Like pentatonic scales, the patterns that make up major and minor scales can be found and repeated all over the fretboard.
Most guitarists start playing leads by learning to play scales. This is a great way to begin, but scales are just one way to play solo lines. Learn more with this excerpt from Acoustic Rock Basics.
Drop-D tuning has been popular among many influential folk and Celtic players
Learn to deconstruct simple chord shapes and progressions to create classic-sounding riffs with this lesson in the Acoustic Rock Basics series from Acoustic Guitar.
If you’ve explored my Acoustic Rock Basics lesson “Soloing with Pentatonic Scales,” you’ll notice that the major scale encompasses the major pentatonic and adds two more notes: the fourth and seventh of the key.
The goal of good fingerpicking accompaniment is to support the song you’re playing the best you can.
Many of the best licks and riffs by artists like the Beatles and Neil Young are really just made up of bits and pieces of easy chord shapes. You can use these same basic chord shapes to create cool riffs for your own songs.
A sus4 (or “suspended fourth”) chord substitutes the fourth note of the chord’s corresponding scale for that all-important third.