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  • Surprisingly Slick 6ths Licks

    Surprisingly Slick 6ths Licks

    If you’re sick of the same single note guitar solo licks try surprising yourself and others with some slick 6ths notes played as double stops. A 6th is where the 2 notes are played 6 notes apart from each other in a scale. For example a C and an A note form a 6th as A is 6 notes away from C in a C major scale.
    These double stops 6ths are 2 strings apart meaning that if you’re playing the notes simultaneously with a pick you have to mute the unwanted middle string with the edge of the fretting finger. Alternately you can pluck the 2 strings required to play the 6th with your fingers.

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  • 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 2

    11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 2

    In the part 1 of 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn we looked at songs with bar chords, syncopated muting strumming, arpeggios and fingerpicking. Here the list of intermediate acoustic songs to learn continue with these acoustic classic rock hits.
    Blackbird – The Beatles
    Another popular song with my students this fingerpicking classic uses a pedal tone throughout on the G string. The chord shapes use just 1 or 2 fingers based on 10th intervals (a root note and a 3rd an octave up). Use the thumb and fingers 1 and 2 to pluck throughout.

    Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
    This ballad from Clapton’s unplugged album has some very nice fingerstyle playing. Read More

  • 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 1

    11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 1

    If you’ve been playing acoustic guitar for a while and are comfortable with strumming open string chords (A D E G and C etc) challenge yourself by learning some intermediate level songs. These songs should include more challenging guitar techniques such as bar chords, arpeggios, riffs, syncopated rhythms and fingerpicking. Here are 11 of the best intermediate acoustic guitar songs to learn.
    Space Oddity – David Bowie
    This song has a gazillion (lots anyway) chords with a few bar chords including F Fm and Bb. The more challenging part here is the rhythmic bar chord section using the 4 bar chords C F G and Am which happens after the lyrics “planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”. Read More

  • Song Writing Solutions – Modulation, Relative Keys and Chord Substitutions

    Song Writing Solutions – Modulation, Relative Keys and Chord Substitutions

    Here are some ideas to get your music out of a one key or chord progression rut when song writing. A great way to make your song or track more interesting is to change or modulate the key for a bridge / middle eight / break down section. Follow these few simple rules to learn what chords work together.
    Relative Major & Minor
    One common way to modulate (change) to a different key or tonal centre is to move the song to its relative minor or major. For example if you have a song in the key of C Major, A Minor is the relative Minor due to both chords sharing the C and E notes.

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    If the song is in D Minor the relative major is F Major again because both chords share two notes. In this case F and A. Read More

  • 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 2

    8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 2

    The previous guitar lesson Part 1 – 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas focused on 16th notes to match the drum hi-hat groove and power chords. Here the examples start with power chords then move onto other ideas using a cleaner guitar tone to get the creative juices flowing.
    Example #5 simply uses power chords to create accents similar to what you would hear in a typical AC DC or The Who song. Try moving the timing of the A power chords to create different rhythms.

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    This example base on an A minor arpeggio sounds clearer with a clean guitar tone. The slower 8th notes of the arpeggio create a nice rhythmic contrast to the faster 16th note rhythms of the drums. Read More