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.

Continue reading

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