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Pentatonic Power: Five Ways to Get the Most From Five Notes

Greetings, and welcome to the School of Pentatonic. Such luminaries as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Kirk Hammett, Eric Clapton, …

Electric Guitar

Make Your Blues Solos Awesome Using Dominant Seven Chords

Many blues songs are built around major-key chord progressions based on dominant seven chords. A dominant seven chord has a root note (1), a major …

Electric Guitar

60-Second Songwriting: Song Structure Basics—the Intro

<i>60-Second Songwriting aims to offer quick, concise, song-craft tips, basics and blasts for the time-crunched and attention-challenged 21st-century</i> …

Eight Essential Two-Bar Endings Every Guitarist Needs to Know

Below are eight two-measure endings. Some of them might be new to you, while others will sound very familiar.<p>Play through all eight and decide which …

Minor Blues Chord Progressions

In this jazz guitar lesson, you will learn the most common chord progressions used when playing a minor blues. Comping over a minor blues tune is an …

Jazz Blues Chord Progressions & Substitutions

This chord lesson is all about the blues. You all know the chord progression for a typical blues, but there are so many variations that it’s hard to …

Develop your funk rhythm guitar grooves with these classic chord vamps

<b>Early funk is often associated with the Godfather Of Soul James Brown, who helped pioneer this style of dance music in the late 60s and early 70s.</b> …

A Simple 5 Step System to Learning Songs

In order to learn easy guitar songs, right through to the most complex of tracks, it is advisable to stick to a tried and tested system that works …

Harmonizing With Fourths

92<p>SHARES<p>As the interval between the fifth scale degree and the octave, the fourth is basic to the structure of most chords.<p>When used melodically, …

What Bohlinger Plays: The Best Turnaround Ever

How to play a deceptively simple—and impressive—turnaround that uses hybrid picking.

Easy guitar theory: diatonic chord progressions

<b>Listen up: scales aren’t just torture devices invented by guitar teachers...</b><p>When you use a scale, say, C major, you are playing ‘in the key of C’. …

The “b7 Minor-Drop” Progression, As Used by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Black Sabbath and More

1.9K<p>SHARES<p>In the previous two lessons (February 2018 and March 2018), I covered the standard “minor-drop” progression, which for decades has been …

An Introduction to the Tritone Scale

439<p>SHARES<p>Guitarists who've starting exploring the different possibilities for soloing over dominant 7th chords have probably quickly realized there …

Learn to choose the right scale for your guitar solo with these 5 cunning blues licks

<b>Choose the scale for the sound you’re after with these five licks written specially to give a certain sound...</b><p>Minor pentatonic scale over dominant …

8 essential blues guitar lead tricks

Introduction<p>Each of these easy lead guitar techniques has been distilled from the styles of many of the most important blues artists such as Stevie …

Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.

Electric Guitar

Revitalise your 12-bar blues chords with these 5 essential tips

Raise your 12-bars<p>But, variety being the undoubted spice of life, you can actually vary the arrangement in a surprising number of ways in order to …

How to Clean a Fretboard: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

Despite being just a thin strip of hardwood glued down to the neck, a fretboard is one of the guitar’s most important components. It’s the contact …

The Complete Guide to Chord Melody

Jazz guitarists love chord melody arrangements, and for good reason.<p>Playing chords, bass notes, and licks over a melody lifts any jazz standard from …

Video Lesson: Building Solos Around Chord Shapes

Bill EvansJanuary 17, 2018<p><b>From the March 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY JEFFREY PEPPER RODGERS</b><p>Chord shapes are great tools for expanding the …

Blues Headlines: Funk Blues Lesson

Adding Tension to the Minor Jazz-Blues Progression

288<p>SHARES<p>Continuing our exploration of the minor jazz-blues progression I introduced last month, I’d like to now show you some cool variations on it …

Melodic Minor Modes Made Easy

When learning how to play jazz, and other improvisational genres of music, learning how to play the seven modes of melodic minor is an essential …

Electric Guitar

The Standard Minor-Drop Progression

808<p>SHARES<p>In this lesson and the next, I’m going to cover an old musical staple, a familiar-sounding four-chord progression that has an endearing, …

Sixths Sense

Don’t let the term diatonic harmonic interval scare you; it simply means two notes from the same scale played at the same time.<p>Harmonic intervals are …

Electric Guitar

Five Must-Know ii-V-I Chord Subs

991<p>SHARES<p>As jazzers know, learning how to play various chord substitutions is an important part of understanding and applying the jazz language to …

Electric Guitar

Lesson: Expanding Your Harmonic Palette

Bill EvansDecember 14, 2017<p><b>From the February 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY JIM JOSSELYN</b><p><b>THE PROBLEM</b><p>You know the basic open chords but want to …

Fill ‘Er Up: Creating Guitar Melodies Between Vocal Lines

193<p>SHARES<p>Fills, those brief instrumental runs that occupy the spaces between vocal lines, no doubt have their origin in the call-and-response vocal …

How to Connect Chords for More Musical Rhythm Playing

465<p>SHARES<p>If your rhythm work consists only of chords, you’re missing out on a lot of color and character that you could be including.<p>While there are …