In this lesson you'll learn simple tips that help you control unwanted muscle tension in your body when you play guitar.
The guitar that you see here started life as a standars Aria stg, with just standard specification and the normal three single coil pickups to a standard strat wiring.
Now that you’ve got a basic hold on how to practice effectively, we’re going to move on to the licks and exercises for this week. We’ll start off with a couple of simple exercises to get you used to the tapping motion, and then I’ll give you six cool licks.
In this lesson, I'll show you how I play the song "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie.
This time we’re going to discover five cool but deceptively easy riffs that any beginner should be able to get their fingers around.
In this lesson, I'll teach you how to play the song "There Is a Time" by The Dillards and made popular in the Andy Griffith show.
Learn how to combine picking and legato together to make shredding a bit easier - allowing you to play faster, with less effort.
In this video you'll learn how lead guitar tabs work.
In this video lead guitar scales introduction, we see where scales come from, and why they are the way they are.
This video starts out with a picture of a piano. Why would we need to look at a piano, when we are trying to learn lead guitar music theory?
In this lesson, I'll teach you how I play the theme song from the 2017 feature film "Beauty and the Beast", from the voice talents of Ariana Grande and John Legend.
This is the first video in the Lead Guitar Introduction series of many videos, that are going to help you, learn to play lead guitar, from scratch.
In this lesson, I'll be showing you how I play "The Garden" by Kari Jobe on the acoustic guitar.
In this lesson, I'll show you how I play the song "Back to God" by Reba McEntire.
All you need to know about the most basic and one of the most used guitar effects in existence.
This lesson is for beginning guitar players: learn how to get your fret hand in the best position so that you can play barre chords without struggling or tiring your hand out.
Learn how to play the very popular and timeless song, "Amazing Grace," originally composed by John Newton.
I've noticed that for many guitarists - especially beginners and intermediates who are just starting out - they make these 5 mistakes all the time. Once you spot them they are so easy to fix.
The next installment in my all-inclusive series on the art of modern metal lead guitar, covers the basics of sweep picking.
Here's the list of 5 easy guitar solos that any beginner should be able to get their fingers around.
Learn how to get your fret hand to change chords fast and easy with this lesson.
Valentine's Day is drawing closer! What do you get for that special someone? How about a sweet serenade of love songs from yourself!
Hey, guys! This kicks off a new series of lessons; namely, short-form content that sequentially will build your skills in the art of lead guitar, specifically within a modern metal context.
In this lesson, I'll be teaching you a simplified version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley.
Beginner acoustic guitar lesson for "Man of Constant Sorrow."
Changing strings can be a pain, especially if you've never done it before - this is how to do it the easy way.
All players suffer from tuning problems from time to time - it can be very frustrating. Learn some simple and easy tricks to effortlessly keep your guitar in tune!
Learn an essential technique that will test how well you know your chords.
This is for guys who already know how to play chords, they play them cleanly, but when you switch your chords you get buzzing or mutes or it's for someone who can play their chords, but can't do it on time.
Five pieces of advice from one of the India's best guitar players.
Carole King songs for beginning bass players.
Simple way to play this standard of gypsy jazz.
Riffs that are just fun, but also are secretly teaching you import must know things on guitar.
This lessons explains how to play extended chord arpeggios using major and minor 3rd intervals.
This lessons looks at the terms Functioning and Non Functioning Dominants and takes a simple look at what these mean. Part 2 will look at how we can use the 2 types of Dominants
A quick lesson on common open major chords.
In this tutorial I'll teach you an easy technique of how to tune your guitar by ear. It will also help you to improve your recognition of notes and make you an overall better guitar player and musician.
I am guitar teacher. I love guitar so much. Here are 7 guitar mistakes of beginners. I want to share for all people love guitar and learning play guitar to get perfect start.
So let's face it, playing the guitar is not an easy task, regardless of what people say or how many guitarists are out there. Well, today I'm here to tell you why you shouldn't be giving up on the guitar, or any instrument for that matter.
For a new member starting his/her first tabs, information on technique and navigating the site.
Any guitarist with experience has been there - the stage where one wants to be able to play and switch chords with ease, but just can't. Whether it's finger pressure or hand positioning, a little practice goes a long way.
Fingerpicking is great for classical and many other pieces, it gives a different sound than picking with a pick. This lesson is about how to start fingerpicking, after leaning to play with no thumb, its time to add the bass.
Fingerpicking is great for classical and many other pieces, it gives a different sound than picking with a pick. This lesson is about how to start fingerpicking, resting your fingers but without using your thumb to play the bass.
Basic tips for memorizing the fretboard for a beginner.
The capo, for some a mysterious device used on the guitar. What can you do with it, and how does it work? In this lesson you'll learn to use the capo whilst playing 3 different songs in 4 different ways!
My plan for learning to play guitar faster.
Improve your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
This lesson is about dealing with the consequences, intended or not, of note choice you make when jamming over a chord. Knowing about this should make you more relaxed, and less constrained in exploring new ideas.
Here are 5 practical, and impractical, ways you can start using TODAY to make the world a better place.
Music theory is the best trick up a musician's sleeve. If you're the type of person who thinks that music theory has "rules," and that these "rules" will only hold you back from becoming the musician that you want to be, then this article is for you.
This lessons covers the basics of key signatures, how to read them, and how to remember them.
This article covers the intervals in music and shows how they are played on the guitar. It also looks at both the major and minor scale and how the scale is structured using these intervals.
How ad why to learn the notes on guitar.
Master these and be able to play anything.
Develop your ability to move between different divisions of time.
A# or Bb? What's the difference? Who cares? Why do I need to know this?
Music theory isn't learning how to write down different notes, or practicing and reciting scales on a guitar. It's about experiencing the way notes interact and the effect they have on the listener.
Rapidly improve your understanding and rhythm ability on the guitar.
Knowing all the notes on the fretboard seems to be a little scary for some people. But I can tell you it's easy. You just need a little bit of patience and a structured path.
If you don't take the time to decide where you want to go as a player, you won't get there! Think (and dream) about what kind of player you want to be, and formulate a plan to get there. The ideas in this article should help you.
The modes really aren't as complicated as people make them out to be.
Basic introduction to chords and arpeggios.
This lesson will help you understand natural minor scales and how they relate to major scales.
Beginners, have you ever wondered to yourself: "How the heck do I write a song like Asking Alexandria?!" Well you've come to the right place! In this article, I'll teach you the dos and the don'ts of writing a simple Risecore-type post-hardcore song!
Solos and riffs are an integral part of many genres of music but writing them can stump anyone new to writing music, here are some tips to write them.
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.
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.
A simple lesson which can make a big difference in terms of the feel and sound you get from your guitar. How to choose 3 different guitar picks for 3 different styles and type of songs.
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.
A short general overview over the concept of rhythm.
In this lesson I share with you some thoughts and ideas that will most likely help you improve your fretting hand technique when it comes to barre chords.
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.
Music theory is boring. Music language is fun! Learn to talk good.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Are you lost when reading the rhythms included with your guitar tab or sheet music? Come improve your skills in this often overlooked area of guitar playing!
If you are new to soloing, you probably have that one great pentatonic scale for soloing. But why stop at one? Here's another great pentatonic scale shape to add to your playing.
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).
This lesson is for beginners who want to add up some speed and precision in their alternate picking. This can also be a good warm-up exercise. It's easy and effective. So just grab your guitar and give it a shot!
How would you solo over Gm Cm Eb Bb? The G minor pentatonic scale? How about using 4 scales for 4 chords. It's easier than you think.
In this quick lesson I share with you my approach to knowing which notes I am playing, regardless of a guitar's tuning.
Hey guys, I am continuing a series of lessons that is for the COMPLETE beginner. It is harder teaching this than expected just because lots of educators assume that people can just figure these things out. Well, I truly hope to help anyone learning. Thanks and enjoy!
Don't just solo using a scale that fits the key of the song... Follow the chords! This lesson will show a simple and effective method to following the chords while you are soloing - like all the best guitarists do.
A brief explanation of a popular musical accessory.
Hello everybody! This video is dedicated to the COMPLETE beginner. I will show different types of guitars and how to properly hold them while sitting. I hope this helps some of you out. Thank you!
From beginner to beginner...
This article addresses common problems that a beginner guitar player will face when trying to learn new songs. You will learn how to break a song down and learn it in chunks that will allow you to learn songs fast and efficiently.
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!
Hey guys, thought I'd share with you some tips that have helped me over the years :) Enjoy!
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.
Your rhythmic choices are just as important as your note choices when soloing. This lesson will focus on playing eighth note rhythms and incorporating rhythmic and melodic motifs in your solos.
This lesson will teach you a quick and easy way to transpose your songs from one key to another.
The first lesson in the series on understanding major scales.
A continuation of lesson one. Expanding on the four basic types of chord classification, and us of harmony their-in.
Back again with Lesson 6! This will conclude my Music Theory Fundamentals course. Stay tuned for Music Theory I. Thanks!
The Major Pentatonic Scale. How do you play it? How do you place it? How do you practice it? How do you apply it to a solo?
How do you start creating guitar solos on your own? What scales should you use? How do you place the scales on the neck? You're answers are here.
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.
I will talk about different expressive markings that are commonly found in music.
Maestro here with another music theory lesson for you all.
Hey guys! Maestro here back with another lesson for you all. Again, this is further helping you understand the fundamentals of reading music.
In this lesson you will learn about the different durations that each note receives when playing.
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.
Ever wondered how to read those rhythms written above all those guitar tabs you have? Are you clueless when it comes to dividing notes or playing to a metronome? Check out this lesson that will help you master the basics of note division and understanding what rhythmic notation is all about.
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.
The next time you are continually failing in the same section of a tune and are ready to shot-put your guitar through the nearest window, try this practice method.
Learn how to use harmonics to play this legendary sound effect.
The reason we should all have a little theory for practicing our chord, scale, and improv skills.
Many beginners struggle to learn the guitar. This article is addressing the main issues that almost every beginner goes through.
Learn one of the most recognisable melodies in this quick and simple lesson.
A basic lesson for playing the guitar and harmonica at the same time.
Our basic "musical alphabet" explained.
This quick lesson will explain how to correctly do so and even give awesome exercises to help build up coordination!
Probably the hardest thing to learn on guitar is creating the rhythm of the song through proper timing of your strums. Start with downward strums and gradually work up to a combination of downward and upward strums until your are proficient in each time signature.
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).
Learn how to play and improve at music while you're asleep.
This lesson will cover a lot of the things that I first learned when I started playing guitar not too long ago.
I'll try to explain with few tricks how to find your place a bit better on your guitar.
Keeping it simple with the Natural Keys.
Here's a lesson that may do you a lifetime of good. It's not your traditional improvisation lesson.
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!
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!
Knowing all the notes on your fretboard is more useful and simpler than you think. Read here how.
Teaches you how to play with ring finger and pinky finger without hitting any other strings at your own pace with alternate picking. For people teaching themselves.
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.
Want to tune by ear but just can't quite hear when the pitch is right? Try feeling the pitch!
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.
A method of finding notes all over the neck quickly and easily.
Struggling to start guitar playing? These tips will put you on the path to success.
Just a quick lesson detailing the importance of intervals before future lessons that dive into modes and modal theory.
Often overlooked by teachers and self taught players is understanding the labels of notes used in music. This is valuable in finding notes on the fret board.
I'm gonna give you some tips on how to memorize more chords to make your songs sound better.
A real-time analysis of the drumming in a progressive metal song, commentated from a songwriting perspective for beginners who aren't used to writing drums.
Learning C Major Scale is a vital skill in all music, considering how many pieces are written in this key. It takes some time; but, if you practice it, you will be able to play the C Major Scale without messing up at all.
This lesson is for those Drop D and C players for bands like Attack Attack!, Escape The Fate, Falling in Reverse, Three Days Grace, and Papa Roach.
This lesson is geared towards experienced guitar players who want to be able to add harmony vocals live and in the studio.
Listening is key because otherwise you're just masturbating all over your guitar while everyone else is trying to play music and nobody wants to see/hear that.
This article aims to give you an easy way to remember the modes of the harmonic minor scale on a theoretical level.
Very important for chord and scale construction. If you pay attention you can learn and understand this in at least 1 week.
Ever wonder what finger(s) you should use to play something? If so, then you’ll find this lesson useful. Here's a quick lesson on exactly what fingers to use when playing unfamiliar chords, scales, licks or anything that's new to you.
The voice is an instrument that every, single, individual musician should learn to use.
Deciding on your first guitar is the crucial first step on the path to shred supremacy, in this article I will outline many things to consider, and a potential time line for buying stuff.
A beginners guide to strumming and creating your own strumming patterns. From the very basic to creating your own patterns.
All the ups and downs of learning music on your own.
Simple signs your guitar strings are running out of time.
This is only for beginners who are trying to learn how to read tabs.
I'm a left handed guitarist; I've always struggled with my fretting hand, trying to move smoothly and quickly along the neck.
Let's learn how to pick a scale to fit a bunch of chords and do it without sinking into a quicksand pit of jargon.
Easy approaches helps you to find and memorize notes places efficiently fast.
A beginner's guide to re-stringing your guitar.
A guitar setup is an essential prerequisite when it comes to getting the most out of your instrument.
Many beginning guitarists have problems getting each and every note to ring clean in their chords. So the hands that you have can and will work fine with a few helpful tips along the way. Here's the helpful tips right here.
It took me over a year to finally learn how to read guitar tab so I hope I can help you learn it quicker than I did.
Do your solos wander without form or structure? Are you maybe terrified of improvising at all? Go through these 7 simple steps to help focus your note and rhythm choices and create compelling and memorable guitar solos.
Quickly learn the easy way to play 10 essential guitar chords, including the infamous F and B bar chords!
I get asked about strum patterns a lot on my YouTube channel so I made a video about the strum pattern I use as my go-to for playing chord based songs.
The final step to the understatement of the intervals. This time it's for the ears!
This is a list of practice tips I came up with after thinking about how I practice and improve.
An easy way to learn a lot of songs quickly.
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.
Let's look at the main reasons that beginning guitar players have difficulty learning and mastering songs that use picking.
How to play "My Generation" by The Who.
Music theory is fundamental to playing guitar in the same way basic grammar is fundamental to writing a speech.
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.
In this lesson we'll take a look at the style of Nirvana. You'll learn their most famous song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from the breakthrough album "Nevermind".
If you are having problems with putting the intervals from theory to the fretboard - I've got the solution.
Open D Tuning is one of the most popular open tunings and is a favorite among slide guitarists. Here is a quick video that demonstrates how easy it is to tune to Open D.
In this lesson we are gonna take a look at the rhythmic aspect of playing guitar. It's all about getting familiar with strumming your guitar.
In this lesson you will learn how to transcribe a song by ear, which is a very valuable skill in a musician's life.
Learning notes on the fretboard always seemed impossible to me, until I tried this way.
A guide to soloing for complete beginners.
One of the most awesome guitar techniques to learn is String Bending. The guitar is one of the few instruments in which you can pitch shift notes. A nice bending technique really adds emotion and style to your riffs and licks.
I've made my first beginner lesson on Power Chords. The video explains the power chord shape and the simple concept of moving the shapes on the neck. In conclusion I've made a small list of songs to practice.
A guide to most techniques required for playing the guitar including both Practical and Theory.
Teaching the very basics to people who have never played a guitar ever before.
I find these scales both fun and helpful in improving your speed and accuracy.
In this lesson I will help with applying Guitar technique into basic practice routines.
This week on the Guitar Blog I discuss a few ways for taking basic material and simply expanding upon it as a process for beginner guitar players to better develop skills and have more fun in the process...
A lesson on how to use the 5 pentatonic patterns to learn and play modally.
Most folks teach modes in a purely theoretical fashion. I believe that music theory, while useful, is an abstract concept which requires an application (music) to reveal its power. In this article I will use an analogy everyone can relate to in order to explain how modes work.
Your guitar fretboard isn't the jumbled mass of notes you think it is. There's an easy, logical pattern to it. And this is the magic bullet system to being able to read your whole fretboard easily.
These are REALLY important tips.
Here are some heavy metal riffs I came up with in different keys using the Harmonic Minor Scale.
Improv has always been a topic most people ask me about, since it's the step above from playing what you learn to playing what you are. Improv is an important skill and I hope this really clears things up.
New to metal? This lesson will help you with easy riffs that sound good and are easy to play.
A continuation from Drop D - Tuning and Basic Chords where I will go over some scales and exercises I found very useful when I first started playing Drop tunings.
This will cover tuning a guitar into Drop D and some of the raw basics of playing in Drop D tuning. Check the end of the article for a key on the symbols used in chord diagrams or tablature.
A beginner's guide to natural harmonics.
This should make your understanding about chords deeper, and pave you a new way of their use.
How learning to play rhythms in drum creation software can improve your general musicianship.
This video lesson uses a major pentatonic riff to show how you can add different techniques to your playing to create more interesting sounds. The riff incorporates string bending, hammer ons, pull offs, slides and vibrato. These are the staple techniques of lead guitar playing, and are what the majority of guitarists use when they create solos.
A major key to developing good guitar picking technique is learning the best way to use upstroke picking and incorporate it with your downstrokes.
This video lesson presents a simple exercise and covers several key points explaining how to minimise effort, making playing the guitar feel more relaxed and comfortable.
How to get a smoother sweep picking sound without getting in over your head (examples included)
In this brief lesson I'll show you how to improvise solos in any Major chord progression. 7 finger patterns that work over the whole fretboard, all you need to know is your 6th string root. This works great for Rock, Classics and Metal.
An absolute beginner lesson about finding your intervals based on a root note. Remember, if you got lost, don't feel discouraged, just scroll back up to see where you got lost!
A lesson for beginners wanting to write good guitar solos,and good music as such.
This video lesson looks at accented strumming when palm muting power chords. This is great for beginners who can play 2 note power chords with basic palm muting.
This guitar lesson will help you to achieve the best position and feel in your picking hand that will allow you to get control of your guitar picking.
This lesson will help less experienced guitarists change more effectively between chords while strumming. I'm using common 3 note open chords so as long as you can play these shapes ok, the lesson should help to develop your rhythm playing.
This is how to make a simple nice sounding solo with a little practice.
This isn't as much a lesson as it is a co-learning thing, as I am also an intermediate soloist, but this lesson is for learning the fretboard, an essential skill for learning scales.
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.
A short lesson on the chord changes most beginners wouldn't realise.
More information regarding learning the fretboard, with a few suggestions from other fellow UG users.
Now that you've written and developed the melodies for your song, you can use these methods to create chord progressions or contrapuntal songs.
Here is an easy, clear and simple guide to tuning your guitar! No Tuner Required!
I am sure lots of you out there struggle with reading tabs. Well here you go!
As a guitar Newb myself I had to work these out, now you don't have to!
This article will discuss ways to help learn the notes of the fretboard and will include a chart showing all notes on the guitar.
This is really for the beginners, but it never hurts to brush up on the basics, even if you've been playing for a while.
There are many other lessons and methods of learning the notes of the fretboard. But they seem harder than it all needs to be.
This lesson covers the CAGED chord pattern. A pattern that arises out of the way the guitar is tuned in standard tuning and something that allows you to play chords all over the neck.
This article ditches complicated terms such as Major 3rd and Perfect 4th and gets to the root of the inner working of music theory on the guitar by looking at the distance between notes and the Five Fret Pattern.
This is going to be a lesson about music theory for beginners and those that have always struggled to understand and apply music theory to their playing.
In this lesson you will learn about certain styles and artists. Picking up pieces from the artists you love. May it be from a vocalist, bass player or a guitar player.
This lick will get you highlighting chord tones as opposed to just playing through a scale. Check this out and try to play along!
Sorry it took so long, but here it is! And next week I'll talk about modulations and borrowed chords.
In this lesson you will learn how to look cool with your guitar on stage while performing.
You don't know what to do when you can't play guitar, but you want to practice?
That's the best and simpliest explanation about intervals, you can find.
My tenth Ultimate Guitar lesson. Covers some advanced basics.
We all sometimes just stop, sticked to the floor. Grab from me some advices to unstuck you.
Death metal styles and guitar techniques.
History of tonal music, introduction to counterpoint, more on major key harmony, introduction to minor key harmony.
A small guide I created myself on how to think in more ways than one about learning the fretboard on a guitar.
Discussing the major and minor scales and things of that sort.
Get rid of that horrible unwanted crunchy sound from your solos.
The seventh lesson in my arsenal
Part 2. Gets more exciting from here on, talking about harmony and melody writing and such.
The sixth lesson in the collection
The fifth lesson in my collection
This lesson may not be for beginners, but there was no "theory" category. It will be pure and simple theory, not particularly aimed at guitar players or any one instrument, but might be a little dry. Read if you're interested in true theory, don't if you're not.
The fourth lesson in my collection.
Here you can take a look at my easy approach on how-to-read simple rhythm. Very begginer level!
A few examples of musical symetry, and how it helps the flow of a song.
The 3rd lesson in the series.
Once again this is only the basics for people who have never picked up a guitar before.
Introducing you to your guitar NOTE: Only helpful for beginners who have hardly picked up a guitar before.
This is my new series Fretboard Basics. Through this series we will learn how to navigate the fretboard, chord construction, learn the major and minor scales and basic song writing techniques. This series is a follow up to my Beginner Basics lessons and is intended for the beginner audience. Enjoy!
Beginner's guide to the hammer-on.
This lesson is a continuation of 'Tackling Strumming As A Beginner Guitarist - Part 1'. If you haven't mastered the art of strumming and changing chords in time, this lesson will help get you on your way.
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.
A very in depth look at what intervals are and how to find them quickly and effectively.
Here is a good way to start learning the guitar, with the basic scales, techniques, and chords.
The first lesson is on the Ionian scale which is technically the major scale so click on the link and learn!
Confused about how to use the switches and knobs on a 'Fender?' Then this article is for you!
It all boils down to practice, i'm going to share a few ways i've seen over the years.
My lesson is about the basic arpeggios and inversions. Mostly designed for shred guitar.
A lot of us has difficulty with our pinky finger or little so here are a few exercises to help address this problem. Make sure and I mean make sure you let the notes ring properly or sound properly avoid hitting other strings as you hammer and pull off. Speed is not essential at first but increase it as you make the notes clearer and clearer as you go. Speed is a byproduct of accuracy, I'm sure I heard that somewhere.
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?
A summary of how you can get a Major, Minor, Pentatonic and Blues Scales through the cromatic scale and intervals. For dummies like myself.
A Hammer On A Pull Off A Bend A Release Bend A Slide-Up A Slide-Down Vibrato
This lesson is aimed at those of you who haven't quite learned how to play rhythms in time. If you want to improve your skill in this area from the basics, this lesson is for you.
These are just a few exercises I've made up/come across that help build fretting hand co-ordination and get your fingers to move smoothly without affecting their neighbors.
You know where are the notes on your fretboard? Propably yes, but do you REALLY know how they relate with each other? No? Come in...
You know how to name the notes? If your answer is no, read that article. Hope it will help you to name them.
Learn the notes on the fretboard, how to play tablature, and tune the guitar. This lesson will teach you everything you need to get you rocking!
The beginners guide to reading tabs.
Here are some warm up exercises I've picked up over my time playing guitar. These are pretty basic, nothing really complex.
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the ninth installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. I'm going to show you the basics of Chord Triads and their applications. Learn, practice, play.
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.
This is just a easy guide to alternate picking for beginners. This is a skill that requires practice but pays of in the end! If you want to play fast or amazing lightning speed solos then this is for you!
Strumming patterns for 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time signatures and tips for some other time signatures.
Do you always feel like you don't have enough time to work on your musical skills, or just can't find the proper motivation to get started? Check this article out.
This is my new series Fretboard Basics. Through this series we will learn how to navigate the fretboard, chord construction, learn the major and minor scales and basic song writing techniques. This series is a follow up to my Beginner Basics lessons and is intended for the beginner audience. Enjoy!
This is part VI and the conclusion in my series Beginner Lesson, The Basics. I would like to talk about more rhythm and strumming. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. If you have mastered the first five lessons of this series, then it should go smoothly. Look for my next series coming out very soon. Enjoy!
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the seventh installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. I'm going to show you some basic Finger Strengthening Exercises in this lesson. Learn, practice, play.
In this lesson I will show a few exercises that I used to help me improve my accuracy.
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the seventh installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. I'm going to show you some basic Minor Pentatonic exercises in this lesson. Learn, practice, play
This is part V in my series Beginner Lesson, The Basics. I would like to talk about rhythm and strumming. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. If you have mastered the first four lessons of this series, then it should go smoothly. Enjoy!
Beginners can start to learn about theory, and people who think they know theory but have some problems with the basics can fix that. This will also have a lot of guitar technique in it, chord voicings and whatnot.
Beginners can start to learn about theory, and people who think they know theory but have some problems with the basics can fix that. This will also have a lot of guitar technique in it, chord voicings and whatnot.
This is part IV in my series Beginner Lesson, The Basics. In this part I will review the past lessons and introduce the barre chord. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. If you have mastered the first three lessons of this series, then it should go smoothly. Enjoy!
Expanding on the previous lessons, this lesson explains three-notes-per-string scales, and a clever "backwards" scale to illustrate an interesting way to see the fretboard.
This is part III in my series Beginner Lesson, The Basics. I will talk about chords, more chords and strumming. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. If you have mastered the first two lessons of this series, then it should go smoothly. Enjoy!
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.
This is part II to my series, Beginner: Lesson I, The Basics. This particular lesson will go into more chords, switching between chords and practicing with the metronome. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. Enjoy!
This particular series, as the title implies, is going to be on beginner guitar; The Basics. Please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. I will keep that for a later day once you are comfortable. So, you have your tuner, metronome, and your guitar. Tune your guitar, (I'll talk about tuning in a different article), sit up straight and let's get started!
The fourth part of my beginner series of lessons, This is for the absolute beginners who consists of NO musical knowledge what so ever.
This is part II to my first article Absolute Beginner Part 1. I would like to elaborate on some of the previous topics and go into others. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy!
This is, in notebook format, all of the straight up no jibber-jabber facts that you will need to know in order to write most music. This is for very beginners.
Why knowing your fretboard so useful. Also, a summary of the last two lessons as well as the notes beyond the 12th fret.
Hello there! As a guitar instructor, I figured my first article should be on the very basics of guitar. Meaning, this is for the absolute beginner. That individual who just picked up their first guitar and needs a little direction; a starting place if you will. Please keep in mind, this is a general topic. I will go more in depth later. With that being said, enough chit chat, here we go!
Continuing with the previous lesson, we take a look at the notes found on the higher three strings.
Want to put on a good show? Can't afford lasers, smoke and/or s--tloads of stage props? This may help you.
A start to learning the fretboard. No silly formula, no "secrets", just how and what to practice to get to know your fretboard better! Makes use of modes and hard-work.
A very simple and customizable method to get used to smoothly transitioning any chords.
A quick lesson on getting the perfect technique for picking.
In this lesson, you'll learn the A Blues Scale, Blues Chords, and How to Solo using the blues scale.
Due to the fact that my last lesson was misinterpreted I will therefore continue with the next one so as people won't get mislead anymore :) This lesson will explain the basics of melodies, how to create them and how to make them sound good.
I will give a short description how I started and what lead guitar is (of course, this is my own opinion but I believe people share it)
I will try to tell you how to start with the harsh vocals as the start is, in my opinion, the hardest. Be patient and don't give up!
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).
The third part of my series for absolute beginners, this covers the most basic of things a beginner should know.
A Basic Guide for the beginner concerning the 6 "Scale Chords" or the Primary and Secondary Chords.
Sweep Coordination, Beginner. Given that one understands what sweep picking is.
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.
This is a lesson for brand new guitarist on how to form chords.
A guide to understanding the Major Scale and the Roman Numeral System.
This lesson will explain how to take a few notes, played slowly over some common chords, make them sound more melodic.
This lesson was a commission by a student that I teach. Some people may ask what the difference between this and a tab is; in this lesson I've explained the theory behind the song as well. I'm not a huge fan of journey but I'm often asked about how to play this song well, so now I'm going to answer.
Which key is this song in? Which key should I solo in? What are the major scales?
This is just some different and easy techniques you can use to write some Metal songs and stuff like that.
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the sixth instalment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. In this lesson, I'm going continue to showing you how to wield the mighty sword that is a Barre Chord. Learn, practice, play.
This lesson details an example beginner guitar session. It shows you some specific things to practice and for how long you should aim to practice.
Just like the first lesson this is strictly for beginners.
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.
A brief lesson detailing some pitfalls to watch out for whilst starting to play guitar. Some tips and ideas on how avoid these pitfalls and remain motivated in your practice.
this lesson is only for people like me, who consist of NO guitar/music knowledge what so ever, You start here .
This is just another bit of practices for beginning guitarists.
Muting is an essential part of the guitarist's armoury, especially when playing high gain rock and metal styles, as it helps with note separation and clarity.
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the fifth installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. I'm going to show you some two basic Barre Chords and how to use them. Learn, practice, play.
For this lesson I will be showing you some examples of theory being applied to songwriting and soloing in order to help out with you understand of how to use theory. Knowledge and wisdom are different. I'm not wise and don't know much but I'll do what I can.
So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the fourth installment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. I'm going to show you some basic finger exercises in this lesson. Learn, practice, play.
An essential coverage of how to tune your axe and read basic tabs.
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.
This is just a quick lesson with some practices to get you started.
This lesson will show you a simple trick to remembering just how each mode is different using wonderful scale degrees.
A detailed study of most popular and recognized ways of changing keys with simple wording and examples.
This is a lesson to help players starting from the ground up. I will be uploading other lessons for more advanced players and on specific techniques and scales and so on, but this is about the bare basics from day 1.
I've put together 7 easy guitar riffs.
Some few tips to playing blues music. Comment for any questions or concerns.
Practical application of time signatures.
Discouragement is something ever musician has to battle with from time to time, but it can be overcome by changing your outlook.
Harmonics in open strings and harmonics to produce chords
Despite my guitar being in tune and my playing in time, my scales still sound really boring. Why?
I always find these exercises boring where you just play chromatic frets up and down the strings, move up one position and so on. So I started thinking of more exciting ways of training fingering technique, string changing with alternate picking and learning scales.
I was watching Marty Friedman's "Electric Guitar Day One" Video, and I thought I'd summarize it and make an article out of it for those of you who don't have the video. This is really important stuff to take into consideration, unfortunately I found out about most of this stuff pretty late but now you can start your guitar journey knowing a thing or two!
This lesson is a brief over view of modes (not modal theory, only the patterns in a certain key) and how to use them to know all the notes all over the fretboard.
Don't get me wrong, this lesson ain't exactly for beginners, it features some theory and more advanced patterns, however for people who understand what they're playing this should be helpful without going into sweep picking at 300 bpm :)
My first lesson, please don't be too mean. And if you are a good guitarist, why are you looking at this? I hope this helps people.
This is a basic lesson on modal theory. It is an attempt to dispell a lot of the misinformation on this site and others on modes, and where to correctly use a mode in the context of a song(this seems to be the big fall down of every other article).
Remember the Circle of Fifths/Forths you always meant to learn? This excercise will help teach it to you, as well as the notes all over the fretboard.
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.
An article about how rather than what to practice. Having the right attitude can make a huge difference on the productivity of your practice sessions.
This lesson will teach you about the rhyme and rhythm of ethnic music bali enjoy it.
Check out this lesson for some different exercises to build finger strength and independence.
A very basic "roadmap" for anybody just starting our or even thinking about learning guitar.
This lesson teaches basic progression construction.
I've been playing guitar for about 5 years starting with playing songs by FOB, Offspring, Breaking Benjamin and Foo fighters etc, etc which playing consists of strumming. It was only about a year ago since I started getting into Prog metal bands like Protest the Hero and Between the Buried and Me. I'm a guitar autodidact, don't know much of basics but I've been coming up with random exercises what I think it'd be good for getting my (and your) fingers ready for prog metal, and much more.
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.
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.
Alas, the series comes to an end in this fourth installment. Day seven of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon.
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.
It is day six of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon, which mean part 3 of "Starting Speed Playing" is here!
Well, this is my first lesson here. I will be adding new lessons each week... I'll try to guide you through the basics today.
Yesterday we started this series, entitled "Starting Speed Playing", and today will be part 2 of 4. I would just like to say that these lessons are for people who have minimal to no experience in speed playing, it's almost a "beginners speed playing" series.
An introduction the classical guitar, the techniques, the style, along with a lot of tabs to practice. Learn tirano and apoyande and increase the power of your fingering hand! Also some theory to get you started.
Hello, and welcome to day 4 of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon! It is September 20th, and the long wait is over! Today we will start a four part series called Starting Speed Playing.
First time that I bought a wah-wah pedal, I'm just play some solos and push the pedal, but no it's not the way! You have to control your pedal and push it in right time.
The first lesson of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon. Today's lesson is going to be on how to classify scales. It is going to be a rather short lesson, but it is just as important as any other.
I'm going to be using "Taking the Lead, Pt. 3", to go over some of the characteristics of scales.
This is part two of 'Taking the Lead'. This lesson will deal with the effects and sounds needed to play lead.
This will be the first part of a series on Taking the Lead. In each lesson, there will be a few parts and things necessary for you to have or know in order to complete.
Part 5. Improvising a little more detailed and explaining slides, bends and vibrato (w/ some exercises)
Part 4. This lesson is the first step towards improvising (the basics of pentatonic) and explains Legato (Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs).
Part 3. This lesson explains Fingerstyle and Hybrid Picking, Alternate, Economic and Sweep Picking (w/ examples) and also, the advantages of Drop Tunings.
Yesterday, someone posted a bunch of atypical "power chords" for use in metal music. Unfortunately, they left out my three favorites!
Part 2. Introducing flat/sharp chords and 7 / 5 chords. How to simplify chords into barre chords and how to modify them.
This lesson explains tabs, chords, barre chords, open strings and how to simplify a hard chord.
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.
Basic major and minor triads designed to get you used to playing arpeggios in manageable chunks.
This lesson will show you some (often forgotten) aspects that make a tab epic. A short look is recommend for "beginners" and "pros".
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.
Power chords, barre chords, keys, simple riffs.
Today we will expand on our lesson on major and minor intervals by learning about augmented, diminished, and compound musical intervals.
How to build basic chord triad.
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".
Barre chords, fingerpicking, action adjustment and a Lionel Richie Classic are covered in this in depthlesson.
A lot of beginners have absolutely no clue on how chord progressions are formed, or any of the theory behind them. Luckily for you, I am going to show you an easy way to construct chord progressions, that requires minimal theory or heavy duty music knowledge.
Something for all the people who asked what they were supposed to do with a metronome on the speed building lessons.
Even the internet has too few places for 7 string guitarists to exchange information. Here is just a lesson on how to get used to your seven string.
Why it's just as important to not do as to do. In other words, why we should keep activity and rest in proportion.
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