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
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This poll question would be one of the hardest for me, personally, to answer:
If you had to focus on one Guitar Style, which would that be?
Choosing a favorite guitar style is as difficult for me to pick as a favorite ice cream flavor. There are good licks (ha-ha!) and great players to be found in each and every one of them! I guess since I ... View Lesson
When I first started taking guitar lessons, I was anxious to understand the explanations provided in the different guitar magazines I was reading at the time. There was a language being used that I did not comprehend. You probably hear it thrown around by musicians all the time:
"It's a 1-4-5 progression in G."
"His solo uses the flat 6th."
"Sing a 3rd above the melody ... View Lesson
The Beatles are in the news a lot lately. On 9/9/09 they released the rhythm game The Beatles | RockBand
. They also have remastered all of their albums for the new Beatles: Remastered Box Set
The Box Set is great if you want to hear the Beatles (amazing early reviews) and the RockBand ... View Lesson
Inside each individual major scale there are three different minor pentatonic scales.
In the tradition of the "Secret" Pentatonics lesson
let's continue looking for pentatonics in undiscovered places. Maybe our familiar, five-note friend has been 'hiding' under our noses, just waiting to be revealed in other familiar scale patterns? In fact, this is the case! I present (drum roll, please!): Hidden Pentatonics. We will start ... View Lesson
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Practicing long and hard ... View Lesson
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If you have never taken an online guitar lesson before, then I hope you can come join me Thursday when I take the FREE section of GuitarTeacher.com to a new level! Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12th from 2:00-3:00 PM(PST) I am previewing FREE LIVE GROUP GUITAR LESSONS. No registration required. Simply go to my Live Lesson
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Note: A PDF document for the Major Scale Chord Chart in this lesson can be found here
In a previous post, I presented a Guitar Harmony Chart for twelve major keys
. In teaching guitar I find that there are five keys that are far and away the most common. In fact, any one of these five might be used more than the remaining ones ... View Lesson
Not having an early rock 'Chuck Berry' style jam track on GuitarTeacher.com is a serious oversight. Well, now that is corrected with the following 'Early Rock Jam Track', in the key of A no less! The form is a standard 12-Bar blues with a straight eighth-note feel.
If you don't know how to solo over this I will help you out with an upcoming 'Early Rock ... View Lesson
Knowing the sound of a scale starts by playing it ascending and descending (see my post on Four Scales You Should Know
). But an infinite amount of music can be found within scales by changing the order of the notes and creating patterns. Today's exercise moves through the Major Scale in '3rd intervals', skipping every other note in the scale. This exercise ... View Lesson