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"That's part of the policy: To keep switching gears."
— Ridley Scott

In a previous lesson, we learned how to play the Major and Minor Barre Chords. These are the next fundamental chords to know, after the Open Chords.

Barre Chords are difficult to nail as a beginner, esp...

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

- Confucius

Check out the article and video lesson I wrote for Cody from MusicianTuts.com, where I'll be going over how to make your sound interesting so that people want to listen to what you are playing.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
- Abraham Lincoln

I love power chords. They are the easiest chords to play, carry the most punch, and you can use them in virtually any situation and style. Plus, they are t...

"Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along."
- Paramahansa Yogananda

It's a pretty common sight to see the fretboard, but how about those elusive dots in it?

They are some kind of marking, but what could it be?


“My greatest weapon is mute prayer.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

The other day I was speaking with one of my subscribers, Matt, and he was telling me about one of his musical idols, a multi instrumentalist who composes interesting rock music with many blends, using guitars, synth...

"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."
― Jack Kerouac

I love jamming with other musicians. It's a very fun and rewarding experience.

In fact, I think it's a crucial step to do within any newly formed band so that you can get to know the other mem...

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

- Abraham Lincoln

If you want a quick cheat sheet, go to the end of the post and download the cheat sheet.

Power Chords are the essence of rock n roll.

Yes, it's that plain sim...

“Except for a few guitar chords, everything I’ve learned in my life that is of any value I’ve learned from women.”
– Glenn Frey

Now is when the ball starts rolling.

We've already learned to play our first chords, the Open Chords, but now we'll learn to play chords that c...

"When one door is closed, don't you know, another is open."
— Bob Marley

In this lesson we'll learn to play a group of chords called Open Chords, which are among the most used guitar chords.

If you want a quick rundown, go to the end of this post and grab the infographic...

"I'm not the best singer in the world; I'm just good at picking up what I want to sound like."

— Shawn Mendes

By now you should have your guitar, a few picks, and I'm assuming you have your fingers, so let's start learning how to use them.

Let's start with...

The pick


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