How to Use a Guitar Capo

I remember as a young guitarist I knew how to use a guitar capo, but thought a capo was for cheating if you didn’t know all of your chords. As a matter of fact I remember it being referred to as a “cheater” by many players. Some of the first guitar capo designs...

How to Read Guitar Tabs

Tab is a representation of the 6 strings of the guitar.   The numbers in the Tab system correspond to the frets on the guitar and not to fingering numbers. Guitar Tablature is designed specifically for the guitar, it cannot be used for other instruments. As shown in...

Levels and Learning

Years ago, as a novice guitar instructor, I dreaded the moment an older and more advanced guitarist might contact me looking for lessons. I knew it was inevitable. The seeds of this foreboding had been planted several years earlier when a story was circulated about a...

How to Hold Your Guitar

The electric guitar has been around for about 80 years, the steel string acoustic for about 150 years, and the nylon string classical for over 300. It should therefore come as no surprise that classical guitarists have figured out a thing or two about guitar...

Major Scales

The major scale sound is the most common scale sound in the music of the Western World. The word scale means a ladder of notes and in the case of major scales that ladder is made up of distances of tones and semitones. A tone is the distance of 2 frets and a semitone...

Dropped D Tuning

There are many alternate tunings for the guitar and they can have some lovely and powerful results both musically and technically. Dropped D tuning is great to start with and is a perfect choice as the gateway to a host of new tuning possibilities. A well set up and...

The Les Paul Recording Guitar

As a young player I had owned several Les Pauls and heard about the release of the new line of Les Pauls, the Professional and the Personal. The promo for the line revolved around this being the ultimate Les Paul that was ideal for recording . It was said to have the...

15 Things You Need When Practicing Guitar

When you practice do you spend a lot of time looking for what you need? Where are my picks? Have you seen my music? Where’s my Guitar? Where’s my Ipad. May I use this chair? Can I use your Ipod player? Where’s the music stand? Is there a tuner...

How To Practice Guitar

As a kid I wasn’t very disciplined and wasn’t particularly good at practicing. When I started playing at age 12 I would just pick up my guitar and try to figure stuff out by ear. Most of my progress was a result of learning by watching friends and...

How to Tune a Guitar

Are you wondering how to tune a guitar by ear or with a tuner? Today we’re going to discuss both methods and give you a good understanding of what exactly tuning is. A guitar string is brought up to a specific “tension” or “pitch” by turning the guitar machine...

Christmas Songs and Secondary Dominants

Every year before the Christmas season I use some favorite seasonal songs to teach the concept of the secondary dominant chord and do ear training. Christmas songs are perfect because everyone knows the melodies and melodies indicate harmony. Many of you will already...