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C Minor Rock Riff

March 24th, 2017 by

In this week’s lesson, you’ll learn how to create a melodic rhythm with a simple power chord. Not only will you build stronger playing technique, but it could (more…)

Gm Rock Backing Track

March 17th, 2017 by

Let’s take a break from having a “lesson” this week and, instead, just jam and have some fun playing guitar. I’ve created a backing track for you to (more…)

Better Picking Part 3

March 10th, 2017 by

As mentioned in prior blog posts, developing your picking skills will always make learning guitar easier. This time around, I explain how to improve your picking technique using a (more…)

Dorian vs. Natural Minor Scale

March 3rd, 2017 by

In this week’s lesson, I compare the difference between a Dorian and an Aeolian (natural minor) scale. You’ll discover that a small alteration to a scale can (more…)

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…)