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?

How Do I Get Better at Barre Chords?

When I hear aspiring guitar players complain about pain in their wrist and fingers from playing barre chords, I totally get it. I had a lot of dumb ideas about the guitar when I first started playing. I honestly believed that pain was a normal part of being a guitar player. It took more than … Continue reading How Do I Get Better at Barre Chords?

Is a Capo Good for Beginners?

Learning to play guitar can be frustrating if you only know a few chords. But what if there was a way to play more songs with the chords you already know? That’s what makes the capo an ideal accessory for beginners. It's a clamp that fastens across the strings at a particular fret, allowing a … Continue reading Is a Capo Good for Beginners?

The 9 Basic Chords Every Guitarist Must Learn

You've got your first guitar. Or maybe you finally dusted off a guitar you bought a while back. Whatever the case may be, you're ready to learn some chords. But where do you begin? There are nine essential chords every guitar player needs to know: six major chords and three minor chords. And if you … Continue reading The 9 Basic Chords Every Guitarist Must Learn