42 Unique Ways To Play 1 Chord

In this lesson we’re going to explore how you can take one chord and play it in many different unique ways. In the previous lesson on triads and inversions, we learned how to form the major and minor triad and play inversions on the first three strings. You can read that lesson here. Here’s a brief summary of that lesson. The Major Triad The Major triad is made up of the 1, 3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C Major triad contains the following notes: C - E - G The minor triad is made up of the 1, b3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C minor triad contains the … [Read more...]

Why Fingerstyle Guitar Is Awesome

There is something awesome about fingerstyle guitar. For me, the power and beauty of this style lies in the fact that it is largely a solo-guitar genre. Many fingerstyle pieces are designed to be played by one guitarist only. Although it is often referred to as ‘Classical Guitar’, I think this name sells it short and connotes a style that is old and boring. In reality, classical guitar is simply about playing pieces of music, by yourself, using your fingers. There's nothing boring about that! … [Read more...]

Learn Fingerpicking With The Help Of A 19th Century Italian Guitarist

If you've never used the fingerstyle technique before, you're missing out. A lot of guitarists decide early on when learning, whether they'll be a 'picking guitarist' or a 'fingerpicking guitarist'. The truth is, you don't have to limit yourself to one or the other. Both techniques have unique benefits and advantages and you can easily develop both of them at the same time. Pick Vs Fingerpicking? So what is fingerpicking? Well firstly, most guitarists play the guitar by using a pick. It's pretty simple - the right hand (assuming we're talking about a right-handed guitarist) holds a pick and … [Read more...]

How long does it take to learn something?

A question most students have when starting out is "how long does it take to learn something?" or "how long should it take me to get to a certain level?” Here's the simple answer. It depends. It's probably not what you want to hear but everyone is different. People process things differently and respond differently to certain practice methods. A lot depends also on your current level of technique and the difficulty of the piece that you are attempting to learn. … [Read more...]

WHAT IS A MAJOR SCALE?

For some, this may be a very basic topic. For others, the concept may have been discarded under the category of 'boring musical theory'. Some people might be quite familiar with the sound of a major scale, they may even know how to play it in one or two positions, but may not actually know what it fundamentally is. Being familiar and comfortable with major scales in practice and theory is a very important tool on every instrument, including guitar. Launching into more exotic scales and modes, such as Dorian flat 2 and Lydian Augmented is not going to make much sense without first grasping the … [Read more...]

Finger Exercises For Guitar

Finger exercises are a great way to improve the strength of your hands for guitar playing. There are many finger exercises that you can do for both hands, especially the left hand. Although it's great to study and play as much material as you can, the good thing about finger exercises is that you can make up your own. … [Read more...]