Practical Music Theory Primer CAGED System Primer Modes Primer Blues Primer

Guitar players!  Free your fingers.

HCG has developed a surprisingly simple and elegant method for understanding the basic framework of how music works, and how it applies in patternistic ways on the neck of the guitar.  With this knowledge at your fingertips, the creative possibilities will be wide open whether you're an improviser, a composer, or just a player who wants to explore some new possibilities. 

Paul Murin, guitarist for Phix and the DeadPhish Orchestra, has created this website to provide a valuable resource for guitarists who want to learn the art of improvisation, and who want to hone their knowledge and skills with the best practice tools available on the web. 

Much of the material on this website is available for free, but there is also a massive member's area that features play-along tracks, transcribed solos with analysis, and interactive exercises designed to help you hone your skills.  If you like what you see here, we hope you will consider supporting HCG by purchasing a membership for $20.  Click here for more information.


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NEW: The HCG Blues Primer

  • Learn to incorporate aspects of the blues into your improvisation, no matter what styles of music you like to play.
  • Learn WHY the blues SOUNDS like the blues.
  • Learn simple, easy-to-understand tricks that will instantly add color and character to your playing.
  • Dissect and analyze solos by the blues greats.


Practical Music Theory for Guitarists

  • Have no fear...theory made simple!  
  • Learn the basics of scales, chords, and chord progressions.
  • The ABC's of music presented specifically for guitar players.
  • Astonishingly easy to understand and apply to everyday playing.

The Modes Made Easy

  • Cut through the purple haze and learn the modes once and for all.  
  • Learn to improvise and compose with a wider palette of colors.
  • Learn the neck of the guitar inside and out with this surprisingly simple system made up of only
    5 different fingerings. 

The CAGED System

  • Map out the neck of the guitar using 5 simple fingerings that are based on very familiar chord shapes.
  • These shapes provide a roadmap to help you navigate the neck of the guitar in any situation.
  • Never get lost on the neck again!



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