Harmonised major scale

The harmonised major scale What is a harmonised major scale? If you want to know all the chords in a particular key you will want to know how to build and use a harmonised major scale.  This can be really useful when you’re song writing because it makes it so...

Long Train Running

Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers Always a crowd pleaser when you’re in a covers band that will get them up and dancing, Long Train Running is a good tune for honing your strumming skills. There’s a nice two finger hammer on and pull off and...

Jazzy Blues

Jazzy blues A lot of the appeal of the blues can come from its ‘earthy’ feel.  But learning to play a jazzy blues can be a great gateway to understanding some more complex chords and how they fit together. So here’s a nice jazzy blues for you to try...

The easiest blues ever!!

The easiest blues EVER!! It’s great playing the blues but usually that requires either playing open first position chords which don’t sound very bluesy, or having to play more difficult chords up the neck a bit. Fear not!  I’ve got the perfect...

Phone Booth

Phone Booth – Robert Cray Here’s a great example of a blues song using less common chord shapes and some nice variations on the basic 12 bar blues. If you’re not yet comfortable with the 12 bar blues click here to get up to speed then come back here....

The Blues

The Blues The Blues can have all sorts of definitions.  It can have a particular feel or groove and all sorts of ideas abound about the history of the blues.  There are many types of blues – Delta, Texas, Jazz, Chicago blues and of course British Blues. ...

Dominant 7 chords

Here are the chord shapes used for playing dominant 7 chords in the first position. Remember these are not major 7 chords – a major 7 chord has the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th from the major scale.  A dominant 7 has the 1st, 3rd, 5th...