Practicing

Here’s my thoughts on practicing. – Consistency vs Cramming Consistency wins. One needs to maintain their callouses, and taking even a few days off can cause them to get soft. And I believe that it’s important for memorization – learning songs...
Basic Chords

Basic Chords

Here’s the 8 basic chords that I show every beginning student. To read these chord diagrams, place your fingers on the appropriate frets/strings. The strings run left to right, and the frets run top to bottom. The lowest string is the low E (thickest), and the...

On studying jazz…

So I sometimes have students ask me about studying jazz guitar.  Often it’s younger players who are already fairly good at rock.  Sometimes complete beginners.  The first question I ask them is to name 5 jazz guitarists and what you like about them.  Rarely can...

Chord Theory for Guitarists

Learning how to construct chords in jazz, rock, pop, etc… is really not that hard… Major scales are built with half steps (one fret) and whole steps (two fret) intervals.  A major scale is constructed as such: 1 (W) 2 (W) 3 (h) 4 (W) 5 (W) 6 (W) 7 (h) 8 In...