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What’s the difference between a mode and a scale?

Modes vs Scales Modes are one of the most misunderstood topics in music theory. That's especially true among guitar players. I know how confusing modes can be. Despite studying music theory in high school and college, it took nearly a decade of personal study to understand the difference between a mode and a scale. But … Continue reading What’s the difference between a mode and a scale?

Are Guitar Solos Just Scales?

Almost every guitar player wants to know the secret: Which scales will make my solos sound like my favorite player? Like most guitarists, as a beginner I went through a phase of scouring the Internet for every exotic scale I could find. Despite lacking a solid understanding of the major scale and its modes, I … Continue reading Are Guitar Solos Just Scales?

What’s Special About a Fender Jazzmaster?

The Fender Jazzmaster is one of the most misunderstood instruments Leo Fender ever devised. I love my Jazzmaster because I've taken the time to learn how to adjust and maintain it properly. The average guitar tech—with good intentions—will treat a Jazzmaster like any other Fender. This can turn an otherwise great instrument into a dud. … Continue reading What’s Special About a Fender Jazzmaster?

What is the Most Beautiful Chord Progression on Guitar?

Music can be beautiful regardless of which chords we use or the notes we select for a melody. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what if there is a chord progression that stands above the rest in terms of beauty when played on the guitar? I have a strong opinion about this … Continue reading What is the Most Beautiful Chord Progression on Guitar?

Should You Practice the Chromatic Scale?

The chromatic scale is kind of strange. We call it a "scale" but anyone who uses it like a typical scale is going to be labeled "avant garde." The chromatic scale is essentially the musical alphabet. It's no more muscial than the regular alphabet is literary. Chromaticism can be used to connect notes within a … Continue reading Should You Practice the Chromatic Scale?