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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 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 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
 
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
 
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
 
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 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
 
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
 
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
 
Jimi Hendrix Type Licks
Here are some solo and chordal ideas in the style of Jimi Hendrix, with cool bends, double stops, and a bunch of musical examples to get yer ya-ya's out...
Rock/Pop · Advanced · 356057 Hits · 4.44/5 (371 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Stevie Ray Vaughan Type Licks I
Here are a few licks in the style of the blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. There's a few choice bends and some long triplet runs that sound a bit like something Stevie would play.
Blues · Advanced · 297624 Hits · 4.26/5 (351 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Eric Johnson-type Licks
Here are a few licks in the style of Eric Johnson. There's some emphasis on the way he skips strings at high velocity, and his incredible sense of timing.
Rock/Pop · Expert · 266482 Hits · 4.24/5 (304 ratings) · Last modified: 5/13/1999
 
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
 
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 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Minor Pentatonic Forms
Let's learn the fingerings for the 5 basic minor pentatonic forms, play some licks using them, and then learn how to connect them.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 168206 Hits · 4.36/5 (143 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/1999
 
Funk Comping Patterns in E
Sometimes you play sparse lines, and sometimes you play a bit more, but it's all in the name of funk and the rhythm. Here's a few ideas to help get the funk out.
Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 167032 Hits · 4.21/5 (170 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
 
Modes of the Major Scale
Here's a discussion of how modes work, as applied to the C major scale. It covers both how to play them melodically as scales, and harmonically as chords.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 163191 Hits · 4.59/5 (98 ratings) · Last modified: 6/2/1999
 
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
 
Walking Bass Lines with Chords
This lesson takes you step by step through some of the devices you can use to create walking bass lines and chords for solo blues guitar, or rhythm blues guitar.
Blues · Advanced · 160754 Hits · 4.10/5 (128 ratings) · Last modified: 5/28/1999
 
Wes Montgomery Type Blues Licks
Here's a few blues licks in the style of Wes Montgomery, who many consider the father of modern jazz guitar. There's some nice double-stop runs, and bluesy lines over changes.
Jazz · Intermediate · 160628 Hits · 4.20/5 (108 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
Maple Leaf Rag
Here is a fingerstyle arrangement of Scott Joplin's ragtime classic, complete with alternating bass. The fingerings aren't too difficult and it sounds great when you really get it going.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 159994 Hits · 4.71/5 (247 ratings) · Last modified: 5/28/1999
 
Getting a Grip on Hammers and Pulls
The basics of hammer-on and pull-off technique with tons 'o examples and licks. We'll learn the fundamentals and then mix and match them to create interesting patterns and licks.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 159473 Hits · 4.12/5 (171 ratings) · Last modified: 7/20/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Robben Ford Type Licks
Here are a few licks in the style of Robben Ford. They're mostly 16th note patterns with some nice bluesy runs thrown in.
Blues · Advanced · 153297 Hits · 4.41/5 (175 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
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
 
Double Stops
Here's a few different ways to play two or even three note chords over a G blues. Most of the licks are pretty common, but some might surprise you...
Blues · Intermediate · 143031 Hits · 4.08/5 (84 ratings) · Last modified: 6/15/1999