Guitar Tricks Blog: How-To

Posted July 21, 2022

ONE Pentatonic Scale for ALL Keys - Major and Minor

One Scale for All Keys

Want to be able to play a scale in any key, major or minor? This A Minor / C Major pentatonic scale pattern can be moved up and down the neck to fit into pretty much any key you might find yourself in. If you'd like to learn more about pentatonic (and other) guitar scales, 

Posted February 18, 2022

10 Ways to Beef Up Your Barre Chords

10 Ways to Beef Up Your Barre Chords

Do you struggle to nail a crisp-sounding barre chord? If so, you know firsthand how frustrating it can be to play one of these beauties without buzzing or dead strings. Getting barre chords to resonate brightly can be a real challenge, especially on an acoustic guitar. But with a little elbow grease, or rather, finger grease, and a whole lot of dedication, YOU can conquer the barre chord.

Posted February 11, 2022

Power Chords Explained in 5 Easy Steps

Power chords are the backbone of rock music. They're often used in rock music, and are also known as fifth chords. They're called fifth chords because they're made from the root note and the fifth. They’re beefy, often crunchy and are super simple to play because it takes only three notes to make these types of guitar chords. Here are 5 easy steps to learning and practicing these powerful chords.

Posted January 25, 2022

How to String a Guitar - 6 Super Easy Steps

Guitar strings get worn overtime so it’s important to change them about once per month, or if you’re actively playing, once every two weeks. Even brand-new guitars need their strings changed because by the time the instrument gets to you, the strings may already be months old. Whether you're a beginner or experienced guitar player, you'll have to inevitably change guitar strings. Here are 6 simple steps on how to string a guitar. 

Posted January 25, 2022

Barre Chords Explained! They're Super Easy!

Barre chords are difficult because, when you first learn them as a beginning guitarist, you have to hold down all of the strings. Holding down all the strings is tough because there’s a lot of tension, and playing barre chords closer to the headstock is even more complicated because the strings are tighter and the frets are more spread out. 

Posted January 20, 2022

7th Chords Explained

7th chords are triads but with the addition of one more note, the 7th. Common 7th chords are major 7th (Cmaj7), minor 7th (Cmin7) and the dominant 7th (C7). These chords are used in all genres of music including blues, jazz, rock and more.