How to Play The World I Know by Collective Soul (Guitar Lesson)

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Nick Greathouse

The World I Know

Nick Greathouse guides you through the Collective Soul hit "The World I Know," from their 1995 self-titled album.

Taught by Nick Greathouse in Songs with Nick Greathouse seriesLength: 21:41Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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Discussions with our instructors are just one of the many benefits of becoming a member of JamPlay.[email protected] replied on March 23rd, 2016

great lesson

mkschecmkschec replied on September 26th, 2015

Great lesson, thank you! Also, excellent guitar--I'm a big Seagull fan. And I, too, use brass end pins. Killer tone.

joetormalajoetormala replied on March 26th, 2015

Great song and lesson

gorillaman99gorillaman99 replied on March 22nd, 2015

Please take some presentation lessons Nick.. I almost fell asleep. Not impressed with jamplay so far.

rockgremlinrockgremlin replied on September 20th, 2014

Very straightforward lesson, sounds really great and is not too technical. Thanks Nick!

fionashenfionashen replied on July 26th, 2013

Anyone else have trouble with the open D being too dominant? I'm hearing too much D string when I play, but don't know how to stop it reverberating. Any advice?

harrykernharrykern replied on May 1st, 2014

i was having problems with the strumming patters as well. I couldn't get it right until i went to the tab in supplemental and broke it down for myself. While I really got a lot from the video, he simply doesn't follow the strumming pattern as it's written. Just go to the tab and slow it way down and you'll get it

markcolquhounmarkcolquhoun replied on January 20th, 2014

I'm having the same problem

vypyrvypyr replied on April 22nd, 2013

I love the lesson. One of y favourite songs actually. However i keep having probles with the strumming pattern. Its always different and doesnt stick together. Would anyone be so kind and clear it out? I did my best and after 2 hours of thinking, i give up.

leeaneggerleeanegger replied on March 20th, 2013

There's more that the 2nd guitar plays then the interlude. There's a part that the 2nd guitar plays in the prechorus.

harrydmooreharrydmoore replied on March 20th, 2013

I am missing some of the chords in the supplemental notation

harrydmooreharrydmoore replied on March 20th, 2013

It seems to me that some of the chords he shows are missing from the chord charts in the supplemental content

rockgremlinrockgremlin replied on August 3rd, 2013

Scene 4 - between 2:50 - 2:54....what chords are those?

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on March 19th, 2013

What happened to the HD option ?

jboothjbooth replied on March 19th, 2013

It's an old lesson that we just got licensing back for. There's no HD option for this video.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on March 19th, 2013

why dont you ask Joel Kosche to film this lesson? Good work by Nick, anyway

kevinacekevinace replied on March 20th, 2013

Unfortunately this one was filmed a few years ago and we just got licensing for it (a week after Joel left our studios, oops).

SodaPopSodaPop replied on March 17th, 2013

working on this one

BarsymesBarsymes replied on March 11th, 2013

Anyone have tips or tricks on not hitting the 1st/2nd strings while strumming....or just lots of practice?

flight of sevenflight of seven replied on January 12th, 2014

I mute the second string with the same finger (third) that I use for the third string. That seems to work for me.

otisnovaotisnova replied on October 21st, 2009

I don't see a G/B or Cadd9 chord in the chorus tab?

ruribarreruribarre replied on August 5th, 2009

I really enjoyed this lesson. Any chance we can get you to teach the song Heavy by Collective Soul, the accoustic version.

aaron kirkeraaron kirker replied on May 18th, 2009

I have always loved this song- now I can play it! Thank you so much.

scoffeyscoffey replied on May 5th, 2009

I'm confused. The tab and music notation doesn't match with the song demo. I can't even find an A chord in the chorus. Did someone mess up on the notation?

scoffeyscoffey replied on April 30th, 2009

Hey Nick, First of all thank you for the lesson. I also loved "Daughters". I was wondering why you said to switch from second to first fingers going from Bm and D/F# to G and Aadd11 in the intro and verse? It seems easier to just use the second finger on the low E string for all four chords. I'm a beginner and just wondering if there's a technical reason to use the first finger. Thanks.

mom323mom323 replied on April 27th, 2009

Awesome job Nick! :D...Great lesson, very precise about where every finger should go.... Thx so much.

cspencjcspencj replied on April 25th, 2009

I love the way you teach good job!

stevieray2stevieray2 replied on April 21st, 2009

Thanks nick great song

nickrobernickrober replied on April 19th, 2009

Whoever edited this one did a pretty cool job. More video editing like this! Also a great lesson. More Collective Soul!

jefferson_onejefferson_one replied on April 16th, 2009

Very clean ... nice - great illustrations, Nick.

billlynn13billlynn13 replied on April 16th, 2009

Nice job Nick, coolsong. And not that hard to play. Keep up the good work.

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The World I Know

Nick Greathouse guides you through the Collective Soul hit "The World I Know," from their 1995 self-titled album.

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Though he was constantly surrounded by music, it wasn't until Nick heard his first Beatles album (Revolver) when he was 10 that he became interested in being a musician. Shortly thereafter, his older brother got an electric guitar which Nick began to play (while his bro was out of the house!). The moment his fingers touched the strings for the first time, he was hooked and had to have one of his own.

Throughout high school Nick took guitar lessons and would jam with his friends as much as possible, his skills on the instrument improved significantly. He would spend hours with his cd player learning Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix songs by ear. But after hearing Steve Vai's album "Passion and Warfare" guitar playing became an all out obsession.

After high school, at age 18, Nick began teaching guitar lessons at a local music store. He also entered the music program at Kent State University where he studied classical guitar with George Bachmann. During this time he performed many solo guitar recitals and also played with the guitar ensemble. When he honed his reading chops to a high level he started playing in pit orchestras and band for local theaters.

Nick took a break from Kent in 2004 when he moved to Hollywood, California for a short time to study at Musician's Institute (GIT). While there he had classes with Daniel Gilbert, Joy Basu, Tom Kolb, Carl Verheyen, and his private lesson instructor Jean-Marc Belkadi.

Nick returned to Ohio in order to finish his college education. He joined a local metal core band called Last Second Decision which was formed by his brother. During his tenure with Last Second Decision Nick began taking lessons from one of his heroes, Cleveland based guitar virtuoso, Neil Zaza. They became fast friends and since then Nick has gone on to perform with Zaza numerous times including television appearances, local club gigs and the holiday spectacular "Neil Zaza's One Silent Night" at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Nick also appears on the 2007 CD "Neil Zaza's One Silent Night: A Night at The Palace".

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