Tag Archives: guitar

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – Chord Chart PDF for Guitar or Piano

Lizzo rules. I transcribed this song for a student, and simplified one chord slightly – Cm should really be a Ab/C. Here’s a nice video of Lizzo playing this song with acoustic guitar player Walter Williams.


Click here to download Lizzo-Cuz_I_Love_You Chords PDF

Also for fun, here’s a video of me playing the melody of this song with an E-Bow on guitar!

Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes – Piano and Guitar Chords (PDF Transcription)

More Billie! Beautiful song – there are some nice live versions, here’s her and her brother Finneas playing it with guitar accompaniment, and here they are with him playing piano


Click here to download Billie Eilish – Ocean_Eyes Guitar and Piano Chords Transcription (PDF)

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish (Guitar and Piano Transcription PDF)

Been teaching a lot of Billie lately – so cool that the album that won “Album of the Year” at the Grammy Awards was recorded by two young siblings at their parents’ home! Here’s a transcription of the bass line and synth-hook from Bad Guy!



Click here to download Billie Eilish – Bad Guy transcription (PDF)

Learning The Blues!

I’ve decided to start blogging a bit about music teaching, and also occasionally to share what I’m up to musically!

I thought I’d start by sharing a hand-out I share with a lot of my students: playing the blues.

blues in a

The blues is a great place to start learning how to improvise and making up solos. On this hand-out, the first 12 bars are a typical blues guitar rhythm guitar part (you could also play the chords that are at the top.) The bottom of the page contains the notes to the “A Minor Pentatonic Scale,” which is pretty much what people often refer to as the Blues scale (the blues scale contains one other note.)

Once you’ve got the rhythm guitar part down, try putting on a “backing track” such as this one, and then playing the scale over top. Playing along to backing tracks is a lot of fun because it’s as though you’ve got a great band backing you up while you’re practicing! Playing the scale up and down you’ll notice that all the notes sound good, there aren’t any that sound “wrong.” The next thing to do is to mix up the order of the notes, to try and make up some melodies! Don’t be shy, just go for it! This is the beginnings of improvisation!

Click here to download the Blues in A hand-out