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There’s a fairly consistent theme I’ve found when anyone new to scales comes to articles like this one…..

Why should you learn scales and what on earth are scales used for?

One of the first things I did when I started playing guitar was to buy a scale book, but it was mostly useless for a variety of reasons I’m about to reveal to you.

I struggled pretty hard to learn how to use guitar scales to make solos. Many guitarists are still struggling playing in time and properly gripping chords.

So trying to figure out why to memorize an F# Phrygian Scale is mind boggling to say the least!

However I’m going to go into a lot of detail about guitar scales, and show you exactly how to use them.

Plus I’m going to save you a lot of time if you read this and decide that now isn’t the time to learn scales.

Either way, I guarantee there’s going to be plenty of “AHA!” moments in store in this article…… [click to continue…]

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If I had someone to tell me what an ignoramus I was to do something as stupid as play a Marty Friedman solo completely downpicked…I could be at Steve Vai’s level! (haha I wish)

Unfortunately I had to lose money to overpriced distortion pedals, thumb through guitar forums for hints of how to play tricky SRV blues riffs, and iron out the bad habits like the downpicking all on my own.

Bad habits in terms of mindsets towards your approach of the instrument, as well as techniques and skills you failed to acquire, can take months or even years away from your progress. So if your goal is to be a serious super shredder or simply get past playing your best version of “Smoke On The Water” it’s about time to about face.

Let’s start with a story…… [click to continue…]

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So, are you getting bored playing smoke on the water yet?

No offense, but it’s probably time that you stepped up a little. We’ve all heard the same songs played over and over and we want you to wow us with something cool!

But here’s the other thing…….

Are there songs you can’t play yet despite how well you can play some of these basic songs?

Well if there are, there’s a few more things you’ve gotta learn about playing guitar.

Here’s seven of them…… [click to continue…]

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This is an old, tired, and severely beat up subject: blues guitar…….

It’s the guitar style that spawned jazz, rock, country, Kesha, blah blah blah.

You get it. You’re not here to hear a history about it I’m sure.

What I have for you is 3 videos and a short article that’ll give you a solid intro to this guitar style.

Master these three concepts, and you’ll have most of the genre down and you can start making your own sick blues riffs and solos.

Let’s dive in…… [click to continue…]

Remember this scene in Animal House where John Belushi encounters that fruitcake playing guitar surrounded by women? He’s wearing a black sweater, sporting a horrible mustache, and strumming a nylon-stringed guitar all while serenading his fans with a cheesy love lyric that goes “I gave my love a chicken.”

John Belushi’s eyebrows reflect the audience’s perspective in that he’s asking “What is this weirdo doing in my frat house playing this corny love song?”

He breaks his calm demeanor and proceeds to batter the guitar against the wall! All the while this sensitive guy is in shock over why some crazy asshole like him is doing this! Then the women are panicking as the remnants of the acoustic guitar ricochet in their direction.

John Belushi is “Sorry” but we, the audience, are not.

The reason is that the clash between these two characters is a typical occurrence when we find someone who plays the guitar to “score with chicks!”

Let me tell you the truth Beavis. We’re gonna score, finally! [click to continue…]