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Sus2 Triads on Guitar

To me, triads are the lifeblood of the guitar. They’re so integral in everything you play, from rhythm to lead. Additionally, they help you map out the fretboard and connect chord tones to larger musical structures such as pentatonic and diatonic scales. In this lesson, we’re going to expand our triad repertoire and dive into sus2 triads.

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Major Blues Scale

While the minor blues scale may be synonymous with the blues scale, the major blues scale has its place in the genre as well. In this lesson we take a look at what makes up the major blues scale and map it to the guitar fretboard.

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Dorian Mode on Guitar

In this lesson we’re going to dive deeper into the dorian mode on the guitar. We’ll take a look at what makes up the dorian mode, explore the dorian scale shapes all over the guitar fretboard, view some sample dorian chord progressions and cover a few approaches to soloing over a dorian progression.

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Cool Guitar Fingerpicking Songs

Fingerpicking invokes a different sort of guitar player inside when compared to using a pick. There’s a sense of connection to the instrument that you just don’t get with a pick, and it inspires a different rhythm and feel to playing.

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E Major Scale on Guitar: Positions & Theory

In this lesson we’re going to do a deep dive into the E major scale on guitar. We’ll cover everything from the notes and intervals to scale patterns and modes. We’ll harmonize the scale to build the chords of E major and take a look at some example songs that are based in the key of E.

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Beginner Fingerpicking Exercises for Guitar

If you started learning guitar with a pick, fingerpicking can seem a bit daunting as your picking hand will likely be a bit stiff and uncoordinated. Not to worry though. In this lesson we’ll go through some fingerpicking exercises that’ll help get your fingers in shape and moving smoothly across the strings.

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Triad Chord Scales

In this lesson we’re going to learn about triad chord scales. While it’s a pretty basic concept, it’s really useful for applying triads to the fretboard in a way that also provides some musical benefit.

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How to Read Guitar Chord Diagrams

In previous lessons we’ve learned about reading guitar tabs and scale diagrams. Just as important as those skills is the ability to read chord diagrams as it’s the easiest and quickest way to learn chord structures. In this lesson we’ll break down how to read guitar chord diagrams and the different types of diagrams you’ll likely come across.