Why the fretboard is hard to learn | In defense of guitar players

Why the guitar fretboard is harder to learn than the keyboard

If you’ve ever tried to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard then there’s a good chance you’ve heard a comment like this: “You don’t find players of ANY other instruments who don’t know the names of the notes they’re playing. It’s ridiculous! If a piano player didn’t know this stuff you’d just laugh at […]

The Jimi Hendrix Chord explained – What it is, how to play it, and why it sounds so good

Hendrix wanted to learn music theory

The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 Jimi Hendrix was a one of a kind musician who revolutionised the guitar. Although he is often best remembered for his incendiary solos and lead work (and rightly so), his rhythm playing style was no less innovative and influential. Like a scientist having a new species or planet named […]

Why Drum Tab is pointless and why drummers should learn music notation

Drumkit, Rock kit, Drum Tab, Drum notation

First of all, I’m not a notation snob and I’m definitely not anti-tab. Without guitar tab, myself and tens of thousands of other players would probably never have stuck with the instrument long enough to get anywhere, so I’m very grateful it exists. Tablature – known as tab for short – is a system for […]

Mythbusting The Modes

Modes For Rock Guitar Players | Learn Modes the easy way

The Modes… The keys to the musical Ferrari. The secret knowledge of guitar virtuosos. The Holy Grail of being able to play anything you want. You’re here because you’ve heard guitar players talking about something called “Modes”, but you still don’t understand what they are, how to play them, or where to use them in […]

Examples of Modes in songs and rock music

Modes song examples

When you’re trying to learn the Modes, one of the most important things is to have examples of real music that use them so that you can get their sound into your head. Having these examples will really help you recognise the unique sound quality and distinctive “attitude” of each Mode. So, without further ado, […]

How to work out the key of a song by ear

Ear Training - Key of songs

Have you ever wondered how to work out the key of songs with your guitar? Today I want to share my method and show you how easy it is to find the key of songs by ear. I was inspired to write this because I was on Youtube recently and I happened to stumble upon the worst […]