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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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Guitar chord being played on acoustic guitar

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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Augmented Triads on Guitar

In previous lessons we’ve learned about major, minor and diminished triads. In this lesson we’ll round out the triads with augmented triads. We’ll take a look at the interval structure that creates the augmented triad and map them to the guitar fretboard.

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Circle of Fifths

The circle of fifths is an invaluable tool that reveals important relationships between pitches and organizes them in a way that’s very useful to understanding diatonic harmony.

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Power Chords on Guitar

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.