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Essential Guitar Terms for Beginners

Put together by TakeLessons.com

A Guide to Guitar Terms

When you start something new, like playing the guitar, it is important to learn the jargon.  Knowing key guitar terms is helpful when purchasing your guitar, learning techniques, and simply talking with other guitarists.  You will need to know where the pickups are, what a barre chord is, as well as how to use your capo.  (You can find more information on the capo here: Ultimate Guide to Using a Guitar Capo.)

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minor pentatonic scale
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Guitar Tips

Beginnings of a Rockstar: Minor Pentatonic Scale

Written by Ivan Rivera from IvanRivera.Bandcamp.com. You can also find Ivan on YouTube.

The almighty minor pentatonic scale: the 5 notes (penta = 5) that make up the bulk of your favorite solos, riffs and lines across a multitude of genres (especially Blues and Rock). It’s usually one of the first scales, if not the first, that guitarists learn and there’s a good reason for that. The scale contains only 5 notes instead of the 7 that form a “full” major/minor scale. This alone makes the shapes “finger friendly” and it takes out the intimidation a bit out of soloing and applying them right away.

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learn a song by ear
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How (and Why) to Learn a Song by Ear

Written by Alex Bruce of BruceMusic.co.uk

When my team of Guitar teachers and I talk to our new students, so many of them, whatever their level list being able to learn a song by ear as one of their main aims. It seems to be something that aspiring Guitarists want to be able to do, whether they feel they need to or not. Perhaps it’s part of their perception of what a ‘real’ musician is, or just feels more authentic than using a tab or a tutorial.

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easy summertime guitar songs
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10 Easy Summertime Guitar Songs for Beginners

Image courtesy of Molly Martirez @ Unsplash.com

These easy Summertime guitar songs were put together by TakeLessons.com

Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to learn seasonal tunes on your guitar! And from “Summertime Blues” to Kenny Chesney, many of the top summer songs are easy to play. Check out the infographic below, compiled by music lessons provider TakeLessons, to learn the chords for 10 easy songs… 

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