Notes in the Key of C Major

Before we get quite in depth, the notes in the key of C are C D E F G A B.  You may be wondering what exactly this means though and where these notes come from. To really understand where the notes in the key of C come from, you need to begin with acoustical physics....

The Order of Sharps and Flats

In this lesson on the order of sharps and flats, we will be looking at how to reduce the complexity of the circle of fifths to a few simple and easily memorized concepts.  In order to make memorization of the order of sharps and flats easier, we’re going to apply a...

History of the Real Fake Book

There was a time not long ago when in order to get a fake book full of great standard tunes you had to go to your local music store and ask for an illegal copy.  The history of the Real Fake Book began as a 4 or 500 page handwritten and then mechanically copied book...

The Rhythm Chord

The Rhythm chord or “Jazz” rhythm chords have strong musical characteristics as well as a rather colorful history. The Guitar has always had an intimate relationship with dance and thus rhythm and accompaniment in a host of different styles.  The Flamenco...

10 Weird Guitars

I’ve scoured the web and have found 10 ultra weird guitars.  Not only weird guitars, but pretty awesome as well. #1 – Molten Lava Guitar Not only is this a weird guitar, but it’s pretty cool too (or hot?).  I haven’t come across many builders...

How to Read Notes for Guitar

So you want to know how to read notes for guitar?  It’s actually surprising simple, but like many things it requires consistent practice! It’s a good idea to start with the natural notes (the white keys on the piano) on each string in open position, then...

A Brief History of the Electric Guitar

Electric guitars are found in bedrooms and rehearsal garages and performance venues all across the continent and beyond. Every day tens of thousands of people engage with a guitar in one way or another, whether music lessons or a garage band or as a pro player or...