Wes Montgomery

No conversation about the history of jazz guitar would be complete without hearing the name 'Wes Montgomery'. Born in Indianapolis in 1923, he developed and advanced the earlier 'swing to bop' style of Charlie Christian and learnt many of his solos note for note. His distinctive sound came from his unusual technique of playing with …

Jimmy Page

Born in Greater London, England, in 1944, and primarily known for being the guitarist of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has influenced a generation of Rock guitarists with his powerful pentatonic riff based hard rock sound. Formed in 1968 Led Zeppelin are considered alongside Black Sabbeth to be one of the main precursors to heavy metal. …

Minor Triads

  Minor triads are much like major triads, but played out of context they can sound a little 'sadder'. Their construction is almost the same, however instead of 1, 3, and 5, we take 1, b3, and 5. To use the example of C Minor, we need to first start with the scale of C Major: C     D    …

Major Triads

Triads are the basis of all western music and are indispensable to the aspiring musician regardless of style or musical preference. Every time you play a C, G, A, Am, D, E, Em etc chord on a guitar you are playing a triad. A triad is so called because it consists of 3 notes. The …

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is largely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of the 20th century. Born in Seattle in 1942, his style is derived from blues musicians of older generations; BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson etc, and rock 'n' roll musicians such as Elvis and Little Richard. His fusion created …