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20 Essential Guitar Chords for Beginners

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If you’re new to playing the guitar and wondering what chords are suitable for a beginner guitarist, look no further. I’ve got you covered in this lesson… and then some. You’ll find no shortage of downloadable guitar chord charts and graphs flying around the internet, so what makes this one different? After some 25+ years of teaching guitar lessons, I’ve found that the right mix of open position shapes and a little music theory goes … Read More

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Guitarist Bobby Koelble – Interview and Lesson

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I want to start this article by saying, I’m just a big fan of Guitarist Bobby Koelble. He’s the type of Guitarist I want to be like “when I grow up”. I like to think of myself as a busy musician. I’m writing, teaching and performing 4-6 days a week, 52 weeks a year. But… theres busy… and there’s Bobby Koelble busy. I like to think I’m fairly versatile on the guitar. I’ve done my … Read More

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Alternate Picking – 20 Essential Picking Exercises For Guitarists

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Alternate picking for guitarists may seem like something we all take for granted. Most guitarists, even complete beginners alternate some down and up strokes whether they are consciously doing it or not. As we develop our picking hand, alternate picking can open a whole new world of techniques and music not obtainable otherwise. Even if you’re familiar with alternate picking, it can often be helpful to go back and work on the basics. Sometimes I … Read More

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90 Page Guitar Practice Routine Ebook Sale

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Today April 30th is the last day of Sale! You asked for it… you got it.. 33% until May 1st. Enter code “Easter19” to get The 7 Day Practice Routine For Guitarists for only $9.99! What you get… Over 90 Pages of Chords, Scales, Arpeggios and Music Theory for Guitarists. Printable Chord, Scale and Arpeggio Charts. A comprehensive 7 Day Practice Guide for Guitarists of any Skill Level. Printable Musical Examples in TAB & Standard … Read More

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10 Essential Guitar Albums

In Guitar Lessons, Music, Reviews by Craig Smith1 Comment

I love lists! There are so many ‘greatest guitarist’ and ‘greatest guitar album’ lists out there, why should you care about mine? The biggest fault I see is in the lack of diversity found in most. When making a greatest guitar music album list, I think it’s essential to cross into different genres of music and cover as many techniques as possible. ….and why does the music all have to be from the 20th century … Read More

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Flamenco Guitar Lesson and Interview – Berto Boyd

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I came across Flamenco and Classical Guitarist, Berto Boyd, on Facebook a while back through our mutual friend and guitarist, Ben Woods. I admire anyone who (like me) is able to make a living playing guitar at any level. I’m also just a huge fan and admirer of Flamenco guitar in general and it’s not something I’ve covered yet here on Life In 12 Keys. Berto has a passion, depth and sophistication in his playing … Read More

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7 Essential Jazz Guitar Chords and Scale Study – The Girl From Ipanema

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7 Essential Jazz Chords and Scale Study – The Girl From Ipanema An analysis, lesson and study of a really classic Jazz / Pop tune, The Girl From Ipanema. In this Guitar lesson: Girl From Ipanema Chord Chart Chord Analysis Section A Chord Analysis Section B Soloing and Improvisation Ideas – The Essential Scales Practice Backing Track Every once in a while I need to write a lesson for myself as well as for my … Read More

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The 7 Day Guitar Practice Routine – 33% Off Valentines Week Sale

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How was your weekend? I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten a ton of emails for sales over the weekend for Presidents Day, Valentines Day, Lincolns birthday etc from just about everywhere… I’m just a guitar player like you. This is my first website and this is also my first book, so I’m kind of learning about this stuff as I go…. UPDATE: The Sale is over, but you can still get the book 25% … Read More

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Minor Pentatonic Shapes – Guitar Scale Overlapping

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This week I’m going to revisit the Pentatonic Scale. Particularly the minor pentatonic scale and how it overlaps notes in it’s parent Major Key. In case you missed it, last week I did a lesson on guitar modal scales and how they overlap. One of my readers, Tim, sent me an email right after that lesson went live and asked about the same concept using minor Pentatonic scales.. so like I always say… I get … Read More