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Guitar Tablature: "Allegro" by G.F. Handel

If you know how to play your melodic minor scales, you won't have any problem learning to play Handel's "Allegro" on guitar. The opening statement in this piece is just an ascending scale, although it [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Three Ravens"

If you’re old enough, you may recognize “The Three Ravens” from the Peter, Paul, and Mary version of this folk song. Playing "The Three Ravens" on guitar gives you a chance to practice your harmonic minor [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "To Work upon the Railroad"

Learning to play "To Work upon the Railroad" on guitar gives you a chance to put those natural minor scales to work. The song “To Work upon the Railroad” is also known by its Gaelic title, “Filimiooriooriay [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "The Full Little Jug"

Here is a renamed Gaelic song whose original title, “The Cruiskeen Lawn,” roughly translates to “The Full Little Jug.” Play this song on guitar using harmonic minor scale pattern [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "To the Colors"

To play "To the Colors" on guitar, you use major arpeggio patterns #1 and #2. “To the Colors” is played to honor the nation, as in a salute to the “colors,” or flag. This tune is given the same respect [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Retreat"

Playing "Retreat" on guitar is a great way to practice your major arpeggio patterns. “Retreat,” in this case, doesn’t mean “let’s get the heck out of here.” Instead, it’s used to signal the end of the [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Blues Riff in B"

The form of “Blues Riff in B” is the classic 12-bar blues, but it’s played the rock ’n’ roll way, which is in a straight-eighth feel (not a shuffle or swing). In the guitar tablature below, you’ll notice [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Doo-Wop Groove in A"

“Doo-Wop Groove in A” for guitar features a slow, relaxed feel. This song, which is shown in the following figure, uses major arpeggio patterns 1, 2, 3, and 4. These patterns should be played in a flowing [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Wolfgang’s Whistle"

“Wolfgang’s Whistle” was adapted from a Mozart piano sonata. Learning to play "Wolfgang's Whistle" on guitar gives you a great chance for practicing minor arpeggios; it contains major arpeggios, too. Actual [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Amadeus’s Air"

“Amadeus’s Air” is a guitar exercise taken from a Mozart composition (a piano concerto). It's based on ascending arpeggios (using patterns #1, #2, and [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Mozart’s Motif"

"Mozart's Motif" is an arpeggio exercise that's drawn from his Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major. What’s interesting here is that when you play "Mozart's Motif [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Wild Horseman" by Schumann

Robert Schumann was a brilliant but troubled composer from the Romantic era. His wife, Clara, was a famous pianist who performed many of her husband’s works. Schumann felt that his small hands limited [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Ave Maria" by Schubert

There are two famous versions of “Ave Maria” — one by Bach and Gounod and one by Schubert. Playing the Schubert piece on guitar will give you a chance to see how a dominant seventh chord arpeggio goes [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Pavane" by Gabriel Fauré

Learning to play Fauré’s “Pavane” on guitar gives you a chance to practice your arpeggio patterns. In fact, the song uses 14 of them, including various forms of the three types of seventh chords — dominant [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Liebestraum" by Franz Liszt

"Liebestraum," which means “dream of love,” is one of Franz Liszt’s slower pieces. Playing this slow-moving, static melody on guitar helps highlight the interesting, flavorful chords Liszt places behind [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Ave Maria”" by Bach and Gounod

"Ave Maria" is a beautiful piece of music composed entirely of arpeggios. This makes it the perfect choice for practicing your guitar chords and arpeggio patterns. One of Bach’s most famous compositions [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Danny Boy”

The lovely Irish ballad “Danny Boy” is actually based on an old traditional melody called “Londonderry Air.” And if you’ve ever checked out the derrieres [more…]

Ten Classic Guitars

Whether it’s the quietly elegant Ramirez, the smoothly debonair D’Angelico, or the raucously funky Telecaster, each guitar has a unique feel. In fact, no musical instrument offers a greater variety of [more…]

Major Seventh Arpeggio Patterns #3, #4, and #5 for Guitar

A guitar arpeggio is a chord whose notes are played one at a time instead of simultaneously. It’s sort of the exploded view of a chord. Seventh chords sound richer and more complex than basic major and [more…]

How to Play Chords in the A Family on the Guitar

The A family is a popular family for playing songs on the guitar becaus, its chords are so easy to play. A-family chords are open chords, which means they contain [more…]

How to Play Chords in the D Family on Guitar

The D family of chords is usually the second chord family that guitar players learn. This is primarily because it builds off the A family of chords. It builds on the A family of chords in that the D chord [more…]

How to Play Chords in the G Family on Guitar

The G family of chords is related to the A and D families, so if you can already strum the basic chords in the A and D family, you're already halfway to understanding the G family. The basic chords that [more…]

How to Play Chords in the C Family on Guitar

Some people say that C is the easiest key to play guitar in. That’s because C it sort of the music-theory square one — the point at which everything (and, usually, everyone) begins in music. Because it's [more…]

How to Play Dominant 7th Chords on the Guitar

Learning how to play dominant 7th chords will allow your guitar playing to have a fully, richer sound. Seventh chords are no more difficult to play than are simple major or minor chords. The sound of the [more…]

How to Play Open-Position Minor 7th Chords on the Guitar

If you know how to play minor 7th chords, you will be able to play music that is a little softer and jazzier. Minor 7th chords are the chords you hear in “Moondance” by Van Morrison and in the verses of [more…]

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