Monday, July 06, 2009

Heartwood: Cool Guitar Site & Blog

I'm working on updating my guitar/voice repertoire of "covers" (songs by people other than me), and this has me searching for good quality chord/lyric sheets (and also tabs, though I prefer chord/lyric sheets for most songs). I was specifically searching for the part that Paul Simon plays on the intro of his classic song "Homeward Bound" when I hit the jackpot with Rob Hampton's site, Heartwood Guitar Instruction. Rob is a guitar instructor in Seattle, and his web site has a lot of helpful guitar resources, but it was his collection of free chord/lyric sheets for some 450 songs (some with tabs) that attracted me. There are at least three special things about this collection:
  1. It's done by a guy who can really play, so the chords are pretty accurate, and sometimes even transposed to more playable key/capo combinations
  2. He has students of all ages, so he covers Wilco and Death Cab as well as Neil Young and the Beatles
  3. He provides ad-free Word files in addition to web-formatted (HTML) pages!
This is saving me hours of time in addition to getting me to start playing some songs recorded after 1980 - thanks Rob!

Rob also has a blog which is quite cool, and to make sure you have no trouble determining what it's about, it's called A Guitar Teacher's Lesson Notebook. None of this namby-pamby "music of the spheres" business (is it music? is it astronomy? it's both! it's other stuff too!). He's got great playing and equipment tips, funny stories, inspirational ramblings, videos, photos, etc. (and almost as many guitar effects boxes as my producer Roger - almost).

If you play guitar (or are even thinking about playing guitar), check out Rob's site and blog. His stuff almost makes me wish I lived in Seattle so I could sign up for lessons with him - except he's got a five year waiting list, so I guess I'll stay in New England for now.

4 comments:

Nick Andrew said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Juan said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Betty

http://electricguitarhowtoplay.net

musicteacherhub said...

Thanks for sharing those guitar teachers website and software that can really help most music and guitar teachers out there. Since we all need these innovative and interactive ways to meet professional growth, we must open our doors to these technology that can enhance our music teaching strategies. For more resources in music teaching and guitar teachers software, please take advantage of this web-based computer program. Take a peek and enjoy!

Jamie Robertson said...

Thanks so much for this very useful post. This is one that should receive wide readership. Have you thought about writing an article on this for one of the writing magazines? I will definitely be posting the link to this on my blog. I'm also looking for this post, "Why you should buy soundcloud plays to promote your album." If you have any source pklease feel free to provide me that. Thanks