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About Learn Guitar asap

An introduction to the site

Hello my name is Bob and this page is about learn guitar asap. Here is a short story about what got me to make a website. Learning guitar is easy compared to this.

I’ve been playing since 1964 and have learned a lot of things about guitar over the years and since I’ve always been told you can’t take it with you I thought I would share my knowledge with anyone who wants to listen.

The British Invasion

I started playing guitar along with some friends in 1963-64 a short time after the Beatles hit the USA. This was the new British Invasion for the U.S. People were taking up musical instruments left and right, I guess the same things happened with Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.Skiffle music was the term they used in England for the beat of the music. Band competition was a popular pastime for the young teens.

This competition is what got The Beatles writing their own music. By the time the Beatles got up to play a song for the competition it had already been played so they started writing their own songs.

The Beatles were the first to be on the Ed Sullivan show in the U.S. followed by the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and thousands of others. It was truly a great time for music, everyone was unique, not according to the parents though. The bands were endless, they wrote songs about every topic imaginable.

Beginning Lessons
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I didn’t have a guitar when I started lessons. The store rented guitars for taking lessons. I didn’t understand it at the time but it was a good idea for the parents in case you quit taking lessons. No guitar to try and sell.

Remember this was a time before the internet, cell phones or digital anything.

However despite there was none of what we take for granted today this was when the Classic Rock Music was born.

The guitar brand was a Kay that had F holes instead of a round hole in the middle. It was hard to play after all it was a stock guitar that wasn’t adjusted for anyone’s playing.

It was definitely a finger muscle builder.

This guitar was bought after I stayed with it. The store owner gave a good discount because you had rented it and were taking lessons there. It got adjusted for playing after that.

I wound up giving it to a friend when I got a new one.

Guitars I Use
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I have an Ibanez acoustic that I play most of the time. This is my second Ibanez acoustic. I stayed with Ibanez because my first one is almost 40 years old and has been through hell and back and still sounds as good as an inexpensive ($50.00 second hand) guitar can.

I also have a 66 telecaster that I bought in Philadelphia’s 8th Street Music, the place is still there. I used to take a bus over there with a friend so I could put some money down on it, layaway plan. It took about a year to pay it off, I was only sixteen. This ones had had some surgery too.

Another guitar I have is a 66 Gibson 335, semi-hollow. It’s like the one George Harrison used to play.

I just expanded my guitar playing to a bass guitar. I picked it up new on Ebay cheap. I had to put it together and paint it but it’s not bad for about 60 bucks before the paint and strings. I didn’t know bass strings were around 30 bucks a set, because they are so thick.

The frets are a lot farther apart on a bass, remember that the bass guitar is tuned the same as a regular guitar just lower, so you can also learn about the bass. It’s just played different, listen to just a bass player like Paul McCartney in a song to hear what they’re doing.

Listening to the bass guitar in songs will help you hear the chord changes better.

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My First Electric Guitar
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The first electric guitar I owned I bought at a store called E.J. Korvettes, now out of business. It was an Egmond. It had 3 pickups and the neck wasn’t bad for an unknown brand at the time. I just thought about that guitar I wonder if they are worth anything? Probably, I threw it out.

Guitar Amps
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I have a 66 Fender Bassman amp that I bought in the 70’s, all tube construction, with twin 15 inch speakers, it has a nice presence to it, no reverb or anything just straight sound.

I didn’t know it at the time but George Harrison used one of these with 12 inch speakers in the Beatles later years.

I also have a small Crate amp with a bunch of digital effects, nice little amp although the settings confuse me sometimes.

Keep Those Old Guitars
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Keep your starter guitars, they are good for setting up in open tunings for slide guitar or experimenting with. This lets you try something new and still have your other guitar like you normally use it.

The Ibanez I mentioned above has undergone many changes including making it a cut-away with a razor knife. I also tried a brass nut and set it up for slide for a while, I’m not done with it yet.

Guitar Lessons
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I took lessons for a few years from a local music store. This gave me enough knowledge to be able to learn on my own. You are never done learning music, there is always a new technique, style or direction you can go. Music is a living entity always changing. It’s a never ending great journey.

Recording Session
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I had the opportunity to record with a group when I was seventeen. This was in a recording studio in Philadelphia, a real studio, Cameo-Parkway I think it was called. The recording never went anywhere but it was an experience I’ll never forget.

Now everything is digital and you can use your computer. Crazy how time changes things.

Learning Music – Lasts a Lifetime

I have remained passionate about learning guitar and music for over 40 years and I have a lot to share with you about all styles of guitar playing. Music theory can be applied to any musical instrument, it’s the different techniques that you use that apply to your instrument.

Blusey Sounds
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I tend to lean towards the blues for some reason, I guess it’s because this is where rock and roll has some of it’s roots. It also has roots in country music.

Many of the groups from the 60’s were influenced by the blues. The Rolling Stones at the top of the list for groups and many top guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and many more not so famous. I not forgetting Stevie Ray Vaughn he came along later because he was younger.

The list of great blues guitar players is endless. They were all influenced from the older black blues guitarists like Robert Johnson, BB King and many others.

Acoustic Guitar
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I enjoy playing both acoustic and electric. The acoustic I like for finger-picking and strumming chords. One of the groups that I liked for acoustic playing from the 60’s was Buffalo Springfield. This group had some great musicians.

Electric Guitar
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One of my early influences on electric was John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. This group was a stepping stone for some great guitar player like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck the Yardbirds were another group like this.

I like the electric because you can get notes to last a long time for a really bluesy sound, and it’s really easy to play especially if you play the acoustic most of the time. An acoustic guitar will increase your speed on the electric.

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Discover How to Use the..Melodic Minor Scale Modes

Here is another improvising tool, the melodic minor scale modes. These scales will help you improvise over altered chords.

Scales and modes are your tools for making licks, riffs, melodies or for just plain jamming.

Every scale and mode is also related to a chord or chord type. Some scales work on many chords while others are limited.

Each link will follow the scale below for the 1st 7 notes – 1 whole scale

Melodic Minor Modes

These modes take you into a more Jazz-like style of playing. They are good for altered chords. If you want to play like Al DiMeola you should check these scales out.

You should have a good understanding of the major scales to use these efficiently but don’t be afraid to learn one and play around with it.

You don’t have to be a Jazz player to take advantage of this knowledge. This is one of the ways new forms of music emerge. Investigate and experiment.

You really should check out these modes.

The Melodic Minor Scale

This is the first mode/scale and has been covered in the guitar scales section but I added it to make everything complete.

It can be used to improvise over minor chords and altered dominant chords, check it out

C – Melodic Minor Scale

The Dorian ♭2 Mode

This mode is built from the second note of the melodic scale and can be useful improving over minor 7th chords.

Dorian ♭2 Mode

The Lydian Augmented Mode

Here is a mode for using over flat 5 or sharp 5 or 11th Chords.

Lydian Augmented Mode

The Lydian ♭7 Mode

Here is a mode built from the 4th note of the melodic scale and is good for improvising over dominant chords with or without an altered 5th.

Lydian ♭7 Mode

The Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

This mode is good for dominant chords with a ♯5 in them.

Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

The Locrian ♯2 Mode

This scale can be used over m7♭5, m6 and 9th chords a very useful mode.

Locrian ♯2 Mode

The Super Locrian Mode

This is the king of the melodic minor scale modes. This mode can be used on m7♭5 and dominant chords with any combo of altered 5th’s and 9th’s.

Super Locrian Mode

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Guitar Power Chords…Essential Rock Chords

These two note guitar power chords are the basics for too many to count popular rock songs. These chords are just as important to rock music as altered chords are to Jazz musicians.

The fact that there is no 3rd in this rock chord lets us use both major and minor scales for improvising without concern about major or minor.

A power chord which is written with a 5 after the letter of the chord, like E5, G5 or C5.

All power chords are either a major or minor chords with the 3rd removed. This makes the chord usable for major or minor lead work or improvising giving many more scales to pull leads from.

Although there are only two notes to a guitar power chord when you double them up with octaves they can be very powerful. I guess this is how they got their name.

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Power Chord Scales

Pretty much any scale will work because you don’t have major or minor notes. You can use the major and minor Pentatonics scales, the Blues major and minor scales, the Dorian, Mixolydian and Aeolian plus the Major scale. You can also experiment with the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales.

The root of the home chord will be your scale choice most of the time. If you are playing to an A5 chord use the A scale of any of the above scales, you can also experiment using the relative minor or major scale of that chord even though it has no 3rd. For A use an F sharp scale or a C scale or mode. Experiment.

Most power chords need to be played loud and have a good balance of tone. Some good bottom with higher toned harmonics coming through.

If you use power chords on your first three strings you may have to try different tone settings to get the sound you want or heavier strings.

That is unless you want a more treble sound which might work out good when the bass guitar provides the bottom for you.

The variations of sounds are only limited by your imagination.

Power Chord Diagrams

C Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 1st

The last chord above is best played like a regular barre chord but let your middle or 4th finger touch the 3rd and 4th string lightly to mute them.

A Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 3rd and 1st

G Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 3rd and 1st strings

The third chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

E Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 5th and 3rd strings

The third chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

D Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

There are many more guitar power chords but these are the easiest to play. You can play any major or minor chord and mute the 3rd in the chord like C E G , the C chord mute the E note.

Experiment with some different forms. Here is one that you probably know and all you have to do is lift your second finger so the 3rd string doesn’t make any sound.

This combines upper and lower strings. You don’t have to play all the strings. Go for the sound you want.

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Discover the B Flat Major Scale

The B flat major scale adds one more flat giving us a B and an E flat in this scale. We are moving in the circle of 4ths with the scales.

This is a popular key for songs that have horns like a saxophone in them. It has something to do with their tuning.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the E flat and F scale.

Check out the major scales page for info on the tetrachord.

major scales page

You will see the same notes and chords in the F, B♭ and C scales because they are related.


B Flat Scale

The B Flat Scale Construction

The first four notes(tetrachord) of this scale came from the key of E♭. The last four notes of the B♭ scale come from the key of F.

B Flat Tetrachords

A tetra-chord is a four note group of notes that make up one half of a major scale. Major scales each have two of these.

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Guitar Scales Method

The first B flat tetra-chord comes from the last tetra-chord in the E flat scale and the second one comes from the first tetrachord in the F major scale.

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1st Tetrachord

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2nd Tetrachord

Key

B Flat Major Scale Numbers

Some notes use two numbers ; 2-9, 4-11, and 6-13. You will see these numbers in some chord names

The major scales have numbers that go with the notes to help you keep track of them. It’s also a way of referring to notes and chords so it will apply to any major scale.

Usually this is used to refer to the chords but it is also our way of building our chords from scales. Chords are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

B Flat Major Scale Notation and Tablature

B Flat Major Chords

B Flat Major Chord Diagrams


B Flat Major Key signature

This is how the first bar in sheet music will look if you are in the key of B♭. The flat symbol circles the B line and the E space in the staff.

You will have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself but the B’s and E’s won’t be so you have to remember them.

Major Key

♭’s

Key Signature

Rel Minor

B♭

B♭, E♭

G

Reading Music Notes

Here is a link on how to read music notes on staff.

Reading Music Notes

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The Circle of 4ths

The circle of 4ths is how chords change in most music. They can be major, minor, 7th’s or anything else. This is how it’s not that hard to remember songs.

The parts of a song that are different than the 4th movements are what makes it different.

If you are reading this page you should know about music intervals the link below will open a new window so you can go back and forth if you need to.

Music Intervals

Most Song

Not every song follows this 4th movement but it is quite common.

You will find a lot of songs that use this movement for about 75% of the song.

The chords can go from or to a major, minor, 7th’s or any other chord form. It’s the root note of the chord that follows the circle of 4ths movement.

In a song you will not go through all the cycle of 4ths only one or two changes but it is good to know the whole circle to make it easier to remember chord changes to songs, because this movement will become automatic.

Circle of 4ths

You can start anywhere and follow across the list down to the next row back to your starting point.

Two Five One – Circle of 4ths

Many Jazz songs are based on the ii V I(two-five-one) progression. These are the two five one chords of the major scale.

If you were in C the chords would be Dm7 G7 and Cma7. D to G is a 4th and G to C is a 4th. When you start over from Cma7 to Dm7 it’s a major 2nd. However the Dm7 is also an F6. So it’s technically a 4th.

Major Chords – Minor Chords

Every major chord can become a minor 7th chord by adding a 6th to it. A C6(C-E-G-A) has the same notes as an Am7(A-C-E-G) just with a fifferent bass note.

Also every minor chord can become a major 6th by adding a flatted 7th to it, the reverse of the above.

I to IV Chord Movement

You will find the I chord to the IV chord a very common 4th move. Some songs are based on this move. The Rolling Stones song You Can’t Always Get What You Want is almost entirely I(C) to IV(F).

A two-Five(ii-V) move is a common 4th movement. This one uses a minor as the first chord. In F it would be Gm7 to C. This is the basic chords for Evil Woman by Santana.

If you need to know more about major scale structure this link will open a new window so you can go back and forth if you have to.

Major Scale Primer

Starting Point – Circle of 4ths

When following the 4ths you need to go back to your 1st chord(In Your Mind) and not forward if the songs calls for it.

In other words if you move from C to F this is a 4th forward, C-D-E-F If you went forward again from the F chord it would be a 5th, F-G-A-B-C.

If you move back you are going down a 4th F-E-D-C. You are still going to C but it can cause confusion sometimes as to whether you are moving five notes or four.

The 4ths circle starting with C will take you thru the keys starting with the flat keys.

Understanding the circle of 4ths can be confusing also because some call this back peddling through the circle of 5ths.

The Bottom Line

The main thing is that you know these chord changes on your guitar by heart because they will be in all types of music.

You will find that songs go into and out of this circle in the course of most songs.

Here is a short circle of 4ths progression using major chords

4ths-5ths Wheel

The Chord Wheel: Circle of 4th’s & 5th’s

Circle of 4ths progression using major chords

If you aren’t used to barre chords take your time and get good clean notes on all your notes. Speed is a bi-product of accuracy. You will get faster but get accurate first. Fast and sloppy is not good guitar playing.

Check out the Barre Chords page.

Guitar Barre Chords

You see why it’s a circle it goes right back to the starting note. No matter where you start if you continue you will get back to the first note or chord.

Short Chords

A good way to learn the guitar neck is by learning 3 note chords in the circle of 4ths.

The first ones will be on the 2,3 and 4 strings.

Give Me an R

The R in the clear finger circle stands for root note of the chord. In case you can’t see it too good.

These 3 chord forms will take you through the cycle of 4ths up the neck

Just go from the 1st form to the 2nd, from the 2nd to the 3rd and start over with the 1st but up the neck where your root note is.

In other words after the G chord you would move up to the 5th fret and play the first form, the A would be a C here.

If you want to learn more about triads go to link below.

Learn Your Triads

More Short Chords

Here are 3 more chord forms. These are on the 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings

Just work these chords up the neck like up above.

These triads exist on the other strings 5, 4, 3 and 6, 5, 4 too but these are most useful because of the easier fingerings and higher pitch.

The lower string sets tend to be muddy but you should still learn them for single string picking and arpeggios. Check out the triads page from the above link.

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Getting to Know the …Harmonic Minor Scale Modes

The harmonic minor scale modes will give you 7 more modes for improvising. Once again these are not just for Jazz players. Find the ones that you like and experiment with them.

The one advantage that a Jazz guitarist has over most other players is they always know what chord they are on and what scales they can use making lead work a lot more logical and better sounding.

You don’t have to play Jazz to think like a Jazz guitarist.

Mode Names

These names come from the major scale modes. They are variations of the mojor modes.

This is a way of making them easier to remember.

These names come from the Greek language because they named these modes a long time ago. There are also Greek islands with these names.

Harmonic Minor Scale

This is the main scale. It doesn’t have a mode name like the others

This scale is good for minor and altered dominants. I like this scale the best out of all the minor scales for its unique sound.

Each mode has a link to go into more detail for the individual mode.

Harmonic Minor Scale

Locrian ♯6 Mode

This one is built from the 2nd note of the harmonic minor scale and is good for minor7♭5 chords also called half diminished starting on the root.

It can also be used for minor 6th and dominant 9th chords.

Locrian ♯6 Mode

Ionian ♯5 Mode

This one is built from the 3rd note of the harmonic minor scale and is good for Maj7♯5 chords starting on the root.

Ionian ♯5 Mode

Dorian ♯4 Mode

This mode is good for improvising over minor chords.

Dorian ♯4 Mode

Phrygian Dominant Mode

This mode is good for dominant 7th chords plus altered forms

Phrygian Dominant Mode

Lydian ♯2 Mode

This mode is good for using with major 7th chords

Lydian ♯2 Mode

Harmonic Minor 7th Mode

This mode doesn’t get a special name like the others but it’s good for improvising over diminished 7th chords.

Harmonic Scale 7th Mode

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Guitar Dominant 7th Chord Images

Guitar dominant 7th chord images. These chords get built from the fifth note of the major scale, they are also built on the 4th and 5th notes of the Melodic minor scales and the 5th note of the Harmonic minor scale.

The dominant seventh is one half tone lower than the major seventh.

These forms are popular but try finding some on your own.

The dominant 7th’s are written C7, F7 etc. while the major 7th’s are written Cma7, Cmaj7 with ma or maj in their name.

Guitar Dominant 7th
Chord Images

C 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are C, E, G and B flat.

This chord is found in the F major scale, F harmonic Minor Scale and the F and G Melodic minor scales.

F 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are F, A, C and E flat.

This chord is found in the B flat major scale, B flat harmonic Minor Scale and the B flat and C Melodic minor scales.

B Flat 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are B flat, D, F and A Flat.

This chord is found in the E flat major scale, E flat/D sharp Harmonic Minor scale and the E flat/D sharp and F Melodic minor scales.

E Flat 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are E flat, G, B flat and D flat.

This chord is found in the A flat major scale, A flat/G sharp Harmonic Minor scale and the A flat/G sharp and B flat Melodic minor scales.

A Flat 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are A flat, C, E flat and G flat.

This 7th chord is found in the D flat major scale, D flat/C sharp Harmonic Minor scale and the D flat/C sharp and E flat Melodic minor scales.

D Flat 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are D flat, F, A flat and C flat(B) .

This 7th chord is found in the G flat major scale, G flat/F sharp Harmonic Minor scale and the G flat/F sharp and A flat/G sharp Melodic minor scales.

G Flat 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are G flat, B flat, D flat and F flat(E).

This 7th chord is found in the C flat major scale, C flat/B Harmonic Minor scale and the C flat/B and D flat/C sharp Melodic minor scales.

F Sharp 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are F Sharp, A Sharp, C Sharp and E.

These chords are the same pitch as G flat. They are written different for music keys.

This 7th chord is found in the B major scale, B Harmonic Minor scale and the B and C sharp Melodic minor scales.

B 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are B, D Sharp,F Sharp and A.

This chord is found in the E major scale, E Harmonic Minor scale and the E and F sharp Melodic minor scales.

E 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are E, G Sharp, B and D.

This chord is found in the A major scale, A Harmonic Minor scale and the A and B Melodic minor scales.

A 7th Guitar Chords

The notes for this chord are A, C sharp, E and G.

This chord is found in the D major scale, D Harmonic Minor scale and the D and E Melodic minor scales.

D 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are D, F sharp, A and C sharp.

This chord is found in the G major scale, G Harmonic Minor scale and the G and A Melodic minor scales.

G 7th Guitar Chords

The Notes for this chord are G, B, D and F.

This chord is found in the C major scale, C Harmonic Minor scale and the C and D Melodic minor scales.

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See Why the Major Scale is..Top Dog in Music Scales

No other music scale can compare to it’s importance. The major scale is the source of the major and minor pentatonic scales, the natural minor scale also the Dorian and Mixolydian modes.

The mixolydian mode is used by many blues players and other types of music. The Dorian mode is a minor mode. This mode was used by Carlos Santana in “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman”.

Major Scale Format
How it’s Made

All of the major scales come from our music alphabet of 12 notes. Each scale is two halves of two other major scales. Every scale has the same interval layout. They are identical just in a different pitch.

You must understand what intervals are to understand how the scales are made. If you need to you can read about intervals below.

Understanding Intervals

The numbers below represent the distance or interval between each note, they are also number of frets apart. This is the layout for all major scales.

The G Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the last four notes(tetrachord) of the C scale and the last four notes came from the first four notes(tetrachord) of the D scale.

You have heard this before. Singer sings this as do re me fa so la ti do. This helps them to enunciate words right. I can’t picture Mick Jagger doing this can you?

The Scale Tetra-Chords

Tetra-chords are four note sections that make up the scale. Each scale has two of these which come from two different scales.

The first one comes from the second tetra-chord of the key listed and the
second one comes from the first tetrachord of the scale listed.

Key

1st Tetrachord

Key

2nd Tetrachord

Key

Scale Numbering System

All these scales have numbers that go with the notes for easy identification. You will find out later that this way of referring to numbers makes it possible to refer to all scales and chords no matter what key you are in.

Usually this is used to refer to the chords but it is also our way of building our chords from scales. When referring to chords the numbers are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

This way you can play the chords in any key

The Scales

Here is a complete list of all the major scales.

Sharp and Flat List

Major Key

♯ or ♭

Key Signature

Rel Minor

C

None

A

F

B♭

D

B♭

B♭,E♭

G

E♭

B♭, E♭, A♭

C

A♭

B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭

F

D♭

B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭

B♭

G♭

B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭

E♭

F♯

F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯, E♯

D♯

B

F♯,C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯

G♯

E

F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯

C♯

A

F♯, C♯, G♯

F♯

D

F♯, C♯

B

G

F♯

E

Major Scale Positions

The top 3 diagrams have their root on the 6th string, the other 3 have their root on the 5th string. The squares are scale tones but they are before or after the root.

They might confuse you if you’re not used to playing scales. If you play those other notes first you are playing in a mode and not the major scale directly.

All you have to do is line up the root with whatever scale form you want. If you need help finding the notes on the fretboard click on the guitar fretboard link below.

Guitar Fretboard Notes

Scale Fingerings

The fingering for the 1st image on the left starts with the index finger, the middle image scale starts with the middle finger and the 3rd image over starts with the little finger. This is for both upper and lower images

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

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These are not the only way to play these scales, Sometimes when you are learning a scale it helps to do it in two string sections at a time instead of the whole thing. Another way to get a scale in your head is to play it on one string.

Scales for Left Handers

The nut is on top, the 6th string is on your right

The square notes are explained above

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Guitar Chord Images

Guitar chord images are all over the internet, remember though that there are many ways to play the same chord and give it a unique sound.

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s easier to use a diagram than read the notes and figure out what fingers to use.

This page is actually an index page for the dofferent chord images.

Major Guitar Chord Images

Here is a page with major chord images. These get a lot of play time.

Major Chords

Minor Chord Images

These chords are second only to the major chords as far as use.

Minor Chords

Major 7th Chord Images

These are smooth sounding chords. Made from a major and minor triad combined.

Major 7th Chords

Dominant 7th Chord Images

These are the main chords in blues songs and in the ii-V7 progressions.

Dominant 7th Chord

Minor 7th Chord Images

These chords add a little spice to the plain minor chord.

Minor 7th

Minor 6th Chord Images

These chords have a few names and a few different uses. Check out the Minor 6th chords page.

Minor 6th Images

Diminished 7th Chord Images

These are really unique chords that have many different uses. Check out the diminished 7th chords page to learn more.

Diminished 7th Images

Augmented Chords

These chords have a raised 5th in them and are also useful in line progressions where you hear the bass note raise or lower by one note. It adds a little tension and leads the progression to the next chord.

Augmented Chords

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Beginner Blues Guitar

Beginner blues guitar is where everybody starts. Do you think Eric Clapton started off playing complex licks and chords?

To start playing Blues guitar you need to know some basic chords, Pentatonic and Blues scales.

There are two other modes used also the Dorian and the Mixolydian but you learn these later.

Most chords are barre chords except when playing an acoustic styles blues where you combine open position and barre chords.

Basic Blues Guitar Chords

Here are the 3 chords you would use in the key of C

Ninth chords are often used to replace the standard 7th chords in blues.

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Beginner Blues Guitar Scales

The Major Scale

This will help you relate to these other two scales. This is where the C major and A minor Pentatonic scales come from.

The Pentatonic Scales

The Pentatonic scale is just one note shy of the Blues scale.

The Blues Scales

The major blues scale adds a note between the 2nd and 3rd note of the major pentatonic scale.

The minor blues scale adds a note between the 3rd and 4th note of the major pentatonic scale. This note is a flatted 5th

Beginner Blues Progression

Here is a sample of the basic 3 chord 12 bar blues progression. This progression is used in thousands of blues songs. The same basic progression is also used in a lot of Rock and Country songs too.

Beginner Blues Video

I have a video for you from one of my associates in the guitar learning business. This video is about the Blues but they have a lot of other categories too.

Hawkeye Herman: Introduction to Blues

Hawkeye Herman introduces the blues. He explains the 12 bar blues chords and the poetic format that blues lyrics typically follow.