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Posted April 25, 2019

10 Songs from the Avengers, X-Men and other Comicbook Movies and TV Shows

the avengers themeAvengers: Endgame is here and it marks the end of an entire saga of films that stretches for over an entire decade. From the very beginning, movies based on Marvel Comics have always featured an assortment of music that perfectly fit the action on screen just as the Infinity Stones fit perfectly in a magical gauntlet. Here are 10 songs from Marvel movies that are not only a ton of fun to listen to, but they're also a lot of fun to play on guit

Posted April 18, 2019

Vibrato and Tremolo Systems Explained!

vibratoVibrato systems on a guitar is a device, usually a tremolo arm, or whammy bar, that is attached to the guitar’s body and is used to change the tension of the strings, which gives the instrument a vibrato-like quality.

The vibrato sound resembles a pulsating change in pitch, or another way to think about it is a when a singer sings a note and holds it, but the note sort of vibrates. There are a number of systems used on guitar to give you a vibrato effect, but before we get into that, let&

Posted April 11, 2019

How to Clean Guitar Strings and Fretboard

how to clean guitar stringsLearning how to clean guitar strings and your fretboard is important for any guitar player. You may simply use household items like lemon oil and a damp wash cloth to clean your fretboard. In order to clean the strings, you can simply use a towel or a cleaning kit.

Posted April 5, 2019

Guitar For Beginners - Electric vs. Acoustic Starter Guitars

guitar for beginnersI've played tons of terrible guitars over the years and just because they have a huge price tag doesn't mean they're any good! Finding the right guitar for beginners is important because when you’re first starting to play, you may not know what to look for in a quality instrument. There are a couple of things you have to take into consideration when looking for a beginner guitar, or your very first guitar. Let’s take a look!

Posted April 3, 2019

Eric Clapton Songs - 5 Classics to Learn

eric clapton songsEric Clapton's songs and work have catapulted him into the Rock Hall-of-Fame as an iconic rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He’s been part of monumental bands like Cream, assisted with a number of Beatles tracks, and have found great success as a solo artist. 

Posted March 29, 2019

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 - Everything You Need to Know

crossroads guitar festivalCrossroads Guitar Festival 2019, founded by guitar hero Eric Clapton is a music festival coming to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas from September 20 through the 21st. This will be the fifth event in the festival’s history and all profits will go towards fighting substance abuse. 

Posted March 27, 2019

Am Chord Guitar - Explained!

The Am chord on guitar, or also known as the A minor, is a triad composed from the A major scale. The most common ways to play it is in the open position, at the first fret, or as a barre chord in the fifth position. Since it’s a minor chord, it is often used in slow or mellow songs thanks to its dark sounding tone. 

Posted March 22, 2019

Guitar Practice Tips and Tools Guaranteed to Work

Guitar practice is any time you pick up the guitar and play. Whether you're playing something new for the first time or you're going over something you already know, practice is important because it keeps your fingers and hands warmed up and your muscle memory in tip top condition. 

Posted March 20, 2019

Guitar Fretboard Notes and 5 Ways to Find Them

A fretboard, or fingerboard of a guitar is the part of the neck where all the metal frets are placed. Musicians press the string down on different parts of the fretboard to play notes and chords. The fretboard notes of a guitar is not labeled so when a guitarist begins to learn, they simply will have to memorize where each note is through practice. Luckily, there are a number of tools to help with this. 

Posted March 15, 2019

How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar for Beginners

Fingerstyle guitar is when guitar players play without a guitar pick, and only with their fingers. Beginner guitarists may learn fingerstyle guitar by simply practicing without a pick. There are a number of fingerstyle techniques and Travis picking is one of the most common. 

Posted March 13, 2019

Basic Guitar Chords - 10 You Can Play Now

basic guitar chords

Basic guitar chords on guitar are generally open chords like C major, D major and F major. These are the very first chords you learn because their fingering is simple and straightforward, and their played at the very first fret of the guitar. These chords are also the most commonly used guitar chords in music. 

Posted March 8, 2019

5 Most Popular Female Artists on Guitar Tricks!

international women's day

It’s International Women’s Day and to celebrate, we want to highlight our most popular song lessons on female-led artists and bands.

Posted March 6, 2019

6 Jazz Chords Super Easy to Learn

Jazz chords are chord voicings that are commonly used in jazz music. Technically there are no chords called jazz chords, but instead, jazz musicians generally like to use extended chords like 7th major and minor chords, dominant and diminished 7th chords, minor 7th flat 5, and 9th chords. 

Posted February 27, 2019

3 Easy Guitar Songs from the Movies

Easy guitar songs are important for the beginner guitar player because learning how to play a song is arguably the whole point of learning any musical instrument. The songs below only require you to know about three or four chords, but with so many music-inspired movies recently, let’s take a look at some songs that you might hear in cinemas real soon.