Introduction to Chord Construction

This lesson will teach you the theory behind building a few basic chords. After learning the concepts in this lesson, you will be able to figure out the notes required to build different chord types. This will enable you to build your own chord voicings all over the fretboard. (Note: In order to fully understand and apply all of the concepts in this lesson you will need to have an understanding of basic major scale theory). Continue reading

The Major Scale

This is my first music theory lesson. I figured I would start with the major scale because a lot of music theory is based on the major scale. Therefore, to learn music theory an understanding of the major scale is essential. If you are completely new to music theory you will want to start by learning some basic notation (note names, rhythms, time signatures, etc) before learning major scale theory. That said, this lesson is fairly basic and you shouldn’t need much of a music theory background to understand it. Continue reading

Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales and When to Use Them

Pentatonic scales can be heard in all types of music from blues and rock to jazz and country. They are a great tool to start out with if you want to learn to improvise or start writing your own solos. I won’t cover the theory behind pentatonic scales in this lesson, as this lesson takes a more practical approach towards learning and using pentatonic scales. That said, to get the most out of pentatonic scales, you will want to understand some of the theory behind pentatonic scales and when to use them.

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Play Guitar Fast! Speed Building Exercises

These exercises are intended to go along with the lesson Guitar Shredding 101: Building Speed, but are also useful warm-up / practice exercises on their own. These exercises do not have to be played with the note values as written – use them to practice different note values (quarter notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, triplets, etc.) Continue reading

Guitar Shredding 101: Building Speed

If you want to shred on the guitar the most important skill you will need is speed. No matter what you play, if it isn’t fast you aren’t shredding! Not to worry though, building speed is not as difficult as many people think. All you need to do is practice correctly, have some patience and persistence, and you will learn to play at hyper-speed! This lesson will teach guitarists of all levels how to practice correctly to build speed. Continue reading

Introduction to Barre Chords

While more difficult than open chords, barre chords are very useful because the same chord shape can be moved all over the guitar fretboard. Therefore, with one chord shape you can play a specific chord type (ex. Major chord) in any key by simply sliding the shape up or down the fretboard. Continue reading