scales, tuplets

Tuplet Training

Tuplets are used to subdivide one beat (or more) into equal divisions. In a simple meter like 2/4, you'll find tuplets with an odd number of subdivisions (triplets = 3 subdivisions of the beat, quintuplets = 5, etc.), and in a compound meter, like 6/8, you'll see tuplets with an even number of subdivisions (duplets… Continue reading Tuplet Training


Blues Endings for Guitar

Here are some common blues endings that every guitarist should know. These are in the key of A, but try to learn them in as many keys as possible. Blues Ending #1 Blues Ending #2 Blues Ending #3 Blues Ending #4 Blues Ending #5 Blues Ending #6 Blues Ending #7 Click here for a study… Continue reading Blues Endings for Guitar


How To Create A Blues Turnaround

A turnaround is a short chord progression that takes you back to the start of a song, a solo section or even takes you to a new key. Sometimes they are used as an introduction or an ending to a song. The chords of a turnaround range from simple to complicated, but all turnarounds are… Continue reading How To Create A Blues Turnaround

Compostion for Guitar, music theory

Study in Tenths

Tenths-a third plus an octave-can add an extra dimension to a composition by imparting depth and emotion to a melody or bass line. Tenths can even bring life and energy to a simple scale. Try playing this E major scale harmonized with parallel tenths. The upper notes add a bit of color without obscuring the… Continue reading Study in Tenths

Compostion for Guitar

Jazz Waltz for Guitar

This jazzy tune in 3/4 features a simple melody supported by some rich extended and altered chords. The pedal E in the lower voice in the beginning provides a measure-level pulse, but also creates some extra dissonance that obscures the harmony. Can you name the chord in the first measure? Maybe it's an Ebmb5#7/E (yikes!)… Continue reading Jazz Waltz for Guitar