Posted September 15, 2022
How to Play a 12-String Guitar
If you're a fan of the sound of an acoustic guitar, then you're probably listening to a song that features two guitarists playing together seamlessly. Various models on the market can accommodate different budgets. With various features and options, 12-string acoustic guitars can provide a unique and authentic sound. The sound of 12-string electric and acoustic guitars has captivated listeners for decades. Whether you're looking for an electric or acoustic guitar, there's something special about this versatile instrument.
Posted February 4, 2022
10 Legendary Left-Handed Guitarists
When we stop to consider the challenges that face us as a people, rarely, if ever, do we count lefties among the disadvantaged. But southpaws, those 10% of the population who are left-handed, live in a world that caters to the right-handed. Things like spiral notebooks, scissors, car radios, computer keyboards, and handheld can openers are all designed with a right-hand bias. So are things like guitars.
Posted January 31, 2022
5 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Techniques
The playing style of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has been analyzed quite a bit over the years, and as a result, there's a huge list of things you can do to replicate his distinctive guitar playing. However, you should always start with the following 5 core concepts that are absolutely fundamental to his playing.
Posted January 10, 2022
Learn These Classic Bob Dylan Songs
Extremely prolific, and regarded as one of the best songwriters of all-time, Bob Dylan has been a commanding influence in the music world, and pop culture in general, since the early 1960s. His work is deeply personal, yet anyone can relate to it. With themes surrounding civil rights and the anti-war movement, many of his classic songs are now more relevant than ever. With a troubador-like singer-songwriter feel, many of his songs are quite simple to learn and get comfortable playing quickly, making them perfect for beginner-to-intermediate guitarists looking to get their sea legs playing some iconic folk tunes.
Posted January 5, 2022
10 Famous Songs with Three Chords or Less
When learning to play guitar, it can be a little daunting to open a chord book only to see hundreds of chords you think you have to know in order to play a just a few songs. In reality, the opposite is true: You only need to know a few chords to play hundreds of songs. Many of the most famous songs in the world are made up of three chords or less, and many even share the same three chords. Harry Nilsson, for one, prized simplicity in his songwriting so much that he used a single chord (an arpeggiated C7th) to brilliant effect in his 1972 hit, "Coconut."
Posted February 5, 2021
Top 5 Guitar Super Bowl Halftime Shows
It doesn't get much more American than football and rock 'n' roll. This year's Super Bowl tradition will likely be quite a bit different than we're all used to, but we've still been reminiscing about some of our favorite rock performances of the mid-2000s. In celebration of Sunday's big game, we've put together a list of the most memorable guitar-centric Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory -- and even included some tutorials so you can get in on the action.
Posted November 13, 2020
5 Essential Eric Clapton Songs
A three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton has certainly earned his place among the most influential guitarists of our time. His stints with the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, and as a solo artist have shaped blues rock and pop rock for over 50 years. Clapton's playing combines deep blues influences from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and more with the rock sound of British contemporaries like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. While Eric Clapton is considered by many to be a true master of the craft, you don't need to be an expert to start learning some of his most iconic songs.
Posted November 6, 2020
5 Classic Johnny Cash Songs
With countless songs of sorrow and redemption -- all sung with a deep baritone voice and a trusty 6-string dreadnought -- Johnny Cash, aka "The Man in Black" was one of the genre-bending kings of country, rock and roll and gospel. Johnny Cash songs run the gamut, from classic country tunes like "I Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" to some of his later covers of contemporary heavy-hitters like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and Soundgarden.
We've hand-picked some of our favorite Johnny Cash songs that guitarists of all experience levels can enjoy learning.
Posted October 30, 2020
Learn These Rolling Stones Songs
One of the original purveyors of rock and roll, The Rolling Stones pioneered the overdriven sound that catapulted the blues into a new, exciting era and genre. Heralded by many as the "greatest rock and roll band in the world," their deep catalog of records have topped worldwide charts for half a century. At the heart of The Rolling Stones' influential sound is the songwriting team of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Their compositions, often blending pop, blues, and rock are among the most recognizable tunes in history. We've hand-picked a few Rolling Stones songs that guitar players of all levels can enjoy learning!
Posted October 23, 2020
4 Classic Eagles Songs You Can Learn Today
A staple on American radio waves for the past 50 years, Eagles are synonymous with rock music. Their songs have dominated the charts for the duration of their career, sending "Their Greatest Hits" to the number one best-selling album in the United States. The centerpiece of their signature sound, aside from ear-pleasing vocal melodies and harmonies, is the complementary guitar stylings of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Bernie Leadon, and Don Felder -- all of whom contributed their own unique skills to the band throughout the years.
Posted October 16, 2020
5 Must Learn AC/DC Songs
One of the most iconic rock bands in history, AC/DC made their mark with the high-energy guitar onslaught of Angus and Malcolm Young. The brothers wrote their fair share of killer riffs with unique chord voicings, minor and major pentatonic scales, and break-neck double stops. While the catalog of rockin' AC/DC songs is nearly endless, we'll let you in on the top 5 AC/DC riffs we think you should have in you
Posted February 13, 2020
Bob Dylan Songs!
Bob Dylan is one of music’s greatest icons. Dylan made a name for himself writing songs that were politically and socially charged since the early 1960s. His lyrics and music influenced the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and more. He often accompanied his poetry with just a harmonica and an acoustic guitar. Let’s take a look at three of his greatest and most memorable songs.
Posted October 3, 2019
Abbey Road 50th Anniversary - Let's Celebrate The Beatles!
The Beatles’ songs are some of the most iconic of all-time and with the recently released 50th Anniversary Abbey Road album featuring new mixes from Giles Martin and additional demo recordings, it’s a great time to brush up on your favorite fab four songs. Thankfully, Guitartricks has a wide selection of songs by the four boys from Liverpool. Let’s take a look!
Posted August 30, 2019
Top Country Songs - Top 10 Lessons
The top country songs to learn on Guitartricks.com are listed below. If you're a fan of country or maybe you're jumping in as a new fan of the genre, this is a great place to start. Whether you're a beginner guitar player or more experienced, there is a lesson for you on this top 10 list.