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As one of the most popular and highly regarded guitars ever made, Gibson's Les Paul guitar is also one of the most often forged. How can you avoid shelling out big bucks for a phony guitar? It's not easy. And even experts are occasionally fooled by some of the fakes out there.

How to Identify a Vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard

As one of the most popular and highly regarded guitars ever made, Gibson’s Les Paul guitar is also one of the most often forged. How can you avoid shelling out big bucks for a phony guitar? It’s not easy. And even experts are occasionally fooled by some of the fakes out there.

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Minor chords are a common type of chord in three part harmony consisting of a root, a minor 3rd, and 5th interval. Minor chords are popular for their distinctively moody, melancholic, and somewhat darker sound.

SMG Guitar Lesson #32: Minor Chord Inversions

Minor chords are a common type of chord in three part harmony consisting of a root, a minor 3rd, and 5th interval. Minor chords are popular for their distinctively moody, melancholic, and somewhat darker sound.

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In the next series of lessons, we're going to cover the basics of chord inversions; multiple ways to play a given chord using alternate voicing.

SMG Guitar Lesson #29: Understanding Chord Inversions

In the next series of lessons, we’re going to cover the basics of chord inversions; multiple ways to play a given chord using alternate voicing.

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Speaking for myself as a player, I always struggled trying to get a consistence sound using 10's. I started making my own custom set of....

SMG Tips: Ain’t Nothin’ But a String Thing!

Speaking for myself as a player, I always struggled trying to get a consistence sound using 10’s. I started making my own custom set of….

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As with all scale patterns, it's important to learn it in a way that is musical, so that you'll have some ideas to branch off from while improvising. Here's an easy beginner exercise using only the notes in this scale pattern.

SMG Guitar Lesson #28: Blues Scale in 5th Octave Position

As with all scale patterns, it’s important to learn it in a way that is musical, so that you’ll have some ideas to branch off from while improvising. Here’s an easy beginner exercise using only the notes in this scale pattern.

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