5)                   (C5)
just a man and his will to survive

You might have noticed the second guitar. That it adds to the song. 
This is how you play that part. You can play this in the beginning of the song also if you like.
E|---------------------------------|
B|-------------8---6---4~--------|
G|--------xx-8-x-7-x-5~------|
D|---------------------------------| Sound: Na na na
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|--5------------------------------|
A|--3-x-5-x-6~------------------| Sounds: Na Naa NAAAA
E|-----x-3-x-4~-----------------|

So yeah that's about it. I kept it simple. But these are the parts you need to play along.  And you can see that there is a pattern here. So once you get the first part going. You will pick it up pretty quick. Cya.

Eye Of The TigerUltimate SurvivorBest of
Rocky Anthology (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V)Rocky: The Complete SagaRocky (Five-Disc Boxed Set) Rocky: The Undisputed Collection (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa) [Blu-ray]


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Some thoughts about guitar courses and guitar lessons online

Pointers when you buy guitars like electric guitars and acoustic guitars with all the guitar gear avaliable


Nowdays you can find electric guitars for sale and acoustic guitars for sale on the www. You can even find some nice pa speakers and guitar gear if you want. But back in the day and probably even still today, it's a common thing that you would look around, maybe in the newspaper or go to town to look if you could find an acoustic electric guitar for sale that you like. Most would go to a music store that have electric guitars for sale or acoustic guitars for sale and then spend some time in the music store playing before they make the decision and buy a guitar. Now let me tell you that going to a music store would probably be best for a beginner because he or she would then also get advice from the store about what guitar gear and guitar accessories that would be best to look at also for the beginner guitar player.


But we guitarists that have been playing now for many, many years are more and more starting to look on the www when it's time for us to buy guitar however we are not always after new ones though. I have been having my eye on one acoustic electric guitar for sale now for some time, it's a Yamaha but it's the handcrafted one and it's got a great guitar sound. However if I go ahead and buy guitar at the local store that would cost me a bit more, so that's why I have been turning more to WWW music stores that have this acoustic electric guitar for sale. Most of the time. However because it's a handmade guitar few stores have it in stock. So I'm still searching but maybe someday I will find a place that have my acoustic electric guitar for sale so I can be happy with my buy.


The thing is that when you do come across a place that let you buy acoustic guitars and you find your acoustic electric guitar for sale or a place that have a lot of different electric guitars for sale you start to look at what more they got in stock. Like oh lets see, I could use new pa speakers and some guitar gear would be nice. I don't think you could have to little guitar gear because you are kind of limited in your guitar playing otherwise. Well I think it's like with everything else that in the end you come out with an even more expensive acoustic electric guitar or whatever it was than the one you had you're eye on.


Want the hear something silly? Did you know that now you can even get guitar jewelry I mean what is that? They didn't have guitar jewelry when I grew up, or at least it wasn't that "big". When I was a kid you would be lucky if you got a music stand or guitar case to go along with your new guitar. I think this have more to do with the fact that a lot of artists today have rap jewelry or music jewelry that they wear. You know there are also gold guitar picks now.. Well I don't think gold guitar picks are somethig that new but if you start to look at the whole picture. You begin to see with all this guitar jewelry and music jewelry with gold guitar picks and, did I leave something out? Oh yeah rap jewelry is not to be forgotten. So you know there is a lot of stuff out there.


Now I don't think you can have enough of either acoustic guitars or electric guitars but because you now easily can buy electric guitars on the www and easily buy guitars on the WWW you might want to think a bit about which guitars you want before you go on a spending spree. Make up a plan, look at your style of playing and go from there.


So now you have your guitar and guitar gear but how do you play?



Well everyone started out somewhere didn't we. I however did not take any guitar courses when I started out. Well actually now that I think about it I did take a basic guitar course back in middle school. But this was a few years before I really picked up the guitar and made a effort to learn to play guitar and play my first songs. And back then we only played some really easy chords, you know simple stuff. Now more than 13 years on looking back at how I have evolved as a guitar player I do see that I could have very much evolved quicker with guitar lessons online than without them.


However back then we didn't good guitar lessons online that you can get today. There are even some good free online guitar lessons out there now that would be suitable beginner guitar lessons for you young people. However I know that there are a lot of you "old" guys and gals out there that also want to learn how to play guitar and just because your not young and "nimble" does not mean you can't learn to play guitar also. I know there are some very good musicians out there that didn't start to play until they were middle age and it turned out that they could play really good.


When it comes to guitar lessons online you should not get turned off if you come across guitar lessons online that don't suit you. Because we all learn different. Some of us are quick learners and other (like me) it takes us a bit longer. And how well we learn to play guitar is not only up to you but also the guitar teachers. If you are lucky you find some guitar courses with guitar teacher that you like and stick with them.


But again we all learn different so what works for some might not be what works for you. Me on the other hand I tend to play guitar as a hobby, and because of that I don't like to play if I'm not in the mood. That's another thing that's great with online guitar courses because you get to decide when it's the best time for you to learn to play guitar not the other way around. Otherwise you would need to keep an appointment to your guitar course and be "forced" to play even though not really in the mood. On the other hand playing guitar makes me in a good mood, so don't get too upset about you sending your kids away to their guitar courses


You should look around at what guitar courses are available and if your a beginner then some beginner guitar lessons are where you should be looking for first. And even though you know a little how to play guitar already. I'm sure it would be good for you to start out with a beginner guitar lesson first because there are always something that you can learn. You would not want to "play wrong" for a number of years only to find out way later that you should not move your arm when you strum the guitar now do you? Well Steve Vai does that, and he's pretty good you know, but that's one thing that guitar teachers point out that you should not do. Move your wrist instad, that gives you better control. It's the small things like, holding a guitar pick and sitting straight that you miss out on without some good guitar lessons and I'm not kidding.


Something like that could happen to you if you don't get your basics right from the start. So go ahead and look around for some good guitar lessons online I have a selection on this page at the top if you are interested. And remember it should be fun, but it will take some practice but that's one thing that good guitar teachers should be able to help you with.

Songwriters and music producers usually started out after learning guitar

So now you have you're guitar and know how to play


We all evolve, with anything we do we get better and sooner or later we start to seek more challenges. The natural step for a new guitar player would be to either join a band or start a band. However some of you will go on and make your own music and become music producers or songwriters full time. There are a few things that differ though. If you're in a band, probably a small one.. What you really need is recording labels or a record deal to get you onto the big stage. Someone to promote music that you make, of course you can promote your music yourself. One thing you can do to promote your band is to join a music contest instead. That will help PROMOTE MUSIC because it will get people talking if you are good enough. There are some major record labels accepting demos that you can go to but if you promote your band doing music contests and win you might even get music promotion companies to get their eyes / ears open to your music and contact you.


There's no secret that music agents and music publishers are present in the crowd from time to time, and if you do good this will get you offers from recording labels for sure. If you're a songwriter or lyricist you probably want to sell music and the big question is how to sell music to record companies if your an unknown lyricist. There's no big secret really, if your music is good and you make yourself seen chances are you will get in contact with independent record labels and if you start to get out there and get yourself known, then upcoming bands will also be in contact with you.

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