This article sticks to the basics of the various gauges of acoustic guitar strings. I cover the basic construction of guitar strings and cover why one gauge of guitar string size is preferable than other sizes. It boils down to your decision on the sound you want and your level of playing.
If you are a beginner musician trying to learn how to play guitar without a teacher then you have two choices when it comes to learning. You can either learn by playing songs you like or you can learn music theory and reading sheet music. For me the answer is obvious – you should learn…
You will often see musicians in forums asking about a particular chord name and what it is. Usually, its the complex chord names that cause confusion, ones with sharp-this and/or flat that in the name. I have a 5-point checklist to deconstruct any chord name which will help you with all chord names you encounter.
I cover the missing notes from the pentatonic scale that builds 6 of the 7 modes of the major scale. I'll even cover a simple trick to play the Locrian pentatonic. First I compare the major pentatonic to the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes. Then I compare the minor pentatonic scale to the Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes.
This article covers C sharp diminished chords that are built from the D major scale. I go over the intervals in each chord type and the notes in each C# diminished chord. I have 15 open C# diminished guitar chords and explain how to use the chords in your songwriting or as an A7 substitute.
Everyone knows suspended chords and most people know 7sus chords, but 7sus b9 chords are rarely seen except in jazz music. The 7sus b9 and 13sus b9 chords are known as Phrygian chords because they are built from the Phrygian mode of the major scale and the Phrygian M6 mode from the melodic minor scale. I have 3 open guitar chords for G7sus b9 and G13sus b9.