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Song Portfolio

As a guitar teacher of 43 years now, I have had to teach many styles of music and literally thousands of songs. Many I had never heard of before my students brought them in, many I had. I will start by showing you songs and styles I feel will move you along AND challenge you. I will also be asking for your input as well when you are ready so you can learn songs you are interested in learning. (The only style I don't feel comfortable with are the current metal bands that tune way down)

So, here is a PARTIAL list of songs (many with solos) and artists that I can remember off the top of my head just to give you an idea of the diversity of what some students have done while taking lessons from me.


Eagles: Hotel California, Take it Easy, Life In the Fast Lane, Lyin Eyes, Peaceful Easy Feeling, I Can't Tell You Why, New Kid In Town…... plus many others…
Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze, All Along The Watchtower, The Wind Cries Mary, Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, Red House, Castles Made Of Sand, Little Wing…

ACDC: Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long,Hells Bells,Highway To Hell

The Beatles: Day Tripper, Here Comes The Sun, Something, Let It Be, While My Guitar Gently Weeps….many others

Rolling Stones: Paint It Black, Honkey Tonk Women, Wild Horses,Under My Thumb, Brown Sugar……many others

John Mayer: Why Georgia, Daughters, Belief

Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven,Black Dog,Good Times Bad Times,Over The Hills and Far Away,Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

Green Day: Wake Me When September Ends,Good Riddance,Boulevard Of Broken Dreams……others

Nirvanna: Smells Like Teen Spirit………others

Pink Floyd: Money, Wish You Were Here,Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall

Journey: Don't Stop Believing,Lights, Anyway You Want It

Tom Petty: Mary Janes Last Dance, Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down,Breakdown,Refugee,

Aerosmith: Dream On,

The Beach Boys: California Girls…….many others

Bob Dylan: ……. many songs

Fleetwood Mac: (The blues years, and the rock years) Landslide, Oh Well, Don't Stop Believing ,Never Going Back Again…. others

Cream: Crossroads, Sunshine Of Your Love,Born Under A Bad Sign,Badge…others

Lynnard Skynnard: Sweet Home Alabama, I Know A Little….others

Doobie Brothers: China Grove,Listen To The Music,Black Water,….others

James Brown; Papas Got A Brand New Bag……..others

Heart: Crazy On You, Barracudda

James Taylor: Fire And Rain, Carolina On My Mind…..others

Simon And Garfunkle: Scarborough Faire, The Boxer, Homeward Bound,Sounds Of Silence….others

Neil Young: Heart Of Gold, Cinnamon Girl

Grateful Dead: Casey Jones,……others

Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash,Willie Nelson,Hank Williams……..

Van Halen: Ain't Talkin Bout Love….

Allman Brothers: Jessica, Melissa, Blue Sky

Peter Frampton: Do You Feel Like I Do……others

The Police: Roxanne, Message In A Bottle…..others

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under The Bridge,….others

Queen: Killer Queen

Rush: Tom Sawyer, Freewill,….others

Santana: Black Magic Woman, Samba Pa Ti, Oye Como Va, Europa

ZZ Top: Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange…..others

Bon Jovi

Pat Benetar: Hit Me With Your Best Shot

The Who: Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes

Eddie Money: Two Tickets To Paradise


Tower Of Power

The Clash

Bonnie Raitt: Something To Talk About

Blink 182

Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough, My Favorite Mistake…..others

Jeff Beck: Cause We've Ended As Lovers

Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing

Boston: More Than a Feeling….others

Kansas: Dust In the Wind,Carry On My Wayward Son

Guns And Roses: Sweet Child O Mine,Paradise City

The Ventures: Walk Don't Run, Pipeline

Chuck Berry: Johnny B.Good,…..others

No Doubt: Don't Speak

Creedence Clearwater; ……..many songs

Taylor Swift

Michael Jackson

Joe Walsh:

Pearl Jam


Counting Crows

Michael Schenker

Jack Johnson


Kenny Loggins

Moody Blues

Big Head Todd

Cat Stevens
Foo Fighters

Bob Marley

Van Morrisson


Song Portfolio

Blues, Jazz, and some fingerpicking classics

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Eric Clapton
B.B. King
Albert King
Howlin Wolf
Robben Ford
T Bone Walker
John Mayhall
Peter Green
Mick Taylor
Mike Bloomfield
Muddy Waters
Gary Moore
Allman Brothers
Robert Cray
Keb Mo
Boz Scaggs
Jazz and Jazz Fusion
George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, The Crusaders,
Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, songs from "The Real Book"

Some Fingerpicking Classics:
The Beatles….. Blackbird, Julia, Dear Prudence
Classical Gas…. Mason Williams
Fleetwood Mac…..Landslide, Never Going Back Again
Kansas………. Dust In The Wind
Mississippi John Hurt…. several "Travis Picking" gems
Malaguena……. ( classical)
Greensleeves….. (classical)
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desire…. (classical)
many beginning and intermediate classical pieces ( tabbed out)
many Travis Picking" ragtime" style instrumentals