Guitar Keys

Guitar music is written in quite a narrow range of keys. This is due to the nature of the instrument and how it is tuned: some keys are just naturally more suited to the guitar.

Guitar Keys Writing Music For Guitar

In this lesson, I identify these keys, and also list the chords in each of these keys. This is useful for composers and songwriters intending to write music for the guitar, whether or not they are guitarists themselves.

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2 5 1 Progression Trick

2 5 1 Progression Trick

In this lesson I’m going to show you how to play 2 5 1 progressions using a nice little trick based around chord synonyms. Useful not only for jazz guitarists, but also for songwriters who want a nice way of introducing key changes.

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Minor 6th Chord Synonyms

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We’ve previously looked at major 6th chords and their relationship with minor 7th chords. In this lesson, we are going to look at minor 6th chords. We’ll find out how to play them, what gives them their unique sound, and how, like major 6th chords, they’re the chord synonym of another chord.

Yes, that’s right: by learning just one chord shape you actually get two new chords!

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Guitar Finger Exercises

These finger exercises will help improve the speed and clarity of your guitar playing. They are designed to be used by electric guitarists who use a pick, but can be adapted for acoustic guitars and fingerstyle players.

Guitar Finger Exercises

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Learning More Advanced Guitar Chords

Many guitarists learn a few major, minor and dominant 7th chords and consider their ‘chord learning’ stage to be over – don’t be one of them!

In this lesson in our How To Get Better At Guitar series, we are going to look at learning some slightly more advanced guitar chords.

If you want to get better at guitar – and that is what this series is all about – then it is time to resume your chord studies!

Major Guitar Chord Barre E Shape
Go Beyond Major Chords & Bring New Sounds To Your Songs

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Diminished 7 Chord Theory

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This article is an introduction to the diminished 7th chord.

For many guitarists it’s a relatively unusual chord, standing apart from the usual major, minor and seventh chords.

Jazz guitarists are more likely to use it regularly. It is found in many jazz chord progressions, and is commonly used as a chord substitution (i.e. it is used in place of another chord to change the harmony). More details on substitutions later in the lesson.

This article covers diminished 7 chord theory, how to play these chords on the guitar and how to use them in your own compositions.

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Music Intervals And Ear Training

Music Intervals And Ear Training

In this article we look at music intervals and ear training. We show you what musical intervals are and how to hear and play them on the guitar.

At the end of the article we provide several practical ear training exercises. If you make them part of your practice routine then your improvisation ability and all-round musicianship will quickly improve…

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Guitar Scale Exercises Position Changes

These guitar scale exercises can be used to practice changing position and combining scale shapes while improvising.

Guitar Scale Exercises

If you always stay in one position while soloing you may be restricting yourself. Your fingers will fall into the same old patterns and you’ll struggle to come up with anything new.

By learning scales all over the fretboard you can give your lead playing more freedom. Even if you are using the same notes but played in a different position you will find that new licks will present themselves.

This lesson will show you how to play 3 octave major scales, how to combine scale shapes while soloing and at the end gives you an extended position-changing study. It is part of the how to get better at guitar series.

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