Toy piano showing scale degrees

The Easiest Intro to Music Theory

The major scale is the root of all music theory. Know it well, and the rest of music theory will become easier than you thought possible. Everything else relates back to the major scale, so it’s crucial to be familiar …

Open Chord

8 Essential Open Chords and How to Use Them

What is an open chord? Technically, it’s any chord employing at least one open string. With that definition, you could make thousands. However, the term “open chord” usually refers to one of only eight basic open chords, which I’ll cover …

Guitar Chord

Know Every Note on the Guitar in 9 Days

Note: Since writing this article, I’ve created an entire course on the subject: Know Every Note. Knowing every note on the guitar is a challenge unique to the instrument. A saxophone has only one way to finger each note, while a …

Pick Protrusion

How to Hold a Guitar Pick

Proper picking technique is one of the most-discussed aspects of guitar playing. The overlooked truth is that there are as many picking techniques as there are guitar players. A quick look at some of the fastest pickers out there will …

Deft Digits Guitar Lessons

Welcome to Deft Digits

I hereby announce the launch of Deft Digits Guitar Lessons. Deft Digits is the teaching business of guitarist Joe Walker. That’s me. I’ve been playing and teaching since 1998, and I just moved from Southern California back to my hometown, …