Three of the main techniques used in rock music are palm muting, power chords, and octaves. I created three simple rock riffs, all in the key of E or E minor to demonstrate these techniques that any beginner guitar player can utilize. To play the first riff you’ll need to be able to palm mute. […]
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For many writers, nothing is scarier than an empty, white page. The idea that you could write anything is simply overwhelming. Often things are much easier when you are given a writing prompt, such as: You lost your sight – along with everyone else on Earth – in The Great Blinding. Two years later, without […]
Most fretted string instruments like the guitar have barre chords, and they are a true pain in the hand. However they help you get a better grasp on the different guitar chords to be found across the fretboard. It is not easy to play barre chords as a beginner guitar player, but it is never […]
If you are not familiar with the Circle of Fifths, it may seem a little confusing. However once you break the code you realize how simple it is! In this article we will show you exactly how to use the Circle of Fifths while playing guitar.
You may have learned about the pentatonic scale in school, or maybe you have come across it already while playing guitar. It is a simple scale that may seem limited, but instead gives you access to an entire world of music. Every guitarist should be able to play basic pentatonic scales and we will show […]
When a guitar string rings without any fingers down on the fretboard, we call that an “open” string. An open string is allowed to ring freely and will sound for a while if it is not muted (the word for using your hand to stop the ringing of the strings). Open chords are the chords […]
It’s time to talk power chords – what they are, how to play them, the theory/how they’re formed and ultimately, how to use them. Maybe you already play power chords but don’t know the theory behind them or where they come from. Or maybe you’ve never even heard the name before. Or perhaps you sort […]
There’s knowing something, then there’s really knowing something. Then there’s how well you need to know your guitar scales. Thorough scale knowledge is the underpinning heart of soloing, improvisation, jamming, composition and songwriting, and practically all music theory. Frequently, aspects of music practice like scales can receive a bit of a hard time – seen […]