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Online Guitar Lessons

June 9th, 2011 No comments

Total Guitar features free online guitar lessons with tab and audio files. We have lessons on the lydian mode, arpeggios, speed guitar, finger tapping, guitar scales, guitar chords, how to play guitar like Yngwie, and guitar improvisation.

These free lessons feature instruction by Dave Bates. Dave co-founded Total Guitar in 1998. Check out his Dave’s bio here

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Notes on the Guitar Neck

January 21st, 2011 No comments
Notes on the Guitar Neck

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Why do you need to learn all the notes on the guitar neck? Because knowledge of where each guitar note is on an instrument is absolutely basic to any serious study of it. You must know where all the notes are to understand how to create chords and how guitar scales are formed.

On a 6 string guitar with standard tuning the notes on the guitar neck start with an E on the top string when the string is played open.

If you press down on the first fret on the top E string you’ll now be playing an F. As you move one step up the fret board, you also move one note up the musical scale.

This is the the standard 12-step musical scale, starting on E:

E – F – F# – G – G# – A – A# – B – C – C# – D – D#

Here is a diagram of the frets and notes on the guitar neck. We only go to the 12th fret because then it repeats.

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The most important part of improvising guitar is to know where all the notes on the guitar neck are. You should be able to glance at any note on the fretboard and know its name. If you don’t know what guitar notes you are playing you will find improvising extremely difficult.

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Learn Guitar in 21 Days

January 18th, 2011 No comments
Learn Guitar in 21 Days<br />

Learn Guitar in 21 Days

Learn Guitar in 21 Days will teach you all you need to know to play hundreds of your favorite songs on guitar with 8 simple chords, a few simple strums and a basic understanding of how music works.

Thousands of popular songs can be played with 8 simple chords or less. Simply learn the A chord, D chord and E chord and you’ll be able to play hundreds of blues, folk and rock songs. Play your favorite songs on guitar with this 21 day guitar lessons dvd course.

Price: $19.95 Learn Guitar in 21 Days

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Learn Guitar in 21 Days. Free video feature 5 awesome lessons from the guitar dvd. 

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Features:
• Picture-In-Picture Video Instruction
• Tab and Notation
• Power Tab
• Practice Rhythm Tracks
• Printed Manual

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Moveable Power Chords

December 22nd, 2010 No comments

Guitar Method features over 180 step by step lessons. Guitar Method features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable including Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, and Classical!

Beginner Guitar Lessons - Moveable Power Chords

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Includes multi track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists, such as:

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin on Heaven’s Door
  • Rolling Stones/The Doors – Little Red Rooster
  • The Steve Miller Band – Rock N Me
  • Heart – Dreamboat Annie
  • Rod Stewart/Tom Waits – Downtown Train
  • The Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band
  • More..

Price: $59.95 Beginner Guitar Lessons - Moveable Power Chords

Free Video Guitar Lesson: Moveable Power Chords – This video clip is from Lesson 80 of the eMedia Guitar Method CD-ROM. It will teach you how to play movable or closed position power chords

 

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Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar Review

September 9th, 2010 No comments
Learn and Master Guitar Lessons Dvd

Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar

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Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar is a complete set of dvd guitar lessons developed to teach you how to play the guitar. Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar contains 20 Dvds, 5 Jam Along CDs, the Learn and Master Lesson Book, and Unlimited Access to the Student Support Site. Professional instruction provided by Steve Krenz.

This is an excellent program for the beginner. The dvd guitar lessons start with the parts of the guitar, names of the strings, and proper right and left hand technique. Tuning, how to read tab, and chords are covered next. On screen examples are provided. Lessons are also supplied via the Learn and Master lesson book. This book contains diagrams of everything covered on the dvd. This enables you to watch the video and follow along with the book or even refer back to the book when you don’t have access to the lesson. 

I have found Steve to be a terrific instructor. He is very patient and very encouraging. Everything is explained thoroughly. He even quizzes you on what he teaches during the lesson to help you remember the lesson. At the end of each lesson are tips and assignments. There is also a "Bonus Workshop" where Steve recaps the lesson. The lessons are broken up into pieces with just the right amount of information included so you learn at your own pace. Each lesson builds on the info from the previous lesson.

This is not a "Learn Overnight" course. As Steve explains "Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar is not designed to teach specific songs. The course is designed to give you the playing skills and tools you need to play the songs you eventually want to play".

There is no monthly fee so you can take as long as you need to learn each lesson. There is an "Estimated Time To Learn" printed in your lesson book which is approximately 2 weeks per lesson. That being said, the entire 20 piece course should take less than a year to complete.

Learn & Master offers a 60-day money back guarantee and includes free online support for students, including a forum. Full access is free with your purchase of the program.

Learn more at LearnandMasterGuitar.com
 

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Price: $149.00 Learn and Master Guitar

 

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Chords

March 28th, 2010 No comments
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Learn & Master Blues Guitar

March 24th, 2010 No comments
Learn and Master - Blues Guitar Lessons

Blues Guitar Lessons

Learn and Master Blues Guitar "Spotlight Series on Blues Guitar" contains 6 dvds with over 8 hours of dvd guitar instruction, a Jam Along CD with over 20 songs in various styles, in-depth interviews with Jack Pearson & Johnny Hiland, a downloadable e-book, and unlimited access to the online support community. Learn and Master Blues Guitar features easy to follow on-screen music and key ideas. Essential blues techniques are explained thoroughly and simply throughout the dvd guitar lessons course.

Price: $99.00 Learn and Master - Blues Guitar Lessons

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Learn and Master Guitar, Spotlight Series on Blues Guitar is an in depth, step by step course. These dvd guitar lessons will give you the musical understanding, the concepts, chords, techniques, and riffs that allow you to enter the world of great blues playing. With this course, you’ll learn the notes, chords, and form that make up the blues. You’ll also build a strong repertoire of ready-to-use riffs (shown in both music and TAB) that can immediately be incorporated into your playing.

You’ll hear exactly what to play through each session’s “Hearing the Blues” ear training exercises. Explore and demonstrate your new skills with a real band in a variety of musical settings using the Jam Along CD and DVD.

Learn to play fast shuffles, slow 12/8 blues, as well as “blues-in-every-key.” Learn all the standard blues guitar techniques such as bends, pull-offs, palm muting, and slide playing. Get your head in the game by understanding blues notes, blues scales, pentatonic scales, and blues chord progressions. The skills you will build in this course will allow you to lay down the blues with complete confidence!

Learn and Master Blues Guitar features dvd instructor Steve Krenz. Steve has performed for years with numerous Grammy winning artists as a Nashville studio guitarist. He is a passionate educator and author of award winning Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar. His practical and easy to understand teaching style makes learning uncomplicated, attainable, and fun.

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Learning to Play Guitar

March 15th, 2010 No comments

For the beginner, learning to play guitar is definitely not an easy task. In fact, it can be quite frustrating. I can’t tell you how many times I almost quit or threw the guitar out the window. Learning how to play the guitar is not something you can do overnight. I takes time to develop your hands and fingers. It takes time to learn chords. It takes time to learn songs. You have to be very patient. The beginning stages of learning the guitar can be very boring and frustrating. There have been many times I have felt that I was getting nowhere, but I did not give up. I cannot tell you how good it feels when you know you have gotten to the next level of guitar playing. It is an intense feeling!

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Guitar Lessons

I had struggled with learning guitar for many years. I took guitar lessons. I tried to learn theory. I spent hours practicing scales over and over. Nothing I ever did seemed to work. My breakthrough came when Dave Bates of Total Guitar told me to just have fun. Dave said that in order to make progress on the guitar I had to have fun with it. He told me to continue practicing and to learn more songs that I liked so that I could keep the learning process fun. I took his advice and started playing for the fun of it. I discovered that by just playing the songs and having fun, I was actually learning how to play the guitar! I was not only learning the song that I happened to be working on, but also the theory, technique, and subtleties behind the music.

Finally, I was learning how to play the guitar and I was having fun in the process! It was easy to get through the boredom and the dull periods. If I became bored, I would just pick out another song to learn so the learning process became interesting and fresh all over again.

If you are having trouble with learning and playing songs, then I would suggest purchasing a Beginner Guitar Lessons DVD. A beginner guitar lessons dvd will teach you the very basics including how to understand and use guitar scales, read tablature and standard notation, build and play hundreds of chords, develop speed and coordination skills, and more. Check out  Learn & Master Guitar lessons on DVD.

Songs are made up of chords. Chords are made up of single notes. The secret to learning how to play guitar is combining the notes into chords and the chords into songs. When you are learning songs, the pieces begin to fall into place over time and your ear begins to develop. You begin to pickup the chord changes in the songs. Once this happens, the techniques and all the theory just begin to fall into place. Once this happens you will begin to love playing the guitar.

NEVER GIVE UP!

- D

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Improvising Guitar

August 4th, 2009 No comments

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This guitar lesson explains how to improvise on guitar. The most important part of improvising guitar is to know where all the notes on the guitar neck are. You should be able to glance at any note on the fretboard and know its name. If you don’t know what guitar notes you are playing you will find improvising extremely difficult.

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Other things to consider when improvising guitar are scale choices, techniques you wish to employ, and phrasing. Assuming you know the notes on the guitar neck, the next consideration is choosing the right scale. The first scale to master for improvising guitar is the Pentatonic scale. Pentatonic means five tones. In this case we will be using the Minor Pentatonic. It’s a safe choice when improvising guitar because the 2nd and 6th scale degrees are omitted making it quite versatile. With two less notes to worry about, it’s easier to make Pentatonic licks fit a variety of guitar leads.

Example 1: To decide what guitar scales to use look at what notes are within the guitar chords you are going to play over. Our rhythm progression contains two chords, A5 and D7. Both of these guitar chords belong to the key of A minor. A5 has two notes, A and E. Notice that this chord is neither major nor minor so we will be able to play a wide variety of scales and modes over it. The second chord, D7 has four notes, D , F#, A, and C. For this example we will stick to A minor pentatonic because it will work well over both chords. For future reference, the D7 chord is derived from the A Dorian minor scale which contains a raised 6th tone. Notice again that the minor pentatonic does not contain a 6th. After nailing down the pentatonic scale, try adding the F# note (7th fret b string) to the pentatonic scale (pattern #1) and you will end up with the Dorian mode sound.

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Example 2:
Here are two patterns of A minor pentatonic. First, memorize them. Now you remember what notes the chords contain right? These notes are called chord tones. When starting or stopping a lick you will want it to be on a chord tone. This will make the lick sound as if it fits the song. The tonal center, in this case, is the A note. Therefore, you will build licks around the A note. However, when playing over the D chord you may also treat the D note as the tonal center. This will help to lock you in with the chord changes and once again, make the lick sound as if it fits.

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Guitar Scales

August 1st, 2009 1 comment

Chords & Scales

A guitar scale is a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch. Scales build strength and independence in your fingers. Playing scales helps to train your ears to recognize common note combinations. They can be used as note choices in both improvisation and music writing. Scales must be a part of every musician’s practice routine.

There are 5 basic scale shapes that every guitar player should know. They should be practiced and played daily in all positions. Try to use them in your playing by writing or improvising melodies with them.

 

Major
Guitar Scales

 

The major scale should be the first scale that you learn. It is a great warm up and technique builder. It is the starting point for all theory. This is a two octave scale. From the 1st red circle to the 2nd is one octave. Oct is the Latin prefix for eight, so the 2nd square is eight notes above the 1st. The spelling for this scale is: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.

Even guitar players with no prior music training can easily learn music theory, scales and modes, fret positions, fingering patterns, notation, tablature, and more with this easy-to-use self instruction book with something for every guitarist.

Scales

Guitar Journals – Scales is the ultimate reference guide of studies and solos in several different genres. This huge collection of scales is perfect for guitarist’s everyday use. They are all covered here: major; natural, melodic and harmonic minor; diminished; whole-tone; bebop; blues; altered; pentatonic; more.

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Minor Pentatonic
Guitar Scales

Minor pentatonic is the most common of all scales used in rock, blues and many other styles. The pentatonic scale has only five different notes before you are back to a root.The spelling for this scale is: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7. Theoretically, all scales are written (formula wise) from the major scale. That is why the spelling for this scale contains a flatted third and seventh. They are altered tones from the major scale. It is also worth noting that if you were to start this scale from the 2nd note (if we were in A for example; the 2nd note would be C ) you would be playing C major pentatonic. You would therefore use it in a C major context.

Guitar Scale Dictionary

The Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary features scales shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony.
In addition to a myriad of scale forms for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales.

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Blues
Guitar Scales

The blues scale is the minor pentatonic with an added note in both octaves. This scale is not only used in blues, it is used in all styles of music, including "heavy metal" and "country" music.

Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar – Learn the blues scale, blues chords including power chords, moveable chords, and barre chords, strum patterns, and how to accompany a blues song in 6/8 or 12/8 time. Learn turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues and more.

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Major Pentatonic
Guitar Scales

For the major pentatonic scale shift your hand and play the notes on the 1st and 2nd strings with your 1st and 3rd fingers. Usually you should shift positions if you are playing more than 1 string. That does not include your 1st finger.

Guitar Method

Monster Guitar Method 1 dvd guitar lessons are the perfect guitar lessons for beginners just starting out. Learn how to find any note on the fretboard without using a chart. Monster Guitar Method includes lessons on the major and minor scales; the minor pentatonic and blues scales; basic and “bonus” chords (major, minor, dominant 7th, power chords); rhythmic notation; strumming patterns; and much more!

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Minor
Guitar Scales

The minor scale requires a shift on the 3rd string only. Use your 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers for the notes on the 3rd string. Stay in position for all of the other strings. Starting this one from the 3rd note would give you a major scale. Using scales in this manner is what all of the great improvisers do; instead of just having a major or minor scale you can potentially have seven different scales. In fact, it is the harmonic context that you place a scale into that will make it sound several different ways. If this loses you, I would encourage you to study more music theory. You can never know too much.

Encyclopedia of Scales

The Encyclopedia of Scales, Modes and Melodic Patterns is a unique approach to developing Ear, Mind, and Finger Coordination. This is a great source book for dozens of scales from the traditional major and minor forms. This book of scales and patterns trains the mind, the ears and the fingers to work in perfect synchronization to respond instantaneously to any given chord progression.

 

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