“Christ Is Risen” Chords

Category : acoustic, Blog, caged chords, caged guitar, caged guitar system, chord shapes, chords and progression, christian, christian guitar lessons, christian guitar songs, Christian Guitar Tab

The video above features an acoustic rendition of the song “Christ Is Risen” by Jason Waller, a song that was written and originally recorded by Matt Maher. Jason uses some great chord voicings on the guitar, utilizing a capo and open strings to good effect. In this free guitar lesson you play these chord shapes and learn from which common forms they are drawn. You will want to follow along using the lyric sheet and fretboard diagrams below. Continue Reading

“My Friends” by Red Hot Chili Peppers Chords and Progressions

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I have received a few questions regarding the song “My Friends” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here’s my take. I’m basing my analysis on this transcription. Continue Reading

Using a Minor Seven Flat Five Half-Diminished Chord

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Chords can be built on each degree of the major scale. Using a thirds sequence (every other note) there are three types of triads (groups of three notes that make basic chords) that naturally occur using the notes of a major scale. Using the key of C as an example, the chords derived from the scale are: Continue Reading

In what key is “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd?

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Pink Floyd’s song, Comfortably Numb, features chords that don’t fit together into any one major scale, causing many guitar players to wonder which key it’s in and why the chords work together. Here you see how each song section breaks down, where the chords come from, and what scales to play. Continue Reading

Podcast Episode 22: Guitar Theory For Dummies book

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In my guitar theory podcast episode 22 I share a few audio tracks from my book, Guitar Theory For Dummies, and then explain how the book, which I authored for Wiley Publishing, is similar to Fretboard Theory and Fretboard Theory Volume II. One of the audio tracks is a play-along jam track A Dorian mode. Continue Reading

Bass Player Reviews Fretboard Theory

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“Hi Desi: I was able to finish FB 2 (Fretboard Theory Volume II) and the monster chapter on Outlining Chords and Chord progressions.  Although saying I finished it means I finished for now, as I will go back to it many times. Continue Reading

Combining and Numbering CAGED Chords and Scales

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In my book, Fretboard Theory, and also my DVD program, The CAGED Template Chord System, I teach the CAGED method strictly as a system for learning chord shapes and arpeggio patterns. But sometimes you see others teach scale patterns along with it by Continue Reading

Should Guitar Players Use the Pinky Finger?

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Have you ever wondered if maybe you’re playing guitar wrong because you’re not using your little pinky, the fourth finger, enough? Have you ever noticed that many great guitar players, like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, played many of their most famous lead guitar solos with little to no pinky finger involvement? Well, there’s no rule that says you must use your pinky finger and often it works better to leave it out for a couple of reasons, which are explained below. Continue Reading

Using Both Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies

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Below is an email from an actual customer. He purchased both Fretboard Theory and Fretboard Theory Volume II plus the book I authored for Wiley, Guitar Theory For Dummies. Since these books all cover a similar range, I asked this reader for his take on using them together. Here are his complete words unedited. I should point out that Fretboard Theory Volume II is actually purple, not blue. Continue Reading

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Guitar Tab

Category : acoustic, Blog, chord melody, christmas, fingerstyle

In this free guitar lesson I demonstrate various ways of playing a fingerstyle chord melody guitar arrangement of the popular Christmas carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” You have the option of fingerpicking or using a regular flat pick. I perform here on an acoustic guitar, but you can just as easily play the same thing on an electric guitar. Continue Reading