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Guitar Tricks Blog: Music Theory

Posted June 18, 2015

10 Tips for Understanding Chord Families

Have you ever tried to figure out the chords to a song and become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of chords available to you? And have you noticed that some chords sound better together than others, while some sound downright discordant together?

Posted May 27, 2015

8 Easy Steps for Changing Keys

Have you ever launched into a song only to realize partway through that the melody was too high or too low for you to sing? Instead of straining your voice trying to hit those elusive notes, or scratching the song from your repertoire altogether, all you need to do is change the key you're playing in! 

Posted August 1, 2014

10 Things to Know About Playing Natural Harmonics

If you have been playing guitar for a little while, you've probably heard of natural harmonics, those shimmery, ethereal chiming notes that add contrast to a rhythm part, accent notes to a heavy riff, and create screaming divebombs. Harmonics can be heard in songs by bands like Yes, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and many others. U2 guitarist The Edge has based a considerable part of his trademark sound on natural harmonics.

Posted February 10, 2014

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