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Author: Desi Serna

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!
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In this free guitar lesson, I explain what slash chords are in music, why composers use them, and when you might choose to skip them while reading a chart. Slash chords do not refer to the guitarist known as Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame. The term slash refers to the use of a forward slash in a chord name such as G/B, C/G, or D/F#. Whenever a chord name includes a forward slash, the letter before the slash is the basic chord and the letter after the slash is the alternate bass note. Normally, when you play a G chord, you have a G note in the lowest or bass position. The chord G/B is a G chord but with a B note in the bass position. This means you would begin strumming on B and leave the G note below it (as well as the 6th string) out. You would call any version of a G chord with B in the bass “G with B in the bass” or “G over B” or “G/B.”   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to make a groovy guitar loop based on Bob Marley’s “Exodus.” I show you how to record several layers using a looper effects pedal. The parts include a scratchy set of chord changes, a thumping bass line, some popcorn picking technique, and part of the vocal melody. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Donate https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/donate/ Contact https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/contact/ YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/GuitarMusicTheoryTab?sub_confirmation=1 Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/desisernaguitar
In this free guitar lesson, I’m going to show you how the major scale contains six different pentatonic scales. Knowing this will help you understand the construction of scales, keys, and how you might want to change pentatonic scales over chords like Jimi Hendrix.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
Today, I answer more listener questions about memorizing notes, practicing with limited time, fingering the C form barre chord, strumming with your thumb, choosing your neck shape, using Fretboard Theory, and more.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I explain why you should use a capo. Some people think using a capo on guitar is a sissy way to transpose a piece of music. But using a capo on guitar is about more than just playing in different keys–it’s about making use of chord shapes that make your playing sound better.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. ————————— In today’s podcast episode, super-skilled guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson discusses his diligent practice routine that begins at four o’clock in the morning. Joe is an Australian native but has been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee since 2010. Joe is well-known for both his electric guitar playing and his chord-melody fingerstyle acoustic skills. Visit Joe’s website: https://www.joerobinson.com/
Today, I answer email questions about guitar scale patterns, pickup configurations, amps, recording yourself, and more.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I answer the question, What Does Playing Over Chords Mean? If you’re interested in soloing over chord changes, outlining chord progressions, or using chord tone soloing, I’ll explain what you need to do.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In podcast episode 85, I sit down and talk with Keith Stevens. Keith used to teach classical guitar at James Madison University in Harrisburg VA and now owns and operates Stevens School of Music in Troy VA. We talk about the difference between classical and rock techniques, and the best way to learn guitar in general.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and The Gang. This song features a scratchy funk guitar, chords from Dorian mode, and a bass riff that makes use of chromatic passing tones and 3 over 2 polyrhythms.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I talk guitar amps and effects with HW from Tone Junkie. Tone Junkie is a company that makes amp profiles for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. The owner, HW, is an expert on guitar amps, effects, modelers and more. We talk about the different types of setups guitarists use and the pros and cons of different pieces of gear.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring “Down Under” by Men at Work. This reggae-inspired song features great rhythm guitar tracks that make use of CAGED system chord shapes, sixteenth note strumming, and hybrid picking technique. Instead of using guitar tablature, I just show you the main chords and parts of the song and explain the music theory.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.   #menatwork #downunder #downunderchords   GEAR Bluesman Vintage Guitars Sedan (Stratocaster-style guitar) Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Pack for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier
In this free guitar lesson, I talk with a physiotherapist about hand anatomy, why we have more control over some fingers than others, and things you can do to improve your hand dexterity and play to your strengths.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.   5 min Real-Time Hand Warm-Up Program for guitarists and musicians https://youtu.be/BTJmydT_Ioc 
In this free guitar lesson, I teach you how to play the opening riff heard in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s song, “Cold Shot.” I explain what you need to do to play it using the right tone, timing, and technique. I also answer some email questions.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.   GEAR Bluesman Vintage Guitars Sedan (Stratocaster-style guitar) Kemper Profiling amplifier ’64 Verbrovibe + Steel String Dual Pack (early 80s SRV) https://guitarforhisglory.com/product/64-verbrovibe-steel-string-dual-pack/   #srv #stevierayvaughan #coldshot
Ep79 2021 Guitar Plan

Ep79 2021 Guitar Plan

2021-01-0601:10:02

In my latest podcast episode, I talk about different things you can do with your guitar playing in 2021. If you're looking to get more out of your playing but you're not sure what to do exactly, I give you several suggestions.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I talk about the rockabilly lead guitar fills heard in the song “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I explain and demonstrate what it means to play legato on guitar. Legato refers to the smooth transition between notes using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I analyze the song “Walk Away” by Joe Walsh as recorded by his former band, James Gang. You get to know the key, chords, and progression as well as the scales used for the guitar solo.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Gravity” by John Mayer. I give you an overview of the song including the chords, progression, composition techniques, and the scales used for the solos. I also demonstrate a part from the live version of the song.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding learning pentatonic scale patterns, playing country guitar solos, identifying roots and modes, practicing picking exercises, and changing scales over chords.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
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Jim Watts

Great episode! Thanks!!

Feb 27th
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Jeremy Campfield

This is great stuff. In looking at scale diagrams, there doesn't seem to be consensus on what those position names mean. You mention 'Position 1' with first note E has second note G... yet I've seen diagrams showing only two frets on string 6 for position 1. What is the purpose of giving the positions numbers, and where can I find diagrams for the positions you are referring to? Thanks!

Jan 17th
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M Morr

yes the person with small hands can get a mini guitar the frets are closer together. It is designed for kids and people with small hands. it is a thing and something people with small hands needs to look into. they are pro guitars and awesome. again...it is a mini scale, scale is about 22.5 and they come in 24 frets.

Sep 17th
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M Morr

this was an amazing lecture. thank you. just what I needed to hear.hekps me with align my music goals... applies to a career crisis as well

Jul 13th
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M Morr

hi Desi. I gave up guitar in 2016 because I had terrible swelling in hands and joints. including thumb. I finally got it sorted. not arthritic. it was finger tenosynovitis ( trigger finger) from years of computing, driving and guitar. I now do hand therapy, take Meloxicam ( not for everyone) and apply diclofenac sodium cream. I don't like meds but I can play now!!! it was so bad that I would not be able to play. now ok. many musicians get it ... some know what it is, some never figure out what it is. some are plain arthritis. saw an article recently about a musician that has this..and has to resort to singing when the flare up happens.

Jul 13th
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M Morr

pretty interesting. I thought learning music through podcast? to my surprise I am learning a ton. so cool and thanks all the hard work you are doing. I am growing.

Jul 11th
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Non Ficsean

we're what, 3 questions in? and all I keep hearimg about is your courses. why did you bother with a Q&A? shameless man

Jun 23rd
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Non Ficsean

sounds like a commercial not a Q&A

Jun 23rd
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Preston Heath

I was worried that I wouldnt be able to follow you without a visual medium, but you explain it in such an accessible way. Thank you so much!

Apr 7th
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Alarick Mueller

this is sooooo helpful

Mar 26th
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Kalvin Clauer

like this podcast but this episode was disappointing. only played 2 modes and I have no idea how they work. obviously you dont just play one chord for a whole song. what about the song causes it to center around a given chord creating a mode? can you do another explanation?

Mar 17th
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kevin ryan

Great podcast been trying to learn this in work the audio actually helps as opposed to video because you have to imagine the fretboard in your head which mikes the content more memorable.

Feb 14th
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Vipin Sharma

nice

May 14th
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Jeremy Pierce-Sunia

is this over?! new episodes please!! you're a great teacher.

Jun 6th
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Josh Thomason

legit... wished their was more

Dec 9th
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Brandon Cousino

I can't get these to download or stream.

Dec 4th
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George Kerr

1st podcast was informative and well done.

Nov 18th
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