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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…)

Easy Scale Sequence: Pentatonic Part 2

December 16th, 2016 by

In last week’s lesson, I introduced how to play a pentatonic scale in thirds and required you to use triplets. This time, I want to explore how to play (more…)

Easy Scale Sequence: Pentatonic

December 9th, 2016 by

Scale sequencing is a great way to develop strong technical skills on guitar. Granted, you may not find them to be very musical, but the physical improvements you gain make the time spent learning this type of playing well worth the effort. These benefits (more…)

Better String Movement for Beginners

December 2nd, 2016 by


It can be difficult for a beginner to move from one string to the next when starting out on guitar. This is an issue I frequently see in private lessons with new students, and it’s what led me to create an exercise that (more…)

3 Steps to Conquer Improvising

November 25th, 2016 by


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

November 18th, 2016 by


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

November 11th, 2016 by


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…)