The secret is knowing the key concept. Once you know it you'll realize that you just use a simple code to play the guitar.
If you have the ambition to play the guitar but you're having a hard time making sense of it, I feel your PAIN. I struggled for years until I finally discovered the key concept, then it all made sense.
"Guitar-on-the-spot.com made songwriting a reality for me"
"I didn't realize that you could just pick any key and make up songs like that. I never made that 'key' connection. It made songwriting a reality for me.
"I just looked at Jesse's Easy Chord Chart, picked the key of A, found three chords I liked and came up with a song."
-Andrew Pierce, Greenville, SC
Listen to some of Andrew's song
It's called "Advice From a Stranger"
"...it never gets boring."
“Learning how to jam with songs inspired me to learn more cause it never gets boring. You can jam along with any song."
"I didn’t know there was a system for making songs.”
"I thought the guitar was more complex than it is"
"I thought a guitar was more complex than it is, I didn't realize you could play the same chord in many different places."
Blue Lake, CA
"I don't want to read a giant textbook.
I just want to make up songs"
“My dad got me a guitar book and it told me to put my fingers here and strum. But then I was like, "how does this all go together? I just don’t get it." I don’t want to read a giant textbook, cause that’s like homework. I just want to automatically know how to make up songs and that’s what Jesse showed me how to do.”
Ever wonder how a band of musicians just spontaneously start making up music together and everything they play sounds good? I wondered that for a long time and then I discovered the secret I was missing.
Here's the secret:
-The Key Concept- **********************
The majority of songs that you hear are in certain "keys".
Key of D
Key of C
Nothing Else Matters
Key of G
When September Ends
Key of G
Key of F
When musicians jam together, they pick a key for their jam, like the key of C, or the key of D, and then start playing notes and chords in that key. As long as everyone is playing in the same key they will sound good together.
So 'Hotel California' by the Eagles (in the list above), mainly uses the notes and chords in the key of D. 'Imagine' by John Lennon mainly uses the notes and chords in the key of C.
It's not a rule that everyone must stay in the same key (there are no rules when creating music. It's just a starting point to get everyone on the same page.
You can see and hear what I'm talking about below. There's a chart with a bunch of diagrams and some yellow buttons. Each row of chords represents a key.
If you want to make up a song, all you do is pick one of those rows and play any chords in that row one after another. There are six main chords in any key (row) so you can roll a die to select the chords.
Clicking the buttons is a fun way to make up songs without even having to learn how to play the guitar. When I'm too lazy to pick up the guitar I just sit there and make up songs by clicking the buttons. And I actually find that it's a great way for me to write songs. I think of parts I wouldn't have thought of if I was playing the guitar.
On this website you'll find out how easy it is to do things that you didn't realize you could do and you'll never want to put your guitar down.
I've included a bunch of free online guitar lessons that you can check out and if you feel like you want to know more you can download my free guitar e-book and subscribe to my free song making guitar lessons.
Do you have the ambition to play the guitar, but you can't quite piece it all together?
In Using the Code you’ll discover the simple code that you can use to play the guitar.
You'll use it to make up your own songs, solos and riffs up and down the guitar neck, jam with other people and figure out how to play simple songs, solos and riffs by ear.
You don’t need to read notes.
You don’t need to read tab.
You don’t need any experience.
I’ve spent the last four years trying to find ways to learn scales with chords, riffs, etc. This hasn’t happened until I researched your work and purchased your book.
You have taken difficult learning methods and composed your own more understandable learning techniques.
It's the best learning tool I have discovered in bookstores or the internet.
You have done wonders in helping people like me to better understand the guitar.
-Dave Stigen, Sparta, WI
"When I saw the book I thought oh it’s just another book. You know I've looked at a lot of books and they basically remind me that I need to practice various chord patterns and shapes and notes, it’s all about practice, but with Jesse’s book, it allowed me to practice in a more effective way that really benefited my guitar playing."
"It brought all those things that I thought were vastly beyond my abilities down to my level of understanding so that I could apply them and improve my skills."
"I think it’s a great way to start if you’ve never played because you can just use this whole formula that he’s developed to enhance you’re playing and to learn."
-Jon B., MI
I give you an 8 week complete money back guarantee, so if you decide it's not what you're looking for I'll give you your money back.
If you've been reading a bunch of books trying to “figure it out” (that’s what I did, it took me years) and you're still confused, just check out the code and see if it clears anything up for you. You have nothing to lose.
So where do you start? That depends on what you want to do.
Note: There's a section on this web site called Guitar Basics that shows you stuff like: the parts of the guitar, how to hold and strum a guitar and other information that you might want to refer to as you go along, especially if you're a complete beginner.