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Posted January 30, 2019

How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar?

One of the most common questions we get is this: “How long does it take to learn guitar?” or “How long does it take to get good at guitar?” 

This is a tough question to answer because everyone who plays guitar has different goals. Some may want to learn how to play a song, or learn how to play a specific chord progression, or play blistering solos. Getting good at anything, whether it’s playing guitar, learning a new language or anything else, it requires a ton of practice. 

Posted January 24, 2019

Fingerpicking with Elixir® Strings

Guitar strings are arguably one of the most important elements of any guitar. You can't play guitar without strings! If you talk to any guitar player, you’ll know that everyone has their string preferences. If you ask a guitar player which brand of guitar strings they prefer, they will usually give you the same answer: Elixir® Strings.

Posted January 23, 2019

BB King Songs You Must Learn on Guitar

B.B. King is arguably the greatest blues guitar player to have ever lived. His songs are classics in the blues canon and a number of guitar players and musicians have cited him as a great influence including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. If you're someone who wants to learn how to play the blues on guitar, look no further than these songs fr

Posted January 18, 2019

Pentatonic Scale Essentials Guitar Lesson

The pentatonic scale is one of the most popular guitar scales due to its simplicity and versatility. It’s called the pentatonic scale because there are only five notes in the scale, as opposed to the usual 7 notes in most others. “Penta” means five and “tonic” means notes. Read on to find out why this scale is so popular! 

Posted January 16, 2019

Guitar Chords for Beginners

Every aspiring guitar player should first learn how to play a handful of beginner guitar chords. Luckily Guitar Tricks has a vast library of chord charts for you to learn. And if you don't know how to read a chord diagram, we got that covered, too. The majority of music in pop culture uses the same group of chords. If you

Posted January 11, 2019

How to Read Guitar Chord Charts

Knowing how to read guitar chord charts is a valuable and essential skill for any aspiring guitar player. In this article, you'll learn how to understand guitar chord charts.

Posted January 4, 2019

5 Guitar Apps for Android You Should Download Right Now

If you just bought a new guitar or maybe you’ve been playing the same one for years, it’s always important to have a handful of tools to make playing and maintenance easy. Did you know there are tons of great apps for your guitar? There are so many apps out there that could improve your guitar experience. Here are just a handful of great, useful apps for your Android smartphone. 

Posted January 2, 2019

How to Get Started with Full Access

For those who have just signed up for a Full Access subscription, congrats! Guitar Tricks offers literally thousands of lessons on a variety of techniques and songs. With that being said, it can be overwhelming and you may be wondering where to begin. That’s why we’re here to help! 

Posted December 28, 2018

7 Must Have Accessories for your New Guitar

So you opened up a brand new guitar for the holidays and you’ve been rocking out, or trying to rock out, the last few days with your new baby. This is great but guitars generally last a lifetime, or can last that long if you take care of it. With that being said, there is so much to get out of a guitar that requires extra gear. Here are seven must-have accessories for your new guitar. 

Posted December 26, 2018

5 Things You Must do with Your New Guitar

If you received a new guitar as a gift this year, it’s important to know what to do with a brand new guitar. Some new guitars have been sitting in a showroom for days, or weeks before they’re purchased. New guitars have been played by a number of people before you even touch the instrument. The strings aren’t necessarily new either. There are a lot of little details to think about when getting a new guitar. Here five things you must do when you get a new guitar.

Posted December 21, 2018

String Gauge and When to Change Strings

Strings are arguably the most important part of any guitar because without them, you wouldn't be able to play. There are a ton of strings out there, all with different types of sizes, or what guitarists call string gauge. In this blog post, you're going to get a quick overview of what string gauges are, how to use them and knowing when to change your strings.

Posted December 19, 2018

Easy Guitar Songs for the Holidays

It's that time of the year again! Time to cuddle up with your loved ones and spread holiday cheer the best way you know how, that is to play some classic winter tunes. If you missed the previous holiday songs, go here, but if you want just a few more suggestions, read on below! 

Posted December 14, 2018

5 Differences Between Tube and Solid-State Amps

Guitar amps are essential for anyone playing an electric guitar, and it's arguable that the amp itself is responsible for more of the tone than the actual guitar. In the world of guitar amps, there are two types to choose from: tube amps and solid-state amps. Here are five differences between the two types of amplifiers. 

Posted December 12, 2018

5 Must Know Things About Guitar Pedals for Beginners

Every guitar player eventually makes their way into the world of guitar pedals. Guitar pedals can give your guitar a myriad of new sounds like fuzz, overdrive, echo, loop, and more. That’s exciting. Here are five things I wish I knew when I first started messing around with guitar effects pedals.