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If you’re tired of practicing old folk tunes, Beatles songs, Mel Bay, or whatever, Q TV’s new series “How To” With Q features various indie rock luminaries walking you through the guitar parts of some of their popular songs. A series like this is long overdue. Not sure how many we’ll get, but so far there’s the suddenly ubiquitous “A Punk,” Tegan & Sara’s “Walking With A Ghost,” Aaron Desnner walking us through “Fake Empire,” and Sondre Lerche getting epic on “To Be Surprised.” Lerche’s lesson is almost 13 minutes long, advanced players. The “self-taught guitarist” Quin — who also recommends making your voice sound “a bit like a chipmunk and a bit like Cindy Lauper” — is done in under three minutes. So let’s start there.

Sara Quin – “Walking With A Ghost”

Vampire Weekend – “A Punk”

The National – “Fake Empire”

Sondre Lerche – “To Be Surprised”

Once you’re cool with those, you might want to try this.

Comments (7)
  1. Anji...Buck Hill  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    Beefheart said…
    -if your brain is part of the process you’re missing it.You should sound like a drowning man trying to reach the shore.Trap that feeling.

  2. carolyn  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    I think I just fell in love with Sondre

  3. beforewestood  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    I dont think id want lessons from these not-so-talented artist. their talented somewhat in their own way, but not worth taking lessons from

  4. werewolf fiscal year  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    “Guitar Lessons From Vampire Weekend”
    might as well have said
    “Competitive Eating Training Sessions From Mahatma Gandhi”

  5. Matt  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    I didn’t know Ellen Page was in Tegan and Sara.

  6. bokomaru  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2009 0

    I saw Sondre live about a month ago and have just started to learn to play that exact song! It’s so great to actually see him play it step by step.

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