music theory:
How to Change Key - 3 Modulation Methods
Modulation within music is a powerful tool that can take the listener from one place to another. In this article, we are going to cover the three most common types of modulation and how you can use them within your songwriting.

POSTED: 03/12/2014 - 10:36 am

 
Oi, You're Barred! - An Introduction to Barre Chords
Many beginners have trouble playing and understanding barre chords. Read this article for a detailed explanation of exactly what barre chords are, and a look at some of the common difficulties people have when first learning them.

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 10:45 am

 
The Most Important Lesson I've Learned in 10+ Years
OK, this one's going to be controversial. People are going to be disturbed. And some are even going to get upset. Why? Because today, I'm going to kill a sacred cow: Guitar Exercises. Should you do them? When? And how?

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 03:45 am

 
Why Do We Practise?
This is a follow up to my article, 'To Practice Or Not To Practice'. In it I hope to share some more recent thoughts on practising which can be of benefit to anyone who is willing to search deep within themselves for the answers.

POSTED: 11/21/2013 - 07:13 am

 
7 Reasons Why You Should Know The Notes on Your Fretboard
The guitar was not designed to make learning the notes of music easy. Despite the difficulties, it is important that you learn to recognize where the notes are on your guitar in order to grow both as a guitarist and as a musician. Here are 7 reasons why you should know the notes on your fretboard.

POSTED: 11/13/2013 - 09:18 am

 
6 Things Most Guitar Players Don't Understand About Music Theory
Here are some of the major roadblocks that can delay or completely stop your understanding of music theory, together with some suggestion on how to get rid of them.

POSTED: 06/13/2013 - 02:39 am

 
Why Music Theory is Neither Beneficial or Detrimental
An exploration into Music Theory from a "different point of view." Focusing on alternate views on how Music Theory affects a musician and their composition choices.

POSTED: 05/27/2013 - 09:36 am

 
Can Music Theory Improve Your Songwriting
Music Theory can be a divisive topic for some guitar players. But in this article, I'll explore how applying music theory can successfully improve upon you initial ideas and enhance your creativity.

POSTED: 05/07/2013 - 08:40 am

 
Why Such Reliance on Stale Harmonic Sequences
In this article, I will attempt to summarize a crisis in popular music at this time: the lack of advancement in harmony utilized within the music of every single current major genre.

POSTED: 04/18/2013 - 08:49 am

 
Writing Snare Drum Music
How I write snare music. It can also fit with other instruments I suppose.

POSTED: 03/14/2013 - 05:20 am

 
Bridge Or Bridge Extension For Picking Hand Support
An improvement to the picking hand support has been made.

POSTED: 03/14/2013 - 05:12 am

 
Are You Suppressing Your Inner Speed Demon
Tap into your speed-ego and unleash the fury!

POSTED: 02/26/2013 - 08:42 am

 
The Talk Part 1 - Band Members
Something I decided to do its like a talk show.

POSTED: 01/18/2013 - 06:38 am

 
What Voice Do You Use For Your Lyrics
Advice on how to write your lyrics using different voices (or modes).

POSTED: 01/04/2013 - 04:09 am

 
Fretboard: Introduction
I've been asked a few times to breakdown the fretboard for beginning guitar players.

POSTED: 12/20/2012 - 07:22 am

 
How To Enhance Your Musical Self-Expression Skills Using Music Theory
Do you currently have the skills to express all of your thoughts and emotions clearly with your guitar playing and music? Can you make others feel what you feel when you play guitar?

POSTED: 11/28/2012 - 08:43 am

 
Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 2
This series of posts shows how the modal scales can be interpreted into different scales. They do not exist in theory but are good to use.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 11:15 am

 
Eight Ways To Compose Music More Effectively
Suffering from writers block can be one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose music more effectively.

POSTED: 09/27/2012 - 11:13 am

 
432Hz: Crazy Theory Or Crazy Fact
This article stems from a 3 month "experiment" of a sort and a conclusion to a few drunken nights research into the subject: 432hz as a standard tuning reference, and is it actually better or worse than the standard 440hz. If I had some glasses, I'd called them the Speculation Spectacles and then start reading this.

POSTED: 08/20/2012 - 10:09 am

 
Songwriting - A Matter Of Perspective
Today, we will be looking at some possible narrative modes, such as their up- und downsides.

POSTED: 08/03/2012 - 08:57 am

 
Crazy Stuff To Do With Pentatonic Scales
For guitarists, the pentatonic scale is like a hammer. It's a simple, essential, and elegant tool with lots of common uses.

POSTED: 07/27/2012 - 08:41 am

 
What Scale Is This?
I've written this article to address one of our our most common questions - "what scale is this?".

POSTED: 07/23/2012 - 03:41 pm

 
Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 1
Essentially some strange scales interpreted from the modal scales that could be used.

POSTED: 07/19/2012 - 08:51 am

 
The Modes Made Simple
Are you confused about modes? So is everyone! There seems to be a whole industry built around mystifying even the most experienced guitar players.

POSTED: 06/08/2012 - 07:53 am

 
Understanding Harmony. Part 1
Most people use their ear to find a harmony which is cool and all, but when you understand the theory it will open a bunch of new doors to possibility.

POSTED: 05/15/2012 - 03:45 am

 
The Importance Of Dissonance
Expanded lesson from my guitar teacher with attempt to explain the basic necessity for dissonance and diversion from diatonics in modern music.

POSTED: 05/04/2012 - 05:14 am

 
Traids And Arpeggios Plain And Simple Written For Bass Can Be Applied To Guitar
A brief explaination of triads and arpeggios, major and minor and a look at the most common major scale, and the most common minor.

POSTED: 04/13/2012 - 03:18 am

 
Knowing The Notes On The Guitar Fingerboard
there are several ways to memorize notes on the guitar finger board. I've seen many students looking for a simpler and faster way to do so. I've discovered a simple formula which helps you to know all the notes on the guitar fret board in no time!

POSTED: 04/02/2012 - 04:36 am

 
Capo Conversion Made Easy
Before you start reading this, I assume that you have little or absolutely zero knowledge about the topic. Well if you are not, you might want to stop right here because you probably have already learned it and perhaps you are very much better than me.

POSTED: 01/17/2012 - 02:45 am

 
5 Tips For Using The Guitar Intervals In Your Advantage
Although being a basic part of music, guitar intervals are very important when it comes to guitar playing because they are the basic measurement concerning any chord, scale and arpeggio. In this article I want to talk about a set of useful techniques that can make your guitar playing more creative and fun for both you and your audience.

POSTED: 12/08/2011 - 02:35 am

 
The Neapolitan Chord. Part 1
Learn what a Neapolitan chord is and how it functions.

POSTED: 12/05/2011 - 03:36 am

 
3 Ways To Use The Entire Pentatonic Scale Diagram Into Your Advantage
Almost all guitarists usually start learning to play the acoustic or electric guitar after watching a great guitarist soloing. For that reason all of us want to begin composing awesome solos as we get passed the beginning level of studying.

POSTED: 12/01/2011 - 03:35 am

 
The Foundation Of Voice Leading 3rds 6ths
Getting your foot in the door to seeing every triad on the fretboard, and how to move between them as efficiently and gracefully as possible.

POSTED: 10/03/2011 - 03:49 am

 
Pitch Axis Theory
After a brief introduction to modes, I will explain The Pitch Axis Theory which isn't very well-known but quite fun to use. I came to it while learning to play some songs by my favourite guitarrist, Joe Satriani and if your level is intermediate-advanced, you might find it interesting. To end up the lesson, I'll show you an analysis of the song ''Not of this Earth'' from the same artist.

POSTED: 09/01/2011 - 04:14 am

 
Should I Learn Music Theory?
A short article which discusses this topic without going into too much detail about the subject itself. Through use of analogies I have explained how I think of understanding music theory as it relates to any instrument. Hopefully this article will inspire student's to spend some time working on music theory to help them develop their voice on the instrument.

POSTED: 07/22/2011 - 04:21 am

 
Altered Chords: Progressively Altering The Dominant
An in depth look at Altered Dominants and what to play over them.

POSTED: 06/10/2011 - 03:44 am

 
Key Lesson 1
In this I will be teaching you something that will benifit and differ you from every other musician. Music Theory! It is a pain to learn but once you learn it, you beat half the battle!

POSTED: 06/03/2011 - 03:04 am

 
The Logic Of Chord Progressions
Every wondered why certain chords sound even more awesome than they normally do when the are played in sequence with other chords? Than this article is for you.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 03:16 am

 
Improvisation Lesson. Part1
With this lesson you will learn the importance of the improvisation, and how to improvise principally in rock and blues, but I explain the basics of the improvisation of a solo.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 03:14 am

 
Chord Chemistry. Part 2
Basic Modulation - Pivot Chord

POSTED: 05/18/2011 - 03:04 am

 
Scales Modes And Chords Made Easy
An introduction and basic theory to chords and scales.

POSTED: 05/10/2011 - 04:01 am

 
Easy Way Of Learning Scales On Guitar
I just found out a really easy way to learn scales without putting hours and hours of time to it every day. Here I will tell you what i figured out.

POSTED: 04/20/2011 - 08:06 am

 
Practical Application Of Music Theory For Guitarists
The benefits of studying and applying music theory for guitarists of many different skill levels.

POSTED: 03/29/2011 - 04:56 am

 
How To Write Chordal Basslines. Part 1 - Fifths
The secret to writing good basslines: Use of chord tones!

POSTED: 03/18/2011 - 07:49 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Five: The Complex
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 5 of 5. The end is in sight, with only the more complex of pitch axis and changing tonal centre to cover.

POSTED: 12/07/2010 - 04:20 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Four: The Progression
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. The real beauty of modal interplay is about to be laid bare.

POSTED: 11/30/2010 - 04:31 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Three: The Tonal Centre
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. We're moving on to applications now, beginning with the tonal properties of modes.

POSTED: 11/23/2010 - 04:42 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Two: The Paperwork
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 2 of 5. This article covers facts and formula necessary to constructing and using modes.

POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 06:35 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part One: The Backstory
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 1 of 5. This article covers origins and information behind the development of modal theory.

POSTED: 11/09/2010 - 07:34 am

 
Complex Rhythms
This lesson deals with basic and complex rhythms and is essential for any guitarist (or musician). After reading this you can break the rhythmically-challenged guitarist stereotype and maybe your drummer will stop making fun of you.

POSTED: 10/22/2010 - 06:11 am