Posted January 13, 2023
First Beginner Guitar Lesson - Day 1
What should you learn on your first day of playing guitar? Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you the things that are worth learning within the first 10-15 minutes of picking up a guitar.
Posted January 6, 2023
Play Better Guitar in 2023
Start 2023 off right with these easy tips for playing better guitar this year.
Whether you've got a new year's resolution to uphold, or you are continuing on your guitar journey, these tips for practicing, jamming, and more from Gary Heimbauer will set you on the right course to take on 2023 with guitar in hand!
Posted December 23, 2022
Super Easy Holiday Guitar Songs - Jingle Bells
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is getting into the holiday spirit by showing you some super easy ways to play Jingle Bells!
Whether you want to play and sing, back your favorite band of merry carolers, or simply sip some eggnog and play the melody gently in the background while the family digs through their stockings -- Gary will show you a few simple ways to absolutely nail this holiday classic, no matter what your ability level is.
Posted December 16, 2022
Slash Chords Make Everything Better
Play better, more complicated, and more interesting guitar chords by using what are known as "slash chords."
We're not talking Guns N' Roses -- though Slash probably uses lots of slash chords in his guitar playing. We are talking about the technique of playing a standard chord, but adding a different bass note beneath it!
This is a lot more simple than it might initially seem. Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will break down how to approach this technique.
Posted December 14, 2022
The Best Way to Improve Guitar Skills
Consistency is one of the most important factors you can consider when it comes to improving your guitar playing. Learning new skills can be challenging and ensuring that your progress is efficient and consistent is essential. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, these seven habits will help you improve your skills no matter what level you're playing at.
Posted December 9, 2022
Deck The Halls with Major Scales
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to practice major scales in a very festive way -- by playing Deck The Halls!
This classic Christmas carol is a great way to put your major scale skills through their paces because the entire melody encompasses all the scale's notes.
Posted December 2, 2022
Sound Pro in One Step with Dynamics
Using dynamics while playing guitar is one of the most direct ways to sound more like a guitar pro. It's a simple concept of volume control.
In this video, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to apply dynamics to your guitar paying to make you sound better in one step!
Posted November 7, 2022
Single Coil vs Humbucker Pickups - What's the Difference?
If you're totally new to playing the electric guitar and are still taking beginner guitar lessons, you may notice that there's a wide variety of electric guitars.
The electric guitar comes in all shapes, sizes and colors -- it's something that guitarists love about the instrument. With so many out there, you can choose one that perfectly resonates with your personal style. In addition to visual differences, guitars can greatly vary in sound, too.
A lot of this comes down to the guitar's pickups.
Posted October 28, 2022
How to Play Guitar
If you have never played guitar before, in this article we will walk you through the first steps for those taking beginner guitar lessons. And while learning an instrument does not occur overnight, if you follow these pointers on a consistent basis, you will see regular progress. Remember that playing the guitar is a physical exercise, it is essential to train and retain your muscle memory to accomplish it.
Posted September 15, 2022
How to Play a 12-String Guitar
If you're a fan of the sound of an acoustic guitar, then you're probably listening to a song that features two guitarists playing together seamlessly. Various models on the market can accommodate different budgets. With various features and options, 12-string acoustic guitars can provide a unique and authentic sound. The sound of 12-string electric and acoustic guitars has captivated listeners for decades. Whether you're looking for an electric or acoustic guitar, there's something special about this versatile instrument.
Posted September 9, 2022
How to Play Guitar Expressively
Posted September 2, 2022
How to Get Great Rock Tone
Being able to shape tone on your own is an important skill for any guitarist. Throughout your journey, you will most likely find yourself plugging into an array of different amps, pedals, and equipment -- and you'll want to know how to find the best tone possible in any playing situation.
Posted August 19, 2022
4 Chords Every Beginner Guitar Player MUST Know
Many guitar players think that you need 5 or 6 strings to play most chords like G, C, or Em, but the reality is that these chords are made up of only 3 notes (a triad) and can often be played on only three strings! Four of the most common open chords, in the most common guitar key of G major are the chords G, C, D and E minor.
Posted August 4, 2022
ONE Guitar Lick to Connect EVERYTHING
Since the pentatonic scale has no half steps, and is constructed of whole steps and minor thirds (1.5 steps), it lends itself well to sliding up and down the fretboard from position to position. One great way to connect the patterns as we slide between them is to take advantage of the finger friendly 2x2s or 3x2s in each of the 5 vertical patterns of the pentatonic scale.
Posted August 3, 2022
Circle of Fifths on Guitar Explained!
The Circle of Fifths is a concept used in music theory that shows the relationship between all of the musical keys. The circle is also used to show the number of sharps and flats in a particular key, which is helpful to understand the relationships between major and minor keys as well. Finally, the concept gets its name because the Circle of Fifths is presented as a circle of musical keys, these are all separated by degrees of a fifth.