Alternate Picking Exercises For Guitar

Alternate picking is the main guitar picking technique. If you play with a pick you should get into the habit of alternate picking early on: a good picking technique will help you to play faster and more fluently.

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In this lesson, we start by explaining what alternate picking is. We then provide several alternate picking exercises that you can use to develop your technique.

A special ‘bonus’ exercise is provided at the end of the lesson – it’s a challenging picking study that’s good for a bit of ‘guitar shop showing off’!

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How To Get Better At Guitar

How long have you been playing the guitar? Are you as good a player as you should be? Our new series, ‘How To Get Better At Guitar’, is aimed at guitarists who feel that their playing could and should be better.

How To Get Better At Guitar
Improve Your Playing Today!

Over the coming weeks, we will provide articles and lessons to inspire and improve your playing. They will be of particular help if you feel that your playing has plateaued, or if you are frustrated with where you are as a guitarist and want to take your playing to the next level.

Below, you will find ten things you can do that will immediately improve your playing.

Over the coming weeks we will start to delve deeper into individual aspects of guitar playing. As new articles in the series are added, links will be included here.

Warning: the following article will seriously improve your guitar playing!

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Altered Chords

If you come across a complex chord symbol with several sharps and / or flats, chances are it’s an altered chord. In this installment of Guitar Command’s series of guitar chord theory articles, we look at how altered chords are formed, and how to play them.

There is a lot of information in this lesson, but don’t worry, there are some nice chords to play at the end!

Examples Of Altered Chords
Examples Of Altered Chords

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The Wind That Shakes The Barley For Guitar TAB

The Wind That Shakes The Barley Guitar
Play The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Learn to play the The Wind That Shakes The Barley on guitar. The Wind That Shakes The Barley is a popular traditional Irish / Scottish reel. It can sound good played fast or slow, and is a great tune to play on an acoustic guitar. Two versions are provided here: a ‘straight’ version, and a version that includes several traditional ‘fiddle’ style embellishments for an authentic feel. The music is presented in traditional notation and TAB.

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Dominant Chords

Dominant Chords
Dominant Chords

In the previous article in this series, we learned about guitar chord theory, and examined major, minor, suspended and many other types of chord.

This article will cover dominant chords, including seventh, ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords.

The article is aimed at guitarists, and includes example chord shapes to play. However, any musician wishing to know more about dominant chords and their use in popular music will find this article useful. Read on to find out how dominant chords are formed and how they are used…

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Triplet Arpeggios Guitar Lesson

Pull-Off ArpeggiosPull-off triplet arpeggios can be used to play extremely impressive-sounding licks. Usually played on the top two strings of the guitar, pull-off arpeggios require good left-right hand coordination. However, once this simple technique has been mastered, arpeggio shapes can be joined together to create long, virtuosic-sounding lines.

This lesson shows you how to play pull-off triplet arpeggios, with shapes for major and minor arpeggios. At the end of the lesson is an example piece that you can impress your friends with!

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Guitar Chord Theory

Guitar Chord Theory
Guitar Chord Theory

Many guitarists play chords without ever knowing how they are constructed and why they sound the way they do. While there is nothing wrong with this, knowing basic guitar chord theory can increase your understanding and enjoyment of the music that you play.

Writing songs and riffs by ear is a great skill, and one which should be encouraged. However, knowing how music works can improve your songwriting and composing, and will also speed up the process. So, if you’ve ever wondered what all of the numbers and symbols in guitar chords mean, then read on…

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Minor Arpeggios Shapes And Licks

Minor Arpeggios

In a previous lesson we took a brief look at lead guitar arpeggios. Arpeggios are very effective in lead guitar lines as they break up scale-based passages and add interest and variety to solos. This lesson will focus on minor arpeggios.

Arpeggios can be used in lead guitar solos in any kind of music. Rock and metal guitarists use arpeggios all the time, as do jazz guitarists. Even a blues guitar solo can be spiced up with some arpeggio licks. Example arpeggio-based blues licks are provided further down the page.

We’ll also demonstrate how sweep picking can be used to play arpeggios in lead guitar lines.

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3 Note Per String Scales

3 Note Per String Scales
Playing 3 Note Per String Scales

Using 3 note per string scales rather than standard scale shapes can help improve your speed and fluency. By learning scales with 3 notes per string you can also improve your fretboard knowledge and bring new sounds to your lead playing.

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Lead Guitar Arpeggios

Major Guitar Arpeggios Shape
Major Guitar Arpeggio Shape

If your lead guitar playing is based solely around scales, then you might be missing out on some great sounds that will add interest and originality to your solos. By incorporating guitar arpeggios into your improvisation you will have a means of creating melodic lines that are guaranteed to fit over the chord sequence that you are following.

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