Posted July 10, 2020
Guitar Fretboard - Anatomy Explained
The guitar fretboard or “fingerboard” is the part of the guitar where all of the metal frets are placed. The fretboard is used by holding down the strings against each fret and then either picking or strumming some, or all of the strings. The vibrating motion of the string against the metal frets create the sounds of different musical notes. The fretboard of a modern guitar is made up of a number of pieces and it’s important for guitar players to know which piece is which, as well as learn ways to develop memorization of the fretboard notes.
Posted July 2, 2020
How to Hold a Guitar Pick - Guitar Picking Exercises
It’s important to hold a guitar pick between your index finger and thumb with the pointed part of the pick sticking out of the side of your fingers, facing the guitar strings.
Posted June 23, 2020
SRV Guitar - How to Play Texas Shuffle
Stevie Ray Vaughan, or simply “SRV” is one of the great blues guitarists in music history. His cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “Little Wing” is a testament to his ability, but it is in his tried and true shuffle-style playing, also known as the Texas Shuffle, in songs like “Pride and Joy” that really standout. SRV guitar stylings like the Texas Shuffle is a great-sounding, and fun way to play any type of rhythm, especially in the blues.
Posted June 23, 2020
12 Bar Blues - Explained
The 12 bar blues is a form in blues music where the first (I) chord of a key is repeated for four measures, or bars, followed by two bars of the fourth (IV), then two bars of the first. The last group of four bars begins with one bar of the fifth (V), one bar of the fourth and then resolves with two more bars of the first. It only uses the I - IV - V chords of a key and is very prominent in blues music, and is heavily associated with guitar music in general.
Posted May 29, 2020
Free Guitar Lessons - Songs and Channel Tutorials!
At Guitartricks we have over 1,000 song lessons in our song library, plus countless tutorials within our Core Learning System covering the fundamentals and genre-specific skills focused on blues, rock, country and acoustic style playing. This is all part of our award-winning Full Access membership. But if you're a little unsure of the membership, you can always give some of these free guitar lessons a try. Guitartricks has a number of free resources for any prospective guitar player.
Posted May 15, 2020
Hendrix Chord - Jimi Hendrix Songs
The Hendrix chord is usually a 7#9 chord, and more specifically, an E7#9. The chord shape is colloquially called the Hendrix chord because guitarist Jimi Hendrix frequently used it in a number of his songs like “Purple Haze.” Let’s take a look at this chord below.
Posted May 6, 2020
Guitar Riffs - How to Write a Song
What exactly is a guitar riff? In musical terms a riff is an ‘ostinato’ - a motif or phrase that repeats. Whether comprised of single note ideas, repeating rhythmic chord changes, or a combination of both, a number of songs have a short but infectious guitar riff that’s repeated by the rhythm guitar. In this short tutorial we’ll look at what it takes to write a catchy riff and how to write one of your own.
Posted April 15, 2020
Songwriting is a fun and rewarding process that’s not as hard as one might think and here I’ll share with you a few ways that work for me. One of the most popular is to use chords from a particular key. Let’s take the key of C major for example, which includes the chords C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, and an ugly sounding B diminished, which we won’t use for obvious reasons.
Posted April 7, 2020
Live Lesson with Mike April 10 7PM CDT
Hi everyone! Guitartricks Instructor Mike Olekshy will be back this Friday for a live lesson. This time it's all about barre chords.
Just bring yourself and your guitar to listen in and follow along to this group live lesson. At the very end, Mike will be available to answer any questions you have about the lesson or guitar in general!
Posted March 30, 2020
Live Lesson with Mike Olekshy
Hi everyone! Exciting news to announce. Guitartricks instructor Mike Olekshy will be hosting a live lesson this Friday and it’s absolutely open to anyone who wants to join!
Posted March 20, 2020
B.B. King Box Explained
B.B. King is considered to be one of the greatest blues artists of all-time and certainly one of the most influential guitar players ever. His signature guitar tone can be replicated via what guitar players call the “B.B. King Box” or the “B.B. Box.” This box refers to a box pattern on the fretboard that players can utilize to play B.B. King’s signature licks. This box pattern is also great to incorporate into any guitar player’s repertoire as it’s always helpful to know a few licks that c
Posted March 12, 2020
3 Easy Guitar Exercises You Can Do Everyday To Improve
Practice is really important to improving as a guitar player. If you’re having trouble playing at faster tempos, or holding a barre chord, then it’s definitely a no-brainer to practice. Take time to really analyze what you’re doing and how to fix it. Here are three super easy, super simple practice exercises you can do every day to improve all facets of your playing.
Posted March 5, 2020
5 Advanced Guitar Techniques to Learn
Advanced guitar techniques like sweep picking, travis picking, two-hand tapping open up a myriad of expression and creativity to playing. More than anything, the mastery of these techniques elevate the guitar into an instrument that is richer and fuller. Check out these five advanced guitar techniques every guitarist needs to learn.
Posted February 27, 2020
Guitar Mods and Upgrades - For Tuning and Tone
Guitar mods and guitar upgrades can be difficult to pull off if you are not handy, but not all of them require a deep knowledge of the instrument. One may easily install a set of locking tuners, or check intonation, for example. Here are five tips you should consider when upgrading or modding your guitar. Please keep in mind that even though some of these are not easy, they are definitely doable!
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.