Both hands are equally important when playing guitar. This beginner lesson looks at developing the basic techniques needed for your strumming hand.
Posts by David Hodge:
Let’s look at guitar fills and the theory behind them. This lesson will teach you how to come up with your own interesting fills and transitions between chords.
Let’s tackle strumming patterns; how to learn them and get them down pat. Here’s an approach that will simplify the whole issue surrounding strumming patterns.
This beginner’s primer explains different types of scales and unusual chord progressions. We’ll learn how they work in songs like Gimme Shelter and Hey Joe.
What makes a chord transition “good?” Why are some transitions almost automatic? Why is C to G pleasant to the ear while C to Eb minor is worse than fingernails on a chalkboard? Fortunately, we have a few guidelines concerning chord changes and progressions that will make music theory and writing your own songs a little bit easier.
Being able to play along to songs you don’t know is a skill that can be learned. Here are some tips to help you join the band on any song.
This is the third and final part in our series on how to figure out songs by ear. We’re going to put all the pieces together and and take out the guesswork.
In this second of three parts we look at songs by Smashing Pumpkins, The Eagles and Talking Heads to explore the conventions of song structure.