Online Guitar Lessons with John Oates

Learn songs from the stars who played them with a new video download service

Unless you're a regular reader of TechCrunch or Vallywag, you probably wouldn't recognize many--or any--of the DEMO conference attendees as celebrities. So we were all psyched to get some time with John Oates (who used to play with a guy named Daryl), telling the story of how he wrote the song "She's Gone."

John's one of the musicians who's recorded music lesson videos (selling for $5-$10) with iVideosongs, one of the 77 companies that debuted at DEMO in Palm Desert, California. Other artists include Graham Nash and Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield.

I haven't tried the downloads yet. And being pretty much tone deaf, I probably won't become a better musician, but I still got a real kick out of hearing a musician I admire telling the story behind a song that I love.

Check out the video above to hear Oates play and listen below as he recounts giving guitar lessons while in college.