for beginners:
5 Things Every Beginner Guitarist Must Learn
Master these and be able to play anything.

POSTED: 01/21/2016 - 01:47 pm

The Subdivision Game: Rhythm and Strumming Basics
Rapidly improve your understanding and rhythm ability on the guitar.

POSTED: 12/11/2015 - 09:06 am

Learn the Modes in 10 Minutes or Less - With Kevin Goetz
The modes really aren't as complicated as people make them out to be.

POSTED: 10/30/2015 - 09:58 am

How to Write a Simple Post-Hardcore Song (2009 Era)
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!

POSTED: 09/01/2015 - 03:32 pm

Writing Solos and Riffs With Scales
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.

POSTED: 09/01/2015 - 03:15 pm

Choosing the Right Guitar Pick
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.

POSTED: 07/23/2015 - 01:59 pm

Tips to Help You Master Barre Chords
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.

POSTED: 06/29/2015 - 02:23 pm

Introduction to Rhythmic Notation: Part 2
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!

POSTED: 03/10/2015 - 03:25 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 6
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.

POSTED: 01/27/2015 - 03:05 pm

Alternate Picking: Building Speed and Precision
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!

POSTED: 01/21/2015 - 01:52 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 5
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.

POSTED: 01/20/2015 - 10:32 am

Applying Music Theory to Help You Master the Fretboard
In this quick lesson I share with you my approach to knowing which notes I am playing, regardless of a guitar's tuning.

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 03:59 pm

Tuning the Guitar For Beginners
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!

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 03:38 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 4
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.

POSTED: 12/31/2014 - 11:07 am

Capo: What It Is and How to Use It
A brief explanation of a popular musical accessory.

POSTED: 12/30/2014 - 09:27 am

Types of Guitars & Posture for Beginners
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!

POSTED: 12/30/2014 - 09:24 am

Shredding, Scales and Rhythm
From beginner to beginner...

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 02:08 pm

How Not to Get Overwhelmed by Learning a New Song
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.

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 09:58 am

10 Tips to Improve Your Guitar Playing
Hey guys, thought I'd share with you some tips that have helped me over the years :) Enjoy!

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 09:22 am

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 3
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.

POSTED: 12/24/2014 - 03:07 pm

Music Theory Lesson 6: Accidentals
Back again with Lesson 6! This will conclude my Music Theory Fundamentals course. Stay tuned for Music Theory I. Thanks!

POSTED: 12/02/2014 - 09:06 am

Improvising With Knowledge, Lesson 2
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?

POSTED: 12/02/2014 - 09:02 am

Improvising With Knowledge, Lesson 1
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.

POSTED: 11/26/2014 - 11:01 am

Music Theory Lesson 5: Understanding Expressive Markings
I will talk about different expressive markings that are commonly found in music.

POSTED: 11/25/2014 - 02:35 pm

Music Theory Lesson 4: Reading Intermediate Music
Maestro here with another music theory lesson for you all.

POSTED: 11/17/2014 - 10:03 am

Music Theory Lesson 3: Time Signatures and Legato
Hey guys! Maestro here back with another lesson for you all. Again, this is further helping you understand the fundamentals of reading music.

POSTED: 11/14/2014 - 09:58 am

Music Theory Lesson 2: Timing
In this lesson you will learn about the different durations that each note receives when playing.

POSTED: 11/13/2014 - 09:23 am

Introduction to Rhythmic Notation
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.

POSTED: 11/12/2014 - 07:45 am

The Pen-tonic Scale (For Beginners)
This lesson will introduce you to the pen-tonic scale and its use for creating solos. Quick lesson, to the point, for beginners.

POSTED: 11/07/2014 - 03:28 pm

This Is Why You Still Stink at Playing Guitar
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.

POSTED: 10/23/2014 - 01:49 pm

Harmonics Lesson - Super Mario Coin Sound Effect
Learn how to use harmonics to play this legendary sound effect.

POSTED: 10/14/2014 - 02:51 pm

Correct Fingerwork
This lesson will show you the correct way to pluck strings and which fingers to use.

POSTED: 10/14/2014 - 02:11 pm

Beginners, Don't Fret the Fretboard
Many beginners struggle to learn the guitar. This article is addressing the main issues that almost every beginner goes through.

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 01:24 pm

General Lee Car Horn Sound Effect Lesson
Learn one of the most recognisable melodies in this quick and simple lesson.

POSTED: 09/15/2014 - 12:52 pm

Playing Harmonica and Guitar Together
A basic lesson for playing the guitar and harmonica at the same time.

POSTED: 09/02/2014 - 03:20 pm

How to Hammer-On and Pull-Off
This quick lesson will explain how to correctly do so and even give awesome exercises to help build up coordination!

POSTED: 06/09/2014 - 02:45 pm

Learning Time Signatures in Strumming
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.

POSTED: 06/09/2014 - 12:43 pm

How to Practice In Your Sleep
Learn how to play and improve at music while you're asleep.

POSTED: 05/29/2014 - 02:42 pm

Triad Theory for the Beginner
Keeping it simple with the Natural Keys.

POSTED: 05/14/2014 - 03:03 pm

Here's a lesson that may do you a lifetime of good. It's not your traditional improvisation lesson.

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 02:10 pm

Fret Pressing and Alternate Picking
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.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 02:02 pm

Tuning by Ear - Without an Ear
Want to tune by ear but just can't quite hear when the pitch is right? Try feeling the pitch!

POSTED: 02/27/2014 - 03:10 pm

Find a Note Anywhere on the Neck Easily
A method of finding notes all over the neck quickly and easily.

POSTED: 02/13/2014 - 02:30 pm

Technique Tips for Beginner Guitarists
Struggling to start guitar playing? These tips will put you on the path to success.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 03:18 pm

Practical Guide to Intervals
Just a quick lesson detailing the importance of intervals before future lessons that dive into modes and modal theory.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 03:12 pm

Notes in Music - Music Theory Made Simple
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.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 02:24 pm

Increase Your Chord Vocabulary
I'm gonna give you some tips on how to memorize more chords to make your songs sound better.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 02:18 pm

Prog Metal Drums Analysis: 'Heart of the Sea Nymph'
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.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 02:00 pm

1st, 5th, and 7th Position 2-Octave C Major Scale
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.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 02:00 pm

Difference Between Drop D, Drop C and Standard E
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.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 08:45 am

Ear Training and Learning Theory
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.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 09:35 am

Why 'Finger Agony' Murders Your Speed
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.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 08:43 am

Picking Your First Guitar
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.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 06:48 am

Beginners Guide to Strumming
A beginners guide to strumming and creating your own strumming patterns. From the very basic to creating your own patterns.

POSTED: 11/12/2013 - 01:56 pm

How To Read Tabs
This is only for beginners who are trying to learn how to read tabs.

POSTED: 10/18/2013 - 12:29 pm

Fretting Hand Movements
I'm a left handed guitarist; I've always struggled with my fretting hand, trying to move smoothly and quickly along the neck.

POSTED: 08/15/2013 - 11:59 am

How to Choose a Scale to Solo With - A Quick-Start Beginner Lesson
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.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 03:15 pm

How to Restring A Guitar: A Step by Step Guide
A beginner's guide to re-stringing your guitar.

POSTED: 07/26/2013 - 01:51 pm

10 Tips to Make Your Chords Sound Cleaner
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.

POSTED: 07/15/2013 - 02:32 pm

Learn Guitar Tablature
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.

POSTED: 07/10/2013 - 01:09 pm

Beginner Guitar Solos: The One Note Solo Exercise
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.

POSTED: 07/05/2013 - 03:14 pm

Guitar Chords for Beginners
Quickly learn the easy way to play 10 essential guitar chords, including the infamous F and B bar chords!

POSTED: 06/28/2013 - 02:09 pm

The Most Versatile Strum Pattern Around
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.

POSTED: 06/21/2013 - 01:45 pm

Intervals - Finally Explained Part 3
The final step to the understatement of the intervals. This time it's for the ears!

POSTED: 06/20/2013 - 02:54 pm

Top 5 Practice Tips
This is a list of practice tips I came up with after thinking about how I practice and improve.

POSTED: 06/20/2013 - 02:44 pm

Learn Thousands of Songs by Knowing These Top 4 Chord Progressions
This lesson is for beginning guitarists looking for an easy way to learn a lot of songs quickly. We'll be using the 80/20 rule (the Pareto Principle - 20% of your work yields 80% of your results) and looking at the 4 most common chord progressions used in thousands of songs.

POSTED: 06/18/2013 - 01:55 pm

Picking Patterns for Beginners Made Easy
Let's look at the main reasons that beginning guitar players have difficulty learning and mastering songs that use picking.

POSTED: 06/10/2013 - 02:59 pm

The Who: 'My Generation' Guitar Lesson
How to play "My Generation" by The Who.

POSTED: 06/05/2013 - 01:55 pm

How to Play Nirvana
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".

POSTED: 06/03/2013 - 11:56 am

Intervals - Finally Explained Part 2
If you are having problems with putting the intervals from theory to the fretboard - I've got the solution.

POSTED: 05/30/2013 - 01:20 pm

How to Tune to Open D Tuning
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.

POSTED: 05/30/2013 - 12:08 pm

Beginner Lesson on Strumming
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.

POSTED: 05/22/2013 - 11:13 am

How to Transcribe a Song by Ear
In this lesson you will learn how to transcribe a song by ear, which is a very valuable skill in a musician's life.

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 12:01 pm

Soloing for Beginners
A guide to soloing for complete beginners.

POSTED: 04/30/2013 - 12:59 pm

Beginner Lesson on String Bending
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.

POSTED: 04/22/2013 - 12:03 pm

Beginner Lesson on Power Chords
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.

POSTED: 04/17/2013 - 12:29 pm

Reaching The Intermediate: A Guide to Learning the Guitar Part 1
A guide to most techniques required for playing the guitar including both Practical and Theory.

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 12:26 pm

Lesson For The Absolute Beginner
Teaching the very basics to people who have never played a guitar ever before.

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 12:07 pm

Improve Accuracy and Speed Part 1
I find these scales both fun and helpful in improving your speed and accuracy.

POSTED: 03/25/2013 - 02:32 pm

Kicking Up Chromatic Exercises
In this lesson I will help with applying Guitar technique into basic practice routines.

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 12:58 pm

Practice Tips For Beginner Guitar Students
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...

POSTED: 02/26/2013 - 01:33 pm

Pentatonic Modes
A lesson on how to use the 5 pentatonic patterns to learn and play modally.

POSTED: 02/11/2013 - 02:25 pm

Modes Are Easy
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.

POSTED: 02/06/2013 - 01:09 pm

The Magic Bullet Way To Read Your Guitar Fretboard
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.

POSTED: 02/01/2013 - 03:57 pm

Useful Tips For Beginner Lead Guitarists
These are REALLY important tips.

POSTED: 01/21/2013 - 02:45 pm

Heavy Metal Scale Riffs And Licks To Learn
Here are some heavy metal riffs I came up with in different keys using the Harmonic Minor Scale.

POSTED: 01/10/2013 - 10:52 am

Improvisation Tips For Beginning Guitarists
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.

POSTED: 01/09/2013 - 01:24 pm

Metal Riffs For Rookies
New to metal? This lesson will help you with easy riffs that sound good and are easy to play.

POSTED: 01/08/2013 - 09:15 am

Drop D - Basic Scales And Exercises
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.

POSTED: 01/04/2013 - 09:26 am

Drop D - Tuning And Basic Chords
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.

POSTED: 01/03/2013 - 09:27 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 9
A beginner's guide to natural harmonics.

POSTED: 12/11/2012 - 01:53 pm

A Lesson For Both Guitarists And Bass Players: Chords And Their Use
This should make your understanding about chords deeper, and pave you a new way of their use.

POSTED: 12/07/2012 - 02:38 pm

Improving General Rhythmic Coordination
How learning to play rhythms in drum creation software can improve your general musicianship.

POSTED: 12/04/2012 - 02:48 pm

Introduction To Blues And Country Lead Guitar
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.

POSTED: 11/23/2012 - 12:58 pm

Beginner Guitar Picking Technique Lesson - Improve Your Pick Control
A major key to developing good guitar picking technique is learning the best way to use upstroke picking and incorporate it with your downstrokes.

POSTED: 11/16/2012 - 07:38 am

Developing Good Fretting Technique
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.

POSTED: 11/13/2012 - 11:40 am

Sweep Picking Secrets
How to get a smoother sweep picking sound without getting in over your head (examples included)

POSTED: 11/07/2012 - 12:52 pm

Improvising Solos With Major Modes
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.

POSTED: 11/07/2012 - 12:38 pm

Beginner Intervals
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!

POSTED: 11/07/2012 - 11:54 am

For Beginners: How To Begin Soloing And Write Your Own Stuff
A lesson for beginners wanting to write good guitar solos,and good music as such.

POSTED: 10/25/2012 - 02:46 pm

Palm Muting Power Chords With Accented Rhythms
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.

POSTED: 10/19/2012 - 12:55 pm

How To Develop Your Picking Technique For Beginner Guitar Players
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.

POSTED: 10/09/2012 - 01:52 pm

Effective Chord Changing When Strumming
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.

POSTED: 10/04/2012 - 02:13 pm

Solos 1.01
This is how to make a simple nice sounding solo with a little practice.

POSTED: 09/25/2012 - 11:35 am

Learning The Fretboard
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.

POSTED: 08/29/2012 - 01:28 pm

Chord Changes For Beginner: Intermediates
A short lesson on the chord changes most beginners wouldn't realise.

POSTED: 08/08/2012 - 12:41 pm

How To Learn The Fretboard. Part II
More information regarding learning the fretboard, with a few suggestions from other fellow UG users.

POSTED: 07/24/2012 - 01:35 pm

Songwriting In Any Style. Part 3
Now that you've written and developed the melodies for your song, you can use these methods to create chord progressions or contrapuntal songs.

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 01:53 pm

Tuning Your Guitar Good: For Beginners
Here is an easy, clear and simple guide to tuning your guitar! No Tuner Required!

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 01:04 pm

Reading Tabs
I am sure lots of you out there struggle with reading tabs. Well here you go!

POSTED: 07/16/2012 - 12:39 pm

As a guitar Newb myself I had to work these out, now you don't have to!

POSTED: 07/16/2012 - 12:32 pm

How To Learn The Fretboard
This article will discuss ways to help learn the notes of the fretboard and will include a chart showing all notes on the guitar.

POSTED: 07/11/2012 - 12:29 pm

Start Me Up: From Beginner To Rocker In Just One Lesson?
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.

POSTED: 07/03/2012 - 01:24 pm

Guitar Theory Revolution. Part 3 - The CAGED Pattern
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.

POSTED: 06/26/2012 - 11:47 am

Guitar Theory Revolution. Part 2 - The Five Fret Pattern
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.

POSTED: 06/18/2012 - 01:41 pm

Guitar Theory Revolution. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 06/15/2012 - 10:58 am

How To Become A Well Rounded Musician
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.

POSTED: 06/14/2012 - 07:16 am

Cool Licks 2: Highlighting Chord Tones In E Major
This lick will get you highlighting chord tones as opposed to just playing through a scale. Check this out and try to play along!

POSTED: 06/08/2012 - 06:26 am

Pure Theory. Part 5
Sorry it took so long, but here it is! And next week I'll talk about modulations and borrowed chords.

POSTED: 05/17/2012 - 07:42 am

How To Look Cool While Playing Guitar On Stage
In this lesson you will learn how to look cool with your guitar on stage while performing.

POSTED: 05/09/2012 - 07:09 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 8
My tenth Ultimate Guitar lesson. Covers some advanced basics.

POSTED: 04/12/2012 - 09:27 am

Death Metal Lesson
Death metal styles and guitar techniques.

POSTED: 04/04/2012 - 07:48 am

Pure Theory. Part 4
History of tonal music, introduction to counterpoint, more on major key harmony, introduction to minor key harmony.

POSTED: 03/27/2012 - 08:51 am

Unlocking The Fretboard
A small guide I created myself on how to think in more ways than one about learning the fretboard on a guitar.

POSTED: 03/22/2012 - 08:02 am

Pure Theory. Part 3
Discussing the major and minor scales and things of that sort.

POSTED: 03/19/2012 - 07:22 am

How To Get A Clean Tone From A Distorted Guitar
Get rid of that horrible unwanted crunchy sound from your solos.

POSTED: 03/19/2012 - 07:21 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 7
The seventh lesson in my arsenal

POSTED: 03/16/2012 - 08:57 am

Pure Theory. Part 2
Part 2. Gets more exciting from here on, talking about harmony and melody writing and such.

POSTED: 03/16/2012 - 08:56 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 6
The sixth lesson in the collection

POSTED: 03/15/2012 - 07:28 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 5
The fifth lesson in my collection

POSTED: 03/13/2012 - 07:46 am

Pure Theory. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 03/13/2012 - 07:44 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 4
The fourth lesson in my collection.

POSTED: 03/09/2012 - 06:46 am

Reading Standard Notation 2 - Rhythm
Here you can take a look at my easy approach on how-to-read simple rhythm. Very begginer level!

POSTED: 02/28/2012 - 08:37 am

Constants And Symetry
A few examples of musical symetry, and how it helps the flow of a song.

POSTED: 02/24/2012 - 08:50 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 3
The 3rd lesson in the series.

POSTED: 02/24/2012 - 08:47 am

The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 2
Once again this is only the basics for people who have never picked up a guitar before.

POSTED: 02/20/2012 - 11:16 am

The Beginner Slightly-Better-Than-Beginner Transition
Introducing you to your guitar NOTE: Only helpful for beginners who have hardly picked up a guitar before.

POSTED: 02/15/2012 - 11:32 am

Fretboard Basics: Fretboard 101. Part 2
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!

POSTED: 02/14/2012 - 09:21 am

Beginner's guide to the hammer-on.

POSTED: 02/09/2012 - 10:39 am

Tackling Strumming As A Beginner Guitarist. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 01/18/2012 - 08:23 am

Starting To Learn The Scales. Part 1
The first lesson is on the Ionian scale which is technically the major scale so click on the link and learn!

POSTED: 01/06/2012 - 06:49 am

Fender Switches And Knobs
Confused about how to use the switches and knobs on a 'Fender?' Then this article is for you!

POSTED: 01/04/2012 - 07:32 am

Practicing For Maximum Results
It all boils down to practice, i'm going to share a few ways i've seen over the years.

POSTED: 12/09/2011 - 08:30 am

Pinky Dexterity Exercise
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.

POSTED: 12/02/2011 - 10:46 am

Getting Scales By Method
A summary of how you can get a Major, Minor, Pentatonic and Blues Scales through the cromatic scale and intervals. For dummies like myself.

POSTED: 11/29/2011 - 08:38 am

Tackling Strumming As A Beginner Guitarist. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 11/21/2011 - 08:23 am

Finger Independence Exercises
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.

POSTED: 11/18/2011 - 11:56 am

How Much We Can Play
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...

POSTED: 11/15/2011 - 07:12 am

Notes Have Names So Respect Them
You know how to name the notes? If your answer is no, read that article. Hope it will help you to name them.

POSTED: 11/04/2011 - 06:23 am

Starting Fresh Everything To Get You Going
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!

POSTED: 10/24/2011 - 07:51 am

Tabs For Those Just Starting Out
The beginners guide to reading tabs.

POSTED: 10/13/2011 - 10:36 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer IX
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.

POSTED: 10/03/2011 - 07:42 am

Beginners Guide To Alternate Picking
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!

POSTED: 09/12/2011 - 07:07 am

Prioritizing The Guitar A Change In Outlook
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.

POSTED: 09/02/2011 - 09:08 am

Fretboard Basics: Fretboard 101
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!

POSTED: 08/16/2011 - 06:58 am

Beginner Lesson. Part VI: The Basics
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!

POSTED: 08/15/2011 - 07:00 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer VIII
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.

POSTED: 08/11/2011 - 08:00 am

Improving Picking Accuracy
In this lesson I will show a few exercises that I used to help me improve my accuracy.

POSTED: 08/10/2011 - 06:57 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer VII
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

POSTED: 08/09/2011 - 06:48 am

Beginner Lesson V: The Basics
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!

POSTED: 08/08/2011 - 06:42 am

Building Or Rebuilding A Good Foundation In Music Theory. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 08/04/2011 - 06:24 am

Building Or Rebuilding A Good Foundation In Music Theory. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 08/01/2011 - 07:12 am

Beginner Lesson IV: The Basics
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!

POSTED: 07/27/2011 - 06:45 am

Learning The Fretboard. Part IV
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.

POSTED: 07/20/2011 - 06:39 am

Beginner Lesson III: The Basics
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!

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

Beginner Lesson II: The Basics
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!

POSTED: 07/01/2011 - 06:19 am

Beginner Lesson I: The Basics
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!

POSTED: 06/27/2011 - 06:59 am

A Good Start For Beginners. Part 4
The fourth part of my beginner series of lessons, This is for the absolute beginners who consists of NO musical knowledge what so ever.

POSTED: 06/24/2011 - 08:09 am

Absolute Beginners. Part II
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!

POSTED: 06/23/2011 - 06:40 am

Everything You Need To Know To Write Music
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.

POSTED: 06/23/2011 - 06:29 am

Learning The Fretboard. Part III
Why knowing your fretboard so useful. Also, a summary of the last two lessons as well as the notes beyond the 12th fret.

POSTED: 06/22/2011 - 07:18 am

The Absolute Beginner. Part 1
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!

POSTED: 06/20/2011 - 06:31 am

Learning The Fretboard. Part II
Continuing with the previous lesson, we take a look at the notes found on the higher three strings.

POSTED: 06/15/2011 - 07:28 am

Stage Presence
Want to put on a good show? Can't afford lasers, smoke and/or s--tloads of stage props? This may help you.

POSTED: 06/13/2011 - 06:52 am

Learning The Fretboard. Part I
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.

POSTED: 06/08/2011 - 07:44 am

Chord Transitioning
A very simple and customizable method to get used to smoothly transitioning any chords.

POSTED: 06/07/2011 - 07:14 am

Lead Guitar: Melodies
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.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 07:08 am

Introduction To Lead Guitar
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)

POSTED: 05/26/2011 - 01:11 pm

Laying The Seeds To Become A World-Class Virtuosso

POSTED: 05/19/2011 - 07:21 am

Harsh Vocals And How To Do Them Growling Screaming Piggy Squealing
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!

POSTED: 05/16/2011 - 11:58 am

A Good Start For Beginners. Part 3
The third part of my series for absolute beginners, this covers the most basic of things a beginner should know.

POSTED: 05/03/2011 - 06:23 am

Why Do Some Chords Work Together And Some Chords Don't
A Basic Guide for the beginner concerning the 6 "Scale Chords" or the Primary and Secondary Chords.

POSTED: 05/02/2011 - 06:24 am

Sweeping Coordination For Beginners
Sweep Coordination, Beginner. Given that one understands what sweep picking is.

POSTED: 04/29/2011 - 11:35 am

Really Easy Chord Constructions
This is a lesson for brand new guitarist on how to form chords.

POSTED: 04/25/2011 - 11:48 am

Easy Melodies To Play Over Common Chords
This lesson will explain how to take a few notes, played slowly over some common chords, make them sound more melodic.

POSTED: 04/08/2011 - 11:23 am

Song Dissections: 'Don't Stop Believing' By Journey
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.

POSTED: 04/04/2011 - 08:40 am

How To Know Which Key A Song Is In
Which key is this song in? Which key should I solo in? What are the major scales?

POSTED: 03/31/2011 - 10:30 am

Beginner Metal Techniques
This is just some different and easy techniques you can use to write some Metal songs and stuff like that.

POSTED: 03/24/2011 - 12:15 pm

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer VI
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.

POSTED: 03/21/2011 - 12:59 pm

An Example Beginner Practice Session
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.

POSTED: 03/16/2011 - 09:38 am

A Good Start For Beginners. Part 2
Just like the first lesson this is strictly for beginners.

POSTED: 03/15/2011 - 11:45 am

Beginner Practice Motivation Tips
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.

POSTED: 03/11/2011 - 11:02 am

A Good Start For Beginners
this lesson is only for people like me, who consist of NO guitar/music knowledge what so ever, You start here .

POSTED: 03/09/2011 - 09:56 am

Practices For Beginners. Part 2
This is just another bit of practices for beginning guitarists.

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

Palm Muting Guide
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.

POSTED: 02/21/2011 - 09:37 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer V
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.

POSTED: 02/21/2011 - 09:36 am

How To Apply Basic Theory To Soloing And Songwriting
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.

POSTED: 02/17/2011 - 12:05 pm

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer IV
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.

POSTED: 02/14/2011 - 11:25 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer II
An essential coverage of how to tune your axe and read basic tabs.

POSTED: 02/09/2011 - 08:47 am

Practices For Beginners
This is just a quick lesson with some practices to get you started.

POSTED: 02/01/2011 - 11:59 am

Key Changes - A Simple Guide To
A detailed study of most popular and recognized ways of changing keys with simple wording and examples.

POSTED: 01/18/2011 - 12:49 pm

How To Get Better When Just Beginning
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.

POSTED: 01/06/2011 - 12:10 pm

7 Famous Easy Riffs for Beginners
I've put together 7 easy guitar riffs.

POSTED: 01/04/2011 - 11:36 am

Quick Blues Lesson For Beginners
Some few tips to playing blues music. Comment for any questions or concerns.

POSTED: 12/22/2010 - 11:26 am

Battling Discouragement
Discouragement is something ever musician has to battle with from time to time, but it can be overcome by changing your outlook.

POSTED: 12/17/2010 - 11:37 am

Natural And Harp Harmonics
Harmonics in open strings and harmonics to produce chords

POSTED: 12/15/2010 - 11:36 am

Why Do My Scales Sound Boring
Despite my guitar being in tune and my playing in time, my scales still sound really boring. Why?

POSTED: 12/13/2010 - 11:34 am

Less Boring Ways To Practice Fingering
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.

POSTED: 12/10/2010 - 12:00 pm

Guitar For Beginners: What You Need To Know To Get Started
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!

POSTED: 12/03/2010 - 11:56 am

How To Master The Neck
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.

POSTED: 11/29/2010 - 09:40 am

Developing The Left Hand Chords
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 :)

POSTED: 11/24/2010 - 09:44 am

Beginner's Guitar Acoustic
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.

POSTED: 11/23/2010 - 09:37 am

Modes: Harmonization And Basic Modal Theory
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).

POSTED: 11/22/2010 - 12:12 pm

Another Combined Warmp-up Excercise For Learning The Fretboard
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.

POSTED: 11/08/2010 - 01:08 pm

How To Practice
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.

POSTED: 11/05/2010 - 12:10 pm

Balinese/Javanese Etnic Music Style. Part 2
This lesson will teach you about the rhyme and rhythm of ethnic music bali enjoy it.

POSTED: 11/05/2010 - 12:06 pm

Things You Need To Learn When Starting Guitar
This lesson will provide you with a very basic 'roadmap' for anybody just starting our or even thinking about learning guitar. Intended for people not sure on where to start.

POSTED: 10/11/2010 - 09:32 am

Simple Chord Progressions
This lesson teaches basic progression construction.

POSTED: 10/04/2010 - 12:22 pm

Warming Up: Sweep Picking Exercise
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.

POSTED: 09/30/2010 - 10:52 am

Starting Speed Playing IV
Alas, the series comes to an end in this fourth installment. Day seven of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon.

POSTED: 09/24/2010 - 11:46 am

Starting Speed Playing III
It is day six of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon, which mean part 3 of "Starting Speed Playing" is here!

POSTED: 09/23/2010 - 10:49 am

Shredding Basics
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.

POSTED: 09/23/2010 - 10:45 am

Starting Speed Playing II
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.

POSTED: 09/22/2010 - 10:34 am

Playing The Classical Guitar. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 09/21/2010 - 08:49 am

Starting Speed Playing I
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.

POSTED: 09/21/2010 - 08:41 am

Wah-Wah Pedal
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.

POSTED: 09/20/2010 - 08:41 am

Classifying Scales
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.

POSTED: 09/02/2010 - 08:52 am

Taking The Lead. Part 3
I'm going to be using "Taking the Lead, Pt. 3", to go over some of the characteristics of scales.

POSTED: 09/02/2010 - 08:48 am

Taking The Lead. Part 2
This is part two of 'Taking the Lead'. This lesson will deal with the effects and sounds needed to play lead.

POSTED: 09/01/2010 - 09:45 am

Taking The Lead. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 08/31/2010 - 08:03 am

The First Lessons: Improvising II, Slides, Bends, Vibrato
Part 5. Improvising a little more detailed and explaining slides, bends and vibrato (w/ some exercises)

POSTED: 08/24/2010 - 10:45 am

The First Lessons: Improvising I And Legato
Part 4. This lesson is the first step towards improvising (the basics of pentatonic) and explains Legato (Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs).

POSTED: 08/20/2010 - 12:45 pm

The First Lessons: Important Picking Techniques, Drop Tunings
Part 3. This lesson explains Fingerstyle and Hybrid Picking, Alternate, Economic and Sweep Picking (w/ examples) and also, the advantages of Drop Tunings.

POSTED: 08/19/2010 - 10:56 am

More Useful Metal Power-Chords
Yesterday, someone posted a bunch of atypical "power chords" for use in metal music. Unfortunately, they left out my three favorites!

POSTED: 08/19/2010 - 10:46 am

The First Lessons: Flat/Sharp 7 And 5 Chords Barre II
Part 2. Introducing flat/sharp chords and 7 / 5 chords. How to simplify chords into barre chords and how to modify them.

POSTED: 08/18/2010 - 10:35 am

The First Lessons: Tabs, Chords, Barre
This lesson explains tabs, chords, barre chords, open strings and how to simplify a hard chord.

POSTED: 08/17/2010 - 10:43 am

Beginning Arpeggios
Basic major and minor triads designed to get you used to playing arpeggios in manageable chunks.

POSTED: 08/09/2010 - 12:16 pm

Hard Rock For Beginners
Power chords, barre chords, keys, simple riffs.

POSTED: 07/19/2010 - 11:12 am

Babysteps - The Beginners Guide To Guitar. Part 4
Barre chords, fingerpicking, action adjustment and a Lionel Richie Classic are covered in this in depthlesson.

POSTED: 07/07/2010 - 08:44 am

Using Scales For Chord Progressions
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.

POSTED: 07/02/2010 - 08:48 am

Metronome Basics
Something for all the people who asked what they were supposed to do with a metronome on the speed building lessons.

POSTED: 06/29/2010 - 10:58 am

Getting To Know Your 7 String
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.

POSTED: 06/07/2010 - 10:49 am

Tips For Transcription
I had a recommendation to do a lesson on transcription by ear, but the only problem is that there is no one way to transcribe. But, I gave it my best, and was able to give you some tips on transcribing by ear. Enjoy!

POSTED: 05/28/2010 - 12:04 pm

Putting It All Together: Scales, Keys & Progressions
This is a brief introduction that goes through how the minor pentatonic scale relates to chord progressions and how to play with other musicians.

POSTED: 05/25/2010 - 08:14 am

Pentatonic Scales
I got a request to do a lesson on scales, and I figured the most common scales (other than basic major and minor) were the pentatonic scales. So, that is what this lesson will look at; the major and minor pentatonic scales.

POSTED: 05/24/2010 - 08:17 am

Harmonizing Melodies
This lesson will look at how to harmonize melodies. Many bands use harmonized melodies, because it makes their riffs sound...cooler.

POSTED: 05/18/2010 - 08:31 am

Musical Intervals
Today, I'm going to do another theory lesson, just like my Major vs. Minor lesson. But this lesson will also incorporate a bit of basic ear training! It is about music intervals.

POSTED: 05/14/2010 - 08:07 am

Finger-Picking And Arpeggios
In this lesson, you will learn the basics of...well...finger-picking and arpeggios. An introduction for beginners to turn their solid-strumming chord progression into awesome-cool chord progression. It also introduces major and minor arpeggios.

POSTED: 05/13/2010 - 08:20 am

Major Vs Minor
A lesson for people who know nothing or very little about the concept of major and minor keys and scales. Teaches the major and minor keys, as well as how to compose major and minor scales in any key.

POSTED: 05/07/2010 - 07:22 am

The Claw - How I Learned To Make Decent Noise
When I bought my guitar I thought I would just look up some stuff online put my time in and I would be good. What I found was that it was really hard if you don't know much at all and a lot of the things I read did not help much. So my friend taught me a few things and this is what he taught me. Then I was hooked.

POSTED: 04/15/2010 - 11:02 am

Phrygian Dominant Scales
This lesson attempts to explain the very basics of the Phrygian dominant scale.

POSTED: 04/09/2010 - 09:05 am

How To Develop Finger Strength Speed And Dexterity. Part I
This is a lesson I decided I would make for all the beginning guitarists interested in various styles, particularly blues/rock/shred; hopefully my lesson shall help beginning guitarists develop finger strength, speed and dexterity and also improve their picking skills! All feedback and constructive crriticism very much appreciated and taken into account; thanks!:)

POSTED: 04/02/2010 - 08:37 am

Throw The Boy Down The Well. Part 2
A continuation of some easy to follow principles concerning guitarists learning to read sheet music. Ledger lines, and a system of identifying basic chords (triads) are discussed.

POSTED: 03/29/2010 - 08:36 am

Throw The Boy Down The Well
Sometimes assumptions are made about Music Teaching, and people seem to follow the same staid rules of how they were taught. Reading the notes on the staff is just one of them. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to read all the notes on the staff (with the exception of ledger lines) in a way that may surprise you.

POSTED: 03/22/2010 - 09:44 am

Speed Kills
The number one enemy of guitar technique is speed. Read why.

POSTED: 03/18/2010 - 11:37 am

Exercises For Beginners
Things you can do to build up your initial finger strength, dexterity and become acclimated to the instrument.

POSTED: 03/15/2010 - 12:42 pm

Intro To Reading And Playing Sheet Music
An introduction to reading sheet music.

POSTED: 03/11/2010 - 08:43 am

In The Beginning
Wondering where to begin? Check out these exercises!

POSTED: 03/09/2010 - 08:51 am

Time Signatures From Basic Meters To Compound Or Odd Meters. Part 1
This is a beginning lesson on time signatures Part 1 is the basic structure of timing and Part 2 will be in Odd meters and Compound time.

POSTED: 02/08/2010 - 09:15 am

Tuning Your Guitar III
My first lesson... I'll start with some tips on tuning a guitar.

POSTED: 01/18/2010 - 12:06 pm

Beginning Arpeggios: 3-String Exercises
This lesson will introduce you to 3-string arpeggios using the bottom 3 strings ("e", "b", "g"). This is an exercise-based lesson demonstrating 3 different interconnecting patterns. Guitar/Chord theory is NOT discussed here! This lesson is appropriate for all levels of playing!

POSTED: 01/12/2010 - 12:22 pm

Guitar Crash Course
A quick guide to the basics of guitar and other guitar techniques.

POSTED: 01/05/2010 - 01:47 pm

Tabs: Terms And Techniques
This lesson would be helpful to new guitarists who are starting out a new great experiance. These terms and definitions are basic essentials to becoming great.

POSTED: 12/23/2009 - 12:11 pm

Beginner Guitar Lessons. Part One
This is my first guide in a couple of lessons to help you get a head-start.

POSTED: 11/23/2009 - 12:01 pm

Teachers Lessons Plans I - Basic Lesson Series
A description of how to teach a first time guitar lesson if you are new to teaching or are panicking last minute to put together a lesson..

POSTED: 11/16/2009 - 12:28 pm

Guitar For Beginners
Easy introduction to guitaring.

POSTED: 09/17/2009 - 11:47 am

Speed Basics
This is a very basic lesson on how to build and maintain speed with both the left and the right hands.

POSTED: 09/15/2009 - 10:56 am

How To Understand Guitar Tabs
This is a beginners lesson on how to understand guitar tabs.

POSTED: 08/14/2009 - 12:06 pm

Bass Exercises For Beginners
This lesson is basically for any beginners that wants to play the bass guitar. I will cover basic exercises for the fret and the picking hand.

POSTED: 08/04/2009 - 10:50 am

Babysteps - The Beginners Guide To Guitar. Part 3
This lesson teaches Beginners a new strumming pattern, some more music theory, a seventh chord and their second song. It also introduces them to basic guitar maintenance.

POSTED: 07/29/2009 - 12:30 pm

The Basics Of Intervals. Part 2
In this lesson I'll give you a few more quick tips with the intervals in my previous lesson. I also decided to add a little on compound intervals and how they are used.

POSTED: 07/17/2009 - 11:17 am

The Basics Of Intervals. Part 1
In this lesson, I'll show you guys a bit about intervals and how they can be applied to your music. The uses of intervals are endless and they can be useful tool.

POSTED: 07/16/2009 - 11:55 am

Playing With Triads
How to create music using triad shapes on the guitar.

POSTED: 07/13/2009 - 11:51 am

Reading Tablature
How to read the simpliest notation for guitar.

POSTED: 06/29/2009 - 02:15 pm

Metal Madness. Part 2
Teaches about the styles of alternate picking, economy picking, and tremolo picking in its relationship to metal. This could also be used for many other genres as well.

POSTED: 06/19/2009 - 01:55 pm

Metal Madness
Brief summary of metal tips/advice and easy techniques and tricks to make you sound like you know what your doing.

POSTED: 06/18/2009 - 12:20 pm

Basic Scales
This lesson is good for beginners and people who want scale knowledge. There is a little theory, and a two scales.

POSTED: 06/16/2009 - 11:44 am

Improving Finger Stretchability
This lesson in tells a couple exercises that gradually improves your fingers' ability to stretch.

POSTED: 06/15/2009 - 11:29 am

Beginner Guitar. Lesson 1
For people picking up a guitar for the first time, good aid. Includes a basic key, chord progression, fretboard map.

POSTED: 06/08/2009 - 10:58 am

Metalcore - The Basics. Part 2
I go more in depth into some techniques you need to play Metalcore and so on.

POSTED: 06/02/2009 - 10:06 am

How To Tune A Guitar Without A Tuner
This lesson teaches you how to tune your guitar without having a tuner at your disposal, and this technique will be perfected ONLY through practice.

POSTED: 05/26/2009 - 06:37 am

Metalcore - The Basics. Part 1
I am teaching on how to play Metalcore music. I give some examples of different ways on how to improve and become a better player in the subgenre of Metalcore.

POSTED: 05/18/2009 - 11:21 am

Babysteps - The Beginners Guide To Guitar. Part 2
A continuing lesson which shows a rhythm pattern, introduces the student to standard notation and teaches them their first song while showing them some strengthing exercises.

POSTED: 05/12/2009 - 12:14 pm

Babysteps - The Beginners Guide To Guitar. Part 1
An opening lesson for new guitarists, teaching them guitar positioning, pick holding, strumming and basic open chords.

POSTED: 05/07/2009 - 12:48 pm

Chords - 101 Notes And Chords And Scales
Ever wondered how chords are formed. What actually is a major chord? Well, here is a simple lesson to get you started.

POSTED: 05/05/2009 - 11:30 am

An Introduction To Ska
A basic guide to how to play ska music.

POSTED: 04/30/2009 - 11:13 am

A Little More Advanced Music Theory
Ok, if you haven't read my previous lessons, now would be a good time to do so. So far we've covered building chords and talked a little bit about chord progressions. I promised a lesson on scales and modes so here it is.

POSTED: 04/23/2009 - 11:54 am

Lesson For Palm Muting
This lesson will show you how to palm mute, a simple technique any guitarist should learn. Find tips and stuff in this lesson that might help.

POSTED: 04/21/2009 - 12:51 pm

Improve Your Stretching
Useful for strengthening your fingers and improving your stretching.

POSTED: 04/20/2009 - 11:00 am

The Complete Guide To Drop Tunings
In this lesson I will teach you everything you need to know to play in drop tuning.

POSTED: 04/16/2009 - 11:05 am

Building Rediculous Speed With Moving Chromatic Exercises
This lesson will show you ways to build speed and dexterity while improving your left and right hand techniques. Here I show you chromatic exercises that I practice on a daily basis.

POSTED: 04/13/2009 - 12:17 pm

A Little Music Theory. Part 2
This is a continuation of my first music theory lesson. I'll be going into more than just building chords, although that will still be in this lesson. You'll learn to build 7th chords and sus2 and sus4 chords. You'll also find out what makes a chord Major or minor or augmented or diminished. It's all really easy once you get used to it.

POSTED: 04/09/2009 - 01:53 pm

Powering Up Your Fingers
This lesson shows some really easy excersices to power-up all the fingers you need to play the guitar, this includes raising your fingers speed and accuracy.

POSTED: 04/07/2009 - 12:01 pm

More Advanced Music Theory
We left off with some basic chord building last time. This time I'll go more in depth with chords. This lesson is more about Theory and less about the guitar itself.

POSTED: 03/31/2009 - 12:07 pm

Choosing The Right Starting Amp
A potential mistake that could be made by any beginning electric guitarist is purchasing a crappy amp, leading to frustration and disappointment. Don't let it happen to you!

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 02:13 pm

Triads And Other Three Note Chords
Triads and three note chords are the synthesis of chords, they are very useful for comping, specially uptempos, and help us to connect more efficiently any chords' voicings.

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 02:00 pm

Root Notes And Scales
Teaches about the Notes on a guitar, Scales, and root notes.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 03:14 pm

Some Good Warm-up Tips
I've seen a lot of different ways to warm up, however the ways I'm about to show you will have your fingers ready to jam in no time!

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 03:02 pm

Guitar For Dummiez
The first basic Keys and two songs to help beginners get the feel for guitar.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 02:23 pm

Introduction To Dropped Tuning
This lesson is written as an introduction to the usage of Dropped Tuning. Dropped Tuning is an alternate tuning used quite frequently by guitarists that play music such as metal, emo, hardcore, Metalcore, and countless other genres. This style of tuning the guitar is an adaptation of the standard form of tuning. It's not impossible, but it would be easier to understand if you fully understand Standard Tuning.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 01:25 pm

Rhythm Guitar - Your First Step To Vituosity
Learn the first step to guitar greatness. Learn the chords and riffs of rhytm guitar.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 12:56 pm

Songwriting Rhyming Patterns
Different Rhyming Patterns to help make Your Lyrics Sound Great!

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 12:31 pm

Easy Guide To The Minor Pentatonic Scale
In this lesson, I will try to guide you through the simple, yet powerful minor pentatonic scale. Let me learn you somethin'.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 12:06 pm

The Bass Guitar For Beginners
This is just a simple explenation of your first bass guitar.

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 12:02 pm

How to Read and Write Guitar Tablatures
Learn how to read and write tabs in under 5 minutes!

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 10:51 am

The Drop D Tuning
The Drop D tuning is a easy to tune to guitar tuning that makes playing power chords on the last three strings easier, especially for beginners who just understood power chords. This lesson will teach you how to tune to drop d by ear and the possibilities this tuning can give you.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 03:02 pm

Speed Up Your Soloing. Part IV - Speed-Building Runs
The fourth lesson of "Speed Up Your Soloing". In this lesson, I'm going to show you some speed-building runs across at least three strings.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 03:28 pm

Thinking Of Buying A Guitar
I will share with you the uses of the different types of guitar. I would also recommend you what to get for the different genres. But of course, I will highlight that the genre of a guitar should not stop you from getting that guitar.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 03:17 pm

A lot of beginners ask questions on how to fingerpick, however it isn't a hard technique once you get used to it. This lesson tell you how to fingerpick and also give you examples

POSTED: 12/10/2008 - 02:29 pm

An in depth explanation of intervals and an explanation on the music theory side.

POSTED: 11/11/2008 - 11:47 am

Learning The Entire Arpeggio
This lesson shows how to play several common arpeggios at any position on the guitar. Knowing how to play the arpeggios down the entire length of the guitar and knowing how different arpeggios in the same key overlap will greatly help with your soloing and improvisation.

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 01:29 pm

Speed Exercises
Various exercises to build up speed in your fretting hand.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 12:50 pm

Chord Transition
This lesson will help you change chords much quicker for begginers and give some tips to add flavor to your playing.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 12:44 pm

Learning To Expand Your Playing
Expanding your knowledge of the neck an showing how to move down the neck scales and chords. Also some note facts that could help you out. So check it out!

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

Order Of Sharps Flats
Sharps and flats. What are they? In this lesson, I will cover what they are, what they do, how to use them, and their proper order; all in a simple, easy way without remembering the Circle of Fifths.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 10:15 am

Speed And Accuracy Practice Techniques And Exercises
Welcome to my lesson on how to build your left and right hand speed on playing guitar. Here I will show you some of my exerecises and a little technique to help you with your guitar skills.

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

A Short Beginners Guide To The Guitar
A short introductory lesson on guitar familiarization, reading tabs and tuning.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:47 pm

Guitar Playing Height And Other Things To Consider About Playing
Ever noticed how some people wear their guitar high, at a moderate height, or super low? This because of a number of factors you may not have thought of before. Plus a few other tips

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:34 pm

Palm Muting Exercises
Some tasty palm muted riffs to get you rockin in no time

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:23 pm

Powering Up Your Pinky
As an ace guitarist, you're adept with your hands. The dexterity of any of your fretting fingers is greater than that of the average person's entire body. Except, well, for that one rebellious one at the edge that sticks out as if you're drinking tea in the Queen's company.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 02:29 pm

Warming Up And Sweep Picking
These are a few exercises I like to use to warm up before gigs. They cover every thing from finger warmup, to picking warmup, to sweep picking. Just for reference, d=downstroke and u=upstroke.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 02:22 pm

Beginner Lesson Part 1
The ultimate ways to learn to play guitar from ground to the very top plus very easy to learn.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 01:03 pm

Scale Chords
A view on the scale of a guitar, basic chords, 7's, 9's etc.

POSTED: 10/02/2008 - 07:52 am

Types Of Scales
A lesson about the types of scales.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:50 pm

A guide to different types of arpeggios.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 11:56 am

Beginner's Guide
This is basically the way I learned to play guitar. This guide features some of the basics, songs you can learn and tips to help you work your way through the beginnings of playing guitar

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 02:04 pm

Guide To Guitar. Part 2. Basic Rhythm Strengthening and Your First Song
In this lesson I am going to be teaching you about the basics of rhythm and showing you a basic rhythm pattern.

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 12:32 pm

Guide To Guitar. Part 1. Basics And Open Chords
First in a series of lessons. Shows basic of pick holding strumming and the basic open chords.

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 12:29 pm

How To Read Tablature
Here you learn how to play tablature and things that go along with tablature.

POSTED: 09/18/2008 - 08:50 am

Drop Tuning
how to tune to drop d, c, b, and a.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 01:33 pm

Bending And Its Variations
Beginners lesson on bending and its variations.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 01:25 pm

Using Power Chords For Beginners
Learn how to use power chords. For the people that always wonder, what are power chords and people that don't know how to get that punk or metal sound.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 01:56 pm

Power Chords II
Power chords are specific chords that are essential in playing electric guitar. They are a bare fifth of a chord, however I won't go into detail on that in this lesson. This lesson touches on the very basics and only uses the most common power chord types, those whom roots are on the 6th and 5th strings.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 06:28 pm

Am Pentatonic Scale Use
New to soloing in the Am Pentatonic scale? Stuck on what to use in your improvisation? Read on for the help your looking for.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 06:56 pm

Introduction To Lead Guitar. Part 2
This second part includes some of the most famous guitar riffs with the instructions on how to play them.

POSTED: 11/03/2006 - 01:50 pm

Introduction To Lead Guitar. Part 1
This lesson contains some basic concept about playing on lead guitar as well as some helpful tips to start with.

POSTED: 10/06/2006 - 10:43 am

Taking Care Of Your Guitar. Part 2
There are also some tips on how to extend life of high end guitars as well as some songs to play!

POSTED: 09/29/2006 - 11:48 am

Taking Care Of Your Guitar. Part 1
This lesson will teach you how to extend life of your guitar. Read on some useful tips.

POSTED: 09/22/2006 - 08:06 am

Getting To Know Your Guitar. Part 2
This lesson is dedicated to playing notes on your guitar and strumming.

POSTED: 09/15/2006 - 11:13 am

Getting To Know Your Guitar. Part 1
While certainly not the most glamorous part of playing guitar, learning how your instrument functions is vital towards becoming a successful guitarist.

POSTED: 09/08/2006 - 10:51 am

Parts Of An Electric Guitar
A brief guide to all the little bells and whistles on an electric guitar.

POSTED: 05/26/2006 - 02:24 pm

Learning Music Theory. The Beginning
If you ever wanted to learn music theory this is the lesson for you! Covering everything you need to know and more on the basics to intermediate theory. Including examples and applying music theory on guitar. The ultimate theory lesson!

POSTED: 10/06/2005 - 01:17 pm

What's String Bending
If you've ever wondered exactly what people mean when they say "string bending," then this lesson will show you the ropes.

POSTED: 10/06/2005 - 12:22 pm

What Kind Of Guitar To Buy
A little bit of information on guitar bodies and necks and the differences in types of wood used in making them.

POSTED: 05/18/2005 - 12:32 pm

Rhythm Guitar
While most people think rhythm guitar is easy, some people like Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) make it sick and you can be a sick rhythm guitarist to.

POSTED: 03/09/2005 - 03:09 pm

Tuning Your Guitar II
For those who need help on tuning.

POSTED: 03/09/2005 - 02:54 pm

Tuning Your Guitar By Ear
Ever heardthat creed song that uses DADadd tuning and not known how to get it? Find out here, if you dont have an electronic tuner.

POSTED: 12/16/2004 - 01:21 pm

Set Up For Floyd Rose
How to get the correct adjustment for a floyd rose style bridge.

POSTED: 09/23/2004 - 12:08 pm

Harmonic Tuning
How to tune your guitar with harmonics. It's very accurate and works fine if you have a decent guitar and distortion.

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 12:38 pm

Reading Guitar Tablature II
This is a detailed, yet simple description on how to play tabs.

POSTED: 04/30/2004 - 02:00 pm

Tablatures Definitions
Here some definitions that are usually use in guitar and bass tablatures.

POSTED: 04/21/2004 - 11:46 am

Sliding Technique
In this lesson I will try to explain as easily as possible how to slide, effects of sliding, and more.

POSTED: 04/21/2004 - 11:36 am

Harmonics For Beginners
Harmonics are an easy technique that all beginners should make sure to learn. Here, in this lesson I try to make it as clear and simple as possible.

POSTED: 10/03/2003 - 10:39 am

Reading Guitar Tablature
A short 'How-To' devoted to guitar tablature reading.

POSTED: 10/03/2003 - 10:31 am

What Is a Capo?
This lesson provides details of the uses of capos and I hope that it will be useful to all readers. It is not essential to understand music theory to use a capo, although a basic knowledge of theory is required for the "advanced" part of the lesson.

POSTED: 08/31/2003 - 09:56 am

Barre Chord Forms
This is a subject that I thought a lot of others would be interested in too so I'll start by describing what a barre chord is. A barre chord is created when you use one finger to fret more that one note at a time.

POSTED: 08/31/2003 - 09:48 am

Ear Training
Why Ear Training Important? Read this article and find some useful ear training exercises.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Bass Tabs Template
This text template will help you in writing bass tabs. Please use this template for all your bass tabs.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Guitar Tabs Template
Want to write your own tablature? Please use this template.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Guide To Tab Notation
What is Tab? How to read guitar tabs: hammers, bends, pull-offs/ons, slides. How to write tabs? Read this first!

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Playing By The Numbers
Professional manual which describes a number system to ease the transposing of music from one key to another.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Tuning Your Guitar
If you're not perfectly in tune, you're missing out on the whole experience. When the notes of a chord are played together, the result should be one full sound that stands on it's own. This is what happens when you are in perfect tune.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am