Finger Exercises Video -New
Erik Mongrain: Warmups and Finger Exercises.Erik demonstrates how he gets warmed up.He also shows some exercises that build muscle and dexterity
Warm ups and Exercises
Before you begin playing your guitar, it is a good idea to stretch your fingers and do some warm up exercises.
Dropped-D Rhythm Patterns
These examples are all in Dropped-D tuning. For those of you unfamiliar with this tuning, it is similar to normal tuning, except that the low E-string (6th string - the fattest one) is tuned to D (one whole step down). If you have a common chromatic electronic tuner, you can accomplish this pretty easily.
Coping with Stagefright
Does the thought of playing your guitar in public give you the willies? Stagefright is a common experience among musicians. Your hands begin to sweat, your face gets flush and your stomach feels those tiny little butterflys tickling your insides. But, as a musician, you might as well face the music and realize that sooner or later someone is going to ask you to play something for them.
Also see performance anxiety
Notes on the Guitar
Learning the Notes on the Guitar starting with the open strings and moving on to the entire fretboard.
Learning the Notes on the Guitar with Octaves. An Octave is double(or half) the pitch of a note, either higher or lower.
Chord Progressions #1
Introduction to Chord Progressions. When you listen to one of your favorite songs you become aware to the fact that it is built up of notes and chords that are changing and causing the song to evolve in a way that is pleasing to the ear. The question that I want to look at today is: why do some chords sound good together and others sound absolutely terrible?
Guitar Lesson Results
3 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Big Results From Taking Guitar Lessons, by Tom Hess. Have you ever tried taking guitar lessons and ended up quitting in frustration, because you felt you werent making enough progress?
Moveable Chords #1
Moveable Guitar Chords Part One with a sixth string root note.
Minor Scales #1
Minor Scales Theory Part One. Every Major scale has a Minor Scale contained it. So, the Major Scale and its Relative Minor Scale actually contain the exact same notes.
Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scales with the 1st (Root) Position. The Minor Pentatonic Scale is a five note scale derived from the Minor Scale. Intervals used: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 7th.
Minor Pentatonic guitar scales with the 1st (root) position and the addition of the 2nd position.
Free Video Guitar Lesson. Mark Brennan shows how to play "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull. Learn the classic rock song by Jethro Tull, lessons includes the introduction and electric rhythm parts.
Intro to Ska Guitar
Ska is a style of music that can be described as "Upbeat Reggae." It has influenced classic rock bands like The Clash, as well as more modern bands like No Doubt. Here we'll look at a rhythm guitar technique that describes the basics of Ska.
Moving between the 1st and 2nd position pentatonic scales.
The Blues Scale
The Blues Scale is actually a Minor Pentatonic Scale with an extra note, the Flat Fifth. The Flattened Fifth is also commonly referred to as "Blue Note"
5 Common Scales
This lesson shows five frequently used movable scales. The examples are shown using G as the starting point, but these scales can be transposed to any Key.
A Few Blues Riffs
Here are a few common blues guitar riffs in the key of E.
Intonation is the guitars ability to stay in tune for the entire length of the fret board. Having correct intonation is vital to sound good, period. There is a way simple to test it, and the guitar doesn't even have to be in tune.
Guitar Repair 101
Guitar Maintenance and why it is important to maintain your guitar.
How To Reduce Guitar Feedback When You Play. - By Damian Francis
How to hold a Barre Chord. The Barre chords is one of the most important chords you will need in your guitar playing. The beauty of this chord is that once you can hold it, you will be able to move it anywhere on the fretboard and it becomes a different note.
Stuck in a Guitar Playing Rut?
As guitar players we sometimes find ourselves in what can only be called a guitar playing rut. According to the dictionary, a "rut" is a fixed, usually boring routine. This is when we get to the point that we feel that we're just going over the same thing time and time again. In other words: not growing as a musician.
For every Major Key there is also a relative Minor Key. (Every Major Key has a Minor Key contained in it) Refer to the previous lesson on minor scales if needed.
Secret of Speed
The Secret of Speed and Finding the "Incredible Lightness" by Jamie Andreas.
Practicing with a Metronome
A metronome is a device that produces a regulated pulse, and is used to establish a steady beat, or tempo, measured in beats per minute (BPM).