Guitar Tricks Blog
Posted January 8, 2021

A Crash Course in Open Tunings

Open Tuning Crash CourseWhile standard tuning is certainly the go-to, and the tuning we likely all learned how to play guitar with, let's face it: it can get a little boring. It's not the guitar's fault, it just sometimes takes a change of scenery (or in this case, tuning) to spark a little creativity in your mind. There are countless alternate tunings for the 6-string guitar, but a style of alternate tuning that can be fun to play with (especially for beginner-intermediate guitarists) is an "open tuning."

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Posted December 18, 2020

Last-Minute Guitar Stocking Stuffers

Last-Minute Guitar Stocking Stuffers

We've all been there: The clock is running out and you still haven't gotten that little something for everyone on your list.

This year, skip the socks and scratch-offs and hook-up the guitarist in your life with a gift they'll appreciate and actually use. We've compiled a quick list of stocking stuffers that should be available at the last-minute and will be a welcome addition to any guitar player's gear collection.

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Posted December 4, 2020

Holiday Songs

Holiday Songs

It's that time of the year again, and this time around, I think we can all agree that things are looking a bit different. 2020 has dealt us a pretty strange hand, changing so many aspects of our lives and the holidays are no exception. While we might not be able to cuddle up with our loved ones this year -- for fear that we might spread more than just holiday cheer -- we can still pull that beloved guitar close and strum out some holiday classics. 

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Posted November 13, 2020

5 Essential Eric Clapton Songs

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.

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Posted November 6, 2020

5 Classic Johnny Cash Songs

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.

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