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Music Theory for Guitar (part 4) - Understanding Intervals I

• Author: @dconeil
One of the fundamental building blocks of music theory is understanding intervals. Understanding intervals, although not too difficult, will be a lot easier if you already know how to construct major scales and you know the key signatures for all fifteen major keys.

Harmonized Scales for Guitar

• Author: @dconeil
As you continue your study of scale and chord construction, the next step is to understand harmonized scales for guitar. What are they and why are they important? This lesson shows how to build harmonized scales and how to incorporate them in your songwriting, ear training, and playing.

Music Theory for Guitar (part 3) - Chord Construction

• Author: @dconeil
The final chapter in the Music Theory for Guitar series shows how to build chords. As you now know how major and minor scales are formed, it’s time to learn how to construct basic and complex chords.

Music Theory for Guitar (part 2) - Minor Scales

• Author: @dconeil
In Part I of this Music Theory for Guitar series, you learned how to construct and play major scales in the five primary positions on the fret board. And, in Part 3, you’ll see how they are the foundation for chord construction and harmony. But, for now, let’s explore minor scales. Depending upon your point of view, they’re equally as important, especially in the metal, hard rock, alternative, and blues genres.

Music Theory for Guitar (part 1) - Major Scales

• Author: @dconeil
Without a doubt, understanding music theory for guitar will make you a better player and overall musician. Maybe just the mere mention of the term music theory makes you cringe and begin thinking of reasons why you can justifiably avoid the learning process. Let's face it – they’re not reasons, they’re excuses!

How to Solo with Pentatonic Scales (part 2)

• Author: @dconeil
Knowing how to solo with pentatonic scales requires memorizing fingering patterns. The scale diagrams (below) show the five primary patterns for the minor pentatonic in the key of A minor, and for the major pentatonic in the key of C major. Notice that the patterns are exactly the same, but, they will sound totally different if you correctly target the root notes to reinforce the tonality of the key.

How to Solo with Pentatonic Scales (part 1)

• Author: @dconeil
Perhaps you're a beginner or a rhythm guitar player, and you want to explore the art of soloing. If so, learning how to solo with pentatonic scales will instantly transform you into a lead guitar player!

Barre Chord Hand Position Photo Supplement

• Author: @dconeil
I originally intended to include just a few hand position pictures in my latest lesson, ‘How to Play Barre Chords on the Guitar’. After some thought, however, I decided that providing a ‘Hand Position Photo Supplement’ and additional comments would be a better idea. Just like digital recorders, cameras don’t lie!
 
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