Basics

How to Tune your Guitar

Ideally, you should own a guitar tuner to make sure you're always perfectly in tune before playing. Check out my Kit page for a tuner.

If you don't have one handy, use the Fender Online Tuner to tune up.

Learn different ways of tuning your guitar by watching this video by Fender:

Scales

A Minor Pentatonic Ascending (pattern 1)

The minor pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales in rock music.


A Minor Pentatonic Descending (pattern 1)


A Minor Pentatonic (pattern 2)

The minor pentatonic scale is the natural minor scale but with the 2nd and 6th notes omitted.


A Minor Pentatonic (pattern 3)


C Major Scale Ascending

The Major Scale is also known as the Ionian Mode.


C Major Scale Descending


A Natural Minor

The Natural Minor Scale is also known as the Aeolian Mode.


Chord Progressions

I-IV-V-IV

Probably the most popular progression in modern music. This progression can be heard in Whitesnake's Here I Go Again, Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll and the favourite song of every beginner guitarist The Troggs' Wild Thing.

In the key of G Major


I-V-vi-IV

A very popular progression found in Journey's Don't Stop Believin', Steve Winwood's Higher Love and Elton John's Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

In the key of G Major


Beginner Riffs

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple


Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow

To avoid playing the A string in the big G5 power chord, lightly touch your thumb on the A string to mute it. This allows you to strike all of the strings without sounding the A.


Here I Go Again (Chorus) - Whitesnake


I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness

You can play the two-fingered power chords using fingers 1 and 4, or fingers 1 and 3, whichever is the most comfortable for you. Notice the slight bend on a note in the last bar.