Posted September 1, 2023
Easy Power Chord Song
Power chords are an essential element of the rock genre and sound, and in this blog post, we'll guide you through three fundamental and easy to play, two-note open position power chords: A, D, and E. Once you've mastered these chords, we'll show you how to combine them into a rocking sequence and then find the right tone to really dial in that rock sound.
Posted August 18, 2023
Chicken Pickin' Licks on Guitar
Today I'm going to show you 3 different chickin pickin licks you absolutely should know. These licks are all going to use the pentatonic and blues scales in a few super common country keys like A, D, and G. This is a great opportunity to practice your hybrid picking and to learn how to make a solo fit the chord changes you're playing over.
Posted August 1, 2023
Best Strategies to Crush Your Guitar Goals
It is no news that you need diligence and discipline to achieve your desired level of expertise as a guitarist. And it has been heavily implied by many legendary guitarists that these attributes will not turn into your greatest assets unless you have a set of well thought-out goals to achieve.
Posted July 28, 2023
Different musical styles can call for distinct picking approaches. Having a repertoire of picking techniques at your disposal enables you to adapt to various musical contexts and achieve your desired sound. Whether it's transitioning between strings quickly, playing single-note tremolos, creating funky sounds, or adjusting your attack for distorted or clean tones, having multiple picking techniques in your toolbox is advantageous.
Posted July 21, 2023
How to Learn Fast Riffs
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is sharing some strategies for learning fast riffs.
Learning and memorizing a fast riff at a slower speed is a key component to ramping it up to its full potential -- but there's more work to do!
You still have to play the riff fast, so try this technique of adding one note at a time to make things a bit easier to master.
Posted July 21, 2023
How to Choose Guitar Pickups
Oh, the search for tone. What a journey you are - both maddening and exhilarating. Maybe it’s exhilarating because it’s maddening, but I digress. What started as wanting to play one song, or like one guitarist, has turned into a thing unto itself, equipped with its own personality.
It seems the beginnings take root in trying different guitars - letting the brands guide the tone you’re after. But sometime thereafter is a realization that to really hone-in on the tone they’re after you find yourself staring at their pickups.
Posted July 14, 2023
Short Riff, Long Solo
Jam along on guitar with Gary and he'll show you how simple a guitar solo can be, while still being very effective. This lesson is complete with a jam track at the end. Grab your guitar and jump in!
Posted June 23, 2023
5 Tips to Level-Up Your Strumming Speed
Strumming is one of the very first techniques that any guitarist learns. But as they move on to learn intermediate or advanced techniques, they forget to advance their strumming skills further. Even if they continue using strumming techniques, lack of motivation and experimentation make it impossible to improve upon them.
Posted June 9, 2023
Want to get better use out of your metronome practice time? Think of it as a game with these tips and tricks from Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer!
Posted June 2, 2023
Open Chord Trick
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is sharing a super easy open chord fingering trick.
With this open chord trick, you can keep two fingers planted in the same place, allowing you to play an assortment of chords that will all sound great together in a progression. There are so many songs that use this technique, you'll be sure to come across it over and over again in your guitar playing journey!
Posted May 5, 2023
How to Play Country Fingerstyle Guitar
In this week's lesson, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbaur will teach you how to play country fingerstyle guitar in under 15 minutes.
With this simple I-IV-V chord progression in the key of G, paired with a simple finger picking pattern, you'll be able to play along to countless country classics.
Posted May 5, 2023
How to Shape Your Tone with Guitar Speakers
This is not one of those “here’s the best speaker” articles. You could care less. You’re after tone, and so are we. Who do you want to sound like? Or maybe what do you want to sound like? From Americana to British Metal, from clean to crunch.
Pickups may be your first mod, but speakers are not far behind. We’re going to look at speaker combinations, speaker pairings, and pairing pickups with speakers to shape your tone.
Posted April 28, 2023
Country Chords and Strumming
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is coming to you with some easy strumming patterns that should get you started down the ol' dusty road to country-style guitar playing.
Posted April 21, 2023
3 Funk Licks You NEED to Know
Working on your Nile Rodgers riffs? Trying to get your funk guitar playing dialed-in? In this week's free video lesson, Gary Heimbauer will go over 3 quintessential funk licks on guitar that are super easy for beginners to get the hang of!
Posted April 4, 2023
British vs. American Guitar Amps - What's the Difference?
When it comes to guitar amplifiers, there are two major players in the market: British and American amps. Both types have their unique features and sound characteristics that are favored by different musicians. In this article, we will discuss the differences between British and American guitar amps and their sonic characteristics.