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What is the difference between a scale and a mode?

Guitar scales vs modes: Which should you use and when? In my earlier stages of learning the guitar I used to think that modes were scales for experienced players, and hence harder to learn and master. While it is true that advanced guitar players tend to use modes more often than beginners, the difference between …

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5 Easy Guitar Scales (with lick examples)

In this lesson I explain what guitar scales are and why you benefit from learning them. In today’s lesson I’ll give you 5 easy guitar scales you can learn and start using right now. Each scale will also come with a short guitar lick based on its notes.  Keep in mind that, while learning scales on guitar has many benefits such as improving finger independence and dexterity, the ultimate purpose of scales is to …

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7 Music Theory Tips For Guitar Players

I began studying music theory alongside the guitar because it seemed like the right thing to do. That if you want to become a musician, you should also learn the theory behind it. I’m glad I studied music theory, but as you’ll see in the music theory tips for guitar players below, I didn’t learn it in the most efficient way possible. The following music theory tips are aimed at correcting misconceptions I had, and ineffective methods I used when I started playing 28 years ago, as well as those I frequently notice in new students.  Music theory is not reading standard music notation. “Why should I learn to read notes when I can use guitar tabs?” I’m sometimes asked when introducing music theory to guitar students. …

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How to Become a Creative Songwriter

Do you want to write songs but are afraid your lack of creativity will prevent you from ever writing a hit?  Do you believe that creative songwriters are born with the creative gene and that you are not one of them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have good news. Creativity is already within you, and it can be strengthened through practice, just like a physical muscle. You already use creativity when you solve a problem, tell a lie, play a sport, plan your day, take an exam or drive a car, among many other things.  You’re not a creative songwriter because you haven’t yet put in the time to train your creative muscle to make music. In this article, I’ll show you the four things you need …

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