Example Song #2 – Open 7th Chords in C

This track is intended as an exercise for students who have recently been introduced to 7 Chords. Once they are familiar with the shapes this track is a good way of putting them into practice and using them between chords they’re already familiar with. You can review the Basic Open Chords and Open 7 Chords … Continue reading Example Song #2 – Open 7th Chords in C

Example Song #1 – Open & Barre Chords in F#m

This track is intended as an exercise for students who have recently been introduced to Barre Chords. Once they are familiar with the shapes this track is a good way of learning how Barre chords can be used in a song. Students will be playing Barre Chords along with the Open Chords they’re already familiar … Continue reading Example Song #1 – Open & Barre Chords in F#m

Barring 7th Chords

This lesson focuses on Maj, Min and Dom 7th barre chords with roots on the E and A strings. Dim and Aug 7ths will be covered in another lesson, (although in the Open 7th Chords lesson, you will find one barre chord for the Dim7 rooted on the A string), as will roots on other strings. Compare the following … Continue reading Barring 7th Chords

String-Skip Tapping Lick

This is my ultimate looks-cool-and-also-sounds-good-too lick. Ditch the pick, put 2 hands on the fretboard, prepare for nonsense. I’d suggest being familiar with tapping, avoiding / muting string noise, and having a reasonable amount of hammer-on dexterity and finger strength before looking at this one. Here is the tab for this lesson, including performance directions, … Continue reading String-Skip Tapping Lick

7th Chords in the Open Position

A 7th Chord consists of any triad, plus the note immediately before its octave.  For instance, a Major chord would have a Root, a 5th and a Maj 3rd; A Maj7 chord would have these three, with the addition of the Maj 7th. A Min7 chord would have it’s Root, 5th, min 3rd, and min … Continue reading 7th Chords in the Open Position

12 Bar Blues 2: Intermediate Shuffle Pattern

In this lesson I will add-on to the shuffle pattern learnt in 12 bar Blues #1, making it slightly more complex, but much more interesting to hear and play. I will also introduce the idea of the ‘blue note’ and the turnaround. The I, IV, V pattern is the same here as it was in … Continue reading 12 Bar Blues 2: Intermediate Shuffle Pattern

12 Bar Blues 1: I, IV, V Chords &; Basic Shuffle Pattern

For the first part of this lesson you must be sure you can play the chords E, A and B, (all Maj), fluidly, with minimal time spent working positions out. You will also need relatively good timing, although I’ve kept it straight-forward for now. The I, IV, V pattern is the most commonly employed set … Continue reading 12 Bar Blues 1: I, IV, V Chords &; Basic Shuffle Pattern

Whammy & Harmonic Lick

In this lesson I’m demonstrating a lick which uses the whammy bar and a tapped harmonic. I’m also showing a way of getting much the same effect for those of you without whammy bars. I’ve slowed each lick down, and split it into sections, I’ll now go over each section in as much detail as … Continue reading Whammy & Harmonic Lick

Barre Chords 3: Introduction to Triple Stops

     You may already be used to the idea of double stops, where you use a pair of notes as part of a lead section or melody. Technically speaking, power chords are double stops because they don’t contain enough notes to be a proper chord. Triple stops are similarly used in either lead or … Continue reading Barre Chords 3: Introduction to Triple Stops

Barre Chords 2: Root On The D String

There are 2 shapes commonly employed on the D String. I’m only giving you with one shape for each as you should be comfortable, (or getting that way), with the idea of moveable chord shapes. Be aware that these chords are the same collection of notes, but in a slightly different order - This is called a different … Continue reading Barre Chords 2: Root On The D String