The Blues Scales
The “blues scales” are basically a variation on the pentatonic scales. In this lesson, we’re going to talk about the “minor blues scale”. To create the blues scale, you take the pentatonic scale and add a “blue note”- the flat 5th (compare the shapes below, to the ones for the minor Pentatonic Scale) In the (read more…)
Harmonic Minor Scale (the scale of metal!)
The harmonic minor scale could probably be described as the ‘scale of metal’, just as the minor pentatonic is the ‘scale of rock’. While the pentatonic is used heavily by bands such as ACDC or Free, the harmonic minor is used by guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, or Randy Rhoads. As I demonstrate in the (read more…)
Minor Scales on Guitar
I kinda mentioned this guitar scale in last week’s post about the Minor Pentatonic scale and the first thing I have to say about “the Minor Scales on Guitar” is that they don’t exist. “What?!” I hear you ask “…but you were just talking about it? How can you write a blog post about something (read more…)
Major Pentatonic Scale
So you may have heard about the major scale, and why it’s so important for being in key. The one main problem with the major scale is: there are 7 notes. That means 7 notes to choose from in a solo, but also 7 possible notes that could be mistakes! What they should do is: (read more…)
Learn 50 Easy Guitar Songs!
It’s amazing just how many songs you can learn to play just by knowing the basic chords! If you’re a beginner guitarist, or just looking for some easy, strum-along songs, then this lesson should be just what you’re looking for. Originally, this post was about 20 easy, three chord guitar songs- but now it’s expanded! (read more…)
What is Anchoring, and Why is it Bad?
This is one of those subjects that you’re either highly knowledgeable in, or have no idea about. I would have put myself in the latter category until recently and although my own picking technique was good I noticed this problem occurring in the technique of others quite frequently. So I decided it was worthy of (read more…)