Learning Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Brad Henecke

Learning Chords

Some of the most familiar rock songs are nothing but a pattern of 3 chords. In this lesson, Brad Henecke will teach you some chords, a chord progression to practice them with and get you well on your way to playing Rock and Roll in no time.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 42:30Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (01:24) Introduction A scene of Brad Henecke pulling up, unloading his equipment and playing an absolutely rocking song.

Welcome to Lesson 2 of Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke.
Chapter 2: (0:41) Lesson Information Welcome back to Jamplay.com! In this lesson we will be covering one of the most important aspects of guitar playing, chords and chord progressions.
Chapter 3: (04:41) Chord Charts and the E Major Chord

Before we jump into the E major chord it would be a good idea to explain how to read a chord chart.

Chord Charts
Chord charts allow you to learn guitar chords without knowing sheet music or tablature, in fact they are the easiest way to learn a chord. The chart is a drawing of the guitar neck as if it were held vertically. The left string is the low E and the right string is the high E. The lines that run vertically downwards are the frets. The very top fret is the first, and the bottom fret is last. A chord chart will generally only show 4-6 frets and will be numbered to avoid confusion. The numbers along the bottom of the chart can either be the note being played, or the finger playing on that string. In this example it is the note being played instead of the fingering, however it is good to keep in mind that many chord charts will give you the fingerings.

A circle with a number on it means that you place a finger on that string on that fret. In the sample above you would put your first finger on the G string (or 3rd string) on the 2nd fret, second finger on the D string (or 3rd string) on the 2nd fret and your 3rd finger on the B string (or second string) 2nd fret. The finger numberings are as described in the picture above.

That is the basic gist of reading a chord chart, there will be situations in the future such as barre chords that will be slightly different however we will approach those as they come. Being able to read a chord chart is an amazing tool to have in your belt and can help absorb more information, quicker, in the future.

The E Major Chord

To the right is a chord chart of the E major chord. As you can see it is quite simple. Take the first finger and place it on the 1st fret of the G string, the 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the A string and the 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string. Leave the E, B and e strings open. On the E chord you play all six strings making this a great sounding chord and also one that is very easy to play.

When you are first playing the chord go through each string slowly, one by one. Doing this will show if there are any fingers in the wrong positions or any muffled strings. Your fingers should be directly above the fret they should be playing on, pressing down just hard enough for the string to ring clearly. If your fingers are too close or too far away from the fret the string will be muffled or perhaps a bit "tinny". Press too hard and you will end up with sore fingers or a prematurely tired hand.

Before moving on to the next section please practice the E major chord with zeal. Play it over and over, using individual strings and strumming as well. Learn what it sounds and feels like and let the knowledge of the chord seep into your brain. Moving on before this chord is memorized will just cause you to have to come back and relearn it again.


Chapter 4: (02:08) The E Minor Chord

The E Minor Chord

Up next we will be covering the E minor chord. Please look at the chord chart to the left. Notice that this chord is nearly identical to the E major. In fact, you can play the E minor chord simply by lifting up your first finger from the first fret on the G string. There are quite a few chords you can play by simply changing around shapes of major chords, but we will get into that more later.

Now of course that is an easy way to remember the chord, but not useful unless you are going from the E major to E minor chord often. Let's go over the chord chart and the fingerings. Take your 2nd finger and place it on the A string (5th string) second fret and then take your third finger and place it on the D string (4th string) on the second fret. Now strum all 6 strings. Notice how this has a sad sound when compared to the Major chord.

As with before, do not move on to the next section until you have this chord memorized and are accustomed to the fingerings. Move between the E major and the E minor to get a feel for the chords, the way they sound and the differences between the major and the minor.


Chapter 5: (01:09) The E7 Chord

The E7 Chord

We are going to cover another chord that is very similar to the E major, this time it is the E7. 7th chords generally have a very jazzy or bluesy sound and are often used in blues, jazz and rock and roll. As with the E minor chord, transitioning from the E Major to the E7 only requires that you lift one finger. This time you simply finger the E major chord and lift your 3rd finger off of the 2nd fret, D (4th) string. Now you have the ability to switch between 3 chords that all have a similar shape simply by moving one finger around.

As with before you need to learn the chord itself so you are able to finger it without going to the E Major first. This is an open chord in which you play all 6 strings. Place your first finger on the 1st fret of the G (3rd) string and your second finger on the 2nd fret of the A (5th) string. Strum all 6 strings and make sure that none of the strings are muffled or odd sounding.

As with before, do not move on to the next section until you have this chord memorized and are accustomed to the fingerings. Move between the E major, E minor and E7 to get a feel for the chords, the way they sound and the differences between the major, minor and 7th chords.


Chapter 6: (03:16) The A Major Chord

The A Major Chord

Now that you know 3 different chords that you can play using the familiar "E" shape we are going to move on to the A major chord. The A Major is quite different from the E chord but is still fairly easy to play. Take your 1st finger, but it on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string, your second finger and place it on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string and your 3rd finger and place it on the B (2nd) string. This fingering may be awkward for you at first, and if it is do not hesitate to try playing a different fingering. For instance, one alternate fingering is to hold down all 3 frets that you must play with one finger, or to simply reorganize your fingers so that you are playing them in a row, instead of staggered. Brad uses his fingering because it makes switching between certain chords easier, however it is not the only "correct' way to do it. With this chord you only play the top 5 strings, which means you do not hit the low E (6th) string at all. This is why no number appears below the low E on the chord chart.

Please do not move on to the next section until you have mastered the A major chord. After you have a feel for the chord, practice switching between E and A, E minor and A, E7 and A. Doing this may feel pointless, however it will help you burn the chords into your memory and also give you a better feeling for the sound and personality of the chord.


Chapter 7: (01:31) The A7 Chord

The A7 Chord

Making new chords out of the A Major shape is every bit as simple as it was with the E Major. This chord is the A7, and only requires you to lift your first finger from the 2nd fret of the G string (3rd). If you are using an alternate fingering to play this chord, just lift whichever finger you have played on the G. Note the jazzy/bluesy feel of this chord.

As usual it is not a good idea to only know how to arrive at A7 from the A major position, so let's go over the chord chart. In this chord you only play 5 strings, so ignore the 6th or Low E string (far left). Put your second finger on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string and your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the B (2nd) string. Strum all 5 chords downwards and make sure that there are no muffled or overly buzzy strings

Do not move on until you have the A7 chord memorized and the fingerings down in your head. Practice moving between the A Major and A7 until it feels like second nature. After that practice moving from E to A7, from E minor to A7 and so on. Practicing chords in various ways is very important for getting your hands and brain familiar with the way chords interact. If you only know how to go from A to A7 it will be very difficult in the future when chords will need to be played in different orders.


Chapter 8: (02:34) The A Minor Chord

The A Minor Chord.

The A minor chord is not as easy to get to from the A major as the A7, but as you can see on the chart above the fingering still only differs by one fret. This chord can be more difficult to get too depending on which way you hold the A chord, so be sure to find the most comfortable way to arrive to this chord from A major for you..

To finger the A minor chord start out by putting your first finger on the first fret on the B (5th) string. After that, you finger the chord similar to the A major. Your second finger goes on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string and your third finger goes on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string. It's a very easy chord to hold. If you will notice this chord uses the exact same shape as the E major chord, everything just moves over one set of strings.

Do not move on until you have the A Minor chord memorized and the fingerings down in your head. Practice moving between A Major and A minor, between E and A minor, between E7 and A minor. As always, it is a good idea to practice changing chords in as many different ways as possible. Explore the different sounds your guitar makes and if you find chords that sound good together write them down, it might just be the beginning of a new song.


Chapter 9: (02:31) The C Major Chord

The C Major Chord.

The C major chord is wonderful to play and has a bright, beautiful sound. This chord may be a bit harder to play because it requires the fingers to stretch out further, but don't worry if you can't get it at first, your hands will get stronger in no time and fingering chords such as this will become second nature.

To finger the C major chord place your first finger on the first fret of the B (2nd) string, 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string and 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the A (5th) string. The G (3rd) and High E (1st) strings will be played open. This chord only uses the bottom 5 strings so when strumming do not hit the Low E (6th) string.

This is a very important chord to practice and master as it requires a bit more finger dexterity then the others you have learned. It requires you to stretch farther and spread your fingers out, so practice this chord long and hard. After you have the fingerings memorized practice switching between the A, E and C chords and play around.


Chapter 10: (02:27) The C7 Chord

The C7 Chord

The C7 chord simply requires you to add an extra finger to the C major chord which was taught in the last chapter. Finger this chord may seem a bit tricky as you are required to use your fourth/pinky finger which has not gotten much action up until this point. To finger the C7 chord simply play the C major chord and add your fourth finger to the 3rd fret on the G (3rd) string. Easy as pie!

To finger the C7 chord from scratch place your 1st finger on the B (2nd) string on the first fret, 2nd finger on the D (4th) string second fret, 3rd finger on the A (5th) string 3rd fret and your fourth finger on the G (3rd) string 3rd fret. The chord itself isn't hard to remember, but fingering may be tricky as it requires stretching your hands and using the neglected 4th finger. You only play 5 strings in this chord so do not play your low E (6th) string.

The C7 chord has a rich and interesting texture to it. Practice playing this chord and alternating between the C major and C7 chord, between the E7 and C7, between the A major and C7, you get the idea. We cannot stress enough how important playing around with chord changing is.


Chapter 11: (01:45) Chord Progression #1

Now that you know several chords you probably want something to play with them. In this section we will give you a cool sounding chord progression that will have you sounding like a rock star in no time.

This chord progression is fairly simple to play, but it sounds good and most importantly is fun. You start off by strumming the E chord 4 times using all downward strums. Then play the C chord 4 times using all down strums. After that play the A chord either 4 or 8 times using all down strums. Repeat the pattern over and over as it is great practice, and it sounds interesting as well.

Chapter 12: (01:22) Chord Progression #2

This section covers another chord progression. This progression will use some minor chords and has a totally different sound when compared to the first.

This chord progression uses all down strums again. Begin by strumming the A minor chord down 4 times, follow with the E minor chord 4 times and finally the C major chord 4 times. Repeat this chord progression as many times as is necessary. It is important to be able to change chords in a smooth and efficient manner so be sure not to skip past these progression.

Chapter 13: (02:35) The D Major Chord

The D Major Chord

The D major is a very popular chord because of it's bright beautiful sound. This chord is literally used in millions of songs. It is also very easy to finger and play. Put your first finger on the G (3rd) string 2nd fret, second finger on the high E (1st) string second fret and third finger on the B (2nd) string 3rd fret. This chord only uses four strings so do not playing the E (6th) or A (5th) strings.

Do not move on to the next section until you have practiced this chord.


Chapter 14: (02:34) D Minor Chord

The D Minor Chord

The minor version of the D chord uses a similar chord shape but produces a tone that one could call sad when compared to the happy, bright D chord.

To finger the D minor chord put your first finger on the High E (1st) string on the first fret, second finger on the G (3rd) string 2nd fret and your third finger on the B (2nd) string 3rd fret. This chord only requires you to play four strings, so ignore the E (6th) and A (5th) strings while you are strumming.

Do not move on to the next chapter until you have memorized this chord and practiced playing it with the other chords from this lesson. Switching between chords takes time and practice so get on it.

Chapter 15: (02:24) The D7 Chord

The D7 Chord

Up next is another variation of the D chord, the D7 chord. The D7 is the jazzy/bluesy version of the D family.

Fingering the D7 chord is quite easy and painless. Put your first finger on the B (2nd) string at the first fret, second finger on the G (3rd) string on the 2nd fret and your third finger on the high E (first) string 2nd fret. This chord as with the other D shapes only uses four strings so ignore the E (6th) and A (5th) strings

Do not move on to the next chapter until you have memorized this chord and practiced playing it with the other chords from this lesson. Switching between chords takes time and practice so get on it.

Chapter 16: (02:38) The G Major Chord

The G Major Chord

Next we will be teaching the G major and some of the chords that relate to it.

To finger the G major put your second finger on the A (5th) string 2nd fret, third finger on the Low E (6th) string third fret and your fourth finger on the high E (1st) string, third fret. This loud and rich chord makes use of all six strings on your guitar.

Do not move on to the next chapter until you have memorized this chord and practiced playing it with the other chords from this lesson. Switching between chords takes time and practice so get on it.

Chapter 17: (02:25) The G7 Chord

The G7 Chord

Next we will be teaching the G7 chord.

To finger the G7 chord place your first finger on the high E (1st) string first fret, second finger on the A (5th) string second fret and your third finger on the low E (6th) string third fret. This chord, like the G major, makes use of all six strings thus creating a rich and powerful chord.

Do not move on to the next chapter until you have memorized this chord and practiced playing it with the other chords from this lesson. Switching between chords takes time and practice so get on it.

Chapter 18: (04:35) Final Thoughts and Credits

This has been a very large guitar lesson. Learning all these chords at once will prove very difficult, so we recommend splitting this lesson up into small chunks. Try to learn perhaps two or 3 chords a week and practice them well. Whatever you do, practice this lesson thoroughly before moving on to the next lesson as practice makes perfect.



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RtovoRtovo replied on April 4th, 2015

With all your respect sir why don't you put your fingers in a row with your first finger on the fourth string and so on with the rest of chord

grburgessgrburgess replied on August 13th, 2015

some people play it like that, but it's not as easy to change to other chords.

RtovoRtovo replied on April 4th, 2015

With all your respect sir why don't you put your fingers in a row with your first finger on the fourth string and so on with the rest of chord

jaybojaybo replied on December 29th, 2013

very cool lesson as all with Brad are !!

wv_wilsonwv_wilson replied on January 18th, 2013

Great starter course to chords - also can be used a a good refresher for those of us who played years ago and are just coming back - I was happy to remember all the fingering for these, but I had forgotten the names and/or confused some of the 7th and minors! Easy to follow and look forward to moving on through this series.

lpaxcesslpaxcess replied on April 10th, 2012

First of all I'm new to Jam Play (signed up yesterday :) and there's just a ton of information here. I know alot of chords but I'm wanting to learn some theory behind them. I'm trying to see what makes a particular chord (minors, 7ths, 9ths, etc. ) When you took the 3rd finger off the D string and left it open why did this make the chord an E7th. I've just started your lessons and I noticed you told why E min chord before it was a minor because of removing the third note a half step. Am I getting ahead of myself here or would you recommend I start somewhere else. Thanks.

richard88richard88 replied on March 27th, 2012

Thank you Mr. Henecke

sherchanrock72sherchanrock72 replied on December 17th, 2011

It was good lesson, any beginner can learn watching this video.

sthpttngllsthpttngll replied on December 27th, 2010

he needs to focus more on putting his teaching into the video rather than having you read it, most people learn visually and this video didn't help at all and makes me not want to look at his others

benjaminbarnesbenjaminbarnes replied on October 28th, 2010

Loving the complex chords drawings xD

tayebtayeb replied on October 12th, 2010

today marks the day i changed my life :D

surferchild007surferchild007 replied on July 11th, 2009

hey Brad I really enjoyed the lessons but you look really distracted. Would have been nice to have you looking at me, just makes it more personal. I know I just being critical. Thanks for the great lessons

blueguitar420blueguitar420 replied on May 27th, 2009

can i do this section on acoustic?

gregboygregboy replied on April 8th, 2009

Hi Brad, I don't want to use a plectrum, is this OK. I do not want to play heavy rock but simply finger pick. I am 56 years old and do not want to crank it up. Enjoying the lessons. Greg.

brett911brett911 replied on March 9th, 2009

Good lesson for me due to 1 primary reason. Your A chord shape is much easier for 10 Years Gone than mine.

lukacar24lukacar24 replied on February 1st, 2009

yeah good lesson ;) my fav chords ^^

kavehwarriorkavehwarrior replied on November 2nd, 2008

are there tabs for the tune played in the end? it's pretty sweet!

xelsxels replied on July 29th, 2008

Hi Brad! Thanks for the great lesson. I have an odd question or issue: when I play the chord progression 1 (E-C-A) on an acoustic guitar, I get a "pull off effect" when changing from C to A. Do you know what I am doing wrong?

xelsxels replied on August 8th, 2008

Found the answer to the question in the Q&A section: http://www.jamplay.com/members/guitar/ask/view-response.html?id=15&search_text=pull+off+effect.

jboothjbooth replied on August 8th, 2008

Xels, sorry we didn't get back to you sooner about this, we somehow missed this post :( Glad you found the answer!

xelsxels replied on August 10th, 2008

No problem ;-) I should have started at the Q&A section...

harryharry replied on October 20th, 2007

Brad, you have two progressions for this lesson. Could you post a couple of more using the chord shapes not included in the other two progressions? BTW, that A fingering is killing me. What little I have played it was always using fingers 1,2,3 straight across. Harry

maskedstrangermaskedstranger replied on May 28th, 2008

I too finger the A the same way. I have been doing it for 3 months now and my fingers seem to tie in knots when I try to do it the other way. Guess I have a few bad habits I need to work out. Thanks Brad for the lessons, I am enjoying them while Deployed here in Iraq.

isaccoubaldiisaccoubaldi replied on March 26th, 2008

Hi Brad, I'm Isacco from Italy. I have a question. The C7 is a "correct" chord even without the fifth (G)? Thanks. You are great!

Brad.HeneckeBrad.Henecke replied on March 27th, 2008

The C7 is a "correct" chord even with out the 5th .You can still call the C7 a C7 chord if you are just playing the C note ( the root) and the flatened 7th note .Your mind will think it hears the fith even though it is not there .Some times Jazz players play what they call inside chords those are chords that the Root note is not played .you only play the 3rd and the 5th and what ever else color you want to add but no root note .Then the bass player playes the root notes .kinda cool !

paul112paul112 replied on October 4th, 2013

Hi when are you teacing live ? Love to way you teach

rangerranger replied on January 30th, 2008

Brad is great. Give the man a raise , he deserves one.

kevinacekevinace replied on January 11th, 2008

Nice lesson!

tsaevatsaeva replied on August 16th, 2007

haha. It wasn't to nitpick or anything, it just made me a little unsure of whether I was right or not.

jboothjbooth replied on August 16th, 2007

Fixed it, the file in sup content is fixed and the fixed video will be uploaded in a few hours once it is done rendering. Please let me know if you find any other issues! THANK YOU

jboothjbooth replied on August 16th, 2007

Thank you very much for pointing this out, sometimes I miss little things like this :)

jboothjbooth replied on August 16th, 2007

Oh crap, in the chord progression, you are right I flubbed that one up. Time to fix it!

jboothjbooth replied on August 16th, 2007

Hey there, I just looked, and I think you are getting the chord chart confused with the tab. The 2 and the 3 on the chord chart means the 2nd and 3rd finger, the tab (at least where im looking at it) properly says 2, 2. Am I missing something / looking at the wrong spot?

tsaevatsaeva replied on August 16th, 2007

Just to make sure.. In the second chord progression (scene 12) you say it's using the E-minor chord and it says so on the summary page too, but the tabs for that chord shows as: 0 0 0 3 2 0 I'm not really sure what that is, but I'm fairly sure that E-minor is 0 0 0 2 2 0 isn't it?

flyrerflyrer replied on August 8th, 2007

A lot to learn, but well presented

jboothjbooth replied on January 30th, 2007

This is one of my favorite lessons, sooo much packed into it.

Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In this Phase 2 series Brad Henecke will school you in the art of rock guitar. You will not only learn how to play some of your favorite songs in this series, but you will also learn how to create your own.



Lesson 1

Basic Rock Guitar

This lesson covers the absolute basics of rock guitar. Learn about the electric guitar, pickups, amplifiers, changing strings, and more.

Length: 52:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Learning Chords

The first step of your rock guitar experience is learning some of the more popular chords and that is what this lesson is all about.

Length: 42:30 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Barre Chords and More

Brad Henecke introduces common strumming patterns and barre chords.

Length: 42:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Your First Song

In this lesson Brad covers some of the more advanced barre chord shapes. He applies these shapes to the song "Hotel California."

Length: 41:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Blues and Scales

Rock has its roots in the blues. Brad helps you explore the wonderful world of blues in this lesson. He also covers some chord theory.

Length: 48:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Tricks and Lead

This lesson is all about specific techniques used by lead guitarists.

Length: 52:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Jammin' with Scales

This lesson details how to improvise with the blues scale.

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Lesson 8

3 Songs

In this fun lesson, Brad Henecke teaches you riffs from 3 classic rock songs.

Length: 28:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Power Chords

Power chords help give rock music that "punch you in the face" feel. Learn basic power chords in this lesson.

Length: 13:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

2 New Songs

Are you ready to learn "Ain't Talking About Love" by Van Halen and "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC? That's what this lesson is all about.

Length: 27:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Pentatonic Scale

Brad teaches the first pattern of the minor pentatonic scale and explains how it relates to the blues scale.

Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Second Pattern

Brad covers the second pattern for both the minor blues and minor pentatonic scales.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Message in a Bottle

Learn the classic rock song "Message in a Bottle."

Length: 10:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Third Pattern

This great lesson covers the 3rd fretboard pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.

Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Colorful Chord Tension

Brad demonstrates how open strings can be added to chord shapes you are already familiar with.

Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

The Fourth Pattern

Brad covers the fourth pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.

Length: 8:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Daytripper

In this lesson Brad demonstrates how to play the Beatles song "Daytripper."

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Fifth Pattern

Brad demonstrates the 5th pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales. He also discusses practicing and memorizing them.

Length: 13:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

"Brown Eyed Girl"

Learn the classic rock song "Brown Eyed Girl" in this episode of Rock Guitar.

Length: 11:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Phrasing

Brad introduces you to the importance of phrasing. Quality phrasing is essential when performing any melodic line.

Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Basics of Tapping

Tapping is an idiomatic guitar technique that offers a unique sound.

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Intro to Modes

Learning the modes is essential to the development of your scale vocabulary.

Length: 31:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Understanding Chord Shapes

Brad further explains what chord shapes are and how they relate to barre chords.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Natural Harmonics

Learn the right and left hand mechanics involved in playing harmonics.

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Advanced Harmonics

Brad covers more advanced harmonic techniques such as harp harmonics, pinch harmonics and tap harmonics.

Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

The Dorian Mode

Brad moves on in his modal lesson series to explain the Dorian mode. This lesson includes 2 backing tracks.

Length: 22:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Phrygian Mode

Brad explains and demonstrates the Phrygian mode.

Length: 13:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

The Lydian Mode

Brad continues his discussion of the modes. You will learn the Lydian mode in this lesson.

Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Mixolydian Mode

Brad explains the Mixolydian mode and its practical applications.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

The Aeolian Mode

Continuing with his modal lessons, Brad Henecke teaches the Aeolian mode.

Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

The Locrian Mode

The final lesson in our modal series covers the Locrian mode.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

The Ace Zone

Brad teaches some licks inspired by Ace Frehley of KISS. Incorporate these licks into your own solos.

Length: 7:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

Learn Licks

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches you some fun licks that can be used in your own guitar solos.

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Lesson 34

Blues Licks

Brad Henecke demonstrates some cool blues licks.

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Lesson 35

Modes and Scales

Brad Henecke provides an alternate way of comparing modes and scales.

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Lesson 36

A Different View

In the last lesson, Brad Henecke compared some scales that are major or dominant in quality. Now, he repeats this process with minor scales.

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

One String Scales

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Lesson 38

One String Ionian Mode

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Lesson 39

Aeolian Mode on One String

Brad continues his discussion of single string scales. He explains how to play the Aeolian mode across a single string.

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Lesson 40

Octave Scales

Brad explains how to locate octaves within scale patterns. He demonstrates a cool lick that involves playing simultaneous octaves.

Length: 7:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 41

Using Octaves

Brad explains how to use octaves in the context of an exercise. Octaves can also be used to build effective licks.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 42

Harmonic Minor Scale

Brad introduces the harmonic minor scale. He explains how it can be applied to the solo break in "Sweet Child O' Mine."

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 43

Learning by Ear

Brad Henecke provides valuable tips regarding the process of learning songs by ear.

Length: 23:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 44

Ear Training Game

Improve your ear training by playing "The Tone Is Right" with Brad Henecke.

Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Diminished Arpeggio

Brad Henecke explains diminished chords and provides a fun diminished arpeggio exercise.

Length: 19:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 46

Understanding Time Signatures

Brad Henecke addresses time signatures.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 47

Diminished Chords

Brad Henecke explains the construction of diminished seventh chords. He also provides a diminished chord exercise.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 48

Open G Tuning

Brad Henecke introduces open G tuning in this lesson.

Length: 23:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 49

Drop D Tuning

Brad Henecke introduces drop D tuning in this lesson. He explains many advantages of this tuning.

Length: 12:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 50

G Major Pentatonic

Brad Henecke teaches the G major pentatonic scale. He demonstrates all 5 patterns and explains how they can be transposed to any key.

Length: 22:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 51

Changing Scales with Chords

In this lesson Brad Henecke talks about changing the pentatonic/blues scales with each chord in a chord progression.

Length: 11:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 52

Mixolydian Scale and Chords

Brad will show how to use the Mixolydian scale with a blues chord progression.

Length: 6:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 53

Gear and Effects

This lesson is all about gear and effects. Brad begins his discussion with power conditioning and removing hiss from your amplifier. He progresses to discuss a plethora of effects pedals. Brad explores...

Length: 52:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 54

The Wah Pedal

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the wah pedal and demonstrates its many applications.

Length: 15:53 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Brad Henecke View Full Biography Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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