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Randall Williams

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 7:40Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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michaelcreatemichaelcreate replied on October 18th, 2017

loving your energy and humour brother. Thank you

stephenhubchenstephenhubchen replied on April 29th, 2016

This needs serious work on the supplemental material. Only one chord (D6/9) matches what Randall is doing.

johnicejohnice replied on February 7th, 2016

the 'voicing' is diffrernt from the chord chart and no one is fixing it! forget this guy! does anyone from management read these?

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 31st, 2015

The supplemental charts don't seem to match the lesson?

shellyleitshellyleit replied on August 21st, 2015

I cannot see where his fingers are on any of these lessons. This is too frustrating... I agree there needs to be a cord chart on the screen. And he moved the capo up and didn't explain why.

packer31packer31 replied on July 14th, 2015

These are production problems, not Randall problems. (1) It is not enough to show a video of finger placement, you need a chord chard on the screen. (2) Adding to the problem, Randall tell you to put your fingers here, but he points with this right hand obscuring the view of where the fingers should go. You look like you have the germ of a good product but I can't believe other people haven't complained about this and that you haven't made corrections. I have three degrees and 3 teaching credentials and feel as lost as ever. I was thinking that $159 isn't bad for a year. I'm glad I haven't made the committment.

billydubonbillydubon replied on May 6th, 2014

Hey, Randall, you are doing great man. We might make a million dollars playing together somewhere. Only problem is I can't sing, and I bet you can't either. LOL!

ellonysmanellonysman replied on July 12th, 2013

I must be retarded cuz this is harder to follow then what it should be..just me....duh

entertherobotentertherobot replied on June 23rd, 2013

I'm going with love the way you lie..

MMarchangel777MMarchangel777 replied on June 20th, 2013

I had trouble getting down the palm muting technique. Is our palm supposed to come down on the strings as soon as we play them or it that wrong?

jmikew1590jmikew1590 replied on June 13th, 2013

Where are you Randall?

misha1dibbsmisha1dibbs replied on March 22nd, 2013

Randle, I love the lesson set. I thought your explanation of palm muting helpful. Also, when you said the pace was fast, I kept up! I too think I know this one.

darryl mdarryl m replied on March 19th, 2013

Send me a capo so I can follow you.

meredithreebackmeredithreeback replied on March 17th, 2013

Need more on how to do the palm muting etc technique

derrickkillingsworthderrickkillingsworth replied on January 21st, 2013

Hi Randall. Finding this bit troublesome cant really see D or G transitions or how the chord shape lies. any ideas?

cdrockscdrocks replied on January 3rd, 2013

Randal you seem to be only playing the low 3 strings sounds different than when i strum all 5 is this the way to play these chords

eniac0eniac0 replied on November 16th, 2012

great teaching style, loving all of your lessons so far. one question/request. id like to see a lesson with more emphasis on explain how to palm mute, ive tried before, ive tried again here and i just can't do it. you make it look easy, but when i try, it seems like my hand cannot mute and strum at the same time. am i missing something ?

miseryomiseryo replied on November 14th, 2012

great lessons, love the maori necklace from here in NZ

butchroederbutchroeder replied on November 9th, 2012

Randall, More lessons please.... agree with everything everyone said... You make it easy! Wish you where on phase two and three!

rmaiarmaia replied on September 7th, 2012

I tried to follow other lessons and I wasn´t seeing any evolution. With you it´s easy. Thanks!

ravenhawkravenhawk replied on September 2nd, 2012

Randall, thanks for making the lessons so simple. I was getting frustrated with other instructors.

ravenhawkravenhawk replied on April 19th, 2012

Randall, like your style of teaching. Can't wait to get home and practice! You bought back my enthusiasm. Thanks.

timmo2101timmo2101 replied on March 11th, 2012

Yeeah!! I actually strummed this loudly on my acoustic and it sounds awesome. I want to be able to simply play music that sounds mellow and cool. Thanks Randall, this is exactly the kind of inspiration that I needed!

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

@Tati, send bug report? sorry!

tati23tati23 replied on December 17th, 2011

I'm so sad, the link to the 2nd part isn't working!

psjacunskipsjacunski replied on August 16th, 2011

Excellent lessons, Randall, though I can't say I recognize it (wish I did). You definitely give me the motivation to keep going, thanks.

jstar03jstar03 replied on June 27th, 2011

What song is this...Arghhh

stevi0dstevi0d replied on January 12th, 2011

Hi Randall, I recognise this one - am I allowed to say the name? I seriously like the "dirty jazz" chords (as my rock playing friends would say) that your teaching and am really suprised by how simple they are on the fret board. Cool lessons. Thanks!

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied on December 29th, 2010

Don, I'll send you an address for the check. :) Seriously, though - The Beatles and Dylan and REM. I'm jus' sayin.

Don.SDon.S replied on December 27th, 2010

Randall, I really like your easy going laid back style. When I make my million dollars from this chord progression, I won't forget you.

Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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
Lesson 3

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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