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Major Arpeggio Patterns #4 and #5 for Guitar

An 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. Playing major arpeggios on guitar prepares you for music with major chords [more…]

Minor Arpeggio Pattern #1 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. Minor arpeggios can be applied to music in minor keys and in major [more…]

Minor Arpeggio Pattern #2 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. Minor arpeggios can be applied to music in minor keys and in major [more…]

Minor Arpeggio Pattern #3 for Guitar

An 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. Minor arpeggios can be applied to guitar music in minor keys and in major [more…]

Minor Arpeggio Patterns #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. Minor arpeggios can be applied to music in minor keys and in major [more…]

Dominant Seventh Arpeggio Patterns #1 and #2 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…]

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

An arpeggio is a chord whose notes are played one at a time instead of simultaneously. Seventh chords and arpeggios sound richer and more complex than basic major and minor chords, and they’re prevalent [more…]

Minor Seventh Arpeggio Patterns #1 and #2 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…]

Major Seventh Arpeggio Patterns #1 and #2 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…]

Minor 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 A-based Seventh Barre Chords on the Guitar

You won’t encounter any weird hand contortions or new techniques when learning to play the A-based 7th barre chord forms on the guitar. Playing the A-based major barre chord on the guitar is quite awkward [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Creating Music with Chord Progressions

A chord progression is a group of chords that you use to create music. Some chord progressions just sound better than others, so it pays to experiment. The following table, which shows commonly used major-key [more…]

Examining Chord Progressions

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Guitar Neck Diagrams for Major and Minor Scales

When practicing guitar, use these miniature neck diagrams to remind yourself exactly where to position your left-hand fingers. The headings include the scale formulas; use them to help you understand the [more…]

24 Common Guitar Chords for Different Music Styles

The following figure shows 24 common, easy-to-play guitar chords that you can use in many different songs in a variety of styles — including folk, country, rock, and blues. Left-hand fingerings appear [more…]

How to Play a Chord on the Guitar

Chords are basic building blocks of songs. You can play a chord (the simultaneous sounding of three or more notes) several ways on the guitar — by strumming [more…]

Tips for Buying Your First Guitar

If you’re just starting out as a novice guitarist, you may ask, “What’s the minimum I need to spend to avoid winding up with a piece of junk?” That’s a good question, because modern manufacturing practices [more…]

Which Guitar Model Should You Buy to Match Your Style?

Asking for a type of guitar by musical style is completely legitimate. Ask for a heavy-metal guitar, and the salesperson nods knowingly and leads you to the corner of the store with all the scary-looking [more…]

How to Disrupt Your Guitar Sound with Syncopated Strumming

After you develop a feel for strumming your guitar in different combinations of quarters, eighths, and sixteenths, you can increase the rhythmic variation to these various groupings by applying syncopation [more…]

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