Acoustic Guitar Video Lessons

On this page you will find free acoustic guitar video lessons designed to take your playing to a whole new level! By watching these videos you will discover many cool and creative ways to play your acoustic guitar.

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May The 4th Be With You - How To Create Beautiful Music Using Quartal Harmony On Guitar

BRAND NEW: The typical way we play and hear chords on guitar is in thirds.

This is known as tertian harmony and is when chords are built using stacked thirds (ie. the distance of the notes in the chord are a third apart). However, this is not the only way.

In the words of Yoda:

“there is another”

And this is where the fourths come in.

Yes, I said the fourth’s, not the force :)

You’ll have to excuse me, I was born on Star Wars day (May the 4th) and cannot resist the odd Star Wars reference here and there.

So yes, we can play chords built on the interval of a fourth instead of a third for a very cool sound. This way of playing chords on guitar is called Quartal Harmony and it will produce almost any mood or emotion you desire.

Better yet, it is super simple to do.

Quartal chords are MUCH easier to play than your standard chords on guitar, furthermore, no theory is required to be able to use them.

In this video tutorial, I sit down with Music Theory Specialist Tommaso Zillio to discuss and demonstrate the basics of quartal harmony and how you can start creating beautiful ambient music in a variety of styles using it.

Learn the basics to quartal harmony for guitar


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What To Do When Someone Asks You To Play Something On Guitar

NEW: What do you do when someone asks you to play something for them on guitar without notice?

Do you fumble around, trying your very best to play something that sounds like music?

Do you feel fear, anxiety, and panic rise up within you and run like hell?

Or do you confidently grab your guitar and play beautiful music for the world to hear?

While we would all love to be able to answer yes to the third scenario above, even the best players can be caught like a deer in headlights when asked to play something on the spot. I know I have before.

So what do you do?

One thing that will help is to prepare a few things in advance, which are your “go to” things when someone asks you to play something on guitar.

These “go to” things are basically a few pieces you can play through quite well and are ready to go at any point. They can change over time, they don’t have to be the same pieces all the time, however, do always have something ready for this kind of situation.

In this video tutorial, I have just the piece for occasions like this.

It is a beautiful classical fingerstyle arrangement called “Lagrima” by Francisco Tarrega. It’s one of those pieces that sounds really advanced but isn’t super hard to do and never fails to impress.

If you are not a classical guitarist, don’t worry, neither am I. However, having a few classical pieces under your fingers is always nice. They sound great, are good for your technique, and are super fun to play!

Learn how to play Lagrima on guitar


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Most YouTube Guitar Teachers NEVER Show You This . . .

NEW: Ever watch a song tutorial on YouTube where someone breaks a tune down to help you learn it, and they painstakingly go through the process of which finger goes where?

This is boring, and incredibly unhelpful!

I can see where my fingers need to go, that is what the tablature is for. I really don’t need someone showing me this. I do understand this can be helpful for some, but it teaches you NOTHING about how to get a song down into your fingers, it’s just dealing with the mechanics.

What you need is for someone to show you HOW to approach getting a song down on guitar so you can play it effortlessly from start to finish. However, guitar teachers, including many YouTube teachers, for whatever reason don’t seem to want to show you this.

They’d rather throw fret numbers, string numbers, and finger numbers at you like you are Rain Man.

In this video tutorial, I take you through the exact process I use to get a song down on guitar.

It consists of 3 levels, all of which are essential if you:

1. Want to get the song down so you can play it in your sleep (most people fall far short of this)
2. Want to know how to get any song down on guitar

My process for learning songs consists of strategies that extend way beyond the “this finger goes on that string at that fret” approach.

These strategies are simple and effective in getting you to easily play the songs you love on guitar


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Amateur Guitarists Have Only One Of These, Maybe Two, Pros Have Three Or More . . .

NEW: Sometimes the simplest thing makes the biggest difference to your guitar playing.

By simple, I mean something you can apply immediately to your playing for an equally immediate improvement to your sound. If you hear an amateur playing guitar, they will often demonstrate only one, or perhaps two levels of this thing I am talking about.

Pro players, however, will have 3 and typically many more levels of this very same thing.

And so can you, in a matter of minutes, not years!

You see, developing skills on guitar require both awareness and time. Awareness of the skill you need to work on, and then the time in which to do so. What I am talking about here requires more awareness than time to build, meaning once you are aware of it, your playing will improve immediately just by implementing it.

What is it?


Dynamics refer to how loud or how soft you play the guitar.

We are not talking about the volume of your playing, but rather your touch.

Different songs will have different dynamic ranges, some are narrow while others are wide. As a musician, you want to have a large dynamic range, meaning when required you can play very softly to very loud and everything in between.

Nothing sounds more amateur than someone playing guitar at the same level of volume for an entire song. I have played with “professional” musicians before who technically are great but dynamically terrible.

It makes for a long gig, to say the least!

In this video tutorial, I sit down with Songwriting Mastery Coach Diana de Cabarrus to discuss and demonstrate how to immediately make your guitar playing sound better with dynamics. The key is to be able to play your guitar at three defining levels of volume, required for most songs, and then use these as markers for adding even more subtle levels of dynamics to your playing.

It’s so simple, but makes such a BIG difference to your playing!

Learn how to play guitar with feel and dynamics


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5 Fingerpicking Mistakes Lazy Guitar Teachers Don’t Tell You, And How To Avoid Them

NEW: The lazy guitar teacher is someone who teaches you to play the guitar the way they learned.

This implies two things:

1. They somehow happened to learn guitar the perfect way and nothing could be improved
2. They are too lazy to actually bother developing their own teaching skills (this is very different to developing ones playing skills)

Avoid these teachers at all costs.

They often tell you they “teach guitar on the side” and while many are well intentioned, their methods are often outdated, if a method even exists that is.

You can be sure I will never teach like this.

Yes, there are some ways I learned that have stood the test of time, however, there are many things I teach differently too. This is because I have since learned better ways to teach such things, in other words, I work on my own playing but I also work on my teaching.

Case in point:

There is one thing I have been on about fingerpicking guitar that I thought I’d never go back on.

I was always a big advocate for never doing this one thing.


Because it will limit movement in your fingers and add tension to your playing.

Or so I thought.

Yet, here I am about to tell you it’s ok to do this very thing, and in fact probably better to do it.

In this video tutorial, you learn the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid when fingerpicking guitar including the very thing I have had a change of heart on.


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3 Tips To Overcome Stage Fright And Performance Anxiety On Guitar

Do you ever get nervous playing guitar in front of other people?

Do you tighten up and suddenly forget everything you’ve ever learned when anyone is even within earshot of you playing?

Do you wish the earth below would open up and swallow you whenever someone asks you to play something on guitar?


It’s called being human and it’s ok :)

I have felt this way myself many times before and so have most other musicians. It’s known as stage fright and there are things you can do to minimise it no matter how nervous you get when playing guitar in front of other people.

In this video tutorial, you learn 3 ways to overcome stage fright when playing guitar. Whether it’s an audience of thousands or playing for a friend, there are specific things you can practice that will greatly diminish the nerves one can feel when playing in front of other people.

Learn how to ovecone stage fright and performance anxiety when playing guitar


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How Can Something So “Ugly” Sound So Beautiful - Add 9 Chords

You know the story of the ugly duckling right?

I’ll spare you the details if you don’t, however the moral of the story is don’t judge a book by its cover.

The same could be said about the type of chord you are going to learn today.

But first, I want you to pick up your guitar right now and place a finger, any finger, at the 4th fret on the 4th string (ie. the D string).

I want you to play this note and the open 3rd string (ie. the G string) together at the same time.

How’s that sound?

Pretty damn “ugly” right!

Now, play the notes one after the other, separately.

Not much better, right?

There seems to be no way around it, this is one ugly sound.

Or is it? (bet you didn’t see that coming lol).

Believe it or not, nested right inside one of the most beautiful sounding chords in music is this very sound.

In this video tutorial, you are going to learn all about it within the context of add 9 chords. Add 9 chords and can be heard in many songs including “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.

Who thought something so beautiful could be born from something so ugly. It pays not to judge a book but its cover when it comes to the make up of some chords on guitar.

Learn how to play add 9 chords on guitar


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The One Chord That Fixes Boring Progressions - Secondary Dominants

“If you ain’t first you’re last”

Except if you are a dominant chord that is (more on this in a moment).

Have you ever learned a song, think you have the key figured out, and then come across one pesky chord that doesn’t seem to fit?

For example, an E7 in a song that is in the key of C, shouldn’t it be Em?

Argh, you think to yourself,

I thought I had this thing figured out!

However, there is a use for dominant chords that most people are unaware of. It is called the secondary dominant (yes, there is a primary dominant chord that we all use but typically don’t refer to it via this name)

And now you get the lame joke I made above lol.

In this video tutorial, you learn all about secondary dominants.

Finally, understand the chords that previously had you flummoxed when trying to fit them within the key of a song. Watch the video below to learn how to write and play better chord progressions on guitar using secondary dominants


Make Simple Songs Sound Great


The Tale Of Two Songs, Which Do You Like Best?

Have a listen to the song “Jack And Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp.

Here we have a song that has only 3 chords yet sounds like so much more is going on. These chords are arranged on the guitar in such a way that keeps your interest as a listener throughout.

Now listen to the cover of “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam. 

Love the band, but not their finest moment IMO.

Notice how the song starts out fine, but by the 2nd or 3rd verse you can’t help but be bored and disengaged with the tune, or at least I am.

You may disagree and that is fine :)

If you play the same old chords in the same old way throughout an entire song an interesting phenomenon occurs for both you the musician and the listener.

And that is,

Your ears become immune to what they are hearing and the impact of what you are playing loses its effect.

This is what is happening in “Last Kiss’ by Pearl Jam.

In this video tutorial, you learn how to make simple songs sound great on guitar.

I sit down with Guitar Playing Breakthrough Specialist Tom Hess and Beginner Guitar Specialist Maurice Richard to discuss and demonstrate ways to make simple songs sound great on guitar


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How To Create Music With The Mixolydian Mode

Don’t let the confusing names or the reputation that comes with modes as being difficult to understand and even more difficult to use in one’s playing discourage you.

Modes are used all the time in music.

How often?

Listen to any song right now and you will be hearing a mode of some sort.

That much!

In this video tutorial, you learn all about the Mixolydian mode and 3 ways you can access it on your guitar to create great sounding music.

The Mixolydian mode is most commonly associated with rock music and is the basis for many songs including:

• Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Clocks - Coldplay
• Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
• Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
• Norwegian Wood - The Beatles

Learn how to create muic using the Mixolydian mode on guitar


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Without This, There Is No Music

I want you to get your guitar and play a C note on the 2nd string/1st fret.

How would you describe the sound?

If you have no idea, good.

The C note, or any note for that matter, played without any context is no more musical sounding than a car horn.

I was going to say a doorbell, however, this is musical as there are typically 2 notes sounded one after the other when pressing a doorbell that creates the interval of a major 3rd.

The context is the relationship of one note to the other, but I digress :)
Without context, there is no music.

If you sound a note on your guitar in isolation it is simply just a pitch, no more.

We need context, like a chord behind it for that note to relate to and express a certain emotion.

Now, take your guitar again and form a C open chord.

Strum the chord, and pluck the C note again on the 2nd string/1st fret while still holding the chord so it rings through.

How does it sound now?

There is no right or wrong answer here, however, we can now make a judgment as to how that note sounds.

I would say happy, triumphant, joyful etc.

However, this does not mean a C note always sounds this way.

Any note can create any emotion.

It depends on the all important context in which you are sounding that note.

Take your guitar once again and form an Am open chord.

Strum the chord and pluck the C note again.

How does it sound now?

Not so happy right?

I would say sad or melancholy against the backdrop of an Am chord.

Perhaps you think differently and that’s ok, the point is the emotion of that C note has now changed due to the chord you are playing it over.

This exercise is great in getting you to understand that simply learning scales on guitar does not equal music.

You need to learn the emotions of the notes within the context in which you are playing them.

In this video tutorial, I sit down with Music Theory Specialist Tomasso Zillio to discuss and demonstrate ways you can use scales to create music.

After all,

To play a scale is never the goal, to create music with it is!

You learn how to absorb the emotions of the notes you play as well as the simplest way to play any scale on guitar (not only the simplest but the most effective way of learning the emotions of each note within the scale).

Learn how to create music using scales on your guitar


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This Took Me 20 Years To Learn, But It Didn’t Have To . . .

I have a confession to make. It’s kind of embarrassing.

I didn’t know what “borrowed chords” were for a very long time.

So what, you may be thinking, I don’t know what they are either.

But you need to understand that by very long time I mean 20 years, 16 of them as a teacher nonetheless!

To be clear, I would hear borrowed chords in music all the time. I would play them and learn to recognise them in a chart, however, I did not understand the concept behind them, or even the term “borrowed chord”.

You see, you can use things in your guitar playing before really understanding them, but if you can’t explain something, then you do not understand the concept behind it.

For me, it was borrowed chords.

Understanding the concept behind something allows you to use it in your own playing to its full potential. Once I understood the concept of borrowed chords everything fell into place like magic and I was able to use them to much greater effect in my own playing.

Hence the topic of this week’s video tutorial:

Borrowed Chords

Whenever you are playing a song and come across a chord you can’t place in the key, it is very likely to be a chord borrowed from another key. 

Not just any key though, a key that is parallel to the one you are in (if this makes no sense, don’t worry, it’s simple and you’ll learn all about it in the video)

A world without borrowed chords would be very boring. They are used in songs all the time and are often what makes the song sound a little less predictable to your ear (in a good way).

Learn how to use borrowed chords in your guitar playing


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How To Decode The Dorian Mode To Create Great Sounding Music!

Don’t let the weird name throw you.

The Dorian mode is not some mysterious sound you only hear in obscure music.

Many songs are written in the Dorian mode including:

• Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
• Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
• Scarborough Fair - Simon And Garfunkel
• Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
• Black Magic Woman - Carlos Santana

In this video, I put a spotlight on the Dorian mode and how you as a guitar player can access it on the fretboard to create great sounding music. Each approach gives you a different way of playing in the Dorian mode, bringing much variety to your sound as a guitar player.

One way is super simple and will have you playing in the Dorian mode instantly!

Learn how to play amd create music with the dorian mode on guitar


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This Exercise Feels Wrong But Works Great In Making Your Strumming And Picking More Fluent

Have you ever watched two people playing tennis?

Your head must continually move left to right so you can focus on the player currently hitting the ball.

This is what playing guitar is like for a lot of people. They constantly have to look back and forth between their picking and fretting hands to ensure they are doing what they are meant to be doing.

In other words, they have to babysit their hands.

This is no way to play guitar.

It not only looks amateur as hell, but it is also the number one reason why your playing will never sound fluent no matter how much you practice.

In this video tutorial, you learn an exercise that feels wrong but works great in getting you to play more fluently when strumming and picking chords on guitar.

People never do this exercise either because:

1. They don’t know about it
2. It feels wrong

Learn how to strum and pick fluently on guitar


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I Changed ONE Thing And My Guitar Playing EXPLODED!

Most people believe repetition is the key to practicing guitar.

After all, as the saying goes “Repetition is the mother of all learning.”

However, although important, repetition is not the only thing that is required to become a great guitar player. If you repeat something incorrectly, you will get good at doing that thing wrong. I’ve seen this so many times over my years of teaching.

Hell, this was how I use to practice!

My intention was to become a better guitarist, but I was fighting a losing battle because my methods for practicing were mediocre at best. Simply clocking up the hours was not making me a better guitar player.

Then I changed ONE thing.

It was so simple!

And when I did, the game changed.

In this video tutorial, I show you exactly what I did to get far better results in much less time practicing guitar. If you follow what I show you in this video, you will see significant improvement in your playing within a week.

Practice does NOT make perfect, it makes permanent, so you want to make sure you are doing it right.

Learn how to get good at guitar fast 


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I Don’t Care How Small Your Hands Are, Or The Shape Of Your Fingers, You CAN Play Bar Chords And This Is How 

Why is it some people are able to effortlessly play bar chords on guitar while others struggle? We all have the same tool available to us to play bar chords, that being your hand with 4 fingers and a thumb. It’s not like some have the advantage of sprouting extra fingers or something ridiculous like that, right :)

Think about it, why would some people struggle while others don’t when it comes to bar chords?

If you are thinking it’s the size of your hands or the shape of your fingers, I can tell you this is NOT the case. I have seen far too many people with small hands and fingers effortlessly play bar chords, including kids, so that’s off the table.

If you want to believe your hands are too small go for it, but it will spell the end of any possibility of you playing bar chords. Whatever you choose to believe is true after all. If on the other hand, you want to discover the secret to finally mastering bar chords, I have just the thing for you.

In this video tutorial, I sit down with Beginner Guitar Specialist Maurice Richard to discuss and demonstrate the very best ways to practice bar chords including:

The EXACT steps required to play bar chords, and the order in which to do them (this is SO important to getting bar chords down)

The overuse of tension and how to fix this with bar chords (tension is the number one bar chord killer)

The chord push-up strategy to get all your fingers working at the same time (works like magic!)

Focusing on the areas above is THE difference between effortlessly playing bar chords and just downright struggling with them, NOT the anatomy of your hands.

Learn how to master bar chords on guitar


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How To Arrange Piano Music For Guitar And Become A More Creative Musician

One of the best things I ever did to become a more creative guitar player was to transcribe music from other instruments.

We all speak the same language as musicians, however, the vehicle we use to express that language is very different depending on the instrument you play. This may sound weird, but limiting yourself to the perspective of the guitar will, in turn, limit the possibilities of the instrument.

Think of a pianist for example.

The mechanics of how they express music is different to us guitar players, simply because a keyboard is very different to a fretboard.

• A pianist has the use of all fingers to play notes, we do not.

• The piano is very linear in its layout, the guitar is not (each string is effectively like a separate keyboard).

• There is only one place to play any single note on a piano, on guitar there are several options for any given note as to where to play it on the fretboard

What does this all mean?

Well, if you arrange piano music for guitar you will need to think creatively as to how to make it work because of these differences.

In this video tutorial, you learn how to arrange piano music for guitar. It is hands down one of the best ways I know to work on my creativity as a guitarist and musician. It opens up possibilities on the instrument you might not have ever considered before.

Learn how to play piano music on guitar


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Do Modes Confuse The Hell Out Of You? This Is Why . . .

Do you find modes hard to get your head around?

Do they frustrate and confuse you?

Do you even know what modes are? (if not, keep reading because you need to know them)

Whatever the case may be, you are not alone.

“Modes are easy, I got them straight away,” said no one ever

Yet you hear modes in songs all the time whether you are aware of it or not including:

• Norwegian Wood - The Beatles (Mixolydian Mode)
• Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (Dorian Mode)
• All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Aeolian Mode)
• The Simpsons Theme Song (Lydian Mode)
• Wherever I May Roam - Metallica (Phrygian Mode)

They are not some mysterious mystical music theory concept no one ever uses, they are in fact fundamental to your understanding of music.

However, most people are taught modes in the wrong order, in effect, the cart is put before the horse. They learn the notes of the modes before the chords of the modes (I know I did). In fact, a lot of people only learn the notes and have no idea about the chords.

This is like trying to build a house on sand. It doesn’t matter how good your house might look on paper, it will fall apart.

Similarly, if you only look at the notes of a mode and not the chords, you’ll have no real foundation to build your understanding of modes leaving you frustrated and confused.

In this video tutorial, you learn all about modal chord progressions, what they are and how to use them. To understand modes, you MUST understand how the chords work within the mode itself.

This is where to begin.

Learn how to write play modal chord progressions on guitar


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Do You Really Need Scales To Create Music?

Does the following sound familiar to you:

• Scales are boring

• Every time I use scales to create music it just sounds like I am playing a scale

• When I use scales it sounds like an exercise, not music

These are just some of the complaints I’ve heard from students over the years who are trying to create music using scales. The problem is, that most people learn scales and then stop. Of course, everything you play is going to sound like a scale if that is all you have learned.

To play a scale is NOT the goal, to create music IS!

In fact, you don’t even need to know scales to create music. It’s like someone learning to recite the alphabet and then finding it hard to write anything. You have to put letters together to create words and sentences to do that.

Similarly, you need to use the notes of a scale to create music, not simply run up and down the scale.

In this video tutorial, I sit down with Music Theory Specialist Tommaso Zillio to discuss and demonstrate the best ways to begin creating music using scales.

We cover:

• The best ways to go about creating music once you know a scale

• The most important thing when it comes to creating music (this one element will make even wrong notes sound right)

• How to create music WITHOUT using scales (yes, you read that right, you don’t actually need scales to create music)

Learn how to create music using sclaes on guitar


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The Number 1 Guitar Progress Killer Is . . .

Overwhelm, plain and simple.

There is so much to learn and so little time to practice.

It stops you dead in your tracks and unfortunately for some, this becomes permanent.

No guitar player is immune from feeling overwhelmed. I myself have felt this many times over years of playing, and can still feel it today. However, there is a big difference and that is, I now know what to do about it. I can get rid of the feeling of overwhelm in a matter of minutes, and so can you.

It’s super simple and easy to do!

In this video tutorial, you learn how best to organise your practice schedule so you almost never feel overwhelmed with your guitar playing. I show you exactly what I changed to get better results in less time while easily dealing with all the many things requiring your attention to become a great guitar player.

I could literally sum it up in one word.

Discover how to plan a practice schedule with zero overwhelm and maximum results


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The Only Exercise You Need To Master Arpeggios On Guitar  

I have a very specific exercise I want to show you that changed the way I played guitar. So much so, that I can specifically remember exactly where I was when I first learned it.

I was sitting in a room at a very prestigious school I was teaching at, waiting for a student to arrive.

It was a Wednesday morning in June of 2007.

That’s how significant this exercise was, I can remember all the detail around the exact time I first learned of it.

In this video tutorial, I want to show you the very same exercise for your own guitar playing. 

This one exercise will drastically improve the way you solo on guitar, using what is known as arpeggios. Most people learn arpeggio shapes, but very few really learn how to use them to create music.

Sure, you can play up and down an arpeggio and know a lot of different shapes and patterns. You can even switch between them when not under any kind of time pressure, which is useless for real life playing btw.

You need to be able to change between arpeggio shapes almost before you even realise you are doing so!

This one specific exercise will enable you to do exactly that.

Learn how to master arpeggios on guitar


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How To Get Good At Acoustic Guitar [Hint: Don’t Play It Like An Electric]

If you think acoustic guitar and electric guitar are one and the same, you’d be wrong. 

Yes, they both have 6 strings, the same standard tuning, and require the same basic technique to play. However, there are differences, some obvious and some not so obvious. If you approach playing the acoustic guitar like you would play an electric you will struggle.

In this video tutorial, I sit down with guitar practice expert Mike Philippov from Practice Guitar to discuss and demonstrate the best approaches for playing and practicing acoustic guitar.

We address topics such as:

• Mistakes to avoid when fingerpicking
• How best to practice bar chords on the acoustic
• When and when not to use a thumb pick
• Playing in open tunings
• Hybrid picking versus fingerpicking on acoustic guitar

Learn how to get good at playing acoustic guitar


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12 Ways To Play Any Major Or Minor Chord On Guitar

How many ways can you play an A chord on guitar? (or any chord for that matter)

If your answer is in the single digits, I’m sorry to say you fail the test. To pass, you would want at least 12 different ways to play any chord.

Don’t feel bad though, this is not a real test,

I just made it up :)

However, it is in your best interest no matter what style of guitar you play, to be fluent harmonically speaking on the instrument, in other words:

Know How To Play Any Single Chord In Many Different Ways

Thinking you have this chord thing licked because you have open and bar chords down, is like thinking you are a mathematician because you know 1 and 1 make 2 :)

This does not cut it.

There is SO much more!

Enter Triads.

Triads provide you with a true understanding of how chords work. They opened up the entire fretboard, with no blind spots so to speak, and dramatically increase the options when playing rhythm and lead guitar parts. There are almost endless ways to use triads in your playing.

In this video tutorial, you learn 12 different ways to play major and minor triads all over the fretboard. I reveal to you a simple way to learn these chords fast.

Learn how to become a master at playing triads on guitar


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A Simple Way To Sound Complicated On Guitar - Chord/Melody Playing

Some of the best things to learn on guitar are those that sound complicated but are relatively easy to do. A great example of this is when you play the chords and melody of a song on one guitar at the same time (much like a pianist would play a tune).

Sounds complicated right?

Well, if you can rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time, you too can do this.

All it takes is a little training.

Forget all the “I’m never going to be able to do that” examples you might see of this kind of playing on YouTube. Any style of playing can be taken to a high level, but it doesn’t have to be to sound good.

In this video tutorial, you learn my 5 step method for creating great sounding chord/melody arrangements on guitar that won’t take years to learn.

Most of what I reveal is no more complicated than what a beginner pianist would play in the first year of learning.

Learn how to create chord melody arrangements on guitar


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Try This Hack For Soloing On Guitar - Tritone Substitution

I love a great hack when it comes to guitar playing. These are often in the form of a shortcut resulting in a great sound.

Who doesn’t want that?!

However, we are not talking about the kind of shortcut here that is detrimental to your guitar playing.

These are not the shortcuts you are looking for.

But, the one I have for you here is.

In this lesson, you learn a shortcut to getting a very advanced sound in your guitar solos. It is a simple way to get an advanced sound, that could be unnecessarily complicated but doesn’t need to be.

Learn how to solo on guitar using the tritone substitution


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The Number One Mistake Most People Make When Fingerpicking Guitar

The number one mistake I see people make all the time when learning anything on guitar is going with what feels easy to them in the moment.

This kind of logic always comes back to bite you on the butt with all kinds of flaws showing up in your playing.

The funny thing is that what appears to be the “easy” way is by far the hardest.

You just can’t see it . . . yet,

but it’s coming, in the form of:

• Sloppy technique

• Excess tension (making things harder to play, possibly causing damage to your fretting and picking hands)

• And all round average sounding guitar playing

But hey, it felt easy in the beginning, right? :)

In this video tutorial, you learn how to develop flawless fingerpicking technique from the very beginning.

Don’t be like so many and go with what feels easy when first learning to fingerpick guitar

If you already fingerpick, check this video out to make sure everything is as it should be. I still refine my own technique, and I bet you can too.

Learn how to develop flawless fingerpicking technique


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The Secret To Playing Chords And Melody On One Guitar - Pianists Do It And So Can You!

The piano is a more visual instrument than the guitar.

Want to play all the natural notes?

Hit the white keys.

Want to play the sharps (#) and flat (b) notes?

Hit the black keys.

Not so straightforward on the guitar.

Another key (pardon the pun) difference is a pianist has two hands to play notes and chords, making it super easy to sound these two things at the same time. We mere guitarists need two hands to sound a note or a chord making it more challenging to get both sounding at once.

However, it can be done.

Here is an example of such playing: Chord Melody Playing

In this video tutorial, you learn the secret to playing both the chords and melody of a song on one guitar. This is how a pianist would approach playing the guitar and is not as hard as you may think.

Learn how to play the chords and melody of a tune on one guitar


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How To NOT Sound Like You Are Playing Scales When Soloing On Guitar

Here is one of the most common things I hear from having taught people to play guitar for almost 3 decades:

“When I try and solo using a scale it just sounds like I am playing a scale”

Many people find it hard to transition from playing a scale on guitar to creating something that sounds musical with that scale.

I know I certainly did!

But what if there is a better way to sound musical when soloing that avoids scales and goes straight to the juiciness you hear in many great guitar solos.

In this video tutorial, you learn an approach to soloing that gives you direct access to all the juicy notes. This approach also gives you a kind of back door access to the scales that many find so hard to create music from.

It’s almost tricking you into using scales but in a musical way.

Learn how to solo on guitar using triad chord shapes


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Where To Go After Learning Open Chords And Bar Chords

Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of being a guest on Tommaso Zillio’s YouTube channel.

Tommaso is the music theory guru and runs the very successful Music Theory For Guitar website. His Youtube channel has over a quarter of a million subscribers, and he is a bottomless pit as far as his knowledge of the guitar and music is concerned.

This video is an excerpt from our Livestream discussion on simple ways to sound advanced playing chords on guitar.

You learn:

• How to play all main chord types (major 7, dominant 7, minor 7) over the entire fretboard (there is a very simple way to learn and connect these chords together)

• How to sound full and complete using these chords by simply adding the drone of open strings. You learn a very cool travis picking blues using these chords.

• How to use these chords to solo on guitar

I must apologise for the COVID hairdo I was rocking at the time lol

But if you can get past that, I know this video will seriously change the way you think of playing chords on guitar. It certainly did for me when I first learned them.

Learn how to play block chords on guitar


Percussive Guitar Slap Technique


Another Way To Play Guitar - The Slap Guitar Technique

You can pick the notes you play on guitar with a plectrum.

You can pluck them with your fingers.

However, in the words of yoda, did you know

“There is another . . .”

As in another way to sound the notes on your instrument.


By slapping them!

Yes, you can sound the notes on the guitar by slapping them with your thumb.

Many people use the thumb slap for a rhythmic percussive sound, which is a very cool sound in its own right. However, what I am talking about here is more of a melodic slap, where the side of your thumb is used to sound actual notes, not just provide a rhythmic sound.

In this video tutorial, you learn the technique of sounding notes on the guitar by slapping them. I’ll walk you through the technique before showing you 3 very cool percussive slap riffs to get you going.

“Hmm, patience you must have, but slap the guitar you will”

- Yoda

A galaxy far far away

Learn how to slap the strngs of your guitar


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It Almost Looks Fake - Learn This Unique Solo Technique For Acoustic Guitar

Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of being a guest on my good friend Tommaso Zillio’s very popular YouTube channel. Tommaso is the music theory guru and is always a wealth of knowledge when it comes to music and guitar playing.

This video is an excerpt from our livestream where Tommaso picks my brain about a particular concept I like to use when soloing on acoustic guitar. Tommaso has seen me perform using this technique several times in Chicago, USA, however, this is the first time I reveal to him, his YouTube subscribers, and now you, the secret behind what I am doing.

As Tommaso remarks in our stream,

“It looks like your fingers are hardly doing anything, yet I am hearing all these notes coming at me. It almost looks fake!”

In this video, I break down this very unique soloing concept for you piece by piece and then show you the simplest, fastest, easiest way to get it into your own guitar playing.

Learn this unique way to solo on acoustic guitar


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Modes Explained: Do This First!

Let’s face it, modes confuse the hell out of people.

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t at first been totally flawed by modes and their role in music.


Well, there are many reasons, but here are 3:

• You try to intellectualise modes rather than learn their sound
• There are a billion different lessons online teaching modes a billion different ways = mass confusion
• Modes have weird names

In this video, I reveal to you the very best way to learn modes on guitar.

Most people go about this the wrong way. It’s not so much what they do, but the order in which they do it.

In this video, you learn the one thing you must do when first learning modes on guitar. It’s time to turn your brain off and open your ears.

This is the key!

Learn the best way to learn modes on guitar


Tap Foot In Time While Playing Guitar


The One Thing All Musicians Do

There is one thing all musicians do no matter the instrument they play.

What is it?

They tap their foot.


To be aware of where the beat is, and to feel the groove of the song.

Many people have trouble doing this.

As long as you have trouble tapping your foot in time with your playing, you will never truly feel the groove of the music you play, which is everything.

In this video, you learn how to tap your foot in time with everything and anything you play on guitar.

I take you through 3 levels leading to mastering the art of feeling the groove of the songs you play. Despite what you may think, this is not a timing problem, but one of coordination. It’s a little like patting your head and rubbing your tummy, tricky at first, but easier the more you do it.

Learn how to tap your foot in time while playing guitar


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Do You Really Know What Travis Picking Is? (A Lot Of People Don’t)

I see people get this wrong all the time.

They learn the travis picking pattern, which in and of itself is a great pattern to learn because it holds the key to playing many a song.

However, learning the pattern does not equal being able to travis pick.

It is part of travis picking, yes, and has infiltrated mainstream music to become perhaps the most useful pattern to know as a fingerpicker.

However, travis picking involves a whole lot more than simply plucking a pattern.

Travis picking is the art of playing a steady bass line on the beat with your thumb while playing harmony and melody parts on the higher strings with your fingers, all at the same time.

It creates the illusion that there is more than one guitar playing.

Think Chet Atkins or Tommy Emmanuel, and you have travis picking.

In this video, I show you a side by side comparison of travis picking the pattern versus travis picking the style.

You learn songs that use the travis picking pattern, as well as a breakdown of a tune arranged for travis picking including the bass, harmony, and melody parts.

Learn what travis picking really is


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3 Ways To Create Music On Guitar Using Triad Chord Shapes

Recently, I released a video on triad chord shapes for guitar.

Many of you asked for a follow-up video on how to use the triads in music, as you can see by some of the comments I received:

“Another great lesson! I just found your channel last month. Following all lessons. This really helped me understand triads. Can you do a lesson showing the application of triads in songs? Can't wait until the next lesson.”

- Wayne

“This has really helped me understand triads and their inversions. Your simple detailed description of each triad and inversion is helping me visualise them in various areas of the fretboard. I would really like to see the application video for triads. Thank you for your excellent instruction.”

- Dana

“Great lesson Simon, very easy to follow for a beginner. Ideas for when to use them would help with the context.

- Stephen

So you ask, you get :)

This video tutorial is on, yep you guessed it:

3 Ways To Create Music On Guitar Using Triad Chord Shapes

In this video, you learn 3 very cool ways you can create great music on guitar using triads across 3 different chord progressions.

Don’t be someone who learns a whole bunch of chords but has no idea how to use them.

Learn how to create musci using triad chord shapes


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Learn The Easiest Way To Figure Songs Out By Ear

As great as the internet can be, it doesn’t really do today’s guitarist much good.

But what about all the free tabs, YouTube videos and courses I hear you say.

This is the problem!

With so many readily available resources on hand, it doesn’t encourage one to use their ear to work music out. Why do this if you can search a tab up almost before you can think of the song you want to learn. All those free tabs might be tempting but it encourages today’s guitarist to bypass perhaps the greatest skill you will ever learn as a musician:

The ability to figure music out using your ear.

For me, I learned this skill out of necessity as there was no internet, and to buy a tab book cost a tidy sum of money for a 15 year old. I am so grateful to have started learning guitar before the internet was a thing. I would not have the ear I have today if I relied on free tabs online, the majority of which are inaccurate anyway.

In this video tutorial, you learn how to figure songs out using your ear.

This is a learned skill.

Anybody can do it.

It just takes a little patience coupled with effective strategies and methods for working the chords and notes out to any song.

Learn how to figure songs out using your ear


Double Stop Guitar Riffs


How To Make Your Guitar Solos Standout From The Crowd With Double Stops

Hands down one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time is the riff in the intro of “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits.

Who hasn’t grabbed the old air guitar and rocked out to this riff.

Go on, admit it :)

But what makes this riff so great?

In part, the use of double stops. These are used throughout the riff and bring a great texture to the sound.

Double stops are when you play 2 notes together at the same time on guitar, and they sound great on elective and acoustic!

In this video tutorial, I share with you 7 very cool sounding double stop riffs for your guitar playing. Double stops will bring a texture to your guitar soloing that contrasts greatly with the single notes you play, providing much light and shade.

Learn how to play double stops on guitar


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There Are Only 3 Ways To Play The Guitar

1. With a pick (plectrum)
2. With your fingers (fingerpicking)
3. With your pick and fingers (hybrid picking)

Which way is best?

Well, it depends on what you want to do.

Generally, I think it’s best to do all 3 to at least a proficient level, perhaps excelling in one or two of them. This way you become a more versatile guitar player.

For me, I excel in plectrum and fingerpicking approaches to playing guitar. My weakness is hybrid picking. However, this does not mean I don’t or can’t use hybrid picking. I’m just better at plectrum and fingerpicking approaches.

Hybrid picking is a very useful way to play guitar, even if you only get the basics down.

In this video, you learn how to hybrid pick in both a rhythm and lead guitar context. Hybrid picking allows you to easily switch between flat-picking and finger-picking styles, bringing much more versatility to your playing.

Learn how to hybrid pick on guitar


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To Really Understand Chords You Must First Learn Triads

In a perfect world, you would learn triads first before open chords and bar chords on guitar.

What is a triad?

Simply put, it is a 3 note chord.

They are simple to play and provide you with a more complete understanding of how chords work in theory, and on the guitar than open and bar chords ever will. In addition, triads open up the whole fretboard, giving you many more options when it comes to playing chords on guitar.

A great example of triads making an otherwise simple 3 chord song sound great and more complex, is “Jack And Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp. Check it out and you’ll get a good example of triads at work.

In this week’s video tutorial, you learn both major and minor triad shapes and how to best train these into your playing, first by shape, then by position. Follow the methods I show you in this video, and you will forever have the triad shapes under your fingers to use whenever you like.

Learn how to play triads on guitar


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The Most Important Part Of Travis Picking - Do This First

Travis picking is not just a pattern it is a style of fingerpicking guitar.

Many people get this wrong all the time, believing if you can play the travis picking pattern you can travis pick. However, the pattern itself, while important, is only a component of the style of travis picking.

What is travis picking then?

It is a way of fingerpicking guitar where your thumb plucks bass patterns on the lower strings, while your fingers play melodies on the higher strings, all at the same time. If you look away when someone is travis picking, you’ll swear there are at least two guitars playing.

This is very different from simply playing the travis picking pattern, as useful as this pattern is.

In this video tutorial, you learn the most important part of travis picking. Nothing else matters until you get this part down. It will all fall apart without this foundational skill in place.

Learn the best way to travispick on guitar


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How To Immediately Improve Your Guitar Playing With Simple Ideas - Chord Embellishments

Chord embellishments can be thought of as what decorations are to a cake.

You need the cake.

The cake is good.

But it looks and tastes much better with the decoration added.

Musically, we need chords.

Chords are good.

But they sound much better and more interesting with embellishments added, aka the decoration on the chord.

The good news is that if you can strum basic open chords, you can embellish them without improving your technical skills. It's all about utilising what you can already do on guitar, in better ways, to sound much more advanced.

In other words, an immediate improvement from simple ideas.

In this video lesson, you learn how to sound more advanced by playing simple open chord progressions on guitar, using embellishments. These ideas are simple, especially the first one, adding much more beauty, and sophistication to your guitar playing.

Learn how to embellish chords on guitar for a better sound


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Standard Tuning Verses Open Tunings, Which Is Easier?

If we took 2 people who had never played guitar before and had one learn in standard tuning and the other in an open tuning, who would find learning guitar easier?


The person learning in an open tuning.


Because open tunings are designed to make things easier to play on guitar.

Most people only find it challenging because it is unfamiliar, not because it is harder to play in open tunings verses standard tuning.

I get it though, it can seem daunting to alter the tuning of certain strings and lose your bearing on the instrument you’ve put so much time and effort into studying and learning.

In this video lesson, you learn a step by step method that makes the transition from playing in standard tuning to open tunings easy. The trick is to gradually introduce the altering of the strings required for a particular tuning.

Learn the easy way to get started playing guitar in open tunings


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The Blues Turnaround - Learn This Famous Blues Sound

If I ask you what a blues turnaround is, you may or may not be able to answer that question for me. If I play you a blues turnaround, you are likely to instantly recognise the sound,

“Oh, that’s a turnaround” etc . . .

Almost everyone will recognise this sound, regardless of whether they play guitar or not. If you aren’t sure what a blues turnaround is, I bet you’ll know once you hear an example of one.

The turnaround, however, in and of itself is nothing that special. It’s the cool riffs that are played over the turnaround that make it what it is. Many of these riffs have been passed down from generation to generation, and as a guitarist, it is your job to collect some of these famous lines to use in your own playing.

In this video tutorial, you learn 3 classic blues turnarounds.

I will break each down for you first, however that’s not the true value of this lesson. You can watch any number of videos on YouTube that show you how to play a turnaround. It’s what I show you after you learn the turnarounds that is the real value of this lesson.

Learn how to play blues turnarounds on guitar


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How To Play Bar Chords Cleanly On Guitar, Even If You Have Small Hands

Let’s face it, bar chords are challenging to play.

Having taught for almost 3 decades now, I’ve heard all the excuses:

• My hands are too small

• My hands aren’t strong enough

• My fingers aren’t the right shape

I’ve taught 6 year olds to play bar chords before, so unless you have hands that are smaller than a 6 year old, or stumps for fingers, you can play bar chords.

Like anything, they take practice and time.

However, practice alone won’t cut it.

It’s in the way you practice bar chords that determine whether you succeed with them, not the size of your hands or any other excuse your mind can conjure up.

In this video tutorial, you learn what I wish I had of known when first trying to play bar chords back in the early nineties. I’ll walk you through the things you need to focus on to succeed with bar chords.

The most important point of all comes at 12:30 into the video, so be sure to watch until the end.

Learn the pathway to pain free, buzz free, clean sounding bar chords


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Can You Spot What These Songs Have In Common?

What do the following songs have in common?

• The Thrill Is Gone - B.B King
• Shine On Your Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
• Money - Pink Floyd
• I Put A Spell On You - Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac/Santana


They all use the minor blues chord progression.

Compared to the standard 12 bar blues, the minor blues has a slightly darker feel to it.

It can be intense, powerful, and emotionally charged.

Listen to the iconic intro to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd for an example.

It is literally dripping with emotion!

Ok, it’s Dave Gilmour so of course it is. But you’ll see what I mean, as you will when listening to any of the songs listed above.

In this weeks video tutorial, you learn all about the minor blues progression and how to play it on your guitar. If you are familiar with the standard 12 bar blues, then it is super simple to play a minor blues.

In this lesson, you learn several variations of the minor blues evident in many songs. Understanding and learning the minor blues will expand your musical palette, making you a better guitarist.

Learn how to play a minor blues on guitar


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Who Thought A Cash Register Could Sound Musical - The Power Of Rhythm

What is the most important musical skill of all?

For me it is rhythm and the ability to keep time.

Plain and simple.

But what about melody, you may be thinking, isn’t that important?

Yes, of course, but without melody, music can still exist.

Without rhythm and time, music cannot exist.

Case in point, before the song “Money” came along by Pink Floyd, no one would have considered the sound of a cash register to be musical.

However set it to a rhythmic pulse, and voila!

Without rhythm, you have nothing. It is the common denominator in music It also happens to be the number one frustration I have found most students have with their playing, after having taught for almost 3 decades. That is their inability to play in time.

If you can’t play in time, you can’t play anything.

It’s that simple.

One way to develop great rhythm and a great sense of time, is to practice your guitar with a metronome.

Oh no, the dreaded metronome I can hear you saying.

Relax, I’m not about to tell you to practice everything to a metronome, that would not be a good idea. However, practicing certain things to a metronome will greatly improve your sense of time and playing over all, if done correctly.

Learn 5 tips and tricks for practicing guitar with a metronome


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3 Ways To Play Fingerstyle Blues Rhythm Guitar

Is your guitar playing out of balance?

Do you put too much time into one area of playing and not enough into another?

For example, you invest hours into learning scales, riffs, and solos, but very little time into learning chords and rhythm guitar techniques.

It’s a little like eating all the candy but rarely touching a vegetable.

Hardly a balanced diet, right?

But I know all my open and bar chords, I hear you say, and can strum and pick my way through these.

Congratulations, you’ve passed rhythm guitar level 1 :)

But there is so much more you can do!

Considering rhythm guitar is what you do most the time when playing music, even if you are a lead guitarist, it is worth investing time into developing these skills beyond the basics. It’s not only more interesting for you, the player, but also for the people you play with, and the audience.

In this weeks video tutorial, you learn 3 ways to fingerpick your way through a 12 bar blues. Forget boring strumming patterns that all sound the same.

Learn effective ways to spice up your blues rhythm fingerstyle guitar playing in a blues context.


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EASY Guitar Chords That Sound Amazing - The Open Chord Trick

There is a neat open chord trick I learned long ago, that’ll seriously change the way you play chord progressions on guitar. Assuming you already know the basic open chord shapes, there is absolutely nothing new you need to learn to be able to apply this trick. The concept takes about 10 seconds to learn, but will give you a whole new dimension in which to use open chords on guitar.

In this video tutorial, you learn how to apply this open chord trick to your own guitar playing.

You hear this type of thing in songs often, however, it is generally underused IMO, and can be a great asset to your rhythm guitar playing.

Learn how to spice up your rhythm guitar playing with the open chord trick


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How To Convert A 12 Bar Blues Into A Jazz Blues In 5 Easy Steps

I had a student once whose name was Jasmine Hands.

Of course, her friends knew her as Jazz Hands lol!

True story.

And while I’m not about to show you my best Jazz Hands move, in this video tutorial, I show you how to convert a standard 12 bar blues into a jazz blues.

Step by step, you learn how to build a jazz blues from the ground up. It’s super simple and is a great way to spruce up the old 12 bar!

Learn how to play a jazz blues chord progression on guitar


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How Not To Embarrass Yourself When Playing Guitar

Back in 2010, I was in Japan playing at a wedding.

That night a friend of the groom came up to me with his guitar and we started jamming/performing together.

What did we play?

A 12 bar blues.

Now, if I had not known how to play a 12 bar blues that would’ve been down right embarrassing.

But what if you’re not a blues guitarist, I hear you say.

It doesn’t matter.

If you are a guitar player you need to know your way around a 12 bar blues no matter what style of music you play. It’s the universal style that you can instantly jam with someone else without having to prepare ahead of time.

Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

However, many a player gets stuck with the blues, playing the same thing over and over.

In this weeks video tutorial, I show you several ways you can approach playing a standard 12 bar blues on the acoustic guitar. Each approach works on its own, but also sounds great when mixed together. Learn how to play the 12 bar blues on acoustic guitar


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Learn 2 Of My Favourite Fingerstyle Riffs In The Style Of Tommy Emmanuel

In this video lesson, I breakdown 2 of my favourite fingerstyle riffs in the style of Tommy Emmanuel. Not only a fellow Australian and Maton enthusiast, but also perhaps the greatest acoustic guitar player of all time!

In this lesson, you learn 2 key riffs that make regular appearances in the playing of Tommy Emmanuel. I break each riff down and show you how to use them in your own fingerpicking.

Learn how to play travis picking riffs like Tommy Emmanuel


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How To Make Your Chord Progressions On Guitar Sound Better

The most underrated and overlooked area of the guitar IMHO is harmonisation.

By “harmonisation” I am referring to chords.

Most guitar players stop at open chords and bar chords.

Sure, these serve a purpose, but if they are all you know, then you are not even close to scratching the surface of the potential the guitar has as a harmonising instrument.

Only knowing basic chords is like learning a few key phrases in another language. It might be enough to get by in some situations, but you don’t have a true understanding of that language, and you will be very limited in what you can communicate.

In this weeks video tutorial, I am going to run you through the process of “jazzing” up a simple chord progression using extensions and alterations. Chord extensions and alterations will seriously expand the scope of the sound you get from your instrument.

Learn how to jazz up a chord progression and make it sound better


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4 Simple Chord Shapes That Produce Any Emotion, Mood, Or Feeling You Desire On Guitar

In this lesson, you learn 4 simple chord shapes that open you up to an incredible range of music on your guitar. You won’t typically hear these sounds in songs because most songwriters don’t even know about this approach to harmonising on guitar, or the incredible sounds it produces.

Better yet, there is no need to learn any theory whatsoever to use these chords. You don’t even need to know what the chord is you are playing. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel; dead easy, and I am going to show you exactly how to get this sound in this video lesson.

Learning these 4 simple chord shapes will enable you to:

Create beautiful ambient music producing any kind of emotion, mood, or feeling you desire

Sound like a seasoned pro musician playing chords all over the fretboard, even if you have no theory knowledge whatsoever

Apply them to any genre of music you like whether it be rock, blues, jazz, country, pop, contemporary

All this with just 4 simple chord shapes for your guitar playing


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Bored With Fingerpicking? Try These Riffs In The Style Of Chet Atkins

Do you get bored fingerpicking guitar?

While there are many things you can do to address this issue, one way is to venture into the world of fingerpicking riffs.

Fingerpicking is often associated with chords and patterns, but not so much in a soloing context.

In this weeks video tutorial, I show you some great sounding fingerpicking riffs in the style of Chet Atkins.

You can use these riffs to create great sounding fingerpicking solos as well as in general fingerpicking.

Learn how to play fingerstyle riffs on guitar


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Chord Picking - What It Is And How To Do It

What do the following songs share in common:

• Hotel California - The Eagles
• Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
• House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
• Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

They all feature a technique called chord picking.

Chord picking is when you pick the notes out of a chord separately instead of all at once, like you do when strumming.

It sounds great!

However, there are rules and guidelines to follow when chord picking.

In this weeks video tutorial, I show you exactly what to do to master this must know skill for your guitar playing. You learn the ins and outs of chord picking, what to do, and what not to do. Plus I show you 3 common chord picking patterns that can be found in many songs, and how to best train these into your playing.

Learn how to chord pick on guitar


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How To Make Fast, Smooth, Perfect Chord Changes On Guitar

We’ve all heard the saying “practice makes perfect”.

So, if I just practice I’ll become great at playing guitar will I?

If this were true, there’d be a hell of a lot more great guitar players out there.

Everyone who ever picked up a guitar to practice would become great right?

Well, if you practice something incorrectly, you’ll get really good at doing that thing incorrectly.

Therefore the simple act of practising does not make perfect.

Let’s take changing between chords for example.

Most people approach the practising of chord changes by simply repeating them over and over again and again, expecting to get better. This alone will not make you better at changing chords. It’s how you practice the changes that will determine whether you succeed with them or not.

In this weeks video tutorial, you learn 3 highly effective proven strategies to achieve fast, smooth, perfect chord changes.


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How Would You Fingerpick This Chord Progression? - Open Drone Chords 

Here is the progression:

C | B7 | Em D | A7 | Am | D | G | ||

How would you fingerpick it?

There are two things to consider here:

1. Your fretting hand
2. Your picking hand

Most people don’t consider the fretting hand, opting for well worn, used a million times before, open chords and bar chords.

The picking hand?

Most people use typical, stock standard fingerpicking patterns.

Now, there is nothing wrong with using standard chords and patterns. The problem is if this is all you do or know how to do.


Because it’s boring as hell, and there is so much more you can do!

In this weeks video tutorial, an excerpt from a masterclass I taught in Chicago, I run you through a very cool way to fingerpick this exact chord progression.

This is one of my favourite ways to fingerpick guitar.

Learn how to use open string drone chords and banjo rolls to spice up your fingerpicking


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How To Simplify Your Fingerpicking And Become Better At It - The Power Of 3

Many things come in 3. For example:

• The 3 Little Pigs
• 3 Primary colours
• The 3 Stooges
• Rock, Paper, Scissors
• Past, Present, Future
• Mind, Body, Spirit
• Small, Medium, Large
• 3 Meals A Day

The list goes on . . .

Another thing that comes in 3 are the number of approaches there are to fingerpicking guitar.

Do you know what they are?

When simplified to the absolute basics, there are in fact only 3 ways you can fingerpick guitar.

Knowing these 3 ways, and training them appropriately, really simplifies ones fingerpicking making it much easier to do. Learning and becoming competent with each approach will open you up to all the fingerpicking patterns you’ll ever want or need to learn.

Learn the 3 approaches to fingerpicking guitar and how to best train these into your playing.


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3 Fingerpicking Exercises Guaranteed To Make Your Playing Sound More Musical

Have you ever experienced someone speaking in monotone?

This is when someone speaks with absolutely no expression in their voice.

It’s a real conversation killer.

Nothing is more boring and sleep inducing.

Many people tend to fingerpick their guitar the same way.

That is, they fingerpick with no consideration given to the expression of what they are playing.

All the technique in the world won’t make you sound musical.

Working on the expression of what you fingerpick is one of the most important skills you will ever work on.

In this weeks video tutorial, I show you 3 exercises guaranteed to improve the musicality and expression of your fingerpicking. You will bring dynamics and control to your playing. These are the things that separate the pros from the amateurs.

If you’ve ever wondered why your fingerpicking doesn’t sound like the recordings you hear, this may be why.

Learn how to sound muscial with your fingerpicking


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I Bet You Know The Sound Of This Guitar Chord - Suspended Chords

One of the most famous sounds in music is the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles. I bet you can hear this chord to this song in your head right now, clear as day.

It’s iconic.

This is an example of a suspended chord.

Suspended chords, or “sus” chords as they are known, create a sound that is like the name suggests, suspended. Listen to the opening chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” to hear what I mean.

The sound kind of just hangs there, suspended, and you are left waiting to hear what comes next. Suspended chords are a great way to make the chord progressions you play on guitar sound better.

Learn how to play suspended chords on guitar


10th Harmony Fingerpicking Guitar


How To Make Your Fingerpicking Sound Like Blackbird - 10th Harmony

Any time I’ve played the song “Blackbird” by The Beatles at a gig, people always comment about how much they love hearing the song and imply I must be a great guitarist to be able to play it.

I kind of laugh to myself when I hear this because Blackbird is not a hard song to play.

Sure, it’s not going to be a song you learn at your first guitar lesson, but relative to the other songs I play around this one at a gig, it’s probably one of the easiest, but looks difficult to play and is impressive.

But why do people love this song so much?

I’m sure there are a lot of reasons, but one main one, whether you are aware of it or not, is the fact almost the entire song is built off of 10th harmony and droning open strings.

There is not a single chord played in this song. They are all implied by 10th harmony.

This combination of ingredients, 10th harmony and open strings, always creates a sound that demands the attention of your audience.

It’s a very beautiful sound.

In this weeks video tutorial, an excerpt from a masterclass I taught in Chicago, I run you through what 10th harmony is and how you can apply the same sound you hear in Blackbird to your own guitar playing.

It is super simple, easy to play, and sounds great!

Learn how to fingerpick guitar using 10th harmony


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Weird, Complicated Looking Chords That Are Easy To Play

In my high school years I was in the jazz band.

God knows why.

I had no idea what I was doing!

I was that bad I would turn myself down when we performed so no one could hear me play.

One of the many things that confused me would be these weird looking chords that were always popping up in the charts.

Chords like:




I would play these chords as D, C, and A7 because I had no idea what the other note meant.

Was a D/F# telling me I could choose between playing a D and an F# chord, hmmmmm . . .

I would also see these chords in the songs I’d typically play at the time too.

Songs like:

• Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
• Babe, I’m Going To Leave You - Led Zeppelin
• While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

I eventually learned these chords had the very technical name of “slash” chords.

The thing was, although these chords looked confusing, they actually weren’t hard to play at all. And, they made my playing sound so much better! Slash chords create bass lines that weave their way through the progressions you play bringing much sophistication to your sound.

Learn how to use slash chords in your guitar playing


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The Secret To A Great Rhythm Guitar Sound - Combining Strumming With Picking

A lot of the time when strumming guitar you are at least picking a few individual notes out of the chords you play too, . . . or at least you should be.

Combining the skill of strumming and picking notes out of a chord greatly improve your rhythm guitar sound. Your playing becomes so much more dynamic and musical as a result.

There are 5 approaches to playing through a chord progression:

• Strum only

• Pick only

• Strum with a little picking

• Pick with a little strumming

• Even disbursement of strumming and picking

And in this video tutorial, I show you a 5 step method for combining strumming with picking for a great rhythm guitar sound! The best part is, I show you how to train this so you can make up your strumming and picking combinations on the spot. This gives you complete freedom when playing through the chord progressions of a song.

Learn how to combine strumming with Picking when playing chords on guitar


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How To Play A Chord Progression Without Using Chords - 6th Harmony

Have you ever tried playing a chord progression on guitar without playing a single chord?

Sounds like a stupid question right?

A little like, have you ever tried walking down the street without using your legs.

But you can you know.


By using your hands instead :)

Oh, you want the answer to the first question.

This is also very possible.

Instead of playing chords, imply them.

There are many ways you can do this, one being the use of 6th harmony.

You hear 6th harmony in songs all the time including:

• Across The Universe - The Beatles
• Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi

It’s a great sound!

In this video, an excerpt from a masterclass I taught live in Chicago, I show you how to take the 6th harmony and use it to imply the chords of a progression. You won’t play a single chord, but you will hear the progression and it will sound anything but predictable.

Learn how to spice up your chord progressions using 6th harmony


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Multitasking For Guitar - How To Play All Parts Of A Song On One Guitar

Are you a multitasker?

For example, do you find yourself watching TV while scrolling your phone and holding a conversation with someone.

While it may not be so practical in day to day life, you can multitask on the guitar. It’s called “Chord/Melody” playing, and as the name suggests it’s when you play both the chords and melody of a song on one guitar at the same time.

Sounds complicated right?

Well, yes and no. It depends on how you approach it.

You’d be surprised how many people don’t have the first clue what the chords and the melody of the tune are, let alone put them together! They begin at the end, not the beginning, trying to learn all parts at once.

You need to know the chords and the melody intimately if you are to put them together.

In this weeks video tutorial, I take you through my 3 step process for playing chord/melody arrangements on guitar. Not only will you be able to understand existing chord/melody arrangements, making them easier to play, but you will also know exactly how to create your own arrangements of any song you like on guitar


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The Open String Trick - Transform The Melodies You Play On Guitar Into Beautiful Music

Open strings are synonymous with all styles of guitar playing.

They are easy to play, but often under utilised.

We all use open strings in the open position with chords and simple melodies.

But what about outside of the open position?

Can you play open strings in higher positions?

Absolutely you can!

In this video tutorial, I show you ways to create incredible almost magical sounding music using open strings.

The concept is so simple yet sounds so good!

Learn how to create beautful melodies on guitar using open strings


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How To Transform A Scale From Mind Numbingly Boring To Mind Blowing

Running up and down the same old scales, the same way, over and over on your guitar is mind numbingly boring!

You’d almost have a more entertaining time watching the grass grow or the paint dry than imprinting the same notes, the same way into the neck of your guitar over and over again.

So if I was to tell you this lesson is all about playing scales on guitar, I might lose you before the end of this sentence.

But wait!

These are anything but your typical scales.

In this weeks video tutorial, I show you one simple element you can add to a scale to transform it from mind numbingly boring, to just simply mind blowing!

This element so simple.

You use it all the time, but not in the way I am about to show you.

Learn how to make scales fun to play on guitar


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Lead Guitar Rhythm Fills - How To Play Riffs In between Chords

We all know Jimi Hendrix was one of the most innovative and influential players to pick up a guitar. 

What’s not so well known, and much underrated, are the rhythm guitar skills he possessed. You might even say he was a better rhythm guitarist, or that his skills in this area were at least on par with his lead playing.

Great rhythm guitar playing is more than simply playing chords.

In fact, it’s in between the chords where all the good stuff happens!

A big part of Hendrix’s rhythm style were the fills he’d play between chords. Check out “Castles Made Of Sand” or “Little Wing” for prime examples of these.

In this video tutorial, I show you how to play tasty rhythm fills between chords just like Hendrix did.

We all know the filling is the best part :)

Learn how to play riffs in between the chords you play on guitar


DADGAD Blues Guitar Licks


How To Play Tasty Blues Guitar In DADGAD Tuning

Have you ever been late to the party on anything?

For me it’s TV shows.

It took me 9 years to watch “Breaking Bad”.

I’ve only just completed “House Of Cards”, and yes, I am the one who hasn’t seen “Game Of Thrones”

Another thing I was late to the party on were open tunings.

I’d been playing guitar for some years before I bothered to check these out.

My thinking was typical of many players:

It’s challenging enough to play guitar in standard tuning, so I’ll bypass open tunings for now, and maybe not even bother with them at all.

I eventually did get around to checking out open tunings and to my surprise, they were easy to play in.

In fact, open tunings were easier and more friendly to play in than standard tuning.

They helped me unlock chords and melodies that might have been difficult or impossible to play otherwise.

This is the general consensus of those who eventually get around to exploring open tunings, along with the regret they took so long to do so.

In this lesson, I show you cool sounding blues licks in DADGAD tuning and how to apply them to your playing.


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Thumb Pick Verses Thumb - Which Is Better For Fingerpicking Guitar?

As guitar players it’s easy to do what feels comfortable.

However, what feels comfortable is not necessarily the best way to do something.

Most things will feel uncomfortable at first, so you need to change your thinking from:

“It feels comfortable so I’m going to do it this way”


“This feels uncomfortable but it is the best way to do it, so I am going to train this way until it becomes comfortable”

And it will.

So let me lay the concrete now and give you something specific:

The Thumb Pick

Most people will tell you a thumb pick feels strange and uncomfortable to use after trying it for 5 minutes.

I’m sure it does, but this is not a valid reason for not using a thumb pick when fingerpicking guitar.

If it was, we would all be using our thumb to play because the plectrum felt uncomfortable when first using one.

Truth is, there are situations when the thumb pick is a must, times where you could take it or leave it, and times when it’s best not to use one when fingerpicking guitar.

Learn how and when to use a thumb pick for fingerpicking guitar



Percussive Guitar Techniques Anybody Can Play

I’m sure you’ve witnessed some of the amazing percussive guitar playing out there.

You know, the kind where it’s like the guitarist has grown an extra arm to be able to play all the parts that are flying past at a million miles an hour.

This is all fine and good if you have a spare 8 hours a day, and can wait a decade or two before capitalising on the fruits of your labour.

However, if you’d rather not wait until the turn of the century to be able to play some cool percussive techniques on guitar, then I have just the video for you.

If you:

Love the sound of percussive guitar and want to make this part of your playing

Want some percussive techniques that are possible to master before you, like, you know, die

Want to know how to integrate simple percussive techniques into your guitar playing for really cool sounds (without having to grow an extra arm)

Then you need to check out this video tutorial.

In it, I take you though the basics of percussive guitar playing so you can be up and running with it straight away.

What you will NOT see in this video is:

Someone trying to impress you all with ridiculous percussive guitar skills that will see you reach retirement age before being able to master what is being taught

Someone showing you really difficult percussive guitar techniques while at the same time telling you “hey this is easy” when clearly it is not, and you both know it

Someone bashing the crap out of their guitar, using all their limbs to do so, forgetting that you can actually play notes on this thing too

Learn how to add the sound of percussive guitar to your playing


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Install Thousands Of Fingerpicking Songs Into Your Fingers With The Travis Picking Pattern - Part 2

If you can see the simplicity in something, it becomes simple.

In this video tutorial, I show you the simplicity that is hiding in the travis picking pattern, a common fingerpicking approach found in literally thousands of fingerpicking songs. Truly understanding this pattern, not just being able to play one instance of it, is like installing thousands of fingerpicking songs directly into your fingers.

Songs like:

• Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
• Country Roads - John Denver
• Let Her Go - Passenger
• Dust In The Wind - Kansas
• Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys
• The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
• Just Breathe - Pearl Jam

When you realise the same fingerpicking approach is used in each of these songs, and many more, they become easy to learn, and in little time.

It’s like breaking the code to thousands of songs all at once!

This is how musicians play so many songs, seemingly off the top of their head. They see the “forest for the trees”, the common traits between songs, rather than get fixated on detail.

Time allowing, you can learn all the details of a song if you want, but it is not a requirement to get a song down and to then perform it.

In this weeks video tutorial, I present part 2 of the lesson on Travis Picking.

I show you common variations of the travis picking pattern found in literally thousands of fingerpicking songs. You will learn how to train these variations into your playing to truly master the pattern, not just play one instance of it. 

Learn how to master the travis picking pattern on guitar


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Install Thousands Of Fingerpicking Songs Into Your Fingers With The Travis Picking Pattern - Part 1

Have you ever watched someone perform and wonder how they remember so many songs?

Perhaps you’ve seen the repertoire of a band or artist and think, how do they recall so many songs.

The answer is they don’t.

Well, not quite anyway.

Sure, you need to know the basics of a tune, the chords, the form/structure, main riffs etc. However, if you really understand your instrument, this is all you need to remember to play a song. The nuanced detail can, and does change from one performance to the next. Understand the concepts behind the music and it won’t matter if you forget the detail.

For example, the travis picking pattern.

Yes, it is a pattern, but more importantly it is a fingerpicking concept behind thousands and thousands of fingerpicking songs. Truly understand the travis picking pattern and how to use it, and you will gain access to more songs than you could ever imagine.

Songs like:

• Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
• Country Roads - John Denver
• Let Her Go - Passenger
• Dust In The Wind - Kansas
• Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys
• The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
• Just Breathe - Pearl Jam

plus thousands more!

Yes, learn and understand the travis picking pattern and you will be able to play these songs and many more straight away. You’ll see the forest for the trees, rather than get fixated on detail. If you want to learn the details, go for it, however you won’t need to know the detail to play the song.

Leanr how to play the travis picking pattern on guitar


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Spice Up Your Guitar Playing With Block Chords

We all have routines in our daily lives.

We don’t simply wake up and experience a bunch of random events. In one sense, it’s comforting and reassuring to have a routine, but in another, it can become boring and mundane.

A little like only ever playing open and bar chords on guitar.

Open and bar chords are “routine”.

Useful to know, but can become boring and mundane pretty quickly, leaving you wanting more.

So, where to after open and bar chords?

What are the next level of guitar chords you should learn for your playing?

There are several avenues you could take.

One such avenue is Block Chords

These chords, or at least the ones I show you in this weeks video tutorial, fall on the top 4 strings of your guitar.

They allow you to cover the whole fretboard with a single chord type and are great in many different musical contexts. Whether you want to create chord melody arrangements, chord solos, or simply spice up your chord progressions, block chords are your answer.

Learn how to make block chords part of your guitar playing


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The 7 Wonders Of Guitar Technique - Harp Harmonic Arpeggio Patterns

While there is some conjecture as to what the 7 wonders of the world actually are, there is a guitar technique that would undeniably make the 7 wonders of the “guitar” world hands down.

This technique is as beautiful and unique as the Northern Lights, and like the waters of Niagara Falls, results in a rapid flow of notes cascading down over you for your listening pleasure.

The technique: Harp Harmonics

The sound: Amazing!

Harp harmonics truly are one of the most beautiful, gorgeous, and incredible sounding techniques you’ll ever hear played on a guitar.

The problem is, people give up on this technique prematurely. They fail to realise just how close they are to nailing the most beautiful of all guitar techniques.

It’s like being 3 feet from gold, then suddenly giving up and walking away. Only you are walking away from a sound that will without doubt become one of the biggest game changers for your guitar playing.

Learn the most common harp harmonic patterns for playing beautiful, cascading, harp arpeggios all over your guitar 


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If Using A Capo On Guitar Is Cheating, So Is Using Frets

Sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.

If you think using a capo on your guitar is cheating, then the fact you have frets to know exactly where to put your fingers to sound the notes you play is cheating too. At least string players like violinist’s or cellist’s would think so, since they don’t have such a luxury on their instruments.

Of course, having frets is no more cheating than it is to use a capo, yet there is an ignorant view out there that somehow using a capo is cheating, a crutch for a lesser player if you like.

Consider the following songs:

• Here Come The Sun - The Beatles
• The Sound Of Silence - Simon And Garfunkel
• Hotel California - The Eagles
• Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
• Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley version

These songs all use a capo and would not exist, or at least be very different without one.

Rather than cheating, the capo is a tool for expanding the creative possibilities available to you on guitar. It has several purposes and in this video tutorial I show you 3 of them.

The first you will most likely know as it is the most common reason for using a capo. The second two may not be so familiar to you, but equally great ways to expand your creativity on the guitar.

Learn 3 creative ways to use a capo on your guitar


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How To Play An Extra 1,560 Chords On Guitar - DADGAD Tuning Tutorial

Here is a thought provoking quote for you:

“It’s my ball park estimate that any given tuning lets us play only about 1/6 of the possible voicing’s that the guitar allows, so by sticking to a single tuning, you will miss out on the other 5/6 of possible fingerings that are simply not playable in your chosen tuning”

- Harvey Reid (Author of The Big DADGAD Chord Book)

In other words, you are leaving over 80% of the chords available to you on the table by ignoring other guitar tunings such as DADGAD.

Think about that.

An E chord for example, can be played on a guitar in about 150-200 unique ways. Only about 20 of these are available to you in standard tuning, leaving at least 130 E chord variations on the table.

If we consider the main open chords of which there are 12, and in turn leave 130 ways of playing each of these on the table too, then there are 1,560 ways of playing these chords you’ll never know:

12 chords x 130 variations = 1,560 chords

And we aren’t even factoring into the calculation chords that aren’t in the open chord category, such as F#m, Bb, Cm etc . . .

Of course, I’m not suggesting you must know 1,560 ways to play a single chord on your guitar.

That’d be insane!

But hopefully you get my point :)

There is a massive amount of unexplored sound and creative possibilities if you only ever play guitar in standard tuning.

In this lesson, I introduce you to the wonderful sound of DADGAD.

DADAGD is a beautiful tuning, particularly for fingerpicking, and is very easy to get started with.

In the video, I show you 3 ways to create beautiful, lush sounding music on guitar using DADGAD tuning.

Learn how to play guitar in DADGAD tuning


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How To Sound Better Strumming Guitar - Forget Strumming Patterns!

Strumming patterns are not the answer when it comes to getting a good strumming sound.

They do teach you the mechanics of strumming, but not the feel. Once you have the mechanics of strumming down, it’s time to forget about patterns and focus on the sound of your strumming instead.

In this video lesson, I show you 3 ways to sound better strumming guitar.

It has nothing to do with strumming patterns and everything to do with how you strum your guitar.

Learn how to how to sound better strumming guitar


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The Magic Guitar Arpeggio Exercise That Will Transform Your Guitar Playing - Part 1

Arpeggios tend to be a bit of a mysterious exercise for a lot of people, rather than the tool that allows you to create beautiful and melodic music.

Mysterious because people don’t know what to do with them.

An exercise, because, well, people don’t know what else to do with them :)

This is how arpeggios were to me for a long time. That is, until one day when I came across an incredible strategy for training arpeggios into my playing so I could actually use them to create music.

Before this, arpeggios were a bit of a mystery to me. I understood their purpose, but there seemed to be so much to think about and calculate when using the damn things.

It was all too overwhelming.

This strategy I came across worked like magic, and I know it will for you too.

Learn how to create great sounding, melodic music on guitar using arpeggios


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Common Myths About Playing Guitar In Open Tunings

There are several myths surrounding open tunings on guitar.

Here are some of them:

1. It’s like starting to learn guitar all over again


Do you suddenly loose the technique you’ve developed with your playing when tuning the strings of your guitar differently.

Do you forget how to hold a pick, change chords, synchronise your picking and fretting hands together etc.

2. It’s difficult enough playing in standard tuning let alone other tunings

With open tunings you typically alter only 2 or 3 of the 6 strings, so 50% or more of the instruments tuning remains the same.

It’s a new world yes, that’s the exciting part, but far from a new instrument.

3. I have more than enough sounds to explore in standard tuning

Sure, there are more than enough things to explore in standard tuning, but there are incredible sounds awaiting you in open tunings too, that will never be available to you in standard tuning.

For example, an E chord can be played on guitar in about 150-200 unique ways, but only about 20 of these are playable in standard tuning.

My point is open tunings enhance and broaden your creativity, increase the scope of sound available to you on the guitar, and are not difficult at all to get up and creating music with.

In this video, I show you 3 ways to play lush, beautiful sounding chords in an open g tuning


Creative Guitar Chord Progression Tutorial


Guitar Chord Creativity Video Series Part 2 - The “McDonalds” Of Guitar Chords And How To Spice These Up To Play Incredible Sounding Progressions

Open chords and bar chords are kind of like the McDonalds of the guitar world. Sure, you eat, you get full, but pretty soon afterward you are hungry again.

Open and bar chords will satisfy your playing appetite for a little while, but pretty soon you will be wanting more. More harmonising possibilities. More interesting, unique, and sophisticated sounding chords and progressions to get your teeth stuck into.

Today, I have a method for injecting such sounds into your playing with super simple chords, yet incredible sounding music. You’ll wonder what you were ever doing at McDonalds after being exposed to this 5 star method of creating chords and progressions on your guitar.

Learn how to spice up your chord progressions on guitar


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Guitar Chord Creativity Video Series Part 1 - Fifty Shades Of A

You’ve heard of Fifty Shades Of Grey, right?

Well let me present to you Fifty Shades Of A.

Ok, maybe not quite fifty, but there are many shades of an A chord you can play on your guitar.

In this first of a two part video series on guitar chord creativity, I introduce some different, more creative ways of playing an A chord. Only having the open and bar chord forms for an A chord is severally limiting to ones playing. It’s a little like an artist only having the primary colours of red, yellow, and blue to paint with. Sure, an artist could create something that looks good with this limited palette, but the possibilities would be greatly limited.

In this guitar chord series, I show a simple process that allows you to create incredible, sophisticated, and unique sounding music on your instrument. And it all begins with a single chord.

Learn how to create music using one chord on your guitar


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How To Spice Up The Pentatonic Scale With Open String Riffs And Runs

Want to sound original with your guitar playing?

Yeah, good luck with that :)

Everything has been done already.

Originality is overrated anyway. When it comes to your guitar playing aim for excellence and authenticity, not originality.

What does this mean?

It means to take what has come before you and put your spin on it. A little like taking some old ingredients and cooking up something new. In this case, you are going to take a fingerpicking pattern known as a banjo roll, the good old well trodden pentatonic scale, and some open strings. 

Nothing all that special about these “ingredients” in isolation, but combine them together and you have a very unique way of soloing using the pentatonic scale.

This is not your typical way of soloing using this scale. You may have never quite heard the pentatonic scale like this before.

Learn how to create unique sounding solos using the pentatonic scale


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Without This One Thing, You Have No Music. Do You Know What It Is?

What’s the most important thing when it comes to playing music? You could ask a variety of people this question and get several different answers of which all could be valid.

Is it technique?

Is it creativity?

Is it your aural/ear skills, theory knowledge?

The list could go on, but for me there is no doubt it’s rhythm.

Plain and simple.

Before the song “Money” came along by Pink Floyd, no one would have considered the sound of a cash register to be musical. However set it to a rhythmic pulse, and viola!

Without rhythm, you have nothing. It is the common denominator in music.

An extension to the idea of rhythm is groove.

Yes, you want to play your guitar in time, but you also want your playing to groove, to have feel. If your playing doesn’t groove, then nobody is going to move. It’s such a fundamental part of music, yet so many people over look this. There is nothing worse than jamming with someone who has no groove or feel to what they are playing.

In this video lesson, I will show you one way to bring an undeniable groove to the chords and progressions you play on your guitar with a technique called the Thumb Slapping Technique.

Learn how to bring feel and groove to your playing with the thumb slapping technique for guitar


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How To Reverse Engineer Advanced Chords On Your Guitar

Are you someone who has little to no theory knowledge and every time you see a chord like A7#5b9 you think it’s your computer browser suggesting a new password for you?

What if you could play chords like this with absolutely no theory knowledge whatsoever.

Better still, what if you could play chords like this without even realising it?

In this video, I walk you through a strategy that has you creating unique, sophisticated music on your guitar using advanced chords in a way that has them all connecting together in very musically satisfying ways. It’s the ultimate feat of reverse engineering advanced chords on your guitar.

Learn how to create unique music using advanced chords on guitar 


Fingerstyle Tremolo Picking Guitar Technique Tutorial 

How To Create Beautiful, Sophisticated Music With The Fingerstyle Tremolo Picking Technique

As a guitar player, it is important you don’t close yourself off to certain styles of music. Of course you will have your tastes, but narrowing your focus will have your playing sound very one dimensional.

Case in point: The Fingerstyle Tremolo Technique

This is traditionally a technique from the world of classical and flamenco guitar.

Not a classical or flamenco guitarist?

Neither am I, but I love using the tremolo fingerstyle technique. It brings such a beautiful and sophisticated sound to ones playing, and is most certainly something that can be used extensively outside of the styles of classical and flamenco music.

In this video lesson, I am going to walk you through the fingerstyle tremolo technique. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to this particular way of fingerpicking your guitar, and a secret or two you need to know in order to get it down correctly. Be sure to watch the video until the end where I share a super effective strategy that’s guaranteed to have your fingers move more efficiently when fingerpicking guitar.

What does this mean?

It means you will be able to fingerpick more fluently at greater speeds and with greater ease.

Learn how to play the fingerstyle guitar tremolo technique


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Parallel Key Modulation - How To Make A Sad Song Happy

In this video, I am going to show you how to instantly change the mood of any song. 

The concept is called “Parallel Key Modulation” and it’s not nearly as complicated to do as the name may suggest. It’s a little like the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide of the music world, where a tune can go from sounding sad and melancholy in one moment, to bright and happy in the next, and vice versa. You do this by changing the key of a song from major to minor, or minor to major.

Parallel Key Modulation will:

• Provide you with ways of totally changing an exisiting song to make it your own when arranging tunes on your guitar

Develop your understanding of keys and how notes and chords relate to each other. This is the foundation to ALL music (kind of helpful, you know, when you want to be able to actually create music on your instrument)

Show you how to purposely and deliberately create a particular emotion in your guitar playing, instead the trial and error approach

Learn how to change the mood of a song using parallel key modulation 


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Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Tutorial - 5 Steps To Fingerpicking Blues On Your Guitar

Can you pat your head and at the same time, rub your stomach?

This isn’t one of those genetic things where some people can do it and others can’t, like rolling your tongue.

Anyone can do this. You just need to engage your brain with what each hand has to do, and go slowly. Before too long, you are easily patting your head and rubbing your stomach together at the same time.

In this video lesson, I am going to show you the musical equivalent of patting your head and rubbing your stomach that involves your thumb and fingers of your picking hand working together to play a fingerstyle blues guitar arrangement.

It’s kind of like your thumb is the hand patting your head, and your fingers the hand that is rubbing your stomach.

Kind of sounds weird, but if you watch the video below you’ll see exactly what I mean.

In this lesson, I am going to show you how to create fingerstyle blues arrangements on your guitar in 5 simple steps.

It’s as easy as patting your head and rubbing your stomach.

Learn how to create fingerpicking blues arrangements on your guitar


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Turn Your Guitar Into A Wand With The Magical Sound Of Harp Harmonics

People will be calling you a magician not a musician when extracting the exquisitely beautiful sound of harp harmonics from your guitar. You’ll feel like you have a wand in your hand, not a guitar. Harp harmonics are one of the most beautiful, magical sounding techniques you’ll ever hear played on a guitar. This technique significantly increases the scope of sound and range of expression you can get out of a guitar.

But let me tell you a little secret?

Something guitar players who use this technique don’t want you to know.

Harp harmonics aren’t that hard to play. . . really!

Yes, some time is required on your part to learn this technique, but armed with nothing more than the basics, you’ll have added a whole new dimension of sound to your guitar playing form which to express yourself.

In this video, I am going to show you how you can get started with harp harmonics. I will show you exactly what you need to do, what you should focus on, and what order you should do things in to get this incredible sound down on your guitar.

It’s not as hard as you may think.

Learn how to play harp harmonics on your guitar



How Babushka Dolls Can Help You Create Dynamic Fingerstyle Arrangements On Guitar

Are you familiar with Babushka Dolls?

These are the wooden dolls of decreasing size that are placed one inside another.

Well, just like several dolls nesting inside one another, several smaller chord shapes can be found nesting inside larger chord forms on your guitar. We call these “nesting” chords, fragments, because they are fragments of larger chord shapes.

In this video, I am going to show you how to use chord fragments to create highly rhythmic and musically dynamic arrangements of songs on your guitar.

I’ll walk you though the process of taking the harmony of a song and arranging it using chord fragments, before adding the melody from which then, a very dynamic interplay is set up between the two parts (ie. the chord fragments and the melody).

In laymen’s terms, it’s like a very interesting and dynamic conversation going on between two people, only in this case, its a conversation between the melody and chords of a song, not actual people.

And like an interesting and dynamic conversation between two people, you cannot help but be drawn in, hanging on every word, wondering what will be said next, or in this case played next.

Learn how to create arrangements on your guitar using chord fragments


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5 Step Tutorial - How To Create A Walking Bass Line On Guitar

Ask someone if they know what a walking bass line is, and they’ll probably look at you with a blank stare, with no idea.

Play them a walking bass line and you will have their attention . . .

“Oh that’s a walking bass? I know that sound, I love it!”

Ask someone if they like Jazz, a lot of people will probably say no.

Play them a walking bass line (one of the jazziest sounds you can get) . . .

“Oh, that sounds so cool, I love it!”

Needless to say, walking bass lines are the epitome of cool, and not only can us guitarist’s play walking bass lines, we can go one better and play the chords of the progression as well, at the same time! You’ll sound like a whole rhythm section on one guitar.

Learn how to create a walking bass line on guitar in 5 easy steps


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What To Do When Your Fingerpicking Sounds The Same All The Time

Have you ever been, or are you currently stuck in a rut with your fingerpicking guitar playing?

Do the fingerpicking patterns you play sound the same all the time?

Are you clueless as to how to fix this?

If so, it’s most likely because you are looking in the wrong spot to fix such a problem.

The issue is not where you think it is.

Check out this video lesson, and I'll show you how to get out of a fingerpicking guitar playing rut and the key to never always sounding the same with your fingerpicking again.


Fingerpicking Hand Position


How To Get The Perfect Fingerpicking Hand Position In 10 Seconds  

You’ve heard of Steve Vai’s legendary 10hr guitar workout right? (if you haven’t, it doesn’t matter). Well, today I present to you my 10 hour, 10 minute, 10 second fingerpicking guitar workout that ensures your picking hand is in the perfect position for fingerpicking guitar, every time. 

It’s 100% fool proof, anybody can do it (even if you don’t play guitar you could do this lol), and it takes 10 seconds or less to learn, yet so many people get it wrong!

Check out this video lesson to learn how to get the perfect fingerpicking hand position in 10 seconds.


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How To Create Unique, Amazing, And Incredible Sounding Chord Progressions On Your Guitar

In parts 1 and 2 of this video lesson series I had you apply a very specific strategy to make otherwise everyday “normal” sounding chords sound amazing on your guitar.

In the final part to this series we are going to expand once again upon this idea of creating amazing and beautiful music using chords on your guitar with whole chord progressions.

Learn how to transform an everyday average sounding chord progression on guitar into amazing, incredible, and unique sounding music!


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More Ways To Create Breathtaking Music Using Just One Chord Change On Guitar

In part 1 of this video lesson series I introduced you to a simple 4 step process for creating amazing music using just one chord on your guitar.

Today I will expand on this to include a second chord, and subsequently a chord change. If you thought what you could do with one guitar chord using these strategies was great, wait until you have two chords to use and apply the same ideas to!

Learn how to create beautiful music using a single chord change on guitar


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How To Easily Create Unique, Sophisticated, And Amazing Music Using One Guitar Chord

Have you ever noticed when someone sits down at a piano to play, they don’t need anyone else to play along with them to sound full and complete?

Typically when a guitarist plays on their own, it may sound good, but often sounds incomplete because it is part of a song, not a song within itself. How would you like to be able to sound like a piano player when playing guitar? Better yet, how would you like to sound like this when playing just one single chord on your guitar?

In this video I will take you through my 4 step process of creating amazing music using just one chord on your guitar sounding full and complete as you do so.


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How To Easily And Effortlessly Create Your Own Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangements Of Your Favourite Songs

Fingerstyle is a great way to play your acoustic guitar. A great application of fingerstyle is to create your own arrangements of songs where you play all parts including the bass, harmony, and melody, on one guitar, at the same time. Sound complicated?

I’m sure if I was to play my guitar to you this way right now, you would agree it does. However, it is only the end result that sounds complicated. If you break this style of playing down to the individual components that make up the whole, it’s really quite simple, easy, and with some practice, effortless to do.

In this video lesson I will walk you though the process I use to create amazing sounding fingerstyle guitar arrangements


Harp Harmonics On Acoustic Guitar

How To Play Harp Harmonics On Guitar 

Harp harmonics are one of the most unique sounds you can get on a guitar. They truly sound magical, leaving your audience with their jaws dropped to the ground in amazement, not quite believing what they are hearing!

In this video I am going to take you by the hand and guide you through the technique of playing harp harmonics on your guitar, step by step. By the end you will be able to create the mesmerising sound of cascading harmonics running up and down chord shapes on your guitar.


Advanced Chords For Guitar

How To Easily Play Advanced Sounding Chords On Your Guitar

Don’t be that guitar player who can whizz up and down the fretboard displaying great soloing skills, but come crashing back down to earth when it’s time to play chords. This is very common and severely limits your guitar playing.

In this video, let me introduce you to some really cool, unique, advanced sounding chords that are in fact easy to play and use musically.



How To Create Total Unique And Refreshing Solo Lines Using Open Strings And Pentatonic Scale Patterns On Your Guitar

Pentatonic scales can sound great when you use them in your solo playing. However they can also sound predictable, and it’s not long before you start to get stale with them and begin looking for new ideas and inspiration for your solo playing.

In this video I am going to show you a totally unique way to spice up your guitar soloing. We aren’t going to avoid the pentatonic scales, but rather embrace them and make them sound totally new to our ears. It all comes down to one simple concept and you can learn all about it in this first of a three part video series all to do with soloing on your acoustic guitar


Acoustic Blues Open String Guitar Solo

How To Create Amazing Acoustic Blues Guitar Solos Using Open Strings

Learn how to create totally unique sounding acoustic blues solos on your guitar using open strings. Outside of their general use, open strings can bring a whole new, refreshing, and unpredictable sound to your guitar playing by simply combining them with fretted notes from otherwise predictable, commonly used scale patterns.

The technique is simple, but the results are mind blowing capturing the attention of anyone who hears you play.

In this video, the second of a three part series, I am going to show you how to develop this open string technique to create amazing acoustic blues guitar solos



Learn To Play Fast Solos Easily On Your Guitar With These Sequences And Riffs

In this, the third and final video of our Open String Guitar Playing series, I am going to show you a way of easily injecting some speed into your solo lines and riffs.

We will again be utilising the open strings, as we have been doing throughout this series, for a very cool and unique sound, only this time the focus will be more on playing fast. The ease at which you will be able to do this lies in the fact that both your picking and fretting hands will be playing consistent patterns.

In you are not interested in playing fast solo lines and riffs on your guitar, you will still find this video lesson very useful as they can also be played at slow, medium, and fast tempos.


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Learn Some Guitar Wizardry With The Incredible Sound Of Harp Harmonic Arpeggios

The wizardry of harp harmonics knows no end. Once you get the basic technique under your fingers there is an incredible amount you can do with it, totally expanding your guitar creativity over and over again.

Harp harmonics are one of the most popular techniques I have covered on the website. This comes as no surprise to me as every time you play harp harmonics on guitar it grabs the attention of everybody instantly!

Wouldn’t you love to know a technique that will do that for you?

Well, then check out this follow up video lesson all about the extended harp harmonic arpeggio pattern. You won’t be disappointed you did!



Avoid these common mistakes when fingerpicking your guitar

Many people find fingerpicking a hard and challenging style of guitar to play. This is not the least due to the fact that most people start out on the wrong foot.


Because they choose to go with what feels easy to them when first attempting to fingerpick their guitar, as oppose to what is right and correct technique.

Learn how to develop great fingerpicking skills on guitar so you can easily play the music you love and a whole lot more!


Blues Fingerpicking For Your Acoustic Guitar

Fingerpicking and blues are a great combination for your acoustic guitar playing. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you can kick back and fingerpick your way through chorus after chorus of a blues, sounding full and complete all on your own without needing anyone else to play along with you.

In this video I am going to show you a very simple, but advanced sounding technique, that will have you sounding like a pro in no time as you fingerpick your way through a blues on your acoustic guitar



Learn The Fingerpicking Pattern Of All Fingerpicking Patterns For Guitar!

How would you like to gain the ability to play literally thousands of songs on your guitar with just one single fingerpicking pattern?

This pattern is easy to play, sounds great, and exists in most fingerpicking tunes you have ever heard, or ever will hear.

In this video I will take you through step by step, the very easy and quick process of getting this fingerpicking pattern for guitar into your playing so you can gain access to thousands of songs in doing so



Less Exercises, More Music. How To Really Fingerpick Your Guitar

Learning fingerpicking patterns is an important step to mastering this style of guitar playing. However, it is just that, a step, which implies there is more to do.

Many people stop at step 1, believing they are done, then wonder why they struggle to make there fingerpicking sound like real music. There is so much more to it than simply learning a bunch of fingerpicking patterns.

In this video I will lay out for you the steps needed to master what is perhaps the most common, useful, applicable fingerpicking pattern for guitar. The time you invest here will reward you over and over again, every time you pick up your guitar to fingerpick it!



How to play your acoustic guitar percussively and totally amaze all who hear you play

Learning some basic percussive guitar techniques, and then integrating these with the chords and progressions you play on your guitar, is not only an impressive thing to be able to do, but also relatively easy!

It drastically increases your creativity on the instrument, bringing a whole new dimension of sound to your guitar playing.

In this video I am going to walk you through a number of easy to play percussive guitar elements you can apply to your acoustic playing right away.

This will change the way you approach playing your acoustic guitar from this day onward!