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The 5 Chord Progressions Every Lead Guitarist Must Know Inside & Out

5 chord progressions every lead guitarist should know how to solo over

“I don’t believe that knowing how this works will make me a better player,” Said one Facebook group commenter who was perplexed by the discussion of “secondary dominants” and the breakdown of the key of A major.  Guitar players like this one seem to want two things…… To improve their craft and practice until they’re […]

Guitar Modes Explained: Why Guitarists Struggle So Badly With Modes

How many articles about modes have you read before you got to this one?  I’d say at least a few…..and I know why…. Lots of guitar players seem to think that modes hold some magical secret to making great solos and riffs…. And that once you find the perfect article (like this one), or the […]

The Pentatonic Scale. A Swiss Army Knife For Guitarists?

pentatonic scale guitar playing explained

Here’s the truth about the pentatonic scale guitar playing and soloing….. Breaking out of the box is not a great idea for most of you, and by doing so, you’re neglecting one of the most useful musical tools available.  The pentatonic scale is not just the instant gateway to blues and rock music, but also […]

How To Use Guitar Scales: A Guide To A Misunderstood Concept

How To Use Guitar Scales: A Guide To A Misunderstood Concept There’s a fairly consistent theme I’ve found when anyone new to scales comes to articles like this one….. Why should you learn scales and what on earth are scales used for? One of the first things I did when I started playing guitar was […]

The Best F’in Jazz Guitar Lesson Ever

Comping, two five changes, dorian modes, altered scales, and m7b5 chords are a few of the many pieces of jargon you’ll hear when it comes to Jazz guitar. And none of it gets down to the heart of what it really is. I read an article recently that used words like this, as well as […]