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How to Play 1,2,3,4 by Plain White T's (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

1,2,3,4

Chris Liepe teaches this acoustic Plain White T's song simply titled "1,2,3,4". This is a simple song, however it offers a great opportunity to work with a second acoustic player to add layers and character to the overall song arrangement.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Songs with Chris Liepe seriesLength: 37:03Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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scannon120scannon120 replied on May 26th, 2016

Thanks Chris, this is an awesome lesson and I'll be replaying this many times over *****

PrimthepupPrimthepup replied on April 24th, 2016

Thank you so much for this!! It really helped.

dudes.dad.24dudes.dad.24 replied on July 19th, 2014

Hi Chris, Awesome tutorial! Do you have the backing track where rhythm guitar is muted while vocals and lead are included?

jimmypaynejimmypayne replied on July 6th, 2014

Great lesson chris. I am a little confused on the strum pattern though. in video to it sounds like you are saying DDUDUDU 7 strokes but the tab and the gpx look to me like DDU UDU or 6 strokes. I don't know how to read the tab yet but is that a tie between beat 2 and 3 and is beat 3 an upstroke.

aanniibbaalaanniibbaal replied on March 23rd, 2014

I LOVED THE LESSON!!! I WOULD LIKE YOU TO MAKE A =GIVING TREE= TUTORIAL!!

lbeeezelbeeeze replied on January 26th, 2014

yea. It was a good tutorial but you should make the little riffs or solos more clearer like what your playing because i had to figure it out on my own

poncieponcie replied on November 30th, 2012

I found that if I play that D cord with a little bar and my second finger on the 2nd string, and then using my ring finger to hit the 5 string that I have a note for the Bm chord already under my second finger, providing an easy pivot point too the Bm chord.

frankoo411frankoo411 replied on November 8th, 2012

Great lesson,would love to see more rock,pop,ect.acoustic. Trying hard to clean up my rythm playing

tuppyg1tuppyg1 replied on October 30th, 2012

Ok, first visit, first thing I'm using, I'm not really crazy about this song. I'm sold i can't wait to tackle a song i like!

larryupinuklarryupinuk replied on October 3rd, 2012

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT NOTES YOUR PLAYING FOR THE SOLOS WITH YOU GOING THAT FAST OMG

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on October 5th, 2012

which section are you watching? I go over the different parts of the song piece by piece for each section. Also, there is tab and notation provided for your reference as well.

BlakstratBlakstrat replied on September 30th, 2012

Chris, I was practicing the fretboart, trying to memorize the notes. I believe somewhere you have a scale showing from fret 1 - 12 going something like F#, G#,A, B, C# , D3 and E. For each string. I thought I had what you provided printed out, but I can't find it or where I got it from. Can you help direct me? Thank you

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on October 5th, 2012

check out my series on learning the notes on the neck: http://members.jamplay.com/guitar/phase-2/series/127-6-week-note-memorization-program

jboothjbooth replied on September 28th, 2012

GJ guys. Enjoyed this one. I've always liked this song, even if ti is a bit overplayed on the radio.

mitkomitko replied on September 26th, 2012

Great lesson! I'm still waiting for a vocal series by you, Chris!

nessanessa replied on September 25th, 2012

Sweet! Good job, guys. :)

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on September 25th, 2012

Nice song, enjoyed it. you have a good voice chris ;)

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Chris Liepe teaches the classic Nickelback song "How You Remind Me" from their 2001 album entitled Silver Side Up.

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1,2,3,4

Chris Liepe teaches this acoustic Plain White T's song simply titled "1,2,3,4". This is a simple song, however it offers a great opportunity to work with a second acoustic player to add layers and character...

Length: 37:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Hip To Be Square

Welcome to Chris Liepe's rendition of the song "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News! Chris utilizes this song to show how playing sax lines on guitar can result in a rockin' guitar solo. Enjoy!

Length: 51:50 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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You

The song "You" by the artist Candlebox was released in 1994 and presents some very catchy rhythm parts as well as a wicked guitar solo that will allow a beginner player to get a taste of some intermediate...

Length: 56:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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