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.
Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 12:50 Written by Joshua
I have been playing guitar for well over 10 years and I have tried just about every method out there to try to improve my skills. From some methods, I have learned much. Other methods I tried did not work out near as well. I have also had the privilege of being on the teaching end and have discovered that not all students have the same learning style. Here I will describe some of the best learning methods I have found for both the beginner and intermediate guitarist.
In recent years learning has become increasingly more accessible with video on the internet becoming more popular. You can actually learn guitar online from a well qualified instructor and from the comfort of your home. What method you take when learning guitar online just depends on what you want to get out of the lessons.
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 15:08 Written by Joshua
Many people absolutely love blues music, and many love Jimi Hendrix. Some would actually argue that he is the most influential guitarist to ever grace the planet. Blues/rock guitar tends to have a very distinct sound to it. There is of course a very distinct style of playing that goes along with that blues solo sound that is created. How to play blues guitar is covered in great detail in the new Learn and Master Spotlight Series: Blues Guitar. However, one question that is often asked is ‘Once I know how to play the STYLE, how do I get that ‘sound’ out of my amp?’. There are many factors that contribute to this ‘sound’. Let’s look at a few of them.
- Of course the ability of the player to play that style is going to be the most important factor.
- Choice of guitar (i.e. Electric or acoustic?? Solid body or semi-acoustic, single coil pickups or hum-bucking pickups??)
- Choice of what amplifier is used
- Settings on the actual guitar
- Settings on the amplifier
- Other items such as strings and effects pedals
So, we can see that there is not any single aspect that will directly change the sound to make it into the blues/rock sound we are looking for. It is using all of these things together that points to the final sound that we get. Of course one of the most important aspects is the ability of the guitar player. There would be no reason in having all of the other settings correct if the player couldn’t actually play blues guitar.
Let’s get started. First, lets look at the settings on the guitar itself. The best type of guitar would be a solid body electric guitar such as a Fender Stratocaster, or a Gibson lespaul. Any solid body electric guitar will probably work. Once you have the guitar then you should look at the settings. You will want to select the neck pickup. This will be the pick up that is closest to the neck of the guitar. It gives you a more rounded and natural sound. The volume and tone knobs on the guitar can also be used. To get the bluesy sound you should roll the tone knob back to about 7 or 8.
Once you have the guitar settings going it is time to look at the amplifier. The blues guitar sound is slightly over driven and distorted. In order to achieve this sound you should make sure that you are plugging the guitar into a hi-gain input of your amplifier. If there is only one input then use that one of course. Next is the fun part. Thats right, you get to crank up the amp! Turn up the gain to a point where the sound coming out is just slightly distorted. Usually this is just beyond halfway. If your amp doesn’t distort or overdrive then there are other alternatives. You could use a distortion effect pedal and that would work just as well.
Now we need to work on the EQ settings. Basically all you need to do is take a look at the EQ and make sure all the knobs are set in the middle. Most of the bluesy sound really comes from the neck pickup and the sightly distorted amp sound. Thats it! You are set to play your blues solo and I guarantee you it will actually sound like a blues solo when you are learning how to play blues guitar.