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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 3 – Applying 1/4, 1/8. 1/16
00:31:26 – Chapter 4 – Finding Your Bass Notes In Chord Patterns
00:53:42 – Chapter 5 – Applying This To “The Thrill Is Gone”

Finished? Checkout Part 3 next.

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Chord Progressions in the Key of G

Here are a couple of famous chord progressions using chords from the key of G that you’ll find useful to start practicing with. They are Sweet Home Alabama and Heart of Gold.

Pedal Effects: Using a Tube Screamer

In this lesson you’ll learn about using a Tube Screamer, Colin’s distortion pedal of choice, but even if you don’t have that specific model, a lot of the principles will apply to other pedals as well.

Pedal Effects: Using a Wah-Wah Pedal

Today there are literally thousands of different effects available to run your guitar through, but after you sort through everything that is possibly out there, you find that there are a few tried and true effects that always rise to the top. The wah-wah pedal is definitely a contender for one of the most popular guitar effects out there, and that’s what today’s lesson is all about. If you don’t have a wah-wah pedal already, that’s okay. Watch the lesson, maybe you’ll be shopping for one soon once you see what it can do! 🙂

Getting A Good Sound Out Of A Tube Amp

Here’s a lesson that will yield dividends on getting a good tone out of your amp. Of course, tone is subjective, so ultimately, it is your preference that counts. That said, we often get questions from people trying to achieve a certain tone with their amp and they don’t know how to get that. Hopefully this lesson will move you closer that goal.

Checkout This Weird E Minor Chord

In this short lesson, we'll look at a different place to play that standard Em chord we've all used for eons. The secret to finding chords like these is knowing how the notes in a chord work. Understand chord construction, and learn a few off these lesser-used chords, and you'll have tons of great ideas ready to slip into your rhythm or solos!

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3 Famous Examples of Guitar Chords in Solos

Guitar chords are a really good place to start if you're looking for some great-sounding notes to put together into a solo or an intro riff. In the video above, you'll see three famous examples of triads used in this way. A triad is simply a three note chord. Understand chord construction, and learn a few off these lesser-used chords, and you'll have tons of great ideas ready to slip into your rhythm or solos!

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Bag of Tricks: Chords

In this course we’re going to look at some chord forms that are a bit off the beaten path. You’ll end up with some cool unique new voicings, and hopefully gain a bunch of ideas to get you going in new directions than before!

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Open String Chord Tricks “E” (Part 1)

Most people think of open chords as being the standard “cowboy” chords – G, C, D, etc etc. But there are other open chords we can use, as we’re going to find out in this lesson. The ones in this lesson are based off “E” and they’re pretty cool. Let us know in the comments below how you’ve been able to start integrating these into your playing.

The next lesson in this series looks at open chords based off “A”.

Quick Start to Electric Guitar

This lesson is a great start to playing electric guitar – if you have any questions, please use the comment form on this page and we’ll do our best to help you! You can watch the lesson online on this page, or download one of options below. Right click, and save as.

Intro to Triads: Breaking Down a Root 6 Major Chord

In this lesson we’re going to break down a root 6 major chord to learn more about how it is constructed. Gaining a deeper understanding of your chords is hugely beneficial for later on when you want to start using the notes from these chords in unique ways to build riffs.

When you’re finished this lesson, be sure to checkout the next one in this series, where we’ll break down a root 6 minor chord.

How To Improve Your Ear Using Chromatic Scales

In this lesson we’ll cover a good way to improve your ear’s ability to “hear” what’s in tune and what’s not. It’s a simple technique, but it pays off not only for your ear, but for your fingers, timing and picking speed as well. That makes this a great exercise and one that should be part of your practice routine.

Chord Substitution Options (Thrill is Gone) Board Lesson

In this lesson, we’re going to take a chord progression that has been used in many different places – including of course in Thrill is Gone by BB King, and look at how we can make some chord substitutions to make things sound a little bit different. Once you’ve gone through this lesson, you’ll want to checkout the practical application of it as well.

Introduction to Suspended Chords (sus4)

In this lesson we’re going to start taking a look at suspended chords; specifically, the suspended fourths. A suspended fourth is a chord in which we’ve removed the third that is normally found in the chord, and replaced it with a fourth. So your basic chord structure would look like this: I, IV, V. An example would be Gsus4, which would look like this: G (I), C (IV), D (V). Remember, those are the notes in the G chord, not separate chords.

Essentials of Strumming – Part 1

This is part 1 of 2 in the Essentials of Strumming & Rhythm course.

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Chapter Times In This Section

00:00:00 Introduction
00:08:12 Stick Notation and Counting
00:32:47 Rhythm Fractioning
00:41:28 Strum Choices A
00:49:38 Strum Choices B
00:57:51 Strum Choices C
01:08:31 Strum Choices D
01:17:25 I-V-IV Theory Lesson
01:26:59 Chord Progression: Old School Rock and Roll
01:33:09 Bonus Strum
01:39:27 Chord Progression: Texas Flood
01:46:58 Chord Progression: Pride and Joy
01:50:41 Chord Progression: The Last Time