The ukulele is a great instrument. It’s portable, it’s fun to play, and it’s a relatively easy instrument to get started on.
By learning a few well chosen chords, you can start playing songs on your ukulele today!
Instead of memorizing a huge library of chords, and trying to use them in songs later, I’m going to take you straight to the 4 ukulele chords that will let you start playing real music right away.
Accessories are the little "extras" that every guitar player needs to buy at some point.
Guitar accessories can range from essential to your ability to play the guitar, to making it easier to take care of your instrument, to giving you different ways to make sound with your guitar.
Below is a list of accessories that I recommend to my students when they ask about strings, picks, or other accessories. Take a look, and use this guide as a starting point for your own guitar accessories.
You don't need to know thousands of chords to start playing jazz guitar.
When you’re just getting started with jazz guitar, it can seem pretty daunting.
At first glance, there appear to be hundreds or thousands of possibilities when it comes to the chords you will need to learn.
In reality, things aren’t that complicated. There are really just 5 different types of chords you need to learn in order to get started playing jazz guitar.
By learning these chords, you will be able to start working your way through playing jazz standards or jazz ensemble music.
Once you are comfortable with the 5 basic jazz guitar chord types, you will have a good foundation that you can use to learn more complicated variations of these chords later on.
In this lesson you will learn:
Everyone wants to be able to improve their guitar playing.
Whether you are just getting started, or if you’ve been playing guitar for years, chances are that you would like to be a better guitar player than your are right now.
While there is no real quick fix to instantly turn you into a master guitar player, there are things you can do on a daily basis to help you make consistent improvements to your guitar playing over the weeks and years of your guitar playing.
In reality, there are no shortcuts to getting better at playing guitar. There is no magic knowledge, special training program, or lost secret that will make you a better guitar player overnight.
But you can make steady improvement in your guitar playing by developing certain habits and incorporating them into your practice sessions.
Throughout this lesson we will look at 7 things you can do on a daily basis to improve your guitar playing, keep your practice sessions interesting, and have more fun with your guitar playing.
Choosing a guitar teacher is an important part of playing guitar, but it can be difficult to know what you are really looking for in a guitar teacher.
Unless you are an advanced guitar player who has already had one or more great teachers, choosing a guitar teacher can be a daunting task.
One of the biggest problems is that there are so many choices available to you for learning guitar. There are probably too many guitar teachers to count, and that’s just in your local area.
Try looking for online guitar lessons and there is an overwhelming amount of options. The sheer number of choices lead many students to just pick someone at random and hope for the best.
When you choose a guitar teacher in your area or online, many people don’t know what to look for.
What are signs that you’ve found a good guitar teacher who can help you become the best guitar player you can be? What are some signs that you should probably keep looking?
Finding the right guitar teacher for you is an important first step towards your success in learning to play guitar.
Having a good teacher can save you time and money, while helping you learn to play guitar as quickly as possible.
In this article, we’re going to look at:
Developing control in your fret and picking hands is an important part of playing guitar.
Often it goes overlooked, even though it can become a source for problems in your guitar playing.
Getting your left and right hands to work together can be tricky - but not impossible. There are exercises you can do as a warm up that will help you develop control of your hands and fingers.
With the simple exercise in this lesson, you will be able to develop the control to play the different scales, arpeggios, and patterns that come up in your music.
As I was getting into jazz guitar, learning scales was an obstacle for me. I knew a couple of scale positions, but had no logical way to get from point A to point B.
After some searching, I took a lesson with a great jazz guitarist in the Seattle area.
He showed me a system of 5 scale shapes that would help me organize my lines so I didn’t have to jump around the neck so much as I played.
I practiced the patterns and exercises, and got pretty good at them. However, it was still hard for me to use them as I played songs.
I would still revert back to old habits because I didn’t really understand how to apply the scale patterns to playing songs.
Over the years, I figured it out - after lots of practice, research, and experimentation. But at the time, it left me with the question: what are these scale patterns good for anyway?
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Learning chords is an important part of playing guitar.
No matter what style of music you want to play, chances are playing chords will be a big part of what you do on the guitar.
For many of us, chords are one of the first things we learn - I know I still remember playing my first chord on the guitar.
(It was an E Chord).
A problem I’m seeing more and more is that people go about learning chords the wrong way.
If you do it right, playing chords will be a fun and creative part of learning guitar.
In this lesson I will show you how to learn chords in a way that will make it easier to learn songs, write your own, and become a better guitar player at the same time.
This lesson is part one in a five part series on pentatonic scales for jazz guitar. By the end of these lessons, you will have a solid understanding of the major and minor pentatonic scale patterns.
If you aren’t looking for jazz guitar lessons, don’t worry - pentatonic scales are a fundamental guitar skill that will help you with your guitar playing regardless of style. The goal of this lesson series is to get you started with the mechanics of playing pentatonic scales no matter what style of music you want to play.
Why should you learn your pentatonic scales?
Pentatonic scales are an important part of learning to improvise when you play jazz guitar. If you've been looking for jazz guitar lessons online, you have probably found a ton of different (and complicated looking) lessons on pentatonic scales.
Luckily if you use the right approach, you will be able to use pentatonic scales as a foundation for improvising in your jazz guitar playing. These patterns will also provide a stepping stone to easily learning other scale patterns, so be sure to put the time in to learn pentatonic scales now!
Why do people struggle with pentatonic scales?
One problem I encounter regularly with students is that they don't really understand how pentatonic scales work, or how to use them to improve their guitar playing. Even students who seem to know the fingering patterns have difficulty putting them to use when they are improvising.
The issue is that the way most people learn their pentatonic scales doesn't give them a clear way to apply them to songs, differentiate between major and minor, or play in all 12 keys. Luckily there is a simple solution that will help you learn your major and minor pentatonic scales and immediately apply them to your jazz guitar playing.
How will pentatonic scales improve your guitar playing?
No matter what style of music you want to play, it is going to be important for you to understand how to use pentatonic scales. You can find these sounds in a wide variety of music from different cultures around the world.
With a solid understanding of the pentatonic scales you will be able to use them to improvise when playing jazz guitar, and it will be easier for you to explore playing in other styles as well.
Not only are pentatonic scales an important tool for jazz guitar improvisation, the finger patterns used in your major and minor pentatonic scales will also provide you with a framework that you can build other scales and modes upon.
When you are comfortable with your pentatonic scales, it will be an easy step to start playing the major and natural minor scales.
Pentatonic scales are a great way to start learning how to improvise and create melodies over chord progressions. Because pentatonic scales are simple - just 5 notes, they are a good starting point for learning improvisation.
In this lesson, you will learn :
By the end of this lesson you will have a good understanding of how to use major pentatonic scales to solo over common chord progressions like the blues.
Let's take a look at how to learn pentatonic scales and improve your jazz guitar playing.
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