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Eve Goldberg

Introduction to the Guitar

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the acoustic guitar. She talks about the parts of the guitar, the string names, and tuning.

Taught by Eve Goldberg in Basic Acoustic Guitar seriesLength: 27:16Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:18) Lesson Introduction Series Overview

Welcome to the Phase 1 Basic Guitar series with Eve Goldberg! Eve begins this lesson series with the assumption that you are brand new to the guitar. Before she dives into playing techniques, she explains essential information such as guitar anatomy, holding the guitar, proper posture, and the tuning process.

Eve's series focuses primarily on song accompaniment - specifically accompanying a vocal melody on guitar. She teaches the fundamentals of guitar accompaniment by covering various songs and repertoire. In upcoming lessons, Eve will begin with basic right and left hand mechanics. Then, she will introduce chord shapes and various accompaniment techniques.

Eve's Philosophy on Learning Music

As a beginning guitarist, it is very important to realize that you do not need to have complete mastery over the instrument in order to produce effective music. The vast majority of popular songs recorded over the last century are comprised of a few simple chord changes. This statement is especially true of the folk, roots, country, blues, and bluegrass genres. An effective guitar accompaniment can be achieved by playing a simple chord progression cleanly and in time.

Eve Goldberg Biography

Eve Goldberg is a renowned Canadian folk / roots musician from Toronto, Ontario. Her original compositions blend a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk styles, country, roots music, and bluegrass. She began her professional performance career in 1990. Since then, she has performed at countless clubs, theaters, and festivals throughout Canada and the Eastern United States such as the Kennedy Center, the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Ottawa Folk Festival, and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.


Eve released her first album, Ever Brightening Day, independently on her own label called Sweet Patootie Music. Her later albums Crossing the Water and A Kinder Season were both released by the Borealis Recording Company, a Canadian folk label.


Throughout her musical career, Eve has remained heavily involved in various musical organizations. In 1999, she helped found Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto. This community choir consists of seventy singers. It performs a wide range of popular traditional and contemporary folk music from songwriters and composers across the globe. Eve is also an organizer of The Woods Music and Dance Camp. This annual camp is held in Ontario. In addition to these organizations, Eve serves as the office manager for the Borealis Recording Company.

Eve Goldberg Links

Official Website

MySpace Page

Borealis Records Official Site

Common Thread Chorus

The Woods Music and Dance Camp

Eve Goldberg on Facebook

JamPlay Performances

For additional samples of Eve's playing, check out the Entertainment section here on JamPlay. You can hear performances of her original compositions "Watermelon Sorbet" and "Let Me Rise." "Watermelon Sorbet" was the theme song to CBC Radio's Richardson's Roundup program. It can also be found on a compilation of acoustic guitar works entitled Six Strings North of the Border.
Chapter 2: (03:44) Philosophy and Learning Styles Music Philosophy

Many people believe that performing music is only for people born with exceptional natural talent or professionals. This is not so. Music is something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Don't be frightened by learning this new skill, especially if you are older and have been out of school or a regular daily learning environment. Have a patient outlook towards your guitar training at all times. Do not get angry or frustrated if at first you struggle with a new concept or guitar technique.

Learning Styles

A. Kinesthetic / Tactile Learners

Kinesthetic learners find it easiest to learn new skills through hands on experience.

B. Auditory Learners

Auditory Learners absorb new information best by listening to oral instructions.

C. Visual Learners

Visual learners are able to master new tasks in the most efficient manner when they are provided with a visual demonstration.

Be aware of how you take information and your learning style. Keep this in mind if you are having a hard time learning a certain concept. The information may just not have been presented in a way that matches your personal learning style. Eve tries to explain all subject material from all three perspectives. However, if you find that another instructor teaches more in line with your learning style, watch his / her lessons to fill in any gaps.

If you ever have a question about anything that Eve covers or you need further explanation, feel free to write in for extra help. The JamPlay instructors are always here to help. However, due to touring / recording schedules and other commitments, it may be a few days before the instructor is able to answer your question.
Chapter 3: (01:14) The Guitar and Its Parts Anatomy of the Guitar

A. Headstock

The headstock is located at the end of a long, slender piece of wood called the neck. Tuning pegs are fastened to the headstock. The strings are wrapped around the tuning pegs to hold them tightly in place.

B. Tuning Machines

The tuning machines ensure that the tuning remains stable for as long as possible. Most electric guitars feature six tuning machines on one side of the headstock. Turning the tuning machines alters the pitch or tuning of each string. Turning the tuning peg in a counterclockwise motion raises or sharpens the pitch of the string. Turning the peg clockwise lowers or flattens the pitch.

Most acoustic guitars feature three tuning machines on each side of the headstock. In this case, the three tuning machines on the bottom portion of the headstock work in the opposite direction.

C. Nut

On their way to the tuning pegs, the strings pass through an object made of bone or plastic called the nut. The nut is mounted where the neck meets the headstock. However, on classical guitars, the nut is not fastened to the guitar. Rather, it is held in place by the tension supplied by the strings. The nut keeps a precise, even spacing between all six strings. It also keeps the strings at a fixed height above the fretboard.

D. The Neck

The long slender part of the guitar is called the neck. The fretboard is glued on top of the neck. Fretboards are either made out of rosewood, maple, or ebony. Maple produces a brighter tone. Rosewood and ebony sound slightly darker.

Slits are carved into the fretboard for installation of metal strips of wire. These strips of wire are called frets. The majority of acoustic guitars feature 20 frets. Electric guitars typically have 21 or 22 frets. Many guitars designed for hard rock and metal feature 24 frets. Ibanez has recently started to manufacture a guitar that features 27 frets.

Most guitars feature position markers on the fretboard to help keep you oriented. Most Strat style guitars feature pearloid dot inlays. The double dots indicate the 12th fret. As you continue to explore up the neck, these positions markers will become very handy. Position markers are also listed on top of the fretboard. These dots are typically very small. Classical guitars are typically the only type of guitars that do not feature fretboard markers. Guitars manufactured by the Parker Company also do not feature fretboard markers.

E. The Body

Acoustic guitars have shoulders, hips, and a waist. The large chamber connected to the neck is called the body. The top part of the body is called the soundboard. The bridge is connected to the saddle, which in turn is connected to the soundboard. The strings connect to the bridge at this end of the guitar. Striking the strings produces vibrations, which exit through the soundhole.

F. The Bridge

The bridge performs the same jobs as the nut at the opposite end of the guitar. The strings are anchored to the body at the bridge. It also maintains even spacing between each of strings. The height of the strings above the guitar is also maintained by the bridge.

Bridge pins securely hold the strings in place. These pins must be removed when you change your strings.

Classical and electric guitars do not have bridge pins. On a classical guitar, the strings are looped and tied around the bridge. Electric guitar strings have small steel balls on the ends that hold each string tightly against the bridge.

G. The Saddle

The bridge and bridge pins are mounted on a piece of wood called the saddle. In turn, the saddle is mounted on the body.

H. The Pickguard

The pickguard protects the body from damage. The pick will gradually damage the body over time as a result of constant contact. The pickguard prevents this costly problem from occurring.

F. Strap Pegs (Pins)

Most guitars feature two strap pegs. One is typically located on the side of the body directly in line with the bridge. The other is placed close to the upper side of the neck.

Strap locks will ensure that your strap remains attached to the strap pegs. They can be purchased at almost any store where guitars are sold. Straps have a tendency to work their way loose over time. If you are standing up while playing, you could accidentally drop your guitar to the floor and damage it. At the very least, this mishap will negatively affect your performance.

You can have pins added by a luthier if your guitar does not have them. However, this requires drilling holes in the body. You must have a reliable professional do this work. Do NOT drill holes for strap pegs in a nylon string (classical) guitar. This will cause a severe loss in tonal quality. Classical or nylon string guitars (this includes flamenco models as well) must be played with a footstool, suction cups or with a clamp stand when playing standing up.

Additional Anatomy for the Electric Guitar

A. Pickups

The pickups sense the vibration of the strings. This vibration is transformed into an electric signal that passes through the guitar cable and comes out of the amplifier. Most Strats feature three single coil pickups. The other type of guitar pickup is called a "humbucker." Les Pauls feature two humbucking pickups. Humbuckers are essentially two single coil pickups that are wired together.

B. Pickup Selector Switch

A toggle switch is used to select a specific pickup(s). The positions of the toggle switch are setup just like the pickups. There are five possible pickup selections available on most Strats. Three of the positions are for each of the single coil pickups. The in between positions blend the sound of the bridge and middle pickup or the neck and the middle pickup. The bridge pickup features a bright, treble sound. The neck pickup produces a warmer, bassier sound. The middle pickup produces a middle ground sound between these two extremes. Experiment with your guitar and explore the different tones that each pickup produces. Compare the sound of a single note played with each of the pickup options.

C. Volume and Tone Control(s)

Most Strats feature a single volume knob that controls the volume of all three pickups. Les Pauls feature two volume controls - one control for each pickup.

Most guitars feature two tone controls - one for the bridge and one for the neck pickup. When the tone control is turned down, the high end or treble is decreased.

D. Output Jack

The electric guitar connects to the amplifier through a patch cable. The patch cable connects to the output jack of the guitar. Typically, the jack is located somewhere around the side of the body or the front of the body near the volume and tone controls.

E. Bridge Systems for Electric Guitars

1. Floating Tremolo

Most Strat style guitars have floating tremolos. The tremolo is the "whammy bar" that is used to lower or raise the pitch of a note. Pressing the bar downwards lowers the pitch of a note. Pulling the bar upwards raises the pitch. You cannot alter the pitch as much with this system as with a double locking system. Springs that are covered by a plate on the back of the body help maintain equilibrium and keep the strings in tune.

2. Fixed Bridge

These systems do not feature a whammy bar. They are installed on most Gibson style guitars.

3. Locking Tremolo

Refer to the "Lesson Information" section of lesson 1 from Kris Norris' Phase 2 lesson series to learn about locking tremolos.
Chapter 4: (02:40) Holding the Guitar Holding the Guitar / Proper Guitar Posture

Playing the guitar properly begins with proper posture. Proper posture involves the entire body. Remember that the entire body is one system. Everything affects everything else. Playing with proper posture will enable you to play with the greatest ease and comfort. Improper posture results in poor playing technique and potentially career-ending injury.

Sitting in a Chair

Do not sit in a chair with arm rests. This will prevent you from holding the guitar in a comfortable position. Also, do not sit on a very soft chair or couch. Otherwise, you will sink in to the cushioning. This prevents you from playing with proper posture.


The legs are the foundation of the body and proper posture. Any structure requires a solid foundation. Always follow the following guidelines regarding proper leg positioning.

1. Never cross your legs. It limits circulation. It's awkward. Most people do this just to raise the guitar higher. That's why you should always wear a strap instead!

2. Keep the feet about shoulder width apart. When playing sitting down, keep them parallel. If standing up, then you may find it more comfortable to keep one foot slightly in front of the other. Leading too much with one foot can cause back issues that affect the shoulders. This tension can spread to the hands and affect playing.

3. The groin area and feet should form an isosceles triangle (two equal sides). The ancient Egyptians understood that the triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Consequently, you must position the base of your body in this formation.


Keep the shoulders relaxed and loose at all times. Don't shrug them at all. Your arms should feel like they are hanging effortlessly from your body. Do not lift your right shoulder to bring your right hand closer to the strings.

Do not lean over so that your face is closer to the fretboard. Keep the spine as straight as possible at all times. Playing slouched over for extended periods of time will hurt your back.

The Strap

Always wear a strap regardless of whether you are playing sitting down or standing up. This is true of both electric and acoustic guitars. Raise your left hand slowly until the bicep no longer must use any force to raise the arm. Adjust your strap so the neck meets your left hand at this position. Play with the strap adjusted the same way regardless of whether you are standing up or sitting down. Pay no attention to rock guitarists who play with the guitar slung down around their knees. This is very improper posture. It makes playing the guitar much more difficult.

Positioning the Guitar

The guitar should remain mainly flat against your body. Do not let the guitar tilt down your leg. This will make it hard for your left hand to play chords and scales. A lot of students complain that they cannot see the fretboard as easily when the guitar is flat against their body. You will get over this in time. Use the dots on top of the neck to help orient you if necessary.

Choosing the Right Guitar

Don't play a guitar that is too big, bulky, or heavy for you. Many players run into back and shoulder problems from playing heavy guitars such as Les Pauls night after night. Similar problems may result from playing a large hollowbody or acoustic guitar. Most likely, these problems will not manifest themselves immediately. It may take decades for the issue to come to a head. However, they could eventually knock you out of commission for a long time. Why would you do anything that could potentially lead to injury?

The Shoulders and Back

The spine must remain straight and relaxed at all times. Stretch your spine towards the ceiling without arching your back. While doing so, do not allow your shoulders to slouch in a forward direction. The shoulders must remain relaxed and loose at all times. Do not shrug them at all. Your arms should feel like they are hanging effortlessly from your body. Do not lift your right shoulder to bring your right hand closer to the strings.

Forearm / Elbow

The inside of the elbow should wrest on the upper bout. Consequently, the right hand hovers right over the back edge of the soundhole. Striking the strings in this location will produce the best, loudest tone. You do not want to block the soundhole or else your tone will be quieter.

The Abdominal Muscles and Lower Back

The abdominal and lower back muscles support the upper structure of the body. You must find a position where the spine remains straight while utilizing the minimum amount of effort from these lower muscle groups. Using the minimum amount of effort is of paramount importance to proper guitar technique.

Pain and Discomfort

If you experience pain or discomfort in any body part, immediately stop playing and address the issue. Adjust your playing posture until you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are used to playing an electric or steel string acoustic, classical guitar posture will feel quite awkward at first. This will pass in time. However, always draw the line between feeling awkward and experiencing pain or discomfort.
Chapter 5: (02:35) String Names and Numbering Open String Names

The tuning process begins with learning the name of the note produced by each "open" string. A string is played open when the left hand is not used on the fretboard.

The thickest string (closest to the ceiling) is referred to as the sixth string. This string produces the pitch "E."

5th string - A
4th string - D
3rd string - G
2nd string - B
1st string - E

Memorize these string names as soon as possible. This information is extremely rudimentary and important. A lot of what you will learn later expands upon this basic information. Notice how the lowest and the highest string are both tuned to the note E. The "high" E string is tuned two octaves higher than the lowest string.

To remember the string names, use this pneumonic device: "eat a darn good breakfast everyday. Or, you can use Mary Flower's pneumonic device: "every acid dealer gets busted eventually."
Chapter 6: (01:15) Finger Numbering When a specific left hand fingering is designated within a tablature score, each finger is assigned a letter or number. The left hand thumb is always indicated by an uppercase letter "T." The index finger is labeled as "1." The middle finger is labeled "2." The ring finger is assigned the number "3." Finally, the pinkie is labeled as finger "4." The left hand fingering for a specific chord or note is usually indicated directly below the tablature staff. This prevents guitarists from confusing the left hand fingering with the fret numbers listed on the tablature lines.

Piano Confusion

If you have experience playing the piano, this number system is probably quite confusing. Pianists refer to the thumb as finger "1." Consequently, the index finger is labeled "2," and so on.

Left Hand Fingering and Standard Notation

In standard notation, the left hand fingering for a note is usually indicated directly to the right of the note head. The numbering system listed above remains the same for standard notation.
Chapter 7: (08:29) Guitar Tuning You must tune the guitar prior to every practice session. It does not matter how recently you played it. The guitar is not like a piano. The strings go out of tune much more quickly. They will slip out of tune in a matter of hours as the guitar sits in its case. Get in a habit of tuning your guitar prior to performing your daily warm-up exercises. If your guitar is not in tune, everything you play will sound bad regardless of how well you play it.

There are many ways to tune the guitar. One popular method is the "Fifth Fret Method."

The Fifth Fret Method

Tune the sixth string to a piano or some outside source like a pitch pipe. A tuning fork will enable you to get the A string in tune.

Once the low sixth string is in tune, use the following process.

Step 1: Fret the note A at the 5th fret of the 6th string. Match the pitch of the open 5th string to this note.

Step 2: Fret the note D at the 5th fret of the 5th string. Match the pitch of the open 4th string to this note.

Step 3: Fret the note G at the 5th fret of the 4th string. Match the pitch of the open 3rd string to this note.

Step 4: Fret the note B at the 4th fret of the 3rd string. Match the pitch of the open 2nd string to this note. This string features the only exception to the fifth fret method.

Step 5: Fret the note E at the 5th fret of the 2nd string. Match the pitch of the open first string to this note.

Note: The tuning listed above is referred to as "standard tuning." Other alternate tunings are sometimes used. These tunings are discussed in other lessons on

Tuning by ear is a skill that must be developed over time. Until you master this process, use some sort of electronic tuning device to help you.
Chapter 8: (05:01) Electronic Tuners Purchasing a Tuner

Eventually, you will need to learn how to tune the guitar by ear. For now though, use an electronic tuner to help with this process. A reliable electronic tuner can be purchased at your local guitar store for around fifteen dollars. The Korg GA-30 Guitar/Bass Tuner is a great choice for beginning guitarists. This tuner also features a built-in microphone. The microphone allows you to tune an acoustic guitar without plugging a patch cable into the tuner.

Professional tuners such as the Boss TU-2 are designed for live performance situations. Chances are that you will not need a tuner of this quality to start with. These tuners require the use of two cables. They also have two outputs. One output silences the guitar signal when tuning. The other keeps the guitar amplified while tuning.

Using an Electronic Tuner

When using the tuner, the string number or open string note name will light up as it is plucked. A meter will indicate whether the note is sharp or flat. If the meter is to the left of center, then the string is flat. If it is right of center, then the string is sharp. If the appropriate string number or pitch does not show up, the note is too far sharp or flat for the tuner to register properly.

If you have any sort of a floating tremolo, you have to go through the tuning process twice if not three times. When the tuning of one string is changed, the tuning of the other strings adjusts slightly to even out the tension placed on the neck. This is one disadvantage of a floating or double locking tremolo system.


All tuners are slightly flighty. You have probably experienced this with your own tuner. Do not worry! Your tuner is not defective! Electronic tuners are highly sensitive devices. A number of issues can cause them to produce an inconclusive result. Extraneous noise in the room can confuse your tuner. As a result, you must minimize the amount of noise in the close proximity of the tuner. Sympathetic vibrations coming from other strings will also produce an inconclusive result. Mute all of the strings with the exception of the string you are tuning to eliminate this problem. In addition, always tune up to the desired pitch instead of down. This tends to produce a more accurate result.

Tone Knob

Roll the tone knob all of the way down on your electric guitar when tuning.


The location of where you pick also effects the tuning process. Try picking the string directly in the middle of the fretboard (the 12th fret). Do not pick the string too hard. This will cause the string to go sharp at first. Give the note time to settle in with the tuner. Let the note sustain for a second or two before taking the reading from the tuner. This becomes less of a problem when tuning strings of higher tension. It's easy to over attack a guitar strung with 8 or 9 gauge strings.

Improper String Installation

Improperly installed strings also cause tuning issues. Make sure your strings are fresh and in working condition. Fresh strings are always easier to keep in tune.

String Slippage

Creaking noises while tuning can be caused by a wrap of the string slipping out of place. Also, this problem can be caused by the string being pinched too tightly as it slides through the nut. This tension might equalize in the middle of a performance and knock your guitar out of tune. You can lubricate the nut with graphite from a pencil if you are experiencing this problem. Or, you can buy special lubrication from the guitar shop.

Capo Problems

Playing with a capo can cause tuning problems. The capo must be placed in the proper location and checked with a tuner. If it is clamped too tightly or too close to the fret, it will force the string to sound sharp. To eliminate this problem, give the strings a small tug after clamping on a capo. As a result, the strings will go slightly flat and balance out the problem.

Guitar Defects

A guitar with a warped neck and / or defective tuners will never stay in tune. Take your guitar to a professional repairman to address this issue.

Tune Up

Always tune up to a pitch instead of down to it. The tuning remains stable longer when the strings are tuned in this manner.

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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timnryan63timnryan63 replied

Thank you Eve. Very good all round. Great explanation and easy to understand for the learner.

pitbull1779pitbull1779 replied

Thank you for acknowledging the different issues with adult learners and touching on learning styles. I've bounced around both online and in person searching for a teacher that "fits" me. I am a visual learner and need chord charts and tabs/musical notation. No matter how many times someone demonstrates on their own guitar, I'm not going to get it! It only makes me look and feel stupid and frustrates us both! I quickly discovered that someone can be an outstanding musician, BUT that doesn't necessarily mean they can teach. In any case, just the fact that you brought up learning styles and recognize the need to adapt your lessons makes me optimistic that you'll be the teacher to take me past this limbo I've been in the last 6 months.

mamabearmamabear replied

Very good teacher!

Maestro1Maestro1 replied

Very well intro into the basics of the instrument itself!

NappersNappers replied

Very good, the kind of lessons that I have been looking for, for a very long time

KristaKatKristaKat replied

Hello Ms. Eve! I chose you as my instructor, and I am sure glad I did. I just started and recently finished lesson 1 for my first session. Your instructions are very straight forward and easy to comprehend. Thank you!

rkozikrkozik replied

Can you unfreeze Eve in Lesson 7?

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rkozikrkozik replied

I just started taking lessons with Eve, whom I like, but in Lesson 7, Guitar Tuning, she freezes up and only her voice continues.

marclavorismarclavoris replied

hello, I am glad I found you, my name is marc from Lithonia ga, I am self employed repairing all appliances and I find playing the guitar soothing, your instruction are very understandable, thanks a lot....

gee1958gee1958 replied

Hi Eve,I just joined here watched how you talked/showed how to tune a guitar well I'm lost it does not sound right at all..This all new to me and very excited to learn more..

relimousrelimous replied

Just a question when checking tuning i have notice people play the open sting near the 16th fret is there a reason for this or it doesnt matter it just seems strange to me because most people say to play standard sounds they are best achieved over the sound hole.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi relimous, I assume you are talking about strumming with your right hand around the 16th fret (as opposed to fretting with your left hand)? You will get a different sound there, so play around with what sounds good to you. I find most guitars sound fuller when you strum over the soundhole but there might be a reason you want a different kind of sound and then you might strum in a different place.

quietstormduoquietstormduo replied

Eve, I loved the first lesson. I took a few lessons a few years ago and I was so frustrated I gave up. You make me feel like I can really learn to play and not be so hard on my self, and just enjoy the journey. I look forward to my lessons with you. I'm so excited!

sfbensonsfbenson replied

Eve, you are a godsend! Just picked up my guitar after 12 yrs. to accompany my boyfriend who plays mandolin. I need tons of instruction when it comes to my right hand. What you cover in your series is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks!!!

tnicatnica replied

Am excited about it because i just bought my acoustic guitar through a friend..

tnicatnica replied

Thank you so much this is awesome and and am loving it and wish i could spend my entire time learning..been waiting for this opportunity for a long time..Thank you again Eve

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied

Hi Eve, just wanted to say that, I love your style of teaching and I am looking forwards to check your other lessons. Cool!!!

jarls1jarls1 replied

This is such great, comprehensive informaiton. Thank you for taking the time to really explain, in depth, all the useful stuff.

dimitri pinkdimitri pink replied

Eve, I'm attempting to teach my gf guitar and I was messing around and fountthe beginning to blister in the sun by violent femmes think you could learn and post this song would be great to keep her interest in the activity and I think this would help her get over the initial pain of having an egg slicer on her fingers till she gets calusses buildt up thanks

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi dmitri, I bet you would be able to find the chords and words somewhere and teach it to her yourself! Good luck...

seventhsonseventhson replied

Eve. Love the sound. Thanks for making it such a tugging inspiration. And a destination that looks reachable. I have an acoustic, also acoustic/electric. Been banging on an electric for about a year, but after watching lesson 29, I was sold. And quickly went to lesson 1. You make it enjoyable. Thanks, Wayne

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks Wayne!

nicdav100nicdav100 replied

Hey Eve, great lesson and lesson Philosophy... I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have to ask though... What guitar do you use in these lessons... It truly is a beautiful instrument. I love the cut out on it and the coloring of it. Beautiful...

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi Nicdav, I play a guitar made by Grit Laskin, a luthier who lives in Toronto who is a very good friend of mine. Most of his guitars have beautiful inlay on them. Check out his website at

gingergonzalezgingergonzalez replied

I have learned more from your first online lesson than I did with a guy that I took a live lesson with last week. I canceled my lessons with him and am now on JamPlay. I have played piano, clarient and saxophone for about 25 years and majored in music. I am thrilled to be learning the guitar.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi Ginger, great to hear you are getting something out of the lessons. Congratulations on starting your guitar journey, it's a lifelong trip that will always be there for you.

nicklenickle replied

Hi Eve I just bought a guitar two days ago and your lesson has be REALLY helpful for me .now the lesson has helped me in a many ways as well as inspired me.God bless

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi nickle - glad to hear you are enjoying the lessons. Welcome to being a guitar player!

sem71195sem71195 replied

an easier way to rmemember the strings is E-elephants A-and D-dogs G-grow B-big E-ears. this goes from the low E to the high E

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi Sem, there are lots of different phrases to help you remember the string names. I don't think it matters too much as long as it's something you can remember.

bebe519bebe519 replied

Eve - I have taken your first 9 lessons and am so thrilled to be learning from a female folk artist. I have taken lessons with many of the guys and have learned so much from them, but as a gal it is so nice to have a female teacher at times. I am really enjoying the songs you are teaching and the way you have interspersed teaching the chords with learning songs and singing and phrasing. So I have started beginner lessons yet again. Thank you!!

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Why thank you barbbny! It's been a pleasure to meet all the guitar players on Jamplay and to be part of the community. I hope you drop in on one of my chats sometime!

jimmy5568jimmy5568 replied

Hi Eve , i have tried a private teacher, Dvds, and other some other ways of learning, and i am telling you, my lessons with you have been the very best and i am excited about that so thank you

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Wow, thanks Jimmy! I hope it leads to many satisfying years of guitar playing.

jbrady03jbrady03 replied

hi Eve, just wanted to welcome you to jamplay and i look forward to more of your lessons.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks jbrady, hope you enjoy the lessons!

sparkyd97sparkyd97 replied

would like to know when your going to post some more lessons

jboothjbooth replied

We have a ton filmed, the next one should be up next week and they should start appearing ab it more regular after that.

evilhedgehogevilhedgehog replied

Excellent starting lesson, and encouraging. Can't wait for yur more advanced stuff! Haha, I imagine I'll end up going through all of the lessons for reminders and 'the little things' that will help me improve my playing as well. :)

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks evilhedgehog, even though I've been playing guitar for a long time I still find it's helpful to go right back to the basics again.

mkorsmomkorsmo replied

"Fat part of the guitar" is also known as the "Lower Bout"

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Yes indeed, I was using the highly technical term "fat part of the guitar" but it is really known as the "lower bout." Thanks for supplying the correct lingo!

elizabethlouiseelizabethlouise replied

I love the highly technical terminology although I personally refer to the "fat part" as hips, but to each there own. LOL Great lesson, very much looking forward to more.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi Elizabeth, "hips" totally makes sense if the narrow part is the waist and the neck and the head of the guitar are at the other end. I love it!

petermcgpetermcg replied

Hi Eve I was encouraged to see your first lesson. As a beginner I need to hear teachers like you who have the ability to clearly articulate the lesson material rather than just saying "do it like this". I hope this carries through to all your lessons.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks Peter. I'm glad you liked the way I explained things. When we get to the rest of the lessons, I think you'll see that I try to take things step by step in order to help folks pick up the skills. Just let me know if you have questions!

bingbing replied

Hooray for great female teacher! Now, how about getting the powers that be to include a female pronoun on the website so we don't have to read that we are "Currently viewing Eve Goldberg in HIS phase 1 series"? (And while they're at it, they can remove the lame joke about women lying about their ages on the registration page; what is this, the dark ages?)

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi binggeli, thanks for the warm welcome. The folks at JamPlay are aware of the pronoun problem and I assume they'll be dealing with it as soon as they can.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hello, tortuga, and dghaon, We taped a bunch of lessons, but I'm not sure exactly when they will be posted to the site. Keep your eyes peeled! And thanks for the welcome, robertmiguel

dghaondghaon replied

I really like your approach and can't hardly wait for more.

tortugatortuga replied

I'm so happy to see someone for absolute beginners! When is your next lesson being posted? I can hardly wait.

robertmiguelastridrobertmiguelastrid replied


Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks hobo and sparky, and great to meet you matt!

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Hey Eve! Just wanted to welcome you to JamPlay. Great playing and teaching! I can't wait to see more from you.

hobohobo replied

Great teaching style, Eve. I'm looking forward to your lessons on basic accompaniment.

sparkyd97sparkyd97 replied

welcome to jamplay. I'm looking forward to your lessons, like the idea of learning with some songs, not just cords an strum patterns, they work but it gets a little boring, I just started learning to play an have been doing steve an mark's lesson, I love it here, with all the teacher's i can go back an get reenforcement on different areas that i have trouble with an hope You get your next lesson on soon. Looking forward to it , thanks

gone workingone workin replied

Very comfortable approach to playing, Eve. I've put way more skill building into my left hand because that seems to get me making songs. So based on my playing my right hand is a pretty basic beginner while my left is more advanced beginner. So when you get rolling, I expect to be trying it all out no matter how basic. I like your right hand work on your songs you put up as an intro.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Hi gone workin, Thanks! The lessons will definitely get into right hand stuff, but there's more left hand stuff in the beginning.

stonecoldstonecold replied

Welcome to Jamplay Eva, can't wait till you start teaching songs.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied

Thanks stonecold, hopefully there will be more up soon!

Basic Acoustic Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

The acoustic guitar is one of the most beloved instruments in the world. Eve Goldberg will guide you on your guitar playing journey.

Introduction to the GuitarLesson 1

Introduction to the Guitar

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the acoustic guitar. She talks about the parts of the guitar, the string names, and tuning.

Length: 27:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Learning the A ChordLesson 2

Learning the A Chord

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the first chord in this series, the A chord. She also shows how this chord can be used to play a simple song.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
The E ChordLesson 3

The E Chord

Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.

Length: 21:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Swing Low with 2 ChordsLesson 4

Swing Low with 2 Chords

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Swing Low" and talks about playing it with two chords instead of one.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Boom-Chuck StrumLesson 5

Boom-Chuck Strum

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Boom-Chuck and Swing LowLesson 6

Boom-Chuck and Swing Low

Eve Goldberg teaches how the boom-chuck strum can be applied to the song "Swing Low".

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The D ChordLesson 7

The D Chord

In this lesson, Eve introduces the D chord. You will also learn how to switch from the D chord to the A chord while applying the boom-chuck strum.

Length: 16:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Little BirdyLesson 8

Little Birdy

Eve teaches the song "Little Birdy," which is a great tune to practice changing from the D chord to the A chord with your boom-chuck strum.

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue EyesLesson 9

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.

Length: 32:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Songs and CaposLesson 10

Songs and Capos

Eve talks about 3 chord songs and demonstrates a few as an example. She also introduces the capo.

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Capo and KeysLesson 11

Capo and Keys

Eve continues her discussion on capos. She explains how to find a key by using a piano keyboard drawing.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
FlatpicksLesson 12


Eve introduces the flatpick. She explains the proper way to hold it and strum.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
A to D Bass RunLesson 13

A to D Bass Run

Eve shows you how to to compliment your boom-chuck strum by adding an A to D bass run.

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
E to A Bass RunLesson 14

E to A Bass Run

In this lesson, Eve furthers your knowledge of bass runs by teaching the E to A bass run.

Length: 22:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Review and PracticeLesson 15

Review and Practice

Eve continues her discussion of bass runs and also covers some great practicing techniques.

Length: 22:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The G ChordLesson 16

The G Chord

Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.

Length: 14:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Gold Watch and ChainLesson 17

Gold Watch and Chain

Eve teaches the song "Gold Watch and Chain" using the G chord you learned in the last lesson.

Length: 19:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Boom-Chucka StrumLesson 18

Boom-Chucka Strum

Eve shows you how to add a little spice to your standard boom-chuck strum in this lesson.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Boom-a-Chucka StrumLesson 19

Boom-a-Chucka Strum

You've learned the Boom-Chuck strum. You've learned the Boom-Chucka strum. Now you will learn the Boom-a-Chucka strum. Have fun!

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Incorporating the A to D Bass RunLesson 20

Incorporating the A to D Bass Run

Eve shows how to incorporate the A to D bass run into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
D to A Bass RunLesson 21

D to A Bass Run

Get ready for a new run! Eve teaches the D to A bass run in this lesson.

Length: 30:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
D to G Bass RunLesson 22

D to G Bass Run

Learn how to add even more flavor to "Gold Watch and Chain" by including a bass run from D to G.

Length: 20:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
G to D Bass RunLesson 23

G to D Bass Run

Learn the G to D bass run and incorporate it into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 29:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Putting It TogetherLesson 24

Putting It Together

Eve encourages you to take all of the tools you've learned thus far and apply them to the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hobo's LullabyLesson 25

Hobo's Lullaby

Eve introduces a new song called "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Hobo's Lullaby FingerpickingLesson 26

Hobo's Lullaby Fingerpicking

Eve introduces fingerpicking in this lesson by using the song "Hobo's Lullaby" as an example.

Length: 24:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Adding Bass Runs: D to GLesson 27

Adding Bass Runs: D to G

Eve adds a D to G bass run into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Adding Bass Runs: A to DLesson 28

Adding Bass Runs: A to D

Eve adds the bass run from A to D into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Adding Bass Runs: G to ALesson 29

Adding Bass Runs: G to A

Eve adds the bass run from G to A into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The D DoodadLesson 30

The D Doodad

Eve Goldberg finishes up her lessons on "Hobo's Lullaby" by adding one final technique: The D Doodad.

Length: 30:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Careless Love IntroductionLesson 31

Careless Love Introduction

Eve Goldberg continues her beginner series with another amazing song called "Careless Love."

Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord StructureLesson 32

Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Careless Love" with a lesson about the pattern and chord changes of the song.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
G Chord Fingerpicking PatternLesson 33

G Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg takes a look at the G chord fingerpicking pattern for the song "Careless Love."

Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
D Chord Fingerpicking PatternLesson 34

D Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg continues "Careless Love" with a lesson about the fingerpicking pattern for the D chord.

Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
C Chord Fingerpicking PatternLesson 35

C Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve teaches a Travis style picking pattern for the C chord. She also explains how to make the change from the C to the G pattern.

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Careless Love Wrap-UpLesson 36

Careless Love Wrap-Up

Eve wraps up "Careless Love" with a lesson about putting the whole song together.

Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad IntroductionLesson 37

Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Part 2: Chord StructureLesson 38

Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg reviews the chord structure for the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Part 3: Hammer-on IntroductionLesson 39

Part 3: Hammer-on Introduction

Eve Goldberg returns to "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson all about the hammer-on.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Part 4: C Chord Hammer-onLesson 40

Part 4: C Chord Hammer-on

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the hammer-on. She explains how a hammer-on can be used within a C major chord and the importance of timing.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Part 5: G Chord Hammer-onLesson 41

Part 5: G Chord Hammer-on

Eve adds the G chord hammer-on to the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Part 6: Bass RunsLesson 42

Part 6: Bass Runs

Eve gives a quick review of what you have learned so far in "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she dives into some bass runs that can be added to the chord progression.

Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Part 7: G to C Bass RunLesson 43

Part 7: G to C Bass Run

Eve plays the G to C run in the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she breaks it down for practice.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Part 8: C to G Bass RunLesson 44

Part 8: C to G Bass Run

Eve taught the G to C bass run in the last lesson. In this lesson, she teaches you how to go from C back to G.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Part 9: G to Em TransitionLesson 45

Part 9: G to Em Transition

Eve Goldberg covers a transitional chord between G and Em that functions like a bass run.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Part 10: All TogetherLesson 46

Part 10: All Together

Eve Goldberg wraps up "Goin' Down this Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson that combines all the techniques you have learned in the song.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Stewball IntroductionLesson 47

Stewball Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Stewball" in this lesson. Get started with a little history and some basic concepts.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Stewball Part 2: Chord StructureLesson 48

Stewball Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg talks about the chord structure for the song "Stewball" in this lesson.

Length: 11:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Stewball Part 3: Strum VariationsLesson 49

Stewball Part 3: Strum Variations

Eve Goldberg wraps up the song "Stewball" with some strum pattern variations.

Length: 15:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Drunken Sailor Part 1Lesson 50

Drunken Sailor Part 1

Eve Goldberg returns to JamPlay with another exciting addition to her beginner series! Here you will take a look at "Drunken Sailor". Eve builds on this song in lessons to come.

Length: 16:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Drunken Sailor Part 2Lesson 51

Drunken Sailor Part 2

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Drunken Sailor" with some great tips on strumming patterns and more.

Length: 21:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Drunken Sailor Part 3Lesson 52

Drunken Sailor Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "Drunken Sailor" with some new strumming exercises.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Haul Away Joe Part 1Lesson 53

Haul Away Joe Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into "Haul Away Joe," another fun sea shanty.

Length: 25:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Haul Away Joe Part 2Lesson 54

Haul Away Joe Part 2

Eve Goldberg takes another look at "Haul Away Joe" with a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The John B. SailsLesson 55

The John B. Sails

Eve Goldberg starts on a new folk song called "The John B. Sails". This particular song was later made famous by The Beach Boys under the title of "Sloop John B".

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The John B. Sails Part 2Lesson 56

The John B. Sails Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues with "The John B. Sails". This time she introduces a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The John B. Sails Part 3Lesson 57

The John B. Sails Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "The John B. Sails" lessons with a couple of brand new chords and a new strum.

Length: 24:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Practical Theory Part 1Lesson 58

Practical Theory Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into some basic, practical theory to expand your knowledge of the guitar. In this lesson, she talks about the I-IV-V progression and explains the circle of fifths.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Practical Theory Part 2Lesson 59

Practical Theory Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her practical theory discussion, this time with an emphasis on minor chords and how they fit in.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Frankie and Johnny Part 1Lesson 60

Frankie and Johnny Part 1

In lesson 60 of her basic guitar series, Eve Goldberg offers up another traditional song to add to your repertoire. In part one, you'll learn the basic patterns for Frankie and Johnny. You'll also be introduced...

Length: 24:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Frankie and Johnny Part 2:  Adding Bass RunsLesson 61

Frankie and Johnny Part 2: Adding Bass Runs

Now that you've learned the basic chords and structure of the song Frankie and Johnny, it's time to start adding some extra bits. In lesson 61 Eve will walk you through adding bass runs between chord...

Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Frankie and Johnny Part 3:  Finger StyleLesson 62

Frankie and Johnny Part 3: Finger Style

As we are adding more complexity to this tune, it's a good time to look at how it's played using the fingerstyle technique. As with the other lessons on this song, Eve will start you off with a basic...

Length: 18:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Frankie and Johnny Part 4:  VariationsLesson 63

Frankie and Johnny Part 4: Variations

You've learned all of "Frankie and Johnny" at this point. Now it's time to put all of the techniques together and create a varied and flowing arrangement.

Length: 24:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Don't Let Your Deal Go DownLesson 64

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

In lesson 64 of her basic guitar series, Eve provides a look at another traditional tune. You'll start off with the basic song, and then progress by adding additional skills and challenges.

Length: 18:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down:  Advanced StrummingLesson 65

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Advanced Strumming

It's time to take a closer look at spicing up the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." In this lesson, Eve introduces more strumming options, including several that haven't been discussed previously.

Length: 15:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Bass RunsLesson 66

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Bass Runs

In lesson 66 of her basic guitar series, Eve demonstrates the bass runs that will work over the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down".

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Water is WideLesson 67

The Water is Wide

To finalize her beginner series, Eve offers up the song "The Water is Wide." This will be a good start on the song that you can use to transition to her fingerstyle series.

Length: 30:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eve Goldberg

About Eve Goldberg View Full Biography Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.

Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.

Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."

Her latest album "A Kinder Season" was released in September 2007 on Borealis Records (US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."

In January 2008, Eve released "The Streets of Burma," a song inspired by the peaceful demonstrations of monks and nuns in Burma in September 2007. Since then, Amnesty International Canada has used the song as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested following his participation in the protests. Visitors to can listen to a preview of the song, find out more about the situation in Burma, sign an e-postcard to help free U Gambira, and if they want, download the song in exchange for a donation to Amnesty International Canada.

"A pure and pleasing voice and a performance style that know no bounds."
  - Greg Quill, Toronto Star

" of the most promising young singers in the Canadian folk scene"
  -  Alistair Brown, Greenman Review

"Wow! Ever Brightening Day is one of the best albums I've heard this year!"
  -  Back Porch Music Distribution

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Don Ross Don Ross

New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.

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Eve Goldberg Eve Goldberg

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

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Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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Playing your scales and improvising horizontally on one string is a great way to visualize the scale degrees, and also a...

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