Ben started his guitar journey last year around Christmas time with a whole lot of “Jingle Bells” and “Smoke on the Water”. After the holidays, we set out to satisfy his craving to play and sing songs from Billy Bragg and Wilco’s album, Mermaid Avenue. (Well done, Mom and Dad!) In April, Ben performed his first full song, “Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key”. After ripping through his first round of open chords, he put them into action on “California Stars”. Next, we’ll be expanding his chordal horizons with Vance Joy’s “Riptide”, one of my favorite modern songs to teach on both guitar and ukulele.
Watch Ben rock “California Stars” during last week’s lesson: