Our new guitar practice session, Bm Up & Down the Neck, will teach you how to play a Bm triad at 8 different positions on the neck. Working through this video regularly with Peter will allow you to accomplish two main goals. From a technical side, you’ll be able to work on position shifting and learning your guitar neck better. From a playing standpoint, these triads can be used in a rhythm setting to accompany another guitarist or you can sprinkle them into your solos for variety. Either way, this is a great practice guide that should get your left hand moving all over the place.
Our Creating Acoustic Solos lesson package is now available as a Book and 2 DVDs. This six lesson course by Peter Vogl will show you an approach to writing your own guitar solos. We’ll start with the basics like using scales and chord tones to create a solo that is in key. Next, we’ll start learning more advanced techniques like double stops and hammer-ons while also adding concepts like arpeggios and chromatic tones. Each lesson features a progressively harder solo. These solos can be played on their own or linked together for a long and challenging effort. Click here to watch a preview.
Our new free guitar lesson will teach you how to play the chord progressions to four popular songs. We’ll start with Stop and Stare by OneRepublic (E, Emaj7, C#m7, Asus2) and use a series of down strokes along with some accents for the strum pattern. Our next song will be Under the Milky Way by The Church. This time we’ll use a slightly more difficult strum pattern and some fun chords (Am, Amsus4, Fmaj7, G). We’ll have to really work on nailing the right hand stops in the strum pattern for Horse With No Name by America (Em, F#m13). Finally, we’ll figure out the campfire classic Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison (G, C, G, D). You’ll find the chord diagrams and strumming notation for each song on the video. If you need more help with strumming, check out our Muted Strumming practice session series.
In a new post for Guitar World, our own Matthias Young will show you how to expand your musicality and fretboard knowledge with triads and inversions. On a basic level, you will learn to play the same chord progression at four different positions on the neck. Beyond that, we’re talking about moving beyond using just the CAGED system and thinking about chords more musically.
Read the full article for more information and the tablature. You can also continue learning with the free lesson below or our Beginning Guitar Method iBook.
When you’re learning new guitar chords (especially difficult ones) it’s sometimes hard to train your fingers to move in different directions. Our new practice session video, Finger Independence, features a drill to combat that. You’ll work through different finger and string combinations during an eight minute guitar workout. Continue to practice with the video daily and you’re going to love the results it has on your chord changing ability.
Our new free lesson will teach you how to play a guitar lick inspired by the great Carlos Santana. Using a technique called a unison bend, we’re able to create a unique sound that can add a lot of energy to a solo. Jody Worrell will teach you how to play this lick with step by step instruction. Refer to the on-screen tab to get down the basics and then practice along with Jody and the backing track.
Our new Beginning Guitar Method is now available in the iBookstore (for iPads & Macs). Using a combination of written instruction, video examples, and custom backing tracks, you can learn how to play the guitar. Matthias Young will start by covering the basics like parts of the guitar, proper hand position, and how to play single notes. From there you will move on to simple riffs, basic songs, and playing chords. The course also allows you to practice each example with a backing track of your choice. These jam tracks cover Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and Solo Acoustic vibes that make practicing much more enjoyable. You’ll feel like the leader of your own band! Check it out today.