Here are the top 5 lies your band, (probably), believes. The kind of things you use as excuses for your lack of success, which isn’t going to help you in the long run!
There are a few things that are going to have the biggest impact on your sound as a guitar player.
If you want to grow as a musician and be a better improviser, you have to train your ears. There's no shortcut. That's why I designed this lesson especially for guitarists.
Are you talented enough to learn how to play the guitar? How do you know that all this practice and hard work will actually help you to improve? Do you fear that there is a limit to your growth as a musician?.
Articles saying music theory is difficult and not worth learning are penned every day, but is there really any truth to them? Or are they keeping you from reaching your potential?
How to Build Chords (Triads) in a Key.
Learning music theory can be overwhelming, here are five tips that will help you in the process!
Here are 5 reasons why I think you should study music theory.
This lesson sets up a practice schedule for learning fundamentals of guitar playing and theory so that you can greatly improve your ability to improvise over tunes. The lesson does not focus on scales in the aspect of improvisation.
If you're a guitarist who wants to become more known, you'll have to market yourself. That said, it's not always easy to know where to start with marketing, especially as there are so many options available to you.
What is the best - tabs or music notation?
Many are unaware of the huge simplification that a mastery of intervals offers, not to mention they are critical to controlling the emotional content of music. Here we start looking at these benefits. They can cut your learning time to at least 1/12th compared to using pitch names or tab.
Modulation within music is a powerful tool that can take the listener from one place to another. In this article, we are going to cover the three most common types of modulation and how you can use them within your songwriting.
Many beginners have trouble playing and understanding barre chords. Read this article for a detailed explanation of exactly what barre chords are, and a look at some of the common difficulties people have when first learning them.
OK, this one's going to be controversial. People are going to be disturbed. And some are even going to get upset. Why? Because today, I'm going to kill a sacred cow: Guitar Exercises. Should you do them? When? And how?
This is a follow up to my article, 'To Practice Or Not To Practice'. In it I hope to share some more recent thoughts on practising which can be of benefit to anyone who is willing to search deep within themselves for the answers.
The guitar was not designed to make learning the notes of music easy. Despite the difficulties, it is important that you learn to recognize where the notes are on your guitar in order to grow both as a guitarist and as a musician. Here are 7 reasons why you should know the notes on your fretboard.
Here are some of the major roadblocks that can delay or completely stop your understanding of music theory, together with some suggestion on how to get rid of them.
An exploration into Music Theory from a "different point of view." Focusing on alternate views on how Music Theory affects a musician and their composition choices.
Music Theory can be a divisive topic for some guitar players. But in this article, I'll explore how applying music theory can successfully improve upon you initial ideas and enhance your creativity.
In this article, I will attempt to summarize a crisis in popular music at this time: the lack of advancement in harmony utilized within the music of every single current major genre.
How I write snare music. It can also fit with other instruments I suppose.
An improvement to the picking hand support has been made.
Tap into your speed-ego and unleash the fury!
Something I decided to do its like a talk show.
Advice on how to write your lyrics using different voices (or modes).
I've been asked a few times to breakdown the fretboard for beginning guitar players.
Do you currently have the skills to express all of your thoughts and emotions clearly with your guitar playing and music? Can you make others feel what you feel when you play guitar?
This series of posts shows how the modal scales can be interpreted into different scales. They do not exist in theory but are good to use.
Suffering from writers block can be one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose music more effectively.
This article stems from a 3 month "experiment" of a sort and a conclusion to a few drunken nights research into the subject: 432hz as a standard tuning reference, and is it actually better or worse than the standard 440hz. If I had some glasses, I'd called them the Speculation Spectacles and then start reading this.
Today, we will be looking at some possible narrative modes, such as their up- und downsides.
For guitarists, the pentatonic scale is like a hammer. It's a simple, essential, and elegant tool with lots of common uses.
I've written this article to address one of our our most common questions - "what scale is this?".
Essentially some strange scales interpreted from the modal scales that could be used.
Are you confused about modes? So is everyone! There seems to be a whole industry built around mystifying even the most experienced guitar players.
Most people use their ear to find a harmony which is cool and all, but when you understand the theory it will open a bunch of new doors to possibility.
Expanded lesson from my guitar teacher with attempt to explain the basic necessity for dissonance and diversion from diatonics in modern music.
A brief explaination of triads and arpeggios, major and minor and a look at the most common major scale, and the most common minor.
there are several ways to memorize notes on the guitar finger board. I've seen many students looking for a simpler and faster way to do so. I've discovered a simple formula which helps you to know all the notes on the guitar fret board in no time!
Before you start reading this, I assume that you have little or absolutely zero knowledge about the topic. Well if you are not, you might want to stop right here because you probably have already learned it and perhaps you are very much better than me.
Although being a basic part of music, guitar intervals are very important when it comes to guitar playing because they are the basic measurement concerning any chord, scale and arpeggio. In this article I want to talk about a set of useful techniques that can make your guitar playing more creative and fun for both you and your audience.
Learn what a Neapolitan chord is and how it functions.
Almost all guitarists usually start learning to play the acoustic or electric guitar after watching a great guitarist soloing. For that reason all of us want to begin composing awesome solos as we get passed the beginning level of studying.
Getting your foot in the door to seeing every triad on the fretboard, and how to move between them as efficiently and gracefully as possible.
After a brief introduction to modes, I will explain The Pitch Axis Theory which isn't very well-known but quite fun to use. I came to it while learning to play some songs by my favourite guitarrist, Joe Satriani and if your level is intermediate-advanced, you might find it interesting. To end up the lesson, I'll show you an analysis of the song ''Not of this Earth'' from the same artist.
A short article which discusses this topic without going into too much detail about the subject itself. Through use of analogies I have explained how I think of understanding music theory as it relates to any instrument. Hopefully this article will inspire student's to spend some time working on music theory to help them develop their voice on the instrument.
An in depth look at Altered Dominants and what to play over them.
In this I will be teaching you something that will benifit and differ you from every other musician. Music Theory! It is a pain to learn but once you learn it, you beat half the battle!
Every wondered why certain chords sound even more awesome than they normally do when the are played in sequence with other chords? Than this article is for you.
With this lesson you will learn the importance of the improvisation, and how to improvise principally in rock and blues, but I explain the basics of the improvisation of a solo.
Basic Modulation - Pivot Chord
An introduction and basic theory to chords and scales.
I just found out a really easy way to learn scales without putting hours and hours of time to it every day. Here I will tell you what i figured out.
The benefits of studying and applying music theory for guitarists of many different skill levels.
The secret to writing good basslines: Use of chord tones!
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 5 of 5. The end is in sight, with only the more complex of pitch axis and changing tonal centre to cover.
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. The real beauty of modal interplay is about to be laid bare.
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. We're moving on to applications now, beginning with the tonal properties of modes.
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 2 of 5. This article covers facts and formula necessary to constructing and using modes.
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 1 of 5. This article covers origins and information behind the development of modal theory.
This lesson deals with basic and complex rhythms and is essential for any guitarist (or musician). After reading this you can break the rhythmically-challenged guitarist stereotype and maybe your drummer will stop making fun of you.
The basics of music theory made even easier!
Have you tried to learn the 7 modes, but couldn't memorize all the shapes? I guarantee this lesson will help you learn every mode in every key. Just give it a chance.
This isn't an article showing you the Rule Of Fifths or explaining how to tune your guitar a certain way. This is more of a way to explain why tunings work the way they do. This is also a pretty short article.
Ever listened to a guitarist say "You don't need scales" or "Learning that is a waste fo time". Well, they aren't wrong, but they aren't right either.
This article debunks five popular myths about modes that we often see in books and online. They aren't just wrong: also cause a lot of unnecessary confusion.
The purpose of this article is to introduce 7 chords with notes outside of the key of C that can be incorporated into common chord progressions to make them new and fresh.
a besic summary of the pentatonic scale.
A brief look at Parrallel scales, what they are and how to use them, the way bands such as The Kinks, The Who and The Beatles made great use of in the 1960's.
In this article, we will take what we have learned and build chords with it.
This article describes the intervals in the modes and how they affect the modes' qualities.
This is the fourth installment in my theory series that explains more about intervals and scale degrees.
This article is about using the major scale to build modes.
A continuation in my theory series explaining why note names are what they are and how to figure them out.
For theory beginners, this will give you tools to build music.
For Beginners: an explanation of the major scale and some very basic chord construction.
Now you can finally learn how to read music like a pro! With one quick read of this article, you be able to understand the musical staff like no other.
Some musicians prefer to jump straight into a hardcore motifothers favor putting on a show, and what better way to do that than to employ a bit of basic music theory? With a minimal amount of knowledge regarding intervals and the individual emotions attached to each one, we're able to further glorify already-amazing riffs. Read on if you're bored with simply jumping straight in.
I don't know a whole lot about music theory. But I've memorized many of the notes on the guitar, and I believe that to be the first step into learning more. If you cannnot read tabs, you need to learn that before reading this.
This is to help those familiar with the major scale and the modes. This is to help you whip out any mode you need on the fly.
A few thoughts on the octatonic scale and how it may be viewed/used.
A basic approach in learning economy picking.
This article will give you several helpful ideas for how to improve this part of your playing.
The more you analyze music and practice song writing, the better you will become when it comes to expressing your ideas in a clear understandable fashion.
A mode is when notes (or chords) are taken from a parent scale and are rearranged into a different order.
Are you frustrated with your inability to play guitar fast? Do you practice speed exercises every day with little result?
This article is about using the kickassiest of major modes, Phrygian mode, in metal rhythm.
In this lesson I will go over every type of chord, including examples of how to play them on the fretboard and different voicing. I will then go over which chords can be used on what scale degrees and their proper usage. Throughout the lesson I will explain not only how but why these chords are they way they are.
One of the most important and most often used (and unused by beginners) techniques for guitar is vibrato.
This is the follow up lesson to the chords and scales in a major key.
I'm sure it's not easy to jam when you press play on backtracks, and then you hear some weird 9/8, 15/16, or any unusual x/y rhythm. It's hard to even begin playing something meaningful over that, and this article might help you move from the 'zero spot'.
Harmonic Minor Modes, 3 note per string patterns.
If you aren't yet playing at the speed of at least 200 bpm in 16th notes (but REALLY want to), then this article will greatly help you to get closer to this goal.
The basis of understanding guitar is to use a system of positions and chord/scale shapes to organize your perception of the various keys. Part I of this article is here to help you get a grip on the chord placements which are the anchors to understanding the scales later.
In this article I will present you a game, which I call 'Note game'. It can help you A LOT in learning the notes on guitar.
A simple article on which chords fit together with which scales.
So what is music theory really? Very simply, music theory is the study of how to express yourself with music. It is a set of guidelines and rules that are made to help us understand the different ways to express emotions with sound.
This article is basicly about chords you can use and implement in metal rhythms.
This article explains several things about note lenghts, and how to apply them into metal rhythm.
This article is about how to play firm and heavy metal rhythm guitar riffs.
In this article I will present several unorthodox ways to perform chords in A minor key.
This is continuation of article explaining how to get to using complex chord through mere practice.
This article explains how I began to use more complex and harmonious chords, instead of simple major and minor ones.
How to link arpeggios across the fretboard effortlessly with easy to use shapes.
This article is a continuation of my lesson on learning and implementing various arpeggio shapes that aren't simply ascending or descending triads, tough they can be great sounding.
The sole purpose of this article is to help you understand minor scale in general, and overcome the E minor scale, through the whole guitar neck.
This article is about learning how root notes work in black metal and how you can use this in chords and melodys.
Learning notes on guitar is a process, which is most effective if you do it with constant practice. I have a few tips that could make your learning much easier.
The technique itself is really simple; 1st motion is a downstroke of first note (on string any other than first) and the 2nd motion is an upstroke of note on lower string, and sweep of the following note on same string on which your first note was.
This article will show how to make a good-sounding chord progression using the 1-4-5 and 1-6m-2m-5 progression systems.
An article about combining tapping and legato technique.
An article on using various nonlinear arpeggio ideas in melodies.
In this lesson you will learn the distinction between the above terms, example of each, and how they can be applied in your own music.
This will help you construct chord families that will help you in making chord progressions later on, among other things.
Here are some tips and thoughts about why music theory and figuring things out by ear are important!
I`ll review this exotic scale, which was commonly used by Marty Friedman and Jason Becker.
Just a few ideas for writing melodies over chord progression.
We will discuss Pitch and Interval Recognition, the Suzuki Method, and techniques to learn songs from recordings.
Chords, how to use them, tendencies, cadences ect
Once you have an understanding of how scales work, it's time to start understanding how chords are constructed. The basic building block of chords is called a triad, and today we going to be explaining what these are, and how they work.
My thoughts on why everyone should learn at least a bit of music theory.
Most people start playing guitar because of playing guitar, not how the the guitar works in theory. This is what led me to believe to make a lesson on direct approach with examples and where to start.
Another of my shredaholic posts that received good reviews. This is about creating a guitar solo through the use of other instruments. My instrument of choice was the marching snare
An article that clears up some misconceptions about theory, and shows you the real first step towards understanding theory that you may not have learned from your music teacher.
A lesson on the proper use of modes as they apply to modern music, and on some of the widespread misconceptions about the use of modes.
This article is going to go in depth of the minor pentatonic scale, how to play it, and all five of its positions.
In this basic lesson we explore intervals, scales, and triads, applying them to our chord structures and expanding on how each one determines the way we shape our chords.
If you're heavily influenced by AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, check out this article; it's sure to please!
This article will hopefully help you to understand the slightly more classical aspect of intervals, without going so far into it to put you to sleep.
A guide to the theory behind constructing chords, primarily the most widely used, from a guitar-oriented perspective.
How I used my guitar to "cheat" in my Music Theory I class Part I.
This is my (horribly typed, I think) way of showing my students how to play and learn the minor pentatonic scale.
Stuck In A Rut In Your Playing? - Recover your theory with this quick guide.
This lesson will teach you what scales and modes are, the theory behind them and how to use them in your playing.
The common sense basics of theory that make all the difference.
This contains some of the stuff that you will need to know about scales.
The point of this article is to contest the viewpoint that a musician who wants to learn how to rock before they learn how Canon was composed in D Major will be somewhat limited in their ability to play and compose music.
Honestly though, most of the readers are not planning to dive head first into the professional musical world. Even so, one can't escape theory forever.
An analytical look at how YOU could end your piece wonderfully!
He's a lonely and misunderstood interval. Not sure how to use him? Find out here!
A not-so-indepth lesson about intervals, how to play them, and how to recognize them in songs.
Here I will point out where you could use concepts of music theory to your advantage.
Eager to learn more about how harmonizing works? Read this; you'll get the basics, the advanced stuff, plus tons of playable examples!
Part 1 was child's play. Now let's get into the serious stuff.
This is for anyone who dosen't know how to play or read scale tab.
A brief explanation on what an octave is and the way it can be used.
So you get the idea, write simple riffs that rock! Now what? Well, read this article to find out.
Have you ever wondered just what you're hearing when you listen to music? This will explain that to you.
Why you can never seem to write that rock classic? Maybe you have too many ideas? Or maybe, like me, you just never realized how simple rock was and have been trying too hard for years. Rock is a very simple form, and this article explains how it works.
Learn how and where to effectively harmonize your music to give it a bit more of a flare.
An article giving an outline of the bare minimum of what you need to know about sheet music, with links to explanatory images.
Having power chord after power chord in your song will get boring... here's a guide to help you really spice up any riff you're working on.
This article describes what a signal is, what processing one means and goes into some detail on how and why you might want to use the compressor.
A brief review of the needs of a dissonant chord progression and the redundancy of a consonant chord progression.
A brief description of modes and their application to playing rock symphonies, along with diagrams for all major modes.
Add open string spice to you soloing / riffing...
Add Modal flavours to your basic Pentatonic shapes.
Tells about how to give color, tension, or whatever you want to power chord and some basic chord generation theory.
Ever want to learn which note is which if someone pointed to it? Here is how you can do it in just a few days.
Alot pieces of lyrics people seem to be lacking a key element, flow. What exactley is flow? It's basically how well a piece transitions, how well it meshes together. Without flow, songs can sometimes seem like long lines of prose that coincidentally rhyme.
The key things to writing a song thats from the heart, but that's also musically correct.
Instrumentation is the process of making your simple riff into a song. If you aren't a schooled musician, then it can be a very challenging task. A guide to making your tracks more instrumental and interesting to listen to.
Know how to write good songs? But everytime you play it in front of someone they say "Oh I think I've heard that before" or "Oh you're just ripping of that one song", well here are some tips to being an original songwriter.
Why your songs don't have to rhyme or have set pattern to follow.
So you may be the big guitar guy (or gal) in your band, and other guitarists appreciate your two-handed tapping and pinch-harmonics. But like the drummer and bassist, you're always overshadowed by the singer. Sadly, the singer is usually what people come to see hear in a lot of bands, even when the singer isn't all that good, just look at Oasis!
Intervals are probably the most important aspect of music theory to know if you want to do serious and regular songwriting. A detailed explanation of how to write riffs using intervals.
To diversify your solos, you need to learn how to flow from one mode or scale to another.
A few tips to your own personal School of Rock (or any other kind of music).
If your having trouble with writing your own guitar solos, then here's a few basic tips on how start off.
This is just a suggestion on how you can write songs if you're stuck.
A basic guide on how to write chord progressions that go beyond standard major and minor keys.
This is an article for amateurs that need guidance on playing guitar. I covered everything that helped me learn to become the guitarist I am today.
Pentatonics have been so popular, so here are a few Diatonics scales with tabs.
An article more for beginning guitarists, which discusses learning to play by ear, and playing along with CD's.
It's about the most popular types of guitar pedals that exist.
Writing your first song can be a daunting challenge. But here's a bit of a break-down to make its simpler.
After playing guitar for a long time, and studying several different techniques, especially pull-offs, I have found that there are two types of them. This article is about the two types of pull-off that I use.
A primer on how to get a wide range of sounds out of your guitar without using all kinds of pedals, effects, stompboxes and channel switching.
Another scale to help you solo happy songs instead of using phrases in the minor pentatonic scale.
Here is a good article from TotalGuitar.co.uk website. Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson are G3 and here we bring you some of their tastiest licks.
Ultimate method on how you could switch quickly between different tunings used in modern rock music.
This article will explain tips needed to write lyrics publishers are interested in. It will explain the various patterns used in popular music today as well as the tried and true formulas.
What kind of box should i use? That question pops up alot with the guitar players of a band. First of all you have to know what kind of music you want to play.
So you have come up with some really good lyrics but you are finding it hard to put music to these, here are some tips that may help you on your way.
Everyone knows the blues box (or should) - and it's got to be like 90% of guitar solos that use the thing.