Triads Will Teach You How To Understand Chords

hiMost guitarists play chords by learning shapes. By learning commonly used shapes, you have the tools to play thousands of songs. This is a great way to enter the world of chords and start playing music. One of the downfalls of this is that it is very easy to learn how to play chords, without knowing exactly what chords are. In this lesson, we are going to break down exactly what chords are, by exploring triads. … [Read more...]

How To Improvise When You Never Have

What would you do if you had to improvise a guitar solo and had never done it before? Let’s say you were in a band situation and you only had a few minutes to figure out what you were going to do. Analysing a chord progression and figuring out which scales should be used at different points can be tricky. It can also be hard to execute scales on the fly, while being musical and sounding confident. The hardest thing for guitarists who are just starting out with improvising, is just that - getting started. I often teach students who simply want to know what to do, when jamming in a certain … [Read more...]

Do Arpeggios And CAGED Work Together?

If you've been reading up on the many lessons relating to scales on this site, you will most likely know the importance of learning scales in five positions (known as the CAGED system). By learning scales in five positions, we cover the entire fretboard, which allows us to play any given scale no matter what position we are in. But what about arpeggios? Do they work in the same way? … [Read more...]

Tips On Playing And Practising Chords

One of the reasons why strumming can be a difficult and confusing topic for beginners is because in popular music, the pros rarely strum the same rhythm from bar to bar. This is because there is a natural variation that usually occurs with strumming. It is not necessarily a conscious thing, in fact, it’s almost always subconscious. But it makes the beginner’s task a lot harder. So why learn a whole range of pieces with repeated rhythms if the pros rarely play the same thing twice in a row? The reason is that the only way you can learn to vary rhythms is by learning to control them to begin … [Read more...]

A Dream’s Embrace (Chord Study and Melody)

This post will simply include a piece from the book 'open chords made easy'. If you have read the extracted lessons from the book, you should be able to read and play the piece. This piece contains a chord chart and strumming guide. The melody has also been included, although this is effectively a bonus and is not related to the lessons in this series. … [Read more...]

Only The Beginning (chord study and melody)

This post will simply include a piece from the book 'open chords made easy'. If you have read the extracted lessons from the book, you should be able to read and play the piece. This piece contains a chord chart and strumming guide. The melody has also been included, although this is effectively a bonus and is not related to the lessons in this series. … [Read more...]