Intermediate Guitar Lesson: How to Integrate Your Skills

When you’re a beginner on the guitar you spend most of your practice time learning new skills. You start from knowing nothing and you have to figure out how to place your fingers, hold the pick, strum, read guitar tabs and play your first chords and songs, among many other things. As you reach an …

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How To Learn (and use) Guitar Scales On One String

Guitar scales are usually taught using either the CAGED system or 3 note per string patterns. 3 note per string scale patterns are much more efficient than CAGED. Tommaso Zillio explains perfectly why this is the case. Click here if you’re undecided which system to use to learn scales. Guitar scales on one string are …

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Why Learning Guitar Chords Are Essential in Mastering the Spanish Guitar

Learning classical guitar can be daunting due to the sheer number of skills you need to acquire and master. These include reading sheet music and building up your fretting and plucking techniques. One essential skill that often falls by the wayside is playing guitar chords. More often than not, classical guitar students pay more attention …

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Diatonic chord progressions for the guitarist-songwriter

In this lesson I gave you a step by step process you can use to start writing songs with the guitar. In today’s lesson we’ll delve deeper on an important topic for songwriters: Diatonic chord progressions. A chord progression is a series of two or more chords played in an order. Diatonic chords are chords …

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How to Read Electric Guitar Tabs (with exercises)

Q: Can electric guitarists use a simpler way of reading music than standard notation? A: Yes, reading guitar tabs (or tablature) is much easier than reading standard music notation. Q: If they’re simpler, are guitar tabs less complete? Do they tell you everything you need to know about the music you’re reading as standard music …

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5 Double Picking Exercises To Improve Your Guitar Speed and Accuracy

Double picking on the guitar simply means playing the same note twice in the same amount of time. In the next examples the note is first played, then double picked.    In Ex. 1 a quarter note (crotchet) is divided in two eight notes (quavers) while in Ex. 2 an eight note is divided in …

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