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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. 

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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. 

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Posted January 15, 2022

3 Minor Chord Progressions and How to Find Them

Minor chord progressions are very similar to major chord progressions but of course, we’re looking at the minor scale. It’s important to know how to find chords within a minor scale so that you have a number of options when it comes time to create your own song or if you simply want to know how your favorite hits have come together. In this guitar lesson we will take a in-depth look at minor chords, ho

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Posted January 5, 2022

10 Famous Songs with Three Chords or Less


When learning to play guitar, it can be a little daunting to search for a guitar chord chart only to see hundreds of chords you think you have to know in order to play a just a few songs. In reality, the opposite is true. You only need to know a few chords to play hundreds of songs. Many of the most famous songs in the world are made up of three chords or less, and many even share the same three chords. Anyone taking <a style="color: #e03e2d

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Posted January 5, 2022

Guitar Tab Symbols Explained!

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Guitar tab symbols tell a guitar player what to do when reading guitar tablature. The symbols may represent a bend, a palm mute, a hammer on, pull off, vibrato, and more. Even if you do have a key for all of the guitar tab symbols, it may be confusing when it comes time to actually play a tab. If you’re new to reading guitar tabs or new to taking guitar lessons, let&r

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Posted August 9, 2021

The CAGED System Explained

As you're learning how to play guitar, you'll likely hear players reference the CAGED system as being a great tool to utilize in your learning process.  To put it simply, CAGED is essentially a way of visualizing chord shapes on the fretboard. The trick to using the CAGED system is to realize that it consists of moveable shapes that can be any chord depending upon where you put the root note. Once you know the five basic shapes you can p

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