How to Play Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas (Guitar Lesson)


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Carry On Wayward Son

DJ Phillips breaks down Kansas' popular classic "Carry On Wayward Son."

Taught by DJ Phillips in Songs with DJ Phillips seriesLength: 90:14Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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LenderingLendering replied on May 30th, 2017

at 2.30 use the middle finger for first D, don't have to worry about the jump then

olikolik replied on July 8th, 2015

I would be great if you could link the Scene Selection to Measure Number

kevin.cherrykevin.cherry replied on January 11th, 2015

Ok I'm good up to the verse so far, which was kinda amazing how quickly I picked it up. The problem is with the verse as I feel like I'm missing something here as it is portrayed as simple but I'm not getting this 3 string voicing thing. I'll look over it again a few more times to see if I can get it.

charlie_waspcharlie_wasp replied on September 5th, 2013

What's about making a vocal lesson for this song? :)

jekajajojesajekajajojesa replied on August 16th, 2013

DJ you need to do another beginners corner.

eric95f1eric95f1 replied on September 14th, 2012

Nice lesson, great job. In the "Lead Section" after the hammer ons and pull offs (4:30), I think, it's better to pick 17 fret in the G string instead of 13 in the B string - Just for ease. :)

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 15th, 2012

excellent what an awesome band especially when John Elefonte joined them! Thanks for this DJ!

kingpinned89kingpinned89 replied on February 23rd, 2012

Think i got the tabs .. :) But there are multiple tabs for everything like keyboard n stuff .. gotta really look n check properly ..!

kingpinned89kingpinned89 replied on February 23rd, 2012

Sorry for the multiple comments web problem . :|

kingpinned89kingpinned89 replied on February 23rd, 2012

Hey ive learnt the E minor riff and the main riff findin difficulty with the verse ..! How to play the chords.. DJs gone too fast with em .. Should i follow the tabs? Coz they are sounding different to what Djs playin in the vid.!

kingpinned89kingpinned89 replied on February 23rd, 2012

Hey ive learnt the E minor riff and the main riff findin difficulty with the verse ..! How to play the chords.. DJs gone too fast with em .. Should i follow the tabs? Coz they are sounding different to what Djs playin in the vid.!

kingpinned89kingpinned89 replied on February 23rd, 2012

Hey ive learnt the E minor riff and the main riff findin difficulty with the verse ..! How to play the chords.. DJs gone too fast with em .. Should i follow the tabs? Coz they are sounding different to what Djs playin in the vid.!

aarond11aarond11 replied on January 25th, 2012

A fav song with my Favorite teacher! Thanks!

moabmoab replied on November 20th, 2011

Dude, not only can you play, you can teach. Nice.

rudy.martinezrudy.martinez replied on October 19th, 2011

Excellent work DJ! Heart and soul.

davidkladddavidkladd replied on August 28th, 2011

this song is so damn awesome! reminds me of south park:) epiiic

tnt47tnt47 replied on July 19th, 2011

i just realised that i was paying 80 euros/95 dollars a month to my teacher and i learnt nothing , and now this awsome dude learn me this song in 90 mins with just .... 1 dollar? Oh boy im stupid. Nice job and i like your advices .

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on August 4th, 2011

Thanks, tnt! Finding the right teacher can be a difficult process. Sometimes, you just aren't a good match for each other. I'm glad you're getting something out of the lessons here on the site though!

ledzepfan17ledzepfan17 replied on July 24th, 2011

Awesome lesson (notably slow), one of my favorite songs! As my name implies I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan and the Heartbreaker part was awesome. :) Anyways I was wondering, would you be willing to do any Zeppelin lessons?

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on August 4th, 2011

Led Zeppelin is one of my favorite bands of all time and I would LOVE to teach some, but currently they are off the table for licensing reasons. When/if that ever changes, I'll be chomping at the bit to teach anything I can from Zepp!

jakk04254jakk04254 replied on April 23rd, 2011

I use the 5th string C on the third fret instead of the 8th fret c on the low E in the intro, it sets you up to jump from d to e a little easier

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on July 2nd, 2011

Yes, you can totally do that and make the jump a little more manageable. I wanted to show how Livgren does the part in the lesson, but you're absolutely right, there are different valid ways to play it! Rock on!

leibnizleibniz replied on June 22nd, 2011

DJ, in my opinion, sets the standard as to how these lessons should be taught. Both the demos and tabs are absolutely first rate.

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on July 2nd, 2011

Thanks!

dmkheildmkheil replied on June 27th, 2011

I enjoyed learning how to play some missing pieces to this song. Only criticism I have about teaching styles is that many of these teachers like DJ dumb down so much and so slow that it takes hours to learn what is for most intermediate guitarists a fairly simple song to learn in ten minutes. If someone is a beginning guitarist, which is where DJ aims his teaching imho, they have no business learning this song. Trying to aim at both beginners and intermediates is a losing proposition.

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on July 2nd, 2011

Thanks for the honesty and the feedback, dmkheil. We really do appreciate it. I do understand where you're coming from but each person's learning level and preferences are different, so I can't agree that what you say is true across the board. If an intermediate guitarist is sick of listening to me speak slowly and explain things in detail, they can certainly skip forward a little bit (I do that all the time when watching/transcribing lessons on JamPlay) and also use the transcription on their own without listening to me yammer on and wipe food stains on my shirt. As for this particular song, I actually taught the main riff to an 8-year-old beginner a few years ago, so it can be done! Thanks again for the feedback though, I will keep it in mind for future lessons.

jhainlyjhainly replied on June 13th, 2011

this is marked as acoustic on the selection list...

erick450erick450 replied on April 23rd, 2011

you made this song so simple to learn amazing teaching skills

Donald_RoseDonald_Rose replied on April 22nd, 2011

Can you please tell me how to get the tone for the song? Thanks

apal212apal212 replied on April 21st, 2011

That was great!!!

cheesebombcheesebomb replied on April 21st, 2011

hahahaha epic!

gvanausdlegvanausdle replied on April 21st, 2011

This is absolutely sweet! love that song.

moabmoab replied on April 21st, 2011

Dude, you make me want to learn this songs. Great work!

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on April 21st, 2011

Thanks, guys. Tabs are up!

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on April 20th, 2011

One of my favorite songs of all time! Dude. Love this.

deadlystandeadlystan replied on April 20th, 2011

I think I better stay seated for a while.

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on April 20th, 2011

epic.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on April 20th, 2011

no tabs are you serious?

SylviaSylvia replied on April 20th, 2011

Soon, they'll be up as soon as they have them. :o)

SylviaSylvia replied on April 20th, 2011

comment by Hubby... "F-er's good." "F-er" ha! You impressed him DJ. Good job.

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on April 20th, 2011

Whey hey, that's the easter holiday's sorted :-)

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on April 20th, 2011

but really, thanks for the lesson great job.

robabrobab replied on April 20th, 2011

Love all this classic Rock!!!!! Tabs should be coming soon.

stratmusicstratmusic replied on April 20th, 2011

Yeah!!!! DJ and JP...GREAT JOB!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on April 20th, 2011

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!

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About DJ Phillips View Full Biography Like many guitar players who began playing around the same time, DJ began plunking out Nirvana and Soundgarden tunes when he first picked up the guitar in the mid-nineties. While these grunge-y roots certainly have their merit, it wasn't until DJ's eldest sister took him to a Led Zeppelin laser light show that the full potential of the guitar began to come into focus.

With Jimmy Page's Les Paul pyrotechnics as his inspiration, DJ began fervently practicing for hours on end in the suburban jungle of Southwestern Ohio. This newfound passion (combined with his complete lack of athletic prowess and physical coordination thus completely ruling out all sports) led him to form rock bands in junior high and high school. He grew to love the performance aspect of music and soon decided on it as a career path.

College led him to Nashville, Tennessee where he began to pursue a degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University. He also started another band and got his first professional theater gig the following summer. Since that summer, DJ has spent nearly every waking hour finding ways to play music and avoiding a real contribution to society in any other way.

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I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


Bill

"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
 

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.



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