Learning Songs (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Eulberg

Learning Songs

Steve talks about some of his favorite resources for learning and discovering new songs.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Singing with Guitar seriesLength: 8:36Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (08:35) Great Resources for Learning Songs Family

Steve begins this lesson with some of his personal history. Steve grew up in a very musical family. As a result, he learned many songs from his parents in his formative years. When Steve was growing up, FM radio wasn't around yet. Consequently, his family sang songs in the car to keep each other entertained.

School

Like many people from his age group, Steve learned new songs at school. Steve grew up at a time when folk music was extremely popular. Ruth Crawford Seeger was responsible for adding many of these songs into school curriculums. Patriotic songs and folk songs composed by the likes of Woody Guthrie were frequently taught in the classroom. For more information about Ruth, check out her daughter Peggy Seeger's website: www.pegseeger.com.

Church

Steve learned countless songs and hymns at church and vacation bible school. Church choirs as well as small instrumental ensembles provide great opportunities to hone your musical abilities.

Sheet Music

Sheet music is more expensive per song than a book. However, it is a great route if you only want to learn one song from a particular album. Many publishing companies print books that feature a large collection of songs or the complete track listing from a popular recording. These books are available at most music stores.

Sing Out! Magazine

This is a non-profit quarterly publication that features sheet music to classic songs as well as some contemporary tunes. Sing Out! also publishes articles about songwriters such as Ry Cooder, Earl Scruggs, Tony Levin, and others. For more information, please visit www.singout.org.

Rise Up Singing

Rise Up Singing is a book published by the Sing Out! company. This book contains 1200 songs with lyrics and chord changes. CD sets can be purchased along with the book so you can listen to a song as you are learning how to perform it.

The Internet

Be careful when learning songs from the internet. This information is often incorrect. Make sure that you are learning a song from a reliable source such as JamPlay.com. Sometimes lyrics and chord charts are inaccurate.

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manimajumdermanimajumder replied on May 15th, 2011

Steve, what is your website?

gharringtongharrington replied on May 10th, 2011

Steve, I found my treasure trove of American Songbook standards at theguitarguy.com. It's strickly lyrics and chords but it really rocks my boat. I can play many standards melodies by reading the notation from A to B from other songbooks so I find myself reduced to singing and melodic strumming with theguitarguy.com material and then doing a fingerstyle melody solo from my other songbooks notation of the same song. I am trying to improve so I can play my songs in a 'cocktail' guitar style where there are seamless transitions between melodic strumming, fingerstyle melody, and jazzy fillers and transitions - like the cocktail piano playing style. Between Jamplay (you and Jim) and theguitarguy.com I have found 1940's nirvana and technical promise! Appreciate what you do.

priscilla annepriscilla anne replied on September 28th, 2010

I use Chordie.com and my husband is fond of Cowboylyrics.com both are free but you do have to be careful and check that the chord changes are in the right place.

dallendouglasdallendouglas replied on April 4th, 2010

Steve I get many song from Classic Country Music.

Singing with Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Singing and playing the guitar together can add another dimension to your ability as a musician and guitarist. This skill is particularly useful for those who enjoy playing rhythm guitar.



Lesson 1

One Chord Song

Steve Eulberg launches this lesson series by teaching a one chord song. Starting with easy songs allows you to isolate your voice and guitar playing.

Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Two Chord Song

Steve advances to a song that features two chords. This time around you will learn "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Length: 17:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Three Chord Song

Steve progresses to a three chord song - "This Land Is Your Land." This song features the primary triads in the major tonality.

Length: 14:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Four Chord Song

Steve demonstrates how to sing and play the song "BINGO." This song can be harmonized with either four or five chords.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Increasing the Difficulty

Steve Eulberg ups the ante with a more advanced sing-along lesson. He teaches you how to play and sing the song "Take It Easy" by the Eagles.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Learning Songs

Steve talks about some of his favorite resources for learning and discovering new songs.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Down in the Valley

Steve Eulberg teaches the classic folk song "Down in the Valley."

Length: 17:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Steve Eulberg teaches the John Denver song "Sunshine On My Shoulders" in this Singing with Guitar lesson.

Length: 31:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Last Thing on My Mind

Steve Eulberg teaches the essentials of singing and playing the song "Last Thing on My Mind."

Length: 27:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

How Songs Behave

Steve talks about how songs and tunes behave in this lesson. This information will make basic songs easier to play along with.

Length: 13:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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