Posted August 1, 2019
Guitar Shapes on Acoustic
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
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 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 12, 2019
Arpeggios - Broken Chords Explained!
An arpeggio (ar-peh-jee-oh) is when notes in a chord are played individually in descending or ascending order. Instead of strumming a chord and hitting all of the notes at once, guitar players play arpeggios by picking the notes in succession.
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 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 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 June 1, 2019
How to Train Your Ear with String Bending
All guitar players should learn to train their ears so they are able to accurately listen for pitch relative to its starting point. This will help all of us when it comes to playing along with a song and trying to work out which chord or note is next, or being able to make creative decisions about pitch mid guitar solo. This lesson won’t give you perfect pitch, but it will improve your string bending and your ability to target a pitch. This is the first step to training your ears to identify every detail of the music you play.
Posted May 15, 2019
The Beatles Songs and Signature Chords
It’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
Posted May 7, 2019
How to Learn the Notes on Electric Guitar with Marc Seal
When it comes to guitar-playing, it’s super important to be able to find specific notes on the guitar’s neck at will. At first, this seems like an impossible task since the neck features a bunch of notes spread across 22 or more frets and six or more strings! So how does one memorize where each note is? Luckily, Marc Seal has a bunch of great tips for you.
Posted May 2, 2019
Wish You Were Here Song Lesson Released!
“Wish You Were Here” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd and was released in 1975 on the album of the same name. Roger Waters and David Gilmour wrote the song together and it remains one of the most iconic songs of all-time.
Dave will show you how to play “Wish You Were Here” which features a 12-string acoustic guitar as well as a six-string acoustic that repeats the intro riff a number of times before the vocals are introduced. There’s also a third guitar, an electric guitar used for the slide sections that give the song its signature haunting and melancholic sound.
Posted April 25, 2019
10 Songs from the Avengers, X-Men and other Comicbook Movies and TV Shows
Avengers: 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!
Vibrato 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
Learning 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
I'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!