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.



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.

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.




Next week….

I am taking a week off and will be back next week with some new tips and tricks to make your beginning acoustic guitar playing less of a struggle. 

If you have any requests or have any of your struggles you need helped with. 

Feel free to sign up for free beginner acoustic guitar lessons at  and drop me an email on your difficultys.  


Strumming Dummy 

I remember when I started playing the acoustic guitar I felt like it wasn’t for me for a few of those months because I had trouble getting my chord changing hand to work right while I was strumming. 

This was my struggle 

So I started using a metronome. A metronome is a great tool to use to keep your “bet,strumming and the song in check. 

Now if you don’t know what a metronome is stop now and click HERE or click the here to get the deffanition. 

As I progressed I started to notice how my foot started to tap with it and get into the song. 

Before I had a big tenancy to strum everything the same way and just get mad that could not change that. Well it changed after a few months of using the metronome. 

There are FREE APPS  out there now that help. 
As you start getting in to the songs more you will not need the metronome as much , because you figure it out. It just clicks and you start hearing the beat or the rhythm in most songs you enjoy playing. 

These acoustic guitar lessons that you are doing take time and practice, so keep up the great work  and remember to do at least 15 min a day and each time you pick up your acoustic guitar you will be a little better. 

“Scratching your belly and patting you head takes a min to do and it’s the same concept” say Walter Greatmen of  Paris France  

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