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Your First Easy Song – Wonderwall

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I’m sure you are coming along great with the chord progressions that we were discussing previously.

There are several other chords you really need to know but for now I am going to show you a lovely chord progression that is very easy to play and a perfect first song to learn. Wonderwall by Oasis

Take a look at the chords below then we will go through it. (more…)

Introduction to Rhythm and Timing

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I am sure you are practicing hard with the chords I wrote about yesterday. I wanted to briefly mention about rhythm and timing.

Timing is basically about when to change or strike the chords. Rhythm is how many times and what speed you play the specific chord before you change.

With your four chords you are learning I want you to do two things. It involves counting to four. Firstly I want you to play each chord once and count to four before (more…)

Chords You Need to Know

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Here I am going to present to you 4 chords that you need to learn. These are the first chords I learnt and are a great starting point to playing music as many many songs include these chords within them.

Take a look at the charts below

The G Chord The Em Chord The C ChordThe D Chord (more…)

Chord Progressions

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Now you have seen how chords are written, the next part is stringing chords together to make music. This is where your time in learning the previous lessons pay off and the goal of making something sound musical is achieved.

Most songs will be made up of more than one chord. One chord is played and the next follows. We call this a chord progression.

Some chords when played after each other sound better than others. We will get to why later on.

Chord progressions often from the rhythm section of a song. In other words they provide the backing whilst the singer sing the melody. Often in songbooks or music on the Internet, words will be written out for the song and the chords will be shown above the words indicating when to play or change chords. (more…)

Backing Tracks Update

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Olly’s Guitar World used to be home to some of my own recording and also contained a lot of backing tracks for guitarists to jam along to. I know a lot of people come here in the hope to find some of these backing tracks.

I do have every intention of reincluding hem onto the site as and when I can. If anyone has any specific backing tracks they are looking for then please contact and I will help where possible.

The majority of the backing tracks were from the legendary Joe Satiani which you will be hearing a lot about from me in the coming weeks.