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Using the 7(9,13) Chord
Here's a few different ways to use the 7(9,13) chord. We'll look at it in funk, blues, and jazz contexts.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 8078 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 8/9/1999
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 F Aug7 and the F Whole Tone Scale
OK, kids. Let's get familiar with the very dominant Aug7 chord, and a great scale to play over it - the Whole Tone scale. We'll jam some funk and play a bit of Monk...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 14599 Hits · 4.67/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 7/5/1999
 
Using the Minor 6 Chord
Here's a few examples that demonstrate how the very sad-sounding minor 6th chord is commonly used. It's perfect for those melancholy moments...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 8344 Hits · 4.67/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 8/2/1999
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Lemon-y Bass Lines
Can you walk bass lines like John Paul Jones? Would you want to walk bass lines like John Paul Jones? Take this lesson and the answer to both will be "yes"...
Blues · Intermediate · 43994 Hits · 4.60/5 (35 ratings) · Last modified: 6/11/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Tasty Bends and Runs in E
Bends go especially well with funky grooves. Here's a few ideas you can use to put that same feeling in your playing. Bluesy in nature, but that always works well in funk.
Funk/R&B · Advanced · 88864 Hits · 4.59/5 (117 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/1999
 
Using the C add9 chord
One of my favorite chords is a certain voicing for a C add9, so let's check out this voicing and learn how to use it in place of that regular open-stringed C major chord...
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 48746 Hits · 4.57/5 (35 ratings) · Last modified: 8/30/1999
 
Using the A minor chord
Here are a few different ways to use a very classic chord - the A minor - and how to incorporate it into your own tunes
Theory/Reference · Beginner · 27402 Hits · 4.57/5 (28 ratings) · Last modified: 8/16/1999
 
Using the G Lydian Scale and GMaj7#11
Let's get a little melancholy with some ideas on how to use the touching GMaj7#11 chord and its scale counterpart - G Lydian. Very misty...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 19123 Hits · 4.57/5 (14 ratings) · Last modified: 6/21/1999
 
Slides, Slides, and More Slides
An introduction to the art of the "slide" and how to put it into your playing to make your solos oh-so-silky smooth...
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 101676 Hits · 4.57/5 (93 ratings) · Last modified: 8/13/1999
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Use the B7 Chord and B Mixolydian Scale
Learn how to use those perennial favorites, the dominant 7th chord, and its associated scale, the Mixolydian. There's a little blues, a little latin, and some good clean fun...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 25930 Hits · 4.52/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 7/1/1999
 
Scarborough Fair
Here's an intermediate fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk classic. Enjoy.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 71528 Hits · 4.51/5 (201 ratings) · Last modified: 7/16/1999
 
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
 
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
 
Using the Blues Scale on a Minor 9 Chord
How can we use the blues scale to play over minor chords in different styles? Take this award-winning lesson and find out...
Theory/Reference · Advanced · 41091 Hits · 4.50/5 (48 ratings) · Last modified: 7/26/1999
 
Put Some Triplets In Your Playing
OK, time to think rhythmically now. We going to explore the triplet and how you can put it in your playing to win friends and influence people...
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 65687 Hits · 4.49/5 (41 ratings) · Last modified: 6/21/1999
 
Extended Arpeggios
Sam Munro's lesson on Extended 9th's got me thinking about how you can create hip lines using upper structure triads. Here's what I came up with...
Jazz · Advanced · 68217 Hits · 4.48/5 (48 ratings) · Last modified: 7/28/1999
 
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
 
Using the E Locrian Scale & Em7b5 Chord
Here are a few ways you can use both the E locrian scale and the always useful Em7b5 chord in your playing, with a few examples showing them in different styles
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 48034 Hits · 4.47/5 (57 ratings) · Last modified: 6/7/1999
 
Minor Blues
Here's how a jazzer might reharmonize a C minor blues, a la "Equinox" by John Coltrane or "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, with explanations of chord choices and scales used.
Jazz · Intermediate · 53990 Hits · 4.47/5 (32 ratings) · Last modified: 6/7/1999
 
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 C Dorian Scale and Cm7 Chord
What do the C Dorian scale and Cm7 chord have in common and how can you use them in your playing? Here's some ideas using jazz and funk examples.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 35897 Hits · 4.46/5 (35 ratings) · Last modified: 6/1/1999
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Stevie Ray Vaughan Type Licks II
Here are some more tasty licks in the style of that blues firebrand, Mr. Stevie Ray Vaughan...
Blues · Advanced · 106986 Hits · 4.43/5 (102 ratings) · Last modified: 6/24/1999
 
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