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Create a Powerful Old-School Sound with 3-Chord Acoustic Blues

Create a Powerful Old-School Sound with 3-Chord Acoustic Blues

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Almost by definition, an acoustic blues in E is the original blues. Done right, it can send a shiver up your spine. If it’s below par, it can be incredibly boring to listen to. Boring an audience is the cardinal sin of any performing art and playing acoustich blues guitar is no different. That said, the blues in E […]

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How to Play a Guitar Bend

How to Play a Guitar Bend

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re playing blues, country, rock or just about any other genre imaginable, you need to know how to play a good guitar bend. The guitar bend is such a ubiquitous technique that you should learn it shortly after you first start playing. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to a small pool of songs – and you’ll […]

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How to Hear and Play Guitar Intervals

How to Hear and Play Guitar Intervals

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Learning guitar intervals is one of the best ways for guitarists to start ear training – the process of developing a good ear for music. An interval is the distance in pitch from one note to another, and intervals can be thought of as the ‘building blocks’ of music. Learning to recognise guitar intervals when you hear them, and […]

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Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are iconic guitar techniques. Mastering them is essential to playing faster songs – and especially solos. Why? Because hammer-ons and pull-offs allow you to play notes without picking or strumming. They also lend notes a softer tone that can be valuable in song-writing. Here’s a quick example of what they sound like. […]

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Fretboard Fundamentals – Guitar Modes You Already Know

Fretboard Fundamentals – Guitar Modes You Already Know

| April 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

Most guitar players have, at some point in time, heard of guitar ‘modes’, or ‘modal playing’. For some, the concept of guitar modes is confusing or daunting. Frequent questions include, ‘Where do I start?’, ‘How do I use modes?’, and ‘Do I have to re-learn all my scales?’ ‘You may already be using guitar modes […]

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4 Easy Electric Guitar Songs and How to Play Them

4 Easy Electric Guitar Songs and How to Play Them

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

‘Some songs only need one or two fingers to play.’ When I first started playing guitar, finding easy electric guitar songs seemed impossible. I thought all of the bands I listened to played stuff that was too hard for me to learn. It took me a few months of frustration before I found any song I […]

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How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Why should I learn how to play a legato slide? The legato slide is one of the first skills every guitarist should learn. Here’s why: It’s easy. It’s used in a lot of songs. It gives you a quick way to add style and flair when moving along the fretboard. It’s an incredibly versatile technique, […]

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How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

You’re learning to play guitar for the first time. You say to the instructor, ‘Teach me something easy.’ Your instructor says, ‘Sure, just put this finger on this fret, that finger there, this finger over here, and do a handstand while rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time, and soon we’ll […]

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Guitar Improvisation

Guitar Improvisation

| March 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Let’s look at what guitar improvisation isn’t and is. Guitar improvisation isn’t some ethereal realisation that all of a sudden you’re playing something you’ve never played before … sort of. So anyone who is looking for those ‘touched by the hand of God’ moments, don’t waste your time chasing that rabbit down a black hole. […]

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Dropped Guitar Tunings

Dropped Guitar Tunings

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

There’s a secret that heavy bands don’t want you to know: many of their best riffs are actually the easiest to play. If you understand how dropped guitar tunings work, you can play a soaring chorus or a crushing breakdown with just one or two fingers. Here’s what they are and how they work. What […]

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