When you’re learning to play the guitar, you usually start off with a few chords. After that, you learn a few more, and after that, you might learn a scale or two. The process is different for everybody, of course, but in the beginning, what you learn about the guitar involves a lot of memorization.
This is one of the most common questions I get as a guitar teacher: “Why do my solos sound like I’m just playing scales?” It’s usually because when people practice guitar, they usually focus on scales. They memorize scale patterns, train their fingers to play scales up and down the fretboard backwards and forwards, and
Many guitarists are intimidated by the words “music theory” because they think it’s too hard to learn. Other guitarists don’t think music theory is worth their time. The truth is, basic music theory is easy to master, and knowing just a little music theory can help you learn songs faster, play more melodically, write better
Blues is one of the most influential styles of music in the world. Since its birth in the Deep South of the United States in the late 19th century, blues music spread across the USA and around the world, inspiring guitarists, singers, and other musicians with its swampy rhythms and soulful melodies. In fact, every
Rhythm is a crucial element of all styles of music. Whether you’re talking about rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz, funk, country, folk, or any other style of music, rhythm is what holds everything together. And sometimes - like with reggae and ska, for example - a certain type of rhythm is what defines the style. Rhythm