There are a variety of guitar chords that require your fingers to span frets and contort in ways that seem impossible. Your first attempt to play these chords around the first or second fret could prove futile. In Big Stretch Chords, Peter Vogl will show you how to use a capo to build up your stretching ability. By capoing up the neck, you can reduce the distance that your fingers have to stretch. As you get more comfortable playing the chord, move the capo down a fret to a harder position. Continue working and gradually moving the capo down until you can play the actual chord. We’ll use the Am9, Cmaj7, and Emaj9 chords as our example.
The Practice Sessions by Peter Vogl were designed to be part of your daily guitar practice routine. Choose a video each day and work through the session. We’ll show you what to practice and how to get better. This collection of 24 brand new videos guides you through the type of focused practice that creates improvement.
Beginner guitar players can work on basic techniques like alternate picking, playing scales, or getting down strum patterns and chord progressions. More advanced guitarist’s can learn new drills to tune up their hammer-ons, pull-offs, finger independence, and more. Whatever your skill level is, we have a practice session that you can use.
Melodic Rock Licks is our newest free lesson by Jody Worrell. In the video, Jody will teach you five different licks that follow the chord changes of the backing track. These concepts might help you get out of the rut of just playing pentatonic notes over and over. For each lick, Jody will provide step by step instruction making sure you understand how to play it correctly. Next you can work on timing and creating a performance atmosphere by trading the lick back and forth with Jody against the track. Click here to get the printable tab and downloadable jam track for this lesson.
Our new free lesson will teach you a guitar lick in the style of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. In the video, Jody Worrell will take you step by step through this lick that includes some soaring bends. After you’ve got the lick down, try trading it back and forth with jody against the jam track. This is a great way to work on timing and recreate a performance atmosphere.
Our own Matthias Young has just written an article for Guitar World on writing more creative guitar riffs. Starting with the premise of a chromatic bass line, most new guitarists would immediately add root position power chords to the line to create a riff. The result is fine but a little hard to solo over. By adding diatonic power chords and inverted borrowed chords you can create a more interesting riff that is now in A minor. Read the full article for more information and audio examples or watch the companion video.