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 […]
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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 […]
“Open Chords” is a term you’ll likely encounter very often in the early stages of learning to play the guitar. The main reason it is so common at this stage is that chords are usually one of the first things an aspiring guitarist will learn, and within ‘chords’ as a category, ‘open chords’ are usually […]
Guitar tuning is hardly the most fun aspect of playing. But there are things you can do to improve and speed up your tuning, and pitfalls to avoid.
Learning the guitar is exciting, but it can be overwhelming. You have all these frets and strings, some of which make the same sounds (like the 5th fret on the low E string and the open A string). How to make sense of all this?
You’ve no doubt heard it plenty of times: ear training is really important. Whether it’s from friends, band mates, teachers or world-class guitarists. But why exactly is ear training important? For years, I couldn’t really answer this question. And even though I did many of the ear training exercises, I was never really sure what […]
How do you keep your guitar’s fretboard in top condition? This beginner’s guide to cleaning and polishing your guitar frets will help ensure you do a perfect job every time.