Posted December 8, 2023
Learn to Play Acoustic Guitar
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and learn to play acoustic guitar, huh? Fantastic choice! There’s just something about the raw, natural sound of an acoustic that strikes a chord in the heart. But where do you even begin? Strap in, my friend, because we’ll have you strumming in no time.
Posted December 1, 2023
Major and Minor Pentatonic Licks
A guitarist can effectively blend the major pentatonic scale and the minor pentatonic scale for a blues guitar solo by understanding their relationship and knowing when to use each one.
Posted November 20, 2023
Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson Part 2
Starting your musical journey with an acoustic guitar is like opening the door to a world where rhythm and melody live together in perfect harmony. So grab your six-string friend and let's strum our way through the basics!
Posted November 17, 2023
5 Habits Ruining Your Rhythm
Rhythm is one of the three aspects of music, along with harmony and melody. This is essential for any guitarist who wants to play with the groove. However, a few destructive habits can potentially ruin your rhythm playing. In this article, we are going to take a look at five of those destructive habits.
Posted November 13, 2023
Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson Part 1
First off, acoustic guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with its own vibe. The dreadnought is like the cool, popular kid in school – big, bold, and loud. Then you've got the concert and grand concert, more like the artsy kids – smaller and with a brighter sound. For those who like a bit more bass, the jumbo is like the gentle giant. And let’s not forget the travel guitars, the compact buddies for the wanderlust-filled player. So, what's your pick?
Posted November 6, 2023
3 Easy Acoustic Riffs
So, you've been strumming away on your acoustic guitar, mastering some chords, and now you're ready to take it up a notch? We're diving into the exciting world of soloing on the acoustic guitar.
Soloing might sound intimidating, like something only guitar wizards can do, but fear not. We're going to break it down into bite-sized pieces, so even if you're still taking beginner guitar lessons, you can start crafting your solos and feeling like a rockstar in no time.
Posted October 30, 2023
Campfire Chord Survival Kit
Music has a remarkable way of enhancing the atmosphere around a campfire. Whether you're with friends, family, or even just by yourself, the combination of a crackling fire and a guitar's gentle strumming can turn an ordinary evening into an unforgettable experience.
Posted October 19, 2023
Easy Hammer-on Trick
Hello to all you guitar fanatics out there. It's Gary here from Guitar Tricks. Today, I want to unravel a potent pentatonic soloing trick that might add a sprinkle of soul to your playing. We're calling this one the "Double Stop Hammer on Backslide." Quite a mouthful, isn't it?
In this guide, we'll break down the hints and techniques intimately, as well as offer valuable insight into making this trick your own. Ready to get your fingers strumming? Let's dive in!
Posted October 5, 2023
Play Over A Blues Turnaround
Hey, fellow music enthusiasts! It's Gary here from Guitar Tricks. Today, I'd like to illustrate a straightforward blues turnaround that you can incorporate to shake up an E blues routine. We have previously discussed the initial chord progression, E7, A7, B7, and the first improvising scale, open E minor pentatonic. Now, let's level up by mixing in a blues turnaround.
Posted September 28, 2023
Easy Fingerpicking Pattern
One of the most magical aspects of playing the guitar is the ability to use different fingers to play different notes/strings either at the same time or to mix them together to create cool patterns! This is known as fingerpicking, and it's a great skill for every guitarist to have in their toolkit!
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 11, 2023
Triads on Guitar
Today, we’re gonna learn how we can start de-mystifying the fretboard by using triads. First off, if you don’t know what a triad is, it’s a chord made up of three notes. There’s tons of different types of them but we’ll be focusing exclusively on major triads today, and more specifically: the C major triad.
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.