Guitarists and other musicians understand that it can be very easy for your playing to plateau. Often it is more of an emotional plateau than an actual physical halt in progress but everybody who plays experiences this sooner or later. For beginners it usually occurs shortly after they have managed to string their initial chords […]
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A nightmare for most beginner guitarists! Anyone who has attempted to learn the guitar and stuck with it for a reasonable period of time will experience the notorious barre chord blues. In particular, the F chord has become infamous for wreaking havoc on budding guitarists causing discouragement, frustration and a general sense of helplessness. Perhaps […]
The main aspects of learning the guitar
We know there are many beginner guitarists out there, and there will always be! This article is specially made for you. Right now is the most important time in your guitar development. As you begin learning how to play the guitar it is vital that you are fully equipped to tackle any obstacle you may […]
Rhythm makes up a 3rd of the three most important elements in music. The other two are melody and harmony. It’s important to talk a little about what rhythm actually means. There are many different definitions of what rhythm is. Rhythm can often be recognized as the beat of a song. Some people when listening […]
What determines the “sound” of a guitar?
There are many elements that determine the sound quality of any acoustic or electric guitar. Leaving off issues of pickups and other hardware, it basically comes down to the types of wood used and the finishes applied. In fact, some say that the final sound of any guitar can be estimated before it is built […]
How can I train my musical ear?
Many players don’t take the time to tune their ears before they play. Ear training is a crucial skill for any musician to have and it can greatly improve your musicianship if you have a skilled ear. When you are first learning the guitar the best and easiest way to train your ear is to […]
How can I make money playing my guitar?
Becoming a professional musician is a long, hard road. However this is not to say it is impossible. Anyone with a desire to become successful at something can do it. This applies to music and any other field that you could want to apply yourself to. When I first decided that I wanted to dedicate […]
How to Tune your Guitar
As we already mentioned in past articles, we always receive emails from users with interesting questions. Some of you already know how to tune a guitar but some of you don’t! For you, here is a reminder on how you can tune your guitar. Learning how to tune your guitar is an important skill to […]
Watts and Ohms
We have had several questions about guitar amps – what “watts” and “ohms” means, and that sort of thing. David Stewart’s Guide To Specs had a really good article that answered this question. Guitar amp watts and ohms. Here are three common and related questions. In guitar amps how do the “watts” and “ohms” relate […]
More Guitar Strings
Guitar strings can basically be divided into two types – steel and nylon. Nylon strings are used on classical and flamenco guitars; while steel strings are generally found on electric, flat top and arch top acoustic guitars. It is important to note that while strings are referred to as being steel or nylon, generally strings […]