Learn Modes on the Guitar

Modes are types of scales, they include the major and natural minor scale but also include other more interesting scales which feature in Latin Jazz flamenco and Brasilian music as well. In this tutorial, we’ll look at modes on the guitar. I will try shed some light on this often confusing topic. I though the […]

Flamenco Improvising over Spanish Cadence Tutorial

 I’ve had a few comments about improvising over flamenco chords and in particular over the Spanish Cadence. The Spanish Cadence is a very common chord progression that occurs in Spanish music and flamenco which uses the chords IV – III – II – I. It is usually in a minor key and often occurs […]

Common Latin Guitar Chord Progressions

Today I will be giving you a brief overview of the main Latin Guitar chord progressions. These might include flamenco music, Brasilian pieces and popular Latin songs. We will discuss the progression in terms of numbers which is the standard way of reffering to chord harmony. There are 7 chords i each key with each […]

The Mixolydian Scale

   The Mixolydian mode is a useful scale mainly for playing over blues and dominant 7th chords. It is similar to a major scale but has a flattened 7th degree. Let’s look at an example, you can improvise over a C7 chord using a C Mixolydian scale. The chord tones in C7 are C […]

Major 7th Arpeggios in E

This is a good warm-up arpeggio technique you can add to your daily practice. As part of my guitar warm-up, I practice a 2-octave major 7th arpeggio. Let’s try G major 7, this includes the following notes: G – B – D – F# then next octave G – B – D – F# – […]

Major 7th Chords

Here are the main major chord shapes you can play on the guitar: Root 6 (Tonic on the 6th String) Root 5 (Tonic on the 5th String) Root 4 (Tonic on the 4th String) There are other major type chords with can often also be used like 6, maj 9, 6/9 etc depending on the […]

The Phrygian Mode – How to use this Flamenco Guitar Mode

  Follow me  @sergioguitarist to get my latest news!   The Phrygian mode is one of the main flamenco modes. It basically consists of the notes of the A minor scale starting on E. To add tension I also play G# on the 3rd string. This is very common in Spanish guitar. What are modes? A […]

Soleares

The Soleares is one of the fundamental flamenco forms. Here are some basic facts about the Solea or Soleares: Compas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 (accent on bold numbers) Originated in the mid 1800s Share the same compas as Allegris and Buleria Use the Phrygian Mode  in E major or […]