Licks and riffs – Improve your playing one lick at a time

Today we will start a new feature on the site to help you think outside of the box and grow as a guitarist. This new series of mini lessons is called ‘licks and riffs‘. As the name suggests, each post will contain a short lick or riff designed to get you thinking about a certain technique or concept.

Unlike other licks and riffs you would find on other sites, some of these licks won’t be usable in your playing. The whole point of all of these licks and riffs is to really get you thinking about music rather than just churning out licks in your playing. In other words these licks will force you to think about why certain notes work when jamming and why others don’t. As a result you will become a better player because you will really understand how to put together original licks that will work.

The best way to stay up to date with new licks and riffs is to like our Facebook page here or follow us on Twitter. Every time a new lick or riff is released we will let you know.

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Special Offer on Guitar Flash Cards & eBook Bundle

Thanks to popular demand on the Flash Cards Pack & 30 Day Guide Bundle, we have reduced the price from $15.99 (+$4.99 postage) to $12.99.

The brand new 30 Day Guide was released to celebrate Tempo Music Cards’ first birthday and it contains a stack of resources to help you get the most out of the flash cards. The Guide contains:

  • 9 detailed lessons on how to get the most out of the cards
  • 16 exercises specifically designed and chosen to help you with the cards
  • A 30 Day Practice Plan you can use to learn all 50 chords within 30 days
  • Printouts to help you in future development

Read more on the 50 Essential Chords Pack here then stop by the online store to get your hands on a pack before the free shipping offer ends.

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12 reasons to use flash cards to learn guitar chords

Flash cards are well known to be powerful educational tools – they can help people learn math, languages, formulas and even guitar chords. So many people have been using flash cards as a simple tool to help them learn so many different subjects. Here are 12 reasons why the same simple tool can be used to learn guitar chords and why you should get yourself a pack and give them a go.

  1. They’re easy to use – what’s easier than using a pack of cards?
  2. They’re the cheapest method (versus books, dictionaries or charts)
  3. They’re fun to use  – learning from a chord dictionary is as boring as it sounds
  4. They’re effective – I’ve noticed that my students who use them know up to 10 times more chords then the students that don’t
  5. You can take them anywhere – which means you can learn faster
  6. You can use them to write basic songs and find new chord progressions
  7. They can teach you music theory
  8. You can focus on whichever chords you pick from the deck
  9. They can help songwriters break the feared “writers’ block”
  10. You can use them to practice chord changes easier than a book
  11. You can play memory games with them to learn faster
  12. You can focus on one card a day and potentially memorize 50 chords in under two months


There are many more reasons and ways you can use flash cards to help you learn guitar chords faster and easier. Once you give them a go you’ll find out why they’re so effective. A chord dictionary with 400+ chords may sound like a good idea, but if its boring to use you won’t even learn 10 chords from it. Find out more about flash cards here or visit the store here to get yourself a pack.

New blog feature!

This new section on the website will contain blog posts with interesting information and updates in related guitar topics. The posts won’t be as formal as the lessons or articles but they will still contain valuable information to help you out.

Blog posts may include information on:

  • New products and gear from different companies
  • Advice and wisdom gained from a range of sources
  • Links to interesting blogs and websites you may want to check out
  • Short exercises or mini-lessons not detailed enough for the lessons section
  • Anything else deemed to be useful for you

The blog posts will be open to comments so feel free to ask questions or post suggestions.