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Slide Guitar: The Basics

What is Slide Guitar? The slide playing style in guitar has been prevalent in popular music since the ...

Intermediate

7th Chord Construction

What is a 7 chord? Simply put, it’s a triad with an extra note on top. 7th chords ...

Advanced

Mixolydian Using Major and Minor Pentatonics

You can’t really talk about soloing on the guitar without understanding pentatonic scales. Normal, or “full” major or ...

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Slide Guitar: The Basics

What is Slide Guitar? The slide playing style in guitar has been prevalent in popular music since the ...

How To Play Well With Others

Every musician has a moment when they have had hours of practice under their belt and are starting ...

Songwriting for Beginners: Part 1 – Lyrics

*Disclaimer* This is my approach to songwriting, one that has brought me a lot of joy and a ...

What is TAB? (And How to Read It)

What is TAB? TAB, also known as Tablature, is a common way of notating music for fretted stringed ...

Woodwinds: Debunking the Myths of Playing High Notes

If you’re a woodwind player, you may find a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to how to ...

How to Develop a Practice Method

It’s easy to pick up an instrument. You’ve watched your favorite guitarist, vocalist, or band onstage and you ...

The Guide to CAGED Method

Part 1: A Way to Expand the Fretboard with Chords You Already Know! Guitar players who know the ...

5 Apps Every Beginner Musician Should Be Using

One great thing about being a beginner musician in the 21st Century is the plethora of amazing apps ...

7th Chord Construction

What is a 7 chord? Simply put, it’s a triad with an extra note on top. 7th chords ...

Strumming Patterns – The Rhythm of Guitar

Strumming patterns are one of the most challenging aspects of learning how to play guitar. As a guitarist ...

Changing Chords: Effective Methods for New Guitarists

Chords are the harmonic building blocks of music. They act as the support system for the melodies and ...

3 Ways to Stay Busy While on Lockdown

What a time to be alive...2020 has gotten off to a wild start, and now most of us ...

Easy Guitar Chords: Power Chords & Open Chords

A beginner guitarist can get overwhelmed with the seemingly unlimited array of chords, chord types and voicings needed ...

Practicing Guitar Licks and Riffs

Have you ever been working on a guitar riff, and been unable to execute it properly? As guitarists, ...

What is a Metronome?

Depending on your skill level, a metronome is either your best friend or your worst nightmare. Metronomes are ...

Piano Soloing Basics

Starting to learn how to solo and improvise on the piano can be a daunting task. Improv is ...

A Guide to Suspended Chords

In previous posts, we’ve looked at major, minor and dominant seventh chords. Today, we’ll take a look at ...

5 Beginner Tips for Getting Great Tone

Learning your chords, basic strum patterns and scales are all essential for beginner guitarists. These are the building ...

7 Tips For Helping Your Kids Learn Guitar

Learning music is one of the greatest gifts a parent can bestow upon a child. Children that learn ...

Mixolydian Using Major and Minor Pentatonics

You can’t really talk about soloing on the guitar without understanding pentatonic scales. Normal, or “full” major or ...

Applied Dominant Chords Explained

Since our last post was on modulation, I thought I’d talk a little bit about one way in ...

What is Modulation?

A few months ago, an adult guitar student asked me about a concept called modulation. He was wondering ...

How To Play 12 Bar Blues

Perhaps a bit of nostalgia is kicking in considering this week marks the six month anniversary of the ...

What Are Enharmonic Equivalents?

In a nutshell, the term enharmonic equivalent means notes that sound the same as one another but are ...

Basic A String Barre Chords

Yesterday, we looked at forming basic major and minor Barre chords with roots on the E string. Today, ...

Basic E String Barre Chords

In today’s post, we’ll look at two basic Barre Chord shapes. Once you’ve got the hang of these, ...

Chords: Diminished and Augmented Triads

So far in this series, we’ve looked at major, minor, major seventh, minor seventh and dominant seventh chords. ...

Two Pentatonic Approaches to Mixolydian

The mixolydian scale is widely used in rock, blues, jazz, funk and soul improvising. It comes from a ...

Modes Part 1: The Basics

In this series, we’ll look at modes. I’ve written a fair amount on the Dorian mode in previous ...

Chords: Major and Minor Triads

Any musician comes across chords whether they realize it or not. Chords are some of the building blocks ...

The Importance of Learning Your Scales

Not everyone is cut out to be the next Carlos Santana or Eddie Van Halen, but no matter ...

A Practical Explanation of Dorian Mode, Part 2

Now that we’ve learned how to construct a Dorian scale in a way that should make practical sense, ...

A Practical Explanation of Dorian Mode, Part 1

Every serious guitarist inevitably comes across modes as they hone their improvisational chops. Unfortunately, modes often confuse and ...

Borrowing in Music, Part 2

In order to survive in the current musical culture where borrowing other artist’s ideas is a normal practice, ...

Borrowing In Music, Part 1

Every serious guitarist should go through a phase of listening to and learning from one of the all-time ...