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Guitarist playing basic power chords

Basic Power Chords

The power chord. If you’re new to guitar, you may not know what it is, but you’ve surely heard it. It’s the sound of rock n’ roll. These simple two-note chords have been used to create some of the greatest riffs and chord progressions in rock history. In this lesson we’re going to look at the basic power chords for guitar, from construction to the various ways they’re played.

Root note patterns of the minor scale positions

Root Note Patterns of the Minor Scale Positions

In the lesson Navigating Major Scale Positions on Guitar by Using the Root Note, we learned how to use the root note of the major scale as an anchor point to move between scale positions on the guitar. In this lesson, we take a look at the root note patterns of the minor scale positions.

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Navigating major scale positions by root note
Guy playing the harmonic minor scale on guitar

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The harmonic minor scale. A staple in classical music and a fan favorite of the neoclassical shredders, it’s sinister sound catches the ear.

Person playing essential guitar chords for beginners

Essential Guitar Chords for Beginners

When starting out on the guitar, or any instrument for that matter, it’s important to build a strong foundation. Seems like a pretty common sense principle, but we all can agree that we’ve had to fight the urge to tackle more advanced concepts and techniques before we were ready for them. So with this lesson I’d like to hit on the essential guitar chords for beginners to learn.

Pedal point exercises for lead guitar By Carlos Rodríguez/Andes

5 Pedal Point Licks That Make Great Lead Guitar Exercises

A Pedal point, or pedal note, is a sustained or repeated note. They’re used in rhythm playing as well as leads and you hear them often in rock, metal, and neoclassical music. In this lesson, I’m going to give you 5 examples of pedal point licks that also make great lead guitar exercises.

David Gilmour licks to improve bending technique By deep_schismic @ flickr