Drop D Tuning On The Guitar: What It Is And How To Tune

January 3, 2024

Drop D tuning is a common alternative tuning for the guitar. Standard tuning, from low to high, is E-A-D-G-B-E. The guitar is tuned that way for a few reasons, but it’s not the only way to tune it. While standard tuning has its advantages for being able to easily play chordsĀ and play melodies, sometimes and […]

What Are Power Chords

October 3, 2023

So you want to find out about power chords? You’re in the right place. In this guitar lesson, I’ll cover what a power chord is, a bit of music theory behind power chords, and how to play them. Basically this article is a one stop shop for all things power chord related. Before I get […]

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 […]

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. […]

Guitar chord diagram showing an A chord.

An Alternative A And D Chord Shape

June 21, 2023

Once you know open guitar chord shapes, there are a lot of easy guitar songs that you can play (as well as more difficult guitar songs for that matter). Know barre chords opens the fretboard up to allow you to play any chord you can think of, as long as it’s just made of the […]

Guitar chord diagram showing a D/F# chord

How To Play Slash Chords On Guitar (Getting Started)

June 14, 2023

While the guitar can be a great instrument for playing lead lines and riffs, it’s also very well suited to playing chords. There are so many different guitar chords out there, you can get completely lost (in a good way) diving into different voicings, additions, subtractions, and more. Each different chord type has its own […]

Guitar chord diagrams of the E7 shape.

How To Play 7th Chords On Guitar

June 2, 2023

Let’s talk 7th chords, specifically dominant 7th chords. The dominant 7th is what you’ll most likely encounter in most rock, blues, and generally popular music, so it’s a type of chord you should learn and understand first before moving onto major 7ths and other chord variations. Of course, before you learn these chords, you should […]

Diagram of a guitar neck from frets 0-12 with reference notes on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret.

How To Find Notes On A Guitar

May 31, 2023

The guitar fretboard can look really daunting at first. You know there are a variety of places you can find a note, but it’s not like it’s labeled or anything. How are you supposed to know where the notes are? There are tons of tips out there on how to find notes on the guitar […]

An example of a guitarist fretting a barre chord.

How To Play Barre Chords On Guitar

May 30, 2023

Once you master the basic open guitar chords, it’s time to move onto to something new. You’re welcome to move onto 7th chords, namely the dominant 7th. You’re welcome to go onto 7ths before you go onto barre chords. It’s up to you. Here I’ll be discussing barre chords for guitar though (hence the title […]