What is the circle of fifths? The circle of fifths has been a staple of music theory knowledge almost since the dawn of time and shows us the relationship between the 12 different keys and how they relate to each other. By moving up in fifths of each other, we make our way around the circle to eventually end up back at the original key that we started in. A fifth is an interval of seven semitones or three and a half tones in the musical alphabet, which is regularly used in all genres of music and music theory. Understanding how [...]
About Cameron HayesCameron Hayes is a guitar educator at The London Guitar Institute, teaching a wide range of styles such as rock, metal, blues, jazz, folk, RnB, acoustic, and many more! He teaches a large volume of students on a weekly basis and always looks to provide outstanding value in each and every lesson!
Maybe you’ve had it sitting there in the corner for ten years, or you dabbled when you were a teenager. Perhaps it was a gift for Christmas one year but you weren’t sure where to start. You’ve looked online but there’s such an overwhelming amount of information you don’t know what to believe! So how long does it take to learn the guitar anyway? Let’s make it clear from the get-go that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to how long this takes. Sure some sources will tell you that you need however many hours experience before you can say you can [...]
The term “ii V I” (two, five, one) refers to a chord progression often used in many styles of music, especially in jazz. The numbers refer to the chords in the key that you are playing this chord progression, meaning the ii is the chord off of the second note of the scale, the V is the chord off of the fifth note, and the I is the chord off of the first note of the scale. The roman numerals tell us if the chord is major or minor, lower case representing a minor chord and upper case showing major. This [...]
You’ve been playing the guitar for a while now, but instead of it being a solo venture in the comfort of your own home, you’re ready to get out there and jam with some other musicians. Learn about playing in a band for the first time! If you’ve never played in a band setting before, there are a few more aspects that now come into play that you may not have had to think about when you were jamming by yourself at home. The first big difference to consider when playing in a band is to listen to each other! This [...]
So you’ve got the chords, and that riff that leads out of the verse. You’re jamming along when the second chorus comes to an end and you reach your favourite part of the entire song. The guitar solo! Unfortunately the 10 minute guitar tutorial that you watched on YouTube last week didn’t show you this part, and all of the TAB’s that you find online are confusing and inaccurate. So what do you do next? How do you jam along to that solo just like you were the rest of the song? Ok, not all guitar TAB’s that we find online [...]