Guitar Tricks Blog
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.
Posted March 31, 2023
Finger Strumming for Beginners
If you want to get that fingerstyle sound, this week's video will showcase finger strumming for beginner guitar players. This technique is the perfect starting point for developing the skills (and finger endurance) needed for fingerpicking. Once mastered, you can move on to more intricate fingerstyle techniques.
Posted March 17, 2023
How to Use the Circle of Fifths
One little secret hidden within the Circle of Fifths, is that it shows you all of the major and minor chords in any key. First, let’s look at the key of C, which is at the top of the Circle of Fifths.
Posted March 3, 2023
Guide Tones On Guitar Made SUPER Easy
Everyone knows about 5ths, octaves and power chords. These are the building blocks of learning how to play guitar. But an easy way to level up your chord knowledge is to add 3rds and 7ths
Posted February 24, 2023
Super Easy Bluesy 9th Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will go over the super easy chords that you absolutely must know in order to play blues guitar.
Tune-in to learn how to master these bluesy 9th chords!
Posted February 10, 2023
In this beginner guitar lesson, we will introduce you to signature licks and chords of the Rockabilly musical style. Rockabilly comes from a time in which music had a big swing feel, which was necessary for the dancers who wished to "dance to the bop", and has a kind of hillbilly approach to playing swing that gives it its own special rhythm.
Posted February 3, 2023
Rock Guitar Tones
The first thing to consider about rock guitar tones is the pickup configuration. The pickups in a guitar determine the way it sounds far more than any other factor. The main two kinds of pickups we have are humbuckers and single coil pickups. The age-old debate about the superiority of a Les Paul or a Strat, is in my opinion, at its core, a debate between single coil pickups or humbuckers! That is by far the main variable in how different they sound.
Posted January 27, 2023
Super Easy Power Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is going to show you how to get a jumpstart on playing guitar with some super easy power chords.
These are the seriously the fastest chords you can learn on guitar. With them you'll be able to play hundreds of songs right off the bat!
Posted January 13, 2023
First Beginner Guitar Lesson - Day 1
What should you learn on your first day of playing guitar? Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you the things that are worth learning within the first 10-15 minutes of picking up a guitar.
Posted January 6, 2023
Play Better Guitar in 2023
Start 2023 off right with these easy tips for playing better guitar this year.
Whether you've got a new year's resolution to uphold, or you are continuing on your guitar journey, these tips for practicing, jamming, and more from Gary Heimbauer will set you on the right course to take on 2023 with guitar in hand!
Posted December 23, 2022
Super Easy Holiday Guitar Songs - Jingle Bells
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is getting into the holiday spirit by showing you some super easy ways to play Jingle Bells!
Whether you want to play and sing, back your favorite band of merry carolers, or simply sip some eggnog and play the melody gently in the background while the family digs through their stockings -- Gary will show you a few simple ways to absolutely nail this holiday classic, no matter what your ability level is.