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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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7 Pentatonic Scale Exercises to Master the Box Shapes

The pentatonic scale may be the most versatile scale in music. If there’s one scale guitar players must master, this is the one. In this lesson we’re going to look at some pentatonic scale exercises to help you thoroughly learn the scale patterns and play through them fluidly with flawless technique.

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Bending Exercises for Guitar

To me, there’s no guitar technique that’s more satisfying to the ear than bends, which explains why I gravitate to guitar players like David Gilmour, Slash, and Warren Haynes. The subtle nuances of a player’s bending technique capture more emotion and feeling than any other technique by far.

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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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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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How to Get More Out of Learning Songs on Guitar

Learning songs on guitar provides a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills beyond what’s required to just “play” the song. However, it’s easy to get stuck in a pattern of learning songs chord for chord and note for note without putting much thought into what you’re actually playing. 

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Essential Barre Chords Every Guitar Player Should Know

Barre chords are an important part of a guitar player’s repertoire and really expand your ability to navigate the fretboard beyond open chord playing. That said, they can be a bit of a pain to get down as they require a good bit of hand strength and dexterity to play well.

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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.