Music 101

These mini-lessons for guitar are short guides to help you understand basic music concepts, guitar techniques and other topics that occur frequently in your day to day guitar playing. The idea is to give you a quick refresher should you happen to need it on any given topic.

Feb18
The Clash

Here’s a primer to help you understand and form any power chord you want on your guitar in several different ways.

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Oct02
Slash Chords Chart

Knowing a chord’s root note helps you play it cleaner. This knowledge also helps you recognize and play slash chords without thinking twice about it.

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Apr01

Playing quarter note triplets – dividing two beats into three equal parts – is tricky. David demonstrates how you can do it easily.

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Feb07
Playing Percussively

Learn to add percussive strumming to your rhythm playing. David walks you through the basic technique, step by step, with audio examples.

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Oct12
Correct Guitar Posture

How you hold your guitar can make a big difference on how quickly you make progress learning to play. David Hodge gives you a few tips to help you out.

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Jul13

Knowing four simple basic chords allows you to play forty-eight barre chords. This article teaches you to play two versions of any basic chord you know.

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Jun28

Learn how to play barre chords by taking them one step at a time. David Hodge walks you through playing your first barre chord making them as easy as possible.

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Apr15

Hammer-ons are one of the four basic slurring techniques of playing guitar. While many guitarists think of them as just a technique of the lead guitarist, they are essential to rhythm playing as well.

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