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by Tom Boddison 19 May, 2017
Master any scale pattern fast and effectively with our new cheat-sheet on speed-learning your guitar scales.

Go here to get a free (and huge) guide on "Pentatonic Scale Secrets", that's perfect to go with this infographic!
by Tom Boddison 17 May, 2017
If there's one thing about chords that confuses guitar players, it's complex extensions. Learn to master them and skyrocket your guitar skills - even if you're a beginner - in this free mega-guide.

Thankfully, chord extensions don't have to be hard! Most people get put off by the complex names and seemingly endless fretboard shapes, but by using the right methods you'll quickly realise how easy it all is.

All of the chord types in the world can be derived from the basic major barre chord. Check out the 9-part mega-guide below, and have fun expanding your chord knowledge!
by Tom Boddison 15 May, 2017
Wanna improve your improv? You're in the right place! We've got 44 super-useful improvisation tips for you, all in an easy-to-use infographic.

To celebrate the launch of Guitar Scales Revealed we're giving you this MONSTER guide absolutely free! Check it out, and let us know what you think. Have fun!
by Tom Boddison 15 May, 2017
Guitar Scales Revealed: The Unconventional Guide to Iron-Clad Scale Knowledge is finally here!

Grab your copy from Amazon right here:
US $11.69
UK £8.99

So what do you get?
  • A complete system that you can use for any scale , in any key and any fretboard position
  • A super-easy way to visualise scales all over the neck with ease
  • Essential, easy-to-use theory that won't restrict you including intervals, scale formation, modes and more
  • Ear training to supercharge your soloing abilities
  • The scales every guitar player needs to know like the pentatonic, minor and blues
  • Exotic scales like the phrygian dominant, whole tone and melodic minor
  • Loads of audio examples and over 90 diagrams and tabs
  • Full, easy-to-understand explanations of every single concept and theory idea
  • A focus on fun and application to real music
  • Simple strategies applicable to any and all styles
  • Modes and how to make them easy
  • How to abandon scales, play from your inner ear and form your very own style
  • Full email support and guidance

If you're still not sure, you can grab the first chapter (plus our free Pentatonic Scale Secrets guide) right here - try the methods risk-free!

Then go and grab the book from Amazon and skyrocket your skills today!
by Tom Boddison 14 May, 2017

Only ONE DAY left until you can get your hands on Guitar Scales Revealed!

Here’s what you’re gonna get:

·        A complete, all-in-one system for guitar scales and scale theory

·        Simple scale solutions to skyrocket your skills

·        Effortless ear training to give you killer melody and soloing abilities

·        How to learn any new scale – no matter how complex – all over the neck almost instantly

·        Modes – what they are, how they’re formed and how to use them (it doesn’t have to be hard)

·        Full audio examples, exercises and licks for every new concept

·         EASY theory that’s fun and won’t restrict you, plus how to use it to make music

·        Exciting exotic scales to add spice to your sound

·        Methods applicable to ANY style from jazz to rock, shred to folk

·        How to transcend scales altogether and create your own unique style

It’s far easier than you think – we’ll even support you every step of the way. Everyone who purchases the book gets full 24/7 email support to solve their own scale problems and theory issues. Say goodbye to confusion, and hello to guitar freedom!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to grab the first chapter free, plus the complementary mega-lesson “Pentatonic Scale Secrets” . You’ll love it, and it gives you a chance to try out the book methods without spending a penny. This is a VERY limited time offer so hurry!

The launch is tomorrow – are YOU ready?

by Tom Boddison 13 May, 2017
Say goodbye to CAGED and three-notes-per-string - you only need one shape to shred! Add some easy variations and the whole neck is your playground.

It's only TWO DAYS until the launch of Guitar Scales Revealed: The Unconventional Guide to Iron-Clad Scale Knowledge, so we thought we'd celebrate with another free scale guide!
by Tom Boddison 12 May, 2017
In just three days' time the first TomGuitar book "Guitar Scales Revealed: The Unconventional Guide to Iron-Clad Scale Knowledge" will be with us!

What's it all about?

If you've struggled with guitar scales, this book is the answer. With a fresh approach that's EASY and INTERESTING, it's the number one way to crack the code of guitar theory.

So what's this book going to do for you?
  • Bite-sized pieces anyone can learn
  • Find out how easy scales REALLY are
  • How to learn any new scale all over the neck in three minutes
  • Packed with awesome tricks and "wow!" moments
  • Super-effective learning strategies to get BIG results FAST
  • Get a complete system you'll use for the rest of your life - say goodbye to confusion forever!
  • Full email support from me here at TomGuitar so you can solve issues before they begin
  • Give you RESULTS - there's a big difference between knowing a fretboard pattern and knowing how to use a scale
  • One method you can integrate with everything you learn


It all starts with intervals. Every scale is made of intervals, so by learning these super-easy patterns you'll have the building blocks of every scale you'll ever need to know (and some that you don't!)

You'll learn every interval by shape, feel and sound, so you know them like the back of your hand. Then, we'll use them to make the most useful scales in music, including:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • The pentatonics
  • Blues, with lots of cool variations
  • The modes, including the jazzy dorian scale and the spanish-style phrygian scale
  • Harmonic and melodic minor made easy
This approach is WAY faster than the normal "box pattern" way. When you know the intervals the scales are easy - it's like you've been using them for years.

We'll learn how to USE this stuff with easy and fun audio examples and licks . They're not just patterns - they're like a whole language you can use to express your music whenever you want.

And don't forget these exotic scales you can use to spice up your playing and impress your audience:
  • Japanese Hirajoshi
  • Byzantine
  • Whole tone (great for jazz!)
  • Phrygian Dominant
  • The Altered Scale
Plus loads more!

Still not sure? You can grab the first chapter absolutely free and try it out no-risk. Oh, and we've whacked in a free "Pentatonic Scale Secrets" mega-guide too, just for good measure.

Have fun, and keep rocking!


by Tom Boddison 04 May, 2017
Guitar Scales Revealed: The Unconventional Guide to Iron-Clad Scale Knowledge
by Tom Boddison 19 Apr, 2017
Face it: If you wanna play blues, you need the Blues scale. Forget the five boxes - learn how to cover the whole neck with one easy shape right now...
by Tom Boddison 06 Apr, 2017
Ever get fed up of learning pentatonic box patterns? Use our iron-clad formula to play the whole scale, all over the neck, with just one simple pattern.
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