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How To Practice Without Your Guitar

June 13, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Ever wished you could practice your guitar chops without the instrument itself? A good guess is...you probably have. Just because you cannot always have your guitar with you, it shouldn't mean that you won't be thinking about it...or even playing some air guitar as you imagine your fingers on the strings.  It won't matter if you need to work, travel, rest, and do other things. It’s very possible to practice without your guitar on your commute to and from work, during your tea or lunch break, a bus journey, or even on a long haul flight.

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How To Deal With Sore Fingers and Calluses When You're Playing Guitar

June 01, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Calluses! Every serious guitarist will need to build them. But what a pain they can be to get! One thing is for sure, when you first start to learn guitar, the fingertips on your fretting hand will hurt. They will hurt so much that, if the playing bug hasn’t bit deep enough, you will seriously consider quitting.

Chances are your fingers hurt like hell as you read this. But...before you think of quitting, or putting the guitar back in its case until your fingers have healed...remember that that the pain will go away eventually...and it's all part of the process....

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How To Clean Your Guitar

May 07, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Whether you are a professional guitarist or one who plays a tune when the urge hits you, maintaining a clean guitar is the right thing to do. All that sweat, dirt, and dust accumulates, which means some elbow grease to clean it every now and then. Two things are certain when you regularly clean your guitar. It will probably last you a lifetime, but more importantly, it will keep producing the right quality sound.

The really good guitars are made to last. Everything, from the wood, fretboard, to tuners are all made from the best available materials. That said, these guita...

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Rhythm Guitar Vs. Lead Guitar

May 02, 2017 / by Brian Collins

There's no question that the guitar is probably the most popular instrument among musicians. Being able to pick up a guitar and play what you feel can be an amazing experience full of musical possibilities. However, learning to play guitar is one thing, while mastering the various techniques that can be used is another journey altogether. As a beginner, it's important to understand a few basics. At the top of this list is understanding the difference between the rhthym and the lead guitar. Let's take a look at what it is that makes these two styles so different and what you c...

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5 Things You Should Never Say To a Lady With a Guitar

April 27, 2017 / by Julie Adams

Guitarists often get hit with strange and annoying statements and questions. Unfortunately,  as female guitarists, the level of frustration can often be higher with some of the questions can become somewhat...frustrating...and insulting...to say the least.  Most people may not even be aware that some of the things they say to a lady with a guitar may be extremely offensive.

So, if you ever intend on talking to a lady with a guitar, here's is a list of 5 things you should never say:

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How Yoga Can Make You a Better Guitar Player

March 24, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Being a great guitar player is more than just having a talent. You need determination, mental and physical strength, and a decent amount of flexibility in your hands and fingers. When you practice playing guitar on a regular basis, you develop this needed flexibility and strength. But at the same time, you also need that flexibility and strength because the riffs and technique become more advanced as you progress.

We’re reminded daily that it’s important to keep yourself fit mentally and physically, but is fitness really important for a guitar player? And how can p...

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When Do I Need To Restring My Guitar?

February 22, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

To get right to the point, there is no written rule about when you need to restring your guitar. Some musicians love the broken-in-sound of their old strings, while others like keeping it fresh. So, there is a thin line between changing your strings as a matter of personal preference or a matter of necessity.

Changing your strings depends on a number of factors. This can refer to your preference of sound quality or the number of hours you spend with your guitar. With time, you will be able to know when to restring before a string breaks, which is the most important reaso...

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10 Ways To Stay Motivated When You’re Learning the Guitar

February 15, 2017 / by Helen Baker

You can have the best guitar or an excellent ear for music, but if you lack motivation you will not be able to learn the guitar. Your motivation is the key to your guitar-playing success. And if you're struggling to find motivation, remember, you’re not the only one. Many guitar players battle to stay motivated for their practice sessions at some point or another. In most cases, it’s caused by the misunderstanding of how and what you’re supposed to practice.

Here are 10 tips to help you stay motivated when you’re learning the guitar:

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How To Strum The Guitar - Beginner Lessons

February 10, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Every good teacher knows the importance of right technique and will stress it at every opportunity. It is just as important with the guitar, especially for beginners who must get the basics right from the start. Learning how to play the guitar correctly has a lot to do with how well you master the strumming action.

There is a lot to get through until you can strum well, most of which will depend on how much you practice. But just as playing, you need to know your guitar and its different accessories. With that, an understanding of the basics alongside a few tips and exer...

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How to Improve Your Guitar Playing Speed

February 08, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Your guitar lessons have progressed well. Your technique is about right. Yet, you've reached a point where you've admitted to yourself that you're still playing as fast as you really want to.You may even be feeling stuck at your current speed, unable to play faster. And you would not be alone in feeling that way.

Faster playing speed is a burning desire for many guitar learners. Unfortunately, any sign of stagnation can cause frustration, boredom and distress, and even cause them to quit.

The ability to play fast enables greater musical expression, wheth...

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How to Restring an Acoustic Guitar

February 08, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

There are a few things that every guitarist needs to know. How to restring your guitar is one of them. Like most things, even a guitar’s strings will begin to show wear and tear after a while. So it’s absolutely necessary hat you know how to restring a guitar. If you have been lucky enough to not have a string break in the middle of a performance, make sure to change the strings when it looks discolored or starts to influence the quality of the sound. Follow these steps to learn how to restring your acoustic guitar. 

Step 1: Remove The Old Stri...

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Taking Guitar Lessons as an Adult? It's Never Too Late!

January 17, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Are you like so many other adults still chasing that childhood dream of learning to play the guitar? You may never have made the time to play guitar when you were younger, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it now. Many adults wish to learn the guitar, yet most simply feel that their chance had already past. Nothing can be further from the truth! There may be many reasons you continue to put off lessons, but age should not be one of them. Nobody's "too old" for music.

Guitar playing is not about how old you are when you start out. Learning to play is ...

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How To Help Your Child With Guitar Practice

January 16, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Children can greatly benefit from music education. It offers a lot of fun, as well as the opportunity to learn! Numerous studies have confirmed that music helps with a child’s development on an emotional and cognitive level. Even so, with the many benefits of sending your child for music lessons, getting them to practice regularly isn't always easy. But with the right motivation and a steady practice schedule, you can als...

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17 Valuable Things to Know About Learning The Guitar

January 16, 2017 / by Helen Baker

Learning to play guitar is a long process that takes time and considerable effort. As you learn the instrument, there are things you must remember in order to avoid making mistakes, ensuring your efforts are not wasted. This article shares a few nuggets of wisdom you can refer to before getting started, while you take lessons, and during your practice sessions.

Getting Started

1. The best time to start learning guitar is NOW

There is no point putting off the dream any longer. Take the plunge and start learning to play today. The right t...

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Fender vs. Gibson – Which Guitar Is Better?

December 31, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Being a guitar player is...let’s face it...pretty cool. And among guitarists, there's nothing that can cause more trouble like the ever-raging debate between the Fender and the Gibson. Although many professional guitarists have their allegiances to one of these manufacturers, there is no doubt that both produce A-grade quality guitars. But how do you choose one over the other as a beginner or, maybe even, a loyal believer in one or the other?

To start, let’s take a look at what the differences are between a Fender and a Gibson. Then, let's have a look at wh...

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5 Essential Tips For Creating Muscle Memory on Guitar

December 30, 2016 / by Helen Baker

Ever wished you could play guitar with your eyes closed? Well, did you realize that with enough of the right kind of practice, almost anyone can build the muscle memory to do it?! Muscle memory is the proficiency level you get to after practicing a particular motor skill so much that it becomes second nature to you. This will be marked by a near perfect understanding between your brain and your fingers.

You will not have to think about your strokes. for a guitar player, you just have to switch the right tune in your head and your fingers will follow.

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7 Common Reasons People Quit Guitar & How to Eliminate Them

December 30, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Ever felt like quitting the guitar instead invest your energies into something else?

But let’s face it, you didn't decide to learn guitar because you wanted to become bored and frustrated.  Let's discuss 7 of the most common reasons that could frustrate you into throwing your guitar into the attic and, more importantly, how you can eliminate them.

1. Self-doubt

This is common in the start. Musicians are, in most cases, their own worst critics. And while this can help push yourself to be the best that you can be, it can ...

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Fretless Guitar

October 18, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between playing a fretless guitar and a traditional fretted guitar is? There are certain advantages and disadvantages to a fretless guitar but in order to understand these differences we need to understand what a fretless guitar actually is.

A fretless guitar is essentially played the same way as a normal guitar. However, because it is fretless you have the freedom explore a wider variety of playing styles which open up a whole new world of creative possibilities.

The fret marks the sections along the neck of the guitar...

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Why Guitar Strings Buzz & How To Fix Them

September 30, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Have you ever noticed an irritating buzz sound on some of your guitar strings? Driving you crazy?  Let's have a look at what might be causing this noise and how to fix the problem. 

What's Up With That Buzz

There is a multitude of different things that might cause the unintentional sound you're hearing. Investigating the problem yourself might save you some time and money, so here are a few things you need to know about fret buzz:

Firstly, a clean instrument has a cle...

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How Are Guitar Strings Made?

September 28, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

One of the most common questions that spring to mind when you play the guitar is how the strings are actually made. It's good to know how guitar strings are made.  this knowledge will come in handy when buying new strings or deciding on what kind of strings suit you and your particular guitar best. 

The kind of strings you choose will probably have an impact on the sound as well as the comfortability of playing guitar. 

If your choice of instrument is an acoustic guitar, strings will have the biggest impact on the sound since ther...

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Anatomy of a Guitar - The Beginner's Guide

September 11, 2016 / by Helen Baker

Let’s face it. Guitars are pretty awesome. There is just something about it that screams cool.

There are several parts that you will find on both an acoustic and electric guitar, whereas other parts are more specific. At the end, they all play a vital role in making beautiful music.So, please join us in a lesson of the guitar’s anatomy.

Acoustic and Electric Guitars' Common Parts

The body

The body of the guitar is the squashed hourglass shaped piece. There are many types of body styles, as well as sizes to choose from....

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Ever Wondered How a Guitar is Made?

September 12, 2016 / by Julie Adams

Guitars are one of the most popular musical instruments to date and, as a musician, it’s only natural to wonder how these incredible devices are actually made. Though at first glance they may seem simple enough, making a guitar is a complex process. 

The entire process can take from between three weeks to two months to complete depending on the size, design and decorative choices that have been made.

But let's simplify it to give you a clearer idea of how guitars are made. 

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Why Guitar Strings Break and How To Prevent It

August 16, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

It’s said that one of the most common mechanical problems guitarists face is string breakage. There is nothing like worrying about your string snapping in front of an audience to keep you up the night before.

Sometimes strings break by pure chance or bad luck and there is nothing you could have done to prevent it. But here are some common causes for why strings break that might help you avoid disaster in the future.

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Should I Take Online or Private Guitar Lessons?

July 14, 2016 / by Helen Baker

When you first decide to take guitar lessons, you might be tempted, like most others, to look up your local guitar teacher and find out when they can fit you in. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this, but it does mean you've overlooked another option. Online guitar lessons...

Online lessons can give you the start you need, without nearly as much of the cost. They are also a great alternative for people who aren't able to travel or don't have any guitar teachers close enough to be convenient.

But, what are the cons of onlin...

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The Top 10 Things To Look For in a Guitar Teacher

June 28, 2016 / by Helen Baker

When you close your eyes you see your name in flashing lights, you know you're destined for great things. But like all the greats, you need a little help to get there.

It doesn't matter if you are starting from scratch or if you want to up your game from amateur to pro, everyone has to start somewhere. So, if you are ready to put in the hard work to make great things happen, you need to find a good guitar teacher along the way. 

It does help if you do a little bit of research first. So here are a few things to look for in your search to find...

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How Many Guitar Lessons Do I Need?

June 30, 2016 / by Helen Baker

A fair question many ask when first deciding to learn the guitar is how many guitar lessons you can be expected to take before you're deemed proficient. Naturally, this will vary from person to person, and it's worth considering that some people are simply more musical than others.

It's much more important, however, to ask yourself another question; how often should I have guitar lessons?

The first question is harder to answer of course, but if you consider both questions together, it becomes easier to come to a solution of s...

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Top Tips For Left Handed Guitarists

June 09, 2016 / by Helen Baker

With less than 10% of the world’s population being left-handed, you might have a few questions as a left-handed guitarist. Here are a few hints and tips if you are considering learning to play guitar and your dominant hand is left. 

Your Dominant Hand

First of all, let us have a look a different handedness and what it's all about. Handedness relates to which hand is most dominant. 

This is easy enough... left- or right-handed, but many people also have cross-dominance, or may be ambidex...

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How Much Do Guitar Lessons Cost?

October 21, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

If you are thinking about taking guitar lessons, one of the first things that should have crossed your mind by now is how much it actually cost? Of course, it is important to remember that when you seek private lesson with a music teacher, each teacher will have a different rate depending on their circumstances.

What Will Affect The Cost To Take Guitar Lessons?

On average, the basic rates can range anywhere from $20 for half an hour to $75 for a ...

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What Is The Best Guitar For Beginners With Small Hands?

April 04, 2016 / by Helen Baker

Learning to play the guitar as a beginner is hard enough, but learning with small hands

This brings difficult to a whole new level.

There is nothing worse than trying to learn how to play something new and no matter how hard you try your fingers just can’t reach those chords!

The neck is either too wide to reach the strings or too long to get in a comfortable position.

Often, if you are having problems reaching the appropriate chords on a guitar, it can be said that you just need to practice. 

Somet...

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Will Guitar Hero Really Make Me a Better Guitar Player?

March 23, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

To all those that have mastered their Guitar Hero games or just love playing the it, have you ever wondered if those skills are transferable to a real guitar? Wouldn’t it be great if you can learn to play guitar from a fun simulation game?

Guitar Hero is a stimulating guitar simulation game that allows you to mimic the playing of a real guitar in a fun, interactive way. In order to play you must use a guitar-shaped game controller and play various guitar parts in a variety of songs provided, by pressing the buttons on the guitar on time ...

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How To Tune a Guitar Without a Tuner

March 22, 2016 / by Helen Baker

No matter where you play, whether you are in front of a teacher, a crowd or alone, you’d always like your guitar to sound good - and sounding good is all in the tuning. Being in tune should be your first thought before you begin to play as this will assure you that you are sounding your best.

If you’ve ever thought you needed a tuner to tune your guitar, or you’ve been stuck without one and thought that you won’t be able to play, you’ll be happy to know that it's simply not true! 

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How To Strum Guitar Without a Pick

March 13, 2016 / by Helen Baker

Most people assume that guitar players use a plectrum to hit the strings, and you will often see them playing with makeshift picks, such as a coin.

While this is very common, you might be surprised at how many of the world's best guitarists occasionally prefer to strum with their fingers instead. 

 It's totally possible to be a great guitarist without using a pick at all.  

It all boils down to preference and finding your own unique style.

Depending on the style of music you are passionate about playing, finger picki...

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Which Guitar Do The Most Famous Players Prefer?

March 13, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Whether they are performing swooning love songs, hard rock anthems, or old school melodies, every famous has their favored guitar or – very often – collection of guitars.

Ever wondered what guitar your favorite player prefers to use?

Here's our list of some of the world's most loved and most famous guitar players of all time:

Ed Sheeran

Born Christopher Edward Sheeran in Yorkshire, England, Ed is both a singer and a songwriter. Growing up, he sang in the church choir, learned guitar at a very young age and d...

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5 Beginner Guitar Exercises That Will Make You Shred

June 26, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Shredding legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie van Halen and Yngwie Melmsteen have set the music world on fire with their ability to play fast and clean guitar solos, seemingly without any effort whatsoever.

Some of the earlier ground-breaking pieces include Yngwie with his Fender Stratocaster coolly shredding his way through "Hot on your heels", Alex Lifeson performing his spectacular solo in "Spirit of radio" and Phil Collen in Def Leppard’s 1983 hit, "Photograph".

First and foremost, let me say this. You are not go...

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Guitar Lessons: 10 Mistakes All Beginners Make

February 28, 2016 / by Joseph Evans

Most people, at some point, become interested in learning to play the guitar. Great choice of instrument!  It's fairly portable, relatively inexpensive and easy enough to learn the basics, no matter what the age. Not to mention, it makes a great traveling companion.

If you're just starting out, there's no doubt you're still trying to get your head around the basics, but there are some mistakes that all beginners, and even intermediate players make.

Knowing what they are before you make them could save you some valuable time, money, and a lot of ...

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How To Find The Best Guitar Exercises for You

July 07, 2017 / by Joseph Evans

Books, resources and various guidelines on playing the guitar – both online and traditional - are found by the bucketful all around us. That in itself is often the problem, as one can become quite frazzled in trying to find the most suitable and relevant ones to get you moving in the right direction.

I would like to share a few guidelines with you, as an aid, in finding the most appropriate and effective guitar exercises for you. No more time spent working on the wrong thing or searching for something better.

Follow these simple steps, an...

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Learning Blues Guitar

April 09, 2012 / by Mark Buchanan

As American as cornbread, catfish and collards, the musical genre known as "the blues" is one of the most interesting and evocative art forms around. Born in our country's "Deep South" and now the expression of choice for countless musicians worldwide, if you have a little sadness down deep in your heart, what better way to express it than with some soulful blues-guitar licks?

But-impulsive and raw as it often sounds-playing blues guitar doesn't just happen. Beyond spontaneous expression, it's a matter of studied technique that must be learned, understood and mastered. So, ready to be...

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Electric Guitar Lessons

March 28, 2012 / by Mark Buchanan

There's a lot of discussion about the differences between acoustic and electric guitars, how they sound, how easy or difficult they are to play, what kinds of music are most appropriate for each and so on. But if you're just beginning, you may wonder which type of instrument you should learn to play. Does it matter? While you must eventually answer this fundamental question for yourself, we'll provide a little basic information below to help you define your musical aspirations.

Electric guitar lessons

Although opinions about electric guitar music vary as widely ...

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Guitar Lessons for Children

March 28, 2012 / by Mark Buchanan

It doesn't matter whether they're learning to play Oh! Susannah or Frere Jacques, kids are not only physically smaller than adults, but they learn differently, too. This can be a distinct advantage when it comes to learning to play the guitar, provided the students' unique characteristics are taken into account. This is no different than how you approach your child’s ability to learn math, to read or to play sports. Each child has their own style and the key is to understand what makes them tick.

Start young … but not too young

Many authorities agree that the age ran...

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Acoustic Guitar Lessons

March 28, 2012 / by Mark Buchanan

Most everybody has picked up a guitar a time or two, maybe even strummed a few chords. But if you've been strumming those A, D and E chords forever and realize there's a limit to what you can actually play if your musical universe is that small, you've also come to realize that you need help. You need guidance. You need guitar lessons! But where should you start? Read on to learn some answers.

A word about equipment

First, understand that there are nearly as many different kinds of guitars as there are genres of guitar music. In terms of the number of strings, ...

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