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Posted December 5, 2019

5 Ways to Play the Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale is the first scale any beginer guitar player should learn. It’s easy, it sounds great, and can be applied to almost any genera or song.

The pentatonic scale is made up of 5 notes (‘penta’ is Greek for ‘five’) derived from the standard major scale or minor scale. This pattern creates a ‘box’ on the fretboard which is easily movable and playable all over the neck.

Posted November 27, 2019

Christmas Songs - A New Playlist to Learn!

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Christmas songs are fun classics like “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and others. Make sure to brush up on these numbers in time for the holidays! Thankfully, a lot of these songs are fairly simple to play and you can learn all of them right here on Guitartricks! 

Posted November 21, 2019

Guitar sounds - How to get Great Guitar Tone on the Cheap!

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Guitar tone can be tricky to nail down, especially when gear can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, playing music is not all about the equipment. As long as you have a decent, completely working instrument, you will be able to extract great tones and sounds from it. Here is a list of super-easy-to-implement tone improvements you can complete right now.

Posted November 14, 2019

Ghost Notes - What Are They?

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Ghost notes are notes that are muted by a single fretting hand and are displayed by an “X” on guitar tabs. According to our guitar glossary, they “create a percussive effect with a slight underlying hint of a specific note.” But ghost notes may also carry another meaning. Some ghost notes are muted, but other times, a ghost note is a note that can be optionally played, that is, they’re notes that are not required but are there to embellish a piece if the performer choose

Posted November 7, 2019

Acoustic Guitar Lessons for Beginners - New Acoustic Level 1 Course Now Available!

acoustic guitar lessons for beginners

You asked for it, and now here it is. Guitartricks is happy to announce the Acoustic Level 1 and Level 2 courses, the latest additions to our award-winning lessons. If you haven’t already, feel free to check out the new course here.

Posted November 1, 2019

Little Travel Guitars - Why They're Great!

A travel guitar is usually a little guitar that you take with you when you don’t want to bring your go-to dreadnaught or electric. But of course this is different for everyone. Your go-to guitar is probably a full-sized instrument, but we recommend traveling with a smaller form factor, like a parlor or a mini guitar. Small guitars can sound just as good and sometimes better than full-bodied guitars depending on the style of music you prefer. 

Posted October 3, 2019

Abbey Road 50th Anniversary - Let's Celebrate The Beatles!

abbey road songs

The Beatles’ songs are some of the most iconic of all-time and with the recently released 50th Anniversary Abbey Road album featuring new mixes from Giles Martin and additional demo recordings, it’s a great time to brush up on your favorite fab four songs. Thankfully, Guitartricks has a wide selection of songs by the four boys from Liverpool. Let’s take a look! 

Posted September 19, 2019

How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time in 5 Tips

how to sing and play guitar at the same time

How to sing and play guitar at the same time is something every singer and guitar player wants to do eventually. Singing and playing guitar at the same time can be challenging especially when if you’re a beginner guitar player. You may get mixed up on the timing of the lyrics versus the timing of the chord changes. Here are a few tips on how to practice singing and playing guitar at the same time. 

Posted September 12, 2019

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

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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

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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

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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

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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