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Classical Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Playing classical guitar starts with figuring out the notes, noting major and minor keys on the circle of 5ths, and knowing what situations in classical guitar call for playing the free stroke or the rest [more…]

Common Open-Position Chords for Rock Guitar

Open-position chords are aptly named because they involve unfretted strings that can ring open, along with the fretted notes. Open-position chords have a “jangly” pleasant feature, sometimes referred to [more…]

Common Moveable Chord Forms

A moveable chord, unlike an open-position chord, does not include open strings. If you can move, without rearranging your fingers, from position to position on the neck of the guitar, it’s a moveable chord [more…]

Anatomy of an Electric Guitar

An electric guitar is the key component of the rock guitar sound. Take a look at this figure to identify the major parts of a typical electric guitar, and read the chord diagram for finger placement. The [more…]

Rock Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Are you looking to master rock guitar? First, make sure you know the parts of an electric guitar, then get a beat on the common open-position chords, and moveable chords of rock guitar. [more…]

24 Common Open-Position Guitar Chords

Open position chords sound twangy because they include unfretted strings that are permitted to ring open. This chart represents 24 of the most useful open chords you use to play guitar: [more…]

Notes on the Guitar Neck

This figure of the nine-fret guitar neck has the notes in letter names for all six strings’ frets up to and including the 9th fret. Use this diagram to help you move any scale, arpeggio, or chord to a [more…]

Applying Fingerboard Diagrams and Tablature to a Real Guitar

You don’t need experience reading music to use tablature (tab) and fingerboard diagrams to play your guitar. Check out these diagrams to help with finger placement on your guitar: [more…]

Guitar All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you need help with finger placement on your guitar, use tablature (tab) and fingerboard diagrams. Practice playing the most common open-position chords on your guitar to get that “jangly” sound, and [more…]

How to Practice Major Scale Pattern #1 for Guitar

You can play a lot of guitar music if you've memorized the five major scale patterns. The best way to practice major scale patterns for guitar is to practice playing them [more…]

Guitar Parts, Chord Diagrams, and Tablature

To play blues guitar, or any style of guitar music, it helps to be able to identify the parts of the guitar, which are identified here. It also helps to be able to read chord diagrams and the six-line [more…]

Common Open-Position Chords for Blues Guitar

Blues guitar is about style, not about hardware. Blues guitar doesn't use different chords than any other style of guitar playing; you just use them in different configurations to create different effects [more…]

Moveable Chord Forms for Blues Guitar

Moveable chords have no open positions. Blues guitar playing uses moveable chord forms as much as any other type of guitar style, including the common 6th-string root chords shown here: [more…]

Blues Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To play blues guitar, first you have to know the basics of guitar in general, which means identifying the parts of a guitar and being able to translate a chord diagram. Then you can get familiar with common [more…]

How to Translate Fingerboard Diagrams to a Real Guitar

You can translate the lines and circles in a guitar fingerboard diagram quite easily once you get the hang of it. The following figure, which shows the relation between a diagram and an actual guitar helps [more…]

Playing Guitar: Common Open-Position Chords

Open-position chords are aptly named because they involve unfretted strings that can ring open, along with the fretted notes. Open-position chords have a “jangly” pleasant feature, sometimes referred to [more…]

Basic Guitar Chords

Guitar playing is mostly, or at least often, a matter of playing chords. The standard guitar chords are represented in the following charts, which show the basic chords for a variety of well-known songs [more…]

Playing Guitar: Common Moveable Chord Forms

A moveable chord, unlike an open-position chord, does not include open strings. If you can move, without rearranging your fingers, from position to position on the neck of the guitar, it’s a moveable chord [more…]

Anatomy of an Electric Guitar

An electric guitar is the key component of the rock guitar sound. Take a look at this figure to identify the major parts of a typical electric guitar, and read the chord diagram for finger placement. The [more…]

Getting Started Playing Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You don’t have to read music to play guitar, but knowing how to read a chord diagram and translate it to your guitar is a helpful skill. You can then use those chord diagrams to play a variety of songs [more…]

Guitar Songs & Styles For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Knowing the anatomy of an electric guitar is helpful in playing certain styles of music, particularly rock and electric blues. Add some common open and moveable chords and you’re ready to play every style [more…]

Note Names in the U.S. and U.K.

In the world of music, you may encounter different names for the many notes used. The U.S. and U.K. standard terms differ, but the U.S. names — which were originally translated from the German names for [more…]

Extending Notes with Dots and Ties

All notes have a certain value, indicated by the size and shape of the note, that determines how long a pitch should be held by the voice or an instrument. Sometimes, however, you want to add to the value [more…]

Understanding Simple and Compound Time Signatures

Written music always contains a time signature, which looks like a fraction and is found at the beginning of a piece of music. In the time signature, the upper number represents the number of beats per [more…]

Measuring the Distance between Pitches with Intervals

The distance between two musical pitches is called an interval. Intervals are important to music because they build scales and chords. In other words, music gets its richness from intervals. Composers [more…]

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