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  • Chords, Scales and Arpeggios



  • Beginner Scales and Chords

C Major Scale for Beginners

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This tutorial explains the concept (theory) of the C Major Scale and how to apply it (practice) to the guitar. This tutorial is primarily written for beginners. But even experienced players might benefit from this quick, concise review of what constitues a scale.





A Minor Scale for Beginners

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This tutorial explains the concept (theory) of the A Minor Scale and how to apply it (practice) to the guitar. This tutorial is primarily written for beginners. But even experienced players might benefit from this quick, concise review of what constitutes a scale.





C Minor Scale Exercises for Beginners

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This tutorial shows how to do basic scale exercises with the C Minor Scale. This tutorial is primarily written for beginners. But even experienced players might benefit from this quick, concise review of how to "practice scales".





Simple Chords Group 1: Intro To C Major & G Major

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This tutorial introduces simplified versions of the C and G chords at a beginner level.








Simple Chords Group 2: Intro To A Minor & E Major

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This tutorial introduces simplified versions of A, E and C chords at a beginner level.








Introduction to Barre Chords for Beginners

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This tutorial explains the concept (theory) of barre chords and how to apply them (practice) to the guitar. We will start with the mechanics of how to "barre" and then learn how to use our barring index finger as a sort of "movable capo". Using this idea enables us to use the basic open chords of ...





Seamless Chord Changes For Beginners

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One of the most challenging tasks for a new guitarist can be making chord changes smoothly and quickly, without creating a pause in the music. Often times, coming up with a specific strategy for getting from one chord to the next can make all the difference. This tutorial presents four powerf...





Full Chords Group 1: A, D, and E

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This series introduces you to some of the basic chords on guitar: A, D, and E.








Full Chords Group 2: C, F, and G

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This tutorial introduces the beginning guitar player to the full (non-simplified) versions of the C, F and G major chords in first position. These are the standard basic chords that form the basis for thousands of songs.





Full Chords Group 4: A, D, and E Minor

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This tutorial introduces the beginning guitar player to the full (non-simplified) versions of the A, D and E minor chords in open position. These are the standard basic chords that form the basis for thousands of songs.







  • Scales

The Major Scale

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The Major Scale is the foundation for nearly all of what we know as Western Harmony. It's construction allows us to understand how nearly all rock music goes together, and our understanding of it's workings is an essential part of everyone's musical education. The construction of the major scale f...





Pentatonic Scales: Boxes & Frameworks

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In this tutorial series we will discuss pentatonic scales, patterns & shapes. We will use them to build pentatonic "frameworks" (or "box shapes") as a visual aid to see familiar patterns on the fretboard. And then use them as a springboard to understanding scale degrees and why scales sound the way ...





The Blues Scale

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In this tutorial, Joe Delia will examine the blues scale in a rock context. Joe will look at the blues scale on one string, then in open position, and some diagonal patterns. Joe will also look at major 3rd slurs and sliding the blues note, and finally put all of these together.





Breakin' In the Blues Scale

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Bring your blues scale into a performance context.








Major Scale Patterns and Positions

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In this tutorial we will look at visualizing the major scale in the three main patterns it forms on the guitar fretboard. We will use the A major scale as an example.





Minor Scale Patterns and Positions

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In this tutorial we will look at visualizing the minor scale in the three main patterns it forms on the guitar fretboard. We will use the A minor scale as an example.





Scales Into Solos: Minor Pentatonic

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This tutorial came about as a result of the frustrations of the instructor trying to teach scales to students in his private teaching in a traditional sequence. After much trial and error, it became evident that students respond to learning the scales in a different order than the one conventionally...





Scales Into Solos: Major Pentatonic

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This tutorial is the result of frustrations of the instructor as he taught scales to students in a traditional sequence. After much trial and error, it became evident that students respond to learning scales in a sequence not taught by traditional methods. The trial and error of the instructor becom...





Practicing the Modes of the Major Scale

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In this tutorial we will practice the modes of the major scale and learn to see and hear them as individual entities in a variety of fretboard patterns. We will learn that each mode has it's own unique, characteristic sound and function.





Exotic Scales

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Knowing your way around some exotic scales has the power to open up a whole new world of melodies and ideas that you can add to your compositions. The use of exotic scales can also add that extra melodic flair to a well crafted solo. Michael Elsner takes you through five different exotic scales, ex...







  • Chords

Scales And Chords Relationships

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This tutorial explains how scales and chords are related to each other. You will also learn musical examples that show how to combine scales and chords.





Extracting the Power!

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In this series, we'll teach you what a power chord is, how to pull a power chord out of any major or minor barre chord, and how to put that power into some great examples.





Two-Note Chords

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In these six lessons, I will introduce you to the concept of two-note chords. Then I will show you a small example song, so you can see how they can be used in a musical context.





Double Stops: How They Work

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In this four lesson tutorial, the student will learn the theory, the mechanics, and the fingerings of double stops and why they work as they do. Simply put, double stops are the approach of playing two notes at once that are harmonized. I'll start off by playing a short original tune that's based on...





Open Chords: Rhythm and Embellishments

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In this series of lessons, we'll see that open chords can be used to create great rock riffs. We'll use the basic open chords that you learned in the fundamental courses and earlier in this course.





Campfire Chords With Character

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In this style tutorial, Dale Turner will teach you some ways that you can spice up your common "campfire" style chords. You'll learn how to create chords like add2/sus2, add4/sus4, and major 7 in C major and A minor. Dale will also show you upper register common tones. He'll then demonstrate some st...





Introduction to Major and Minor 7th Chords

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This tutorial is an introduction to major & minor 7th chords. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play basic barre chords & barred, moveable dominant 7th chords. By the end of this tutorial you should know & be able to play major & minor 7th chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings.





Walking Into Chords

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In these nine lessons, Ned Luberecki demonstrates how to play the classic country "lead-in" line to walk into another chord. First you'll learn the basics of how to walk into chords, then Ned will show you how to do this in several different keys. As we get to the end of the tutorial, Ned will show ...





Introduction to Dominant 7th Chords

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This tutorial is an introduction to dominant 7th chords mostly in open position. This tutorial assumes you already know all the basic open position major chords A through G. It also helps to have an understanding of basic barre chords. By the end of this tutorial you should know all the basic ope...





Alternative Chord Voicings

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In this tutorial I'm going to show you some alternative "voicings" of the chords used in the blues. When you arrange the notes of your chords differently, take out or add certain notes, you can get many different sounds and possibilities out of them. In this tutorial we are gonna explore some of the...





Beyond Power Chords

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In these lessons I will leave standard power chords behind and show you four types of chords that are just as useful, that you may not have seen before. In the first two examples, I will take you through inversions. After that we'll take a look at using thirds, and last but not least, the progressiv...





Barre Into Jazz Chords

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In these seven guitar lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you how to turn barre chords into jazz chords. After introducing you to the tutorial, Caren will first break down the A7 chord, and in the next lesson, the E7 chord. Then it's time to learn to shift between the chords. After that, we'll look ...







  • Arpeggios

10 Ways To Play Arpeggios

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In this series of lessons, I will show you ten of my favorite ways to use arpeggios in a musical context. In the first lesson I'll introduce you to the tutorial, and in the lessons that follow I will teach you examples covering many styles of music, from classical, to rock and metal, with backing tr...





Triads, Inversions, Arpeggios, and Extensions

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In this tutorial, I'm going to introduce you to the world of triads, inversions, arpeggios, and chord extensions. We'll take a very thorough, step-by-step approach working with all these concepts- breaking down how they relate to one another. Having an understanding of all these musical ideas is fun...





The Connecting Game

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In this tutorial I will introduce you to a great exercise called The Connecting Game. At the end, I will show you the common chord progressions, and how to apply the exercise to these chords.





Arpeggiation in Rock

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In this set of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you how to start applying arpeggiation to your rhythm playing. An introduction and a good arpeggio tone come first, then you'll learn how to arpeggiate open chords with 8th notes, power chords with palm muting, and barre chords with 16th notes. Nex...





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