Guitar Tricks Blog
Posted June 23, 2020

12 Bar Blues - Explained

12 bar blues

The 12 bar blues is a form in blues music where the first (I) chord of a key is repeated for four measures, or bars, followed by two bars of the fourth (IV), then two bars of the first. The last group of four bars begins with one bar of the fifth (V), one bar of the fourth and then resolves with two more bars of the first. It only uses the I - IV - V chords of a key and is very prominent in blues music, and is heavily associated with guitar music in general. 

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Posted May 29, 2020

Free Guitar Lessons - Songs and Channel Tutorials!

At Guitartricks we have over 1,000 song lessons in our song library, plus countless tutorials within our Core Learning System covering the fundamentals and genre-specific skills focused on blues, rock, country and acoustic style playing. This is all part of our award-winning Full Access membership. But if you're a little unsure of the membership, you can always give some of these free guitar lessons a try. Guitartricks has a number of free resources for any prospective guitar player. 

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Posted May 15, 2020

Hendrix Chord - Jimi Hendrix Songs

hendrix chord

The Hendrix chord is usually a 7#9 chord, and more specifically, an E7#9. The chord shape is colloquially called the Hendrix chord because guitarist Jimi Hendrix frequently used it in a number of his songs like “Purple Haze.” Let’s take a look at this chord below.

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Posted May 6, 2020

Guitar Riffs - How to Write a Song

What exactly is a guitar riff? In musical terms a riff is an ‘ostinato’ - a motif or phrase that repeats. Whether comprised of single note ideas, repeating rhythmic chord changes, or a combination of both, a number of songs have a short but infectious guitar riff that’s repeated by the rhythm guitar. In this short tutorial we’ll look at what it takes to write a catchy riff and how to write one of your own.

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Posted April 15, 2020

Songwriting tips

Songwriting is a fun and rewarding process that’s not as hard as one might think and here I’ll share with you a few ways that work for me. One of the most popular is to use chords from a particular key. Let’s take the key of C major for example, which includes the chords C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, and an ugly sounding B diminished, which we won’t use for obvious reasons.

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