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Common Chord Progressions for Guitarists

Posted by on 9:33 am in Guitar Theory | 0 comments

What Are Common Chord Progressions? ​​Video Transcript And Relevant Links: Hey there! We're going to talk about common chord patterns, specifically for guitarists. When I first learned about common chord patterns, it gave me a huge boost in my ability to learn songs faster. It really helped my songwriting abilities. These days I find this to be a great tool for students as well. Common chord patterns are short chord progressions. Most of the time you’ll only use three or four chords. Being able to recognize these patterns will help you...

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The Fabulous Key Change Chord Chart

Posted by on 8:09 pm in Guitar Theory, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Download the fabulous Key Change Chord ChartTranscription:In this lesson, I’m going to explain how to use my Key Change Chord Chart. You may want to change the key of the song for two main reasons:To make it easier to sing for yourself or another vocalist (moving the key up or down), orTo make the song easier to play by playing chords that you find more comfortableLet’s take a look at the chart. The column on the left has all of the keys. First are the major keys, then below are the minor keys. Every chord in any scale can be represented by...

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Pull-Off Guitar Lesson And Exercise

Posted by on 5:00 am in Guitar Basics | 2 comments

Video Transcript And Relevant Links:​Pull offs are an essential part of playing the acoustic guitar and they serve two purposes. One is it does add some character to both your melody and when you're doing these runs in between chords but they also like you to play a little bit faster. You actually get several notes sometimes one two with only one strike of the right hand. So here's an example of a simple pull off. There's two notes there but I'm only striking it once. And here's a more elaborate pull-off. I just played a lot of notes and I...

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How to Play Edelweiss | Easy Guitar Songs

Posted by on 12:02 pm in Guitar Songs to Learn | 0 comments

Download Edelweiss Lyrics and ChordsHey there! In this video you're going to learn two versions of Edelweiss. I'll let you pick which one seems best for you. We'll start with an easier version and then move on to a more complex version.I'm doing a very simple version with a simple strum. The song is in 3/4 (pronounced “three-four"). That means there are 3 beats per measure, instead of 4. The basic strum is down on every beat, and up on the “and” of the second and third beat. If you’re counting, it would sound like this:One,...

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Tips To Get And Stay Motivated To Practice Guitar

Posted by on 8:00 pm in Learn to Play Guitar | 0 comments

Sometimes it seems like you have to practice 24/7 to get good at guitar but if you're anything like me sometimes you just don't feel motivated to practice.  I want to share with you some of the things that really helped me over the years. Now this list is by no means exclusive in fact I'd really like to have you share in the comments some of your ideas and maybe some things that helped you to stay motivated and to share it with the community as well. But this is what I have for you right now. It's the best of what I've come up...

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How to Change Keys on Guitar

Posted by on 1:32 pm in Guitar Theory | 6 comments

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: One very practical skills for guitar players is to be able to change keys. This is especially helpful if you want to play guitar and sing. Oh, if you're playing guitar for somebody else you're singing that's because certain keys are better for the singer than others. Also, there are some things when you're playing they just work better in certain keys than others. So one way to do this ​in a very useful way is to memorize a little graph like this. So what I've done is I've written out the scales for the 5...

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Dust In The Wind Guitar Tutorial (Kansas)

Posted by on 4:17 am in Guitar Songs to Learn | 0 comments

Dust In The Wind Guitar Tutorial | Part 1 We’ll combine the fingerpicking pattern along with the chord progression to play this iconic song. Dust In The Wind Guitar Tutorial | Part 2 Additional Lessons You’ll Love:Picking Pattern for Dust In The Wind | Step-By-Step ​>> Dust in the...

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Should I Learn Guitar Scales?

Posted by on 3:44 am in Guitar Scales | 4 comments

Hey there, over the years I've had many students and I've heard also people write comments "Should I learn guitar scales I'm just starting out? Should I only learn scales when I first starting or and do I really have to learn scales?" So first of all the short answer is yes and sometimes no. Certainly scales are the building blocks of music. They're the sort of the vocabulary that music is built off of and certainly if you want to improvise they're one of the main  tools for improvisation. Let me talk about several of the reasons...

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What Does the “Key” of a Song Mean?

Posted by on 5:30 am in Guitar Theory | 1 comment

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: Hi I'm Tomas from Real Guitar. Let's talk a little bit about what it means to be in a ​Key in ​Music and why that's important.   First I'm gonna explain just a little bit of music theory. Now nothing complicated so don't worry and it's nothing you really have to memorize or anything but they will help this explanation go a little more smoothly. First, there's what we call the musical alphabet. We used letter names to indicate notes. Now for those of you who have been playing for a while this is...

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How to Fix those Crappy Sounding Notes

Posted by on 7:53 am in Guitar Basics | 0 comments

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: I got a message from one of my YouTube subscribers who was trying to form a partial barre chord. I believe and she says in paraphrasing "Every time I tried to play this kind of chord, my notes sound muted or blunted and I can't find any kind of instruction on how to fix that. They all say, you know, how to make the chord but they doesn't sound good so what do I do with that?" Well, I want to make this video to help those who are having a similar problem and I want to start off by saying it's really...

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