G Blues Scale on Guitar

In this lesson we will examine the G blues scale on guitar up and down the entire neck. Many guitarists like the key of G because of the variety of songs in the key, the ability to incorporate open notes and it has many of the chords we are so familiar with. Sure it is called a blues scale but there is no requirement to only use the scale with blues songs. In fact, many of the most…

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F Chord and F Chord Variations on Guitar

In this lesson we will look out how to play the F chord on guitar in a number of different ways. To clarify, when we say the F chord, we are actually referring to the F major chord. Also, F chord variations simply mean we play the chord at different locations on the guitar neck. The notes of the F major are: F A C F Major Chord at the First Fret Many new guitarist consider the F…

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C Chord on Guitar and C Chord Variations

The C Chord on guitar is probably the first chord you will or did learn on the instrument. This is probably true for piano as well. Why is C the first chord learned on guitar? In traditional lessons students learn the instrument and music theory at the same time. In order to learn how to read music, a student needs to identify the key signature of a song. This is indicated by the number of sharps or flats…

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A Chord Variations on Guitar

Here we will look at a number A chord variations on guitar. An A chord is made up of three notes: A, C#, and E. The A chord is one of the first chords a new guitarist should learn. It is probably one of the first bar chords a guitar student will attempt. Open A Barre Chord The first version of the A chord we'll look at uses a number of open strings, giving you a full sound.…

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Beatles Songs in the Key of C

Chances are, C is one of the first chords you learned on guitar. Now you are ready to learn some Beatles songs in C. The list below is quite lengthy. Keep in mind, Am is the relative minor to C, so they are included as well. Also, the Beatles like to play medleys, so you may notice some of the songs change keys. If you try to learn any of these songs by ear, chances are you will…

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How to Place Your Fingers on a Guitar

When learning, the first thing you want to master is how to place your fingers on a guitar. Yes, it is hard at first but it will get easier. Trust me! Hold The Guitar Correctly This is definitely the first step. Find a comfortable chair or couch and have a seat. You want a chair that doesn't have arms on it. Place the guitar on your lap. The back of the guitar should be flat against your belly.…

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Are Guitar Lessons Worth It

I have often heard young musicians ask, are guitar lessons worth it? My answer is always the same - Yes! Yes, they are absolutely worth it. Music is somewhat unique in that there seems to be a certain amount of pride in being able to claim you are self taught. I get it. Wow, he learned all of that on his own. He’s a genius! He’s a natural! And while he may be a genius and naturally talented,…

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A Minor Pentatonic Scale for Guitar

If you are going to play lead guitar in a rock band, you have to know the A minor pentatonic scale. I would go as far as saying, if you only knew one scale, it should be this one! Notes of the A Minor Pentatonic Scale Anyone who is up on their Latin understands that penta means five, therefor a pentatonic scale has only five notes. These notes are: A, C, D, E, G. Wow, that's it? Yes,…

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C Chord Variations Guitar

Chances are, the first chord you learned on the guitar was C. There are a few reasons for that: the key of C has no sharps or flats, the open C chord only requires three fingers and you don't have to barre any frets. Below we'll look at 9 C chord variations for the guitar. Below is the open C chord in the first position. If you don't know this already, learn it now! Below is a five…

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Blues Shuffle in E Guitar

If you can master the blues shuffle in E, you are on your way to being able to play hundreds, actually thousands of songs. We will use a basic twelve bar blues chord progression. The key of E is nice because two of the chords use open strings. Listen to songs like Before You Accuse Me or Sweet Home Chicago to see how this progression can be used. Twelve Bar Blues Shuffle in E Chances you'll have one…

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