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You’re Playing “Stairway to Heaven” Wrong!

One of the most famous guitar songs of all time is undeniably “Stairway to Heaven”. But how well do you know how to play it? Chances are, you’ve been playing it wrong for years. Find out how to play “Stairway” the right way on this episode of Inside Out Guitar. “Stairway to Heaven” is undisputed […]

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Playing Over Changes – Part 4

Knowing our chord tones all over the fretboard is an important first step when trying to play well over chord changes. But to improvise effective melodies, we have to understand how to connect them to each other. In this episode, I’ll show you an effective way to practice connecting chord tones through the changes of […]

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Playing Over Changes – Part 3

Targeting specific chord tones is a tried and true practice in many styles of music. For us as improvisers, gaining this skill in real-time is vital to our ability to solo over chord changes well. In this episode, I’ll show you an exercise to practice targeting chord tones to help you know your guitar inside […]

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Playing Over Changes – Part 2

As improvising guitarists, we need to be able to see possibilities on our fretboard in as many ways we can. The more options we explore, the more tools we will have to create with. This is especially the case when improvising over chord changes. In this episode, I’ll show you another useful chord tone mapping […]

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Playing Over Changes – Part 1

Improvising well over chord changes can be a major hurdle to overcome on the guitar. In order to do that, we need to first connect our fretboard knowledge with some chord theory. In this episode, I’ll show you an exercise that you can use as a starting point to mapping out chord tones to help […]

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Fretboard Mapping – Part 4

I hope you’ve gotten stronger at knowing your fretboard with the first three fretboard mapping lessons. If you haven’t worked through those yet, check those out first, as they help to build the foundation that the exercise I’m about to show you is built upon. Practicing scales in alphabetical order is an important first step […]

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Fretboard Mapping – Part 3

In order to freely improvise outside of the proverbial “box” or be able to sightread a piece of music well on the guitar, one has to be able to see the pitches on their fretboard in as many ways as possible. In this video, I’ll show you another approach to effectively mapping the fretboard to […]

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Fretboard Mapping – Part 2

Applying theoretical knowledge to your instrument is an important step along your path to fretboard mastery. In this episode, I’m going to show you an exercise that implements diatonic thinking into your fretboard understanding to help you know your guitar inside out. If you’re watching Part 2 of Fretboard Mapping, I assume you’ve mastered part […]

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Fretboard Mapping – Part 1

Unlocking your fretboard is essential if you want to play guitar without limitations. In this episode I’m going to show you a chromatic exercise to help you know your guitar inside out. Today I’m going to talk to you about fingerboard mapping; fretboard mapping. It seems like every student that is struggling with breaking outside […]