The Easy E Chords

This is one of the easiest chords to learn and play. It was my first chord that I learned on the acoustic guitar. Most people can play the E or E Minor chord right off the bat.

        The E chords are in so many songs you hear everyday on the radio. Its an easy transition chord as well. 

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Remember This…


“I don’t mind stealing bread”
The verse most of us know from the song Hunger Strike by the combined bands of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. 


The time was April 16,1991  Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder we’re taking their bands to new highs ,and making this album was a bonus for all the Soundgarden and Pearl Jam fans. They were no strangers to one another both being vocalists in the band Mother Love Bone

During this time the Seattle scene was hot with bands like Soundgarden ,Pearl Jam and Nirvana all making a come up.This album was icing on the cake for A&M records,with hit songs like Hunger Strike and Say Hello 2 Heaven.temple-of-the-dog-4fd30d7435541

Recorded at the London Bridge Studio in Seattle Washington in only 15 days they say. If you’re in your mid 30’s this band will bring you back. Both bands combined for this album was a great move and will go down as one of the bast albums of its time. Sometimes you might catch Cris Cornell singing one of the songs from that album on his Acoustic tour.

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Part:1  Simple Strumming  

First off clear your head and put out all the bad thoughts you have about strumming the acoustic guitar. 

It’s so easy you will be strumming in no time  and putting an end to the struggling.

First you will have to train your strumming hand to keep the beat.  

I did a blog post on this topic last year called  tap tap tap

Using your foot to keep the rhythm is the best known source for staying on track with what ever song you are learning. 

Now a days you can download apps that have a metronome in the software that will help you get started.  Don’t know what a metronome is? Check this out. 

If you are interested in seeing a video on this post, please leave a comment. It would be greatly appreciated. 

 (Remember, you are in the beginning phase and need to go slow )

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Okie from Muskogee

Merle Haggard passed away a few weeks back on his 79th birthday. As a county music legend he set the bar for what county music use to be and everything that was good about it.



The most papular song he did was Okie From Muskogee.  Below is a video on the song being played live.



Here are the tabs if you want to play along with the song.   No capo needed and its in standard tuning.

Oakie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard

We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.

I'm proud to be an Oakie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball ----
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightin's still the biggest thril of all

We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I'm proud to be an Oakie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightin's still the biggest thril of all.

Leather boots are still in style for mainly footwear;
Beads and roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

Learning the E chords

Learning the E chord is one of the easiest chords to learn on the guitar.  It goes great with A,G,D chords ,and is very simple to play the E minor chord as well. 

Below is the tab on how to play the E major and E minor chords on the guitar. It shows you where to put your fingers so there is no misunderstanding. 

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D’Addario Recycling Rewards

Its said that 1.5 million tons of strings could be recycled each year, thats equivalent to the Eiffel Tower or two and a half Statue of Liberty’s.

Guitar players are to bring string to participating dealers, If your here in Nashville that place would be Virginia’s Music Center.  

Here are some other places that may be in your neck of the woods

Advance Music – Burlington, VT

All Music – Plainview, NY

Bananas at Large – Cincinatti, OH

Bananas at Large – Santa Rosa, CA

Bass Strings Online – Los Angeles, CA

Chicago Music Exchange – Chicago, IL

Dave Phillips Music – Allentown, PA

Dietze Music – Lincoln, NE

Downtown Sounds – Northhamton, MA

Elderly Instruments – Lansing, MI

George’s Music – North Walles, PA

Elderly Instruments – Lansing, MI

George’s Music – North Walles, PA

George’s Music – Jacksonville Beach, FL

Guitar Czar – Salt Lake City, UT

Harry’s Guitar Shop – Raleigh, NC

Hot Licks – Waldorf, MD

Instrumental Music – Tuscon, AZ

Instrumental Music – Ventura, CA

Instrumental Music – Thousand Oaks, CA

Instrumental Music – Santa Barbara, CA

Lane Music  – Knoxville, TN

Loud & Clear – Cotati, CA

Main Drag Music – Brooklyn, NY

Music Go Round – Littleton, CO

Music Go Round – Columbus, OH

Mundt Music – Longview, TX

Murphy’s Guitars – Bountiful, UT

Murphy’s Music – Dallas, TX

Music Loft – Wilmington NC

Robert M. Sides – State College, PA

Russo’s Music  – Asbury Park, NJ

Skip’s Music – Sacramento, CA

Springfield Music – Springfield, MO

Sweetwater Sound – Ft. Wayne, IN

Ted Brown Music – Tacoma, WA

Total Entertainment – Daytona Beach FL

Twin Town Guitars – Minneapolis, MN

Virginia’s Music Center – Nashville TN

West Music – Iowa City, IA

Willis Music – Cincinnati, OH

For every .25 lb of instrument strings is the equivalent of six sets of acoustic guitar strings will earn you 100 Players Circle points  ($1 towards The D’Addario Foundation).

Individual strings and string sets can be mixed in a single shipment. Rewards are given based on weight of the shipment.

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Use it or Loose it 

I know you’ve heard the saying “Use it or Loose it”. It’s a true statement that stands the test of time.  

If you are not practicing the acoustic guitar 3 to 4 times a week you are doing it all wrong.  Your only as good as the amount you practice. Practice everyday and see your skills skyrocket. 

Learning the acoustic guitar is not as easy as it rolls off your tongue. Practice practice practice and be on top of the game. 

By practicing 10 to 15 minutes a day ,you will find that you will play longer and longer each time. 15 turns into 20 and 20 to 30 and so on. 

If you only practice a little ,chances are you will give up because you won’t see any real results. The longer you wait In between practice the harder it is to remember or stay on top of the lessons.  Practice practice practice. 

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Coming soon : Super Simple Acoustic Guitar