Category: guitar instruction

Guitar Crash Course for guitar beginners

This is a Crash Course in how to play the guitar. This course shows you how to play melodies and chords and will give you an introduction and a bit of exposure to reading standard musical notation – “reading music”. The course includes 10 lessons and moves you step by step. It starts at basics

Practicing Scales is Not All About Theory

It is very common to criticize music instructors who emphasize exercises and scales for new students. Probably because many students are not patient enough to work through and acquire the skills needed to actually play stuff on their instrument. While granting that often the right balance isn’t struck, the simple fact is new players are

Is Music Theory Necessary for New Guitar Players?

Many guitar players can go a long way and be effective players without knowing much actual guitar theory. That’s pretty clear if you just watch guitar players. By “actual” guitar theory I mean having a formal understanding of how scales work, how chords are related, how to read traditional music notation, etc., etc. But it

Learning to Read Music Step 5: Playing Simple Melodies

Once you have a feel for how the musical staff works, and you have worked with some basic scales, it’s time to try a few simple melodies. Not chording to familiar tunes. That will come soon enough (and no doubt are already doing it). What we’re talking about here is playing some simple songs from

Reading Music for Guitar Beginners – Part 5: Start playing Major Scales from written music

Now that you understand the basics (as outlined in the previous series of posts: Reading Music for Guitar Beginners, it’s time to put this knowledge into practice. It may sound too good to be true, but once you understand these basics, “learning to read” is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. The more you