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3 Steps to Conquer Improvising

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Blues, jazz, and rock guitarists can take both themselves and their listeners into exciting and surprisingly unexpected territories with just one element. It’s an element that (more…)

How to Read a Scale Graph

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This week’s post is written especially for those of you who are new to playing guitar, or those who are considering taking up this great instrument and are looking for a little bit of direction. If you haven’t done so already, take a few minutes to check out and start our free 10-week beginner guitar course. In the meantime, in this post, we’ll cover (more…)

Easy Solo Guitar 2

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Playing chords and melody together on guitar can be challenging for a beginner. As I mentioned previously in the Easy Solo Guitar post, you do not need to become an overly accomplished guitarist to enjoy this style of playing. With a few open chords and a simple melody, you have all the workings to (more…)

Songwriting Tip: Usable 7th Chord

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New to songwriting? Wondering what to do with the diminished chord at the end of each key? There is a simple trick that not only brings back the extra harmony, but can easily add a different quality to your (more…)