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|

Theory 101: Building Piano Chords

Here's Nate again, this time with a lesson on building chords in the key of G Major.  From the last lesson on scales and the circle of fifths, you'll remember that the key of G Major has one sharp: F#.  So the scale runs as follows: G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. The most basic chord is a triad, which [...]

By | March 28th, 2010|Piano, Theory|

Funky Bass Trick: How to Slap the Electric Bass

Our first Bass post comes to us from guest author Tim Hays.  Tim is director of the music business and applied music programs at Elmhurst College, and has served as president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the world's leading organization devoted to music business education. The slap/pluck electric bass style has [...]

By | March 15th, 2010|Bass|

Play > Don’t Stop Believin’

True Love, Ironic Pleasure, or Gag me with a spoon? Now matter how you feel about the song, there's no denying that Don't Stop Believin' came back in a big way.  And it's stayed back.  From the Soprano's finale to Broadway's Rock of Ages to Glee, it just can't be avoided.  In 2008, Journey's iconic [...]

By | February 25th, 2010|Piano, Songs|