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How to Play Blues on the Guitar with a Basic Single-Note Riff

A riff is a self-contained musical phrase on the guitar, and it can be used to form the basis for a song. Riffs are the bridge between chords and lead guitar. Riffs are usually based on single notes, but [more…]

How to Play Blues on the Guitar with High-Note Riffs

A high-note riff on the guitar is very close — in words and in music — to a lick. So, just forget the whole idea of strictly defining terms in such a forgiving and nonjudgmental form as the blues. But [more…]

How to Play Melody in the Bass on the Classical Guitar

The melody of a classical guitar piece, though usually played by the fingers on the high strings (in the treble), is sometimes played by the thumb on the low strings [more…]

How to Play Melody in the Treble on the Classical Guitar

Melodies in the bass are a bit easier to combine with arpeggios on the guitar than are melodies in the treble. However, arpeggio pieces with melodies in the treble are actually more common than those with [more…]

How to Mix Up Melodies on the Classical Guitar

Not all arpeggiated passages are straightforward — where the melody occurs consistently in either the treble or bass part on the classical guitar. In some cases the melody moves back and forth between [more…]

How to Mix Single Notes and Strums on the Guitar

Rhythm guitar includes many more approaches than just simultaneously strumming chords. A piano player doesn’t plunk down all her fingers at once every time she plays an accompaniment part, and guitarists [more…]

How to Use Left-Hand Movement within a Right-Hand Strum on the Guitar

When you begin to move the left-hand in conjunction with the right, you uncover an exciting new dimension in rhythm guitar: left-hand movement simultaneous with right-hand rhythm. This “liberating of the [more…]

Guitar Rhythm Styles

Here, you will tackle some song-length guitar exercises that illustrate many of the characteristics, both chordal and rhythmic, of standard grooves or feels in rock music. Rhythm section players often [more…]

How to Play Intervals 1 through 7 on the Guitar

Beginning guitarists can learn a great deal from playing intervals. The distance from the 1st to the 2nd scale degrees in the major scale is called a second interval, [more…]

Playing the Guitar: The Seven Triads of the Major Scale

After you understand how to build triads on the guitar, you can continue to build on each degree in the G major scale. Try doing this on your own on the fretboard. Here’s what the completed scale looks [more…]

How to Play 2nd and 9th Chords on the Guitar

There are many types of chords for the guitar that include 2nds and 9ths, but the three that you’re most likely to encounter are sus2, add9, and 9 chords. You start with the sus2 chord, a chord that has [more…]

How to Play 4th and 11th Chords on the Guitar

By far the most common type of 4th chord that you encounter as a guitar player is a sus4, where a 4th replaces the 3rd and a chord is stacked 1-4-5. On occasion, a 4th is added and the 3rd is retained, [more…]

How to Play Low-Note and High-Note Melodies on the Guitar

For some reason, all traditional guitar method books start with the guitar’s top strings and work their way down to the low strings. But in the true rebellious spirit of rock and roll, let’s start at the [more…]

How to Play Licks on the Guitar

What’s cool about playing up the neck of the guitar is how often you get to shift positions while doing it. And make no mistake, shifting is cool. You get to move your whole hand instead of just your fingers [more…]

How to Play Seventh Chords

Playing open-position seventh chords on your guitar is as easy as playing basic major and minor chords. This video will expand your harmonic library by showing you how to play open-position major and minor [more…]

How to Vary Guitar Articulation with Pull-Offs

A pull-off is a basic guitar fretting technique that adds variety to your articulation. This video lesson shows guitar novices the same pull-off techniques that professional guitarists use all the time [more…]

How to Play Basic Major Chords on a Guitar

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How to Play Basic Minor Chords on a Guitar

Basic open minor chords on the guitar include A minor, D minor, and E minor. You can play a lot of music from this video lesson, which shows how to read a chord diagram and play these three minor chords [more…]

How to Play Folk Guitar Fingerpicking Style

If you're playing folk music on your guitar, you'll probably want to put down the pick and use a fingerpicking style. This video gives you ideas and instruction on playing folk guitar with just your fingers [more…]

How to Vary Guitar Articulation by Using Hammer-Ons

A hammer-on is a basic guitar fretting technique that adds variety to your articulation. This video lesson shows guitar novices the same hammer-on techniques that professional guitarists use all the time [more…]

How to Play the Blues Scale on a Guitar

If you want to play jazz or blues on the guitar, you need to learn how to play the 6-note blues scale. This video illustrates a blues scale box pattern -- a fingerboard pattern -- and shows how you can [more…]

How to Play the Major Scale on a Guitar

This video lesson helps beginner musicians play the major scale in position on the guitar. You'll see how to play the one-octave major scale pattern on your guitar and how you can move that pattern to [more…]
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