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...]

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...]

Unlocking The Fretboard With The Musical Alphabet

This lesson is a follow-on from the lesson on basic intervals. In that lesson, we explored the concept of tones and semitones. If you're unsure of what tones and semitones are, read the lesson here. In summary, a semitone is an interval of one fret and a tone is an interval of two frets. … [Read more...]

Basic Intervals – Tones And Semitones

In this lessons, we're going to explore basic intervals on the guitar. This lesson will be pretty basic, but it will allow us to dive into more complex concepts, such as using intervals to build scales and unlocking the notes along the fretboard. What Is An Interval? An interval is really just the distance between two notes, measured in pitch. One of the advantages of the way that the guitar is set out is that it is very easy to visualise intervals. Because of the nature of using frets as reference points, it's quite easy to relate to intervals in terms of frets. Let's do some examples using … [Read more...]

Arpeggios – What are they and why are they important?

Arpeggios are an important tool on the guitar for a number of different reasons. What are arpeggios? Arpeggios are simply the notes of a chord, played individually in sequence, as opposed to in unison. Because of the inherently large intervals found in arpeggios, there is a certain technical challenge in playing arpeggios fluently on the guitar. When we play arpeggios on the guitar, we play the notes of a chord in sequence, ascending and descending through a position or multiple positions. For example, suppose we want to play a G Major arpeggio. Firstly, we need to know the notes in a G … [Read more...]

How To Use Guitar Modes – Part 2 – Going Parallel

In part 1 of How To Use Guitar Modes, we looked at using modes on the guitar over a chord progression, by finding the key center. In summary, staying diatonic requires finding the key center or key centers of a chord progression, and using that key center to determine which modes go over certain chords. In this lesson, we are going to go parallel. Going parallel refers to a concept discussed in the lesson, guitar modes explained, which looks a each mode in its own right, separate from other modes or keys. Basically, using this approach, when we see a chord, we say in theory that there are a … [Read more...]