How to play Won't Back Down by Tom Petty Guitar Lesson Tutorial

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In this guitar lesson tutorial we’re going to learn how to play Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. RIP. We’ll check out the proper Power Chord version and also how you can play it with chords the way Tom seems to play it live!

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  1. Good picking

  2. Simply awesome

  3. I don't even own a guitar but I still love your positive energy and the way you never seem to lose touch with people still struggling with the instrument.
    Great job!
    Greetings from Germany.
    ps. I would love to watch some Gaslight Anthem — any song you'd like to do!

  4. Helps the way you count the beats as you teach.

  5. Great tutorial, thanks Justin !

  6. when i play with the song my chords sound way too low..

  7. I learned the strumming version of this song and then my teacher played this version and I thought it was super cool. Nice singing voice!

  8. You’re too cool my man..

  9. Great, as usual. I love the way you explain how it should be played at a bbc. Others just show the chords. There’s a big difference for us beginners between playing the chords right and make it sound like a real song. Thanks

  10. Justin's lessons are always so good – I especially like the the details about strumming, dynamics, etc.

  11. Justin…. another supberb lesson. You are the greatest instructor on the internet….. I sincerely hope you are making millions from this if that is your thing. I would imagine that you have done more for more guitar players than any other individual in history.
    Thank you…. you have helped my playing and my joy from playing the guitar immensly. I started playing guitar when I was 14 and am now 67,,,, I have never enjoyed it ;more.

  12. profesor , estaria bueno que ponga las notas en el video tambien , gracias , usted es un genio

  13. Very well presented. Always come back to you if I can't figure something out myself and need some inspiration. Rock on Justin!

  14. Great Stuff Justin Thanks from Kalamazoo, Michigan U.S.A.

  15. Christopher Cooper

    I find it hilarious at the end he talks about having a difference in the chorus and verses on a tom petty lesson track. Have you ever heard learning to fly.

  16. i like your analagy

  17. We lost one of the best artists in my lifetime, thank you Justin for keeping his music alive, great music

  18. So right on the 'play along with the band' comment Justin…I used to plug-in through my dad's stereogram – age give-away – to get rhythm sync'd and an idea of the touch and feel. Heaven knows we all started out in awe and not knowing but when we get it on some of our faves, it is a sweet feeling. Would like to see your solo touch on this great song…it ain't rocket science and I think I have it, but your ear and interpretation will no doubt reveal some thing I have missed or got wrong.

  19. Could you do a lesson for '' I won't back down'' Johnny cash version?

  20. Thank you so much for this. I always like your emphasis on time and feel. Making the song 'groove' is probably way more important than playing every note perfectly. There's a ton of stuff to be gleaned from these Petty tunes for beginner/intermediate players, just in terms of learning feel.

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