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.
Learn how to play acoustic or electric guitar. We have lessons on everything and anything to do with guitar. We’ve even got stuff for bass players, 12 string guitars, banjo pickers, ukulele lovers and all of you beautiful misunderstood lefties.
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.
Here is a great beginner exercise you can use to write a song. You’ll need a guitar, a pen and paper and before you know it you’ll have written your first song.
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 beginner article on songwriting covers topics such as inspiration, tools of the trade, words or music first, what to write about and much more.
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.