Guitar Tricks Blog: Music Theory
Posted March 17, 2023
How to Use the Circle of Fifths
One little secret hidden within the Circle of Fifths, is that it shows you all of the major and minor chords in any key. First, let’s look at the key of C, which is at the top of the Circle of Fifths.
Posted March 3, 2023
Guide Tones On Guitar Made SUPER Easy
Everyone knows about 5ths, octaves and power chords. These are the building blocks of learning how to play guitar. But an easy way to level up your chord knowledge is to add 3rds and 7ths
Posted February 24, 2023
Super Easy Bluesy 9th Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will go over the super easy chords that you absolutely must know in order to play blues guitar.
Tune-in to learn how to master these bluesy 9th chords!
Posted February 10, 2023
In this beginner guitar lesson, we will introduce you to signature licks and chords of the Rockabilly musical style. Rockabilly comes from a time in which music had a big swing feel, which was necessary for the dancers who wished to "dance to the bop", and has a kind of hillbilly approach to playing swing that gives it its own special rhythm.
Posted January 27, 2023
Super Easy Power Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is going to show you how to get a jumpstart on playing guitar with some super easy power chords.
These are the seriously the fastest chords you can learn on guitar. With them you'll be able to play hundreds of songs right off the bat!
Posted January 13, 2023
First Beginner Guitar Lesson - Day 1
What should you learn on your first day of playing guitar? Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you the things that are worth learning within the first 10-15 minutes of picking up a guitar.
Posted December 23, 2022
Super Easy Holiday Guitar Songs - Jingle Bells
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is getting into the holiday spirit by showing you some super easy ways to play Jingle Bells!
Whether you want to play and sing, back your favorite band of merry carolers, or simply sip some eggnog and play the melody gently in the background while the family digs through their stockings -- Gary will show you a few simple ways to absolutely nail this holiday classic, no matter what your ability level is.
Posted December 16, 2022
Slash Chords Make Everything Better
Play better, more complicated, and more interesting guitar chords by using what are known as "slash chords."
We're not talking Guns N' Roses -- though Slash probably uses lots of slash chords in his guitar playing. We are talking about the technique of playing a standard chord, but adding a different bass note beneath it!
This is a lot more simple than it might initially seem. Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will break down how to approach this technique.
Posted December 9, 2022
Deck The Halls with Major Scales
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to practice major scales in a very festive way -- by playing Deck The Halls!
This classic Christmas carol is a great way to put your major scale skills through their paces because the entire melody encompasses all the scale's notes.
Posted December 2, 2022
Sound Pro in One Step with Dynamics
Using dynamics while playing guitar is one of the most direct ways to sound more like a guitar pro. It's a simple concept of volume control.
In this video, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to apply dynamics to your guitar paying to make you sound better in one step!
Posted October 28, 2022
How to Play Guitar
If you have never played guitar before, in this article we will walk you through the first steps for those taking beginner guitar lessons. And while learning an instrument does not occur overnight, if you follow these pointers on a consistent basis, you will see regular progress. Remember that playing the guitar is a physical exercise, it is essential to train and retain your muscle memory to accomplish it.
Posted September 15, 2022
How to Play a 12-String Guitar
If you're a fan of the sound of an acoustic guitar, then you're probably listening to a song that features two guitarists playing together seamlessly. Various models on the market can accommodate different budgets. With various features and options, 12-string acoustic guitars can provide a unique and authentic sound. The sound of 12-string electric and acoustic guitars has captivated listeners for decades. Whether you're looking for an electric or acoustic guitar, there's something special about this versatile instrument.
Posted September 9, 2022
How to Play Guitar Expressively
Being able to express yourself is really the core of why most of us want to learn how to play guitar in the first place. Expressive techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, vibrato, slides&
Posted August 19, 2022
4 Chords Every Beginner Guitar Player MUST Know
Many guitar players think that you need 5 or 6 strings to play most chords like G, C, or Em, but the reality is that these chords are made up of only 3 notes (a triad) and can often be played on only three strings! Four of the most common open chords, in the most common guitar key of G major are the chords G, C, D and E minor.