Practice > 8 Essential Guitar Chords

If you're a beginning guitarist, this is the place to start.  Do as Justin suggests and learn the open D, A, and E chords first.  With those, you can play a few hundred songs.  Add the next five, and you can play a few thousand.  As always, the video supplements are thorough and helpful.  Here's [...]

By | April 3rd, 2010|Guitar|

Practice > Minor Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

While keyboard players typically begin their scale studies with C Major, guitarists should consider starting out with the A minor pentatonic scale.  Justin Sandercoe offers an excellent introduction to a scale that is used the world over in all different kinds of music. In America, this scale is most closely identified with the blues. It [...]

By | March 15th, 2010|Guitar, Theory|

Podcasts: Music Theory for Guitarists

This is an excellent series of podcasts on Guitar Music Theory available for free on iTunes. Taught by Desi Sarna, the author of Fretboard Theory, they are best for intermediate and advanced players. Lessons include pentatonic and major scale patterns, chord inversions and arpeggio patterns with the CAGED system.

By | March 4th, 2010|Guitar, Theory|

NAMM Gem #1: Souldier Straps

Some of the best stuff was tucked against the back walls or in the basement of the 2010 NAMM show. First up, Souldier guitar straps.  These are handmade in Chicago using recycled seatbelts and vintage fabric.  The one that caught our eye was made with the same material originally used for one of Jimi Hendrix's [...]

By | February 14th, 2010|Gig Bag, Guitar|