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Posted September 12, 2019

Shawn Mendes songs, plus John Legend and More New Songs!

shawn mendes songs

We’ve released new Shawn Mendes songs, alongside other modern hits from John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Lord Huron. We’ve also added a number of modern classics to our songs library as well from Linkin Park, The White Stripes, Cage the Elephant and The Raconteurs. You can learn how to play key songs from all of these great artists right now. 

Posted September 5, 2019

Guitar Blues Scales Crash Course

guitar blues scales

The guitar blues scales are 6-note scales similar to a pentatonic minor scale but with the addition of an extra note. What are the notes of the blues scale? And How do you find the blues scale? The major blues scale pattern is 1 - 2 - b3 - 3 - 5 - 6. There are major and minor blues scales and they’re used in blues music but are often used in other genres as well. We’re going to break down the difference between pentatonic and blues scales here, so continue on for all the de

Posted August 30, 2019

Top Country Songs - Top 10 Lessons

top country songs

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. 

Posted August 14, 2019

Slide Guitar - 3 Tips for Success

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Slide guitar is when a guitarist uses a slide, which is an object placed against the strings while playing. Playing slide guitar is a technique and is usually used in blues and country music. Slides are usually metallic cylinders that are worn on the player’s finger and pressing the slide against the strings creates a unique effect that sounds a bit like the notes are winding up or down. Learn all about slide guitar here.

Posted August 13, 2019

Guitar Body Styles - Electric Guitar

guitar body styles

Guitar body styles for electric guitar include solid body, hollow body and semi-hollow body. Solid body electric guitars are made of solid pieces of wood, usually glued and pressed together, while hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars have one or two f holes carved out for greater resonance and a fuller, warmer tone. There are also a number of guitar body types for <a href="https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/Guitar-Shapes-on-Acoustic" target="_blank" rel="n

Posted August 1, 2019

Guitar Shapes on Acoustic

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There are a number of different shapes and sizes when it comes to guitar. Jumbo is usually the largest shape for a guitar, while parlor refers to one of the smallest. Between these shapes are dreadnought, orchestra and concert sizes, which all have their uses and are great for playing different styles of music.

Posted July 25, 2019

Guitar Harmonics - Tips and Tricks

guitar harmonics

A guitar harmonic is usually a note that is played but the string is muted slightly to dampen the vibrations, giving it a bell-like, ringing effect. Harmonics are most commonly played on the 12th fret but you can play them all over the neck. 

There are a bunch of great tricks when it comes to harmonics. Here are just a few. 

Posted July 18, 2019

Phrasing - Musical Phrasing Explained!

phrasing - musical phrasing

Phrasing is how a guitar player presents their notes and licks within music. Usually musical phrases are short licks or notes, each separated by space, and are full of dynamics and emotion. B.B. King was a master of the blues and also used phrasing to create his signature sound. 

Posted July 2, 2019

Fingerstyle Guitar Dynamics - Brought to You By ELIXIR Strings

Dynamics are, according to the Guitar Tricks guitar glossary, “the loudness or softness of a piece of music. Latin words such as 'forte' (f - loudly) and 'piano' (p - softly) are used to indicate this within music notation. This is an effective and simple way to add emotional expression into your playing. It can work in both lead and rhythm play.”

You can use dynamics to emphasize certain parts of what you’re playing like a bass note or the treble notes. Seasoned g

Posted June 28, 2019

Rock Guitar - 3 Chord Songs to Learn Now

rock guitar

Rock guitar started in the 1950's thanks to artists like Elvis and it slowly morphed once artists like The Rolling Stones took it and made it their own. Flash forward to today and there are a myriad of hits and classics. Rock guitar may bring about fantasies of complicated solos and riffs but there are a huge number of 3 chord songs for anyone to play. Let's take a look at 5 songs below. 

Posted June 14, 2019

Nylon Guitar Strings - 5 Must Knows

nylon guitar strings

Nylon guitar strings are guitar strings that are made from nylon. Generally, the treble strings are made out of pure nylon while the bass strings are wrapped in metal so that they're heavier. Nylon guitar strings are great for a number of reasons. They're lighter, and easier on your fingers. This is helpful if you're just beginning to play guitar. They also last a long time and sound great. Here are five things you should know about using nylon strings on your guitar.

Posted May 15, 2019

The Beatles Songs and Signature Chords

the beatles songsIt’s often been joked that a lot of music can be played with just a handful of chords, and this is also true of the music from John, Paul, George and Ringo. As The Beatles grew in popularity and acclaim, so did their music. From the early days of With the Beatles to Let it Be, they experimented with the basic foundations of their work. We’ll take a look at some of the opening chords of a few key songs, and see how the band progressed and employed varying