Harmonics are a great way to add some new and different sounds to your guitar playing. But it’s important to understand how playing harmonics work and how they can be used in the context of a song. Playing guitar harmonics can be very simple in many cases but there are also false harmonics and playing guitar harmonics relative to a capo. If you have ever seen the movie August Rush and fell in love with the guitar sounds in that movie then you should definitely watch this weeks featured lesson as Steve Krenz reveals how the sounds can actually be replicated on almost any guitar.
Today I’m looking at a new guitar learning product that is very unique. This one is different from anything else out there because never before have all of these resources been put together in one place. In fact BBQ Hero is not just one guitar course at all. It is a bundle of 5 different services that are being put together all in one place to create the ultimate resource for anyone wanting to be that person that can pull a guitar out at a party and know all the classics, that everyone knows and loves.
A lot of these tools are available individually and in fact I have recommended a couple of them on the site and to my email subscribers in the past. But when you put all of these tools together in one place you really do have the ultimate learning package. Each part of this bundle just complements the others so well.
If you have not heard me talking about JamPlay before then I must tell you this is probably my favorite resource for learning guitar online. Their 2,000+ video guitar lesson library just keeps on growing. They cover just about every style of music and have tons of instructors. There are a ton of community features on the JamPlay site as well including practice games, backing tracks to play along with, an online metronome, a chord library, progress reports and more. They also have 8+ hours of LIVE lessons every day where you can follow along with an actual instructor and ask questions. If there isn’t a class in session when you log on, you can bet there is one starting soon. You can see my full JamPlay review here
This is where you’ll learn all those popular songs to play at social gatherings and parties. You’ll find many of those instantly recognizable songs taught here in professionally shot videos. Each song is actually broken into several videos, teaching a different concept or part of the song in each one. Some of the more popular songs on the site include “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Santeria” by sublime, “Hey there Delilah” by Plain White Tee’s and many more songs from virtually every genre. You will find both electric and acoustic guitar lessons on this site.
Guitar tabs to 70,000 songs with more being added all the time! You’ll get the plus version with this bundle which includes the ability to speed up or slow down the audio demonstration as you go through each song. It also allows you to learn each guitar part in the song. You can listen to only the part you are learning or even choose to focus on that part but still hear the rest of the track in the background so it’s great for playing along with and learning each guitar part. You will also be able to print every song with simple and easy to read chord charts.
Song Surgeon is an excellent piece of software that will take any audio recording and change the pitch or tempo with very little or no distortion at all. What this means is that you can practice along with an audio track that you have and it enables you to slow down or speed up that track and also change the key that it is in. This allows for you to practice in a key that is easier to play or sing along with and to slow things down while you are learning and then speed them back up as you progress. Other features include the ability to reduce the vocals in a track, loop a certain section of a song you are working on, and store notes and tablatures with each audio file or project.
A top of the line, best selling and most effective vocal training program that has been used by many celebrities and superstars around the world. This course includes tons of audio, video and workbook training and guarantees that you can add a full octave to your vocal range with just a few lessons. If you are going to learn to play guitar then you will most likely want to sing along too. You will get a 3 month subscription to Singing Success TV where you can watch unlimited lessons and even download 5 lessons per month. You will also get 3 Top 7 Vocal Packs which will teach you vocal exercises and more.
This is the best part! The price will start out at around $79 for all of these great resources. If you want the top of the line vocal training program, Singing Success, as well then the price is $99 for everything. They added this option since some only want to learn guitar at the moment but the extra $20 is well worth it if you plan to be singing at parties .
The thing is, I don’t know how long the launch price will be good so I would definitely hop over there and take a look at it soon if you are even slightly interested.
I only review and recommend guitar courses that I really believe will help you succeed based on my own personal experience as a guitarist and instructor for over 15 years. So believe me when I say this is a great bundle of products. Seriously, this is the best value in guitar and singing instruction that I have ever seen. I don’t think it is for everyone though. If you learn better from one on one time with an instructor then you might decide to go that route instead (though it will be far more expensive).
One thing is for sure, if you are serious about playing guitar then it is going to take more than just a few free lessons on the internet to get you there. You need to find great guitar instruction in a community that encourages constantly improving your skills and this guitar instruction bundle is the perfect place to start.
It’s no secret that learning to play any instrument one of the first things you will naturally learn are scales. This is no different with guitar scales. If you get a good guitar scales chart and begin learning each scale you will find that you will begin learning the notes on the fret board more easily. This also sets you up in a good position to be able to play a lot of lead guitar riffs. By knowing how to play each scale and how the scales can be used for improvised solos, you will greatly broaden the range of your guitar playing skills.
There is no wrong place to start when it comes to learning guitar scales but I personally prefer to start with the major scales. The major scale is named after the root note in the scale and always follows the same pattern relative to that note. One whole step is equal to moving two frets up the neck on the guitar and a half step would be one fret. The pattern for the major guitar scale is:
You can follow this pattern from any root note in order to play all the major scales. To get you started with guitar scales today I have provided the tablature for each major scale A through G below. These are great patterns to practice on your guitar to improve speed and dexterity in your fingers. If you need help reading these, check out my post on how to read guitar tablature.
These are just the first position guitar scales for each key but they should get you going and give you something to work on for a while during your practice sessions. There are plenty of other places on the neck that you can play each guitar scale and there are also other types of scales such as minor scales and pentatonic guitar scales. As you continue on your journey to learn guitar you will begin to learn all of these as well and how they all fit together in music theory.
That’s it for this tutorial but keep checking back for more useful lessons that I will be publishing on a weekly basis. There will certainly be a few more on guitar scales and also a few on other interesting topics.
Before purchasing your first, your second, or your tenth guitar, it is always best to do a review of the multiple facets of the acoustic guitar to find the very best model to fit your budget and performance standards. In this simple article, we will discuss different body styles to help you understand what to look for and how the different body styles affects sound. Though some body styles are proprietary, many are universal and you can use this general process to find the right size and style for you.
Whether you are a beginner, looking to find the best entry level acoustic guitar you can find, or whether you are a more advanced player looking to deepen or refresh your knowledge to equip you to be fully informed before buying your next guitar, this report will serve as a good foundation and guide.
When going through the buying process, there is a lot to consider. If you purchase an acoustic guitar simply based off the body size or model, you may be disappointed that it does not sound similar to another that you would prefer. If you are looking to purchase within a specific budget, you should be able to find something very suitable if your are patient and do enough research and reviewing. To find the acoustic guitar that suits you best, more than 1 factor should be taken into the equation. In this article, we will not focus on the actual measurements between models, as they vary between manufacturer slightly, but the focus is to make the guitar buyer aware that there are many different body styles available and that they do affect sound and playability depending on the individual.