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Guitar Music Links

Guitar music links is a page for introducing you to web sites or anything else musical that you might be interested in.

Below is a list of websites I found that you might like related to guitar and music in general.

Chordie Web Site

Chordie is a search engine that gets tabs and chords for tons of songs across the internet. Good site for guitar players of any style.

There is a huge number of artists and songs available. If you sign up for free you can store songs on their site so you can go back and practice it when you want.

Guitar Directory Websites

Clever Joe’s

This is a Canadian based directory. Good for bands in Canada or to just browse through the sites they have listed.

Clever Joe’s

Guitar Websites

This is a UK based site with a 100 site limit. A different slant on link sites, definitely worth a look.

Guitar Websites-UK

Guitar Chords Directory

This site doesn’t have chords on it but it lists sites that contain guitar chords like a phone book just for chords.

Browse guitar chords by name, type, interval, modes and more.

Church Musician Job

At this site you can find a church in your area to play your guitar or whatever musical instrument you play.

Church Musician Job

Guitar Forums

A good forum for general guitar discussion.

Online Guitar Books

This is a new site that may help you learn some basics.

Acoustic Guitar Forums

A good forum site for those of you who play acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitar Forums

Guitar Learning Sites

Here are a few sites that offer online guitar lessons.

Guitar Alliance

Guitar Alliance

Jam Play

Jam-Play Online Guitar Lessons

Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks

Offline Learning

Legacy Guitar Learning System

This system has it’s lessons on Cd’s so you have access to them anytime. They have a good rating by the users of this course.

Guitar Legacy

Bass Guitar

Teach Me Bass Guitar (TMBG) has won several awards for excellence in video production, and the First Place AEGIS award for excellence in education.

TMBG consists of 10 DAD’s, 100+ play-along videos, a 162-page lesson book and unlimited access to ThunderRow, the online community and support website “for bassists, would-be bassists, and those who love them.”

Teach Me Bass Guitar is, by far, the most complete bass instruction program ever created. It’s the only self study course you’ll ever need to harness the power of the bass guitar.

Learn Bass Guitar

More on the way as I discover good quality sites and products.

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Discovering Blues ScalesThe A B C’s of the Blues

The blues scales can and are used for many styles of music not just the blues. Rock music loves the Blues too.

These scales will give you more ammo for your solo’s.

Blues scales are the pentatonic scales with an extra note. But… that one note can change the whole feeling of a song.

Try using these scales along with the pentatonic scales for added flavor.

Guitar Scales Software

Learn Scales EasierTake it for a Free Ride

Guitar Scales Method

They won’t fit in every song but you are the judge for that.

But they should work in every Blues song, remember there are always exceptions and let your ears be the final judge.

Major and Minor Blues

There are major and minor scales just like there major and minor scales. The major and minor scale forms have the same notes. In other words an A major scale would be the same as an F♯ minor scale.

They are a minor 3rd or a major 6th apart. If you are in A think 3 notes back or 6 notes ahead using the major scale.

It’s the home note that is different.

Here are the two scales first the major then the minor.

Major Blues

Major Blues Formula

This formula is based on the major scale

The blues major scale is built 1-2-3♭-3-5-6

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-octave – Note Numbers

A-B-C♯-D-E-F♯-G♯-A – Major scale

A-B-C♯-E-F♯-A – Major Pentatonic Scale

A-B-C-C♯-E-F♯-A – Major Blues Scale

The A Major Blues

Major Blues Patterns

Major Blues Audio

The A major blues scale played against an A chord

I only used the scale notes and no string bends. This is an A major blues played against an A chord

Minor Blues

Minor Blues Formula

This formula is based on the major scale. This is the relative minor of the A major Scale

The blues minor scale is built 1-3♭-4-5♭-5-7♭

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-octave – Note Numbers

F♯-G♯-A♯-B-C♯-D♯-E♯-octave – Major scale

F♯-A-B-C♯-E-F♯ Minor Pentatonic Scale

F♯-A-B-C-C♯-E-F♯ – Minor Blues Scale

The Minor Blues List

F sharp minor blues played against an F sharp chord

I only used the scale notes and no string bends. This is an F sharp minor blues played against an F sharp chord.


Discover the Blues ScaleGive Your Solo’s Feeling

The blues scale is used in all styles of music from time to time. We hear this scale from players like BB King, Eric Clapton and the many others.

This scale will give you another tool to use on your solo’s. A lot of blues or just a touch, it’s up to you.

Blues scales are just the pentatonic scales with an added note. However that one note changes the whole feeling of a song or lead.

Try this scale along with the pentatonic for more feeling.

The Major and Minor Blues

There are major and minor scales just like there major and minor pentatonic scales. Also the major and minor scale forms are the same.

In other words an A minor scale would be the same as a C major scale and vice versa.

Here are the two scales first the major then the minor.

Here is what they both sound like. They almost sound identical at first listen. Practice being able to tell them apart.

The major scale is built 1-2-3♭-3-5-6

The minor scale is built 1-3♭-4-5♭-5-7



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The major and minor blues scales.

Major Blues

Major Blues Scale Patterns

The R stands for root of the scale.

To use the major blues in the same key as the minor you have to move it down 3 frets

The major blues should be used on the I chord

The diamonds are the Blue Notes. This is what’s different from the major pentatonic.

The major blue note is the flatted 3.

The 6th string is on your left the nut is on the top

Major Blues Scales

F♯ and G♭ are the same scale spelled different.

This is where I changed from flat to sharp keys.

Minor Blues

Minor Blues Patterns

The R means root of the scale.

To use the minor blues in the same key as the major you have to move it up 3 frets

The diamonds are the Blue Notes. This is what’s different from the major pentatonic.

The minor blue notes are the flatted 5 and 7.

The 6th string is on your left the nut is on the top

Minor Blues Scales

A Simple 12 Bar Blues in A

Pentatonic Scales

It’s a good idea to go through the Pentatonic course first unless you already know them good. That will make this blues course easier to understand. The scales are very similar.

Pentatonic Power (Opens New Window)

Blues Guitar Course

I have a course that I bought a little while ago to check out that really explains how to use the Blues scales.

It’s written by a guitar teacher/working musician Griff Hamlin out in the LA area of California. He’s got a couple U-Tube videos out there too.

It teaches you how to do bends the right way along with other techniques like hammer-ons and pull-offs and combining them.

The blues course shows you when to use the major blues or minor blues scale. This makes a big difference than just staying in the minor scale which many people do.

The first part gets you up to speed with written examples and fretboard diagrams of the first form of the Blues scale and then on to bends, pull-offs, hammer-ons and the combination of the last two together

After that you learn the other forms. There is plenty of sound and jam tracks to work with like a Crossroads jam track, good stuff.

Check it out for yourself.

Playing Through the Blues (Opens New Window)

Jam Tracks

After you get your chops down with Playing Through the Blues you need somebody to jam with right? You can get a copy of 50 Blues Jam tracks.

These tracks will get you ready for any blues playing situation or style whether it’s a shuffle or a smooth blues sound like Stormy Monday you will be ready.

The only thing better than jam tracks is jamming with a group because live is better but it’s hard to get other musicians to play so you can practice right?. The tracks help you work out those rough spots we all have before going live.

50 Blues Tracks (Opens New Window)


Three Chord Blues Progression

The three chord blues progression can be either major or minor. They are mostly 12 bars long before they return to a new verse.

This progression has been around since the end of the 18th century. It still remains pretty much the same except for chord embellishment and substitution which still follows the basic rules of the I, IV and V changes in major and minor progressions.

P.S About the Roman Numerals

When I use Roman Numerals the Upper case are for major chords like I, IV and V and lower case are for minor chords like i, iv, and v.

You will see me reference these chords like this all through the site.

This is the basic progression there are also many variations but this is the basic skeleton.

Basic Blues progression Layout

Four measures of the I or i chord followed by

Two measures of the IV or iv chord followed by

Two measures of the I or i chord again then followed by

Two measures of the V or v chord then followed by

Two measures of the I or i chord then start over.

Basic Skeleton

IV or iv

IV or iv

I or i

I or i

Major and Minor Blues Progressions

The major blues progressions are made from the 3 major chords I, IV and V of the major scale.

The minor blues can come from the Natural minor scale which is the major scale starting on the 6th note. In which case the chords would be i, ii, and v. The minor chords are actually the vi, ii and iii of the major scale.

This is a variation of the above basic skeleton using a IV(major) chord in the 10th measure

Major Scale Chord Numbering

Major Progression Major Progression

Lets make a major progression in G using Dominant 7th chords.

Here are some chord diagrams

This is a variation of the above skeleton using a iv(minor) chord in the 10th measure

This is very basic dominant chord blues progression

Three Chord Minor Progression

Here are the chord diagrams for this progression


Discover Chord FormulasHow to Make Guitar Chords

Chord formulas will let you make any chord using the major scale as a basis. By learning this simple process you will always be able to figure out what notes are in a particular chord using simple math.

Knowing the notes in a chord is also the way you play lead guitar, without this knowledge your solos are going to be limited to pentatonic scales.

Gaining this knowledge will enable you to play more than just the standard chords. If a song has 4 measures of a C chord in it you will be able to add some chord variations in the rhythm by understanding chord structure.

Chord Making Tool

We use the major scale as a tool for making chords. Some chords will come from the minor scales but we can still use the major scale to make them.

This tool will let you make any chord for any key as long as you know the major scale anf guitar fretboard.

Chord Formula Basics

All of the major scale notes also have numbers that go with them like below.

All notes are a whole step(2 frets) apart except for 3 to 4, 7 to 8, 10 to 11 and 14 to 15(not shown) which are a half step(1 fret) apart.

Symbols and Numbers

This symbol means sharp ♯ 1 fret or note higher.

This symbol stands for flat ♭ 1 fret or note lower.

Just Reference the numbers for any major scale.

Here is a list of all major scales and the note numbers.

Some notes have two numbers 2/9, 4/11 and 6/13.

Major Scales List

Triad Chords – Three Note Chords

These three note chords are the basis for all the other chords.













Suspended Triads

Suspended chords suspend or replace the 3rd of a chord. They usually don’t last long and resolve to the original chord.

Suspended chords are neither major or minor because there is no 3rd.

Suspended 2nd Chords




Suspended 4th Chords




The next few chords are suspended slash chords. These chords contain a suspended note and an extra note with it. They are shown by a slash.

Suspended 4 note Chords

Slash Chords – Chord Formulas

The following chords are called slash chords because of the slash in their symbol not their sound.

The slash can tell you to add a note or it can tell you what bass note is wanted like C/G or C/v. This would mean you play a C chord with a G or the 5th(v) in the bass or lowest note.

Suspended 2/6 Chords




Suspended 4/6
Chord Formulas




This chord may also be called an F add 9 chord. This is another case of plurality in chord names.

Suspended 4/9 Chord




Three other suspended chord formulas have a dominant 7th in them.

7th Suspended 2 Chord




This is also a G minor with a C bass note.

7th Suspended 4 Chord




7th Suspended 4/6 Chord




When you have this many notes in a chord it is common to leave out non essential notes.

In this chord you need the 7, 4 and 6. These notes give the chord its character or overall sound.

Even the root can be considered non essential because the root is implied or a bass player will usually play the root.

Major 6th Chords
Chord Formulas




Major 6th chords are also minor 7th chords. A C 6th(C-E-G-A) is equal to an Am7(A-C-E-G) chord.

This chord can be made by combining a major chord(C-E-G) and a minor chord a 6th higher(A-C-E) or add a 6th to a major chord. I’m just giving you different ways of thinking about these chords.

You can interchange these chords most of the time depending on the song. A C6 usually means they want a C bass and a Am7 usually means they want an A bass but nothing is written in stone. Try switching them on different songs and see what you think.

Just think a minor 3rd back from a 6th chord and think a minor 3rd up from a minor 7th chord.

Minor 6th Chords




This chord can be an F 9th chord(F-A-C-E3♭-G without a root.

Major Add 9 ChordsChord Formulas




You can hear this chord in the Rolling Stones song “Waiting on a Friend”

Jimi Hendrix uses this chord in Castles Made of Sand. Start this on the 1st fret and move it up 3 frets at a time. Similar to the diminished chord sound raised in minor 3rds.

Minor Add 9 Chords

Yes this is just one note away from the chord above but it is a totally different sound.




You can hear this chord in Creams song Badge with Eric Clapton. You have to play it on the 5th fret though it’s an Am add9. It’s right after the line “…layed on my table”

Badge – mp3

Badge – Sheet Music

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Major 7th Chords




This chord is a C major(C-E-G) and an E minor(E-G-B) put together

Any chord that has maj in the name will have a major 7th note in it.

If it has a plain 7 the 7th will be one semitone or fret lower than a major 7th.

With the major 7th chord forms the root has to be before the maj7th otherwise it will sound bad

7th Chords
Chord Formulas




This chord just gets a plain 7 after the note name.

This chord is made from a major chord(C-E-G) and a Diminished Chord(E-G-B♭).

This is good to know for improvising, you can use the diminished scale along with the major scale, mixolydian and the pentatonic scales.

Minor 7th Chords




This is also an E♭ 6th chord

Minor 7th Flat 5 Chords
Chord Formulas




This Chord is also an E♭m6 and A♭9th no root.

Major 7/6 Chords




This is a short version of a major 13th chord but there isn’t any 9th(D) so it’s not really a major 13th.

The 6th and 13th notes are the same.

This chord might give you a problem getting your 4th finger to lay down right but if you just keep at it and relax your hand you will get it.

Minor 7th/11th Chords




The reason this chord isn’t a minor 11th chord is because there is no 9 in it. By rights an 11th chord must have a 9th in it although you may see versions of minor 11th chords without it.

This chord could also be an E♭6/9(E♭-G-B♭-C-F) chord also. Think relative major.

The relative minor of a major scale is a 6th above or a minor 3rd behind. C major = A minor relative minor and vice-versa.

The scale created from the 6th note of the major scale is a natural minor scale containing the same notes as the major scale just starting from a different point, also called the Aeolian mode.

If this is confusing to you check out the page on music intervals to learn more.

Music Intervals

Major 9th Chords
Chord Formulas




Minor 9th Chords




Minor 9th chords can replace a major 7th chord and vice-versa. The Cm9(C-E♭-G-B♭-D) can be replaced with an E♭maj7(E♭-G-B♭-D). It contains all the notes of the Cm9 except for the root

To remember how to replace them for a minor 9th think major 7th; a minor third(3 frets) up.

To remember how to replace them for a major 7th think minor 9th; minor third(3 frets) down.

Major 13th Chords




With this many notes you will see a lot of shorter chord forms keeping the 3, 7 and 13. This is unavoidable as we only have 6 strings two of which have the same notes. Octaves don’t count in chord making theory. An E is an E no matter what octave it’s in. Your ears are what tells you it’s right.

11th Chords
Chord Formulas




Minor 11th Chords




Dominant Chords

Any chord built from the 5th note of the major scale is considered to be a dominant chord. That is the name of that note. Notes in the major scale have names and numbers.

There are no major 7th chords built from this note only dominant 7th’s which are 1/2 semitone or one fret down from a major 7th.

All dominant chords have a major 3rd and a flatted 7th in them.

There are no dominant minor chords. The minor 7th chord isn’t a dominant chord because it has a flatted 7th in it.

All of these chords are C roots which puts you in the key of F. C is the 5th note of the F scale.

7th Chords
Chord Formulas




This chord was also above after the major 7th. I put it here to introduce you to the dominant chords.

9th Chords
Chord Formulas




This is the main chord for many funky rhythm sounds in music, using muted and none muted rhythm combinations.

11th Chords
Chord Formulas




This chord might take a little practice. The tip of your index finger will play the E on the 4th string while the side of it will play the F on the 1st string.

Keep at it until you get clear notes on all strings. This is a movable chord with the root on the 5th string.

13th Chords
Chord Formulas




This is a movable form and is sometimes combined with the C9 chord in funky rhythms because you only have to move your 4th finger on and off the note.

Altered Chords

Altered chords are chords that have had their 5th, 9th or 11th note altered.

By altered we mean raised or flatted by 1/2 tone or 1 fret for us guitar players.

I have a separate page on altered chords right below

Altered Chords


The Dorian Sharp 4 Mode..Minor Chord Improvising Scale

The Dorian sharp 4 mode can be used for any minor triad or a 6th, 7th, 9th or 11th. A very useful mode.

A point to remember about minor 7th and major 6th chords. A major 6th is also a minor 7th chord.

An example F-A-C-D is an F6 chord and D-F-A-C is a Dm7.

This means that you can use this scale over an F6 chord too. This will depend on the song and what sound you want.

This theory will work well sometimes not so well other times. When you see an F6 they usually want a F bass note not a D and vice versa.

Experience will tell you when to use it and when not to. Experiment.

Learn Scales EasierTake it for a Free Ride

Guitar Scales Method

You can use either arpeggio for either chord when improvising. A arpeggio is the notes of a chord played in single notes, sometimes with a sweep motion.

Here are a few Dm7 chord forms.

Here is what this dorian sharp 4 mode sounds like played against a Dm7 chord.

The D Dorian sharp four play against a D minor 7th chord

It’s like a minor pentatonic with one of the blue notes(♯4/♭5) in it.

The Dorian ♯4 Mode List

The Dorian ♯4 Mode Formula

Raise the 4 of the Dorian by one fret.

Here it is based on the major scale.


I hope you found this page useful.


How to Read Guitar Tabs…New Songs to Play

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Learning how to read guitar tabs will open up a whole new way to learn songs or guitar leads.There are thousands and thousands of songs on the internet in tab form just waiting for you. A good way to learn finger-picking style too.

Learning Guitar tablature isn’t hard and can also be fun. It’s like reading music but much easier. A lot of sheet music today has both notation and tab. Knowing both is to your advantage.

Tab is easier if you know the song or if it’s a simple exercise in Guitar Player magazine. If you don’t know the song the tab will be more of a challenge especially if your new to it, just take your time and “walk” through it until you “got it.”

Types of Tablature
How to Read Guitar Tabs

If you are going to be learning guitar you need to be aware of the different types of tab. There are basically two different types of tablature.

One is for written text like instruction books and song books for guitar.

The other is for online use where the writer has to use the standard characters on the computer keyboard.

I just want to let you know in case you run across some tab and it doesn’t seem right to you. You might be looking at tab for another instrument. Tab can be used for any fretted instrument.

You could be looking at tab for a bass guitar, a 7 string guitar, a banjo or any other fretted instrument. I’ve seen some for Harmonica too.

Tab can also be used to showdifferent guitar tunings other than the standard tuning, it could be in an E or G tuning.

How to Read Guitar Tabs

Online guitar tablature also has different ways of being written, there isn’t much in the way of a standard as in staff notation also referred to as music notation.

There may also be other ways that I’m not aware of but most are simple to understand. It is limited because it only uses the keys available on a common computer keyboard and not tablature software.

It’s a quick way for learning guitar tabs you will see around the internet so you should know it

Online Guitar Tablature

Below is a common version of internet tab

On the left side are the names of the open guitar strings. The bottom E is the heavier string and the rest just follow from the bottom up but down on your guitar. Each dashed line is one of your guitar strings, easy.

Above is the C major scale written in tab. This could be one or two measures depending on the type of notes, quarter or eighth notes.

Tablature can be vague but you will learn that it has some other good qualities for guitar players. It’s very useful for finger picking or just picking patterns.

Chords in Tab
How to Read Guitar Tabs

Here is how a C chord will look written in this style of tab

Here is a C chord in the 1st position, the x means you do not play it or you mute it with one of your fingers or your picking hand palm. This muting happens a lot for different reasons, here the 6th string ringing out wouldn’t sound good. Try it and see what I mean.

Vertical Measure Bar

Sometimes you will see a bar like I put after the chord above showing the end of one measure and the beginning of another. You don’t always see this and you just have to figure out where the measures are, like I said earlier you are better off if you have heard the music before then it’s easier to follow.

Simple Tablature from Software

Here is a sample of what simple tab looks like from a software program. It doesn’t show any timing in the beginning. This is usually used to show small music samples or licks when the music it was from is known to the reader.

Tab with Rhythm

Below is an example of tab from a software program that shows you the rhythm. The 1st measure is quarter notes and the 2nd one is eighth notes. This has more info for learning guitar tabs that you view, more accurate.

Tablature with Musical Notation

This next example is a very good way for writing music for guitar players. It can give very exact rhythm. This isn’t the rhythm of the song, it is the timing of the notes in the measure, their length of time that they are actually heard. This is a good way to show finger picking styles.

I put the note names to help get you started. You notice this also gives you the tempo ¼ note = 100. This means 100 beats per minute, almost 2 per second, this a pretty average speed.

You also have a chord symbol so if you can’t read music or tab you can at least play the chord. This is a good way to learn music notation, the notes will begin to sink in and you will get to know the different note types like whole, half quarter and on, also it will become automatic where the notes are on the guitar neck.

Tab Symbols
How to Read Guitar Tabs

Here are some easy symbols you will run across while learning how to read guitar tabs

The time you spend learning guitar tabs will increase your learning ability ten time over.

h = hammer-on to force your finger down to sound a note

p = pull-off lift a finger with a twist making the note sound out

/ = to slide up to a note

\ = to slide down to a note


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Browser updates is a page I added to the site for viewer convenience. I think I covered them all if not let me know and I’ll add it for you.

I tend to forget to update browsers unless I have them checked for automatic checking or if I have a problem with one.

These are all set to open in a new window so you can still check out the site while you get your update.

These are the home pages for getting the latest version. Netscape only gives the last version as it’s no longer supported by anyone except for loyal fans of it.

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