Student Resources

Online Metronome

Now you have absolutely no excuse not to use a metronome each time you practice! (Requires Macromedia Flash Player.)
Download the flash metronome to your desktop!
Read John’s series: Metronome Techniques.

Ricci Adams’ Musicianship Software

Each music trainer listed below has several options available so you can customize it to test you at your current level of musicianship. For a complete explanation of these options, mouse-over the question mark in the lower right corner of each trainer. A free program containing all of these music trainers and a few more is available for download from Ricci Adams’ musictheory.net. (Requires Macromedia Flash Player)

Note Trainer
Improve your ability to recognize notes on the staff.

Key Trainer
Improve your ability to recognize different key signatures.

Interval Trainer
Improve your ability to recognize intervals on the staff.

Triad Trainer
Improve your ability to recognize triads on the staff.

Guitar Trainer
Improve your ability to recognize the note names of specific guitar frets.

Interval Ear Trainer
Improve your ear’s ability to recognize intervals.

Scale Ear Trainer
Improve your ear’s ability to recognize scales and modes.

Chord Ear Trainer
Improve your ear’s ability to recognize triads and seventh chords.

Stretching Exercises

Great stretching exercises from guitarlessons365.com.

Changing Strings

Here are three handy videos from D’Addario Strings that demonstrate how to install stings on electric guitars and steel- and nylon-string acoustic guitars. I’m not a fan of electric guitars with Floyd Rose-style tremolo systems, but if you have one be sure to watch this 4-part series: How to change strings on a guitar with a Floyd Rose.

Power Tab Editor

A free program for opening power tab files or notating your own compositions. The once popular Power Tab Archive has been closed in response to copyright claims form the music publishing community, but you can still find plenty of power tab files with a Google search. File sized for both the editor and files are extremely small. Download Power Tab Editor Here

Guitar Codex

Guitar Codex is an online chord and scale finder for guitarists. It will display the results on a fingerboard diagram either as note names or intervals, and can be manipulated to include alternate tunings and flipped display for left-handed players. (Requires Java)
View The Guitar Codex