Rhythm

Tired of playing the same old dominant 7 chords during a blues? Let’s fix that.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Learn what chord substitutions are and how they work so that you can get more color out of your rhythm guitar playing.
  • Use extensions on dominant 7 chords as a way of creating new substitutions.
  • Play practical examples of substitutions within various blues grooves while maintaining the standard blues harmony.
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Staying creative and phrasing musically while playing chords, especially over a blues progression, seems like an impossibility to many players. After all, most blues songs contain only three chords, the I, IV, and V. So how can you make those simple chords more interesting? The answer is by using chord substitution.

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Photo courtesy of Whitesnake.com

Was Moody and Marsden one of the most underrated guitar duos of all time?

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Develop a better understanding of blues-rock riffs from the ’70s.
  • Learn how to harmonize solos and riffs.
  • Create interlocking guitar parts that make sense.
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Whitesnake’s self-titled album is a pinnacle of ’80s hard rock, instantly making them one of the biggest rock bands of the era. It was a departure from their previous six albums due to significant lineup changes. Both original guitarists, Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden, had left the band and opened the doors for former Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes to join. Sykes’ influence, which began on the 1984 release, Slide It In, moved the band away from its British blues-rock sound towards the more popular American glam-rock vibe. Let’s take a look at the band’s style during the Moody/Marsden era which is often overshadowed by 1987’s incredible success.

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A few simple chords is all it takes.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Learn to play a 12-bar blues, in three different keys, using one shape.
  • Study an assortment of strumming and picking patterns.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the 12-bar blues form.
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As usual, there is more to this lesson than the title implies. We will be working with one chord shape at a time, but over the course of the lesson we’ll study three different shapes. The final example in this lesson incorporates all three shapes to demonstrate how a few basic ideas can provide us with infinite possibilities.

It is important to know that for every chord name in this lesson there are countless shapes—also known as fingerings or voicings—available. For this lesson, I chose what I consider to be the most practical and flexible shapes.

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Learn how to build up the foundation of heavy metal rhythm guitar.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of drop-D tuning.
  • Create grinding riffs in the style of King’s X, Judas Priest, and more.
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In our previous lesson, we explored at some of the must-know rhythm guitar techniques used in hard rock and heavy metal, including power chords, palm mutes, and accents. Now let’s delve a little deeper and learn more advanced skills of the masters such as pedal tones, tritones, and drop tunings.
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