Friday, 30 September, 2011 01:45 Written by Joshua
So you want to learn guitar… I’ve been playing guitar for over 15 years and I know how frustrating it can be when you are first starting. One of the difficulties comes when trying to find the right learning resources that are needed for your individual learning style. And then for many, there are the costs involved in hiring an instructor. What I’ve found as I’ve learned and then taught others is that for some, it is important to get started with a one-on-one instructor. However, for most students, it is better to find online guitar lessons or a good course with an online community. The cost is much lower, and you can learn on your own schedule.
Thursday, 16 September, 2010 17:56 Written by Joshua
Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar or it’s a new idea to you, you can learn how to play guitar easily. It’s a simple matter of physical coordination and training your small motor muscles. You’ll develop the musical skills like timing and rhythm as you learn to play if you’re like most people.
The first thing you have to decide when learning how to play guitar is which kind of guitar you want—acoustic or electric? Acoustic guitar is a sound all to itself; in fact, even death metal bands still use acoustic guitars to lend atmosphere and richness to the melodies of some of their songs. If you listen closely you can hear acoustic guitars on almost any of your favorite CDs. If you want to learn how to play guitar easily and don’t want to struggle in any way, acoustic probably isn’t for you. Choosing an acoustic guitar means callouses on your fingers and a brief period of sore fingertips. While an electric will make your fingers a bit sore at first, with proper setup and very low action you’ll hardly notice it. Once you’ve chosen your guitar, how to learn guitar is the next step.
Thursday, 05 August, 2010 15:07 Written by Joshua
This Video Lesson Provided by TheGuitarLesson.com
The most basic maintenance that you will need to be able to do on your guitar is to change guitar strings. You might as well learn this now while you learn how to play guitar so that you can change your own guitar strings in the future. Strings do not last forever. They will break, or they will simply get old and dead sounding after a while. You can take your guitar to a local music store and for an expensive fee they would gladly change a string for you. But it is really not that difficult of a task once you get the hang of it, though it does take a bit of time to change guitar strings. The first time you change your strings may be a little frustrating but once you get the hang of it, you will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Sunday, 06 June, 2010 14:54 Written by Joshua
[adsense_id="1"]Due to the tuning and design of the guitar, some keys are easier to play than others. The chart below and be used with a capo in order to transpose your song from an unfriendly key to a key that is far more friendly for playing on the guitar. The blue top row shows the 12 keys of music and the blue column to the left shows the 7 notes of the scale and the chords that comprise the key. A capital Roman numeral means Major, and a lowercase Roman numeral means minor.
In order to use the chart to transpose your song, find out first what key the original song is in. This method is especially useful in a key that involves a lot of barre chords which are chords that require you hold down all of the strings with your index finger while playing the rest of the chord with the remaining fingers. As an example lets use F#, which is a bad key for the guitar since there are so many barre chords included in it. Simply look to the left of the F# key until you find an easier key that you want to play in. For this example lets use C. You cannot go to the right in the table as it is impossible to move the capo to a lower pitch than the original open chord.
Sunday, 06 June, 2010 14:20 Written by Joshua
So, what is a capo? A capo is simply a clamp that can be used on different frets of the guitar in order to change the pitch of the open strings. Each fret on a guitar is a half step and therefore if you place the capo on the first fret then all of the open strings will sound a half step higher than normal. This is a great tool for a guitarist because it makes changing the key of a song very easy.
For example, if you have a song that is written in the key of G with the chords G, C, and D, you could easily change the key of the song to A without even having to relearn it. All you would have to do is just simply put a capo on the second fret and play the same chord shapes of G, C, and D that you would have before.These chords will sound a whole step higher which would make them actually the chords A, D, and E.