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Guitar Fingerstyle Technique: Accents

One of the most effective techniques for a fingerstyle player to develop is the use of accents. Accented notes are played stronger to make them stand out from the other notes. Accented notes can bring out a melody, or they can create a particular rhythmic feel. The video on this page illustrates both of these […]

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Guitar Foot Stools

Guitar foot stools are standard equipment for classical guitar players. However, even non-classical players benefit from using a foot rest for playing guitar. Here are some advantages of using a footstool: It places the guitar in the best position to play You can play with better posture and less body tension It helps hold the […]

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Connect a MIDI Keyboard to Your PC

MIDI has been around since the 1980’s as a means of triggering electronic sounds and other functions from one device to another. Connect a MIDI Keyboard or control surface to your PC and it opens up a world of possibilities. Possibilities are limited only by the controls available on the MIDI device, and the option […]

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What is a Diatonic Scale?

While explaining music theory, the term “diatonic scale” is often used. Certainly when I first heard this term I was a little confused. So what is a diatonic scale? The easiest way to find out is to watch the video because it has some diagrams that will help you to understand. The video featured on […]

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Chords Educational

Ultimate Guitar Bar Chord Exercise

Play through the Ultimate Guitar Bar Chord Exercise song on this page to develop: Ability to recognize and change chords quickly Skill and control to change chords efficiently Muscles in the hand and arm that you need to play good sounding chords Get the Chord Charts & TAB The Chord Chart and TAB will be […]

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Chords Educational

Gospel Guitar Chords

What does, “Gospel Guitar Chords” mean? Before answering that, let’s try and find out about the term Gospel music. According to this Wikipedia article, Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The same article goes on to say that, the most famous variant is “black gospel.” Black gospel music often has very rich harmonies. […]

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Guitar Finishing Sander

What is a guitar finishing sander? Actually I am referring to a neat little hand held sander that takes the grunt work out of sanding. It isn’t made exclusively for guitar, but one of the first uses that I had for it was for working on guitars. Watch the video below where I sand down […]

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Chords Educational Online Courses

Guitar Scales Around Chords

Knowing how to play guitar scales around chords gives you a certain amount of freedom to improvise and compose. Start with the basic major chord shapes and learn the scales around those chords. Watch the video below to see a lesson from “Guitar Fretboard Secrets,” a course available on Udemy, and now with Part 1 […]

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Guitar Fretboard Secrets

You don’t need to know these Guitar Fretboard Secrets if you have a photographic memory. For those who don’t, keep reading! First, some background. I was fortunate to have had classical guitar lessons from 8 years old. In the beginning I learned to read comfortably playing in a few keys in open position. Later as […]

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How to Pull Frets

This article and video shows how to pull frets from a guitar or other fretted instrument without causing damage to the instrument. With the correct tools this is not as difficult as you might think. In the video that follows, watch how I did this for the first time without much difficulty. Since this was […]