music theory tips:
Six Music Marketing Tips for Guitarists
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.

POSTED: 08/05/2015 - 02:42 pm

 
Tabs vs. Music Notation
What is the best - tabs or music notation?

POSTED: 12/24/2014 - 03:18 pm

 
Drastically Cut Learning Time With Intervals
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.

POSTED: 10/29/2014 - 03:27 pm

 
How to Change Key - 3 Modulation Methods
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.

POSTED: 03/12/2014 - 02:36 pm

 
Oi, You're Barred! - An Introduction to Barre Chords
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.

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 03:45 pm

 
The Most Important Lesson I've Learned in 10+ Years
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?

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 08:45 am

 
Why Do We Practise?
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.

POSTED: 11/21/2013 - 12:13 pm

 
7 Reasons Why You Should Know The Notes on Your Fretboard
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.

POSTED: 11/13/2013 - 02:18 pm

 
6 Things Most Guitar Players Don't Understand About Music Theory
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.

POSTED: 06/13/2013 - 06:39 am

 
Why Music Theory is Neither Beneficial or Detrimental
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.

POSTED: 05/27/2013 - 01:36 pm

 
Can Music Theory Improve Your Songwriting
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.

POSTED: 05/07/2013 - 12:40 pm

 
Why Such Reliance on Stale Harmonic Sequences
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.

POSTED: 04/18/2013 - 12:49 pm

 
Writing Snare Drum Music
How I write snare music. It can also fit with other instruments I suppose.

POSTED: 03/14/2013 - 09:20 am

 
Bridge Or Bridge Extension For Picking Hand Support
An improvement to the picking hand support has been made.

POSTED: 03/14/2013 - 09:12 am

 
Are You Suppressing Your Inner Speed Demon
Tap into your speed-ego and unleash the fury!

POSTED: 02/26/2013 - 01:42 pm

 
The Talk Part 1 - Band Members
Something I decided to do its like a talk show.

POSTED: 01/18/2013 - 11:38 am

 
What Voice Do You Use For Your Lyrics
Advice on how to write your lyrics using different voices (or modes).

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

 
Fretboard: Introduction
I've been asked a few times to breakdown the fretboard for beginning guitar players.

POSTED: 12/20/2012 - 12:22 pm

 
How To Enhance Your Musical Self-Expression Skills Using Music Theory
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?

POSTED: 11/28/2012 - 01:43 pm

 
Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 2
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.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 03:15 pm

 
Eight Ways To Compose Music More Effectively
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.

POSTED: 09/27/2012 - 03:13 pm

 
432Hz: Crazy Theory Or Crazy Fact
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.

POSTED: 08/20/2012 - 02:09 pm

 
Songwriting - A Matter Of Perspective
Today, we will be looking at some possible narrative modes, such as their up- und downsides.

POSTED: 08/03/2012 - 12:57 pm

 
Crazy Stuff To Do With Pentatonic Scales
For guitarists, the pentatonic scale is like a hammer. It's a simple, essential, and elegant tool with lots of common uses.

POSTED: 07/27/2012 - 12:41 pm

 
What Scale Is This?
I've written this article to address one of our our most common questions - "what scale is this?".

POSTED: 07/23/2012 - 07:41 pm

 
Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 1
Essentially some strange scales interpreted from the modal scales that could be used.

POSTED: 07/19/2012 - 12:51 pm

 
The Modes Made Simple
Are you confused about modes? So is everyone! There seems to be a whole industry built around mystifying even the most experienced guitar players.

POSTED: 06/08/2012 - 11:53 am

 
Understanding Harmony. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 05/15/2012 - 07:45 am

 
The Importance Of Dissonance
Expanded lesson from my guitar teacher with attempt to explain the basic necessity for dissonance and diversion from diatonics in modern music.

POSTED: 05/04/2012 - 09:14 am

 
Traids And Arpeggios Plain And Simple Written For Bass Can Be Applied To Guitar
A brief explaination of triads and arpeggios, major and minor and a look at the most common major scale, and the most common minor.

POSTED: 04/13/2012 - 07:18 am

 
Knowing The Notes On The Guitar Fingerboard
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!

POSTED: 04/02/2012 - 08:36 am

 
Capo Conversion Made Easy
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.

POSTED: 01/17/2012 - 07:45 am

 
5 Tips For Using The Guitar Intervals In Your Advantage
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.

POSTED: 12/08/2011 - 07:35 am

 
The Neapolitan Chord. Part 1
Learn what a Neapolitan chord is and how it functions.

POSTED: 12/05/2011 - 08:36 am

 
3 Ways To Use The Entire Pentatonic Scale Diagram Into Your Advantage
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.

POSTED: 12/01/2011 - 08:35 am

 
The Foundation Of Voice Leading 3rds 6ths
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.

POSTED: 10/03/2011 - 07:49 am

 
Pitch Axis Theory
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.

POSTED: 09/01/2011 - 08:14 am

 
Should I Learn Music Theory?
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.

POSTED: 07/22/2011 - 08:21 am

 
Altered Chords: Progressively Altering The Dominant
An in depth look at Altered Dominants and what to play over them.

POSTED: 06/10/2011 - 07:44 am

 
Key Lesson 1
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!

POSTED: 06/03/2011 - 07:04 am

 
The Logic Of Chord Progressions
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.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 07:16 am

 
Improvisation Lesson. Part1
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.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 07:14 am

 
Chord Chemistry. Part 2
Basic Modulation - Pivot Chord

POSTED: 05/18/2011 - 07:04 am

 
Scales Modes And Chords Made Easy
An introduction and basic theory to chords and scales.

POSTED: 05/10/2011 - 08:01 am

 
Easy Way Of Learning Scales On Guitar
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.

POSTED: 04/20/2011 - 12:06 pm

 
Practical Application Of Music Theory For Guitarists
The benefits of studying and applying music theory for guitarists of many different skill levels.

POSTED: 03/29/2011 - 08:56 am

 
How To Write Chordal Basslines. Part 1 - Fifths
The secret to writing good basslines: Use of chord tones!

POSTED: 03/18/2011 - 11:49 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Five: The Complex
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.

POSTED: 12/07/2010 - 09:20 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Four: The Progression
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. The real beauty of modal interplay is about to be laid bare.

POSTED: 11/30/2010 - 09:31 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Three: The Tonal Centre
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 3 of 5. We're moving on to applications now, beginning with the tonal properties of modes.

POSTED: 11/23/2010 - 09:42 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part Two: The Paperwork
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 2 of 5. This article covers facts and formula necessary to constructing and using modes.

POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 11:35 am

 
The Modal Approach. Part One: The Backstory
Tom Colohue's "The Modal Approach". Part 1 of 5. This article covers origins and information behind the development of modal theory.

POSTED: 11/09/2010 - 12:34 pm

 
Complex Rhythms
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.

POSTED: 10/22/2010 - 10:11 am

 
Baby Steps To Learning Lead Guitar. Lesson 1: Basic Music Theory
The basics of music theory made even easier!

POSTED: 10/14/2010 - 10:43 am

 
Learn Modes Easy With Pitch Axis Theory
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.

POSTED: 10/08/2010 - 10:44 am

 
The Guitar Is Tuned Wrong
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.

POSTED: 10/07/2010 - 10:56 am

 
How To Improvise Using Nothing But Licks
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.

POSTED: 10/05/2010 - 10:41 am

 
5 Myths About Modes
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.

POSTED: 10/04/2010 - 12:26 pm

 
Improving Common Chord Progressions
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.

POSTED: 09/28/2010 - 12:53 pm

 
Basics To Pentatonics
a besic summary of the pentatonic scale.

POSTED: 09/22/2010 - 10:42 am

 
Parrallel Scales And The British Invasion
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.

POSTED: 09/20/2010 - 08:47 am

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 6: Building Chords
In this article, we will take what we have learned and build chords with it.

POSTED: 09/20/2010 - 08:45 am

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 5: Almost To Chords
This article describes the intervals in the modes and how they affect the modes' qualities.

POSTED: 09/01/2010 - 11:19 am

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 4: Oh When The Saints
This is the fourth installment in my theory series that explains more about intervals and scale degrees.

POSTED: 08/25/2010 - 10:24 am

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 3: Mostly Modes
This article is about using the major scale to build modes.

POSTED: 08/17/2010 - 12:09 pm

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 2: The Why Of Notes
A continuation in my theory series explaining why note names are what they are and how to figure them out.

POSTED: 08/13/2010 - 10:50 am

 
Basic Theory Made Easy. Part 1: The Major Scale
For theory beginners, this will give you tools to build music.

POSTED: 08/10/2010 - 11:45 am

 
The Diary Of A Guitarist: The Major Scale And Chord Construction
For Beginners: an explanation of the major scale and some very basic chord construction.

POSTED: 07/16/2010 - 08:42 am

 
Reading Music. Part 1 - The Musical Staff & Clefs
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.

POSTED: 06/28/2010 - 11:03 am

 
Introducing An Introduction Glorifying Your Riffs
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.

POSTED: 06/02/2010 - 10:53 am

 
A Little Insight Into Music Theory - Know Your Notes Guitar
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.

POSTED: 05/31/2010 - 07:59 am

 
Modal Shortcuts
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.

POSTED: 05/18/2010 - 08:38 am

 
Octatonic Effects Or The Diminished Scale
A few thoughts on the octatonic scale and how it may be viewed/used.

POSTED: 05/05/2010 - 10:44 am

 
A Primer On Economy Picking
A basic approach in learning economy picking.

POSTED: 04/30/2010 - 11:33 am

 
How To Improve Your Sweep Picking. Part 2
This article will give you several helpful ideas for how to improve this part of your playing.

POSTED: 04/26/2010 - 11:54 am

 
Songwriting Practice: Analyzing Music
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.

POSTED: 04/19/2010 - 08:23 am

 
Modes. Part 1: An Introduction
A mode is when notes (or chords) are taken from a parent scale and are rearranged into a different order.

POSTED: 03/24/2010 - 02:01 pm

 
Here Is Why Your Guitar Picking Speed Isn't Improving. Part 2
Are you frustrated with your inability to play guitar fast? Do you practice speed exercises every day with little result?

POSTED: 03/22/2010 - 12:23 pm

 
Metal Rhythm. Part 4
This article is about using the kickassiest of major modes, Phrygian mode, in metal rhythm.

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

 
The Who What Where When Why And How Of Chords
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.

POSTED: 03/01/2010 - 12:16 pm

 
Vibrato Technique
One of the most important and most often used (and unused by beginners) techniques for guitar is vibrato.

POSTED: 02/23/2010 - 11:14 am

 
Chords And Scales: That Goes With What? Part 2
This is the follow up lesson to the chords and scales in a major key.

POSTED: 02/23/2010 - 09:51 am

 
Improvising In Complex Time Signatures
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'.

POSTED: 02/22/2010 - 11:29 am

 
Harmonic Minor Modes
Harmonic Minor Modes, 3 note per string patterns.

POSTED: 02/16/2010 - 09:43 am

 
Here Is Why Your Guitar Picking Speed Isn't Improving
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.

POSTED: 02/15/2010 - 11:39 am

 
The 5 Position System. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 02/10/2010 - 08:53 am

 
Learning The Notes On Guitar. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 02/05/2010 - 11:25 am

 
Chords And Scales: That Goes With What? Part 1
A simple article on which chords fit together with which scales.

POSTED: 02/03/2010 - 11:32 am

 
Why You Should Learn Music Theory
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.

POSTED: 02/01/2010 - 01:11 pm

 
Metal Rhythm. Part 3
This article is basicly about chords you can use and implement in metal rhythms.

POSTED: 01/28/2010 - 01:00 pm

 
Metal Rhythm. Part 2
This article explains several things about note lenghts, and how to apply them into metal rhythm.

POSTED: 01/20/2010 - 01:17 pm

 
Metal Rhythm
This article is about how to play firm and heavy metal rhythm guitar riffs.

POSTED: 01/11/2010 - 02:23 pm

 
Spicing The Chords. Part 3
In this article I will present several unorthodox ways to perform chords in A minor key.

POSTED: 12/22/2009 - 12:39 pm

 
Spicing The Chords. Part 2
This is continuation of article explaining how to get to using complex chord through mere practice.

POSTED: 12/16/2009 - 01:29 pm

 
Spicing The Chords
This article explains how I began to use more complex and harmonious chords, instead of simple major and minor ones.

POSTED: 12/10/2009 - 12:20 pm

 
Arpeggiation
How to link arpeggios across the fretboard effortlessly with easy to use shapes.

POSTED: 12/07/2009 - 02:05 pm

 
Including Arpeggios In Melodies. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 11/27/2009 - 12:48 pm

 
Overcoming E Minor Scale
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.

POSTED: 11/18/2009 - 12:33 pm

 
Creating Black Metal: Chords And Stuff
This article is about learning how root notes work in black metal and how you can use this in chords and melodys.

POSTED: 10/29/2009 - 02:19 pm

 
Learning The Notes On Guitar
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.

POSTED: 10/19/2009 - 11:33 am

 
2 Motions 3 Notes Ideas
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.

POSTED: 10/08/2009 - 12:40 pm

 
Making Chord Progressions. Part 1
This article will show how to make a good-sounding chord progression using the 1-4-5 and 1-6m-2m-5 progression systems.

POSTED: 09/28/2009 - 12:19 pm

 
Tapping On The Same Notes Of Legato
An article about combining tapping and legato technique.

POSTED: 09/23/2009 - 11:24 am

 
Including Arpeggios In Melodies
An article on using various nonlinear arpeggio ideas in melodies.

POSTED: 09/16/2009 - 12:19 pm

 
Polyrhythm Polymeter And The Hemiola
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.

POSTED: 08/31/2009 - 11:22 am

 
Chord Families
This will help you construct chord families that will help you in making chord progressions later on, among other things.

POSTED: 08/17/2009 - 11:39 am

 
Transcribing Music Theory: Super Musician
Here are some tips and thoughts about why music theory and figuring things out by ear are important!

POSTED: 06/25/2009 - 12:28 pm

 
The Kumoi Scale Cacophony Style
I`ll review this exotic scale, which was commonly used by Marty Friedman and Jason Becker.

POSTED: 06/15/2009 - 11:48 am

 
Melody Ideas
Just a few ideas for writing melodies over chord progression.

POSTED: 05/18/2009 - 11:01 am

 
Ear Playing Is Not The Easy Way Out
We will discuss Pitch and Interval Recognition, the Suzuki Method, and techniques to learn songs from recordings.

POSTED: 04/14/2009 - 10:34 am

 
Chord Chemistry. Part 1
Chords, how to use them, tendencies, cadences ect

POSTED: 03/25/2009 - 02:10 pm

 
Chord Theory - Building Triads
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.

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

 
Music Theory Is Important
My thoughts on why everyone should learn at least a bit of music theory.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 11:40 am

 
How To Make Modal Chord Progressions
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.

POSTED: 03/14/2009 - 12:13 pm

 
Using Polyrhythm To Create Unique Solos
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

POSTED: 03/14/2009 - 10:28 am

 
The Trouble With Theory
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.

POSTED: 02/16/2009 - 07:19 am

 
The Trouble With Modes
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.

POSTED: 02/05/2009 - 07:56 am

 
The Minor Pentatonic Scale
This article is going to go in depth of the minor pentatonic scale, how to play it, and all five of its positions.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 03:04 pm

 
A Beginner's Guide To Music Theory For Guitar. Part 1 - Chords
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.

POSTED: 01/16/2009 - 04:39 pm

 
How To Make Some Angus Young Style Guitar Parts
If you're heavily influenced by AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, check out this article; it's sure to please!

POSTED: 11/24/2008 - 03:21 pm

 
Intervals
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.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 10:34 am

 
Chord Construction
A guide to the theory behind constructing chords, primarily the most widely used, from a guitar-oriented perspective.

POSTED: 11/02/2007 - 03:38 pm

 
Circle Of Fifths Cheats
How I used my guitar to "cheat" in my Music Theory I class Part I.

POSTED: 10/19/2007 - 02:05 pm

 
Pentatonic Easier
This is my (horribly typed, I think) way of showing my students how to play and learn the minor pentatonic scale.

POSTED: 07/04/2007 - 02:47 pm

 
Revamp Your Playing
Stuck In A Rut In Your Playing? - Recover your theory with this quick guide.

POSTED: 06/28/2007 - 06:32 pm

 
Scales, Modes And Their Uses
This lesson will teach you what scales and modes are, the theory behind them and how to use them in your playing.

POSTED: 06/09/2007 - 02:55 pm

 
Basics Nobody Tells You
The common sense basics of theory that make all the difference.

POSTED: 06/06/2007 - 05:31 pm

 
Scales: Absolute Beginner
This contains some of the stuff that you will need to know about scales.

POSTED: 05/31/2007 - 08:53 pm

 
Play Now Theory Later
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.

POSTED: 05/31/2007 - 05:39 pm

 
My Mentality On Theory
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.

POSTED: 01/29/2007 - 03:42 pm

 
How About Cadences?
An analytical look at how YOU could end your piece wonderfully!

POSTED: 12/11/2006 - 04:47 pm

 
Meet My Friend Mr. Tritone
He's a lonely and misunderstood interval. Not sure how to use him? Find out here!

POSTED: 08/26/2006 - 11:27 am

 
Identifying Intervals
A not-so-indepth lesson about intervals, how to play them, and how to recognize them in songs.

POSTED: 03/21/2006 - 02:02 pm

 
Composing In Open Tunings
Here I will point out where you could use concepts of music theory to your advantage.

POSTED: 03/07/2006 - 12:10 pm

 
How About Harmonizing: Part 3
Eager to learn more about how harmonizing works? Read this; you'll get the basics, the advanced stuff, plus tons of playable examples!

POSTED: 03/02/2006 - 02:30 pm

 
How About Harmonizing: Part 2
Part 1 was child's play. Now let's get into the serious stuff.

POSTED: 02/07/2006 - 02:29 pm

 
Reading Scales
This is for anyone who dosen't know how to play or read scale tab.

POSTED: 01/12/2006 - 10:43 am

 
Octaves For Beginners
A brief explanation on what an octave is and the way it can be used.

POSTED: 12/10/2005 - 07:08 am

 
How To Write Rock. Part 2
So you get the idea, write simple riffs that rock! Now what? Well, read this article to find out.

POSTED: 10/29/2005 - 08:53 am

 
The Physics Of Sound
Have you ever wondered just what you're hearing when you listen to music? This will explain that to you.

POSTED: 10/15/2005 - 06:48 am

 
How To Write Rock
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.

POSTED: 10/08/2005 - 10:36 am

 
How About Harmonizing?
Learn how and where to effectively harmonize your music to give it a bit more of a flare.

POSTED: 07/26/2005 - 10:27 am

 
Reading Sheet Music: The Very Basics
An article giving an outline of the bare minimum of what you need to know about sheet music, with links to explanatory images.

POSTED: 07/12/2005 - 11:01 am

 
It's Not Just About Power Chords!
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.

POSTED: 07/08/2005 - 11:18 am

 
What Is...Signal Processing
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.

POSTED: 06/11/2005 - 09:28 am

 
Dissonance And Consonance
A brief review of the needs of a dissonant chord progression and the redundancy of a consonant chord progression.

POSTED: 02/01/2005 - 04:46 pm

 
Modes
A brief description of modes and their application to playing rock symphonies, along with diagrams for all major modes.

POSTED: 10/26/2004 - 12:51 pm

 
Open Strings Open Many Doors
Add open string spice to you soloing / riffing...

POSTED: 09/16/2004 - 02:24 pm

 
Pentatonic To Modes
Add Modal flavours to your basic Pentatonic shapes.

POSTED: 08/27/2004 - 01:05 pm

 
Power Chord Coloring
Tells about how to give color, tension, or whatever you want to power chord and some basic chord generation theory.

POSTED: 08/25/2004 - 12:04 pm

 
Learning The Neck Of A Bass
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.

POSTED: 06/02/2004 - 01:48 pm

 
Lyric Theory
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.

POSTED: 03/26/2004 - 01:17 pm

 
How To Make Your Song Flow
The key things to writing a song thats from the heart, but that's also musically correct.

POSTED: 03/22/2004 - 03:58 pm

 
The Art Of Instrumentation
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.

POSTED: 03/15/2004 - 01:01 pm

 
How To Be An Original Songwriter
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.

POSTED: 01/22/2004 - 11:47 am

 
Rhyme Is Good, Free Verse is Bad... Right?
Why your songs don't have to rhyme or have set pattern to follow.

POSTED: 01/19/2004 - 09:54 am

 
A Guide To Singing And Playing At The Same Time
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!

POSTED: 01/06/2004 - 04:28 pm

 
Intervals Explained
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.

POSTED: 12/29/2003 - 12:55 pm

 
Flowing Through Solos
To diversify your solos, you need to learn how to flow from one mode or scale to another.

POSTED: 12/16/2003 - 01:38 pm

 
Teaching Yourself Guitar
A few tips to your own personal School of Rock (or any other kind of music).

POSTED: 12/15/2003 - 12:04 pm

 
Basic Tips On Guitar Solos
If your having trouble with writing your own guitar solos, then here's a few basic tips on how start off.

POSTED: 12/11/2003 - 12:00 pm

 
Writing Your Own Lyrics
This is just a suggestion on how you can write songs if you're stuck.

POSTED: 12/08/2003 - 12:18 pm

 
Writing Unusual and Original Chord Progressions
A basic guide on how to write chord progressions that go beyond standard major and minor keys.

POSTED: 12/08/2003 - 12:15 pm

 
Steps For Amateurs
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.

POSTED: 12/05/2003 - 01:14 pm

 
Diatonic Scales
Pentatonics have been so popular, so here are a few Diatonics scales with tabs.

POSTED: 12/05/2003 - 01:08 pm

 
Playing By Ear
An article more for beginning guitarists, which discusses learning to play by ear, and playing along with CD's.

POSTED: 12/03/2003 - 11:31 am

 
Pedals: An Explanation For Beginner Guitarists
It's about the most popular types of guitar pedals that exist.

POSTED: 11/27/2003 - 12:06 pm

 
Getting The First Riff
Writing your first song can be a daunting challenge. But here's a bit of a break-down to make its simpler.

POSTED: 11/25/2003 - 01:58 pm

 
Two Types Of "Pull-Off"
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.

POSTED: 11/19/2003 - 10:40 am

 
Pedals? We Don't Need No Stinking Pedals!
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.

POSTED: 11/12/2003 - 01:43 pm

 
Soloing With Pentatonic Scales
Another scale to help you solo happy songs instead of using phrases in the minor pentatonic scale.

POSTED: 10/27/2003 - 02:52 pm

 
G3 Blues
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.

POSTED: 09/18/2003 - 12:34 pm

 
Good Method on Quickly Switch Between Tunings
Ultimate method on how you could switch quickly between different tunings used in modern rock music.

POSTED: 09/08/2003 - 01:29 pm

 
Tips On Writing Song
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.

POSTED: 09/05/2003 - 07:39 pm

 
What Distortion Pedal is Right For You
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.

POSTED: 08/31/2003 - 07:37 pm

 
Now You Have Written The Words. What About Music?
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.

POSTED: 08/31/2003 - 07:02 pm

 
Advanced Pentatonics
Everyone knows the blues box (or should) - and it's got to be like 90% of guitar solos that use the thing.

POSTED: 08/30/2003 - 10:16 am