What Key Is A Guitar In?

October 31, 2023

You’ve probably heard of a “key” as it relates to music and wondered what key a guitar is in. The short answer is that it’s not in a specific key, that’s not really how it works. The longer answer is, like a lot of instruments, the guitar is more suited to certain keys than others. You […]

Diagram of an C shape major scale on guitar.

How To Play Major Scales On Guitar

August 12, 2023

In Western music, the humble major scale is pretty much the building block of music. Yes, there are musical modes out there, but they’re better understood through major scales. Major scales form the key of a song, and ultimately, chords are built on degrees of a scale. While there are a ton of different scales […]

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 […]

What Is A Blues Turnaround?

August 6, 2023

Blues music is usually played over a 12 bar pattern. That’s usually. Blues music doesn’t need to be over 12 bars, but you’ll find that a lot of Blues music is played over 12 bars. Until you find the whole bunch of Blues songs that are over 10 bars. Or some other number. Or a Blues song […]

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 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) […]

Diagram of a E shape Blues pentatonic for guitar.

How To Play Minor Blues Pentatonic Scales On Guitar

June 28, 2023

The Blues pentatonic scale (sometimes also called the minor Blues scale) is, as you can probably guess, a type of pentatonic scale used for Blues music. However, you’re welcome to use this scale to spice up soloing and lead lines in other types of music, especially Jazz and Rock music. Before jumping into this scale, […]

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 […]