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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 that many patterns only have one note per string can make them more challenging for your picking hand. In the charts below (and throughout this course),...

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fast guitar playing

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.

New guitar players often focus on playing fast before they can play slow, and don’t pay much attention to what they are even playing. Part of the thought process is often ‘if I just play everything fast, people won’t notice my mistakes’.

effective guitar practice

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 amount of time you practice guitar that’s important – it’s the quality and effectiveness of your practice.

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 easier to jam with jazz cats.

The ii Chord wants to move forward to the V Chord, and the V Chord wants to resolve to the I (or the tonic).

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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 to focusing on certain goals. I’ll be consistent for a short period of time, but then fall back on my old habits. It’s hard making permanent changes in habit.

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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 major scale.

If you only remember only one thing from you’re first grade music class, it’s probably ‘do re mi fa so la ti do’. Those are the sounds of the major scale.

It’s the basis for the majority of songs across almost every genre in Western music.