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Why Use a Capo? And Tools for Transposing

I’ve written a bunch of posts about capos. But AJ pointed out that I’ve never done a post explaining why you might want to use a capo. So time to rectify that. To Make a Song Easier to Play Most of the time I use a capo is to make a song more uke-friendly. When […]

Tab Reading FAQs: Xs, Brackets and Arches

I’ve written up a full guide to reading tab but there are few questions I get asked a lot. So here’s a little post clearing up any problems. What do the numbers in brackets mean? There are two ways brackets are used. The first is to indicate these are background notes that should be played […]

Malcolm Young’s Unmistakable Groove

This is a guest post by Daniel from Aloha Akademie. It original appeared on his blog in German but he was kind enough to adapt an English version for us. Malcolm Young´s unmistakable groove and what you can learn from his style for your playing To all of you who haven´t heard of Malcom Young, […]

Tutorial: What’s the Deal with Sus4 and Sus2 Chords?

A good chord progression is all about building tension and releasing it. Which makes the mysterious and unsettled suspended chords, sus2 and sus4, so effective in a progression. This post should demystify them a little. Giving you ideas for when to use them, how to play them and why they work so well. Using Sus4 […]

Muted Strums Tutorial

Muted strums are a useful tool to have in your repertoire. They can add percussion and syncopation to an otherwise boring strum. You perform them by resting a finger or fingers from your fretting hand on the strings. You need to hold them down enough so the strings don’t ring open but not strong enough […]

Chuck Berry’s Major and Minor Pentatonic Trick

Chuck Berry’s intro to Johnny B Goode has to be the most famous piece of guitar playing in the universe. Not only did he influence an entire generation of rock and roll guitarists, you can hear elements of his playing in all the great rock guitarists since. The lick combines major and minor elements to […]

Tabs for Fingerpicking and Solo Beginners

As a companion to the “Songs with Chords You Know” post I thought I’d put together a list of posts for people just getting started learning fingerpicking, tabs and solo playing. Tutorials for Tabs and Fingerpicking I’ve written a nine part guide on how to read tab. But you don’t have to read them all […]

Polychords: Making Jazz Chords from Easy Chords

There’s a neat little trick at the end of the solo in Steve Miller’s The Joker. While the backing guitar plays a C chord, the lead guitar slides into an F chord. The two chords blend together to make a much more interesting sound than they do individually. Stacked chords like these are known as […]

How to Write a Hit Intro in 2016

If you want to write a hit song at the moment you need an intro with at least two of these features and preferably all three: 1. A minor key 2. Lots of echo 3. This rhythm: To illustrate the point I threw together into a medley including Sia’s Cheap Thrills, Shawn Mendes’s Treat You […]

Ukulele Capos: What to Get

One of the pleasant aspects of the ukulele is the nice symmetry between the four strings and your four fingers. But there are very few times in life an extra finger wouldn’t come in handy and for the non-polydactyl amongst us a capo does a pretty good job. And they’re so easy only a moron […]

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