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Barre Chord Exercise that Works!

Posted by on 7:22 am in Guitar Chords | 0 comments

A Unique And Effective Barre Chord Exercise:Barre chords can be daunting for new guitar players. They’re the first major challenge of fretting hand strength. So long before I teach barre chords I like to teach a primer exercise. I found this exercise to be my favorite to develop that hand strength. It works best if you practice it a little bit at a time. Just a few minutes once or twice a day.  Here’s How The Exercise Works: Take your index finger and barre it across the first fret. When I say “on” the first fret, I mean...

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How to Make Your Acoustic Guitar Easier to Play

Posted by on 12:55 pm in Learn to Play Guitar | 0 comments

Making Your Guitar Easier To Play When your first learn to play guitar, it can be pretty rough on your left hand. As you get better, it becomes easier. You learn better techniques, start to place your fingers properly, and learn how to angle your wrist in a more ergonomic way. But it also helps to have your guitar work for you. What I mean by that is making your guitar as easy to play as possible.This is especially critical when it comes to learning bar chords. It takes a lot of strength and proper technique to play these, even with a...

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Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

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Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

Do You Really Need Power Chords?I got this question from one of my students. Power chords have been used since the 60s (maybe earlier), mostly in Rock genres. If you’re an older player like me, do you still need them?Let’s start by finding out what they are. “Power Chords” are essentially 5th chords (notated as G5 for a G power chord). It’s just the root note and a fifth on top. If you play the third fret on the sixth string (G) and the fifth fret on the fifth string (D), you’d have a G power chord.(Note: You can add the octave of the root to...

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Play Hotel California Without Bar Chords

Posted by on 10:43 am in Guitar Songs to Learn | 0 comments

Play Hotel California Without Bar Chords

As cliche as it might sound, Hotel California is one of my all-time favorite songs. If you’ve ever tried to learn this song you’ll notice it has bar chords. Today I’m going to show you how to play this song without bar chords. To start, I’m using a capo on the second fret. This makes it so we can play along to the recording in the right key. If you don’t have a capo, no worries! I’m going to call the chords by their shapes. So when I say “play an A minor”, you’ll play the A minor shape. Since you have a capo on the second fret, it...

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Common Chord Progressions for Guitarists

Posted by on 9:33 am in Guitar Theory | 8 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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