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Jimi Hendrix playing octave chords

How To Use Octave Chords To Improve Your Guitar Playing

If you learn how to use octave chords to improve your guitar playing, it will also help you to understand music better 100%.  Guaranteed! That is because octave chords have many applications that can benefit your guitar playing.  No matter if you play rhythm guitar or lead guitar.  I recommend you add octave chords to your musical vocabulary.

What are octave chords?

Octave chords are a two-note chord. this chord is made up of two notes that are the same, just an octave apart.  So for instance, if you were playing a C octave chord, the notes would both be C.  This goes for any octave chord you choose to play.  The two notes will always be the same.

These type of chords can do two things right off the bat:

*They can add another easy chord shape to your chord vocabulary

*They can improve your memory of note location along the fretboard

The second thing can be a huge benefit to your paying as it will allow you to find notes faster.   It will also increase your understanding of how to create extended chords because you’ll know exactly where the added notes are located.  This will be done quickly and easily due to knowing octaves.

Reading octave chords

Let’s look at a few octave chords in print.

Octave Chords written in tab

Here you can clearly see we have two notes on two different strings.  If you study closely you can also see that the number value is two higher than the original note.  What I mean by this is that when you have a 3, the octave is going to be a 5.  If you have a 7, the octave number is going to 9.  If you have a 6, the octave number is going to be?

You can also see that the octave note is two strings apart.  So if you are on the 3rd fret of the sixth string, the octave note will be two frets up (5) and two strings down.   On the fourth string.  Your biggest string (the sixth string) will always be on the bottom of the sheet music.

The reason for this is because the lowest note will always be on the bottom.  So in retrospect, you need to look at the sheet music like your strings are upside down.  I know, it’s confusing but I didn’t design it.  I only teach it.  Anyway, try learning it from a lefty perspective like me.  But not to worry, if I can figure it out, so can you.

Watch the video lesson below

Music education

One of the things that you should always be thriving for when learning how to play guitar, is increasing your music education.  The more you know about the notes that make up the musical alphabet, and what to do with them to create what you choose, the better understanding you’ll have of the tools you are working with.

Not knowing where the notes are located on the guitar is a very common problem among guitar players because most of them play by ear or never bother to take time to learn where the notes are on the fretboard.  You want to be better than them.  By studying octaves and creating octave chords, you’ll be able to not only understand the fretboard better, but you’ll be able to find notes licitly split!  You’ll amaze people with this newfound skill.

Chord embellishment theory

By learning the octaves and knowing exactly where they are on all six strings, you’ll be able to develop the skill of understanding, chord embellishment theory.  This is the science of building guitar chords.  Understand this enough and you’ll be able to build any type of guitar chord you choose.  Major, minor diminished, augments, etc, etc, etc.

Information like this can be very beneficial in music composition and songwriting.  If you like to write your own songs, this is a great skill to have.  Knowing how to create different types of emotion is what music is all about.  N matter what instrument or what style you choose to play.  Emotion is everything!  Master the notes, and you’ll be able to create emotion at will!

Rhythm guitar mastery

When it comes to playing guitar, rhythm is most important.  The ability to create chords, chord progressions, strumming patterns, arpeggiated picking and all within the proper timing is the foundation of playing guitar.  Sure it’s fun to play guitar solos, but even so, you still need a solid understanding of rhythm.

That is why I wrote and published my guitar book Rhythm Guitar Alchemy.  This book is a step-by-step method of study that is fun and easy to learn.  With secret elements, formulas, and properties that cater to the scientific development of rhythm guitar playing in both theory and practice.

Rhythm Guitar Alchemy with octave chords

From learning notes, forming chords, and establishing rhythms with proper timing.  Rhythm Guitar Alchemy will provide you with a progressive training guide that will help you to develop an intimate understanding of playing rhythm guitar.

It will introduce you to the rhythm playing concepts and techniques that will propel you forward into the magical world of musical abilities that only so few guitar players ever possess.

You will learn such things as:

*Reading notation and chord diagrams

*Guitar chords of all kinds (major, minor, augmented, etc)

*Common rhythm techniques (strumming, picking fingerstyle)

*How to easily play barre chords (a very difficult chord type)

*Chord embellishment theory (adding notes to chords)

*Rhythm timing formulas (learn to play in time)

*Practice habits (for getting quicker results)

And much, much more.

No prior music knowledge needed

This helpful handbook has been designed to give you a clear and concise method of study that will propel you forward at an alarming rate.  With everything laid out easy and simple, no prior music knowledge will be needed.  Because of this, you will be able to develop confidence

Since music theory is a vital part of learning to be a highly productive alchemist, the basics of it will be presented for your development and the best understanding of the craft.  This will allow you to develop a solid foundation of these concepts and principles.

As a rhythm guitar alchemist, you will be learning the sacred properties and formulas that are needed to create rhythm guitar magic!  Notes, diagrams, timing sequences, progressions, theory and much much more.  All things that will make your rhythm guitar playing appealing to the ear of your listener

Unlocking the mysteries

The search for unlocking the mysteries of your guitar fretboard is what guitar playing is all about.  That is why you can play the instrument for years because there are many many mysteries to uncover.  Rhythm Guitar Alchemy helps you to do that.

But it takes time, consistent effort, dedication and commitment on the part of the player (you) to unlock these mysteries.  With the help of the proper training, you’ll know where to look and how to understand the techniques need to create great music as a rhythm guitar alchemist.

Lesson conclusion

As you can see from this lesson, there are many benefits you can get from learning your octave chords.  Just follow the examples in the tab I wrote out and find them.  The concept also works on the fifth string.  One note will be on the fifth string and the other note will be on the third-string two frets up.

These and other concepts like them will help you to further your understanding of the language of music.  Remember, music is a language and like all other languages, the better you know it, (reading, writing, etc) the better you’ll be able to get your ideas across.

If you need additional help, be sure to check out my book.  It can be found on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions as well as in my eBay store where if purchased here, I will send you an author-signed copy to you personally.

And if you haven’t already,  grab my FREE action-guide “Rhythm Guitar Secrets” to give you a head-start in the right direction.  Need more help?  feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Best of luck and until next time, take care.

Dwayne.

How To Recognize & Understand Chord Embellishments like C/B

 

 


Zakk Wylde playing guitar

How To Use Finger Dexterity Exercises To Benefit Your Guitar Solos

One thing that can really help your guitar playing is to learn how to use finger dexterity exercises.  These can benefit your guitar solos.  As well as forming chords for better rhythm playing.

When you take the time to improve your guitar solos, with finger dexterity exercises, you improve your overall guitar playing tenfold.  You not only get your fingers in shape (this is very important) but you also get your hands in shape too.

Getting in shape

As guitar players, we are like athletes.  The reason I say this is because we use muscles in our hands and fingers to execute complicated movements.  And it doesn’t matter if your strumming chords playing rhythm, or if your flying across the fretboard creating a wicked guitar solo.  You must think about staying in shape.

If you want to progress your guitar playing quickly, I highly recommend you focus on improving your finger dexterity and independence.  This is the foundation for being able to play better.  The more in shape your hands and fingers are in, the better your guitar playing is going to be.

You’ll be better with chord formations, scale patterns, creating rhythms and executing proper timing.  These are all things that you need to do well in order to be a great guitar player.  In addition to knowing music theory, reading notation, & proper ear training.

Finger exercises to work on

Exercise #1

Finger dexterity exercises #1

Here is an exercise that starts at the 5th fret on the first string and spans four frets.  From 5 to 8.  It progresses through each string and helps with exercising each finger individually.

Exercise #2

Finger dexterity exercises #2

In this exercise, you are doing something very similar except you start on the 5th fret of the sixth string and mix u the fingers.  Instead of doing 5 6 7 8, you’re going to change it up to a 5 7 6 8.  What this is going to do is develop finger independence.

Exercise #3

Finger dexterity exercises #3

This exercise is similar but a bit different as it goes across the strings in a diagonal order.  You still start on the 5th fret as before but you go across the strings and then back up.  As you do this you move up the fretboard to the 12th fret.

With all these exercises you want to use one finger per fret.  This allows for finger stretching and the use of the pinky.  The pinky is a rebel so it might take a bit to get it in line with the others.  But with a little discipline, you can accomplish that.

Be creative and think of other ways that you can exercise your fingers using this method.  Use one finger per fret.  Index, middle, ring finger & pinky.  Start with your second finger one time through.  The next time through, start with the pinky and go backward.  All this will benefit your playing as long as you do it consistently.

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Finger dexterity exercise benefits

The importance of finger dexterity exercises is huge.  They will help you to limber up your hands and fingers before you play.

As well as help you to:

*Form and play extended chords

*Play extended scales

*Build strength in both hands

*Develop agility and mobility

*Avoid fatigue and finger pain

*Improve your finger and handgrip

They can also help you to stay focused after long hours of playing.  Many, many things can be benefited from finger exercises and it is recommended that you practice them daily.  Just like an athlete, warm-up first.  Warm-up your hands, wrists and fingers.

Really focus on building strength and ability in movement.  This will allow your muscles to relax when they need to do something like play an extended chord where all four fingers might be used.  Or maybe doing something that requires a bit of speed and quick thinking.

Develop a practice routine

Learning the guitar is not just about the physical movements.  It’s also about the mental strength that needs to be built as well.  Your mind and body must be as one.  Just like an athlete.  And just like an athlete you want to design a practice routine.  This will give you the best chance for success.

If you can just get into a habit of picking up your guitar on a daily basis and playing it, you’ll begin to see quick progress.  Most people don’t see the progress they’d like to because they don’t play their guitar consistently enough.  A little here and a little there is fine for the hobbyist, but not if you’re serious about learning.

Like an athlete, you want to loosen up the blood flow in your fingers and stretch out the muscles in your hands.  You want to make sure that when you start playing you’ll be ready and able to take on the technical aspects that are incorporated in playing the guitar.

Additional training

This lesson on finger dexterity exercises is very important to your progress learning to play the guitar.  Especially when it comes to playing guitar solos.  Playing guitar solos takes a lot of work.  To e really good at it you have to study & practice more than average.  That is why lead guitar players get the spotlight.

People like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, etc, etc, etc.  All these guitar players have put in massive amounts of time to hone their craft when it comes to playing guitar solos.  And if you’d like to be great at playing solos, you will have to put in the work too.  It’s that simple.

Playing rhythm can be a challenge also because you have to form chords and hold down guitar strings while moving around the fretboard.  This requires both physical and mental energy.  Finger exercises can really help with this too.

Lead Guitar Wizardry

When I first started playing guitar I didn’t have the luxury of the internet.  Guitar players today have such a wealth of information at their fingertips there is no reason to not get good.  I had books, magazines, and fellow guitar players to study from.  I couldn’t afford lessons so I struggled to try to unlock the mysteries.

As a guitar teacher, I decided that I didn’t want students to struggle the way I did so I wrote a book and published it called Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1.  Volume 2 is also available for more advanced players.  But volume 1 is for beginners looking to develop a full understanding of how to play guitar solos.

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1

Lead Guitar Wizardry is a step-by-step method book of techniques, concepts and fundamental principles to become a lead guitar wizard.  A comprehensive course on the inner workings of lead guitar playing.  From finger dexterity exercises to picking techniques, scale patterns and fretboard knowledge.

You will learn such things as:

*Lead guitar basics

*Pentatonic scale box patterns

*Hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, etc.

*Chord progressions to solo over

*The 12 bar blues and the blues scale

*Tremolo picking, harmony notes, and arpeggios

*Music theory basics

*Improvising within a song

*How to learn solos from recordings

Ear training tips and much, much more.  All in a simple easy way to learn.  A system with diagrams and modern notation that allows for easy study and quick results.  Even if you have no prior music knowledge.  You can learn how to play and fully understand guitar solos.

Lesson conclusion

When looking for ways to get better at your guitar playing don’t overlook finger dexterity exercises.  They will do wonders for your playing if you work at them every time you play.  They can even help you to come up with song ideas.  This is another benefit, not mentioned earlier.

Remember all the benefits they have to offer.  Independence, mobility, increase in stamina, strength, and most of all, your increase of fretboard knowledge.  That my friend is the secret sauce that you want to master.

If more help is needed in this area, be sure to check out my book I published that can help you.  And if you haven’t already, I recommend you grab my FREE action-guide Guitar Solo Secrets with additional insider tips to help you get a head-start on moving forward in the right direction.

Also, if you have any questions about what I teach or need more help, just remember, I’m only an email away.  Keep practicing and take care.

Dwayne

How Important Is It To Learn Music Theory?


Angus young in concert

How To Use Pentatonic Scale Pattern 5 In Your Guitar Solos

In today’s lesson, we are going to learn how to use pentatonic scale pattern 5 in our guitar solos.  This is the final scale pattern that we need to learn to expand to the next octave on the guitar.  This means, if we play in the key of G minor at the third fret (where the note G is located) we will end up on the 15th fret (where the G is located) in the next octave.

Span the entire fretboard

This will allow us to span the entire fretboard because the scales will then start over again always connected together in the same order.  That is what is great about these pentatonic scales.  They always (and I do mean always) follow the same order, they create a road-map on the entire fretboard, and once you learn where to play them in a key you’ll build confidence to know that you will sound good every time you play!

Fretboard road-map

As I have mentioned many times in my lessons and will probably mention it in future lessons (because it is that important) you want to build a fretboard road-map with your scales.  You also want to do that with chords for rhythm playing but that is for another lesson.

What is also great about these scales is that you can choose to play just one if you like the way it sounds.  And since they all have a different shape, the licks and emotion that you can create from them are different.  This allows you to build your own style of playing and create the kind of guitar magic that is unique to you and your style of playing.

Most guitar players who start playing guitar solos don’t build a road-map.  Maybe they learn the first couple of scales and that’s it.  Then when they get out of the box pattern they start not sounding good.  Why?  Because they are driving off-road.  Build the road-map as I suggest and you will do just fine.

Pentatonic scale pattern 5

A minor pentatonic scale 5th position

After you learn the other 4 scale patterns you want to then learn scale pattern 5.  This is the final puzzle piece.  You need to remember where it is located in the sequence.  In this example above, it is in the key of A minor.  This means it is located at the 15th fret.  Pattern one would then start at the 17th fret which is the A note in the second octave.  Can you see how this works?

If you look at these patterns individually ( I call them patterns for easier learning) you will see very clearly that they connect like puzzle pieces.  And they begin where the previous one left off.  Once you get this concept down, all you have to do then is just remember the intervals in each pattern and stay within them.

Playing in any key

Once you learn them in a key like say the A minor at the 5th fret, you can then start to learn to play them in other keys.  Like for instance, E minor, C minor, G minor, etc.  You can even play them in major keys as well like G major, B major D major, etc.  The only difference is that when you play in the major keys, you ‘ll start with box pattern 2.  That is because this pattern is the major pentatonic scale.

Even so, the patterns always stay in the same order.  So even if you play in G major and start with pattern 2 in the first position, the patterns will still be in the same order.  So now the first pattern will become pattern 5.  But if your playing in the minor keys, the first box pattern (most common) will be considered the 1st one.

It takes a bit to get a full understanding of the difference between major and minor pentatonic scales, but if you work with them enough you’ll figure it out.  Then once you do, it will open up the flood gates and you’ll be playing solos for hours on end.

Additional help

I know all this major, minor stuff can be a bit confusing sometimes.  Where to play each scale in what key and how to play them to sound like solos instead of just running up and down the scales.  I had the same problem too.  That is why I wrote my book Lead Guitar Wizardry.  To help people figure this stuff out in an easy manner without having to struggle as I did.

When I first started there was no internet, blog posts, and Youtube videos.  There were only books, magazines, friends and private teachers.  I couldn’t afford to go to a private teacher until much later in life so I studied books and learned what I could from friends.  After years of acquiring a library of books, I was able to write my own and make it easy to learn from.

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1 is a step-by-step method book for anyone looking to learn how to play guitar solos or anyone looking to get a better understanding of the guitar solos that they are already playing.

This book is written with easy to understand lesson plans that are easy to learn and provide you with quick results.  Packed with diagrams that will show you the secret concepts and principles as they relate to playing lead guitar.

You’ll learn such things as:

*How to create your own guitar solos

*The 5 pentatonic scale patterns

*Reading music notation

*Chord progressions to solo over

*Transposing keys to solo in

*Understand secret concepts and principles

*Ear training for hearing notes better

*Techniques such as finger tapping and arpeggios

And much, much more.  This book along with volume 2 is packed with information that will help you to develop the skill set of becoming a lead guitar wizard!  You just need to dedicate yourself to daily study and practice and you can do it.  With the right training, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish!

Lesson conclusion

So wait no further, dive in and learn pentatonic scale pattern 5 and add it to your creativity and fretboard knowledge.  Practice these scales daily and create the fretboard road-map that is necessary to stay in key.  I guarantee that if you do this correctly, you’ll sound good every time.  But don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself.  And if you need additional help, grab my book.

The book can be found on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.  It can also be found in my eBay store where if purchased here I will send you a personalized author copy from yours truly.

Also, be sure to check out my other lessons that can help improve your guitar playing.  And if you have any questions about what I teach or what you might be learning, feel free to reach out.

Chord Progressions That Work With The Minor Pentatonic Scale

Until our next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


Randy Rhoads in concert

Enhance Your Guitar Solos with Pentatonic Scale Pattern 4

In this lesson, we are going to learn how to enhance your guitar solos with pentatonic scale pattern 4. When it comes to playing guitar solos the number one objective is to stay in key.  Continuing to play notes that all sound good no matter where they are played on the fretboard.

Minor pentatonic scales

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “the minor pentatonic scales are the best way to get started playing guitar solos”.  Especially if you want to play them in the context of rock guitar music.  There are 5 box patterns to learn.  You start off with pattern one, (minor) then pattern two (major) then three, etc.

The reason for learning all 5 pentatonic scales is to extend your guitar soloing ability along the fretboard.  These scales build a road map.  This allows you to learn note intervals (the distance between two notes) that keep you in key when you play a guitar solo.

Road map solution

This is the solution to the problem.  By learning these scales in-depth and creating this road map that I speak of, you not only extend your fretboard knowledge but also your musical creativity.  Why this is important, is because each scale pattern has its own flavor to it.  That allows for more diversity and flexibility in your playing.

By creating a pentatonic scale road map you not only learn more about the fretboard but you also build a foundation for future guitar scales such as the modes.  Learn to create a road map along the fretboard that will tell you exactly where to play.  This way you’ll be confident where to play when you solo.

Pentatonic scale pattern 4

Pentatonic scale pattern 4 is located exactly where pattern 3 leaves off.  Remember I mentioned they can be connected like puzzle pieces?  Well, when you get done with pattern 3 you can move on to pattern 4.

A minor Pentatonic Scale 4th position

Connecting these together is very important because it allows you to know exactly where to play them in any given key.  For instance, if you were going to play pentatonic scale pattern 4 in the key of A minor, this scale would be located at the 12th fret.  As you see in the picture above.

Once again, this shape is like a box.  Because the notes line up in such a way that you can learn them fairly easily.  Then it’s just a matter of knowing where to play them in any given key you choose to create a guitar solo.

Watch the video lesson below

Learn to stay in key

Like I stated before, you stay in the key by learning where these pentatonic scale box patterns are located on the fretboard.  This will be in-direct relation to the key that you choose to solo in.  This can be learned best by following a system.  A great system I recommend would be my guitar method book I published called Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1. Beginners guide to playing guitar solos.

Not only is this book a great beginner guide, but also a great refresher course for anyone who knows a little bit about soloing but needs to know more.  Possibly get a better understanding of what they’re playing.  No matter the case, this book can be a valuable asset to your guitar playing.

Lead Guitar Wizardry

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1 is written in simple step-by-step lesson plans designed to make learning how to play guitar solo fun and easy.  Packed with diagrams and taught in a modern format, you will see results in your playing very, very quickly! If you follow the system that has been laid out before you in this method book.

Lead Guitar Wizardry will teach you:

Lead guitar basics

The 5 pentatonic scale box patterns

How to use them to create guitar solos

Chord progressions to solo over

Key modulation

12 bar blues and the blues scale

Harmony notes, octaves, and hybrid picking

As well as a number of other spells and incantations that’ll teach you how to become a lead guitar wizard!  And, have fun in the process.  If you go through this book lesson per lesson and practice with dedication and commitment, I guarantee that you’ll come out the other side a much better guitar player.

You will also develop not only motor skills and eye-hand coordination, but you will also increase your fretboard knowledge and concepts about music theory.  You will learn things that many guitar players never learn because they play by ear and don’t always have a full understanding of the theoretical aspect of what they are playing,

Lesson conclusion

So there you have it.  Learn the pentatonic scale box patterns.  All five of them.  In this lesson, we learned pattern 4.  Go through it and connect it to the third pentatonic scale. If you don’t know the third pentatonic scale box pattern, you can learn it below. Once you have these down, move on to pattern 5 and you will be back to pattern 1 in the next octave.

If more help is needed in this area, be sure to check out my book Lead Guitar Wizardry available on Amazon in print and Kindle format.  Also available in my eBay store where Dwayne’s Guitar World where if you purchase it from here, I will send you a personally signed copy from me.

Make sure that no matter what path you choose to take, you get started and keep moving forward.  Playing guitar solos is not always easy but with the right training, anyone can do it.  Even you.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to grab my FREE action-guide “Guitar Solo Secrets”  to help you get a head-start on creating awesome guitar solos.

Best of luck and if you have additional questions, be sure to shoot me an email.

Until next time, take care.

Dwayne

How To Get Started Playing Guitar Solos


Eric Clapton playing guitar

How To Use The Pentatonic Scale Box Pattern 3 For Your Guitar Solos

The pentatonic scale box pattern 3

Today we are going to learn how to use the pentatonic scale box pattern 3 for your guitar solos.  By this lesson, you should have learned box pattern 1 (the minor pentatonic) and pattern 2 (the major pentatonic) and now be ready for the 3rd box pattern to add to your creativity and fretboard knowledge.

If you haven’t learned the first and second box patterns, not to worry, lessons for those will be presented below.  The best way to get started playing guitar solos is to learn scales.  And the best ones to start out with are your pentatonic scales.

Box patterns

The pentatonic scales are often called box patterns and the reason for this is because they are shaped in the form of a box, and it is this formation that makes them easy to learn, easy to understand & easy to play.  As I’ve mentioned before, there are 5 in all. Learn all 5 of them and you’ll be able to play all over the fretboard and stay in key.  The reason for this is because these box patterns link together. Once you learn the intervals, you can always sound great!

Why they are beneficial

The reason why they are so beneficial to your guitar playing is that they span from one octave to the next.  If you start on the G note on the 3rd fret sixth string and go through all 5 patterns, you’ll end up on the G note in the second octave.  This will be located on the 15th fret.

Like I said before, you can link them together and play all over the fretboard.  This will allow you to stay in key and play what sounds good to the ear.  With this kind of freedom, you can add versatility to your playing.

Box pattern 3

Minor Pentatonic Scale box pattern 3

As you can see, the notes in this pattern are in a “box shape” and that is what makes them easy to play.  The notes line up in such a way that they work well over minor and major chord progression in any key.  The secret is that you need to know where to play them for each one.

In the example above, the A minor pentatonic scale box pattern 3 is located at the 10th fret.  So if you were playing in the key of A minor, your first box pattern would be at the 5th fret, pattern 2 would be at the 8th fret and pattern 3 would be located at the 10th fret.  Now you could play all the way from the 5th fret to the 10th and be able to sound good staying in key.

Of course, the location of these patterns would change with every key you play in (this is where most guitarists get hung up) but they would always stay in the same order.  This is what makes them easy to master.  Once you learn their order and how to connect them, your set.  You just need to know where to play them in any given key.

Video example below

Add to your fretboard knowledge

As I mentioned before, not only can you use these scales to play in key and sound good when you do, they also add to your fretboard knowledge.  They allow you to uncover more of the mysteries that the guitar has to offer.  Believe me, there are many to uncover.  That is why a person can play the guitar for years and still not know it all.  Kind of like uncovering the mysteries of Egypt.

The more you know about the notes on your fretboard, the more you are going to know how to use them.  This way you’ll be able to do whatever it is you want with the guitar.  Learning to play the guitar is a very personalized journey that is different for everyone.  And the more time you put into knowing your instrument and how it works, the better you’re going to be.

Lead Guitar Wizardry

If you feel you are getting a better understanding of what is being taught in this lesson and others I’ve taught on the subject, be sure to check out my method book I’ve published Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1.  This method book teaches you how to build a solid foundation for playing guitar solos.

In this book, you will learn to understand:

How to read music notation easily

The 12 bar blues progression

All 5 pentatonic scale box patterns

Where to play these in different keys

Make the scales sound like guitar solos

Reading diagrams for increased music knowledge

How to build self-confidence through a better understanding

And much, much, more.  This book (and volume 2) is packed with great information to take your guitar playing to the next level.  With step-by-step lesson plans that easily build upon each other for quick learning and fast results.  This is how I would teach you in person.  So if we can’t do that, I recommend this as the next best thing.

Never play out of key

Never play out of key again, never have your ear or anyone else for that matter cringe again when you play a bad note.  With this in-depth training, you’ll be able to play with confidence and know that you are going to play notes that are in harmony with the rhythm that you are soloing over and they are going to be pleasant to listen to.

Of course, you will need to study and practice on a consistent basis in order to accomplish this.  But if you do, you will learn new skill sets, build confidence in your abilities and build a solid foundation.  You could even become a lead guitar wizard!

Lesson conclusion

Once you have pentatonic scale box patterns 1 and 2 down, proceed to learn pentatonic scale box pattern 3.  This will allow you to increase your fretboard knowledge and enhance your guitar solo creativity.

And remember:

The pentatonic scales are the best place to start for playing solos

Learn all 5 scale box patterns from one-octave to the next

Connect them together like puzzle pieces along the fretboard

Bring them to life with hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, etc

Remember their shapes by practicing them daily

Play over backing tracks to get a full understanding of how they work

Do all this and I guarantee you that you will start seeing progress in your guitar solos.  If you’ve ever wanted to be a lead guitar player, this is the place to start.  And if you haven’t already, grab my FREE action-guide “Guitar Solo Secrets” to give you a head start on your lead guitar playing..

Best of luck. Contact me if you need additional help and follow me on Social media.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne 🙂

How To Use Pentatonic Scale Box Pattern 2 For Your Guitar Solos


Jimmy page in concert

How To Use Pentatonic Scale Box Pattern 2 For Your Guitar Solos

In this lesson, we are going to learn how to use pentatonic scale box pattern 2 for your guitar solos.  The most common box pattern is the first one.  But the second box pattern is important to know as well because it represents the major pentatonic scale.

Pentatonic scales by number

There are 5 pentatonic scales and they can be used for playing over major and minor chord progressions.  Number one is the minor pentatonic scale and number 2 is the major pentatonic scale.  What is great about these scale box patterns, is that they span the whole fretboard.  This means that if you learn all five of them you’ll be able to play solos and stay in key.

Pentatonic pattern 2

As I stated earlier, this is the pattern that will represent the “major pentatonic scale” and the reason for this is that the relative minor to any major key is located 3 frets down on your fretboard (direction toward the nut) and at that position would be pattern one.  So it makes sense that box pattern 2 would represent the major pentatonic scale.

Learn this pattern and lear nit well as it will help you to be able to solo over major chord progressions.  The problem that most people have with playing guitar solos is knowing where to play.  In the above example, this is the A Major pentatonic scale and played in the position shown.

Try playing this over a backing track on Youtube in the key of A major.  You’ll see that it works and you sound good with every note in the scale you play.  In addition to that.  If you’ve learned box pattern one and know where that is located in relation to this pattern, (the 2nd fret at the F# note) you can play that as well.

Learning both patterns you can accomplish two things:

    1.  You accomplish knowing what scale pattern to play over both major and minor chord progressions
    2.   You also increase the length of soloing you can do along the fretboard.  This increases your fretboard knowledge.

 

Staying in key

Staying in a key is the most important thing to do and one of the most common problems people have when playing guitar solos.  This is why it is important to learn all 5 pentatonic scale box patterns.  Once you have the first one down, you then proceed to learn number two.  Then from there, you learn the other three and before you know it, you have all five down and can play the length of the fretboard.

Mastering the intervals

Another very important part of learning scales to play guitar solos is mastering the intervals of the notes.  This is the distance between them and a requirement for staying in key.  In fact, if you can master note intervals on each string, you can play a solo on just one string.

This is why guitar players who try to solo start playing notes that don’t sound too good.  Thet have not mastered the intervals of the notes in the scale patterns.  In this development of your playing, you should be focusing on the note intervals of pentatonic patterns 1 and pattern 2.

Learn guitar licks within the scale

Major Pentatonic Scale

Here we have pentatonic pattern 2 (major pentatonic) written in tablature.  You can see how it is the same thing as above just written differently.  Study this and be able to read it thoroughly.

Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern guitar lick

In this example, we have added a bend on the 6th fret of the third string and a couple of hammer-ons on the 5th frets of the first and second strings.  This allows us to add a little bit of spice to the scale with guitar licks as we go through it.

Hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends & vibrato are techniques that you want to take some time to learn.  They are what bring the scale to life.  Not just this scale, but all scales.  No matter if you are playing major, minor, diminished, harmonic, etc.  These types of techniques can really add character to your playing. So don’t overlook them.

How to learn pattern 2 the easy way

The best way to learn pentatonic pattern 2 and fully understand how to use it to your advantage is with my book I published Lead Guitar Wizardry vol 1.  An introductory step-by-step method book on how to get started playing guitar solos.  Even if you have gotten started, this book will help you to take your solos to the next level by providing a better understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of playing lead guitar.

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1 is designed with very simple lesson plans that any person wanting to learn how to play guitar solos can easily understand.  Even if they have no prior musical knowledge.  This book can give you the confidence to play a solo and know that every note you play will sound good every time you play it.

This helpful method book teaches:

  1.  Intro to notation
  2.  12 bar blues progression
  3.  Major and minor scales
  4.  The 5 pentatonic scale patterns
  5.  Hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, vibrato, etc.
  6.  Transposing keys
  7.  Harmony notes and hybrid picking
  8.  Music theory basics
  9.  Improvising
  10.  And much, much more.

This book has everything you need to know to create jaw-dropping guitar solos.  You’ll be able to build a solid foundation for lead guitar playing.  And if you’re committed to study and practice enough, you might even become a lead guitar wizard!

Lesson conclusion

So if you’ve got pentatonic pattern one down, move on to pattern two and link it to pattern one for extended fretboard playability.  Remember, it is also the major pentatonic scale and can be used to play over major chord progressions as well as minor chord progressions.  It’s just where you play it that will make the difference.

This is where my method book comes in handy.  So I recommend you check it out.  You’ll see very quickly how it can benefit your playing and see how it can take not only your solos but your guitar playing in general to a whole new level.

Additional lessons

https://dwaynesguitarlessons.com/how-to-use-the-minor-pentatonic-scale-for-guitar-solos/

Contact me if you need additional help.  Best wishes,

Dwayne

 

 


Chuck Berry playing guitar

Chord Progressions That Work With The Minor Pentatonic Scale

When playing lead guitar in rock music, you must understand rhythm guitar and chord progressions that work well with the minor pentatonic scale.  This way you’ll know how to solo over them. This lesson is taught in the book Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1. Where minor-key progressions are being given for this specific purpose. Learn about these progressions and how you can use the minor pentatonic scale to solo over them and stay in key. Learn to stay in key and you will sound good every time you play.

Minor key progressions.

Most songs in rock guitar are written in a minor key progression. A minor, E minor, G minor, etc. It is this minor key that gives rock it’s traditional sound and mood. And since rock is mainly derived from the blues it is commonly written in these minor key rhythm guitar progressions. So it is very important to know these as they are a great place to develop your lead guitar playing.

Here are a few examples:

Example #1 in A minor

Am//// G//// F//// E7////

The forward slashes represent the beat for each chord. Since there are four beats per chord, there are four slashes to indicate these beats. Record this progression on your phone and listen back to it to hear how it sounds and where the chords change.

To solo over this chord progression, you can play pattern 1 of the minor pentatonic scales at the 5th fret and it will sound great! Try it. Listen to how the notes sound as you play over this rhythm guitar progression. You can also play it at the 17th fret because the notes are the same.

Example #2 in G minor

Gm//// Cm//// Dm//// Cm////

In this key, you could do the very same thing except instead of play at the 5th fret (where the A note is located) you would play at the 3rd fret where the G note is located. This is necessary to know because without being in the right position, the notes won’t line up and the tone will sound off.

You must be aware of this because without this knowledge you will fail to increase your lead guitar playing and your guitar solos will not sound good. You must be able to find the right location to play in. Take some time to fully understand this and before you know it, you will be sounding good no matter where you play on the guitar fretboard.

Example #3 in B minor.

Bm//// Em//// F#m//// Bm////

In this minor key, you would play pentatonic pattern 1 at the 7th fret on the sixth string. Because that is where the B note is located. And since the pentatonic scale is a minor scale we would be playing in the key of B minor. That will work great over this minor rhythm guitar progression.

You can also play at the 19th fret because these are the same notes. Just located in the second octave on the guitar. If you play the minor pentatonic scale at the 19th fret you will see that the notes are the same. This is very helpful to know as this will give you some tone variety to your playing.

Example #4 E minor.

Em//// Am//// Bm//// Em////

The key of E minor is probably the most common key to play in. It is worth investing time to know where this key is located. You can play this in an open position (around the first few frets) or you can play it at the 12th fret where the E is located at the end of the scale.

If you play the E minor pentatonic scale in the open position, it will be off of the open E note on the sixth string. If you play it starting in the second octave it will be played at the 12th fret and will give you a nice variety of fretboard positioning for the other 5 pentatonic scale patterns.

Example #5 C minor.

Cm//// Gm//// Am//// Dm////

This rhythm guitar progression will allow you to play a guitar solo at the 8th fret because that’s where the C note is located on the sixth string. So being that we know that, we can play our scale pattern here and it will sound good over this rhythm guitar progression in C minor.

As with the other keys we’ve learned, we can also play this scale at the 20th fret but due to fretboard fret length, you might run out of notes. If you have a full two octaves (24 frets) you’ll be ok, but if you have a 22 fret or 21 frets (as in a Fender Strat) you will not have enough space in this position to play the first scale pattern. But you’ll be fine at the 8th fret.

Example #6 D minor.

Dm//// Gm//// Am//// Dm////

D minor is a nice common key to play in as well. This key will be located at the 10th fret on the 6th string. If you play the scale pattern over this rhythm guitar progression you will hear that the notes line up and your solo will sound fine because you are playing “in key” as it is called in the world of music.

Since you run out of frets higher up the fretboard, It’s best to just play pentatonic scale pattern #1 at the 10th fret. But If you’ve learned the other pentatonic patterns and know-how they hook together, you can use them to play on the fretboard in different positions.

Lesson conclusion.

Al that has been presented is very common rhythm guitar progressions to play guitar solos over. You can hear these in multitudes of songs throughout the decades since the start of rock & roll back in the ’50s when people like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard & Jerry Lee Lewis were making people go crazy with this sound.

So take some time to learn these progressions, record them on your phone or other device and listen to how they sound. Then try to play pentatonic scale pattern #1 over the top of them in the locations that I have taught you.

After a while, you will be able to recognize them in a song when you hear them. You will also discover that most of the guitar solos are played on this famous scale. It is the most common and highly recommended you practice it.  Get to know it and the other four like the back of your hand.

Lead Guitar Wizardry

If you need more help understanding lead guitar playing I recommend you get my book Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1 which can be found on Amazon or in my eBay store which I will be happy to sign for you.  If you have any questions, contact me and follow me on social media.

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Best of luck and until the next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


scale note intervals

How to Find the Sharp or Flat In Any Musical Key

One of the key elements in playing guitar or any instrument for that matter is knowing the principles your working with and how to use them to get the most out of the instrument. For instance, knowing how to find the sharp or flat in any musical key.

The key of C major.

This is done by knowing the secret formula for the major key. And this can be learned by looking at the key of C major. The reason why we start with the key of C major as our foundation key is because it has no sharps or flats in it.

Now I know what your thinking. How are we going to find the sharps or flats from a key that doesn’t have any? Good question, read on.

What the key of C major is going to teach us is the secret formula that all major and minor keys use to determine the note intervals that make up the scale.

Let’s look at this in a little more detail:

Key of C major: C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Eight notes and eight numbers. These numbers will help us to determine the intervals (distance between two notes) that reside within each of the notes in the scale.

Intervals.

An interval is a distance between two notes and it is this interval that is very important to know to determine the sharps and flats (which are the same by the way, depending on which way you move through the scale) within the key that we discussed earlier.

Now when we have a single fret distance between two notes that is called a semitone or half step. To keep things easy to understand we will use the term half step. When we have a distance of two frets between two notes, this is called a whole tone or whole step. Once again we will use the term whole step for easier understanding memory retention.

If we look at the key of C major again and look at the distance between the notes and determine if they are whole steps or half steps, we can figure out what the secret formula is for the major scale. And once again, it is this formula that is going to tell us what sharps or flats reside in any given major scale. Our relative minor scale will help us with the minor scale formula. But more on that later.

The C major scale intervals.

What are the intervals of the C major scale? Well, let’s take a look. We first need to know our musical alphabet. Which is:

A  A# B C C# D D# E F F# G. As we can clearly see, there is a sharp after every note except B & E. This is very important to know because it is going to tell us why there are no sharps or flats in the key of C major.

look once again at the C major scale. C D E F G A B C. The intervals of this scale determine this because every major scale must have the Do Ra Me that we learned in grade school.  When we play the notes of the C major scale we notice right away that this is so.  If we added any sharps or flats it would give us the Do Ra Me and that would mean that it is not a major scale.

As we learned earlier, a whole step is two frets and a half step is one fret.  So what is the secret formula for the major scale?  Well, let’s dissect the scale and see what it is. This is why a good practice routine will help you tremendously.

Between the first and second tone degree (the C & D note) we have two frets.  So this tells us that this is a whole step.  Between the D & E is also a whole step.  But between the E & F is a half step because there is no sharp between the two.  So far, we have two whole steps and a one-half step.

Nw we continue through the scale and find that between the F & G is a whole step, between the G & A, is a whole step.  Between the A & B is a whole step and between the B & C is another half step.  So this sacred information tells us that the secret magical formula for the major scale (which lets us know what sharps or flats are in a key) is, w-w-h-w-w-w-h.

If we look at this in more detail it is:

C    D    E    F    G    A      B    C

w     w     h   w    w      w    h

Can you see how this works?  By knowing this information we can determine what sharps or flats are in any key.  So,…… lets test this theory out shall we?

The G major intervals.

Key of G major:   G   A   B   C   D   E   F   G

Does this key have any sharps in it?  Well to find out, we need to look at the secret major scale formula.  In the key of G it would look like  G w A w B h C w D w E w F h G.  Since there is a half step between the 7th & 8th tone degree this tells us that this would not be an F note but an F# note to fit diatonically correct within the Do Ra Me scale.  The major scale.  Remember, it must sound like Do Ra Me to be correct.  If it doesn’t, something is wrong. You must know your notes.

Lesson Conclusion.

By learning this secret W W H W W W H major scale formula, you will be able to determine what notes are sharp or flat (depending on which way you’re moving within the scale up or down) are in the scale.  Any major scale.  Other scale formulas will be different but this is the scale formula for the major scale and this is where it all starts in music aside from the chromatic scale which is the 12 note musical alphabet.

By doing all this you increase your knowledge of the guitar fretboard and your ability to understand how the mechanics of notes work together to create music.  The more you study this, the more it will come to you and you will begin to see how you can use this information in your own playing and magical music creation.

If you need additional help, feel free to shoot me an email through my website or you can connect with me on social media (I’m on just about every one of them) and I will help you. Thanks again for reading and be sure to keep studying the fun of playing guitar.

Best of luck and until our next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


Finger exercises

Exercises And Hand Warm-Ups To Get Your Fingers In Shape

In this lesson, we are going to learn exercises and hand warm-ups to get our fingers in shape.  When it comes to playing guitar, you want to make sure you do what athletes do, you warm up and get your fingers in shape.  This is very important for forming and holding guitar chords and playing guitar scales.

By working on effective exercises for developing your finger dexterity independent finger motion.  This is very important to develop for playing such things as barre chords (which use all fingers and can be very challenging to form and play) as well as for extended chords like add7#9 which can demand finger stretches.  These are just a couple of examples that finger exercises and hand warm-ups can help to improve while learning guitar.

So let’s look at a few examples that can get your hands and fingers in shape, ready to tackle those tricky guitar parts.

Example #1

Finger exercise #1

In this example, you want to use all four fingers and start on the 6th string.  One finger per fret. Index finger on 1, second finger on 2, and so on.  This will help you to develop a stretch for your fingers.  It might be a bit challenging at first, but if you really apply yourself like a true warrior who wants to get better, I guarantee it will pay dividends in the end.

Example #2

Finger exercise #2

In this example, you start on the 1st string at the 5th fret.  Once again use all four fingers and go across all strings.  This will be a bit easier than the first one and feel a bit different because you’re starting on the first string instead of the sixth.  It will also help you to train your ear to hear certain notes.

Example #3

Finger Exercise #3

In this example, you keep the fret positioning the same but you change up your fingers.  Instead of doing 1 2 3 4, you want to do 1, 3, 2, 4.  This will allow you to develop finger independence.  Not to mention your brain needs to think differently as well. This is the discipline that is needed to accomplish what I stated in the first paragraph of this lesson.

In order to really play certain things on the guitar, your fingers and hands need to be disciplined and have the ability to do whatever you need them to do.  Some chords can be difficult to form and certain scales and guitar licks will require advanced finger discipline.

Finger exercise conclusion

This is just the nature of the instrument.  The guitar is a wonderful instrument in the fact that you can approach it from many different aspects.  But in order to do certain things on it (the really cool stuff) your hands and fingers need to be disciplined.  Especially if you want to play guitar styles like flamenco or classical guitar.  These are very disciplined arts.

Even if you just want to play simple chords, it’s always a good idea to warm up your hands, wrists, and fingers. And these examples along with many others (I’m sure you can figure out more on your own) will help you to do just that.  Keep your guitar hands in shape.  Just like a runner or any other type of physical activity. Keep yourself in shape and you will come out a winner.

One more thing,

Now if you are interested in learning more about what to do once you learn exercises and hand warm-ups to get your fingers in shape.  And more about the process of developing them, you can check out some of the books that I’ve published on playing guitar.

Rock Guitar 101

Rock Guitar 101

This is a great starter book for beginners who want to get up and running quickly in the art of rock guitar.  It’s a very simple book that covers the fundamentals in 7 easy to understand lessons.  With full-color pictures and diagrams for quick study and solid foundation development.

Learn Guitar Simple Guitar Method

A simple step-by-step method for beginners is an easy study for those who want to learn either electric or acoustic guitar.  This book teaches the fundamental principles needed to get started on the right path to guitar playing success. A starter guide book designed for the total beginner with everything you need to start having fun playing guitar today. No matter your age.  This book can benefit you.  With full-color pictures and diagrams for quick learning and fast results.  This book will get you playing and having fun in no time.

Lead Guitar Wizardry

Lead Guitar Wizardry volume 1

This book is designed for those looking to head down the path of lead guitar playing.  A comprehensive course on the inner workings of lead guitar playing.  From finger exercises to picking techniques, scale patterns and fretboard knowledge.  Lead Guitar Wizardry will show you the secret formulas, and incantations used by lead guitar wizards to create jaw-dropping guitar solos that will capture the listener with magic.

So if you are interested in improving your guitar playing in any of these areas, I recommend you pick up one of my books on Amazon.  They come in both digital and paperback formats.  And as always, if you have any questions about anything that I have taught in these lessons on my site or in my books, feel free to reach out.  That is what I’m here for.  To help you improve your guitar playing.

Thanks for reading and best of luck in your studies.

Sincerely,

Dwayne Jenkins.

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Picking hand

How To Develop Your Picking Hand For Better Rhythm Playing

Your picking hand

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to develop your picking hand for better rhythm playing.  This is a vitally important skill to master when it comes to playing guitar.  Especially rock guitar!  Because rhythm is the backbone of the music.

A very important step in your educational development of playing rock guitar.  All the rhythm you create will be done with your picking hand.  That is why it is so important to spend some time on this skill set.  Actually, it is a must and can’t be overlooked.

Your two hands represent different aspects of your guitar playing.  Your fretboard hand that will form the chord shapes and switch between them, and your picking hand that will create the timing and rhythm patterns of the music.  The development of both is equally important.

Sleight of hand magic.

When watching someone play this is a valuable part that is often missed.  This is actually where a lot of the guitar magic happens.  Very much like a magician that does slight of the hand.  It is the hand that you don’t focus on that is creating the magic.

So take this into consideration with your learning and really begin to focus on your picking hand and its development.  Be aware of your picking hand placement and how you hold your pick.  These two things will make a world of difference.

Practice good hand posture and always be aware of your playing.  Where your hands are positioned at all times.  This focus of attention to detail will make a world of difference in your progress and how your tone will be produced.

Different types of picking techniques.

Make sure to practice picking downward, upward and alternate picking.  This will allow you to play more complex picking patterns down the line when you start getting good.  If you really pay attention to this lesson you will develop a really good picking hand that will allow you to become great at playing both rhythm and lead guitar.

When you’re learning to play guitar, you are working on both hands at the same time.  So naturally, when the fretboard hand gets tired from forming and moving chords, you can allow it to take a break and work on developing your picking hand and creating rhythm.

down picking

The more you focus on your picking hand development, the better you are going to become.  The better your timing is going to be, the more aware you are going to become of your own style of playing the guitar and the more of you and your personality you are going to bring out in your playing.

Notice the placement of the pick between your fingers and your hand position close to the strings.  your other fingers can be used as well to stabilize your hand.  It’s all personal comfort and everyone plays a bit different.  So it is really up to you to find what is best.  And this will come only through practice.

Some rhythms you create will be loose and flamboyant as where others may be tight and muted.  It just depends on what type of rhythm playing draws your attention and takes to your liking.  That is why I recommend you learn songs from your favorite players.

Learning guitar from your favorite players.

Learning songs from your favorite players develops a lot of skill sets at one time.  But the main thing that it develops is discipline.  Discipline is what’s going to set you apart from your average player.  How much discipline you develop through hours of study and practice.  Remember, what you put in your going to get out.

If you put in a little, you’re going to get out a little.  But if you want to get out a lot, you are going to have to put in a lot.  It is really that simple.  Now when you learn from your favorite players you learn how chords are put together in progressions.  You learn basic music theory by noticing what keys they commonly play in.  You learn what picking and strumming patterns that they commonly use.  You learn what timing signatures they play in to set certain moods.

Then you take all these things that you’ve learned and you apply it to your own original compositions.  If that’s what you choose to do.  Or, you take these learned skill sets and apply them to other songs by other artists.  When you do, you begin to notice that they too use some of these chord progressions, picking patterns and time signatures.  Now you’ve have killed two birds with one stone (as the saying goes) which makes you a more proficient player in half the amount of time.

Lesson conclusion.

When it comes to being proficient at playing rock guitar or guitar in general (no matter the style) you will need to put in some time.  No matter what people on the internet are trying to tell you. It does take work, hours of study, dedication, and dedication to a routine practice schedule.  You do this on a regular basis and I guarantee you that you will see quick progress.

And if you truly want to develop the art of playing rock guitar quickly and easily, be sure to grab a copy of my starter book Rock Guitar 101 where you will learn the fundamental principles needed to get you up and running very quickly.

Rock Guitar 101

Rock Guitar 101 will take you every step of the way.

From the very first lesson, you’ll start learning having fun.  By learning what type of equipment to buy (guitar, amp, tuner etc) to learning rock guitar chords, progressions, developing rhythm and much, much more.  With full-color pictures and diagrams for easier understanding and quicker learning.

Not to mention that it is only 7 lessons and get be gotten through pretty quickly.  Not like a book that has more information than is necessary.  You can leave that for future study.  Once you get your basics down and can play a few great rock riffs with confidence.

I can’t begin to tell you how many guitar players I’ve met over the years who have skipped the basics.  They have jumped ahead to learning songs and don’t have the fundamentals down.  It hinders their playing.  Why?  Because they run into roadblocks they can’t get through.

Because they skipped over the fundamentals they stop their progress.  That would be like trying to read when you don’t know your alphabet or how to pronounce words.

Learn your fundamentals and enjoy the fun of playing guitar for life.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to grab my FREE action-guide Rhythm Guitar Secrets to give you insider secrets to help improve your rhythm playing.

Learn the musical knowledge and pass it along to others who might want to enjoy it too.  And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Best of luck to you.  Until next time, take care.

Dwayne.