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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
 
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
 
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
 
Ear Training and Intervals
Here's some basic tips for getting used to hearing notes and intervals. Each interval is presented in context, along with a sound clip to help you remember it.
Basics · Beginner · 45031 Hits · 4.81/5 (21 ratings) · Last modified: 8/18/2000
 
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
 
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
 
Using the E7#9 Chord & E Altered Scale
Get a grip on the infamous "Hendrix" E7#9 chord and a great scale to play over it - the E altered scale. Shown in a rock, funk, and jazz style...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 46019 Hits · 4.33/5 (36 ratings) · Last modified: 6/11/2000
 
Jimmy Page Style Licks
Here's a few licks in the style of Jimmy Page. The first few examples examine his uncanny use of rhythm, and the later ones cover more of the bluesy nature of his style.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 196781 Hits · 4.32/5 (199 ratings) · Last modified: 6/2/2000
 
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 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
 
Learn Your Major Scale Inside and Out
Use intervals to really get a grip on how the major scale is constructed. Once you know these exercises, you can use them to shed any scale...
Theory/Reference · Advanced · 425212 Hits · 4.09/5 (312 ratings) · Last modified: 3/22/2000
 
Satie: Three Gymnopedies
This is one of my favorite classical tunes and perhaps Satie's most famous, arranged for fingerstyle guitar. Somber and beautiful at the same time....
Classical · Advanced · 24580 Hits · 4.63/5 (52 ratings) · Last modified: 3/18/2000
 
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
 
Put Some Funk in Your Riffs
Here's some funky rhythmic ideas to push your metal riffs into overdrive. Not for the timid.
Metal · Advanced · 58965 Hits · 4.13/5 (68 ratings) · Last modified: 1/13/2000
 
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Get festive with this reflective yet triumphant Holiday classic in 3/4 time. Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit in no time at all.
Other · Intermediate · 8465 Hits · 4.20/5 (15 ratings) · Last modified: 12/21/1999
 
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
 
Paganini: Caprice #5
Here's an excerpt from Niccolo Paganini's Caprice #5 for Violin. Some of you may recognize part of it from the guitar duel in the movie "Crossroads"...
Metal · Ridiculous · 154612 Hits · 4.52/5 (235 ratings) · Last modified: 11/26/1999
 
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Here's a classic tune from the Baroque master, J.S. Bach, arranged for fingerstyle guitar. Very spiritual...
Classical · Intermediate · 51080 Hits · 4.45/5 (86 ratings) · Last modified: 11/19/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Good Ol' Am7
Let's take a quick spin with old reliable A minor 7. We'll compare it to the regular A minor chord and look at a few ways to use it.
Basics · Beginner · 28926 Hits · 3.75/5 (28 ratings) · Last modified: 10/25/1999
 
Using the G7 Chord
Everyone should know and love the classic open-string G7 chord. Here's the lowdown and a few ways it's commonly used.
Theory/Reference · Beginner · 30580 Hits · 3.75/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 10/18/1999
 
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
 
That Pesky F# Minor Chord
Get a handle on using the barre form of the F# minor and learn how it's used in a few different tunes.
Theory/Reference · Beginner · 17489 Hits · 4.71/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 10/10/1999
 
E Major Chord Ideas
Strong and sturdy, built to last, the E major chord should bring you hours and hours of fun and enjoyment. Here's a couple of quick ideas about using it and moving the voicing around to create cool harmonies.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 27175 Hits · 3.80/5 (40 ratings) · Last modified: 10/4/1999
 
Open-String Legato Arpeggios
Let's combine some hammer-ons, pull-offs, and taps with open strings to create some classic arpeggio washes...
Metal · Advanced · 37622 Hits · 4.32/5 (19 ratings) · Last modified: 10/1/1999
 
Using the C Major 9 Chord
Here's a few different ways to use the pensive C major 9 chord to create some nice voice leading
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 12268 Hits · 4.17/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 9/26/1999
 
Funky Fills with Attitude
A few little fills you can use when you're getting down and dirty...
Funk/R&B · Advanced · 98533 Hits · 4.62/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 9/23/1999
 
Harmonic Minor Scale Basics
Let's take a look at the inner workings of the Harmonic Minor scale to unlock its potential for generating hardcore shred licks
Metal · Advanced · 168780 Hits · 4.46/5 (224 ratings) · Last modified: 9/20/1999
 
Using the Major 6 Chord
Here's a couple different ways to use the wistful yet intriguing major 6 chord...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 18343 Hits · 3.60/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 9/20/1999
 
String-Skipping Pentatonic Patterns
Let's learn a few 3-note per string fingerings, a few patterns, and then use them to create some insane licks...
Metal · Advanced · 113480 Hits · 4.32/5 (94 ratings) · Last modified: 9/16/1999
 
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
 
Using the 7sus4 Chord
On the heels of the Sus4 chord lesson, here's some common uses for its counterpart - the oh-so-ambient 7sus4 chord...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 7687 Hits · 3.67/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
 
Using the Major Pentatonic Scale
Here's how the play the major pentatonic scale with a few licks shown in different styles for easy incorporation into your playing...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 185152 Hits · 4.08/5 (138 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
 
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
 
How to Construct Basic Chords
Where do major and minor chords come from? How do they relate to each other? What's the capital of Florida? Find out in this very inspirational lesson...
Basics · Beginner · 296413 Hits · 4.41/5 (584 ratings) · Last modified: 9/9/1999
 
Using the Dsus4 Chord
Here's a great chord - the Dsus4 - and how you can use it and other sus4 chords to create your own cool chordal licks and progressions.
Rock/Pop · Beginner · 54236 Hits · 4.23/5 (61 ratings) · Last modified: 9/8/1999
 
Modes and the C Aeolian Scale
Let's get a better understanding of modes of the major scale by looking at the C Aeolian (minor) scale and how it relates to C major. There's some charts and explanations of how to construct these scales, and when to use the C Aeolian scale for soloing.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 69973 Hits · 4.52/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 9/8/1999
 
Using the E Phrygian Scale
Here's how to use that very Spanish sounding mode of the major scale - Phrygian. Don't let the name fool you. It's easier to use than to pronounce...
Theory/Reference · Beginner · 47056 Hits · 4.27/5 (33 ratings) · Last modified: 8/30/1999