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    … More Minor Triads

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 … More Major Triads

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 … More Jimi Hendrix

Power Chords

Power Chords are played like this: The photo shows F5 (the F power chord) but moving this shape up two frets would give G5. They can also be played with the root on the A string, when you do this, make sure you block the E string as you’re playing by touching it lightly with … More Power Chords

Sharps and Flats

  Sharp (#) and flat (b)  are two musical terms which essentially mean: ‘higher’ and ‘lower’. Here are all of the notes in order: A   A#   B   C   C#   D   D#   E   F   F#   G   G#   A A# is one semi tone higher than A, G# is one semi tone higher than G, E is one semi … More Sharps and Flats

Tones and Semi Tones

Much like we measure geographical distances in Kilometers, we measure musical distances in ‘tones‘ and ‘semi tones‘. London to Paris is 350 kilometers, C to D is one tone. They are distances between two notes. Here’s how it all works, here we have a list of all 12 notes in a row: A     A#  … More Tones and Semi Tones