Deck the Halls Guitar Chords
Christmas songs are not only fun to sing with friends and family, they’re great to work out on the guitar. There’s something comforting about sitting around the fireplace, having a glass of eggnog (OK maybe not that), and singing carols with friends and family. To help keep the guitar in your hands this holiday season,
As I entered into the second year of my doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, it came time to choose a topic for my dissertation. After brainstorming, deciding, reconsidering, and starting from scratch many times on a topic of research, I had a long and important conversation with my friend Marc. During that conversation
The diminished scale is an 8-note scale that is built by alternating whole and half steps from any root note. There are two diminished scales in modern music, the fully diminished and dominant diminished scales. Though they share a name, each scale is used to outline different chords in your solos. The dominant scale is

The Complete Guide to Triad Pairs

There are a number of ways to expand your vocabulary beyond scales on the guitar, and one of the most powerful is triad pairs. Triad pairs outline chord changes and use simple fingerings, while never sounding like running scales in your solos. In effect, you us 6 of the 7 notes of any diatonic scale,
Guitar triads are probably the first thing you learned how to play. C, G, Dm, Am, are all triads that guitarists learn in the first few days of picking up the instrument. But, while learning open-position chords is essential, the mistake guitarists make is to stop their study of triads at that point. By doing

The Complete Guide to Chord Melody

Jazz guitarists love chord melody arrangements, and for good reason. Playing chords, bass notes, and licks over a melody lifts any jazz standard from the mundane to exciting. Though you love to listen to players such as Joe Pass, Ted Greene, and Ed Bickert, it can seem that chord melody is out of reach. But,
Learning jazz guitar licks is essential for anyone studying the genre. By working jazz guitar licks, you increase your fretboard knowledge and build a strong connection to the jazz tradition at the same time. While you may know that it’s important to practice jazz guitar licks, finding the right lines to work on can be
The pentatonic scale, which means “five note scale,” is a melodic device that’s been the source for some of the greatest riffs and guitar solos in recorded history. Because of this, you might know how important it is that you master this 5-note scale. But. What you may not know, is that there are many
Fingerstyle guitar is one of the most enjoyable ways to play guitar and can be used in any style of music such as pop, folk, classical, jazz, rock, and more. When fingerpicking, it’s essential to develop rock-solid technique so that you give yourself the best foundation to build upon in your fingerstyle development. While knowing
The key to learning how to play jazz guitar chords is knowing the different types of chords and then applying those shapes directly to jazz standards and jazz chord progressions in your practice routine. While knowing this makes learning jazz chords easier, these chords and the skill of jazz comping can also be mysterious and

60 Essential Guitar Scale Patterns

Scale patterns are an essential guitar technique that builds chops, expands fretboard knowledge, and gives you inspiration in your guitar solos. Though they benefit every guitarist, you might not know how to get the most out of this guitar technique in your practicing. This article shows you how to play over 60 different scale patterns,
I think you’ll agree that learning how to play guitar scales and modes is essential for any modern musician. Learning scales and applying these patterns to soloing situations greatly improves your ability to improvise on guitar. Because they’re important tools, you may have started to learn how to play scales and modes already. You may
I think you’ll agree, that the most direct way to solo over chord progressions is to use guitar arpeggios. By using arpeggios, you target chord tones for each change in the progression. While you can use arpeggios to hit every chord in your solos, that’s easier said than done. You often need to change arpeggios with
One of the first soloing concepts you encounter when learning how to play guitar is the major scale. This scale is used to solo over major family chords, especially tonic major chords, such as major, maj7, maj9, 6, and 6/9 chords. Though it’s called the major scale, it’s also referred to as the Ionian mode,
A guitar practice routine is the most effective way to grow as a musician. No matter what style of music you play, or your experience level, organized practice time helps you grow as a player. But. Finding time to sit down and work out a routine, and then spend time each day practicing, seem like a
The most important item to practice when learning how to play jazz guitar is adding chromatic notes to chords, scales, and arpeggios, transforming technical devices into jazzy, musical lines and phrases. One of the biggest lessons to learn when playing jazz guitar is that knowing scales, arpeggios, chords, patterns, etc. is the beginning not the
The blues scale, whether it’s major or minor, is one of the most widely used scales in modern music. Minor and major blues scales are also the first scales that guitarists learn when exploring lead guitar. Because they’re probably the first scales you learned, you might have studied them for a bit, got the shapes
Learning how to pick, strum, or pluck guitar chords is one of the coolest parts about playing the instrument. There’s something about the sound of a strummed guitar chord that just sounds right. And there’s no better feeling than finding the right chord shape to fit the song you’re learning, or writing. Though they’re one