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?

Are TrueFire Courses Worth It?

When I first started playing guitar in the late '90s there weren't a lot of options for guitar instruction. If I wanted to learn something, these were my options: Figure it out myselfFind someone to teach meBuy a disorganized, hard-to-read book with confusing diagramsBuy a video that looked like it was shot in someone's basement … Continue reading Are TrueFire Courses Worth It?

Can a Guitarist Play Bass Guitar?

Guitar players have a natural attraction to the bass. Why wouldn't we? At a glance it looks like a big guitar with four strings instead of six. Cool! The bass can be particularly appealing to composers and songwriters who want to lay down a bass part for a demo. Maybe you want to expand your … Continue reading Can a Guitarist Play Bass Guitar?

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

Memorize the Fretboard With These 5 Exercises

No matter how many strings or frets your guitar has, it has the same 12 repeating notes as every other musical instrument. Just twelve notes separated by a musical interval called a half-step. But if it's really that simple, then why is memorizing the fretboard so difficult? The strings of a guitar are tuned to … Continue reading Memorize the Fretboard With These 5 Exercises