Here’s a few free lessons on guitar – just to get you a little deeper into the mystery that is guitar and the music created on it.

There’s information on scales, pentatonic scales and modes here.

These lessons are for people who’ve learned at least the basics of playing such as knowing their basic chords, and maybe a few scales. Or more.

Some general advice:

LEARN YOUR FRETBOARD

Spend a couple of minutes finding every location for a random note on your fretboard. One day you could find all the A notes. The next you could find the D’s. Then go after G’s. That’s it, just spend a couple of minutes on it every time you practice and you’ll learn the fretboard really well very soon.

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE TODAY

Just go after one technical thing for an amount of time you can devote to it. That could be learning a scale, or working on picking speed, or inversions of a chord – whatever it is do one thing for a set amount of time.That could be 10 minutes, that could be an hour – whatever works for your schedule. Work on something that frustrates you like moving from second string to third string. Whatever you want to improve, go for it and it alone – concentrated practice yields better results than random noodling.

And then work on learning a song. That’s why you practice guitar is to be able to play songs, so learn or refine a song. But don’t try and get every nuance perfect, get it ‘pretty good’ and then move on to the next song. The more songs you learn the easier it is to learn more songs, and the easier the nuanaces get when you revist those songs in the future.

PRACTICE TO A METRONOME

Or even better a drum beat. There’s tonnes of apps and devices out there which range from free to fairly expensive – but something that keeps a beat for you to play to will make your timing better – and more musical.

GET A LOOPER PEDAL

If you play electric, the looper pedal is fantastic for putting down three or four chords – or a whole song – for you to then practice playing over. And unlike drummers and other guitarists, the looper pedal doesn’t tire of the same thing over and over. If you play acoustic, or electric – a program like PG Music Band-in-a-Box Pro 2017 (Win DVD-ROM) or PG Music Band-in-a-Box Pro 2017 for Mac which you can put in chords or select from pre-done songs and practice over that. $100 to $130 (plus extras if you want to get fancy) is a pretty good deal.

TAKE SOME TIME TO JUST PLAY

Have fun playing something you like or make something up – playing music is best when you having fun, so have some fun.

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