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Minor-Key Basics


This excerpt from Music Basics for Guitarists breaks down the differences between major and minor scales and reveals what it is that gives minor keys that sad sound.


Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

Use the Flat VI Chord in Your Blues Rock Songs


Note that in this excerpt, you’re playing all rock-style power chords, which have no thirds so are not explicitly major or minor.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Swingin' Blues Soloing with Arpeggios


Arpeggios add a coherent sound to your soloing. This excerpt from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics looks at a few arpeggio-based licks.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Up-the-Neck Octave Exercises


Get ready to stretch. These up-the-neck octave exercises from the Weekly Workout series will help you learn the fingerboard.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Learn How To Shift Between Chords


Develop your chord shifting skills by changing between G and C chords with the help of this excerpt from Rhythm and Strumming Basics.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Move Up the Fingerboard with Ascending Seventh-Chord Arpeggios


Pace yourself and expect some careful shifting as you play through the measures in this excerpt from the Weekly Workout series.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Intermediate.

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Play Banjo Roll–Inspired Patterns in Acoustic Rock


This excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you how to use open strings and nondiatonic notes to create unique sounds and great tension in your playing.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Laid-Back Modern Rock Groove


Learn to play this laid-back groove with a 16th-note swing feel.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Learn a Classic Two-Bar Rock Rhythm Pattern


This syncopated rhythm has become a staple of classic rock, modern rock, and pop.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Learn the Bo Diddley Beat


Learn the classic rhythm named for Bo Diddley.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Play Scratch Rhythms on the Backbeat


Learn how to add a percussive pop to your rhythm patterns.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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A Classic Blues Rhythm Pattern


Learn to play this classic blues rhythm pattern.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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The Country Boom-Chuck Rhythm


Learn to adapt the country boom-chuck rhythm to rock songs. 


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Intermediate.

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Simple Rhythms Make Great Patterns


Learn how to make great rock strumming patterns from simple rhythms.


Video. Lessons. Flatpicking. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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3/4 Time for Beginners


Here’s an exercise to help you hear the rhythm of 3/4  or “waltz” time more easily.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Add Minor-Seventh Chords to Your Acoustic Rock Compositions


This excerpt will guide you through playing a minor-seventh chord in a progression similar to the bridge in “Norwegian Wood,” by the Beatles.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate.

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Explore the Fingerboard with Three-Against-Four Rhythms


This excerpt will help you explore the fingerboard and begins by guiding you through some cascading three-note arpeggios in the key of G in open position.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Using Slurs in Fiddle Tunes


Slurs can throw off your pick direction in a fiddle tune. Learn how to use them correctly with the help of this excerpt from Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.


Lessons. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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Build Your Chops with a Harmonized Major Scale Pentatonic Workout


This excerpt from the Weekly Workout guide series will get your fretting-hand fingers moving in new ways and help you learn the fingerboard.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Early Intermediate.

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Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks


Today’s excerpt from Acoustic Rock Essentials shows you three different ways you can use the flatted fifth in your blues scale licks.


Video. Lessons. Rock. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Drop Two Chord Arpeggios


Strengthen your picking and fretting hands with these popular four-note chord voicings.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Patterns in Thirds


Break up your scale practice with third-based patterns.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Pentatonic Patterns


Create new pentatonic melodic lines by looking at the five-note scale in a different way.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Chord Scales


Learn the function of the individual notes in scales by matching scales to the chords in your songs.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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Weekly Workout: Three-Against-Four Rhythms


Use the ubiquitous polyrhythm in your fingerboard explorations.


Video. Lessons. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Intermediate.

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