Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

(Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)

Below, we present a somewhat recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of YourGuitarSage.com—"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!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.