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Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

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Below, we present a somewhat recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of—"Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitar Player Should Know."

Bearing in mind that Andreas is assuming you already know the basics of guitar—how to play some basic chords, simple melodies, a few scales, etc., these are tips that will help get you to the next level.

Andreas' five things include barre/bar chords, the CAGED system, the pentatonic scale, the Nashville number system and how to identify the tonic of the song.

If any of these sound overly familiar (barre chords, for instance), remember Andreas is stressing that these are things intermediate guitarists should know.

If you hate videos where people talk nonstop, do yourself a favor and skip ahead to 2:45 in the clip. Enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.