"GUITAR EXPLAINED VISUALLY"

How to use The Building Blocks of Rock(tm) database

Most guitarists, including the pros, play by ear. Playing by ear is very visual. Common shapes and patterns are moved around the guitar neck based on the underlying key or chord. The Building Blocks of Rock(tm) database (above) shows you some of these common shapes and how to move them around.

Example: chords. You want to play an A power chord. Select "power chord" from the list and turn the knob to "A". The shape (black dots) show you where to put your fingers and which strings are played.

Turn the knob to another note, say B for example. This is a B power chord. Notice how the shape stays the same as it's moved around the neck. (If you can't see a shape, use the slider to zoom out).

Example: scales. You want to solo in the key of A, or over an A chord. Select one of the scales and turn the knob to "A".

Example: licks and riffs. You want to play some basic rock/blues licks and riffs in the key of A, or over an A chord. Select one and turn the knob to "A".

With chords, you can play all the strings at the same time. With scales you are usually playing individual strings. Barred or "double-stop" licks and riffs (a line drawn between the notes) can be either/or.