7 Surprising Ways to Spice Up “Wagon Wheel” (and any other G-D-Em-C song)

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Hey all,

Letting you know that I just uploaded a new video in the “Spice Up Series” to my YouTube channel. (On this videos series I take different guitar classics and show you how to play them in more interesting ways)

If you love playing Wagon Wheel (One of the top campfire classics in the US) but you’re a bit fed up with playing the same G-D-Em-C over and over – this video will put a couple of useful tricks up your sleeve.

For easier navigation in the video, this is the order of the techniques:

1:00 – Using arpeggio picking instead of full strums
3:07 – Using a dynamic approach between the choruses and the verses.
4:25 – Using more interesting chords
6:18 – Adding riffs between chords
8:04 – Percussive playing
9:38 – Adding a harmonica solo
10:45 – Adding a scat solo


Alon Cooper

Alon Cooper

Hey! I'm Cooper, and I hope I can be a helpful friend on your musical journeys. I'm a music artist based in Austin & Amsterdam, playing venues with a band / solo, and trying to learn with the most inspiring musicians wherever I go. In the last 8 years I've lived in Australia, northern Europe, the US and more.

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