Drones

Drones Drones are a really useful tool for helping you learn how to improvise.  They allow you to hear the quality of a variety of scales over a drone, so you learn how each note sounds in relation to a root note - the drone. Here we present for your delectation some...

Key Signatures

KEY SIGNATURES A lot of fuss goes on around key signatures.  Things can seem complex and hard to remember.  So here I will let you know the shortcuts that got me able to learn all the key signatures in no time. Things you need to know first! Sharps and flats These are...

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. ...

Key signatures

Key signatures Working with key signatures is not nearly as difficult as most people will lead you to believe.  Here is our simple guide and working method. Make sure you know how to build a major scale before continuing! Now you understand how to build a major scale...

6 note shapes

6 note shapes – major scale There are only 3 ways that notes occur on a string as already identified here.  When you examine all the possibilities on the guitar fretboard you find there are fixed patterns that these shapes move from one to the other. When you...

Harmonic Minor

The Harmonic Minor We’ve identified that what we mean when we say ‘minor’ usually means a scale starting from the sixth note of a major scale. Let’s look at the tones and semitones between the notes of a major scale:      T    T     S   ...

Minor Keys

What is a key? Put simply a key is a collection of notes to be used to make some music. What is usually meant by the key of a piece of music is which major or minor scale is being used. For example, if I write a piece of music using the notes C, D, E, F, G, A and B...

Modes – finally the truth

Modes There is an awful lot of fuss made about modes in the world of guitar.  They are actually really simple.  They are also seldom actually used – even when people think they are using them, they’re often just not understanding how music really works....

3 notes per string

3 notes per string If you take that pattern for a major scale of Tone Tone Semitone Tone Tone Tone Semitone it means that there are only 3 ways that three notes can be spaced apart by these tones and semitones: Tone Semitone, or Semitone Tone, or Tone Tone. They look...

Building scales

Building Scales To really understand how music works on the guitar you’re going to need to understand scales and how to build them.   What is a scale? A scale is any series of notes that rises or falls in pitch. The character of a scale is determined by the...