Tag Archives: Chords
Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you're a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is "Building Chords From Scratch". This is a huge "no-no" and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years....

SMG Guitar Lesson #20: Beginner Exercises Part 2 of 3

Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you’re a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is “Building Chords From Scratch”. This is a huge “no-no” and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years….

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Knowing what key you are in has it's advantages. If you play lead, you'll be more aware of which scales you can use when improvising. And if you're a songwriter, you'll be better able to arrange and transpose a song to suit your needs. But knowing which key you're in isn't always an easy task...

SMG Guitar Lesson #10: What Key Are You In?

Knowing what key you are in has it’s advantages. If you play lead, you’ll be more aware of which scales you can use when improvising. And if you’re a songwriter, you’ll be better able to arrange and transpose a song to suit your needs. But knowing which key you’re in isn’t always an easy task…

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We're all familiar with the fact that major chords sound happy while minor chords sound darker. In fact, major chords and minor chords are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of types of chords, and they have all their own distinct sound! But what is it that makes them sound the way they do?

SMG Guitar Lesson #9: Why Chords Sound the Way They Do

We’re all familiar with the fact that major chords sound happy while minor chords sound darker. In fact, major chords and minor chords are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of types of chords, and they have all their own distinct sound! But what is it that makes them sound the way […]

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SMG Guitar Lesson #7: The Holy Grail of Guitar Mastery!

SMG Guitar Lesson #7: The Holy Grail of Guitar Mastery!

If there is such a thing as a “Holy Grail” of great guitar playing, it lies within mastering the five octave positions and how they correlate with intervals. THE HOLY GRAIL OF GUITAR MASTERY In a previous lesson, I shared with you a kit for making your own musical compass, which is a handy little […]

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In the last lesson, I introduced the note wheel and showed you how it can be used to label all the notes on the guitar. Now I want to show you how something called “intervals” relate to the note wheel to create what I call the “Musical Compass” Intervals are kind of like the inch markers on a ruler. They allow you to measure the distance between notes.

SMG Guitar Lesson #5: The Musical Compass

In the last lesson, I introduced the note wheel and showed you how it can be used to label all the notes on the guitar. Now I want to show you how something called “intervals” relate to the note wheel to create what I call the “Musical Compass” Intervals are kind of like the inch […]

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