Your acoustic guitar playing can benefit from jazz.
Baloney Again is a song with some serious chords right there, introduction sequence alone has 8 (!) chords. Many of the names can be a little bit confusing, but bear with me here, it's just what it is.
In this article you will learn how to start playing blues rhythm and lead at the same time.
Okay, time to take a break with some easy songs. Although, you can always EXPECT to be surprised, because as usual, simple doesn't mean primitive and a great songwriter always finds a way to give you something unexpected.
Hi, Pavel here. Fourth song is "Postcards From Paraguay." A very special song for me, because I've actually learned how to fingerpick from this song around 10 years ago when I was starting on a guitar and I was sort of able to play it even with my basic skills at the time.
Welcome to Mark Knopfler Songbook, Pavel here. And the third song is "The Ragpicker's Dream," Mark's Christmas song. If you ask ME what song is my favourite, this one would probably be my answer, and I don't know why.
Hello again, Pavel here. Let's sail to Philadelphia for a moment.
Welcome to MKSB, Pavel here. Let’s check out "Why Aye Man."
Think that sweep picking is just for metal? Think again. In this lesson you'll learn four cool sweeping licks in different styles - blues, rock and jazz.
Steve Vai is one of the world’s most influential shred guitar players. In this lesson you’ll learn four of his most recognisable shred licks from some of his best songs.
Ever wanted to play like Jason Becker? This article reveals seven of his unique licks for you to shred like him.
In this lesson you'll learn seven awesome shred licks by the king of alternate picking - Paul Gilbert!
The sound differences of using mahogany or rosewood back and sides on acoustic guitars.
Learn how riffs are created in the styles of rock and funk...
Carol of the Bells is a great piece to learn over the holiday season, and this acoustic finger style arrangement is also fun to play!
There's nothing better than learning that lick you've always heard the legends play. Here are 5 must know licks for many reasons.
Very easy lesson to play the chords of "Minor Swing."
Which is better? Does one give better tone?
A simple pattern that will help you to easily start combining the major and minor pentatonic scales in the style of Eric Clapton.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have provided the goods over the years when it comes to tasty guitar riffs and licks, so what are the top 7 RHCP riffs of all time?
A couple simple things you can do to achieve a traditional Irish folk sound.
Chop the licks into small pieces and learn them step by step.
Discover the harmonies for quickly achieving that unique, "Spanish Guitar Sound."
Country guitar strum patterns, string snaps, and filler lines.
Learn how to easily use an augmented triad in your blues guitar playing.
In this article, I analyze and demonstrate Kenny Burrell's jazz guitar intro the ballad "Why Was I Born?"
Tips to help guitar players better understand jazz guitar melody ideas and common jazz guitar techniques...
Jazz is a lot like the song that never ends, kind of annoying. Being good at jazz-guitar is like being really good at being super annoying. Read on to explore an annoying chord pattern in the key of E.
How to plan funky single-string riffs on guitar.
An introduction to a style of chord progression and rhythm used in minor swing jazz.
Part two of a southern jazz-blues diddy in the key of D.
That hot jazz jam is a great sound from the early days. It is a fun time in a group scenario. Read on to learn a secret to that hot swinging sound - then go share that secret with your buddies. Some secret, eh?
Learn about the humorous traditional Russian folk song.
This lesson will give you some tips to create your own basslines in the "walking bass with chords" way of playing.
G-D-C-D, is the base for a large variety of songs people enjoy playing. Using the tools in this article, you can quickly learn to play in a variety of styles on guitar - i.e. folk, country, rock, alt, jazz - those used by artists such as: Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Jewel, Dave Matthews, and Chris Cornell. Most artists will have at least one song that goes, G-D-C-D.
A guide showing a basic understanding for using the twelve bar blues. If you want to learn how to play (or merely understand!) the twelve bar blues, then look right here!
Hybrid picking is finger picking with a pick instead of the thumb. In this lesson I'll show you how to play a melody and a solo using this technique.
In this lesson, I'll teach you the various features of several genres, how to incorporate them into music, and how to overlap the traits.
This is a lesson to start up playing walking bass with chords on the guitar.
In the tune "Swinging Cowboy" I'll show the melody with hybrid picking and the scales to use in the soloing.
Here's a lesson in hybrid picking in a bluesy style.
In this lesson I will teach parts of a shred etude I wrote called "OMGZ! It's a Shredasaurus Rex!," and go into detail about how I crafted the licks in it.
In this lesson I am going to discuss different ways to go about composing/creating/thinking about functional harmony for the "metal" genre, including little tips and tricks to help connect your chords.
Yes, I did rip off the Beach Boys with the title of this lesson... did I get our attention? Read this lesson if you want to learn how to play ska guitar like the greats of third wave ska!
I'm going to explain the different types of metal vocal styles and how to do them, plus dos and don'ts.
This mistakenly-labeled chord is perhaps the most commonly used chord in all of progressive metal.
A summary of one of the fundamental techniques used in playing metal rhythm guitar.
Teaching the basics to writing and understanding behind melody driven hardcore music.
In this lesson I break down the popular guitar chord voicings, a few common rhythm patterns, and how the chords are mixed together harmonically in the style of Early Motown music.
I break down a few of the core ideas used by the late great Jimi Hendrix.
More Jeff Buckley chord ideas to inspire your own playing.
Another look into Jeff Buckley's style of guitar playing, featuring slash chords and movable chord shapes.
The first look into playing fancy chords like Jeff Buckley.
Here is a lesson on metalcore - for drop D and D# kinda stuff. It's just basic easy stuff really so I won't make it too difficult.
This should give you a good idea of how Dimebag Darrell takes stock licks and pimps them out as well as taking shit that shouldn't work and makes it sound like a breath of fresh air.
Here are some tips that should help you master the art of reggae guitar playing.
This video is part one of a series detailing how to play "Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles," an epic progressive rock song by The Fall of Troy, off of their "Doppelgänger" album.
How to execute smooth, natural-sounding tempo changes.
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to transition into and out of different time signatures and tempos without jarring your listener's attention.
In general, playing guitar parts that are highly inventive and tap directly into chord harmonies is a true musical gift. And, one style that captures the very essence of this concept is, Soul/Rhythm and Blues.
The musical style of Guitar-Based Pop has pretty near dominated the charts for decades now. This has created a huge class of music that encompass a vast array of; guitar sounds, compositional methods and recording techniques.
Real simple techniques and tips for playing generic metal. Parts 2, 3 and for are coming soon!
Mozart's "Turkish March", also known as "Rondo Alla Turca", is full of lively classical melodies that are great to play on distorted electric guitar!
In this article we will look at some of the techniques that make up the blues guitar playing of Stevie Ray Vaughan. We will also look into signature SRV licks along the way.
Moonlight Sonata is one of Beethoven's greatest compositions. Learn the haunting melodies of this song arranged for fingerstyle acoustic guitar.
How to play the intro guitar riff & chords for the chorus and verse.
The Wah guitar pedal can be used for the rhythm guitar part that Bob Marley plays by pressing your fott all the way down on your wah pedal.
I have seen way to many Black Metal 'lessons' written by people who obviously do NOT know about this incredible genre beyond the information of the Inner Circle on Wikipedia. So, I've decided to write a lesson on the grimmest of metal know to man... THE DARK AND DESOLATE AWAITS!
A step by step guideline to help inspire musicians how to come up with tasteful arrangements for writing Rock music that incorporates elements of Dubstep.
For beginners: some theory basics and technic application examples over famous songs.
In this lesson, we approach techniques and theory to build Death Metal licks and riffs.
A look at some of the basics of diminished neoclassical shred guitar. Brief lesson.
In this lesson I will share some licks I have in my arsenal that I have learned from many SRV songs such as "Texas Flood" and "Couldn't Stand the Weather."
The saga continues...
The saga continues!
Part 1 of this series deals w/ the diatonic 7th chords in Major (Ionian) & Minor (Aeolian) modes.
In my first lesson I will show you the E phrygian scale and some riffs to get you started on writing your own!
Yeah! Yeah! I know lesson 1 was as bone basic as it comes but consequently, it was the first lesson though. So it kind of makes sense in that regards lol.
Black Metal basics.
This lesson will give you an idea about how Malmsteen plays. It's much more theory based then lick based, but it will probably be most beneficial for someone with Little to No theory knowledge. It explains the Major Scale, The Minor Scale, and the Harmonic Minor Scale.
A introduction to A few styles of deathmetal and some of the basic techniques used.
Here I explain and give example's of how to transcribe 4 string banjo tabs to quickly play on guitar. With this you can play your favorite banjo songs on guitar or come up with finger picks to bluegrass/country songs such a Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. If bluegrass isn't your thing, you can still get some new chords out of it to add to your dictionary.
How to boost your creativity on metal core riffing.
A history, chord progressions, sound and noise.
Basic chord structures and riffs.
A Very Basic opening on what to expect in Classical Guitar Music and Piecies.
Hi! In this one I will be covering some of the more advanced techniques. Read lesson one first.
Okay, I've looked into it, and here are some tips on playing, and examples/scales. I have written a lot, so sorry about that, but I would rather be thorough and write something worth reading.
Matt Bellamy of Muse has been hailed as the best guitarist of the 21st century. His combination of riff-rock, charming vocals, and use of electronica has moved music into a new era. His playing style is one of extreme uniqueness and is an interesting combination of classical trained piano influences and punk/rock guitar.
An overview of Mayer's tone, chording, and lead techniques.
A new approach to playing rhythm guitar. This lesson is to expand fretboard knowledge and help players think "outside the box" in regards to playing chords. This idea works for blues, jazz, and funk.
The minor scale, some seventh chord arpeggio ideas, and some exotic scales to play around with.
Sweeping, arpeggios, basic chord construction, other stuff that doesn't suck.
An easy way to play dominant 7th chords -- by omitting the 5 note.
New rhythm stuff, and clearing up some wrong old stuff.
Clearing up a terrible mistake I made.
Getting into some basic scales and theory, because even for metal, it's important to know some basic theory.
From your first power chord death metal to metalcore to nu metal to deathcore to whatever other brand of heavy music you want to know the ins and outs of.
Metal music and Hardcore have mixed together over the years to bring this subgenre called Metalcore.
Hendrix is probably the most influenced guitarist in rock history, i will take the time to discuss his technique, sound and style.
In this lesson you will learn the techniques used by Thomas Erak and ways to use these techniques in your own playing.
In this lesson you will have learned the style of playing of James Hetfield and ways to develop these styles for your own rythmn playing.
This is a lesson on how to play guitar like the many great shred guitarists, like yngwie and jason becker, etc. I will break down the key components of it and explain them, and leave you with a practice song at the end.
A summary of most aspects of Zakk Wylde's present style during his more metal period with Black Label Society, and how to sound more like him yourself.
A guide to play Gypsy Jazz in the style of one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Django Reinhardt.
This is a lesson on how to gain better speed and sweep picking ability.
About black metal style and playing black metal.
It contains a song written in the classical indian way.
A Basic guide to Bluegrass Guitar.
Wanna play Metal like a professional... Too bad. Only joking. Here I'll just teach you a few techniques to get you started.
Puts a little flare while playing blues in E. **you need to know a little about scales and chords**
In this lesson, I will cover the basics of DADGAD and prepare you for parts two and three of my DADGAD series.
Ever wanted to know how to play up-beat thrash rhythms or vintage-style metal. If so, then this is the column for you!
A basic Introduction to a form of Indian classical music played in south India.
Learn how to play like Rodrigo Y Gabriela!
An easy beginner blues rythum lessions. Guanranteed to make your baby love you. Easy Pie Blues.
I'm gonna give you some examples to help you improve your rythm chops, and some riffing/filling skills. This is not only applied to Metalcore, but it is most often used here.
Ozzy breaks away from Sabbath and starts his own solo project, Iron Maiden shows up in the 80s along with Bathory and whatnot. So begins the endless maze of subgenres that is metal.
How to take your metal/rock playing up a level, and learn some handy little exercises.
In the lesson I will show some metal Riffs and explain the techniques behind them.
Everything the guitarist and bassist need to know about ska.
In this lesson I will try to explain some of the basics of playing punk rock.
In this lesson, I'll be walking you through some fast country licks. This lesson was designed for guitarists that are already have a bit of speed in their fingers. For those of you that do have a little bit of speed, you will probably enjoy this lesson and find it easy as none of these exercises require you to use a metronome.
Ultimate-Guitar's Joe Matera was given exclusive access to a special lesson with long time Angels lead guitarist Rick Brewster.
A guide to the genre that is Neo-Classical metal.
This will give you a brief description on how you can make hardcore music with melody, on guitar.
This is my attempted at teaching people how to play ska. I will be discussing everything relevant from basic stumming, to the more complex intricacies of ska guitar.
This lesson is here just because there are no black metal guitar tutorials anywhere on the unholy network called the Internet.
Some basic harmony theory and some metalcore genre examples.
Metalcore tone, tuning, anatomy of a metalcore song and plenty of examples for you to get better.
This lesson will go more in depth about what was learned in part 1. In this lesson, metric and harmonic modulation will be covered as well as some harmonic concepts.
This lesson will teach you how to compose and play "art rock." You will learn basic progressive chords, scales, rhythm patterns, odd time signatures, and the music theory behind it all.
The ultimate quide to playing punk rock like bands like Green Day, The All-American Rejects, and Fall Out Boy.
Wanna' learn about the blues? This lesson is an in-depth experience behind the mechanics of the blues. It should take you from beginner blues, to night-club playing in no-time!
Want to learn how to play the soulful style of Funk on the guitar? You're in the right place. This lesson is a beginner lesson on how to get yourself on the right foot for funky rhythmic guitar.
Metal guide to writing sweet music! Correction of Metalcore and Hardcore Music.
A brief overview of basic punk to get budding guitarists started in the genre.
Learn how to apply blues scales to simple soloing, and how to play the 12 bar blues progression.
Guitar playing in real Punk Rock style.
The first of a series of articles devoted to guitarists that are new to and feel overwhelmed by jazz.
This lesson is to help all of you metalcore/hardcore music lovers who want to get a cored band started but don't quite understand the logic behind the music style.
Learn some basics of heavy metal.
Some exercises and examples which help you to play Heavy Metal.
A look at the chords used in playing blues, and an easy way to play them, and progressing through.
What you need to know to get a basic feel and understanding of ska music.
After reading this you will be able to play licks by some of the greatest guitar players ever!
Looking to play metal or brush up on your technique and soloing? Your gonna want to get familiar with a stiffer action as opposed to the sloppy mess that a lot of Nu-metal bands are into.
This are two versions of a fingerpicking twelve bar blues which use pedal point notes along with the chords.
The single most important thing to know when you're soloing is what key you are in. In most rock songs, the key will stay the same at least the length of the solo, if not the whole song. Jazz, however, has this little habit of often changing keys every measure or two, sometimes, a few times per measure, so the scale you're playing from could start sounding pretty wierd pretty fast.
The lesson about soloing over metal progressions. Describes metal chord progressions with unusual chord movement.
The purpose of this page is to give the curious guitar player some insight of a few different ways to look at what they do with guitar.
First off, an explanation of heavy metal and nu metal. Heavy metal is hard to describe. It's pretty fast music with a lot of distortion (most of the time), lots of power chords, palm muting mixed with not palm muting, and all in all, a really thick sound.
You'll learn some basic stuff before you get started to play metal music.
There's a reason that you picked this lesson and it is so that you can LEARN Metal, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, Nu-Metal, Death Metal, Techno Metal anything mixed with metal!
This lesson should introduce you to some of the more common chords used in heavy metal guitar.
Young players often assume that the fewer chords there are in a tune, the easier it is to play. This is true only on the level of fretboard shape shifting.
Nice country music licks, tricks and turnarounds.
A couple of blues scales to play.
You`ll learn a ouple of blues licks.
You'll learn blues turnarounds.
Introduction to texas shuffle.
You`ll learn blues scale and 12 bar blues.
Help you "to open blues ear".
The lesson about blue notes, passing tones and bending.
The open blues scale and 12 bar blues.
Starting with a look at the basic 12-bar blues form, familiar to almost any guitarist.
Those who want to play blues, should know the blues scale. Here you`ll find all about blues scale and tonality.