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...

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...

Express Practice

What follows is the best way to practise.  Using these methods you will get faster results on any instrument, or indeed any study, whether sport, academic work, skills of any sort. This way of practising is designed to get you able to do things on the guitar quickly. ...

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 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...

Basic terms

Sharps # and flats b These symbols change the pitch of a note.  A sharp sign (#) takes the note a semitone higher, one fret higher. If I want to find a C# (C sharp) I just find the normal C and move it up one fret to get the C#. If I want to find Bb (B flat) I just...

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...

play guitar faster

In order to play things at higher speeds we have to make the movements automatic. The first step in this process is to make sure the movements are technically correct – playing with the tips of the fingers, using the correct down and up strokes etc .. Then the...

The notes on the guitar fret board

All the notes on the guitar neck Here’s a colour coded diagram of the guitar neck up to the 12th fret.  So you can find any note on any string.  If you want to find the # or b version of the note just move up or down one fret.  So if you want a C#, find a C and...