You Don’t Have To Play The Whole Chord

September 1, 2023

So your typical guitar has six strings on it and, after learning your open chord shapes, you’ll realise that chords are usually played on all six, five, or just four strings. But do you really need all those strings? Not really. And I’m not talking about power chords. Nor am I talking about being minimalistic […]

Diagram showing minor 7th intervals across guitar strings.

Finding Sevenths On Guitar

August 8, 2023

When it comes to intervals in music, the 7th is the biggest one before you get to an octave and start going around again. Knowing where common intervals fall across guitar strings is a useful skill to have for both improvising and working out guitar chords quickly and easily. This guitar lesson looks specifically at […]

Diagram of a guitar neck showing different pentatonic scale patterns across the neck.

How To Connect Minor Pentatonic Patterns Across The Guitar Neck

July 31, 2023

So you know all the basic minor pentatonic scale patterns for guitar. Well done! Knowing, and understanding, these scale patterns is important in being able to improvise and generally play lead guitar. However, knowing minor pentatonic scale patterns in isolation is just the first step. Once you know the patterns, then it’s important to be […]

Diagram of a 6th interval on guitar.

Finding Sixths On Guitar

July 26, 2023

A 6th is a musical interval that spans 9 semitones (9 frets) for a major 6th and 8 semitones (8 frets) for the minor 6th. What interesting about the minor 6th is that it appears in the natural minor and the harmonic minor, but not the melodic minor. This article isn’t about minor scales though; I’ll […]

Guitar chord diagram showing a C/G chord.

A Fun G To C/G Trick

July 24, 2023

After writing about my lazy F trick, it got me thinking about another guitar chord trick that I like to use when playing between a G and C chord. With this guitar trick, you’ll be able to easily move between a G and a C chord while also playing a kind of fun bass part […]

The Lazy F Chord

July 23, 2023

As you’re getting to know your way around the guitar, you’ll come to realise that there are a lot of different ways to play the same guitar chord, even in the same position. One of these alternative guitar chord voicings is what I like to call the “lazy F.” It’s a slightly easier way to […]

Guitar fretboard diagram showing the interval of a fourth on a single string.

Finding Fourths On Guitar

July 18, 2023

In music, an interval is just the space between two notes, usually relating back to the difference in relation to a major scale. So, for example, the interval of a 3rd is four semitone (4 frets). The interval of a 4th is 5 semitones (5 frets) because a major scale, starting at the root (1) […]

Using Slash Chords To Transition Between Chords

July 8, 2023

A slash chord is a chord where the bass note is different from the chord root. If you’re not familiar with slash chords already, I suggest reading my introduction to slash chords on guitar. In that article I run through some common slash chords and help readers generally get their head around the chords themselves. […]

Diagram showing 2nds on the guitar fret board.

Finding Seconds On Guitar

June 26, 2023

While a 2nd is not as common a musical interval as some, like everything, it’s important to be able to find intervals on guitar. Finding chord intervals like a 3rd or a 5th are probably the most important ones to know, so once you know those, what next? Let’s talk about 2nds. Compared to some […]