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Unlocking the 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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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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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.

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How to Read Guitar Tabs

Guitar tabs are the main way in which music is transcribed for guitar players. But at first glance tablature can be a little confusing and not easy to figure out. So in this lesson we’re going to look at how to read guitar tabs. We’ll cover the basics to get you up to speed quickly and dive into the tab symbols to make sense of what they mean as well.

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Spread Triads on Guitar

Spread triads, or open voice triads, are a variation of the more commonly used standard triads, or closed voice triads. The intervalic relationship between the notes of open voiced triads creates a more melodic structure that’s a bit less linear.

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Basics of Guitar Modes

Guitar modes can be a confusing topic. In this lesson we’ll take a simplified look at the major scale modes and see if we can bring some clarity to the concept.

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How To Tune a Guitar

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at how to tune a guitar. It seems so basic, but it’s a fundamental skill every guitar player needs to have and it’s one you should develop from the start.

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Parallel Scales

Parallel scales are scales that share the same root note, or tonic. It’s easy to confuse them with relative scales, which share all the same notes, but have a different tonic note. In this lesson we’ll take a look at what parallel scales are, how to figure out the notes of the parallel scale, and common uses for the scales.

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Sus Chords on Guitar

Sus chords, or suspended chords, are variations to traditional major and minor chords. While the name might seem unfamiliar, you’ve undoubtedly heard them many times and would recognize them immediately in popular songs like “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen and many others. They have multiple uses and really help to add color and movement to chord progressions, particularly around a single chord.