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Guitar lessons in a wide array of topics.

Shell Guitar Chords
Chords & Arpeggios Lessons

Three Basic Shell Chords for Guitar

On guitar, shell chords can help us free up fingers to allow us to play melodic lines, and help us gain an understanding of the relationships between chords.

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dunce
Lessons Tips

More Than Just a Guitar Teacher

Taking lessons is a funny thing. I’ve met people that are way against them and people that think learning is impossible without them. Me, I don’t care one way or another. I’ve learned a lot from books, Youtube, and DVDs, but I’ve also had and currently do have a teacher.
Enter Mike.
I have no idea just how good he was at the instrument, but he managed to have an impact that far exceeded any kind of lecture, so he’s good at something.

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Blues Guitar Scale
Lessons Scales

Lesson: Scales Part 4 – The Blues Scale

In this video lesson we cap off the scale quadrilogy with a quick discussion of the blues scale.
A few well placed notes from this scale can have a profound impact compared to some guitarists that shred away in a blaze of glory.

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9 Chords Guitar Chart
Chords & Arpeggios Lessons

What’s the difference between add9, Maj9 and 9 chords?

As a guitar teacher I see a lot of confusion, even among my more advanced students, when it comes to playing these types of chords. Truly knowing how to voice these chords comes from an understanding about how chord naming conventions tie into music theory. Let’s explore the subject by taking a look at the difference between add9, Maj9 and 9 chords.

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F Pentatonic - Shape 3
Lessons Scales

Guitar Lesson – Scales Part 3: Pentatonic Scales

Welcome, friends, back to Guitar-Muse lessons. Today we conquer the beast that is the world-reknowned Pentatonic scale. The better you are with this scale the more worth your weight in gold you will be.

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Guitar Amp Tube
Lessons Tips

Guitar Amps: The Sound of Tubes

At one time it was thought that tube amps would soon become a relic of the past with the emergence of new solid state amplifying technologies in the 1990s.
There are plenty of reasons why tubes can be thought of as being inferior to transistors but there’s one important reason why tubes are still around after all these years: their sound!

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Guitar Tool Kit
Lessons Tips

Coping With Gear Related Gig Emergencies Part 2

Read Time 2 Minutes “Let’s Get Tooled Up!” – Tools You Should Have In Your Gig Bag. In the last article I gave you a list of spares you should probably have in your bag.  In the next couple of articles we’re talking tools! Since I started playing in bands, I’ve been accumulating tools in […]

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Guitar Major Scale Diagram
Lessons Scales

Guitar Lesson: Major Scales

Read Time 1 MinutesWelcome back for another thrilling installment to the Guitar-Muse Lessons.  Here marks the beginning of a few discussions on scales.  This week we focus on the Major scale. As I’d mentioned in the video here is a chart of several different isolated blocks on the neck of the guitar. Each of the […]

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guitar intonation
Lessons Tips

Electric Guitar Set Up: Intonation

Read Time 2 MinutesIt doesn’t matter how much time you spend practicing  or how much money you spend on your gear, if your guitar’s intonation is out there will always be something that doesn’t sound quite right. I’m often surprised when I go to a guitar store, or play other peoples instruments how many of them have bad intonation, especially […]

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Guitar Writers Block
Composing Lessons Top 11s

11 Ideas to Beat Guitar Writers Block

Read Time 3 Minutes It’s happened to all of us – you’re inspired to play, maybe write a song – you go down to wherever it is that you play, you set up, tune up, warm up, and then … crickets. The more you think about it the more horrifying it becomes, and the madness […]

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