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Video Lesson: How to Build Pentatonic Scales Up and Down the Fretboard

From the December 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You are stuck in one pentatonic scale shape, and anything too far up or down... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: How to Build Scales, Part 2 of 2

From the November 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You’ve developed a basic understanding of major scales, but have yet to get... READ MORE...

Guitar Basics: How to Build Scales, Part I

From the October 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You’re at the mercy of the scales you’ve memorized by rote learning or what ... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: Get Rhythm, Part 2: More on Beats, Meters, and More

From the September 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN In the first part of this series (AG August 2018), I covered some necessary terminology... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: Get Rhythm, Part 1: Beats, Meters, and More

From the August 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM Rhythm is a shaky area for you. You have a difficult time communicating a rhy... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: Learning the Notes on the Fretboard and the Staff

From the July 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM The identity of the notes on your fretboard is a mystery. Whenever someone uses... READ MORE...

Start Soloing on Acoustic Guitar with These Essential Building Blocks [Video Lesson]

From the July 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You’re comfortable with chords and holding down rhythms, but when it comes to... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: Start Enriching Your Songwriting with Seventh Chords

From the June 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM While you’re familiar with the basic major and minor triads, any numbers follo... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: 5 Steps Toward Developing Chord Fluency on the Fretboard

From the May 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You want to expand your harmonic vocabulary and improve your ability to visualize... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: 5 Ways to Build Your Rock Rhythm Guitar Rudiments

From the February 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN THE PROBLEM You fall into predictable patterns and struggle to create interesting phrases... READ MORE...

Video Lesson: Improve Your Acoustic-Rock Arpeggio Technique in 5 Easy Steps

From the January 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY GRETCHEN MENN The Problem You’re having difficulty keeping a steady flow when playing arpeggios—chords... READ MORE...