Some chord progressions you have heard for years and will continue to hear years from now. Such is the case with the venerable I-vi-IV-V progression (read "1-6-4-5" progression). I call this the "Oldies Progression" because so many classic songs from the 1950's used these changes.
While the term 'oldies progression' might help you memorize these chord changes you will hear this progression used by groups from ... View Lesson
Sometimes the simple things can prevent you from playing guitar well if not payed attention to. This is certainly the case with fingernail care and shape for guitarists. Learn the basics in this video guitar lesson:
I personally use a combination of guitar pick, fingers and nails for my right hand technique. Sometimes I use the flesh of the right hand fingers for the ... View Lesson
Do your fingers come far off the guitar neck when you play? The following warm-up exercise is one of the best I know of to cure this bad habit.
This warm-up exercise (shown to me by guitar madman Steve Trovato) is one of the best I know of to cure the bad habit of letting your fingers drift far away ... View Lesson
Most Blues and Rock guitarists play the Minor Pentatonic scale using just two patterns that cover the entire neck. Learn them in this video guitar lesson.
The Minor Pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales in improvisation in every musical style so it makes sense to know it well all over the guitar neck. When it comes ... View Lesson
Expand your chord knowledge by thinking of chords "upside-down" in this video guitar lesson. View Lesson
Drop D Tuning is likely the most popular alternate tuning for guitar. It is often associated with modern hard rock bands and easy one-finger 'power chords'. However, in the following guitar lesson you will see that this tuning has been used by well known band for decades and has more to offer than just rock chords.
To tune to Drop D is very easy. ... View Lesson
I recently saw the movie "It Might Get Loud" featuring Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes/The Raconteurs). In the movie Jimmy Page digs through his mammoth vinyl collection and plays some favorite songs, one of which was Link Wray's "Rumble". This song was also famously featured in "Pulp Fiction". It is a classic instrumental and a real easy song, ... View Lesson
The video/tab mashup I made for 'Canon Rock' is a popular post here on GuitarTeacher and on my YouTube channel
. Because the song uses super-sonic sweep picking, rapid position shifts and string-burning alternate picking, I often get requests to slow it down. So to help us mere mortals work toward getting the chops of FunTwo or JerryC here is my original video tab lesson ... View Lesson
When you play in a lot of cover bands (guilty as charged) you discover some riffs that always get a good crowd reaction. ZZ Top's "La Grange" is one of those riffs. Learn it and channel Billy Gibbons channeling John Lee Hooker in an all-time blues-rock boogie classic.
La Grange also is a great jam night song ... View Lesson
This jam track is an upbeat shuffle, B.B. King style 12-Bar Blues in the key of G. If you want to jump in and just jam, go for it! Locate your favorite G blues scale pattern, click the play button below and wail away!
The following short video shows the backing guitar parts so you can play the jam track yourself. It might help you out the ... View Lesson