Every difficult guitar chord can be broken down to its root note and built back up in a manner that gives you a variety of ways to play it. It can be as complex or as simple as you want. The E chord, particularly in its common open form, is … Read More
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Topics focus heavily on music theory, chords, scales and the more nuanced technique involved with a variance of different guitar styles. Content is largely curated by Bobby Kittleberger and Mark Whetzel.
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Every difficult guitar chord can be broken down and built back up in a way that gives you a ton of different ways to play the pattern. It can be as complex or as dead clean simple as you want it to be. When you come across the F sharp … Read More
In this guitar lesson we're going to look at the C sharp minor chord in four basic steps. We'll start with the root note and end with four different flavors of the full form C sharp minor chord, covering interval-by-interval steps along the way.
The first thing to considering, is … Read More
An inversion can refer to several different aspects of music and music theory. In this article, we're focusing on notation conventions for inversions in the context of triadic chords and their inversions. This means we'll be looking at ways to properly notate a chord's root position and its own two … Read More
I remember when I was about 11 or 12 really wanting to play the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” solo.
Guns N' Roses was my favorite group at the time and if there was one thing I wanted to do before I died, it was master that solo. The sweet bends, … Read More
Kids benefit from involvement in the arts, particularly kids that are right-brained and gifted in the more creative and idealistic areas of study. Even my one and half year old son, who has no artistic ambition, loves making noise with a musical instrument. Somehow, he knows there's more to it … Read More
Nearly all of the music we listen to is based on third intervals. If that terminology is foreign to you, I'd recommend reading through the following pieces on intervals and diatonic scales, as prerequisites, before moving any further into this piece.
- Total Guide to Guitar Intervals
- A Diatonic Scale Guitar
First, it's important to be clear that I believe Fender is a fantastic company that has done more for the arts and the guitar playing community than one could ever truly appreciate. Often imitated, their instruments are enviably well-built, designed with originality and have been played by many of the … Read More
Particularly in western music, pop, rock and the post-grunge era, chord progressions are simple.
Here's what I mean:
Chord progressions follow or harmonize with bass lines which are often straightforward and easy to decipher. Even in songs that might sound complicated, with tricky rhythms or lengthy melody lines, bass lines will typically be easy … Read More
Typically, lead guitar players (at least the good ones) don't simply run through an entire scale and try to pass it off as their own solo.
Because scales are structural.
They are a static construct.
In other words, they're templates and not finished products. Thus, using them properly and effectively … Read More