Guitar Lessons by Christopher Sung

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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 · 8045 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 · 44875 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 · 17478 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 · 159423 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 · 108324 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 · 14564 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 · 8339 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 · 24477 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 · 203890 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 · 9394 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 · 98432 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 · 43896 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 · 163027 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 · 111134 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 · 88800 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 · 48726 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 · 27389 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 · 19088 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 · 101626 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 · 157059 Hits · 4.56/5 (211 ratings) · Last modified: 5/31/1999