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Beginner’s Guide to Songwriting Part 2: Chords



It’s time to tackle the chords for those melodies we composed last week! If you need a refresher on how to create an easy melody, check out the Beginner’s Guide to Songwriting Part 1. Adding harmony to an established melody is easy if you know (more…)

Beginner’s Guide to Songwriting Part 1: Melody



You’ve been playing guitar for a little while and you start getting the itch. I’m not talking about that funny sensation you get after wearing the holiday sweater you hate love so much. I’m talking about the desire to express yourself on your guitar, even though (more…)

Easy Solo Guitar



An often overlooked aspect of guitar playing is that the instrument can stand on its own in front of an audience without the need for accompaniment. I’m not talking about classical guitar music, even though it is a wonderful style to play; rather, I’m talking about (more…)

The Dynamic Shift



The dynamic shift—sounds like a bad guy in a popular superhero movie. In reality, “dynamic shift” refers to a valuable technique that, if used efficiently, can spruce up your melodies and/or musical riffs. Let’s look at the first part of (more…)