Learn about beginner guitar amplifiers, software modeling, and my top recommendations for each. Amplifiers can change the sound of the guitar more than the guitar itself. Today’s beginner amps can model expensive tube amplifiers for […]
These guitar lessons, exercises, and resources are intended to help beginner guitarists.
If you are here, it means you are interested in getting started with some chord progressions. You probably heard from a friend or teacher that you should start out learning the note names and perhaps […]
Question What are some of the biggest mistakes you see beginner guitar players make when learning: a) basic guitar chords and b) barre chords. Answer a. Every individual is different, but a common issue is […]
Upgrade your blues jamming with this classic blues ending that is suitable for beginners.
Improve your fretboard knowledge with this rut-breaking ladder exercise from my upcoming book on learning the fretboard. This exercise can be applied to any sequence of notes, such as a scale, mode, or arpeggio.
Question I started my music course this week and had to play a song from memory. I struggled to recall the chord progression without my safety net. Any advice on how to improve this please?
This is the second of eight sets of chromatic exercises. It is a continuation of Ex-007 Fretting Hand Exercise Set. It continues to work your fretting hand, but with new combinations. This exercise set […]
This is a simple and effective exercise for developing right hand speed.
Have fun with this jazz lick using the altered scale. This lick was recorded by Roman Garcia.
This riff only uses four notes plus a couple 1/2 step bends. It has a nice funky blues edge to it. This riff was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.
Learn the 12 Bar Blues in style. This lesson covers the traditional, quick change, and shuffle blues. It includes the first chords you should know and some substitutions that you can try. I even cover […]
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to construct the song, Romance Anonimo. It is a beginner fingerstyle song that is great for demonstrating how you can construct a fingerstyle song from a simple melody into a harmonized […]
This is an easy beginner version of silent night. It is played predominantly in the second position, with a shift to the fifth position in measure 17.
This exercise expands on the Fretting Combinations exercise. This exercise will train both your fretting hand and your picking hand by playing all the fretting combinations and all the picking combinations. The picking combinations are […]
The goal of this exercise is to improve the speed and accuracy of your alternate picking. Go slow enough to play it perfectly before increasing the speed. The following picking combination should be used: d, […]
This lesson teaches you how to approach learning alternate tunings. I will also discuss a few alternate tunings, why they’re useful, and my approach to using them.
Jazz Progressions are simply common chord progressions in jazz music. One of the most common progressions is the ii-V-I progression. The ii-V-I sounds at its best when you use seventh chords and their expanded voicings. […]
This lesson is going to familiarize you with the chord tones within the scale patterns. Yes, that’s right now you have to learn the notes instead of blazing trough patterns. Why should you learn them… […]
Learn the major and minor pentatonic scales, their patterns, when to use them, and why they’re the scale shortcut.
Learn everything you need to know about slash chords in this quick and easy lesson.
Power chords are used in many musical styles, but Rock music may be the most common. These chords sound thick and raw. Power chords are easy to play because they are played using modified versions […]
First let’s define Bar Chords. Bar Chords are chords that have your index finger holding down more than one string and not playing with any open strings. Confused? Well let me clarify things. I’ll show […]
This lesson will teach you progressions in several styles so you can learn from known progressions and styles. This lesson will cover the 50’s progression, the Let It Be progression, jazz progressions, blues progressions, and […]
Learn how to play, form, and use the major scale effectively. This is arguably the most important scale you can learn. It is used in improvisation, chord construction, diatonic harmony, and much more.
Objectives Learn all the intervals. Learn the fretboard patterns for the intervals. Learn both ways to play intervals. The video cannot be played because your browser does not support HTML 5 video. What Are Intervals? […]
Learn beginner finger picking techniques and the song, House of the Rising Sun!
Learn strumming, alternate picking, and sweep picking in this lesson that covers an introduction to each.
This lesson will show you how to read chord diagrams, fretboard patterns, and rhythm charts. These diagrams are a perfect way to quickly communicate what you are playing with other guitarists and musicians.
Although, we love to listen to music, we need to be able to read and write it. This lesson show you how to read (and write) tablature and notation.
Learning the fretboard is a challenge that this lesson will help you tackle efficiently. Did you know that a 22-fret guitar contains 138 notes? It is a huge task that challenges both beginner and experienced guitarists. […]
Learn the fundamental and common beginner techniques that every guitarist must know.