Building 7th Chords From Triads

This lesson is a follow up to the lesson on figuring out the seven chords in any key. In that lesson, we took the major scale and stacked 3rds on each degree of the scale, to produce seven chords that could be transposed in any key. You can read that lesson here. Here is a brief summary of the lesson. The Major scale has seven notes. If we build triads on each note of the major scale, by stacking them in 3rds, we get the following seven chords: Maj - min - min - Maj - Maj - min - dim Here is an example in the key of C … [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...]

How to know every note on the fretboard

One of the easiest things to master on the guitar is knowledge of notes on each fret and string. The strange thing is that while it may be one of the easiest things to master, most guitarists wait until they are a fair way into their guitar progress before making sure they know all the notes (actually some people never learn them at all). Perhaps the reliance on tabs (a very useful tool) has spawned a league of guitarists that place little importance on knowing the fretboard. 'Knowing your notes' is a very important skill to have. As I mentioned earlier, it is easy, but not only that, you … [Read more...]

Practicing slow vs practicing fast

A common question that seems to arise again and again amongst my students is this: "Should I practice slowly or should I practice quickly"? Usually the student is struggling with a certain technical challenge, such as a chord change or a picking exercise etc. A common answer to this question is simply to practice slowly and work your way up, until you can play the passage or movement at your desired speed. To be honest, I don't think this is the ideal way. I think the answer is not always to practice slow, or fast, but both. Simply put, both methods focus on different areas, but both are … [Read more...]