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The Secret Power of I-IV-V

Lisa McCormick of GuitarTricks.com recently wrote a great article on the power of the I-IV-V progression.  Understanding how you can use this progression in different keys will allow you to play virtually any song you want by ear. Check it out-   Let’s face it, sometimes music theory just doesn’t seem very sexy. But wait [...]

Improve Your Chord Changing and Strumming

Here is an awesome lesson for beginner-level players. David Taub of Next Level Guitar put together a cool video lesson that will help beginner guitar players master two huge concepts: 1)  How can I change chords more smoothly and easily? 2)  How can I play with more natural-sounding rhythm? Why those two questions?  Because these [...]

Learn To Play Hendrix

I mentioned in my last post that Dunlop has teamed up with GuitarTricks.com to offer a killer contest where you can win Dunlop Hendrix guitar effects pedals AND get a free trial to GuitarTricks.com What I didnt mention was all of that great Hendrix lessons that you can take advantage of with your free trial [...]

Win Dunlop Hendrix Guitar Effects

Dunlop and GuitarTricks.com has partnered to create a killer contest where you can win Dunlop Jimi Hendrix effects pedals. Step #1 Sign up for a free 14-day trial, which will give you access to everything on Guitar Tricks. Step #2 Watch the Pali Gap lesson and get automatically entered to win. Get Your Free Trial [...]

The Secret Power of I-IV-V

Lisa McCormick of GuitarTricks.com recently wrote a great article on the power of the I-IV-V progression.  Understanding how you can use this progression in different keys will allow you to play virtually any song you want by ear.

Check it out-

 

Let’s face it, sometimes music theory just doesn’t seem very sexy.

But wait -

Have you ever lusted after figuring out how to play a song on the guitar, instantly, just by ear?

No sheet music, no tabs, no chord charts. Just you, the naked song, and the starry night. A match made in heaven.

Turns out, you may be a whole lot closer to that than you think.

In many cases, all you need is an understanding of the magic of “One, Four, Five”, in order to quickly figure out how to play thousands of songs, by ear.

What’s “One, Four, Five”?

“One, Four, Five” is common shorthand for Basic Chord Theory. And Basic Chord Theory is the hidden system behind what makes chords work together, within a key.

If you play a chord-based instrument (guitar, piano, organ, banjo, mandolin, uke, etc.), understanding Basic Chord Theory can be a real game changer for you and how you connect with your instrument.

What Does it Mean?

Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig in. Ready?

Every major key (like the key of C, for example), has a corresponding major scale (the C major scale).

Think: Do, Re, Me, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do.

(or: Sing the first line to the Christmas Carol ‘Joy to the World’, and you’ll have the major scale, backwards!)

Now, replace the Do, Re, Mi’s, etc. with numbers.

Do = 1. Re = 2. Mi = 3. Fa = 4. Sol = 5. La = 6. Ti = 7.

Sticking with the example of the key of C, and the C major scale, sing or play the scale starting on C.

Now, C = 1. D = 2. E = 3. F = 4. G = 5. A = 6. B = 7.

With me so far?

Now, single out number 1, number 4, and number 5.
(“One, Four, Five”, remember?)
And you get C, F, and G.

Finally, play those as major CHORDS (not just notes). You get a C major chord, an F major chord, and a G major chord. Read more

Improve Your Chord Changing and Strumming

Here is an awesome lesson for beginner-level players.

David Taub of Next Level Guitar put together a cool video lesson that will help beginner guitar players master two huge concepts:

1)  How can I change chords more smoothly and easily?

2)  How can I play with more natural-sounding rhythm?

Why those two questions?  Because these are two of the most challenging aspects of beginner guitar!

Keep in mind that guitar frustration often comes from not having solid fundamentals and not using the proper techniques.

So many students experience frustration because they were never taught how to use the proper techniques that make chord changing so much easier, less frustrating, and more rewarding.

But fear not — this new free lesson is going to blast your chord changing into the stratosphere!

Please remember that the exercise is very challenging and will take some time to master. Add it to your daily practice routine and chip away at it each day. Use it for a warm up or try to get through it when you have a spare few minutes here and there.

With time and patience you will amaze yourself at how quickly and easily you will be blowing through the most challenging of chord changes.

Check it out!

 

 

If you want to dig deeper into these principles be sure and check out the Next Level Guitar Beginner Thank You package.

That package will take you right from the start of your guitar journey and is perfect for the beginner player even if you’ve never touched a guitar!   The package has

  • 14 DVDs- over 28 hours of AWESOME guitar lessons
  • Two bonus song DVDs
  • 90-day site membership to Next Level Guitar that gives you access to more than 1,500 lessons in all styles and genres.

And it’s all for over half off

Watch a video preview and read more about these lessons:

Next Level Guitar Complete Solution for Beginning Guitarists at HALF OFF

 

 

Learn To Play Hendrix

I mentioned in my last post that Dunlop has teamed up with GuitarTricks.com to offer a killer contest where you can win Dunlop Hendrix guitar effects pedals AND get a free trial to GuitarTricks.com

What I didnt mention was all of that great Hendrix lessons that you can take advantage of with your free trial to Guitar Tricks.

Guitar Tricks has a huge collection of Hendrix song lessons including:

Hear My Train A Comin’
Little Wing
Manic Depression
Pali Gap
Purple Haze
Slow Time Blues
The Wind Cries Mary
Valleys Of Neptune
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Click the video below to check em out

If that wasnt enough, here is a cool Hendrix technique lesson-
Much of Hendrix’s style comes from his ability to express his emotion so deeply.  one of the tricks he used to make his performances so powerful was the skill of string bending.  Check out this video to learn the basics in adding more power to your bending and lead guitar playing.

Hendrix Style String Bending


Win Dunlop Hendrix Guitar Effects

Dunlop and GuitarTricks.com has partnered to create a killer contest where you can win Dunlop Jimi Hendrix effects pedals.

Step #1 Sign up for a free 14-day trial, which will give you access to everything on Guitar Tricks.

Step #2 Watch the Pali Gap lesson and get automatically entered to win.

Get Your Free Trial And Win Limited Edition Effects


14 Day Free Trial To GuitarJamz.com

Marty Schwartz has offered a 3 day full access free trial to GuitarJamz.com for a long time but for a limited time is offering a 14 day trial.  If you have ever wanted to check out GuitarJamz here is your chance.

Click the link ===>  GuitarJamz 14 Day Trial

 

And if you dig that you may want to check out these other great free trials

 

GuitarTricks.com

 

Not familiar with Guitar Tricks?
  • They have a fantastic step-by-step beginner program called The Core Learning System which includes onscreen notation to help you better learn.
  • There are over 8,000 lessons to choose from
  • They have twice as many songs as the competition (500 songs)  This is definitely THE site to learn songs from.  Learn songs from artists such as the Beatles, Kiss, SRV and Jimi Hendrix
  • Videos have a 3-angle view shot on HD cameras to give you the best view possible.
NextLevelGuitar.com
David Taub and crew have one of the longest running guitar lesson sites on the web.  There is a ton of great lessons on the site.  Perfect for all levels of playing.


Learn and Master Guitar Song Hits and Rock Hits

Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar series has just released 2 companion sets to their popular flagship course called- Song Hits and Rock Hits

Song Hits includes 10 DVDs of the songs you know and love. Songs like, “Come Together,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “You Really Got Me,” and dozens of others. In this companion course, Steve Krenz (teacher of Learn and Master Guitar) teaches you songs that correspond in skill level with the Learn & Master Guitar sessions. Click here to get the full list of songs-  Song Hits list

 

 

 

 

 

With Rock Hits, this 10-disc set, guitar instructors show you techniques, tips, and tricks from the greatest rock guitar hits using tried and true methods. You’ll learn lead and rhythm guitar parts, as well as unique insights into some of your favorite songs. The package features video instruction, downloadable tab and music notation, downloadable backing tracks to practice over, and an online support community.

Included songs from artists such as:  Alice Cooper, Guns n’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nirvana, Queen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, and more…

Rock Hits Song list

 

 

Now if you are not famaliar with Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar

Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar course is known as the most complete course available for learning guitar. It is the winner of the Acoustic Guitar Magazine ‘Players’ Choice’ GOLD Award, two Telly Awards, and an AEGIS Award for Excellence in Education.

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Learn How To Play Almost Any Song In Less Than 30 Minutes

If you’re anything like most guitar players, you’ve probably spent hours and hours on YouTube and various guitar tab sites like Ultimate Guitar Tabs trying to learn how to play your favorite songs with very little to show for it.

 Okay, so maybe you’ve learned a few songs and riffs and can hack your way through an easy solo or two but something is preventing you from getting really GOOD.

What if you could listen to almost any song and learn how to play it in less than 30 minutes?

Yeah right…

That’s what I thought when I heard about this strange new listening technique. But it works. In fact, what doesn’t work is exactly what you’re doing now, spending hours and hours searching through bad “guitar lessons” on YouTube or completely inaccurate tabs that you find for free on the internet. It actually SLOWS your progress instead.

I hate seeing fellow guitar players think of learning guitar as a chore or thinking that it’s not for them…

Cause that’s simply not true.

Steve Stine, master guitar player and teacher has put together an awesome course called SongFire that will truly give you the ability to listen to almost any song and be able to play along with it in less time than you will spend watching an episode of Big Bang Theory.

 

Find Out What It’s All About


FREE Jam Track And Guitar Soloing Ebook

David Taub and the crew over at Next Level Guitar put together an awesome guitar soloing ebook and jam track that you can download for free.

David also put together a short note on some tips for the best ways to use this ebook and jam track

From David-

Keep in mind that for this lesson I use the jam track as a template to help teach you how to unlock and understand the mystery of jamming. You’ll also learn how to know what avenues to try when soloing and improvising. 

First off, in the eBook I teach a bunch of different soloing avenues that you can try. If some of these are not familiar to you, that is okay, you can just start off with what you feel most comfortable with and build from there. It’s always nice to try and push yourself into new territories and try new things.

The track is in the key of G minor, so you can play G minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales over all the chords. I diagram out the Blues scales over the entire neck in the eBook so be sure and try out a few new positions if you don’t know them as yet.

Also illustrated in the eBook are the Expanded I and II Blues Scales. Be sure and also try these scales as they will get you playing laterally across the neck connecting boxes together – lots of fun.

You can also play the Natural Minor Scale over all the chords in this track. That scale adds two notes to the Minor Pentatonic Scale and those two added notes will add tons of melodicism and wow factor to your licks. A few positions of the Natural Minor Scale are in the eBook so also give those a try.

Be sure and check out page six of the Ebook as I teach the steps to determine the soloing avenues that you can try over the Jam Track. This will help you to use this lesson as a template and build lead guitar confidence so you can solo over any track!

As you get more comfortable you can try to solo over each chord independently. That option gives you a very sophisticated sound as you outline the chords with your lead lines – read more about that choice in the eBook.

Then fire up the track and just get lost in playing and soloing and enjoy the process!!
Click here to download the Jam Track and eBook 

P.S. To dive into these materials deeper and to get another nine killer jam tracksand over 22 hours of video lessons, check out The Ultimate Blues Explosion Course 

Click below to watch a video preview and learn more about the course:

http://www.nextlevelguitar.com/pages/ultimate_blues_explosion/ 

 

 

 

 

Practicing Guitar In The Summer

Summer is A great time of year.  Lots of outdoor activities, great concerts, long days, gorgeous weather.  People get busy with all of this fun and the same thing happens every year – guitars go back in their case and seldom see the light of day until fall. I’m like everybody else, I want to be outside as much as possible during the summer too and it can be hard to fit guitar practice time in.

During the summer it’s important to not lose the progress that you have made throughout the rest of the year. If you don’t touch your guitar for weeks on end you’re going to end up back where you started. Since it’s difficult for many of us to plan daily guitar practice it’s important to get the most out of the occasional times that you do practice. Here are some ideas for making the most out of even 10 or 15 minutes of practice.

 

Identify Your Weakness

If you’re only going to play guitar for a few minutes today, it’s important to focus on exercises or activities that will yield the most gain with the least amount of effort. Here are a couple of common weaknesses and what you can do to fix them.

 

Weakness – I don’t know many songs or my repertoire isn’t very good. Learn a new song, riff, lick every week. Don’t learn complicated leads or super difficult songs. Learn easy songs that can be shown to a friend in a few minutes. Also be sure to play the songs that you do know.  It will keep them fresh in your mind and ensure you can play them well.  Summer time is all about campfires.  Learn some easy strummers and share with your friends and family around the fire.

Weakness – I find it difficult playing faster than X beats per minute. Here’s the cure. Play the same exercise every day for the next 30 days. Each day move the metronome up just one beat. Today you’re at 90, tomorrow you’re at 91. In thirty days you’ll be playing at 120 beats per minute.  This works with an exercise, a lick, anything you do on the guitar.  Work with your metronome or a program that allows you to adjust the tempo of a song.

I hope this article shows you that you can continue to have plenty of fun outdoors and still make progress with your guitar over the summer. Keep a timer handy. Your phone probably has a timer app. Set the timer for ten or fifteen minutes. After the timer sounds that’s all the practice you need to do. Chances are you’ll sit there for several more minutes because you’re having so much fun.  Enjoy the summer and keep the guitar in your hands.

And if you’re looking for some great courses to work on during the summer, check out the following Six String Madness Summer Top Picks

Steve Stine’s 80′s Guitar Soloing Masterclass-  Get personal instruction from Steve as he teaches an 8 week course highlighting the playing styles of the top guitar players from the decade of BIG GUITAR.  You’ll learn the guitar styles of George Lynch, Slash, Eddie Van Halen and others

Marty Schwartz and the Guitar Jamz Beginner DVD Bundle-  Learn to play your favorite songs quickly and easily in Marty’s awesome 12 DVD Beginner set

GuitarTricks.com- Purchase a year subscription to one of the best online sites to learn to play the guitar and they will give you a FREE guitar!  How cool is that?!  Click here to check it out-  GuitarTricks.com FREE GUITAR offer

Learn To Shred Like An 80′s Rock God

If you’re a fan of 80′s hard rock and metal guitar players like Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Geroge Lynch and Randy Rhoads, then you wont want to miss Steve Stine’s latest course- 80′s Guitar Soloing Masterclass.

Over 8 weeks, Steve provides personal instruction through live and recorded video, tabs, backing tracks and other student exclusive resources to teach you how to play like the guitar legends that defined the decade of big guitar.  Icons that changed the way guitar would be played forever.

No other course has been created at this level of detail and packed with EVERYTHING you need to shred like a 1980′s rock-guitar-great.

80′s Guitar Soling Masterclass is the class you’ve been waiting for.

Click the video below to watch Steve discuss what you’ll learn in 80′s Guitar Soloing Masterclass