24
May

How To Learn Guitar Fast

wWe have all been in the position of being overwhelmed by all of the available resources when picking up the guitar. There are so many resources in fact that it is hard to decide where to turn to start learning, just prolonging the jam sessions. Just remember that all people learn differently so make sure you give all of the following options a chance because some may work for you, some may not. You just have to find the one that works the best for you.

Personally, I improve my playing the most when simply playing. Not set songs, no rules for beats per minute, no required scale, just me and any thought that comes to my mind. I love to just throw on a backing track and play and if anything I come up with happens to work out and sound good, I write it down as quick as I can before I forget it. Eventually you will have pages and pages filled with ingenious riffs that you can always go back to and play for some fun. I always love seeing

4
May

How To Create And Make An Unplugged Acoustic Song That Sounds Better Than The Original

1Creating your own unplugged acoustic version of a song goes way beyond simply playing the original, as it is, on your acoustic guitar. Sure, you could do this, but you will only end up with an at best average acoustic rendition of the song you are creating the unplugged version from.

A much better approach would be to observe, listen, and learn from the thousands upon thousands of existing unplugged songs that have been done over the years. There are just so many cool and unique things available to you when creating your acoustic arrangements, that you need to know about. Many of these things you would not be aware of if you were to try and go it alone with a trial and error approach.

In this article, I am going to introduce you to 5 killer acoustic versions of songs that have been arranged by various artists. Together, we will pull these unplugged versions apart to see what has been done to the song compared to the original. By the end of the article you will have several very cool approaches you

1
May

Ear Training With Your Guitar!

download (2)As a musician one of the most important things we can do to make ourselves better is to train our ears. Ear training takes a lot of effort and consistent practice, but the end results can be the difference between being an average musician and being a great musician. Memorization of songs and solos becomes easier as well as learning new material and techniques. Having said that, here are some great exercises that you can do with your guitar to get your ears in shape and develop a greater connection with your instrument!

1. The first exercise is fairly simple. Sing the major scale while playing each note on your guitar. You can also hum each note, or even whistle each note. If you are singing it is good to either sing the scale degree number, or sing the solfege degrees (Doh, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Doh). You will want to make sure that you match your voice to each note perfectly. These exercises are not about speed, but about being consistent and accurate. Singing these exercises is absolutely essential.

11
May

The Most Common Misunderstanding Guitarists Have About Taking Lessons With A Guitar Teacher

What is the number one function of a solid guitar teacher? In many cases, people might assume it’s the following: “To give instruction to students on how to play techniques, licks or other ideas”. Wrong! The real function of any guitar teacher is to:

1. Figure out the problems that are keeping you from becoming better.

2. Help you to get BIG results fast.

3. Give you the training needed for accomplishing anything you want on guitar.

4. Guide you through the entire process of achieving greatness in your playing.

To be totally clear, you will certainly learn about new things during guitar lessons, but that’s not the fundamental thing that will make you a better guitarist in less time. Most importantly, a great guitar teacher can usually fix your guitar playing issues without teaching you a single new thing.

There have been many times when I have given a guitar lesson to a student and walked him through the entire process of improving a technique. To understand how to do this for yourself (and why I am able to do this as a teacher) pay close attention to the following critical points:

1. The Problems You Face On The Surface Are Usually Caused By A Breakdown

12
Apr

What Duration Will It Take To Play A Six String Guitar?

The question many people inquire from me when they start being fascinated with studying to play guitar is, “What duration will it take?”

This will depend on a few things; it’s not just how talented you might be. Yes, having a talent for tune and a perfect ear will help you achieve more, but ultimately, the guitarist who practices diligently and in the right way will always win over the lazier, more so “gifted” musician. Why?

Enjoying the guitar will imply learning absolutely new hand and finger motions, virtually like a kid learning to walk. It will be necessary to fortify hand muscle tissues that you never knew existed before, in addition, you ought to be taught very distinctive, coordinated finger motions too. The best way to gain knowledge of these motions, beef up your hand muscle reminiscence, and advancement at playing the guitar, is to practice often.

However resume again to the original question of what duration will it take to play a six string guitar. As long as you practice often, you can attain these stages within a specified duration:

• 1-2 months: Play handy guitar songs (strumming few chords, chord arpeggios and single string plucking tunes with few string jumping)

• 3-6

12
Apr

Knowing When It’s Time to Take a Break

Lock and load, it’s off to the studio we go. Yes, it’s a project and depending on how big your band is and how much the band is planning to record, it could be a whole day event, a week-long event, or even longer.

Since in most cases you will be paying for your studio time, you want to utilize it in the most efficient way possible – but the key words there is MOST EFFICIENT. A huge mistake that is often made in the studio is not knowing when to take a break or call quits for the day altogether.

It’s common to want to keep going and get as much music recorded as possible no matter how tired and worn out you or your band is getting. But if you force yourself to keep recording when you are exhausted then the only thing you might be doing is recording it now, just to have to go back and record it again.

Not only does your body, vocals and the ability to hit notes start to suffer, but your ears and the way you hear things suffer too. Your ears won’t translate the same sound the same way to the brain when

11
Apr

My Opinion On Both Sides Of The Story For A Six String Guitar Starter

Solicit yourself the kind of music you fancy, from that point you will have the capacity to choose what kind of six string guitar is used often in that classification. On the off chance that you like metal or rock, you certainly ought to obtain an electric. In the event that you are into classical, country, or somehow plan to be an “open air guitarist”, get an acoustic. It’s not complicated.

Whichever way you go, suppose you are often with the guitar, you will actually build up an enthusiasm for the other types of six string guitar too, so you will get one at some point or another.

I figured out how to play on an acoustic six string guitar at first, and began playing an electric afterwards. I am cozy with the reality that even somebody like me, with more than 10 years of experience, regularly can’t play something using an acoustic, however gets it on the first attempt on an electric. Kind of tempting me to take amateur guitar lessons once more No, actually, the electric is much simpler to play physically and there is no uncertainty about it. So why is it that despite everything, I suggest that tenderfoots

15
Mar

Eight Steps To Developing Your Own Six String Guitar Playing Schedule

Step 1. Get very clear on what your long term guitar playing / musical pursuits are. Watch out for distractions… there is a huge difference between ‘brief time period goals’ and ‘distractions’. Actual brief-time period goals will have to be steady together with your lengthy-time period ambitions. If they aren’t, then you definitely might be without difficulty distracting yourself from what you particularly want to obtain as a six string guitar participant and musician. When growing your apply hobbies, focal point commonly on lengthy-term targets.

Step 2. Balance your current strengths and significant weaknesses. Seek to show your strengths into tremendous strengths and ‘only’ work on weaknesses that are real ‘significant’ to your pursuits (see step four beneath).

Step 3. Be sensible about how much time you could practice each day. As recounted above, that you could and must permit ‘free time’ for your timetable to learn, observe, or do other matters with your guitar external of your written guitar observe routine.

Step 4. You must be a hundred% definite you relatively understand the entire musical elements which might be needed to reach your long term goals, and you have to be clear about which of these factors are the ‘most important’ and

12
Mar

Why Generic Guitar Teaching Methods Suck

Why Generic Guitar Teaching Methods Suck And How To Turn Your Guitar Students Into Awesome Musicians Fast

A lot of guitar teachers use generic guitar method books or courses to teach their students. Unless you teach exclusively beginner students, you will come across the following problems using this kind of approach in your guitar teaching:

1. You will not be able to help your students make fast progress in their guitar playing. The majority of popular guitar teaching approaches were made only to teach musical topics, NOT to help your guitar students achieve specific goals. (Almost no great guitarists became great using these kinds of books.)

2. Your students become very unmotivated once they see that what you are teaching them is no in line with their personal guitar playing goals.

3. When the problems from points 1 and 2 apply, you will not be able to keep guitar students from quitting.

4. You will have a difficult time getting new guitar students because you are not offering anything that is unique from any other guitar teacher in your area. This means new students really have no reason to choose you over anyone else.

All of this leads to massive struggles when it comes to making

11
Mar

How To Make Your Guitar Vibrato Sound Amazing

Vibrato is one of the most important guitar techniques to master if you want to sound like a pro. All the most skilled players have great vibrato, while the majority of other players simply think this skill it will just improve on its own (without practice). In reality, your vibrato technique MUST sound good, otherwise your overall guitar playing will sound like crap.

To develop amazing sounding vibrato, you have to strip down the technique to its bare essentials, work on developing each one in isolation and then begin integrating them all together.

The following are five key pieces of advice that will put you on the right path towards mastering vibrato and making your guitar playing sound amazing:

One. Understand Exactly What You Are Searching For

As you practice vibrato, know for certain what sound you are searching for and what sound you don’t want.

Truly amazing vibrato and really bad vibrato are nothing alike. Amazing vibrato is always:

– Played with control

– In tune

– Appropriate for the context it is being used in

(Really bad vibrato is not at all like all of these things)

Note that your vibrato shouldn’t be used in the exact same way all the time. It may be used totally differently

1
Mar

Common Mistakes Six String Guitar Players Make & How To Avoid Them

There are distinctive causes why six string guitar players go by means of frustration and disappointment. Listed here are 3 key mistakes guitar players make and repeat again and again that you just will have to certainly restrict from.

1. Instructing Yourself to Play Six String Guitar. Many persons try and teach themselves tips on how to play guitar. Sure, it’s genuine that some good recognized players had been ‘somehow’ self taught, but I do not advise following that strategy even supposing your favourite participant used to be self taught. If you are one hundred% certain that you would be able to construct powerfully robust learning and coaching programs for yourself, that is cool. However, if you’re like most of us, doing it alone is the hardest, most time-taking, traumatic, and irritating option to train anything. This is a mistake that you should avert. Some guitar players believe it’s going to galvanize others if they say, “I am a self taught guitar player”. That announcement would galvanize a couple of inexperienced persons, however being self taught just isn’t a ‘badge of honour’. Would you instead provoke others with your guitar prowess or with an unimportant assertion about your guitar playing? I’m

12
Feb

This Guitar Practice Process Fixes Your Guitar Playing Issues

The most effective way to improve your guitar playing is to solve playing problems while practicing. Simply playing through exercises again and again doesn’t help you improve. Correct guitar practice needs to help your playing feel easy while also making it sound good.

Here is the process to use to solve your guitar playing problems:

(Correctly) Isolate The Main Problem

When you struggle to play anything on guitar, stop and isolate the specific notes that are giving you problems. When you do this, your guitar practice gains the potential to be extremely effective. This also helps you by keeping you from wasting practice time on things that you can already play very well.

Amplify The Problem Area

As soon as you’ve properly isolated the issue that is giving you problems, you can make things infinitely easier for yourself by “amplifying” it. These are some basic ways to amplify any issue that gives you problems:

1. Continually repeat whatever is most difficult.

2. Move the difficult part to lower frets and play it there.

3. Use only up/down strokes to play the difficult part.

4. If the problem is related to articulation or 2-hand synchronization – play it on an acoustic guitar or an unplugged electric guitar.

5. Play the difficult

11
Feb

How To Play Acoustic Blues Rhythm Guitar That Will Have People Wanting To Jam With You All The Time

Picture this, you’re jamming a 12 bar blues ripping it up with a killer improvised solo on your acoustic guitar. You finish and go to play the rhythm while someone else takes a solo. What do you do to keep things interesting, and to inspire whoever is soloing over your rhythm playing?

Hopefully you have a little more to offer than the same old chord forms and strumming patterns. If not, this is something you need to fix, as it’s a great in-balance in your playing that is never good. In fact it’s very common to hear players excel in the soloing department, and really struggle on the rhythm side of things. Yet, generally speaking, rhythm guitar is what we do the majority of our time when playing music.

Blues is a great vehicle to start developing your rhythm guitar chops as it’s the universal language amongst musicians. Everybody can play through a 12 bar blues, and it’s often the go to thing to do when first meeting up with someone for a jam. There have been many times in my own life where I have literally just met someone and within minutes we are jamming out a blues together, sometimes in

11
Feb

Musical Scales Weighed Up

Our familiar Major scale derives from the Ionian mode which was the original Greek form of the scale (scale comes from the Italian word Scala meaning a ladder).

In major scales the semi-tones (half-tones or half-steps) fall between the 3rd and 4th degrees and the 7th and 8th (marked on the illustration with brackets.

C major has no sharps or flats in the key signature as does its ‘relative’ A minor – The minor scale is actually derived from the Aeolian and Dorian forms.

  • Now just using the notes of the C major scale if we start on C we would have the Ionian mode
  • If we began on D (C major scale) we have the Dorian Mode
  • beginning on E we have the Phrygian mode
  • moving from F we get the Lydian mode
  • from the note G begins the Mixolydian mode
  • starting at A we have the Aeolian mode
  • and finally from B we have the Locrian mode

Each mode has its own character; for example, the Iolian is the same as a regular major scale and the Aeolian is identical to the ‘natural’ minor scale, (the minor scale without added accidentals).

The Phrygian mode is evocative the music of Spain. The Lydian mode sounds quite jolly and optimistic

3
Feb

How To Make Guitar Practice More Fun While Getting Better Results

Does guitar practice seem more like a chore than something that you genuinely enjoy doing? This is a bad sign, and will only lead to slower overall progress… here are the two reasons why:

1. You’ll practice guitar less whenever you feel bored. As a result, you will make progress very slowly.

2. If worse comes to worse, you will end up not practicing at all, and maybe quitting guitar altogether. No doubt, this would lead to a massive decline in your guitar skills.

A great way to make guitar practice fun is to consistently track your progress. This simple (yet extremely important) action will benefit you in these ways:

1. You become much more focused as you practice. To start tracking your progress, you’ll need to first create goals to work towards. This will help you get better at guitar much faster because it gives you something to compare your current level to.

2. You begin competition against yourself to get better results. When you track your musical progress consistently, it becomes like a game to see how much results you can get every week. Think about playing a game, but never bothering to keep score… it wouldn’t be as exciting would it? With

24
Jan

5 Essential Principles for Learning Guitar

 

The guitar is a great musical instrument. It is relatively inexpensive, fairly portable and it is easy enough for you to learn the basics. As a matter of fact, it is totally up to you to take your playing as far as you want. There are lots of people all over the world who learn to play the guitar every day, regardless of their age. Grandparents and kids alike are fascinated by this musical instrument and want to know how to play it. Luckily, learning guitar is not that difficult, as long as you understand the five basic and essential principles that govern it. What are these principles? Read on to find out:

1 – Practice

This seems rather obvious because we know that practice makes perfect. However, you will find that everyone continues to give you the same advice whenever you ask for tips. This is due to the fact that a big part of learning how to play the guitar revolves around your finger memory i.e. motor skills. Initially, your brain will tell your fingers what to do, but with practice, your fingers will know exactly what to do without your brain having to tell you. It is essential to

13
Jan

Five Approaches For Making Guitar Arpeggios Sound Incredible (Even If You Can’t Play Fast Yet)

You can transform any guitar arpeggio from boring to awesome without playing it super fast. To do it, you just need to use creative exercises that make the pattern sound musically expressive.

1. Add A Break Into Your Arpeggio

If you simply repeat the same arpeggio up and down over and over it will eventually become boring. Rather than doing this, break each ascending and descending section into separate licks.

2. Expand And Harmonize Your Arpeggios Using Inversions

You can continually repeat an arpeggio over and over without it becoming old by doing the following:

– Lengthen the pattern using its inversions

– Use inversions as a way to harmonize the notes in your arpeggio

You must have great fretboard visualization skills to be able to expand an arpeggio using its inversions. Choose any arpeggio and attempt to locate its notes across the entire fretboard (for example, find the notes A C E for an A minor).

In order to add harmony to an inversion, you must record the inversions separately above one another (to do this the inversions can be played in any order).

Harmonizing different arpeggios makes this concept sound even more interesting (as you can hear in the video).

3. Use A Varying Amount OF String In

12
Jan

Common Guitar Teaching Mistakes You Must Avoid

If you want to take your guitar teaching skills to the next level, you must NOT make the same exact errors all other guitar teachers are making. If you do this, your students will become better players much faster while also staying with you as their teacher for many years to come.

Don’t commit these huge, yet very common guitar teaching mistakes:

Guitar Teaching Mistake #1: Not Getting Your Students To Practice

You must inspire your students to practice consistently (and have fun doing it). If they don’t practice on a consistent basis, they won’t get results. This makes you look like a poor guitar teacher.

Guitar Teaching Mistake #2: Not Keeping Track Of Your Students’ Progress

These are the four ways tracking your students’ progress helps everyone involved:

1. It gives your students unquestionable proof that they are getting results. This gives them motivation to practice and get better faster.

2. Your students get the proof that YOU are a great teacher, and they feel inspired to study with you for longer periods of time… helping you make more money.

3. Since your students see that you care about the progress they make, they become more encouraged to take lessons with you.

4. You better understand what your

3
Jan

How To Improve Guitar Practice Effectiveness Using Circuit Training

Want to improve your guitar skills faster than ever while having fun with your guitar practice? Start using guitar practice that incorporates circuit training. What is circuit training? This is a type of training that combines various exercises together in a specific manner for a set amount of time.

Here is how circuit training will help you get much better results from your guitar practice:

1. It uses your time more efficiently. You work on improving various techniques in the time that most guitarists would only work on one. This helps your guitar playing improve at a faster rate.

2. It is enjoyable. Circuit training takes away the redundancy of repeating the same exact exercises over and over again.

3. It strengthens your guitar playing fluency. In order to use the skills you learn in actual music, you need to combine a variety of guitar techniques together. Circuit training is excellent for this.

4. It keeps your mind focused. It is easier to concentrate when you rotate through different exercises. This helps make your guitar practice time much more effective.

Here Is A Guitar Practice Training Circuit Example:

Warning: Make sure you warm up your hands thoroughly before you start your practice session!

As soon as you have

2
Jan

How To Improve Guitar Practice Effectiveness Using Circuit Training

Want to improve your guitar skills faster than ever while having fun with your guitar practice? Start using guitar practice that incorporates circuit training. What is circuit training? This is a type of training that combines various exercises together in a specific manner for a set amount of time.

Here is how circuit training will help you get much better results from your guitar practice:

1. It uses your time more efficiently. You work on improving various techniques in the time that most guitarists would only work on one. This helps your guitar playing improve at a faster rate.

2. It is enjoyable. Circuit training takes away the redundancy of repeating the same exact exercises over and over again.

3. It strengthens your guitar playing fluency. In order to use the skills you learn in actual music, you need to combine a variety of guitar techniques together. Circuit training is excellent for this.

4. It keeps your mind focused. It is easier to concentrate when you rotate through different exercises. This helps make your guitar practice time much more effective.

Here Is A Guitar Practice Training Circuit Example:

Warning: Make sure you warm up your hands thoroughly before you start your practice session!

As soon as you have