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9 Easy Chords That All Beginners Need To Learn
Many guitar players got their first ambition to play by watching and/or hearing a great player (in their preferred style) really cranking out a cool guitar solo. For example, Van Halen‚Äôs ‚ÄėEruption‚Äô for rock players is a staple, ‚ÄėBesame Mucho‚Äô by Wes Montgomery is for the hippest of all…
4 Popular Chord Progressions For Every Guitar Player
Hello! Welcome to another installment of our guitar column. Today we are going to talk about some chord progressions every guitar player should be familiar with. Not only because these are great for your songwriting chops, and because knowing about these will help you develop an ear for them, but…
Ukulele Sizes: The Definitive Guide to Shapes and Sizes Of Ukuleles
As you can see from the image below, there are four main sizes of ukulele. When you search on amazon or google shopping for ‚Äúukulele,‚ÄĚ you are met by a combination of different sizes. The Five Main Sizes of Ukulele The sizes are not set in stone when it comes…
New Song: Comptine D’un Autre Ete
Let‚Äôs learn this beautiful song from the soundtrack of the hit French movie Am√©lie. As you listen, you‚Äôll notice it evokes complex emotions: it somehow feels thoughtful, poignant, and moving (which perfectly suits the mood of the film). As you play, try to connect with the feelings it evokes ‚Äď…
New Song: Hold Back The River for all instruments
Let‚Äôs learn this hit roots/rock song! You‚Äôll notice it features strong contrast between sections, moving from gentle and sparse to powerful and driving. This musical contrast adds to the sense of drama and pushes the song forward. It‚Äôs a great songwriting technique and something to pay attention to…
New Song: Schism for Guitar, Bass, and Singing
Ok, let‚Äôs learn this modern progressive metal classic! This song features huge riffs and stunning vocal harmonies, as well as more time-signature changes than you can shake a stick at. Here‚Äôs a handy tip for dealing with all the strange rhythms: try counting in small groups of 2 and 3.
4 Pentatonic Scale Patterns to Practice
Hi! Today we are going to cover pentatonic patterns and jumpstart your guitar soloing along the way! What Is a Pentatonic Scale? Pentatonic scales have five notes in them (‚Äúpenta‚ÄĚ meaning five, like a pentagon). While there are lots of other scales you can learn too, pentatonic scales are…
New Song: T.N.T. for Guitar, Bass, and Singing
Ok, let‚Äôs play this iconic rock classic! You‚Äôll notice it‚Äôs a very simple song in some ways: except for the outro there are just 3 chords, a couple of relatively easy riffs, and a stomping groove. But, it‚Äôs deceptively difficult to write and play something with so…
New Song: I Like Me Better for Guitar, Piano, and Singing
Let‚Äôs learn this catchy pop tune! As you listen, try paying attention to the sounds and instruments of the song ‚Äď the way they‚Äôre put together in layers to create a whole. You‚Äôll notice individual instruments coming in and out, like drum beats starting up and dropping back to clicks.