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Song Two (Guitar Lesson)

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Randall Williams

Song Two

Randall Williams shares another wonderful song in his beginner series. This song should be rather easy to pick up due to its similarity to the previous song.

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 3:10Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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crazihippichiccrazihippichic replied on October 19th, 2018

Love the lesson...but the notation provided doesn't go to this lesson. I like to print out the music so I can practice and the music for this lesson is incorrect.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 31st, 2015

Your not showing your Fret fingering accurately Ranall....but other than that

packer31packer31 replied on July 14th, 2015

I can't figure out exactly where fingers are supposed to go. You need a small screen portion devoted to showing the chord charts that apply so that when you announce a particular chord at a marticular moment the image pops up on the screen.

wtrec3wtrec3 replied on March 2nd, 2015

Great lesson but your fingers hide what you are fretting so its very difficult to follow.

belindahbelindah replied on July 24th, 2014


leylabibleleylabible replied on March 26th, 2014

Hey Randall you are making my life a lot easier I have made up about 5 good songs and im on lesson 6

nixiejonixiejo replied on November 7th, 2013

I love this, thanks so much. I already made up my own melody with these 3 chords. Keep'em coming!!

acoutic1946acoutic1946 replied on July 8th, 2013

Instructor goes to fast to a capo. Ir one learns an Em, or a C, or whatever note without a capo, then puts a capo on the third fret it changes the note even though you're using a C shape, etc. This is not very well explained.

ellonysmanellonysman replied on April 6th, 2013

one window should show frets and finger spots for instant clarity..see Kirk Lorange videos he has it

bluecat7bluecat7 replied on July 25th, 2014

I agree, this would be really helpful.

grandpabobgrandpabob replied on February 2nd, 2013

Why don't your video chord fingerings match your chord charts?

lespaulsmithlespaulsmith replied on January 22nd, 2013

Great stuff, Randall. I'm by no means a beginner, but since I self taught, i'm coming back to start from scratch. I love your teaching style, and I feel that you have a lot of great info for our gain. Thanks for taking time out of your day to do this!

skywardguyskywardguy replied on December 28th, 2012

Bit the bullet bought a capo and a pic holder for that matter, still don't quite know when you recorded so tough to guess the song. But I like the sound.

carolina1carolina1 replied on October 11th, 2012

Having rushed out to buy a capo, got through song one, but need telling exactly what fret and what string each finger goes on, to progress easier in song two. I have to keep stopping and going back to study the finger positions. Going to try another beginner lesson and come back later.

carolina1carolina1 replied on October 11th, 2012

Having rushed out to buy a capo, got through song one, but need telling exactly what fret and what string each finger goes on, to progress easier in song two. I have to keep stopping and going back to study the finger positions. Going to try another beginner lesson and come back later.

ellonysmanellonysman replied on April 5th, 2013

Yes, same here, that's why I think all video and diagrams should be from the view of the player! I hear that's going to change her soon

mitch486mitch486 replied on May 2nd, 2012

Hello! Great stuff and I'm learning pretty quickly. I have to ask, though, is it possible to get a better visual as to where your fingers are actually going? During the lesson it's my only point of reference, and I don't know the chords yet. It help us associate names with location if the visual is there when you name them out. Thanks!

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied on February 19th, 2012

Thanks everybody - and sorry I threw the capo at you so quickly! I wish I could say what song - but so many are so similar. If you can play this one, then you're on your way to playing a bunch of different ones.

aeden86aeden86 replied on December 22nd, 2011

anyone know what song this is?

aeden86aeden86 replied on December 22nd, 2011

anyone know what song this is?

aeden86aeden86 replied on December 22nd, 2011

anyone know what song this is?

christinejamchristinejam replied on October 2nd, 2011

Oh I loved this one!

EdwinaEdwina replied on August 8th, 2011

Perhaps you could tell us which week this particular song-a-like was in the top 40?

gjpfiregjpfire replied on April 4th, 2011

Alright, I have a big problem here. You have fantastic pictures, etc. however what you need is a small TAB or something showing where your fingers go! When you have a picture of your fingers on the frets, you really can't tell where they are. It looks like big fingers that could be on one or more strings. If I forget the placement, I have to go back to the beginning. A simple little finger placement tab would be a tremendous help. Please remember, some of us are just starting out. Please HELP!! Thanks

philmctimphilmctim replied on April 5th, 2011

See the Supplemental Content tab - it has all the chords (although they don't show the placement of the capo)

tmweishaartmweishaar replied on May 15th, 2011

You have several open windows available. It would be great if in addition to showing the "live" finger placement, you had the diagram showing finger placement and chord name.

axeman12axeman12 replied on February 13th, 2011

Randall, what if you don't own a capo at this time? Where on the neck should I be playing these chords?

elizabethlouiseelizabethlouise replied on January 7th, 2011

Me too. I get that there's copyright issues, but if anyone could tell me what top 40 song this "reminds them of" it would give me a melody to humm while I play. By the way, excellent lesson set Randall, exactly the type of thing I was looking for.

tamwolfftamwolff replied on December 31st, 2010

That's what I'd like to know. I feel the need to sing along. =) You certainly have a way of making guitar fun. I'm glad you're the first guitar teacher I'm turning to.

jnc51jnc51 replied on December 25th, 2010

Hey Randall; I like the lessons. I've taken two other beginner series lessons and learn something from each one. What top 40 songs are these? and by who? any hints? Thanks and keep up the good work.

Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

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Randall Williams guides you through the basics of acoustic guitar.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Meet Randall Williams in this brief introductory lesson. Learn who he is, his teaching approach, and what he plans to cover in this series.

Length: 2:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Basic Chords & Strums Part 1

Randall starts off by teaching the Em chord and a basic strum to get you going.

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
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Basic Chords & Strums Part 2

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Learning Process

Randall discusses his philosophy on studying the guitar before moving onto some basic songs.

Length: 4:29 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Your First Song

Randall guides you through your very first song. He teaches a rendition of a current popular song that uses only three chords.

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Song Two

Randall Williams shares another wonderful song in his beginner series. This song should be rather easy to pick up due to its similarity to the previous song.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Song Four

Randall Williams shares one last song in his beginner series.

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Right-Hand Techniques

Randall Williams talks about basic strums and right-hand techniques in this lesson.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10


Randall continues his extensive coverage of beginner right-hand techniques with a lesson on fingerpicking.

Length: 34:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Randall Williams View Full Biography He felt that classical music lacked the inclusiveness of folk music, and that the inevitable division between performer and audience was unbearable. And so Randall returned to the world of traveling with his guitar, writing songs in train stations and sleeping on couches, then singing and playing on street corners, cafï, and pubs. For a time he lived aboard a 20' sailboat that he bought for $800, teaching himself how to sail by single-handing through the Baltic and North Seas with his guitar sleeping in the berth beside him at night. He wrote a book about the trip, which begins with the story of almost getting squashed by a tanker before dawn one morning in the North Sea.

He moved to North Africa, then set off across the Sahara by hitching with locals - bouncing through a minefield on the way that made his mother have bad dreams. He loved the adventure, but he missed the music.

In 2005, Randall returned stateside to scrounge up a career as a performing songwriter, hoping it wasn't too late. So far, it hasn't been. As the "Partial Capo Guy," Randall has written two books for Hal Leonard, recorded a DVD for Kyser Musical Products, and given workshops at some of the biggest festivals in United States. As a performer, Randall has been a finalist in the Founder's Title and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests, A regional finalist at Kerrville, a showcase artist at Northeast and Midwest Folk Alliance, and at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, and an Audience Favorite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. His 2007 live release, "One Night in Louisiana" made a respectable dent in the folk DJ charts (One single, "Lebanon," was #8 in May,) and he's generally a nice guy to have around, capos or not.

Randall is as much at home in a Bangkok slum or a Senegalese village, at the Kennedy Center in D.C. or the Fine Arts Palace in Brussels sandwiched between a twitchy orchestra and a full house, or shoeless on the floor of your living room. Randall has sung in a dozen languages in over 35 countries.

Lynne Andrews: "When Randall left the confines of classical music largely behind, they lost a great talent, but the world gained a good friend - a friend who will tell its stories with grace, compassion, humility and humor."

Randall began playing guitar seriously in 1988, and played his first open mic one year later. Randall kept playing and learning more and more. Randall began teaching guitar in 1992, while studying musical composition, analysis, and performance. Randall got his undergraduate music degree in 1996, then studied flamenco for about a year (1997) before beginning studies at the royal conservatory of music in mons, belgium.

From 1998 to 2001, Randall studied voice, analysis, and harmony at the conservatory, with classical guitar lessons on the side for about 6 months. Randall's undergraduate study and the conservatory courses added a degree of musical structure to his improvisational ability, and gave him a strong music theory base. He recieved the premier prix for concert singing from the conservatory in 2001.

Randall's most recent discoveries: how to build a structure for creating chords in open tunings, and learning how to structure placement of partial capos in standard and alternate tunings.

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