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How to Play the Blues Scale on a Guitar with Boxes

Here’s a short video explaining how to use the “Box” concept for playing blues scales on the guitar. Blues scales are used extensively in solos in rock guitar, as well as, of course, the blues.

The diagrams of the box forms are shown starting at about the 25 second mark.

Now,  pick up your guitar and practice these blues scale techniques.Continue reading How to Play the Blues Scale on a Guitar with Boxes

Beginner Guitar Scales Lesson Made Simple

Author: Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Most popular music, whether it’s rock, blues, or even country, is based on a few common scales, so we’re going to start with those.

Specifically, we’ll look at the major and minor scales, and the major and minor pentatonic scales. These are fairly simple guitar scales that are extremely useful in a wide variety of musical contexts.Continue reading Beginner Guitar Scales Lesson Made Simple

Are You Practicing Your Guitar Or Playing It?

Just because you’re holding your guitar doesn’t mean that you’re playing it, and just because you’re playing your guitar doesn’t mean that you’re practicing. There is a real difference and it needs to be acknowledged if you want to improve your level of playing skill.
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Some people say they have spent the entire day practicing their guitar when in reality, all they’ve done was sit in front of the TV all day eating cheesy poofs. The sad thing is that they really do believe it was practicing since they had their guitar on their lap next to their cheesy poofs all day. Most of us know someone who does this and we may even be guilty ourselves.

In order to truly improve your skills you really need to avoid any distractions, no TV, no food, no friends and no phone. Just you, a guitar, an amp and maybe some reference materials. Speaking of amps, keep the distortion turned down. Remember, this is practice, not playing. The distortion will only hide your mistakes. You need to hear your mistakes clearly so you can correct them.

If you’re a beginner you might want to practice basic guitar scales or guitar chords.

Make sure you have the necessary reference material handy so you don’t spend your time doing things wrong. Keep in mind that what you practice is reinforced so if you’re practicing your scales wrong, then you’ve not only wasted your time; you’ve also reinforced your mistakes.Continue reading Are You Practicing Your Guitar Or Playing It?

Learning Scales on The Guitar

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Learning guitar scales nearly drove me crazy.

The whole process was long frustrating and to tell you the truth, at first, I just didn’t see the point of it.

You see, when I first started learning guitar all I wanted to do was to play my favorite songs. I had no interest in learning the background theory. I way a D.I.Y guitarist doing it all by myself.

The idea of learning guitar scales, guitar modes and all the background theory scared the heck out of me.Continue reading Learning Scales on The Guitar