Onward & Upward

If you have visited this blog before, you’ll probably notice a slight difference — there are very few posts! That’s because my original Guitar Blog disappeared completely from the server of the web host. Like an idiot, I didn’t back it up properly, and so I lost everything. Needless to say, I’ve changed hosts and am now in the process of building everything up again.

So I thank you for your patience as I gradually re-create as many of my original posts as I can remember!



  1. Hi Irene.
    Firstly I would like to thank you for your wonderful lessons on Youtube. I only came across you a day or two ago and was so impressed I have subscribed to your channel.
    I have been learning guitar since early this year, taking private lessons near where I live in the UK. I have been finding that at 57 I’m not learning as quickly as I would have liked, so I’ve been spending hours and hours on Youtube to try and find people who could make it easier for me. But they are either too fast or don’t explain things as fully as one would like.
    Then I came across this wonderful lady named Irene Jackson and in just a couple of days things are making sense and I can see things I’m doing wrong so my playing is now starting to take a turn in the right direction. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
    I have been learning to play “Bad Moon Rising” and “A Horse with no Name” both of which I found on your Youtube channel which was fantastic. Could you please explain to me the other two chords played in a horse with no name, as I am most interested to see how its played this way as I was taught it using only two chords Em & Asus2 (instead of D6/9).
    I look forward to seeing your guitar playing blog once you have been able to reinstate all the things you lost on it. I also listened to your album on the blog, it was wonderful, sheer music to my ears. Irene you have the singing voice of an angel, it was so nice to hear a singer where you can understand every word, singing in a beautiful voice with lovely backing music. “A breath of fresh air”.
    Do please keep the video’s coming ( I intend to watch every one)
    I look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you once again
    Warm regards

    1. Hi Simon…thanks so much for such a lovely, positive post! I’m out of town this weekend, but when I get back, I will email you the lyrics/chords, including the two other chords in the chorus.

      Thanks again, and I’m happy you are finally getting somewhere!

  2. Hi Irene:
    I would also appreciate if you could provide the other two chords for the chorus of horse with no name. My first attempt at actually working through a song and your instructions are very helpful. Wish I had got a guitar many years ago, but I guess even at 62 its not too late to learn.

    1. Hi Phil,

      Here are the two chords in the chorus of Horse With No Name. They are strummed exactly in the same way and same order as the verse chords:
      Horse With No Name Chorus Chords


  3. Trying again after failing miserably on my way to Kathmandu, way back when. At least now I can keep my guitar in tune through technology. I’ve started your lessons and find them helpful. It’s especially nice that you don’t wince when I play, maybe some day my dog will stop. It’s hard to blame her as otherwise she is a very good dog.
    In any case thank you very much for the beginner lessons.

    1. Hi Bob…I’m happy to hear that you’re having some success, even though Kathmandu sounds like it was much more of an adventure, lol.
      Good luck!

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