C Blues Scale: Note Information And Scale Diagrams For Guitarists C Blues Scale Notes: C Eb F Gb G Bb Blues Scale Formula: 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7 C Blues Scale Diagrams C Blues Scale Fretboard Diagram Guitar chords dictionary 6 Cool Guitar Blues Turn Arounds in the key of E Photo by Steve Garry A good blues turnaround is the icing on the cake of every blues progression. I always beg, borrow, steal and create my own nice sweet sounding turnarounds to add that extra magic when I’m playing a blues song. It’s one of the things that makes the blues sound so cool. Blues turnarounds are played at the end of a section of a blues progression which then leads to the next section or the end of the song. To get a good impression of how turnarounds are played listen to blues guitar players like B.B King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton and study theirs. Tip: Every time you play the blues try to play a different turnaround, so you don’t end up playing the same turnaround ten years from now. Enjoy these 6 turnarounds to spice up your blues: Have a great one!
3 Juicy Blues Chord Progressions to Be Prepared When I learned my first blues progression it wasn’t something I really got excited about. It was okay but it didn’t make me want to play it over and over again. I would rather prefer cool or mind blowing. Later when I started adding a sprinkle of jazz to it things became more interesting. Blues chord progressions start to change from mediocre to superb. So why should you learn blues chord progression in the first place? Well first off, blues chord progressions are the foundation of blues rhythm and essential for accompanying a great blues solo. Or you could put it the other way around, where would a great lead guitar player be without some awesome accompaniment? This is where you come in. So now anytime you’re in front of a lead guitar player you are cool, confident and prepared because you’ve mastered these 3 juicy blues chord progressions. Being able to play the blues is a great tool for guitar players and musicians in general to get together, jam, explore, evolve and have a great time. Enjoy!
30+ Insanely Useful Websites for Guitarists 7. 20 Greatest Guitar Solos Ever resembles the beginning of the above list, but with crispy and delicious YouTube videos for each entry. 9. Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time might not exactly reflect your own thoughts, but it could introduce you to a stellar guitar song you’ve never heard before. 10. 99 Tips to Help You Play Better features 99 pearls of wisdom from guitar wizards like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Jimmi Page. As a preview, here’s number 99: “Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. 11. Free guitar tabs and guitar chords The online guitar tablature community was in turmoil just a few months ago when the legal status of tabs was questioned. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 911Tabs is an aggregator currently linking out to 7 million+ tabs sourced from all over the web. 17. Free guitar lessons 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Guitar theory 25. More useful resources 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. More links in the font!!
10 Completely Brilliant Guitar Tuition Sites I’ve spent many hours either watching guitar video lessons or reading guitar blog posts and have created a list of the places I keep going back to again and again. Whether you are a learner, intermediate or advanced guitar player there’s something for everyone here. Guitar Jamz Marty Schwartz produces amazing guitar tutorials and tips videos for both electric and acoustic guitars. Check out his acoustic blues lesson below: …as well as this electric guitar lesson showing how to play Enter Sandman. Here are Marty’s two YouTube channels: Matt’s Guitar Lessons This small (ish) site offers an excellent selection of video guitar lessons showing how to play popular songs and some general improvisational tips. For a flat fee you can buy access to the whole download section and get over 35 hours worth of tutorials, which is pretty good value for money in my book. For examples check out this fantastic free video guitar lesson showing how to play Led Zeppelin’s ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’: Matt’s Guitar Lessons:
Free Guitar Backing Tracks & Jam Tracks The 5 Biggest Mistakes Guitar Players Make In teaching thousands of guitar students from all over the world, I have noticed the same problems that students create during their practice sessions at home and during their guitar lessons. In this article "The 5 Biggest Mistakes That Students Make", I have listed five of the most common and problematic reasons that prevent students from getting to their next level of guitar playing ability. If you are a guitar student, you just may recognize yourself here!1) Practicing Too Fast Virtually all guitar students practice everything at a speed that makes it impossible for their muscles to work in a relaxed fashion. This tension stays in the muscles due to the power of “muscle memory”. The real secret is a super slow type of practicing called “no tempo practice”. 2) Not Paying Attention To The Body During Practice We play the guitar with the body. We must pay absolute attention to the whole body during practice, especially the shoulders, arms and hands. 4) Beginning At The “First” Fret
General Practice Tips USING THE SPIDER EXERCISE The Spider is kind of like an arpeggiated chromatic finger exercise. The first finger plays all the notes on the 5th fret, the second covers the 6th, third the 7th, and fourth the 8th. The result is that the fingers crawl vertically up and down the fret board a bit like a spider. How tricky you find it is very much dependant on where you are with your picking and fretting comfort and dexterity. It's almost like a general test of one's ability, and so can be a very useful exercise for developing fundamental skills. With persistent practice, the fingerings of this exercise aren't too difficult to master, but what it's really good for is trying to maintain rhythmic flow with the picking hand while 'under fire' from the fretboard. E|5-6-7-8-5-6-7-8-5-6-7-8-5-6-7-8-| etc The above pattern repeats every four notes. E|5-6-7-8-5-6-|7-8-5-6-7-8-|5-6-7-8-5-6-|| etc 1 & 2 & 3 & |1 & 2 & 3 & |1 & 2 & 3 & |
Jazz Guitar Chords - Diatonic and Chromatic Walking Chords By: Marc-Andre Seguin The focus of the lesson will be to play jazz guitar chords in a “walking” fashion on the fretboard. I’m not talking about walking bass-lines here. I really want to approach something jazz pianists commonly do. It’s (basically) the art of moving a voicing from root position to first inversion using different devices such as passing chords. We’ll see how this applies to dominant chords (you could apply this on the blues, wink wink!). The idea behind the “walking chord” concept is simple; you want to get from root position to first inversion by using only three-note voicings, and still using the same string set. For instance, on a C7 chord, you want to go from the first chord to the second chord, such as in the example below. Here’s how to connect these two C7 inversions using walking chords: Now you don’t have to “sit” on the same voicing for four beats! The chords being used to connect the two inversions come from both the diatonic scale and a passing diminished chord.
www.guitarhabits Photo by Janek Mann The one thing most beginners hate to practice is scales, because they don’t see the point of it. It takes some practice to learn scales properly and then it takes another while before you can use them as a tool for your playing. Patience is a virtue. But once you master the major scales you can really unlock their full potential. Scales are used for improvisation, analyzing chords, progressions, warming up, speed picking practice and much more. When the time is right you will recognize the importance and effectiveness of scale practice. Today I wrote down 7 basic major scales for you to practice. Most of the scales below are open major scales, which means they contain open string notes. Play the scales using alternate picking (alternating up and down strokes ascending and descending). While there are many other scales, the pentatonic scale and the major scale are the two most important scales to know. Study the major scales thoroughly.
www.guitarhabits Photo by JD Hancock Building speed is not just for guitar players who want to play fast and look good (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but building speed is good for any aspect of guitar playing. Once you’ve got a good technique and finger dexterity everything you play becomes easier from rhythm playing to soloing and everything in between. Life on the guitar gets better. I’ve written down 5 exercises that will help you build up speed but also to get a good grip on your pentatonic scale so you can learn to play them inside out. Go through each exercise slowly a couple of times before you try to speed up. Set up a slow tempo on your metronome and when you feel comfortable enough gradually increase the tempo. Try to avoid extra sounding notes that aren’t supposed to be there by muting the strings you don’t want to hear with either your left hand or right hand. Practice with focus and dedication and reap the benefits.
Lethal_Guitar_Basic_Harmonization Harmony in Western music can be broken into two basic categories: consonance and dissonance. Consonance is synonymous with “stability” and dissonance with “instability.” Harmony in its most basic form can be considered as two or more notes sounded simultaneously. The interval of a major third consists of two notes that are four half steps apart in pitch, while the minor third consists of two notes that are three half steps apart. Example 1 The G major scale harmonized in thirds. Example 2 The A major scale harmonized in thirds. A common tool is to invert, or flip, the intervals. Example 3 The G major scale harmonized in sixths. Example 4 The D major scale harmonized in sixths. Example 5 The A major scale harmonized in sixths. Example 6 The E major scale harmonized in sixths. Now let’s talk application. Example 7 We utilize the sixths to create a common blues turnaround in A.