Guitar Styles

About the Blues

About The Blues When you hear musicians talking about “the blues” they are referring to a style of music that is characterized by certain musical forms, progressions and sounds. But where did “the blues” really come from? Most people know that the blues, as we know them today, originated in the late 1800’s from African-Americans…   Read More » 

12 Bar Blues Progression

Learn How To Play The 12 Bar Blues Progression on Guitar! In this blues guitar lesson you are going to be learning the basic twelve bar blues progression. The twelve bar blues progression is simply a common chord progression that lasts for twelve measures. This progression is used quite often in all kinds of music….   Read More » 

12 Bar Blues Guitar Riff

Learn To Play The 12 Bar Blues Guitar Riff! In this lesson, we are going to learn a classic 12 bar blues riff that you will be using quite often in your guitar playing. Riffs like this pop up in blues, classic rock, hard rock, jazz and even metal. Odds are that you have already…   Read More » 

Blues Guitar Scale

Learn How To Play The Blues Guitar Scale! In this lesson we are going to be learning one of the most common shapes for the blues scale on guitar. We are also going to be learning about how the blues scale is made. If you are a beginner, the blues scale is something that you…   Read More » 

Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

Learn How To Play Bluegrass Music On The Guitar! Bluegrass music is a really fun, acoustic based music that’s really easy to get in to and start playing right away. In this series of lessons we are going to be learning the fundamental chords and strumming patterns that you will need to know in order…   Read More » 

Basic Bluegrass Strumming

Learn How To Play The Basic Bluegrass Strumming Pattern! If you are a fan of bluegrass music then you will love this lesson because you will be learning THE basic bluegrass strumming pattern. I learned this pattern a long time ago when my dad taught it to me after he came back from a bluegrass…   Read More » 

Intermediate Bluegrass Pattern

Learn Intermediate Bluegrass Strumming In This Lesson! In this guitar lesson we are going to take your rhythm bluegrass guitar playing to the next level. If you have already been working on the lesson Basic Bluegrass Strumming Pattern that’s great. If you don’t know the strumming pattern in that lesson now would be a great…   Read More » 

Finger Picking Guitar Lessons

Learn How To Finger Pick On The Guitar! In this we will introduce you to some of the basic things that you need to know in order to start finger picking. We will cover how to use your fingernails or just the skin on your fingers to pick the notes, the two basic ways to…   Read More » 

12 Bar Blues Guitar Riff II

Take Your 12 Bar Blues Riff To The Next Level! In this lesson we are going to dress up the basic 12 bar blues riff by adding in a few new notes. Simple ideas like the ones presented in this lesson can really help make your blues playing stand out from average run of the…   Read More » 

Basic Finger Picking Exercise #1

Work On Your Basic Finger Picking With This Guitar Exercise! In this guitar lesson you will be putting a simple finger picking pattern with some basic chords. The chords that you will be using are A, D, E and F# minor. If you don’t know these chords yet you should take some time to look…   Read More » 

Basic Finger Picking Exercise #2

Learn How To Finger Pick With Finger Picking Guitar Lessons! In this lesson you will be learning two different examples that use a new finger picking pattern. The first example uses only one chord and is pretty simple for your picking hand. The second example changes chords and gets a little bit more difficult for…   Read More » 

Jazz Guitar Lessons

Learn How To Play Jazz Music On The Guitar! In the Jazz section of the site you will be learning some of the fundamental elements of the style such as common 7th chords and common jazz chord progressions. There are other lessons on the site that you should really dive into in order to get…   Read More » 

Jazz 251 Chord Progression

Learn How To Play The Jazz 2-5-1 Chord Progression! This guitar lesson is all about the 251 chord progression. If you have ever listened to jazz you have definitely heard a 251 progression, jazz music is full of 251’s. To start out we will learn how to make a 251 in any key. To help…   Read More » 

Jazz 36251 Chord Progression

Learn How To Play The Jazz 3-6-2-5-1 Chord Progression! In this jazz lesson we are going to add some chords to the 251 progession that you have learned. If you listen to jazz a lot you will definitely hear a common chord progression called a 36251. Just add a 3 and a 6 chord to…   Read More » 

Metal Guitar Lessons

Learn How To Play Metal Music On The Guitar! Metal can be a pretty physical style of playing. There is usually a lot of fast picking and palm muting involved in most metal music. There are a couple of things that you will need to be aware of before diving in to the metal lessons….   Read More » 

Metal Guitar Riff

Learn How To Play Metal Guitar With This Metal Guitar Riff! In this metal lesson we are going to be learning a simple riff that uses some pretty extreme tremolo picking. You can think about this riff as being in the key of E minor if you wish. You will find tremolo picking riffs like…   Read More » 

Metal Strumming Patterns

Work On Your Metal Strumming Patterns In This Guitar Lesson! Hey metal heads! In this guitar lesson we will be learning a basic metal strumming pattern that involves a lot of palm muting and fast picking with your right hand and some basic power chords with your left hand. Learning how to play things like…   Read More » 

Rock Guitar Lessons

Learn How To Play Rock Music On The Guitar! In this series of lessons we are going to be taking a look at some of the more common elements of rock guitar playing. There are some stylistic things that you will be learning as well as some pretty cool rock guitar licks. Try to take…   Read More » 

Rock Guitar Licks

Learn How To Play Rock Guitar Licks In This Guitar Lesson! For this lesson I wanted to give you a shape that is super easy to remember but still sounds really cool. The three-string pattern that we will be looking at in this lesson will give you the freedom to make up your own licks…   Read More » 

Contemporary Worship Guitar

Learn How To Play Contemporary Worship Music On The Guitar! In this series of lessons we are going to be taking a look as some of the common elements of contemporary worship music. To get you started we will take a look at some of the more common chord shapes and chord progressions that you…   Read More » 

Worship Chord Progressions

Learn To Play Contemporary Worship Guitar Chord Progressions! If you listen to contemporary church music you will probably notice that there are certain chord progressions that are used quite often. In this lesson we will be taking a look at two of those progressions. The first progression is a 14541 progression in the key of…   Read More » 

Contemporary Chord Voicings

Learn How To Play Common Chord Voicings On The Guitar! In this guitar lesson we are going to take a look at some of the more common chord voicings in contemporary praise music. First we will learn a simple chord shape that you can use in order to play a 1564 progression in the key…   Read More »