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Choosing the Right Notes for a Bass Guitar Groove

The bass guitar is the foundation of any band, so playing a good bass groove can make or break a song. Here are a few guitar-playing guidelines to remember when you're creating a bass groove. [more…]

Finding the Major Scales on a Guitar

Finding the major scales on a guitar is not as hard as you might think. Traditionally, guitarists think of the guitar neck as being broken up into blocks of four frets, and, depending on what key you want [more…]

Finding the Natural Minor Scales on a Guitar

Natural minor scales follow the interval pattern Whole step, Half step, Whole step, Whole step, Half step, Whole step, Whole step (WHWWHWW), with the first note [more…]

Finding the Harmonic Minor Scales on a Guitar

The harmonic minor scale is a variation of the natural minor scale. Consequently, finding harmonic minor scales on a guitar is similar to finding a natural minor except that it is off by one half step. [more…]

Finding Melodic Minor Scales on a Guitar

The melodic minor scale is derived from the natural minor scale. To find the melodic minor scale, raise both the sixth and seventh notes of the natural minor scale by one half step when going up the scale [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Southern Hospitality"

"Southern Hospitality" incorporates the easy-sounding twang of the country- and Southern-rock movements of the ’70s. To play “Southern Hospitality” in guitar, you need to know how to play the pentatonic [more…]

How to Play the Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

The major and minor scales may be music-education stalwarts, but they sound a bit academic when used over chord progressions. For rock guitar, you'll want to learn to play the pentatonic scale, which supplies [more…]

How to Use the Pentatonic Scale in a Lead Guitar Solo

The pentatonic scale is the most common scale used for playing rock lead because it sounds great over every chord change in a key, and you can begin to make music with it almost immediately. There are [more…]

Practice Exercise for Playing the Major Scale Pattern #2 on Guitar

You can play a lot of guitar music by simply memorizing five major scale patterns, and the best way to memorize anything is to practice. The following practice exercises will help you to learn major scale [more…]

Practice Exercise for Playing Major Scale Pattern #3 on Guitar

You can play a lot of music on guitar simply by memorizing five major scale patterns, and the best way to memorize anything is to practice. The following practice exercises will help you to learn major [more…]

Practice Exercise for Playing Major Scale Pattern #4 on Guitar

You can play a lot of music on guitar simply by memorizing five major scale patterns and the best way to memorize anything is to practice. The following practice exercises will help you to learn major [more…]

Practice Exercise for Playing Major Scale Pattern #5 on Guitar

You can play a lot of music on guitar simply by memorizing five major scale patterns, and the best way to memorize anything is to practice. The following guitar practice exercises will help you learn major [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 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…]

How to Harmonize the Major Scale to Build Triads and Chords on the Guitar

A triad is a set of three notes stacked in 3rds. Playing in 3rds on the guitar means that you start on a scale degree, count it as “1,” and then move to the scale degree that is three away, “3.” For example [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 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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