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Pentatonic penta = 5

Pentatonic Guitar Scales

For more on the Pentatonic minor scale, please visit "Pentatonic Minor Scale". Pentatonic guitar scales in A minor and the C major pentatonic guitar scales are the two scales discussed in this guitar lesson.

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Guitar tablature for Roll the Credits.

Learn How To Read Guitar Tablature

Guitar tablature, commonly known as "guitar tab" or simply "tab," is an alternative to standard musical notation designed for fretted instruments like the guitar. Guitar Tablature provides a visual representation of the guitar fretboard, allowing players to quickly learn the notes without needing to read standard notation.

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Guitar Scales and Chord Triads Lesson

When playing or writing a song most of your work will be done following a particular musical scale. Within the confines of that scale you will form your chords. If you refer back to the Guitar Scale Modes lessons on this site you will see that I based them on the C major scale. I…

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Ionian mode - Guitar scales

Guitar Scale Modes

Derived from a parent scale, scale modes get their unique sound by shifting the tonal center of the parent scale. By shifting the tonal center, they use specific sequence of intervals within the parent scale, creating distinctive musical flavors or moods. Each mode has its unique set of intervals, altering the relationship between notes to…

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Open Guitar Chords - G Major Guitar Chord

Basic Guitar Chords For Beginners

This guitar lesson uses interactive guitar chords example that includes standard guitar chord shapes and common barre chord shapes. I have also included the chord charts and the name of each chord with the suggested finger placement on the neck with an audio example for each chord.

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Cowboy riding towards camera at dusk - Chord Fills

Chord Fills: The Simple Way To Make ‘Cowboy Chords’ Sound Professional

Chord Fills What do the songs “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, and “Happy Xmas” (‘So this is Christmas…’) have in common? They all have instantly recognizable riffs, written using the same technique; chord fills. But what are chord fills exactly? How can we use them in our own playing? How exactly…

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Abstract figure playing circular keyboards - text: More Emotional, Appoggiatura

Add One Note. . . And Your Melody Becomes More Emotional

Ever wrote a melody or a fragment of music and thought… “that’s good but it falls a little bit short. If this was just a little bit more emotional, that would be perfect”? (Yes, it’s an oddly specific thought, isn’t it? And yet, who here does not want to make their melodies more emotional?) Now,…

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Lion Roaring - text: Generate New Licks, Super-Complex Technique, Simple Ideas

Cut Your Teeth On This Super-Complex Technique To Generate New Licks

I usually like teaching simple ideas to my students. This is because simple ideas are more likely to be used in real-life music. But every now and then, there comes along a complex idea that may be worth learning because it sounds good or it allows you to be more original. So… this is one…

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Guitar Fretboard image - Take it around the fretboard

Everybody Says This. . . But How Do You Actually Do It On Your Guitar Fretboard?

“Take it around the fretboard” It's a sentence that so many guitar teachers tell you, as in “Learn this lick and take it around the fretboard” “And once you got this chord voicing, take it around the fretboard” “You improvise a phrase, and you take it around the fretboard before you improvise something new” We…

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Make Augmented Chords Sound Good

How Do You Make Augmented Chords Sound Good?

Ah, the augmented triads: dissonant like nothing else, and the least used triads in music. Whenever I show augmented chords to some new players the scene goes like: Teacher: “Now play this shape here” Student: “Ok” -strummmm- “Oh, yuck!! This sounds horrible!” And it’s true that by themselves augmented chords sound horrible. But in the…

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Guitar lesson - Taking Control Of Your Fingers

Taking Control Of Your Fingers

The other day one of my students complained to me that they have “Octopus fingers”. That is to say, his fingers have a brain of their own and move however they want. Kinda like the tentacles of Dr. Octopus from Spiderman. (Who knew, watching superhero movies gives you the perfect metaphors for guitar technique.) Now, this…

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Writing Melodies With Neighbor Notes

Writing Melodies With Neighbor Notes

There are some things in music that are periodically forgotten and rediscovered. Or sometimes they are not forgotten… but since not all musicians study a lot of theory, they re-discover it independently. I’m not even getting into the debate if it’s better to learn it from theory, or better to rediscover it yourself. Suffice to…

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Great Sound In Your Guitar Solos

In Depth On: How To Use This Great Sound In Your Guitar Solos

Question for you. How do you call the sound / technique in the first 5 seconds of the video? I’m asking because I’ve heard several names for it. I’m not writing them here because I don’t want to influence you on the answer :) (Or maybe there is a name for it and I, not…

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Odd Time Signatures

The Trick Nobody Teaches You On Odd Time Signatures

How do you write a song using odd time signatures? Well, most of the advice you can find on the net boils down to: “use a lot of trial and error” I don’t know you, but I can’t help to feel a little disappointed. If you want to learn harmony we have super-sophisticated theories to…

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Image of girl with guitar walking on railroad tracks to infinity.

The Tonic Chord Of The Diminished Scale Is Not Diminished

The diminished scale is famous - but just in case you don’t know it, here’s the notes of the C diminished scale: C Db Eb E F# G A Bb Yes, it is the H-W diminished scale, the scale that alternates a half-step with a full step Yes, there are both E and Eb in…

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Parallel 5ths

Do Parallel 5th sound good? These 5 Famous Songs Use Them

One thing that makes me laugh every time: when people tell you that parallel 5ths are forbidden in music theory. That may (MAY!) have been true during the Baroque period, but already Mozart was using parallel 5ths without too much restrains. Turns out, parallel 5ths not only are not forbidden. They are COMMON. Because they…

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Exotic Sounds From Triad Pairs

Exotic Sounds From Triad Pairs

Sometimes you want to sound "conventional". You want to find the 'right scale', the 'right arpeggio', the 'right note'… … let’s admit it. Most of the time we want to sound 'conventional'. This is what non-musician call ‘sounding good’. Like it or not, people like what they know. And they know what’s conventional. But every…

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Italian Augmented 6th

Fancy Chords: The Italian Augmented 6th

In music theory we use funny names for nearly everything - for instance, there is a whole family of chords named after nations. We have the Italian chord and the German chord and the French chord and there may also be a Swiss and a Dutch one… It’s the family of Augmented 6th chords. Now,…

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Phrygian Scale And Chord Progressions

Phrygian Scale And Chord Progressions On Guitar

The Phrygian scale is one of the most used scales in metal and in flamenco. Interesting how the same scale can be used in two such diverse styles! It has a characteristic dark sound, and it’s definitely not to be deployed when you want to communicate warm and fuzzy feelings :) Ot at least that’s…

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Connect Any Two Chords

How To Connect Any Two Chords – Using A SINGLE Chord

“Ok, I have this verse in D major and a chorus in G# minor, how do I connect them smoothly?” The theory of modulation - ‘how to change key’ - looks complex and it takes time to learn it. And rightly so. There are so many things you can do to move smoothly from one…

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