The Song Library

What we have so far, new songs added weekly!
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Mon May 04, 2009 4:38 pm

We opened the TARGET Program on April 26, 2009 with these songs in the library:

Across The Universe - The Beatles
Angie - The Rolling Stones
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Blackbird - The Beatles
Brain Damage - Pink Floyd
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Day Tripper - The Beatles
Dear Prudence - The Beatles
Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Down By The River - Neil Young
Dust In The Wind - Kansas
Friend Of The Devil - The Grateful Dead
From the Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
I’d Love To Change The World - Ten Years After
Is There Anybody Out There - Pink Floyd
It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress - The Hollies
Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Madman Across The Water - Elton John
My My Hey Hey - Neil Young
Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
Ripple - The Grateful Dead
Same Mistake - James Blunt
Something - The Beatles
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Still You Turn Me On - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Suzie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Teach Your Chldren - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The Needle And The Damage Done - Neil Young
The Sage - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Truckin’ - The Grateful Dead
Uncle John’s Band - The Grateful Dead
Ventura Highway - America
Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones
Who’ll Stop The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles

The Beginner's Lesson Series includes these 5 lessons:

Beginning Lesson #1 - Learn The Notes and Play Your First Melody
Beginning Lesson #2 - Chords & Strumming I - Lucky Man
Beginning Lesson #3 - Chords & Strumming II - Who'll Stop The Rain
Beginning Lesson #4 - Chords & Strumming III - Dark Hollow
Beginning Lesson #5 - Chords & Strumming IV - Brown Eyed Girl

There are also these Quick Tips & Techniques:

Bar Chords
Changing Chords: Lead Finger
Changing To Bar Chords
Easy F Chord
Fingering Chords: Squeeze & Lift Drills
Fingerpicking: Right Hand in a Shifted Position
Fingerpicking: Right Hand in Home Position
Hammer On Pull Off Combinations
Holding a Pick
Introducing: Alternate & Cross Picking
Introducing: Harmonics
Introduction to Strumming and Patterns
Left Hand Drills: Chromatic Scale
Left Hand Finger Placement
Left Hand Position
Right Hand: Single String Picking Technique
Simple Arpeggios
Simple Bends
Slides: Ascending
Slides: Descending
Strumming: Adding the Thumb
Strumming With a Pick
Strumming With an Invisible Pick
Strumming With Your Fingers
Introducing: Half Steps
Introducing: Natural Notes
Introducing: Sharps & Flats
Introducing: The Alphabet
Time & Tempo
Open 7sus4 Chords
Open 7th Chords
Open Major 7th Chords
Open Major Chords
Open Minor 7th Chords
Open Minor Chords
Open Sus4 Chords
Power Chords
Using A Thumb Pick
Elements of Music: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
Introducing: Intervals
Introducing: Modes
Introducing: Scales & Patterns
Introducing: The Layout of Notes & The Chromatic Scale
Riffs, Licks & Progressions
The Alphabet: Learn to Skip Letters! (3rds)
The Exotic Modes: Lydian, Phrygian, Locrian
The Major Modes: Ionian & Mixolydian
The Minor Modes: Aeolian & Dorian
Three Minor Scales

There are also Fly On The Wall videos, shot in Neil's studio working with students on some of the songs in the Library. These are similar to the free videos Ohio, Roxanne, and Message In A Bottle.

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Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:43 am

The system I use to describe the difficulty levels of songs is only an approximation, and partially dependent on the student's playing level and the styles they are experienced with. The songs are classified on a 1-10 scale, although I will reserve the right to go to 11 if I decide to post any of a small handful of songs for the extreme guitarist. Here is a bit of a breakdown-

Beginning: Levels 1-3
Intermediate: Levels 4-7
Advanced: Levels 7-10

Level 1: A level 1 song will usually only include a few chords, all open (no barre chords), and just use one simple strumming pattern.

Levels 2-3: These songs will include more chords, not usually barre chords but there may be an optional one, and have more variety in the strumming. This category also includes some simple riff-based songs.

Levels 4-5: These are beginning intermediate songs. They include fingerpicking, arpeggio picking, and particularly songs that include combining strumming with picking out melody notes. They can include many barre chords.

Levels 6-7: These are more complicated rock songs. They can include alternate tunings, fingerpicking that is less pattern based, complicated strumming patterns, very quick chord changes, faster runs using hammer ons & pull offs, cross picking, and more theory is involved. A few of these could be considered advanced songs.

Level 8: The beginning of the advanced level. There are really no rock songs where the accompaniment could be considered advanced. These are mostly instrumental songs that require a very solid foundation in many varied techniques. Even if these songs seem intimidating, there is a lot that can be learned by stretching yourself to work above your current level.

Levels 9-10: Instrumental fingerpicking songs that require a high level of technical skills, along with a developing sense of what it takes to turn notes into music. The level 9 instrumentals will be broken down into smaller increments (9.1, 9.2 etc.) as I get to more of them.

Here is how I might rank the tunes in the Song Library as far as difficulty, on a 1-10 scale. You could really help me with this by posting your comments, impressions, thoughts, or problems with particular songs in the Bands section of the TARGET members Forums, below. That way everybody could keep a running commentary about each song. I would really appreciate everybody's input.

Difficulty Level

Level 1
Brown Eyed Girl
Lucky Man

Level 2
Don’t Fear The Reaper (Riff only)
House Of The Rising Sun
My My Hey Hey
Nights In White Satin
Norwegian Wood
Teach Your Children
Ukulele Lesson

Level 3
Bad Moon Rising
Day Tripper
Friend Of The Devil
Paint It Black
Suzie Q
Who’ll Stop The Rain

Level 4
Across The Universe
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Brain Damage
Comfortably Numb
Down By The River
Dust In The Wind
I’d Love To Change The World
Is There Anybody Out There
Proud Mary
Strong Enough
The Needle And The Damage Done
Two Of Us
Waiting On A Friend
Wish You Were Here
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Level 5
Dear Prudence
Green River
Harvest Moon
It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
Madman Across The Water
Same Mistake
Tuesday Afternoon
Uncle John’s Band
Ventura Highway
Wild Horses

Level 6
Cinnamon Girl
Here Comes The Sun
Hotel California
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
Never Going Back Again
Nothing Else Matters
Stairway To Heaven
Still You Turn Me On

Level 7
From the Beginning
Oh Well
Over The Hills And Far Away
Windy & Warm

Level 8
The Sage

Level 9
Classical Gas
Embryonic Journey


Across The Universe - 4
Angie - 7
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You - 4
Bad Moon Rising - 3
Blackbird - 4
Brain Damage - 4
Brown Eyed Girl - 1
Classical Gas - 9
Cinnamon Girl - 6
Comfortably Numb - 4
Day Tripper - 3
Dear Prudence - 5
Don’t Fear The Reaper - 2
Down By The River - 4
Dust In The Wind - 4
Embryonic Journey - 9
Friend Of The Devil - 3
From the Beginning - 7
Green River - 5
Hallelujah - 5
Harvest - 4
Harvest Moon - 5
Heartbreaker - 5
Here Comes The Sun - 6
Hotel California - 6
House Of The Rising Sun - 2
I’d Love To Change The World - 4
Imagine - 5
Is There Anybody Out There - 4
It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me - 5
Landslide - 4
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress - 6
Lucky Man - 1
Madman Across The Water - 5
Melissa - 5
Moondance - 7
My My Hey Hey - 2
Never Going Back Again - 6
Nights In White Satin - 2
Norwegian Wood - 2
Nothing Else Matters - 6
Oh Well - 7
Over The Hills And Far Away - 7
Paint It Black - 3
Proud Mary - 4
Rhiannon - 6
Ripple - 3
Romanza - 8
Same Mistake - 5
Something - 7
Stairway To Heaven - 6
Still You Turn Me On - 6
Strong Enough - 4
Suzie Q - 3
Teach Your Chlidren - 2
The Needle And The Damage Done - 4
The Sage - 8
Tuesday Afternoon - 5
Truckin’ - 5
Two Of Us - 4
Ukulele Lesson #1 - 2
Uncle John’s Band - 5
Ventura Highway - 5
Waiting On A Friend - 4
Who’ll Stop The Rain - 3
Wild Horses - 5
Windy & Warm - 7
Wish You Were Here - 4
Yesterday - 7
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away - 4

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Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:26 pm

As we come to the close of August, 2009, the TARGET Program has been running for 4 months now and we are thrilled with the response and overwhelmed at the level of participation our members have shown. Here is a summary of lessons and their approximate level of difficulty added since launch.

TARGET Lessons
5/8 Classical Gas - 9
5/14 Yesterday - 6
5/26 Embryonic Journey - 9
7/11 Imagine - 5
7/11 Harvest Moon - 5
7/16 Hotel California - 6
7/24 Melissa - 5
7/29 Romanza - 8
8/12 Windy & Warm - 7
8/19 Hallelujah - 5

6/25 Harvest - 4
6/25 Here Comes The Sun - 6
6/29 Tuesday Afternoon - 5
7/9 Brown Eyed Girl - 1
7/12 Nothing Else Matters - 6
7/21 Two Of Us - 4
8/4 Strong Enough - 4
8/25 Moondance - 7
8/27 Ukulele Lesson - 2
8/28 Nights In White Satin - 2

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