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3 Classic Metal Riffs
The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but these riffs keep on rockin'. Use them to drown out your sister's Backstreet Boys CDs...
Metal · Intermediate · 349435 Hits · 3.71/5 (438 ratings) · Last modified: 11/18/1999
 
A Guide for Beginner - More Major Chords
This is an introduction to the major chords using barre forms to play them in all keys, with chord charts and music playback to help you get them under your fingers.
Basics · Beginner · 1028643 Hits · 4.44/5 (866 ratings) · Last modified: 8/24/2000
 
A Guide for Beginner - More Minor Chords
This is an introduction to the minor chords using barre forms to play them in all keys, with chord charts and music playback to help you get them under your fingers.
Basics · Beginner · 334638 Hits · 4.56/5 (191 ratings) · Last modified: 7/9/1999
 
A Guide for Beginners - A Minor Scale
Here's an introduction to your first minor scale - and it's a beauty - the A minor scale. We'll learn the basics and then play some cool patterns over a few tunes!
Basics · Beginner · 308853 Hits · 4.33/5 (352 ratings) · Last modified: 8/23/1999
 
A Guide for Beginners - C Major Scale
Here is an introduction to the C major scale, including how to play it, what chords to play it over, and how to make it more interesting.
Basics · Beginner · 478999 Hits · 4.34/5 (575 ratings) · Last modified: 6/13/1999
 
A Guide for Beginners - Major Chords
This is an introduction to the basic open major chords, with chord charts and music playback to help you get them under your fingers.
Basics · Beginner · 2891269 Hits · 4.50/5 (5562 ratings) · Last modified: 5/26/2000
 
A Guide for Beginners - Minor Chords
This is an introduction to the basic open minor chords, with chord charts and music playback to help you get them under your fingers.
Basics · Beginner · 410175 Hits · 4.37/5 (442 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/1999
 
A Guide for Beginners - Strumming
This is a basic introduction to different strumming patterns that you can apply to songs that you play. Emphasis is placed on the use of muted chords to create percussive effects for more interesting strumming.
Basics · Beginner · 1002952 Hits · 4.32/5 (1287 ratings) · Last modified: 5/23/1999
 
A Sampling of Fast Rock Licks
I was young, brash, and full of notes, and these were some of the things I played to assert my manhood in the rock arena of my high school...
Rock/Pop · Advanced · 114148 Hits · 4.21/5 (107 ratings) · Last modified: 4/27/2000
 
Accompaniment Elements Of Rhythm Guitar
Whether you're playing solo or backing up a singer, here's a few tips for creating interesting rhythm guitar parts for accompaniment.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 108512 Hits · 4.69/5 (154 ratings) · Last modified: 6/21/2000
 
Adding Hammer-Ons to Your Strumming
One way to add interest to your strumming is to use hammer-ons while the chord is ringing. Here are a few examples using your basic open major chords with hammer-ons thrown in.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 273748 Hits · 4.08/5 (278 ratings) · Last modified: 6/6/1999
 
Adding Suspensions to Your Strumming
A good way to add interest to your strumming is to use suspensions to give your major chords some nice flavor. Here are a few examples using your basic open major chords with suspensions thrown in.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 123508 Hits · 4.36/5 (130 ratings) · Last modified: 6/22/1999
 
Albert Lee Type Licks
Here are a few licks in a style similar to that of the great Tele-Master, Albert Lee. There's a nice double-stop run, and plenty of room for twangin'.
Country · Expert · 198303 Hits · 4.42/5 (297 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
All The Things You Should Play
Here are some nice licks over a chord progression similar to All The Things You Are. They'll help you play over typical standard jazz progressions (but only if you practice them...)
Jazz · Intermediate · 111325 Hits · 4.59/5 (137 ratings) · Last modified: 6/6/1999
 
Alterno-Riff Tune
Here's an alternative type progression with some different flavors of major chords and some tinkly arpeggios sprinkled on top. Yummy!
Alternative · Intermediate · 38188 Hits · 3.99/5 (76 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/1999
 
Bach's Bourree in B Minor
Here's a good intermediate piece that you can play with either your fingers or a pick. Taken from his Violin Sonata in B Minor, it has a great melody line and some nice changes.
Classical · Intermediate · 51197 Hits · 4.34/5 (71 ratings) · Last modified: 5/31/1999
 
Bach's Bourree in E Minor
This is a pretty well-known piece that you can use to help both your fingerpicking and your dexterity. It has some really nice changes and is a fun one to play when you really get it going.
Classical · Intermediate · 157435 Hits · 4.56/5 (211 ratings) · Last modified: 5/31/1999
 
Bach's Invention No. 8
This is a duet arrangement of JS Bach's two-part invention in F Major, originally written for harpsichord. Play along with either part. It's great for building speed and dexterity as well as knowledge of the fingerboard.
Classical · Intermediate · 238927 Hits · 4.18/5 (290 ratings) · Last modified: 5/13/1999
 
Basic Bends
There are a couple of choice bends that are mandatory for any good blues guitarist to have under their fingers. Here's some of the best in the context of a 12-bar blues in E.
Blues · Intermediate · 162286 Hits · 4.16/5 (211 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
 
Basic Chord Forms and Voice Leading
An introduction to some of the chord variations you can use for the most common jazz progressions
Jazz · Intermediate · 95674 Hits · 4.37/5 (103 ratings) · Last modified: 7/8/1999
 
Basic Fingerpicking Patterns
Get a handle on fingerpicking patterns and use them to play through your favorite tunes. There's lots of examples with explanations of the technique used for each.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 938853 Hits · 4.48/5 (1117 ratings) · Last modified: 7/26/2001
 
Basic Inversions of Major Chords
Here are a few ideas about using inversions of major chords to create more interesting ways to play common chord progressions.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 131604 Hits · 4.14/5 (137 ratings) · Last modified: 5/23/1999
 
Basic Scale Patterns
Using scale patterns helps to create some nice variations in your single-note solos. Here's a few basic ideas that you can use to make your solos more interesting.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 205964 Hits · 4.31/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 6/7/1999
 
Blackbird Fingerpicking
Let's play a nice little fingerpicking thing using a pattern like "Blackbird" by the Beatles. We'll learn the tune and then break down the patterns and the harmony...
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 227302 Hits · 4.27/5 (194 ratings) · Last modified: 10/14/1999
 
Blues & Jazz Licks on Pop
Using the blues scale over pop chord progressions with a bit of chromaticism can produce great sounding lines. Here's a few ideas of how you can use them to make the most out of a pop situation.
Rock/Pop · Advanced · 72680 Hits · 3.93/5 (73 ratings) · Last modified: 5/13/1999
 
Blues Rhythm Guitar I
Let's learn the fundamentals of the blues shuffle and learn a few different ways to add interest to your blues rhythm playing with lots of examples and steps along the way.
Blues · Intermediate · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
 
Blues Rhythm Guitar II
Whether you're playing in a band or playing accompaniment for someone else, here are some comping ideas you can use to expand your rhythm playing.
Blues · Intermediate · 212602 Hits · 4.09/5 (150 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
 
Blues Soloing and Basic Harmony
Here are some quick tips for enhancing your soloing over blues tunes, with some cool licks and explanations for why they work harmonically.
Blues · Intermediate · 430048 Hits · 4.50/5 (475 ratings) · Last modified: 3/23/2001
 
Blues Turnarounds
Here's a couple of blues turnarounds in E. They're pretty standard but definitely have that bluesy feel to them. If you want more interesting ones, start bugging Jim Burger...
Blues · Intermediate · 151188 Hits · 4.39/5 (137 ratings) · Last modified: 5/28/1999
 
Bluesy Rhythm Fills and Licks
Let's learn some rhythm licks a la Jimi Hendrix that you can add to your playing. We'll look at a bunch of variations and examples, and then dissect them for easy digestion. Mmmmm, yummy!
Blues · Intermediate · 204186 Hits · 4.63/5 (180 ratings) · Last modified: 10/29/1999
 
Can You Say "Cliche"?
You've heard them more than a few times - here's a couple of common rock licks. Should you use them in your playing? Only you can decide that...
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 192561 Hits · 3.91/5 (124 ratings) · Last modified: 6/11/1999
 
Carcassi's Caprice in D Minor
This is a good intermediate piece to get your pick moving through various arpeggiated chords, with nice voice leading and a nice feel.
Classical · Intermediate · 87830 Hits · 4.42/5 (143 ratings) · Last modified: 5/13/1999
 
Chopin - Prelude in A
A classic, wistful 16-bar Mazurka from the Maestro that's just right for showing off the sensitive side of your playing...
Classical · Intermediate · 35213 Hits · 4.12/5 (25 ratings) · Last modified: 9/15/1999
 
Chord Soloing Using 4ths
A common way to harmonize a melody line is to use voicings in 4ths. How do you figure out these voicings and how to use them? The answer just might be in this lesson...
Jazz · Advanced · 65246 Hits · 3.87/5 (39 ratings) · Last modified: 6/23/1999
 
Common Major Chord Variations
Here's a few ways to spice up those oh-so-common major chord voicings, with lots of examples to win friends and influence people.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 33569 Hits · 4.11/5 (19 ratings) · Last modified: 3/1/2000
 
Common Minor Chord Variations
Here's some different ideas to spice up those common minor chord voicings. Use these versatile babies in your strumming or fingerpicking.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 20960 Hits · 4.32/5 (28 ratings) · Last modified: 7/24/2000
 
Cool Rock Chordal Ideas
Here's a couple of classic-type chordal riffs to break out at your next jam session. A little bit of the James Gang, Stones, and Pearl Jammish type thangs...
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 111448 Hits · 4.12/5 (113 ratings) · Last modified: 8/26/1999
 
Deck The Halls
A fingerstyle version of this classic holiday tune. Fun for the whole family. Also includes boughs of holly (whatever that means)...
Other · Advanced · 9426 Hits · 4.62/5 (37 ratings) · Last modified: 12/21/1999
 
Different II-V-I Licks
These licks are based on piano-like patterns, which can often create more interesting intervals and lines. A little bit more difficult to finger, but that makes them sound a bit more unique.
Jazz · Advanced · 122343 Hits · 4.24/5 (94 ratings) · Last modified: 5/19/1999
 
Diminished Licks Over an E7 Groove
Time for some cool, slurred licks over a static E7 groove, drawing heavily from the E diminished scale. It's a little bit of Scofield, a little bit of Scott Henderson, and some "out" type of playing, in general.
Jazz · Advanced · 87021 Hits · 4.28/5 (78 ratings) · Last modified: 5/22/1999