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Learn to Play "Hole Hearted" by Extreme - Pt. 1 (Guitar Lesson)

May 10, 2020
hi steve here again uh i had a request for sincerely from

extreme

and there were a few provisions to this request first of all it was requested to do it on a six string acoustic

guitar

to make it easier to follow for the person and the second thing was to do it with standard tuning versus half-step tuning, so that's what I'll do. I'll show you how to do it. If you want to

play

along with the song, you can tune down a half step. and you'd be in tune with

extreme

if you have a 12 string you certainly could use that but i'll show you how to do it with a six string

guitar

now first of all what xtreme has got the w

hole

heart is that it's very funky, so it requires a lot of rhythm, and again, if you've never seen some of my other videos, you can always go back and watch some of my other how-to videos that talk about rhythm, strumming, and all that kind of stuff. but this song is packed with that so remember if you have any questions or anything like that you have some song requests just click the link and I'll be more than happy to show it to you so let's go ahead and get started.
learn to play hole hearted by extreme   pt 1 guitar lesson
Let me show you the beginning of this, so let's talk. that part right away, so the beginning of the song starts with a d and what you're doing is strumming that d and then you're moving it two frets up, so you really want to focus on just strumming the bottom part. four strings okay now what I want you to understand is the beat of the song where the essential strumming points are and then what you'll do is add the strumming to that the extra strumming that happens in the middle but the first thing all you have to do is prepare yourself to understand where it moves and where those essential strumming points or pulses are supposed to be so with this song let me do it again so you hear a kind of bom bum bum now you'll notice.
learn to play hole hearted by extreme   pt 1 guitar lesson

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I'm adding stuff in between because it just sounds so much better but it takes time to

learn

how to do all that funky strumming so again take a break you know if you've never done this kind of thing before you start initially

learn

where the pulses are and as you get them. It is more comfortable to learn to dance with a song. I have always told my students that the hardest thing to teach people is how to make rhythm with an instrument. You can teach scales and quick pick patterns and all kinds of different things. It just takes time but rhythm is something you have to feel so you know I'm not taking any of those things I do all of that and I love it all but learning how to

play

an effective rhythm is essential to making music sound interesting and make it sound like something anybody would want to hear so we have our d moving to an e moving it up two frets here you do it twice let's do it again right now here I'm going to go like this so I'm going to pluck the first s tring, then the 2nd string, then the 3rd string, then I'll go back just this time I'll start strumming some more, then I'll go back and do it again, only this time I'll go from the second fret right here to the fourth fret next fifth fret so it's going to sound like this two four five so as I'm strumming it you'll notice I'm strumming this with a bass because my rhythm is my w

hole

song is based on this right here so if you think about it my changes of chords would be two four five if i break it down two four five even slower two four five two four five two four five one more time two four five so you'll notice the two is down the four is up and the five is down to get it back to that pace now another maybe the hardest thing is not to go you know what I mean you want to keep that flow the whole time because then you can add everything else in between but the pulse would be there ok so put those two pieces together ether and here we go then we get into this part ok now this is really tricky again it's extremely funky as extreme is um so what you're doing is starting on the fifth fret of the fourth string you're going to press your first finger on that and then you're going to go to the seventh fret of the fourth string with your ring finger, so you're going to play the fifth string and the fourth string together on the fifth fret here and you're going to do a hammer on the 7th fret, then you'll strum it two more times if you watch my strum.
learn to play hole hearted by extreme   pt 1 guitar lesson
I have bottom, so it's down, down, up because I have a hammer in the middle. there's a little pause after you strum both a one beat pause or a strum pause I should say then I'm back to play two more strums so again if I slow down and look at it what I'm actually doing it's down down up up down that one in the middle is the one I'm skipping over look so I use my hand every once in a while, a flick with my wrist to stop the strings and get a funkier sound, I also see that that way I I stop in the middle, the strings not only continue to ring, my left hand doesn't. do the work my right hand is doing that work so again each piece just take them individually and keep trying to build them once you're done with that you're going to do a pull off you're going to do from seven to five to zero , so you're going to play the 7th fret, you're going to do a pull to five, you're going to do a pull to zero and remember the pulls, you're literally moving the string like your finger is the guitar picking you not just picking them up, but you're literally moving them so you get a lot of volume now when I do I'm going to play the fifth string along with it so they both ring. and then I'm going to go down here to the third fret of the fifth string, okay, and I'm going to play that with my middle finger and I'm going to go to an a chord, but instead of going to a like this with three fingers, I'm going to going to it as a power chord shape which is done by taking my first finger and pressing down on all those strings i'm pressing down on the second fret of the fourth, third and second strings ok i'm going to hear what you've heard , I'm sure, in many rock and roll songs.
learn to play hole hearted by extreme   pt 1 guitar lesson
The nice thing about the video is that you can stop this at any time and just build on each part as you go so now we have to do it again and we go back we pick each string we go back to it again but this time we're going to add a little more strum here comes our other remember that's where you go down add a little more strum and here we go so that's the lick alright you gotta rip and then while you're in the air you ' I'm going to go down to that three and then to that a and remember the chord to what you're doing is strumming the fifth string fourth string the third string and maybe the second string if you don't get that far don't worry about it but you really need the 5th string there too so if you can see that from my pick hand here I go this note the 5th string okay then I'm going to go up now again I'm going to try and show you how to get the sound more Cash, okay, now there's a mi a million different ways you can play this if you look up. the tab for this that you're going to watch or watch a bunch of different videos that you're going to watch they all play it a little differently I just want you to get the gist of what's going on here so that rhythm works now again if you watch my hand strumming you'll notice it doesn't stop I'm not starting and stopping what makes this hard is you're going to do the lick but then you're going to strum the strings in the middle like so so what we're doing is going to the fifth fret of the second and third strings.
I'm pushing on those wi. my first finger and then I'm going to hammer on the 6th fret of the 3rd string okay and after I do that I have two scratches so what I'm doing is I'm just fingering the strings and damping them down now I've seen people do this before yeah you prefer to do this, they will go to the seventh fret of the fourth string and play it twice. little things that are in between if all you do is obsess over all of that it's hard to see the big picture and don't get me wrong it's all important but being able to play the song is important in my opinion what will keep you going high and wanting to practice is progress, so once you figure out the rhythm of something, you can further develop it and decide how you want to play something or if you want to change something about it, so what? what i'm doing is i'm hitting with that hammer so i'm doing two scratches or two or paul mutes alright here's the key though after i'm done with that i'll go to the 7th fret of the 2nd and 3rd strings basically me i'll stay on those same two strings over and over again so i'll go there with my third finger and press both strings at the same time and then go back to the hammer so i have now again sounds interesting because rhythmically it sounds a little funky but actually you're doing the same thing three times in a row so let me put it in context here so you can hear it so you're starting and ending with that okay so here it is again if you want to add those palm mutes I think they put a little in the rhythm of the song, but again, no matter what works for you, okay, now you're going to go back and you're going to do this lick again, but instead of going to a chord, you're going to go to a d chord, so q you're going to go so you're heading to that d chord so fast you have to be a little quick to get off those three and go right there okay so I'm going to play that whole little sequence not the intro but this little middle riff here, nice and slow so you can hear it in its entirety, then come back, okay now again if you're confused, go back, watch it, stop the video and keep building it up.

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