George Turner Guitar Arts




Guitar Lessons Open Chords Download

I tend to think of a guitarist as performing three main jobs on the guitar...
...Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar, & Solo guitar.


The lessons are 30 minutes long, once each week. Tuition is $25 per lesson. The student will receive individualized private instruction that is tailored to his or her goals. Though many concepts, tools, scales, chords, etc. are taught to all guitarists, regardless of style, at a certain point there will be an emphasis on specific ones, as they relate to the guitarist's favorite styles/songs.

Following is a brief description of what a student may expect to learn-

Generally, I tend to think of a guitarist as performing three main jobs on the guitar, although they may perform any and/or all three, in most popular styles.

  1. Rhythm guitar
  2. Lead guitar
  3. Solo guitar
The Rhythm guitarist is a guitarist who, mostly, strums chords -- in a band, or by themselves -- to accompany singing, or support an instrumental soloist, such as a horn player (even another guitarist). They need to learn chords, understand how to use rhythm to create style, and it's helpful to have a practical knowledge of music theory in order to know how to create any chord, and to put together sequences of chords, known as chord progressions.

The Lead guitarist is generally the one who plays melodies (as opposed to strumming chords), and very often, guitar solos (this can be different than what is referred to as Solo guitar - more on this later). Their main tools may be scales, and arpeggios (though chords can often be used in solos, too), and their ear. Music theory can be very helpful here, as well, since it necessarily involves how chords and scales can work together. A variety of scales and their modes will give lead guitarist many "colors" to create effective solos with.

The Solo guitarist plays songs instrumentally, without the need for a singer, or any other accompaniment. They benefit from a thorough knowledge of how to play, manipulate, and suggest chords (harmony) to be able to combine with the melody to create an arrangement that sounds good on solo guitar. Once again, music theory would be learned, as this type of playing can require some challenging manipulation of standard scales, chords, and rhythm.