This is my Jazzy take on this old classic which was written in 1934 by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!
I like a lot of the music used in the old cartoons. I always found it memorable and inspiring. This is my rendition of The Grinch. Of course mine is instrumental, I like instrumentals because it’s easier to remember the words.Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Grinch
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is an English traditional Christmas carol. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833. Although the earliest known publication of the carol, on a c. 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a “new Christmas carol the author is unknown. I wanted to present this arrangement in a more […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
My student, Louis Fox, and I love playing Johnny Cash songs so we did this based on his rendition. Louis started playing guitar when he was 6 years old and now he’s 10. He continues to make great progress in his strumming and chord changes and he loves to pick his notes too! When ever […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Ghost Riders in the Sky
Sure this song is played on a Ukulele but don’t let that stop you from playing it on the guitar. In my latest free tutorial video you can learn the chords and the basic strumming for this song and by placing a capo on the fifth fret it makes the guitar sound like a Ukulele. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
“Why would any body want to do web cam lessons, can’t you just find a teacher close by?” you may be asking. That’s a question that often comes up and the answer quite simply is “no,” sometimes you can’t find a teacher close to home or maybe you did but things just didn’t work out […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Taking Lessons Online, Pt. 2
This song has a fast sixteenth note rhythm but in this video I break it down into simple steps so you can build your basic strumming ability without getting a whiplash of the elbow! Learning real songs from real people, as opposed to old songs from dead people is something that so many people like […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Wake Me Up by Avicii
“Keep the thumb back” is something that many guitar students have heard over and over again. It’s not just keeping the thumb back that’s important, but rather using the thumb position to accommodate finger placement. When learning how to read music you can keep your thumb in one place behind the neck so you’re fingers […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on What About That Thumb?
Through my many years of teaching experience I found it’s always best to teach people what they’re interested in and then they’re more motivated to practice and find the learning process more enjoyable. A few years ago I started my web site for video guitar lessons, www.edkihm.com . There are free lessons for beginners and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Taking Lessons Online, Part 1
by Sophia Hammond Along with the arts and physical education, music is one of the programs most likely to be cut when school budgets decline. According to the American Public Broadcast System, however, this could be a major mistake. While the benefits of music education may not be as obvious as those of English or science courses, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Music Education and Why It Matters