Author: Rick Hendershot

Folk Music thru the years

The term “folk music” refers to music “of the people” that is created and played or sung by common folk of various countries around the world. Traditional folk music is usually differentiated from modern or contemporary folk music. Traditional folk songs are usually of unknown origin, usually have evolved over time, and are often passed

Getting to the Next Stage with the Guitar

Guitar is an easy instrument to learn. Or maybe not. It depends how far you want to go with it. Lots of new guitar players learn two or three chords along with a basic strum pattern, and are playing along with simple songs after just a week or two of practice. This is what I

The most important feature of the Guitar Fretboard

There are elements of music theory that apply to all western-based music compositions and instruments. One of these is the “semitone”. The most common definition of the semitone is that it is “the smallest musical interval commonly used in western tonal music”. Instruments used in western music such as the piano, guitar, trumpet, etc. all

The 7 Fret Rule

Octave Patterns on the Guitar Fretboard Here are several factors you need to understand about the guitar to appreciate the Octave Patterns on the Guitar Fretboard. First, each fret raises (or lowers) the pitch of a string by a semi-tone. Second, there are 12 semi-tones in an octave. So the 12th fret is the Octave