• Triad Arpeggios on guitar

    Major Triad Arpeggio Shapes

    Major triads are built using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the major scale. While playing triads of triads may sound like they would be easier than 7th chords (and chords with other extensions), since they only contain 3 notes, it’s often not the case. While there are less notes to remember, the fact …

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    The art of telling a story with your guitar solos

    We guitar players often want to play fast.

    Even at young ages, guitarists are often given the impression that faster = better.

    Talent shows and guitar competitions (which are beyond silly) typically favor the fastest players.

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    How To Practice Guitar Effectively

    Practice is the repeating of an action with the goal of improving. Sounds simple enough, but what we often do during the time we refer to as practicing is just rehashing stuff we already know. We think that just because we are playing something on guitar for a while, we must be improving. It’s not specifically the …

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  • jazz guitar

    Practicing ii V I progressions in 4ths

    In this ear-training and chord practice exercise, we move through the ii V I chord progression in each key in the order of the Cycle of 4ths. The ii V I progression is the most common chord sequence in jazz and many other genres. Understanding it can give you ideas when writing music, and make it …

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    The Importance of Mastering One Thing At a Time

    Most of us have a list in our heads of things we want to improve on. I want to eat healthier, lift more at the gym, get better at marketing, and even just within the world of musical instruments, I’d like to get better at guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums. I often find myself committing …

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    The Major Scale – Simplified

    The Major Scale is the probably single most important thing in Western Music. The major scale was among the first things you were ever exposed to musically, whether you knew it or not. Rock-a-Bye-Baby? Row Your Boat? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Itsy Bitsy Spider? The melody of these, and most other nursery rhymes, use nothing but the …

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