the basics:
Conquering the Fretboard - Part 2
You can use a small handful of (interval) shapes to map out the fretboard, in conjunction with knowledge of how to find the octaves and duplicates of a given pitch (which we covered last week). Here we look at a method for finding the various intervals used in scales and chords that doesn't require a lot to remember.

POSTED: 07/30/2015 - 11:32 am

Sense of Rhythm, Subdivisions, Metronome Abuse
This article builds on "Heartbeat, Pulse, Rhythm," which can be found on UG. "Groove," "pocket" and other, similar, somewhat vague terms will not be discussed herein.

POSTED: 07/28/2015 - 11:06 am

Conquering the Fretboard - Part 1
This lesson shows how the guitar tuning dictates shapes we get on the guitar, and shows how we arrive at the various octave shapes, which in turn break a 12-fret block of the guitar into 5 regions. Getting to know where these regions exist is a good way to reduce the amount of learning required to navigate the fretboard.

POSTED: 07/21/2015 - 11:58 am

Heartbeat, Pulse, Rhythm
A short general overview over the concept of rhythm.

POSTED: 07/09/2015 - 11:41 am

Question Everything: Exposing False Science
There is already a perfectly good way to name your chords, it already makes perfect sense, and it describes what notes you are supposed to play, where you might play them on the neck and, in what order you should consider arranging the notes. What's in a name? Predictability and foresight.

POSTED: 05/26/2015 - 10:44 am

The Relative Nature of Time: Calculating for the Speed of Music in Space-Time
Music theory is boring. Music language is fun! Learn to talk good.

POSTED: 05/21/2015 - 11:06 am

How to Write Harmonies - Part 2
This lesson isn't going to deal with writing harmonies, so much as what to do with them once we have them. We'll cover two simple concepts that will give awesome results for your writing.

POSTED: 05/12/2015 - 09:14 am

Sight Reading Basics
This article is about sight reading, why you may need it and how to effectively train yourself to sight read. I have read a few articles around the Internet on this subject and it's of great concern to me how misleading some of the information is.

POSTED: 05/07/2015 - 10:20 am

Using Intervals for Emotion - Part 3
This lesson looks at the concept of using specific intervals to give a melody the sense that it weaves around one specific pitch ... we call this "establishing a tonality."

POSTED: 04/28/2015 - 09:40 am

How to Write Harmonies. Part 1
A guitar harmony is a great way to make a simple melody sound totally awesome. Once you understand how to do them, they are quite easy to do and you'll be able to incorporate them into your songwriting very easily.

POSTED: 04/13/2015 - 10:21 am

Using Intervals for Emotion - Part 2
We explore the ideas of song structure, phrase, melodic outline and emphasis, and syncopation. If we understand these, we'll understand how to think about note placement for emotional effect. This is a precursor to exploring intervals in relation to creating a melody for a song, an instrumental, or a solo (we'll do this in the next lesson).

POSTED: 01/22/2015 - 10:13 am

Fretboard Mastery
This article focuses on the topic of visualization skills and how this affects your ability to jam, compose, and improvise. Have you ever found yourself having to sit and think about what to play for minutes or hours on end? If so, this article is for you!

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 04:50 am

Using Intervals for Emotion - Part 1
We've looked at the visualisation side of intervals (shapes) and moving them around. Now we move on to the fun stuff, the creative stuff. Now we're looking at how to use intervals creatively, at their impact on the listener emotionally.

POSTED: 12/24/2014 - 10:48 am

An Easy Way to Transpose Music
This lesson will teach you a quick and easy way to transpose your songs from one key to another.

POSTED: 12/15/2014 - 08:49 am

Major Scales - Lesson 1: Understanding Major Scales
The first lesson in the series on understanding major scales.

POSTED: 12/15/2014 - 08:36 am

Is Theory Really What They Say It Is? Part 2
A continuation of lesson one. Expanding on the four basic types of chord classification, and us of harmony their-in.

POSTED: 12/02/2014 - 04:58 am

Drastically Reduce Learning Time With Intervals (Part 3)
Following on from part 2 here are all the interval shapes, and a couple of aide-memoires. There is also an initial discussion on their application and tonality.

POSTED: 11/25/2014 - 11:00 am

Drastically Reduce Learning Time With Intervals (Part 2)
The main goal of this article is to provide you with a set of visual shapes (interval shapes formed by your fingers, and seeable in your mind's eye) to add to your guitar toolbox. These shapes help you reinforce your knowledge of chords and scales, and they generally help you navigate the fretboard without too much pain.

POSTED: 11/12/2014 - 09:30 am

Music Theory Lesson 1: Reading Basic Music
Here is a video I uploaded to YouTube for reading BASIC music. This is lesson 1 and I will continue to post some more for those of you who are already at an advanced level.

POSTED: 11/07/2014 - 10:29 am

Is Theory Really What They Say It Is?
The reason we should all have a little theory for practicing our chord, scale, and improv skills.

POSTED: 09/25/2014 - 09:17 am

The Chromatic Scale - Only 12 Notes!
Our basic "musical alphabet" explained.

POSTED: 08/27/2014 - 09:22 am

Using a Capo
Many songs utilize a capo at any given fret and to duplicate their sound you must use a capo. The capo is a device that has a padded bar that is clamped firmly across the fretboard over all the strings at any given fret of the guitar neck. It literally acts as a moveable nut and it simplifies trans position (changing keys).

POSTED: 06/02/2014 - 10:46 am

The Basics for Beginning Guitarists
This lesson will cover a lot of the things that I first learned when I started playing guitar not too long ago.

POSTED: 05/21/2014 - 10:46 am

Guitar Lab 101 - Understanding Your Fingerboard
I'll try to explain with few tricks how to find your place a bit better on your guitar.

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 10:06 am

Tonal Theory Applied to the Guitar, Part 1: Pitches, Scales and Keys
In this lesson I discuss the very basics of tonal theory in western music and how to apply it to the guitar. Let's get started!

POSTED: 04/25/2014 - 10:49 am

Tonal Theory Applied to the Guitar, Part 2: Chords, Progressions, and Cadences
In the first part of the series, I discussed pitches, sales, and different key signatures. Now we shall take what we learned from the first lesson and expand upon it with chords, progressions, and cadences. Lets nerd out and talk about theory!

POSTED: 04/23/2014 - 10:55 am

Guitar Fretboard Notes: How to Learn Them Once and for All
Knowing all the notes on your fretboard is more useful and simpler than you think. Read here how.

POSTED: 03/31/2014 - 09:41 am

Correct 'True' Drop Tuning
I will go over how to correctly tune your guitar for the 4 most commonly used dropped tunings and tell the difference between "true" drop tuning and what the majority use.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 08:46 am

Strumming & Picking Patterns
Strumming patterns and finger picking patterns are fundamental in keeping time and tempo with the rhythm of a song. Good guitarists first learn rhythm before branching out to learning lead guitar techniques such as soloing and riffs which serve as filler notes within a songs basic rhythm.

POSTED: 02/27/2014 - 10:10 am

Harmony Vocals for Guitar Players
This lesson is geared towards experienced guitar players who want to be able to add harmony vocals live and in the studio.

POSTED: 01/08/2014 - 09:34 am

Memorising the Harmonic Minor Modes
This article aims to give you an easy way to remember the modes of the harmonic minor scale on a theoretical level.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 02:49 am

What Is an Interval?
Very important for chord and scale construction. If you pay attention you can learn and understand this in at least 1 week.

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 07:24 am

Every Musician Should Sing
The voice is an instrument that every, single, individual musician should learn to use.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 03:20 am

Self-Taught Musician: Pros and Cons
All the ups and downs of learning music on your own.

POSTED: 11/10/2013 - 08:42 am

3 Ways to Tell When You Need to Change Strings
Simple signs your guitar strings are running out of time.

POSTED: 11/05/2013 - 09:59 am

How to Find and Memorize Fretboard Notes Fast
Easy approaches helps you to find and memorize notes places efficiently fast.

POSTED: 08/09/2013 - 10:56 am

How to Setup an Electric Guitar
A guitar setup is an essential prerequisite when it comes to getting the most out of your instrument.

POSTED: 07/16/2013 - 10:14 am

Introduction to Major Scales - Part 2
In the 2nd part of the lesson you're going keep practicing the same scales, but now we're going to learn the names of all the notes.

POSTED: 06/14/2013 - 09:56 am

Introduction to Major Scales - Part 1
Music theory is fundamental to playing guitar in the same way basic grammar is fundamental to writing a speech.

POSTED: 06/03/2013 - 09:50 am

Music Theory: The Circle of Fifths
The Circle of Fifths has many different applications for the study of keys and key signatures. These "musical" directions can be applied to the practice of: chords, arpeggios, and even guitar licks & riffs.

POSTED: 06/03/2013 - 08:53 am

Easiest Way to Learn the Note Names on the Fretboard
Learning notes on the fretboard always seemed impossible to me, until I tried this way.

POSTED: 05/02/2013 - 08:12 am

Fixing String Skipping Problems
String skipping on guitar is the easiest thing in the world. Not really! Nearly every guitarist will have some string skipping issues during the learning process.

POSTED: 08/10/2012 - 07:06 am

Learn The Notes On The Fretboard The Easy Way
There are many other lessons and methods of learning the notes of the fretboard. But they seem harder than it all needs to be.

POSTED: 06/29/2012 - 03:01 am

How To Improve When You Can't Play Guitar
You don't know what to do when you can't play guitar, but you want to practice?

POSTED: 04/20/2012 - 03:08 am

Intervals - Finally Explained Part 1
That's the best and simpliest explanation about intervals, you can find.

POSTED: 04/13/2012 - 06:44 am

Getting Out Of Rut - Fresh Ideas To Help You Out
We all sometimes just stop, sticked to the floor. Grab from me some advices to unstuck you.

POSTED: 04/06/2012 - 07:12 am

Let's Make Some Chords. Part I
It's my first lesson on Ultimate Guitar and it's about one of the most basic things you need to know on guitar...and that's chords. It starts out on a beginner level but gradually approaches to more complex stuff and theory and probably that's the main reason for why I've divided it into parts.

POSTED: 01/17/2012 - 02:19 am

Intervals In Depth
A very in depth look at what intervals are and how to find them quickly and effectively.

POSTED: 01/12/2012 - 01:48 am

Useful Guitar Techniques, Chords, Scales, And General Advice. Part 1
Here is a good way to start learning the guitar, with the basic scales, techniques, and chords.

POSTED: 01/06/2012 - 01:54 am

My lesson is about the basic arpeggios and inversions. Mostly designed for shred guitar.

POSTED: 12/07/2011 - 02:21 am

Reading Standard Notation 1 - Pitch
How many of you tried to learn how to read sheet music? Raise your hands, folks. Nice, 70% of you. Ok, but how many of you actually learned them? What does it mean... none?

POSTED: 11/30/2011 - 02:39 am

BASIC Symbols Used In Guitar
A Hammer On A Pull Off A Bend A Release Bend A Slide-Up A Slide-Down Vibrato

POSTED: 11/28/2011 - 02:14 am

Warm Up Exercises
Here are some warm up exercises I've picked up over my time playing guitar. These are pretty basic, nothing really complex.

POSTED: 10/04/2011 - 02:31 am

How To Properly Warm Up
The warm up to playing is a very important piece of a guitarists practice routine. However, it's sometimes overlooked. I've put together everything I've learned from talking to doctors to experiences I've had myself.

POSTED: 10/03/2011 - 03:35 am

Strumming Patterns For Different Time Signatures
Strumming patterns for 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time signatures and tips for some other time signatures.

POSTED: 09/05/2011 - 03:32 am

The Proper Way To Elbow Pick
Picking from the elbow can allow you to pick a little bit faster, however, there is a right way to do it and a wrong way. Doing it the wrong way can result in serious injury. Here's how to avoid that.

POSTED: 07/19/2011 - 03:02 am

Finding The Sweet Spot For Picking
A quick lesson on getting the perfect technique for picking.

POSTED: 06/03/2011 - 02:40 am

How To Play The Blues
In this lesson, you'll learn the A Blues Scale, Blues Chords, and How to Solo using the blues scale.

POSTED: 05/30/2011 - 03:41 am

Remembering The Notes Of On A Fretboard Using Math
If you're quick at basic mental math and you're a beginning guitarist, this lesson might be for you. This may sound pretty nerdy, but I've told other people about it and they some of them quickly learned the notes in the second half of the fretboard (the 12th fret and beyond).

POSTED: 05/06/2011 - 02:23 am

Scales Chords And Theory Behind Them
This will be a larger lesson that will include the major scale, how to construct it, how to build chords from it, and how to stay in a particular key. This is a long lesson.

POSTED: 04/28/2011 - 07:18 am

The Major Scale And Roman Numeral System
A guide to understanding the Major Scale and the Roman Numeral System.

POSTED: 04/13/2011 - 06:27 am

Building A Major Scale In Any Key
You can build a major scale in any key if you know two things: the chromatic scale and the pattern necessary to pick out the right notes.

POSTED: 03/14/2011 - 05:43 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the first installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. Learn, practice, play.

POSTED: 02/08/2011 - 03:28 am

Having Trouble Memorizing Modes
This lesson will show you a simple trick to remembering just how each mode is different using wonderful scale degrees.

POSTED: 01/21/2011 - 06:44 am

Why Do My Scales Sound Boring. Part 2: Time Signatures
Practical application of time signatures.

POSTED: 12/20/2010 - 06:50 am

Scale Degrees & Chord Harmonization
Hello, and welcome to the first CPDmusic lesson in well too long! Today's lesson is on scale degrees and chord harmonization. This lesson is crucial if you want to write songs, as with this knowledge, you will be able to know which chords sound good with your scale.

POSTED: 11/05/2010 - 08:17 am

Finger Strength
Check out this lesson for some different exercises to build finger strength and independence.

POSTED: 10/11/2010 - 05:36 am

Time Signatures (2)
Today we will be looking at time signatures, an essential part of music. We will examine how time signatures work, as well as examine some commonly used time signatures.

POSTED: 09/28/2010 - 08:47 am

Triplet Feel
Today will be a really short lesson on a basic element of music and music theory; the triplet feel. What I'm also going to do is extend past the basic triplet feels, into other, less common, feels, just to make this lesson a bit more exciting.

POSTED: 09/27/2010 - 09:39 am

Understanding The Classics Rhythm
This is the first of hopefully a couple lessons (if I get good feedback) reminding todays musicians of classical techniques so that they may be brought back and used today.

POSTED: 09/24/2010 - 07:17 am

Introduction To Music Theory
Welcome! I am a Graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Music, & In this lesson we will start with a series of terms, questions and answers dealing with the basic concepts of guitar and music theory.

POSTED: 08/13/2010 - 06:35 am

How To Write A TOP Rated Tab
This lesson will show you some (often forgotten) aspects that make a tab epic. A short look is recommend for "beginners" and "pros".

POSTED: 08/06/2010 - 09:39 am

Modes And Diatonic Chord Progressions
An in depth look at scales and their modes and how chords work within the scales, complete with scale charts and a chart of commonly used chord progressions. This lesson is for beginners through advanced.

POSTED: 07/21/2010 - 04:10 am

More Intervals
Today we will expand on our lesson on major and minor intervals by learning about augmented, diminished, and compound musical intervals.

POSTED: 07/16/2010 - 04:27 am

Theory 101. Part 2
How to build basic chord triad.

POSTED: 07/15/2010 - 05:05 am

How To Do Harsh Vocals: Scream, Growl, Squeal, Etc
This is a basic run-through covering the following vocal styles and how to actually do each one: Screaming, Growling (inhaling and exhaling), "Pig Squealing", and "Pterodactyl Screaming".

POSTED: 07/14/2010 - 06:30 am

The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation
Why it's just as important to not do as to do. In other words, why we should keep activity and rest in proportion.

POSTED: 06/02/2010 - 06:45 am

How To Memorize The Fretboard
Getting to the point where you intuitively know where any note is without thinking about it is tricky, but doable. One way to get there is through octaves and the cycle of 4ths.

POSTED: 05/12/2010 - 04:41 am

How To Sing
A few tips that will hopefully make your singing more powerful and musical.

POSTED: 05/10/2010 - 04:48 am

Time Signatures
The world has become accustomed to only hearing 4/4 or 3/4 and maybe 6/8 time. Why only stick to those? There are many many more time signatures that open up many many more rhythmic possibilities!

POSTED: 04/28/2010 - 06:38 am

So You Know All This Theory
Now what do you do with it? How do you apply the musical theory you've learned to the guitar? This article explains how to use theory to understand chords and the fretboard.

POSTED: 04/07/2010 - 06:51 am

Trumpets And Drums
As you all know, anybody can just go blowing on a horn, or just beating on a drum, but can they all do it right? Even when you do get the right way, can you read the music? Can you get tips, the easy way?

POSTED: 03/29/2010 - 04:39 am

Theory 101. Part 1
Basic Major scale theory.

POSTED: 01/05/2010 - 08:55 am

Key Signatures Explained
A brief explanation of key signatures.

POSTED: 12/03/2009 - 07:29 am

Master All Grades. Lesson 2 - Reading Tablature
These lessons are designed to improve your knowledge of theory, increase your repertoire of techniques and better your ability to play the guitar by introducing the various standards that should be met in each of the above areas for grades debut to grade eight of the rock school grading system.

POSTED: 10/06/2009 - 07:20 am

Master All Grades. Lesson 1 - Knowing Your Instrument
These lessons are designed to improve your knowledge of theory, increase your repertoire of techniques and better your ability to play the guitar by introducing the various standards that should be met in each of the above areas for grades debut to grade eight of the rock school grading system.

POSTED: 10/05/2009 - 08:16 am

This lesson is aimed at intermediate guitarists... it shows some easy concepts for getting started with a versatile alternate tuning.

POSTED: 09/14/2009 - 07:01 am

Finger Stretch Workout
Plenty of Exercises to stretch the fingers of your left hand.

POSTED: 06/16/2009 - 07:59 am

The Major and Minor scale.

POSTED: 06/04/2009 - 06:54 am

Gain Control
Gain control in your fret-hand by actually practising.

POSTED: 05/27/2009 - 06:53 am

Imroving Your Reach
I have noticed a lot of guitar players in my guitar class have a lot of problems with reaching larger spans on their guitar. So I have come up with some exercises that have helped them improve, so I thought I would post it and hope it helps some of you.

POSTED: 05/06/2009 - 07:06 am

The Pocket Guide To Preventing And Surviving A Bad Night
Feedback from the vocal mic? Band not tight? Drummer not there? Here are 7 scenarios and a few extra tips to avoid a complete disaster on stage.

POSTED: 05/05/2009 - 07:44 am

Learning To Use That Damn Pinky
Having trouble using that fifth digit on the fret hand? You are not alone. Here are some exercises in to get the stubbornest finger to fall in line.

POSTED: 04/29/2009 - 06:27 am

Understanding Arpeggios
Recently a friend asked me how to create arpeggios of his own for the sake of fun and showing off. That is what inspired me to write this lesson.

POSTED: 04/27/2009 - 07:41 am

4 Finger Exercise
A basic daily workout to get used to using all 4 fingers.

POSTED: 04/07/2009 - 07:38 am

Thrash Within
You learn yo' thrash here. Thrash isn't just shit put together. It is a very complex thing to learn. I can only teach you the basics to get there. Learn yo' octaves first They are not that hard.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 11:10 am

Reading TAB And Chord Diagrams
A in depth lesson teaching the much needed skill of being able to read tabulature and chord diagrams.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 11:38 am

Fixing Instrument Cables
For those of you too cheap to fork out the bucks for a new cable.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 10:51 am

Get The Most Out Of Your Strings
Here I will give you some tips, both obvious and not so obvious, that will help the budget guitarist get the most life out of his or her strings. Please note that this works with most string types.

POSTED: 12/15/2008 - 09:21 am

Classical Guitar Style And Technique For A Begginer
The Classical style of guitar-playing originates hundreds of years ago, and it is never a good idea to simply just pick up and play the music, without any knowledge of the positioning and technique used in this style. Classical musicians generally aren't self-taught (although there are a few who are), and the way to play is generally more practical than a genre which is dominated by many self-taught musicians like Blues. Here are some things to obey, when playing Classical music on the guitar.

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 05:03 am

How To Change Electric Guitar String
Learning to restring a guitar is a lot easier than you might first think, if you do it the right way.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 09:19 am

Pentatonic Scales
This is an introduction to the five basic pentatonic scales. I will explain how each scale is connected if thought of in the correct order.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 10:38 am

Alernate Picking - The Foundations
Alternate picking is the simplest and most usefull technique there is on the guitar and is a must know for every guitarist. Alternate picking is the best way to maximise efficiency of motion and pick control. It is the when u pick a string with a downstroke and strike the string again on the way back up to stroke down again (or vise versa). For such a simple and impostant technique it is usually the most poorly executed. Here are some exercises to help you learn how to do it properly.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 10:36 am

Metal Basics
Ok, in this lesson i'm going to teach you the basics on how to play metal. This will cover palm muting (down picking and alternate picking), Tremolo picking and how to play some basic Power Chords.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 10:19 am

Finding Alterations In Keys
This is another method excluding the Circle of Fifths for finding the alterations in a certain key or scale.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 10:12 am

A Little Music Theory
There are a few things about guitar that have been making me pretty mad. Music theory is one of them.

POSTED: 10/02/2008 - 03:42 am

First Chord Lesson
The best way to begin with playing a song, is to learn the basic chords which can be found here.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 09:02 am

Organizing The Fretboard
Have you ever felt that you can't find the notes you want? Or maybe your music teacher is asking "you know what is the third of F?" and you take 10 minutes just finding it? Read this lesson!

POSTED: 09/18/2008 - 09:29 am

Power Chord Stylings
This is a basic lesson on Power Chord Stylings, which will help you produce good power chord runs when writing a song.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 09:42 am

Modes II
Welcome to lesson on modes. In this lesson, I'll be explaining everything about modes. From what they are, how they are made, and how you can use them.

POSTED: 10/03/2007 - 08:29 am

Basic To Advanced Tuning
This lesson assumes you have no knowedge of tuning, and will taker you through the basics of note adjustment all the way to relative resonant tuning.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 08:09 am

Rhythm Guitar. Part 1- Powerchords
Heres to powerchords! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about them, in this multi part series on Rhythm Guitar!

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 07:59 am

Arpeggios Guide. Part 2 - Soloing With Arpeggios
Part 2 of a series lesson on arpeggios. This introduces soloing with arpeggios and and techniques to use them.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 07:49 am

Arpeggios Guide. Part 1 - Learn Your Arpeggios
Learn you arpeggios, how to make them and use them!

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 07:22 am

Diminished Chords And Scales
A brief look at the use of diminished chords and scales within several different genres.

POSTED: 02/10/2005 - 10:23 am

The Basics. Part 6
The Basics Extended. This lesson teaching you how to write songs and create your own chord progressions.

POSTED: 01/27/2005 - 09:36 am

The Basics. Part 5
The final of my five basic lessons. This lesson extends the key of major scales!

POSTED: 01/27/2005 - 09:34 am

The Basics. Part 4
The fourth of my five basic lessons. This lesson covering an extention of lead guitar and the major scale.

POSTED: 01/27/2005 - 09:32 am

The Basics. Part 3
The thrid of my five basic lessons. This lesson covering rhythm and lead guitar.

POSTED: 01/27/2005 - 09:30 am

A variety of different patterns to play arpeggios.

POSTED: 10/12/2004 - 12:00 am

Palm Muting ll
Direct instructions on how palm muting is done.

POSTED: 09/23/2004 - 07:59 am

The Circle Of Fifths: Music Theory For Dummies
Circle Of Fifths can help you as a guitarist when you get stuck trying to write a song or stuck trying to figure a song out by ear.

POSTED: 07/21/2004 - 03:07 am

The Basics. Part 2
The second issue of my five basic lessons. This one covering chords.

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 05:55 am

The Basics. Part 1
The one of five of my basic lessons. This one covering pic holding, guitar holding (positioning), strumming, picking basic chord, progression and basic picking progression.

POSTED: 04/30/2004 - 10:49 am

Left Hand Dexternity
Building strength and speed in your left hand means being a better player!

POSTED: 04/21/2004 - 07:39 am

Music Dictionary
What is aeolean, or enharmonic or even tonal? The more you know, the better. Definitions to either add to your memory or to refresh it. Just give it a look.

POSTED: 01/20/2004 - 07:12 am

Scales With Chords, Modes, Arpeggios
Today we are going to discuss how to figure out what scales to play with any given chord, modes, arpeggios and soloing.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 07:22 am

Major And Pentatonic Scales
Today we are going to talk about it in a little more detail. We will also discuss the Pentatonic scale.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 07:21 am

Learning To Play Songs
As a start you should get as many recordings, song books and copies of sheet music of all of your favorite songs and start learning them one by one. This is a very important step in your learning process and it will quickly help you to become a better guitar player.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 07:16 am

Modes. Part 3 - Counterpoint
The music of the sixteenth century is based upon the so-called ecclesiastical modes, a system of modes that existed in the music of western Europe from the origin of the Latin Church and dominated music until the seventeenth century.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:28 am

Modes. Part 2: What Is Important To Learn About Modes?
What is important to learn about modes? The answer to this question lies in the structure of the various modes and in their use.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:24 am

Modes. Part 1 - History And Use
This gives respect to the wonderful world of modes.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:23 am

Palm Muting
Palm muting is a widely used technique, but hard to get down when you first start playing. It's popularly used with power chords to get a "beefy" sound.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 04:45 am

Leech Lessons. Part 4 - Arepeggiating Chord Progressions
I think arpeggiating chord progressions is a great way to get to know the fretboard better. The chords can be just triad voicings, but of course the whole thing gets way more interesting.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:10 am

Leech Lessons. Part 3 - Legato & Sweep
Legato & Sweep exersises in Ebmaj9 Dm7b5 G+7 Cm9 scheme.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:09 am

Leech Lessons. Part 2 - Arpeggios
Some arpeggios on a jazz chord progression in Cm.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:07 am

Leech Lessons. Part 1 - 120 Of 120 5 Tone Permutations
Here are 120 of the 120 permutations for any 5 tone motif or scale. This is just an "order of notes analysis" to give you an idea of how the concept really works.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:07 am

Tips and Advices. Part 5 - How Much Is Enough?
How much is enough? Never! It's never enough! Well, okay, sometimes it is. If it's burning you out or you are damaging your tendons, it's too much.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:03 am

Tips and Advices. Part 4 - Practice Routine
Actually, I don't have one. After you achieve a level of proficiency, for the most part you can simply maintain it by playing. Well, okay, I don't always do that. If I don't play for a few weeks, I've gotta sit down and focus for a while to get things moving again.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:03 am

Tips and Advices. Part 3 - Practice
I saw a Steve Vai lecture/workshop, which had been taped at Musician's Institute years ago. He was saying something along the lines of, you've got to practice 12 hours a day.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:02 am

Tips and Advices. Part 2 - Balance Vs Burnout
Here I'll talk a little more about those two important motivators I mentioned previously. Again, they are 1) the music itself and 2) our own personal improvement.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:02 am

Tips And Advices. Part 1 - The Key To Success
The key to success is inspiration. If you keep yourself inspired and motivated, and avoid getting burned out and discouraged, you'll keep learning. There will be no end to it. This might seem obvious, but it is often misunderstood.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 06:01 am

Basic Guitar Knowledge
This lesson will give basic knowledge of the guitar such as scales, chords, and simple theory.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 05:49 am

Chromatic Warm-Up
These are a few helpful finger exercises. It will create a complex muscle memory on your fingers as well as develope more dexterity in it.

POSTED: 09/20/2003 - 12:00 am

Using 6-string As A 7-string Guitar
Using A Six-String Guitar As A Seven String. You`ll find here a couple of options how to make this.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Guitar Tunings
Do you want to know how to tune your guitar? Do you wanna know what is Drop D tuning? Do you wanna know hows tuned Slipknots guitars? Read this lesson now!

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Chords Scales And Positions
You will learn chords scales and positions.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Eight Simple Lessons
Eight simple and effective lessons from Dionisio Aguado.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Finger Stretch
Fingerbuilding technique. Improve your fingers!

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Notes On Basic Tunings
The list of the notes on the most common used tunings: Standard, Drop D and Drop C. This comes in handy when transcribing music from different tunings.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

What is this? Why use capo and how to play with this?

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Knowing The Neck
As a young guitarist I had a few fancy licks, but I always envied the freedom of movement I saw when I'd watch more experienced guitarists play. I'd see guys moving in and out of modes, up and down the neck with their eyes closed and think "how the flippidy bucking hell do you do that?"

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Navigating The Neck
No greater day can dawn for a young guitarist than the day they first discover that "I know the neck!!" It's what a teacher of mine called the "aha" moment - where you stop seeing individual frets and notes and names of chords and scales and start seeing music.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am