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. 

Want more chords laid out like this? Click here for my free Ebook with every basic chord you will need as a beginner. Print it and learn on your time.

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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.

 

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

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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
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We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
                              B7
We don't take our trips on LSD
B7
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
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We like livin' right, and bein' free.


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I'm proud to be an Oakie from Muskogee,
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A place where even squares can have a ball ----
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We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
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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.

Eric Clapton’s New Album

Eric Clapton has reunited with famed producer Glyn Johns for his forthcoming 23rd studio album called  I Still Do, set for release on May 20, 2016 on his Bushbranch Records(Surfdog Records). Clapton and Johns – who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who  – most famously worked together on one of Clapton’s best albums, Slowhand , which is RIAA-certified 3x-platinum and topped charts globally.Eric_Clapton_Lester-Cohen

The album also contains “I Will Be There,” a song of unknown vintage, which features vocals and acoustic guitar by one Angelo Mysterioso (a musical nom de plume used in previous decades by the late George Harrison). The former Beatle and Clapton were close friends who were married, in succession, to the same woman, Patti Boyd. Clapton first used his Mysterioso alias on the 1969 Cream album, “Goodbye.” says George Varga of The San Diego Times

The 12-track record includes some original songs written by Clapton.

  1. Alabama Woman Blues

  2. Can’t Let You Do It

  3. I Will Be There

  4. Spiral

  5. Catch The Blues

  6. Cypress Grove

  7. Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day

  8. Stones In My Passway

  9. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

  10. I’ll Be Alright

  11. Somebody’s Knockin’

  12. I’ll Be Seeing You

This album is on the coat tails of his last release, the 2014 chart-topping

Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of the late JJ Cale.

I Still Do is the name of the new album, look for it May 20th 2016

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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.

Sign up and take part  HERE  The World’s First String Recycling Program.

 

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The beginners end 

In the beginning phase of playing the acoustic guitar you get frustrated, this is where most give up and quite. Your not alone in this.  

 Over 80% of people that start, give up from being frustrated. Without an instructor or teacher you are swimming upstream without a paddle.

In this case our acoustic guitar is our paddle. Now paddling with a paddle that has a hole in it lets you paddle but don’t get you far. And a paddle with multiple holes just leaves you exhausted and sitting still. 

Choosing the wrong acoustic to start out with is just like a paddle.  Choose the wrong one and it could leave you in the water waiting on someone to help. 

With so many different types of acoustic guitars out there to choose from it makes it hard to know as a beginner. 

You want to choose one that feels right to your body type.  Sitting down and standing up are things to consider as well. Wide neck or thinner neck. Dreadnought or classical,down to jumbo style. It’s out there you just have to find it.   

Seeing a cool acoustic on tv may not be the answer to your problem.  Sit down at every music store around your area and play everything they have.  This will put you in a boat with a full paddle to help you get upstream to learning the acoustic guitar.  

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Or go to justinbeene.wordpress.com  and follow this blog. 

Remember this ….?

It was 1998 and the single Jumper was released from the American Rock Band Third Eye Blind. Although it never reached number one it did make it to number five. 

For those of you who are 35 and up may remember this one.  Great song of it time and still great to listen to. It’s Not to hard to play on the acoustic guitar so it makes a great go to song at a party. 

I’m putting together a video on how to play this song but in the meantime here’s some food for thought.  

Jumper video 

  

Lead singer Stephan Jenkins has said that the song is “about a friend who’s gay, jumping off a bridge and killing themselves.”The song is also about Jenkins’ own difficult, often alienating childhood experiences. He says, “My parents divorced, and that hurt me. We were poor and I went to a rich high school. I was dyslexic and had attention deficit disorder, which I still have. ….. 

If you are a beginner just starting to learn the acoustic guitar go to thebeanproject.com and sign up for a free course on your basic chords. 

Super Simple acoustic guitar course :coming soon 

I have a new beginner acoustic guitar course coming out in April called Super Simple Acoustic Guitar.  It covers all the basic chords as well as how to read tabs a free Ebook and much more. 

If you are thinking of trying to learn the acoustic guitar this is your chance. 

The course will be $20 and if you sign up ahead of time you get it for $5. 

Sure there are others out there like my free course that can work ,but this course will be very detailed for those starting out without any help.  Explaining how to tune your acoustic guitar and tons of helpful tips and tricks to get you playing fast. 

You will pay 100’s for this information anywhere else.

So go sign up at Thebeanproject.com and put the word Fiver in the comments and I will contact you with all the information.