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Dm Solo Riff

February 24th, 2017 by

This week, you’ll learn a fun and easy solo riff in D minor. We’ll also explore some ways to play this riff using (more…)

Power Chords

February 17th, 2017 by

What are the 4 power chords that guitarists commonly use? That’s the topic I cover in this week’s lesson. (more…)

Double Stop Riffs

February 10th, 2017 by

What are double-stops? This is the question for the lesson of the week. Find out what they are and how to (more…)

Better Sounding Chords

February 3rd, 2017 by

If your chords do not have a clear sound, it may be because your hand is too tight. In this lesson, I’ll share with you a simple exercise (more…)

Major vs. Minor Scale

January 27th, 2017 by

Understanding the distinction between a major and minor scale can be a bit confusing for a beginner guitarist. In this lesson, I discuss how to easily (more…)

Pentatonic Chord Soloing

January 20th, 2017 by

This week, I had a student ask about how to add chords to his soloing for jazz band. I showed him a fun trick that uses the pentatonic scales (more…)

January Rain Chord Study

January 13th, 2017 by

In the previous lesson, I composed a simple lead sheet for beginner musicians called January Rain. This week, let’s take a closer look at the chords (harmony) that were used for the song. By analyzing chord progressions, you can gain a better (more…)

January Rain

January 6th, 2017 by

This week’s lesson is an entry-level song for the beginner guitarist. I’ve written it in the form of a lead sheet to make the learning process easier. If you’re not familiar with what a lead sheet is, it is music that’s written with just (more…)

Guitar Phrasing

December 30th, 2016 by

If you find that your solos are stagnating, consider exploring guitar phrasing. As you already know, almost everything on guitar is based on chords or scales. However, with phrasing, your attack (the dynamics) of a musical piece can also have a big impact on your music. Instead of just (more…)

3 Easy Blues Riffs

December 23rd, 2016 by

This week, I’ve put together a few simple blues riffs for you—nothing fancy, just some ideas that you could easily add to a guitar solo. I encourage you to (more…)