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Are G&L Guitars Good?

There are so many boutique Fender-style guitars and basses around, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what each brand has to offer. Compared with production-line Fender guitars, boutique guitar builders like Anderson Guitarworks, Suhr, Friedman, and James Tyler all offer superior build quality and attention to detail. That's assuming you've already … Continue reading Are G&L Guitars Good?

How Do You Invent Chord Progressions?

We've all been there. Using the same chord progressions over and over. I mean, you can only write a song with G, C, and D so many times before people start to notice. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with the tried-and-true progressions. Actually, there is a good reason why they're tried and true: … Continue reading How Do You Invent Chord Progressions?

Can You Teach Yourself to Play Guitar?

In a lot of ways, it's easier to learn guitar now than it ever has been. The Internet has leveled the playing field for anyone without access to a good teacher or the financial means to pay for regular lessons. The guitar is really a marvel of engineering. It's configured so anyone with a little … Continue reading Can You Teach Yourself to Play Guitar?

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?