The Major Scale…But Starting on G

We have taken apart our scale pattern with the C major scale. We started on C and we did two whole steps and a half step, then three whole steps and a half step. What happens if we do a different note? Let’s see what happens if we start on a G. Well, a whole […]

Minor Chords

Let’s learn some minor chords this week. We’ll take a look at A minor, E minor and D minor. Here’s what they look like: Am, Em, Dm copy Don’t forget to use your grab and release, your grab and lift and your grab and release and of course we are going to do our 8 […]

Double Picking

We will be working on double picking this week. Now double picking is just what it says, picking the same note twice so usually we are going to use the down up motion. So here are some exercises:

Hello Dottie!

We are going to go ahead and keep mixing up some notes on 5 strings and we are also going to throw in tied notes and dotted notes. A tied note kind of looks like a smiley face or an upside down smiley face. It is basically the musical equivalent of a plus sign. You […]

Mix and Match

This set of finger exercises is designed to develop the “roll”. Often when playing the same fret on adjacent strings, it’s necessary to roll your finger from one string to the other. Don’t try and pick your fingers up and move them with these exercises. Basic Mix and Match copy Mixed Up Mix and Match […]

Diminishing Returns Week 1

A Brief Introduction to the Diminished Scale Nothing makes my guitar students cringe like the first time they hear a diminished chord.  Oh, the faces they make! And that is a good thing. Of course, behind every great chord is a great scale. In this case that would be the diminished scale. Technically, it’s possible […]

Major Scale Pattern

We learned a C major scale and now it’s time to break that C major scale down into pieces.  If we look we see that between C and D we skip a fret. Steps Any time we skip a fret, it’s called a whole step. Between B and C we don’t skip any frets and […]