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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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If you're like an overwhelming majority of guitar players, chances are you probably learned to mostly play by ear, are mostly self-taught, are pretty good at reading "tabs", but have little or no experience when it comes to reading music. While it can take years of music lessons to fully be able to read music...

SMG Guitar Lesson #6: A Beginners Guide to Reading Music!

If you’re like an overwhelming majority of guitar players, chances are you probably learned to mostly play by ear, are mostly self-taught, are pretty good at reading “tabs”, but have little or no experience when it comes to reading music. While it can take years of music lessons to fully be able to read music…

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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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My teaching system involves using something I refer to as the note wheel, the twelve notes of the chromatic scale, arranged in chromatic order within a circle. In the "Hello Guitar" Method, this system is used quite a bit because it makes it a whole lot easier to understand how to construct various scales, chords, observe intervals, and even transpose music from one key to another. Below is an example of the note wheel. Take a look at just the names of the notes;

SMG Guitar Lesson #4: The Note Wheel

My teaching system involves using something I refer to as the note wheel, the twelve notes of the chromatic scale, arranged in chromatic order within a circle. In the “Hello Guitar” Method, this system is used quite a bit because it makes it a whole lot easier to understand how to construct various scales, chords, […]

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