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Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of... (more)
Justin currently offers 10 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 6 intermediate lessons and 4 song lessons.
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Justin Roth, acclaimed indie songwriter and guitarist, delves deep into the world of the capo. He explains not only how a standard capo can be used, but also partial and drop tuning capos.
In this lesson Justin introduces his series on playing with a capo and dishes out some basic tips, including how to properly to place the capo.
In this lesson, Justin talks about how you can use a capo to play up and down the neck / change positions, and explains why you would want to do so.
Justin introduces the Drop D capo, which only covers 5 strings, and talks about its common uses. He also covers transposition using this capo.
Justin Roth looks at transposing chords with a short cut capo. This particular capo is meant to cover only 3 of the 6 strings, the A, D and G, while leaving the rest to ring open.
Justin Roth continues exploring the partial capo. This time, he explains how you can use the low bass note on different chords to find different keys to play out of.
Justin Roth demonstrates what you can do if you want to play with partial capos but don't want to change the shapes or key that you are playing in.
"A Horse with No Name" was released in the Winter of 1971 on America's self-titled debut album. Though the album opened to a lackluster reception in Europe, it was wildly successful in the United States topping the charts at #1 and quickly reaching platinum status. Ironically the song replaced Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" in the top spot while being simultaneously criticized for too closely resembling Young's work with many listeners assuming that it was indeed Neil Young performing the song.
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Released in the winter of 1974, "Lonely People" rests comfortably as track number four on America's fourth album, 'Holiday'. The song was written by husband and wife duo Dan and Catherine Peek, and was a direct response to the bleak chorus from the Beatles hit, "Eleanor Rigby". The song would go on to top the U.S. Billboard Easy Listening Charts with the album itself reaching #3 on the Billboard Top 200 the following year.
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"Tin Man" was released in the summer of 1974 as the second track on America's fourth album, 'Holiday'. The song, written by Dewey Bunnell, proved to be wildly successful spending three weeks at #4 on the Billboard Top 100, before going on to reach #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.
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"Cat's in the Cradle" was released in the Fall of 1974 and was the opening track on Harry Chapin's fourth album, 'Verities & Balderdash'. The single quickly topped the charts in the US and Canada and would prove to be the only #1 hit for Chapin. However, the song has remained a staple for generations of listeners and did experience a resurgence in 1992 when a cover version by the hard-rock band, Ugly Kid Joe, made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Let's take a look at this 1974 classic by Harry Chapin!
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