Chords, Scales and Arpeggios
Beginner Scales and Chords
C Major Scale for Beginners
A Minor Scale for Beginners
C Minor Scale Exercises for Beginners
Simple Chords Group 1: Intro To C Major & G Major
Simple Chords Group 2: Intro To A Minor & E Major
Introduction to Barre Chords for Beginners
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
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
Full Chords Group 2: C, F, and G
Full Chords Group 4: A, D, and E Minor
The Major Scale
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
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
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
Major Scale Patterns and Positions
Minor Scale Patterns and Positions
Scales Into Solos: Minor Pentatonic
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
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
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...
Scales And Chords Relationships
Extracting the Power!
Double Stops: How They Work
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
Campfire Chords With Character
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
10 Ways To Play Arpeggios
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
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
Arpeggiation in Rock
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...