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Learning Open String Major Scales
This lesson introduces you to five open string scales in five keys, major keys in open position to be precise. The keys addressed are C Major, D Major, G Major, A Major and E Major. This is the first of seven lessons for the advancing guitarist, created for GMI by guitarists Ross Baird.
Learning Chords & Rhythms
Rhythm playing can often be overlooked by guitarists who are starting out in favour of lead lines. What you need to remember is that for a large part of the time, it will be rhythmic accompaniment that will take up your time. These lesson major on rhythmic playing.
Extending Your Chords
The open string chords you start with when beginning to play guitar are really great, however, this lesson shows you how to create new sounds from them. In the second lesson in this topic, Ross shows how to take open string chords up the neck and use in chordal accompaniment. Also how to rename these chords as they move.
Learning How To Use Arpeggios
Flummoxed by arpeggios? Ross Baird takes you through arpeggios, how they are constructed and how to use them.
Advancing Guitar
About Lesson

    Learning scales is a something that we all know is common to most instruments. Scale (from the Greek word “ladder”) are used to create melodies or songs. As guitarists, it’s important to get a good grounding and this lesson deals with open string major scales at the bottom of the neck.


    The good thing about learning these scales is that they all use the same techniques re picking and left hand finger application. If you are a bit flummoxed by this, check out the excellent video from our Beginners Guitar Course by Gary Clinton titled Introduction To Scales. Assuming that you already know the material covered in that lesson, you’re ready to dive in. So, as mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph, if you can play one scale correctly, you can play them all.

    One question that you may be asking is “why do I need to learn scales in different keys?”. The reason for this is that there are twelve major and minor keys. If we only new a song in one key, then we would soon run into trouble. For example, a singer will have a certain range that they can sing in. If the key that the song is written in is either to high or low for the singer, the singer won’t be able to sing the song. By changing the key, we can ensure that all the notes within a singers range are there. The same is true of all other instruments.  Although we also to a greater extent need to take the “sweet spot” re the instruments range into account. We will at times need to change key to make sure all notes are playable.

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