Not a guitar lesson – Kacey Musgraves, My House

It’s the 1st of September. We have had a few weeks off for the summer and holidays etc. But we’re back now. It seems that learning to play guitar has become quite a theme for various people around me at the moment. The host of a private party who we played for in July is in the process of learning, Becs is learning and now taking lessons. I’m still learning!

So I thought I would start a series of videos, on a monthly basis, talking through some of the songs we play. I’m not a teacher – but I do believe in sharing knowledge, ideas and tips. Plenty of more experienced people have been kind to me in the past with their advice, so, for what it’s worth, it’s time for me to share a few ideas.

Kacey Musgraves’, “My House” is one of the very first songs that Becs and I learned and performed. It’s a very pleasing country song with a bit of bluegrass feel to it. The original of course has lots of performers and instruments but it also stands up nicely with just one guitar. The video below explains a little bit about changing the way you play a basic G chord to free up the index (pointer finger), how to play the crucial C#dim7 chord in the chorus and also I touch on my alternating thumb style for playing the chords.

If you’re a beginner and comfortable with the basic chord shapes then the tips in this video will help add a few more ideas to the basics. I hope you enjoy it 🙂 And if you have comments, tips, corrections or advice then add below.

If you’re a more advanced player then why not try playing this song in a much more country-blues percussive way – think Big Bill Broonzy or Mississippi John Hurt. It works well in that format.