10 Easy Guitar Riffs for Beginners

With an estimated 90% of new guitar players quitting within the first year of playing, I think it’s important to start learning real songs right away. After all, that’s why we start playing guitar in the first place, right? In this lesson, I’ve provided some easy guitar riffs for beginners to start learning and playing real music.

Essential Hammer-On and Pull-Off Exercises for Guitar

In this lesson we’re going to work on two foundational techniques of guitar playing, hammer-ons and pull-offs. At first these techniques may feel a bit difficult and awkward, but with focused practice they’ll become an integral part of your playing.

D Major Scale on Guitar: Positions & Theory

In this lesson we’re going to take a deeper look at the D major scale, which is another commonly used scale in popular music. We’ll take a look at the notes, intervals, scale positions and chords that make up the key of D major.

Alternate Picking Exercises for Clean, Accurate Right Hand Technique

With so much attention given to the left hand when playing guitar, right hand technique is a frequently overlooked. With little or no dedicated attention, the right hand seems to be dragged along for the ride with the progression of left hand technique. What can happen over time is the development of left hand technique becomes limited by the slower developing right hand, and progress as a whole slows to a crawl.

How to Build Minor Scale Chords

In a previous lesson, we looked at how to build chords from the major scale, which is an important concept when it comes to understanding diatonic harmony. In this lesson we’re going to go through the process of building minor scale chords, which follows the same process as the major scale.

Diminished Triads on Guitar

In previous lessons we’ve explored both major triads and minor triads, which are two of the most commonly used triads. In this lesson we round out the triads of the major scale with a look at diminished triads.

Seventh Chords

Seventh chords are chords that include the root plus the 3rd, 5th, and 7th intervals above the root. Another way to think about it is a seventh chord is a triad plus a 7th interval.

How to Improve Chord Changes on Guitar

When first starting out on guitar, simply fingering guitar chords is quite the challenge. Some fingerings are super awkward, making smooth chord transitions on guitar feel like an insurmountable task.