Best Resources for Learning Acoustic Guitar!

As some of you know, I’ve been trying to learn the acoustic guitar (you know, in all that spare time I have…lol) so I thought I would take a moment to write a quick post regarding a few of the BEST online resources and iPad/iPhone apps out there for the beginner.  Now, let me preface this by saying that I am obviously no expert on the subject of guitar…hence, the first sentence saying that I am LEARNING the guitar…but the “tools” I’ll be recommending have helped me, and I thought they might help you too. So here they are, along with a description of each app from the iTunes app store page:

GUITAR TOOLKIT (iPhone & iPad): Essential guitar utilities, including an amazingly accurate tuner and a library of over 500,000 chords, all on your iPhone or iPod touch. One of the highest rated applications in the App Store.
– Direct support for 6- and 12-string guitar, 4-, 5- and 6-string bass, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele with a full chord library, standard and alternate tunings for each instrument.
– Highly accurate chromatic tuner using the iPhone microphone (or iPod touch with microphone headset).
– Precisely accurate metronome with a visible flash option, tempo tap pad, 13 sound effects and 12 time signatures.
– Massive chord library (over 500,000 chords) for quick and easy reference: strum chords to hear what they sound like. Includes chords for alternate tunings.
– Chord finder: simply touch the notes on the fretboard that make up a chord, and GuitarToolkit tells you what that chord is! This is a lot of fun and a great way to learn about those great-sounding chords you’ve been playing.
– Scales references in standard or alternate tunings: use the interactive fretboard to touch each note and hear what it sounds like.
– Supports “lefty mode” which adjusts chords and scales to reflect a left-handed instrument.

SONGBOOK CHORDPRO (iPhone & iPad): SongBook manages your song collections (free song downloads available via complete with lyrics and chords.
– Tap on any chord name to see its definitions.
– Comes with comprehensive, extensible chord libraries for guitar, ukulele and mandolin.
– Transpose songs on the fly.
– Define playlists (sets) for performances or practicing.
– Auto-scrolling, metronome and much more.
– Based on the popular chordpro format. Automatic conversion of tab/crd files.
– Songbook has a simple Internet search for chordpro files built-in. You can use one of the two main search providers, or type a URL of your own. If the displayed page contains a pre-formatted song, the Import button in the lower right will become active and open the song editor. You can then save the song in the song list or cancel the edit and get back to the search view.

YOUTUBE (Web, iPhone, iPad): This has been one of my FAVORITE online resources for learning the guitar. There are literally HUNDREDS of free lessons and tutorials on there…tons of different styles, from beginner to advanced…did I mention it’s TOTALLY FREE?!?! Just do a YouTube search for the name of the song you want, along with “acoustic guitar” or “tutorial” next to it. Some of them only teach you a portion of the song, but they are a great way to get you started!

Here are a few of my favorite songs that I learned on YouTube:

“I Hope You Dance” –
“You Were Meant For Me” –
“Mad World” –

MY SONG LIST: Here’s a list of some of the songs I am currently working on using my Songbook Chordpro app…easy songs that for the most part ANYONE can play using the following EASY chords: A, Am, Amaj7, C, D, Dm, D7, E, Em, Em7, F, G, G7…learn those chords (and if you want to sing along, simply use a capo to put it in your key) and you can play virtually ANYTHING!

  • Ain’t no Sunshine
  • Amazing Grace
  • Before He Cheats
  • Big Yellow Taxi
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Bubbly
  • California Dreamin’
  • Colors of the Wind
  • Country Roads
  • Cowboy Take Me Away
  • Danny Boy
  • Forget You
  • Gravity
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • I Can See Clearly Now
  • I Hope You Dance
  • I’m Yours
  • Jambalaya
  • Johnny B Goode
  • Landslide
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • Lesson in Leavin’
  • Love Song
  • Lucky
  • Mad World
  • Margaritaville
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  • Soak Up the Sun
  • Stand By Me
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Up On the Roof
  • What’s Up
  • Wonderwall
  • You Were Meant For Me

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

Singing at San Gennaro Festival in Las Vegas!

Just a quick note that I will be singing at the San Gennaro Feast NEXT week, 3 different evenings! Wednesday, September 14th I’ll be appearing with DANGEROUS CURVES, Friday evening, the 16th, I will be singing a few songs with the fabulous Michael T. Orchestra, and Saturday, September 17, I will be performing with SHADES OF SINATRA following our show at the Clarion. Live entertainment begins at 8:00pm on the main stage each evening and ends at closing. Here’s all the info you’ll need…hope to see you there!

WHAT: The 32nd Annual San Gennaro Feast will take place Sept. 13-18, 2011, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas in the northeast parking lot. The festival celebrating the spirit of San Gennaro features more than 70 restaurant food booths, amusements rides, arts and crafts and complimentary entertainment coordinated and hosted by Tony Sacca, who has been part of the event for more than 20 years. Every night, hundreds of dollars of San Gennaro Chips will be given away for food purchases, amusement rides and more.

WHEN: Sept. 13-18, 2011

TIMES: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – midnight
Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

WHERE: Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas northeast parking lot
3700 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 – 702-777-7777
This location provides a fabulous view of the Las Vegas skyline.

PARKING: Free Parking Masquerade Garage and Rio Pavilion Self-Parking
Can enter off of Twain or Flamingo Road between Valley View and Dean Martin Drive.

SHUTTLES: There will be free shuttle service from Caesars Entertainment’s seven sister Strip properties.


FOOD: More than 70 restaurants and added renowned eatery representation including:
Rao’s at Caesars Palace
Chef Steve Martorano with Café Martorano’s at the Rio
Carmine’s Pizza Kitchen
Chef Luigi – his famous Shrimp Scampi over Risotto
Chef Peter Mastrioni – Mastrioni’s Café – Hualapai Way
Chefs Sam and Steve Montesano from Montesano’s

Food is traditional Italian fare including Italian sausage and peppers, linguine and clams, fried calamari, calzones, baked clams, pizza, braciole, Italian fried dough, pasta, pasta and more pasta.

RIDES: More Rides Than Ever – Over 29 rides and 30 Games Featuring The New – The Zillerator 140-foot roller coaster

POP – Pay One Price to ride all rides endlessly
$25 Tuesday – Thursday / $30 Friday-Sunday
$5 coupon on Website

Moms ride free on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (a free $25 wristband on opening night)
Dads ride free on Thursday, Sept. 15 (a free $25 wristband)

TRADITION: The Traditional Italian Procession will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m. with Father Dave Cassaleggio giving the blessing over The Feast and featuring the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, military color guard, city dignitaries and Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

TALENT: Complimentary entertainment starting at 4 p.m.

4 – 5 p.m. – Philly Cuzz
5 – 8 p.m. – Traditional Italian Folk Entertainment
8 till closing – Tony Sacca and Top Line Performers, backed by the Michael T orchestra!

TICKETS: $8 for adults / $7 for seniors at the door
$6 coupons on Website – Two adults $12 (Seniors & Military)
Children 54 inches and under are free
Discount tickets, visit
For Group Rates call 702-227-0295 during regular business hours.

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