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The Phrygian scale  is named after the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia in what is now part of modern day Turkey. Phrygian mode tends to sound somewhat exotic due to it’s unique scale structure. Let’s say we’re in the key of G Major, which contains the notes G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#....

SMG Guitar Lesson #14: Phrygian Mode

The Phrygian scale is named after the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia in what is now part of modern day Turkey. Phrygian mode tends to sound somewhat exotic due to it’s unique scale structure. Let’s say we’re in the key of G Major, which contains the notes G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#….

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In this lesson, we'll cover dorian mode, the second of the seven modes of the major key. Here’s the scale pattern. Think of it as a movable shape that can be shifted depending on what key you’re in....

SMG Guitar Lesson #13: Dorian Mode

In this lesson, we’ll cover dorian mode, the second of the seven modes of the major key. Here’s the scale pattern. Think of it as a movable shape that can be shifted depending on what key you’re in….

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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've been following my lessons here for the past couple of weeks, you're familiar with the musical compass and that it can be used to figure out the notes in any major scale, as well as other useful stuff. I've even provided you with a kit to make one at home. So be sure and do this if you haven't already!

SMG Guitar Lesson #8: How to Harmonize a Scale

If you’ve been following my lessons here for the past couple of weeks, you’re familiar with the musical compass and that it can be used to figure out the notes in any major scale, as well as other useful stuff. I’ve even provided you with a kit to make one at home. So be sure […]

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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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