First, it's important for me 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 … Read More
Category: Guitar Lessons & Education
Here you'll find all of Guitar Chalk's educational content which focuses on thorough, long-form articles that are useful to all skill levels. Material is applicable both for self-study and as a teaching resource in a tutorial or classroom environment.
Online guitar lessons, instructional content and teaching resources are all posted in this category.
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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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
Keyboardist Laura Hall and I perform live, improvised music (for better or worse) for the CW show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
It’s all about styles and variety, like other house bands, which means we're attempting to bring the widest swath possible in an improvised format.
Unlike other house bands, Laura … Read More
The mark of a professional, in any context, is a distinct comfort with the task at hand.
If you're not comfortable with your tools - if they make you nervous, uncertain or uneasy - than your trade still has mastery over you.
For guitarists, the most immediate and obvious tool … Read More
You have two options when learning guitar solos.
You can either get "close" and sorta fudge the rest, or you can learn guitar solos note for note, pursuing an identical cover.
While the value of the latter, shall we say "perfectionist" approach, is sometimes debated, learning guitar solos note for … Read More
Guitar Chalk focuses on four topical pillars, the first of which is online guitar lessons and music education.
A huge part of what we do is centered around providing high-quality online content that teaches the guitar with plenty of thorough and in-depth material, ultimately giving you a broad and comprehensive … Read More
In many respects, the music world has moved away from complex and fast lead guitar solos.
And that's not entirely a bad thing.
Because guitar solos are just melody, which is most effectively expressed in a simple and understandable way. Even the fastest guitar players of our day are incredibly … Read More
Perhaps you've been playing jazz for awhile and you're finally getting your major scale modes together.
But you notice as you play, that although you're making the changes OK, there is still something missing. Maybe your favorite guitarists have some cool harmonic things happening in their playing that you want … Read More
Upon first hearing ragtime guitar, I was certain that such a complex sound must have been the result of two instruments.
Surprisingly, that was not the case.
Instead ragtime, like many fingerpicking guitar styles, uses an alternating bass line played with the thumb, creating a far more complex and rhythmic … Read More